The weekend's almost here, so you have time to relax and check out a free game (or three) on your smartphone. Here are the highlights from the last week.
This is a hand-picked list of free apps we've noticed this week while assembling our regular App Deals roundup of new and discounted apps. We haven't reviewed them and we don't endorse them. As with the main App Deals column, apps can stop being free at a moment's notice if they're discounted, so grab them quickly if you're interested.
Pool HD Pro From the publisher's description: "Play a round of 8-ball pool with realistic physics simulation. Large screen area. Touch to aim and shoot the white ball. The strength of the shot is proportional to how far you are touching behind the white ball."
Dash Quest From the publisher's description: "Grab your enemies by the tender bits in DragonSoul, an epic fantasy role-playing game! Brawl with dragonFantasy action meets endless running gameplay with exciting RPG elements in this incredibly addictive retro inspired adventure game! Use Spells and Items while you dash your way through horde after horde of enemy mobs until you reach the most epic boss battles!"
Toy Defense 2 From the publisher's description: "Playtime’s over, soldier! It’s time for some real fast-paced tower defense action. Lucky for you, Toy Defense 2 has you covered. Forget about castles and clans — jump into epic combat, take command of powerful vehicles, hone your strategic skills and become the ultimate commander."
LEGO DC Super Heroes From the publisher's description: "Form the ultimate super hero squad with the heroes of DC Comics’ Justice League and take down evil in this three-against-three Heroes Vs Villains tag-team battle arcade game. Team up to become a powerful fighting force and defeat the wrath of the wickedest comic book villains!"
Game of Thrones From the publisher's description: "A Telltale Games Series is a six part episodic game series set in the world of HBO's groundbreaking TV show. This new story tells of House Forrester, a noble family from the north of Westeros, loyal to the Starks of Winterfell. Caught up in the events surrounding the War of the Five Kings, they are thrown into a maelstrom of bloody warfare, revenge, intrigue, and horror as they fight to survive while the seven kingdoms tear themselves apart. You will take on the role of different members of the Forrester household, and determine their fate through the choices you make; your actions and decisions will change the story around you."
FIFA 16 From the publisher's description: "Play beautiful with a newer, better, and faster FIFA experience on mobile! FIFA 16 Ultimate Team lets you celebrate every awesome attack, nail-biting goal, and powerful win like never before with console-like graphics. Experience the most realistic set of football features on Google Play."
Retroids From the publisher's description: "Ah!, the ARCADE. That one place where kids growing up in the ’80s could stay for hours on end every day of the week playing the Best Classic Arcade Games. Where we first discovered maze patterns, punching kangaroos and outer space madness. It was a place where putting your quarter up on the machine meant you were next in line. A place where new games could pop up any day of the week."
Smog Game From the publisher's description: "You’ve crossed a road and even sliced fruit… now it’s time to Save Earth! (It’s harder than you think). Smog Game is an award winning, eco-themed colour matching endless runner for the iPhone and iPad, which shows players the benefit of reducing their 'Smog' carbon footprint."
Star Wars - Heroes Path From the publisher's description: "Lead the Rebel Alliance to victory! Guide Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and Obi-Wan Kenobi through perilous puzzles that will rack your brain and test your luck!"
A Dark Room From the publisher's description: "Awake. Head throbbing. Vision blurry. Come light the fire and escape into a world you'll never forget."
Angry Birds Seasons From the publisher's description: "Angry Birds Seasons is 5 years old! We’re celebrating with a spooky new episode, and a huge new update that makes Seasons totally free to download!"
Bug Princess From the publisher's description: "The legendary arcade shooter "Bug Princess" (Mushihimesama) arrives for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad! Take control of Princess Reco and dodge through massive bullet storms to save the village of Hoshifuri!"
Real Bowling Star From the publisher's description: "Real Bowling Star is one of the best bowling games in the Windows market. The high-quality graphics make players feel like they are at their local bowling alley."
2048 Colors + From the publisher's description: "Swipe to move the tiles. When two tiles with the same color touch, they merge to get new color! Try to climb up the score ladder."
Grim Legends 2 From the publisher's description: "Embark on a dangerous quest through mysterious ruins and magical woods in the second chapter of Grim Legends series. Save the young queen from a mortal danger and change the faith of the entire kingdom!"
Bubble Pet Journey From the publisher's description: "A lovely and cute graphic game with many cute pet animal tiger, frog, cat, dog...etc..covered by bubble, look kute, kawaii !"
Basket+ From the publisher's description: "Basket+ is an addictive ball game, the fun part in this game is that you can throw different balls on different courts. Check out which ball and court suits you most."
Imperia Online: The Great People From the publisher's description: "Join thousands of players in an universe that never sleeps! Take control of your state and expand it into a mighty empire!"
Tiltagon From the publisher's description: "Tilt. Fall. Repeat. Tiltagon is a hard arcade game where you tilt and fall. Many times. Sometimes you also explode."