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.
InCell VR (Cardboard) From the publisher's description: "InCell is an action/racing game with a bit of strategy and education thrown into the mix in a rare and highly unusual micro world of the carefully recreated human cell. This is the right project to start your acquaintance with Cardboard VR or receive new VR impressions."
Tower of Destiny From the publisher's description: "Welcome to the Tower of Destiny! Your goals are to climb up as higher as possible and to get as many scores as you can. Open chests, pick up gems and avoid danger obstacles."
PixelRun From the publisher's description: "Jump and slide to avoid hitting the boxes. Jump by tapping the upper part of the screen and slide by tapping the lower part of the screen. If you jump while you are sliding the jump get 150% higher than normal and if you jump twice in a row the second jump will be twice as high."
Xenowerk From the publisher's description: "Xenowerk™ comes from Pixelbite, the creators of Space Marshals. It is a top-down action shooter challenging your combat skills in an underground science lab. Descend deeper into the abyss and explore the tarnished levels. Armed with a flashlight as your main guidance, you’ll never know what’s lurking in the dark!"
Alto's Adventure From the publisher's description: "Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins."
Temple Adventure Runner 2016 From the publisher's description: "Temple Adventurer is stranded in jungle ruined world. Help the hero running through jungle and temples and try to find all treasures. Run for your life and escape all troubles and obstacles. Collect coins, explore different areas and run along cliffs, traps and barriers."
The Mesh From the publisher's description: "The Mesh is an innovative game that reinvents the way we play with numbers. Combine the numbered tiles and find the best way to achieve the highest score possible. But, be careful and think twice every move! If The Mesh runs out of cells, the game is over."
Bamba From the publisher's description: "Balancing an unicycle juggler over a tightrope is what Bamba is about. With a minimalist gameplay that consists basically in going back and forth, Bamba features an incredible set of 25 levels of ever growing difficulty."
Stride And Prejudice From the publisher's description: "It is a truth universally acknowledged that Stride & Prejudice is an unusual endless runner where the platforms are made from the text of Pride and Prejudice."
FALLMAN – Trampoline Action From the publisher's description: "FALLMAN is a trampoline jumping action game starring an 80's trampoline champion with his athletic career gone south. Keep your jumping rhythm going while performing crazy trick combos in the air by tapping, swiping and rotating. And do not fumble a landing!"
PaintScape From the publisher's description: "Introducing PaintScape - an exuberant blend of art and game. PaintScape is a 2d side-scroller shooter that uses hand-painted art to create a vivid world for you to navigate. Defeat over 100 enemy varieties across seven unique worlds. Upgrade your player's weapons, shields, and abilities as well as acquire bombs and force fields to help overcome the black and white world!"
Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch From the publisher's description: "Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch: Tyranid Invasion is a turn-based strategy game, set on the edge of Imperial space, where your Space Marines will take on the Tyranids in a series of tactical engagements. From war ravaged cities, to the insides of Tyranid bio-ships, the missions will see your Kill Team rise in strength and skill as you face ever greater threats and peril."
Quantum Galaxy HD From the publisher's description: "For the first time, experience the never before seen innovation of the mobile ON-RAILS genre in HD as Quantum Galaxy gives you the ability to Transform your spaceship in real-time via the use of space Pods and Stations. Watch as your ship morphs before your eyes from a tiny spacecraft, to a formidable star-fighter, to a massive MINI-BOSS! All this, combined with a unique use of friendly AI Wingmen to aid you on your new action-packed journey through the Quantum Galaxy."
Mystery of Fortune From the publisher's description: "Mystery of fortune is the 6th episode of Fortune Chronicle Episodes. You can choose characters from the SRPG, Rebirth of Fortune 2 in this new real-time action game. You can enjoy exciting stories and explore dungeons to find monsters gone underworld after Rebirth of Fortune, Sorcerer of Fortune, Defense of Fortune, Rebirth of Fortune 2 and Sorceress of Fortune."
IQ Mission 2 From the publisher's description: "Have you been waiting for our next assignment? Are you ready for "IQ Mission 2"? Visit three cities and solve the puzzles you encounter there. In the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, move the coin between deceptively rotating fields. Let's hope you can bring it to the vault! In Tokyo, play a board game with a beautiful geisha. Remember the rules and place the stones in designated areas in accordance with them. In Barcelona, arrange a mosaic of a certain shape. Make sure that the sides of the same color do not touch each other."
Mirror's Edge From the publisher's description: "Immerse yourself in the world of Faith Connors – an underground “Runner” who must bolt into action to stop a deadly threat in a “perfect society” full of sinister surveillance and relentless pursuers."
Imperia Online 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! Recruit soldiers and command huge armies into epic battles and crush all those who oppose you!"
Storm Of Wars From the publisher's description: "Storm of Wars brings real-time strategy combats to a kingdom building war game. It features fast-paced combat in cities and epic real-time wars on the world map that impact gameplay and strategy in fun, unexpected ways!"
Dragon Friends From the publisher's description: "Collect awesome unique dragons while personalizing your mystical island on Windows 10! Socialize with your best friends and family online with infinite possibilities."
Digfender From the publisher's description: "Beneath your castle an enemy lies waiting. Grab your shovel and prepare your defenses! Dig deep into the ground and find valuable treasures and ancient relics to help you on your mission."
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