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.
Rocket Drop (Google Cardboard) From the publisher's description: "You play as a sky-diver, who can fly short distances via the use of a jetpack. The jetpack requires constant fuel, which you can gain by collecting fuel capsules as you fall. Meanwhile, you also need to dodge the missiles that are constantly being fired at you. View the world in 360 degrees with gyroscopic head tracking."
Jolly Jam From the publisher's description: "A fresh puzzle game that will surely make you jolly! Prince Jam needs YOU to help save Princess Honey and the Jelly Kingdom. Download and play today for free! Defeat the evil Boss and his wicked, cute minions through hundreds of levels of fruit-filled goodness."
Evolve: Hunters Quest From the publisher's description: "Use match 3 tokens of the same color to unleash devastating attacks on your enemies, and fill up energy bars to activate hunters’ special abilities. Earn Mastery Points to rank up your character in both the mobile and console games."
WGT Golf Mobile From the publisher's description: "Play the #1 free golf game and top-rated 3D simulation sports game on famous golf courses like Bandon Dunes, Pebble Beach and St Andrews. Each golf course is re-created using HD photography, GPS terrain mapping and precise physics for the most realistic golf simulation available."
Subway Surfers From the publisher's description: "Help Jake, Tricky & Fresh escape from the grumpy Inspector and his dog. Grind trains with your cool crew! Hoverboard Surfing! Colorful and vivid HD graphics!"
TRANSFORMERS: Battle Tactics From the publisher's description: "TRANSFORMERS: Battle Tactics is an exciting turn-based strategy game featuring a roster of over 75 iconic Transformers characters including Optimum Prime, Megatron, Starscream and Bumblebee."
Cubistry From the publisher's description: "Cubistry is a 3D cube matching puzzle game. Rotate a cube of cubes in three dimension with a swipe of your finger and tap cubes that look the same to make them pop. There are 7 modes of play that are sure to entertain with more modes to come!"
Duet Game From the publisher's description: "Enter a mesmerising trance of co-dependence in Duet. The rules are simple: control two vessels in sync, survive against all odds and keep calm."
Alice Trapped in Wonderland From the publisher's description: "Discover & solve the amazing secrets inside the extraordinary Wonderland, Explore this incredible and shocking world while solving the most emblematic puzzles and reveal all the exciting secrets in the best point and click adventure game available for mobile devices."
Dr. Panda's Restaurant 2 From the publisher's description: "Dr. Panda’s Restaurant is re-opening, and this time all the choices are yours! Make the pizza of your dreams, a pasta dish to rave about, or a soup so spicy your customers will breathe fire! Sweet or salty? Spicy or bitter? It’s up to you!"
Angry Birds Seasons HD From the publisher's description: "Join the Angry Birds as they celebrate unique seasonal events from around the world! Enjoy the addictive physics-based gameplay you love, but with an exciting twist! For the latest update, it’s time to hit the court for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game!"
Tesla Wars - II From the publisher's description: "Protect the planet with the help of Tesla Tower. Construct guns, open unique special attacks, improve the tower and you will create a real electric monster, which sweeps everything on its path. Do not let the small black little men enslave the Universe."
Onion Knight From the publisher's description: "The story happened in a dark age, with no hero in existence. The main character is a knight from fantasy; a heroic knight who often times behaves absurdly. However, there is nothing that can stop him from chasing his dreams."
Sentinel 4: Dark Star From the publisher's description: "Sentinel's award-winning strategy gameplay expands explosively as the interstellar war moves to a mysterious alien world. Deploy devastating new towers and technology against an enemy that's smarter and more deadly than ever before. Battle across vast landscapes and earn a wealth of upgrades as you explore the mystery of the Dark Star."
Gunship X From the publisher's description: "Take control of an AC-130 Gunship to defend humanity from invading hordes. Push back the intruders and give the humans a chance to be airlifted to safety."
Watch Out! From the publisher's description: "The big guy needs to jump to keep them safe!"
AG Jelly Jump From the publisher's description: "Jelly Jump free of ads for limited time! Hurry up and share with friends. One of the best free Action game for windows phone! Highly entertaining for all ages!"
Star Wars: Commander From the publisher's description: "Charge into battle on distant planets, and lead your troops to victory in this action-packed, combat strategy game! Build a base, recruit an unstoppable force, and challenge players across the Star Wars universe in Star Wars: Commander!"
Escape the prison room From the publisher's description: "In this Prison version, try to break out of each jail room. Solve the mini puzzles and discover the hidden objects to use them to open the room and go to the next level. This popular game has now a Prison themed of all your favorite Prison break movies"
ZigZag For WP From the publisher's description: "Stay on the wall and do as many zigzags as you can! Just tap the screen to change the direction of the ball. Try not to fall off the edges! How far can you go?"
Pretty Girl From the publisher's description: "With this game you can create your own attire. You and your kids will be able to feel like fashion designers. You will think not only of suiting colors but also of fitting of different styles too."
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