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.
Fallout Shelter From the publisher's description: "Vault-Tec has provided the tools, but the rest is up to you. What are you waiting for? Get started building your Vault today."
Toy Defense 3: Fantasy From the publisher's description: "Toy Defense 3: Fantasy features a MAGICAL new world with dashing warriors, fearless archers and elves, crafty goblins, and immersion in a magical atmosphere!"
Amazing Run 3D From the publisher's description: "Amazing Run is the #1 action adventure game show with 3D graphics and realistic physics. Feel the speed as you negotiate your way through obstacles in this unique sports game!"
USA Crime City 2015 From the publisher's description: "You are a young thief trying to make a living, and you are ready to take on the most powerful gangsters. Can you step into the shoes of the biggest gangsters you ever saw. Your first order of crime business is o put up your crime empire within this USA city."
Cube Defender From the publisher's description: "Fast-paced twin stick shoot'em up arcade action with responsive dynamic controls. As the Cube Defender, you'll battle against enemy forces in 3D landscape arenas across five different game modes with three difficulty levels."
Chessboard Simulator From the publisher's description: "This chessboard is not upside down. The pieces are not upside down. The board is not upside down. The squares are not upside down. Ever."
Extreme Car Driving Simulator From the publisher's description: "Extreme Car Driving Simulator is the best car simulator of 2014, thanks to its advanced real physics engine "
Paranormal Agency From the publisher's description: "Use your supernatural ESP to rid the city of malevolent spooks and spirits in this eerie Hidden Object game!"
Kapsula From the publisher's description: "Kapsula is a puzzle/racer set in a Soviet space colony full of clones. WARNING: It's a difficult game, comrade!"
Get_Fiquette From the publisher's description: "Mr Fiquette, Master Gentleman Thief, has busted out of jail and has set his sights on the good citizens of Bootleg City. Come, join the fun of stopping Mr. Fiquette by dropping objects onto his head before he reaches his Hot Air Balloon and gets away."
Mucho Party From the publisher's description: "Welcome to the Mucho Party! With family, at home, traveling, with friends or even at work, this is the ideal application for two people (or solo) to play one of the 5/40 multiplayer games on the same screen."
Valiant Hearts From the publisher's description: "Immerse yourself in the touching story of four unsung heroes swept up by World War 1 in this unique interactive graphic novel that combines action, puzzles and adventure."
Fallout Shelter From the publisher's description: "Fallout Shelter puts you in control of a state-of-the-art underground Vault from Vault-Tec. Build the perfect Vault, keep your Dwellers happy, and protect them from the dangers of the Wasteland."
Crazy Hedgy From the publisher's description: "Take yourself on a wild journey and experience the world of Crazy Hedgy! Use your bubble gum to cross yawning abysses, solve riddles, find buried treasures, collect diamonds and learn fantastic new abilities…but don’t let the Spankos get you down!"
Monsters GO! From the publisher's description: "Pick your Monster, choose the Skills, Evolve your monster and fight your way through enemies villain in the best hybrid RPG-Endless Runner game ever: MONSTER GO!"
Robot Rundown From the publisher's description: "Slice your enemies! Slide through Space! Save your skin! She's no ordinary robot!"
Monster Island From the publisher's description: "Monster thugs are on the loose harassing the inhabitants of the colorful world of Monster Island. Now, it's up to you and your arsenal of mini-monster bombs to get rid of this plague of unwanted visitors. Can you stand against such mischievous foes?"
Dictator: Revolt From the publisher's description: "You must make wise and timely decisions, eliminate scheming enemies, pay tribute to true friends, deftly plot, expose conspiracies and, of course, diligently look after the welfare of your large and happy family."
Overkill 3 From the publisher's description: "Step into the action of the audio-visual spectacle that is Overkill 3. Lead the Resistance into victory over the evil Faction forces and their brutal killing machines."
Stage Dive Legends From the publisher's description: "Show everybody who’s the best crowd surfer in this crazy tour around the world!"
HNG Zombie Defense From the publisher's description: "A modern hybrid of the classic RTS and modern Tower Defense. Recruit soldiers, place them on slots and let them shoot incoming waves of zombies by their own."
Siegfall From the publisher's description: "Smash the castle gates and leave nothing but rubble behind in the game that makes you builder, strategist and destroyer, all in one!"
The Light Game From the publisher's description: "Is your finger quick enough? Keep it on the light and jump when needed. Finally with a global leaderboard! So simple and so fun. Truly addictive!"
Cartoon Ball From the publisher's description: "Cartoon Ball is a funny, but at the same time challenging game. The main objective of this game is to throw the ball into the basket. How to do it? Of course with the help of big explosions!"
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