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What's a phone if there are no apps worth installing? Fret not, if you are out of ideas, we have a bi-weekly free iOS and Android Apps of the Week column that keeps you abreast with a list of games and productivity apps that might catch your interest!

This is a very different list from our "Top 5 Apps of the Week" article since all the apps listed here will only be free temporarily. We have painstakingly selected these apps to feature minimal microtransactions and all of them have a minimum 3.5-star rating just so you know you are not getting a lemon.

However, we are at the mercy of the app developers on how long they want to make these games and apps free before returning to their paid status. Should you come across an app that is listed but is no longer free, do let us know so that we can update the article accordingly.

Here's a tip: If you come across an app that you'd like to own but don't need right now, first download and install it. By doing so, you have "bought" it once for free, and it will be available in your app library forever—even if you delete it from your smartphone right after.

Android apps that are free for a short time

Android apps for productivity and lifestyle

  • Best U Be Happy Everyday ($1.99): Keep yourself happy at all times with this app, thanks to its daily inspiring phrases to start your day.
  • NT Calculator ($2.49): A calculator app that does more than just basic calculations, it can also perform algorithms.
  • Reminder Pro ($3.49): Ever felt as though you keep on forgetting stuff? Here's an app that will help you remember things...

Android games

  • G'luck! ($0.99):  A 2D platformer game with nifty-looking graphics that is a throwback to the great platformers of the 90s.
  • Shadow of Death 2: Premium ($3.99): Following the style of stickman fighting games, you continue to scroll ahead and dispatch your enemies.
  • Neo Monsters ($0.99): This is a tried-and-true formula that requires you to catch monsters, train them, and pit them against others to be more powerful.
  • Shadow Slayer: Ninja Warrior ($4.99): A hack-n-slash- massive action RPG that will see you kill hordes of enemies in your path to level up.
  • Hero Z ($1.99): Civilization has collapsed because of the zombie apocalypse. You need to do whatever it takes to survive.

iOS apps that are free for a short time

iOS apps for productivity and lifestyle

  • Remoti: Remote Work ($0.99): Love working from home? Remoti helps you find jobs where you can work, well, remotely!
  • Timeseer ($14.99): This is a music practice app that can help you discover a more profound practice.
  • DayCircle ($1.99): A day counter app that lets you keep track of important dates so that you never need to miss one anniversary or birthday, ever!
  • Ultimate Game Guide ($4.99): The NES and SNES have a massive catalog of games. Use this app to go through every single one of them!
  • RCam ($0.29): Gain more control over your iPhone's camera by fiddling with manual controls.

iOS games

  • Neo Monsters ($0.99): Capture monsters, train them as your own, and pit them against battles to level up. Rinse and repeat.
  • Tap Dot Tap ($0.29): How fast is your reaction? Do you have what it takes to respond well?
  • 13's ($0.99): A number-matching puzzler that will surely require you to put on your thinking caps.
  • Traffic Brains 2 ($3.99): Optimize the traffic flow on each level with careful programming of traffic light patterns and placement of road signs. 
  • Lost Treasure 2 ($3.99): A puzzle adventure that is sure to have you crack your brains as you explore this wonderfully drawn world.

Are you going to try out any of our app recommendations? Do you prefer more games or productivity apps on the list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Edwin Kee

Edwin Kee
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The love of writing and all things tech have proven to be the catalyst that has kept me going in this industry for the past decade. Here are to many more years ahead, at least until Android Vanilla Pudding is released!

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