Free to Play: Game Recommendations for April 15

It’s the middle of April. In video game terms, you might say we’ve hit a checkpoint. How’s the weather treating you? Is she fickle? Spring can be like that. Might not be a bad idea to hole up a little longer with some video games. With some free video games, even. This week’s recommendations include falling pirates, falling fruit, and wood people at war.

Fruit Blast Mania

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Some baby mice have taken to frolicking around stacks of fruit. You should probably do something about that. You can make groups of similarly-colored fruit vanish by tapping them, which in turn makes the mice fall to the ground and scurry off. In time, you learn how to utilize power-ups that help you attain the best score possible. Clearing levels in Fruit Blast Mania is simple enough, but rescuing all the babies and clearing away every single block is more difficult than it initially seems. You’re certain to have fun trying.

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Captain Clumsy

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Captain Clumsy scores a king’s ransom in treasure—which he promptly drops off his crow’s nest. He takes a flying leap after the booty, and you need to make sure he doesn’t bash his head against too many objects while he falls. Unfortunately, seagulls want the treasure for themselves, and they’re lying in wait to make sure the Captain’s descent is as violent as possible. Captain Clumsy’s bright graphics and sense of humor make it a decent download.

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First Wood War

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Sometimes, when you’re not looking, trees can get aggressive. Like, really aggressive. First Wood War is a real-time strategy title that sets factions of wooden warriors against each other. The deep gameplay and ability to engage in PvP will keep you enthralled for a time, but First Wood War’s high resolution graphics are particularly impressive, especially when projectiles start flinging across the battlefield.

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Tower Zoo

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Once upon a time, there was a zoo keeper who decided that stacking animals was his key to fame and fortune. Legend has it that said zoo keeper once stared into the sun for too long on a dare, but that’s neither here nor there. You need to make sure your own stack of animals is higher than his. That’ll show up. Tower Zoo is an intriguing puzzle game that plays like a cross between Tic-Tac-Toe and Othello. Score points, save critters. It’s as good a motivator as any.

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Draw Rider (Update)

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Draw Rider recently received an update, so now’s as good a time as any to acquaint (or re-acquaint) yourself with this simple but addictive physics game. All you have to do is make sure Bike Guy pedals from Point A to Point B without cracking his skull open. Easy, right? Sure. Try it. Draw Rider is like a fusion between QWOP and Nintendo’s Excite Bike, which is as insane as it sounds.

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