Posts Tagged FrEEday

I think this will be my Weird Week. I have no idea why, but most of the games I’ve picked out ended up being somewhat unconventional to say the least. Of course I tend to like offbeat stuff so it’s fine. And if you don’t, well this is as much your list as it is mine, so feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below!

Jurassic Park™ Builder I played the crap out of Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis back in The Day. Despite being a derivative theme-park building game in a genre that, at the time, was full to bursting it was actually really cool. I know this isn’t exactly a mobile port of the same game, but it’s darned close what with all the park maintenance and dinosaur escape potential. Plus it’s totally free, so there’s that.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-23 :: Category: Games

Lunik Swings The slightly children’s book illustration style is what first caught my attention. Then it was the absolutely crazy levels that defy any sense of logic or physics. At the very least this is bound to be the most beautiful looking iOS game about a kid on a swing ever. And since checking it out doesn’t actually cost anything there’s no reason not to satisfy that curiosity.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-07-25 :: Category: Games

Bubble Witch Saga Okay, yes, total Puzzle Bobble/Bust a Moove knock off, but it’s also pretty. It also allows players to buy special power-ups. There are even social elements (i.e. compare scores to friends) thrown into the mix. And with over 150 levels and more added weekly, this is one free puzzlegame that should be relevant for quite some time.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-25 :: Category: Games

Eye Drops from Upstairs It looks retro and it’s completely ridiculous. I’d say I’m sold if this game actually cost anything. I mean if nothing else the idea of trying to get eye drops into a man’s eyes from several stories up by way of some kind of elastic arm is pretty unique. It also seems crazy enough to be fun in short bursts.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-07-24 :: Category: Games

Epic Raiders A line-dragging RPG with loads of loot, plenty of character classes, full customization options for every single character in the party, some pretty darned impressive visuals, and a cost of zero. Yup, it’s got my attention. Oh, wait, it also has online multiplayer (PvP). Why are you reading this and not downloading it already?

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-26 :: Category: Games

Dédale Free Every now and then it’s nice to play a game that isn’t exciting. Or rather, sometimes playing a relaxing game can be just what a person needs. And while a game about guiding a music-loving butterfly through 100 handcrafted levels (and an infinite number of procedurally generated ones) might seem weird, it’s also relaxing. Simple, intuitive, mellow, and free. I like the sound of that.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-25 :: Category: Games

Extra! Extra! Website compiles list of free iOS games! Includes retro shooters, fantasy kingdoms, mutants, demons, and trout! Read all about it!

Fishing Superstars Believe it or not I’ve done a bit of fishing every now and then. And despite the feeling of landing a large fish being second to none, all the stuff that comes before and after than high is pretty boring. That’s why we have developers like GAMEVIL. They can take fairly dull concepts and turn them into time-eating video games like this.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-19 :: Category: Games

Buster Spirits – Frostbite Retro-styled shooters aren’t exactly rare these days, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still be thoroughly enjoyable. Especially when they include five exclusive levels, loads of crazy power-ups, clever “bullet-grazing” mechanics, and an introductory price of absolutely nothing.

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Released: 2012-07-19 :: Category: Games

Mutant Roadkill Don’t let the title fool you; this is most definitely not a game about freaky, reanimated raccoons or deer. This is actually more of an arcade-style survival racer involving apocalyptic cityscapes and horrifically mutated humanoids. Hungry for flesh, naturally. With self-proclaimed intuitive tilt and swipe controls, as well as plenty of un-lockable vehicles, it’s a slightly misleading game that’s bound to please on a budget.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-18 :: Category: Games

DevilDungeon Sometimes a person just wants a simple game to pass the time. Perhaps a game that involves two control inputs (tapping and swiping) and nothing but high scores to drive the action. DevilDungeon is such a game, and it’s priced just right to warrant an inquisitive look.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-07-19 :: Category: Games

Enchanted Realm I’m well aware of the fact that there’s a glut of town-building free-to-play games on the App Store. However, there aren’t quite so many that involve a fantasy setting. And there are even fewer that incorporate town development along with resource gathering. Plus it looks pretty.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-07-19 :: Category: Games

Pocket Army The combination of strategy game, RPG, army building, hack n’ slash action, and social elements is certainly an intriguing one. It makes Pocket Army sound pretty cool, actually. Plus it features a customizable hero and plenty of fancy social gaming type stuff. It looks pretty nice, too. The similarity in visual style to Battleheart is a little disconcerting, but I’m willing to believe it’s just “similar” and not “borrowed.”

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-19 :: Category: Games

Granted, half of the games on this week’s list fall squarely under my Nostalgia Vision, but it’s my list. So my rules!

Jay & Silent Bob in: LET US DANCE! – I will proudly admit that I’m a rather big fan of Kevin Smith’s special little rendition of New Jersey. Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and even the Clerks cartoon have been in my DVD rotation for quite a while. Especially Mallrats. So a tap/rhythm game based in the View Askew universe featuring Jay and his hetero life-mate is definitely something I can appreciate. It’s like it was handed down from God herself.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-07-12 :: Category: Games

Sinbad – Ah, Sinbad. I used to watch taped TNT showings of many of his classic barely-colorized adventures constantly. Now I can play them, too! The game offers up many of the experiences one would expect from the timeless hero many often mistake for a washed-up comedian; high seas adventure, a personalized ship, plenty of swordplay with lots of unnatural enemies, and so on. All that’s missing is the Harryhausen visual flair.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-10 :: Category: Games

My Monster Rancher – So I was a fairly massive Monster Rancher fan for years, even after the series started to slide into lameness (i.e. Monster Rancher 3). Admittedly this doesn’t completely scratch the itch like one of the console originals, but it does a decent enough job of whittling everything down into freemium-style pieces. Plus they brought back Monols, which is just flippin’ awesome.

This is the last stop on the Nostalgia Train, I swear. For this week, anyway.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-10 :: Category: Games

Doodle Cat – It’s not quite a virtual pet and it’s not quite a game (sorta kinda), but it is mind-numbingly adorable. The way objects can be combined to create new objects, and that being the entire goal, is indeed familiar but now it involves keeping a fuzzy feline entertained. For my money – which actually doesn’t equate to much because the game’s free – I’d consider goofy cartoon cat interactions well worth my on-the-go time.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-12 :: Category: Games

Spectral Souls – What’s that? A robust, “full-scale” tactical RPG on iOS? Funk yeah! It looks quite good, offers up quite a bit of content, and will doubtlessly please fans of the series. Probably of the genre, too. Full version IAP unlocks be damned, this has the makings of awesomeness.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-12 :: Category: Games

Galaxy Life: Pocket Adventures – One of the first things that popped into my head when browsing the description for this one was “Man, there are a lot of **Notes**.” The second was a quote from one of the best TV shows ever; “With a warning label THIS big, you know they gotta be fun!” I suppose the colony building and persistent online world with lots of real time battles can stand on it’s own, but my goodness those warnings!

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-11 :: Category: Games

Big Zombie Mole of the Demon Empires edition? Sure, let’s go with that.

Big Win Baseball – Now I’m not a huge sports fan, but I do love me some card games. So combining sports with something akin to a CCG is bound to get even my attention. Cards can be acquired through random card packs, bestowing new players or game-changing special cards. Some can even be used to upgrade a player’s existing stats. You know this sounds cool.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-25 :: Category: Games

Zombie HQ – I’ve been chomping at the bit to take this one for a spin after reading our own Monica Stevens’ review. Loads of action, zombie killing, outfits for character customization, lots of weapons, survivors to rescue, and a base to decorate is more than enough to pique my interest. Being able to do all that for free makes it a no-brainer. No zombie pun intended.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-26 :: Category: Games

MOLEHEART – I enjoy a good defense game, especially if it’s free. However, when said defense game involves evil undead moles I find it incredibly hard to ignore. The extensive variety of unit types, special controllable heroes, epic battles, varied skills, strategic unit combinations, and 60+ stages are pretty much just icing on the cake.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-28 :: Category: Games

Rise of the Warriors – Why hello there, free iOS MMO, how are you? You doing good? Plenty of fighting styles for players to choose from when they make their character? Several different factions to join? Lots of skills to unlock? A good deal of rare weapons and armor sets to find and equip, as well as show off? PvP options to keep bloodthirsty players happy? Yeah? That’s good to hear. We should meet up for lunch sometime and catch up.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-06-28 :: Category: Games

Demon Busters – Yes, fine, so it’s another iOS card game. I’ve got a sickness, deal with it. This particular one is like a combination of CCG and Pokemon, where some monsters need to be captured rather than earned through card packs. It’s also more about cooperation rather than opposition as players will work together to take down more powerful demons. Card game or not, I still think it sounds pretty cool.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-27 :: Category: Games

Star Empires – I’ve yet to come across anyone who plays video games who’s openly opposed to the idea of galactic domination. As such it stands to reason that there are bound to be plenty of people interested in taking a look at this space-themed strategy game. What with the being able to form alliances, building special structures to give an edge in battle, exploring new planets, commanding fleets of ships, and stuff.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-06-28 :: Category: Games

No zombies and no town-building this week, hurray! I did notice once the list was complete that there’s a bit of a focus on combat and war, but I’m sure that’s just a coincidence and not indicative of any suppressed urges. Right?

Atomic Pursuit – Pick a faction and start trekking through space. Players have to get their ship to a new planet in order to start colonizing, but they have to be careful. Not only will asteroids threaten the integrity of the hull, but there’s a limited oxygen supply. It’ll require fast thinking and even faster piloting in order to get that rocket to its destination in one piece.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-19 :: Category: Games

Banzai Blade – We’ve all messed around with finger-slicing games at some point, but not many like this. Players will have to cut down invading demons, redirect projectiles, and otherwise keep the world safe from harm using only a finger. Blossoms collected through play can be used to upgrade swords and armor, as well as game-changing carms.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-21 :: Category: Games

Apocalypse Knights – These aren’t your typical knights. Yes, it’s all about slaughtering hordes of demons (newly thawed thanks to melting icecaps), but this ain’t the Dark Ages. Players will have access to a host of semi-futuristic weapons and biomechanical mounts as they cut through the invading army, as well as special skills tied to each armament. Collect ‘em all and show ‘em off is the key element here. That and smashing demons in the face.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-21 :: Category: Games

Fish with Attitude – I enjoy a bit of fishery on my iPhone from time to time, but I’ve never raised fish like this. These aquatic critters sport very different (and extreme) personalities, complete with bizarre outfits and expressions to match. Yes, I said outfits. There’s treasure hunting, various tasks associated with animal care, and the joy of watching some truly weird fish interact with one another. What’s not to like?

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-20 :: Category: Games

Cat War – Cats and dogs are ready to throw-down for our amusement once again. Players assume control of the Cat army; using workers together resources, constructing barracks, training soldiers, hiring heroes, and more in this 2D strategy game. Different units will work better with others, so it’s important to experiment to find a combination that works for a given play style. Plus it’s cats.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-06-19 :: Category: Games

ENDI Tank Battle Multiplayer – Ah, multiplayer vehicular combat games. I’ve miss them. Take on friends or total strangers in this toy-themed free-for-all, complete with tank-melting power-ups and several different tanks to suit a variety of play styles. With three different game modes available already and even more on the way, this is one frag fest that’s bound to keep people busy.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-19 :: Category: Games

Now I’m fully aware that most of the other games on today’s list will end up being eclipsed by Nimblebit’s newest release, but let’s all try to stay focused here. There are five more games in this lineup, so why not take it slow and give them all at least a glance?

Zombie Carnival – I can’t say that I’ve ever given much thought to running my own undead theme park, but it’s not a bad idea now that I think about it. Luckily I can try my hand with this instead of scouring curio shops for The Necronomicon. Plus there’s bound to be much less mess when I find, combine, and battle zombies digitally as opposed to the alternative.
Grab Zombie Carnival Here.

Pocket Planes – Nimblebit has adapted their super-popular sensibilities and freemium model into a game about running an airline. There’s practically no chance of this not being a major time sink, so we all might as well give in and just start playing. Society will recover from the complete lapse in progress, eventually.
Grab Pocket Planes Here.

Max Astro: Stranded Beyond the Stars – As cute as it may look, the core concept of using piles of alien corpses to climb to freedom is a little disturbing. Of course I happen to like cute and disturbing things, so it all works out. Whether or not anyone else wants to try and get this stranded astronaut home, no matter the cost to the extraterrestrial population, is up to them.
Grab Max Astro Here.

Top Gear: Stunt School Revolution – Stunt driving can be pretty crazy, but it can be even crazier in a virtual space where the laws of gravity and physics don’t really apply. Slapping wings and livestock on top of a car, then ramping over the Grand Canyon might be completely ridiculous but it’s also just insane enough to be awesome.
Grab Top Gear Here.

Terrapets – Collecting impossible creatures is something most iOS users are familiar with at this point. The same goes for creating habitats for them. But not too many games combine creature collection, habitat building, and battling. So hooray for versatility! And hooray for funky monster designs!
Grab Terrapets Here.

Little Wizard – Build a fantasy-themed town, then defend it. All while researching new magics and gathering monsters to summon in future battles. All that’s missing is an emphasis on elements that affects the experience depending on a player’s focus and gesture-based spell casting. What’s that? It has that, too? Ah. Right, well best get to downloading then.
Grab Little Wizard Here.

Don’t ask me why there are two more-or-less collectible card games in this week’s list because I don’t have an answer. I have theories (darn you, Rage of Bahamut), but no solid explanations. Oh hey, look, monkeys!

Duel of Fate – I will freely admit that I’ve become something of a sucker for card games lately, but that doesn’t mean anyone should ignore this one. I mean come on, it’s a CCG. Who doesn’t love a CCG? Not only that, it’s from Gamevil (a more than proven pedigree) and actually has combat animations. Animations! Okay yeah, not much of a selling point but I stand by the CCG and quality publisher comments.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-06 :: Category: Games

Alexandria Bloodshow – I reviewed something very similar to this a while back, and it was totally awesome. Now we’ve got the chance to get in on the ground floor of the sequel for free. It’s everything that was awesome about Samurai Bloodshow (collectible cards, customizable decks, multiplayer, etc), only now it’s the Egyptians versus the Greeks!

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-07 :: Category: Games

Seawolf 1942 – Fans of the original Seawolf rejoice! Now there’s a way to play not-quite the original (i.e. an “inspired by” game) on the go! For free! Lots of torpedo blasting, ordinance upgrading, air strike launching, and ship sinking to be had here.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-06-07 :: Category: Games

Altars – Hey, a puzzle game that isn’t about matching three of a kind. Nice! Although matching is still important as Shade needs to carry various elemental runes back to their corresponding altars (hence the title) while avoiding all sorts of obstacles. The description touts that this game is a “A REAL brain challenge.” I say there’s no harm in putting it to the test.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-06-10 :: Category: Games

Battle Monkeys – Plenty of people talk a big game when it comes to controlling an army of monkeys, but just how many of them can actually handle the wesome responsibility? Not many. Thankfully it’s easy enough to put one’s simian command skills to the test while controlling a small squad of customizable tree-swingers in any number of battles against other iOS users. The monkey ninjas are kind of a given, granted, but there are plenty of other bizarre primate costumes to check out.

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-06 :: Category: Games

Boy howdy do we have games this week. Plenty of games to absorb daylight (and nighttime, really) hours free of charge. Enjoy, all!

Heroes Call – People love dungeon crawlers, but the mention of free-to-play typically brings hesitance. Fortunately for all of us, Heroes Call does Freemium quite well in that only new quests and item identification are gated behind real world timers. It’s not as bad as it sounds since completed quests can be replayed while players wait. Besides, the game itself is actually quite fun.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-31 :: Category: Games

Battleship Craft – I’ve seen my fair share of games that involve building and upgrading an avatar while using it to combat other players, but I’ve yet to see one where the avatar is actually a naval vessel. Until now, that is. Come for the wealth of customization options, stay for the in-depth (*rimshot*) simulation of buoyancy, speed, and so on.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-29 :: Category: Games

Duckers – I’d say this one’s worth a look simply due to the concept of subterranean water fowls. And if our own Carter Dotson’s impressions are any indication, this is one quality bird-tunneler. Besides, everyone likes digging for treasure. It’s like an inherent human trait or something.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-31 :: Category: Games

Zombie Purge! – Playing god during a zombie apocalypse doesn’t have to feel awkwardly inappropriate. At least not when said deity is using their other-worldly powers to squash the Undead threat and keep as much of the dwindling members of humanity as safe as possible.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-30 :: Category: Games

Marathon Infinity – And here it is, the third and final chapter in Bungie’s classic trilogy. More levels, a few hidden levels, lots of missions, a new weapon (the KKV-7 10mm SMG Flechette submachine gun), and online multiplayer arenas can be had by all for the same cost as breathing. I mean “right now” breathing, not “Total Recall” breathing where everyone on Mars had to actually pay for air.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-30 :: Category: Games

Another week of freebies, this time with very little in the way of “Big Name” titles. No need to panic, it’s intentional. Anyone browsing the App Store will no doubt see the more popular games anyway.

Sing Something the Game – Apparently one thing iOS users can’t get enough of is a game that lets them take turns performing specific actions. It worked extremely well for spelling, and just as well for drawing. I suppose it’s only natural that singing would be next on that list. As someone who does NOT sing, I won’t be messing around with this but I know there are plenty of people out there who will. Or should.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-24 :: Category: Games

Elenints – It’s often the simplest puzzle games that end up being the most fun. A fact tat bodes incredibly well for a game that revolves entirely around grouping little colored balls together in order to get them to evolve into other forms. Okay, not forms but other colored balls.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-21 :: Category: Games

Zombie Farm 2 – The original game that took the familiar freemium farm-running formula and sprinkled in zombies did quite well for itself. So much so that it’s gotten a sequel. It might feel a bit like more of the same, only better, but better is better. And the fact that withering is gone is a massive step up as far as I’m concerned.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-23 :: Category: Games

Super Flip Runner – I’m well aware that there are other games that involve running, jumping, and flipping through random and endless environments. I’m also well aware that a lot of people (myself included) have a thing for retro-styled pixilated visuals. And that even more people tend to like free stuff.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-22 :: Category: Games

Pirates Age – Okay I might still be riding a high from Rage of Bahamut but I’d consider that a mere coincidence. Being able to play a pirate-themed CCG (collectible card game) against friends and strangers alike just sounds awesome. Know what sounds even more awesome? Aside from the whole “free” thing I mean. Zombie Ghost Whales. Check out the screen shots if you don’t believe me. You’re welcome.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-22 :: Category: Games

Ancient Gears – What might at first appear like nothing more than a simple match three game is most decidedly not upon closer inspection. Granted it’s still a match three game, but it’s configured into a circular shape this time, which is different if nothing else. It also features special bonuses that can be activated as well as a host of cool-looking story illustrations to unlock.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-21 :: Category: Games

Free games again? Man, I’m really starting to get tired of–who am I kidding? Games! For free! Isn’t that awesome?? This week we’re a little all over the place with genres and content. Something for almost everybody, and it’s all free.

The Sandbox – Come on now, this one shouldn’t come as a surprise. It’s a shockingly impressive sandbox (har-har) game that allows players to grow their own environments, and even simple machinery, or destroy it as they see fit. Lots of elements to unlock that play off of each other in interesting ways and a virtually limitless potential for creation make it a must-have even without accounting for the whole being free thing.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-15 :: Category: Games

Pawns Unleashed – I’m more than a little excited for Dragon’s Dogma, which is due out in less than a week (!!!). Of course I plan to use this location-based treasure hunter fill the (admittedly small) gap, but it can certainly keep people busy even after the console release.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-15 :: Category: Games

Cuboid Free – I’ve always wanted to check out this game, but never got around to downloading it from PSN. Now that I can try it on my iPhone for free, I don’t really have an excuse to avoid this cube-turning puzzler anymore.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-16 :: Category: Games

Quest of Magic: An Adventure in Azoth – Dungeon crawlers? Yes. Free dungeon crawlers? Oh absolutely. A free dungeon crawler made in Mac Gamemaker? Well, it’s a bit questionable but I’m open to just about anything. Especially if it’s free!

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-17 :: Category: Games

Rage of Bahamut – Gotta love a free-to-play iOS collectible card game. Especially one with gorgeous artwork and daily updates. Having a choice between single and multiplayer is just the icing on a very delicious-looking and affordable cake. Mmmmm… cake…

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-15 :: Category: Games

Witch Wars – The App Store is no stranger to match-three games, but this is a match-three game about witches. Witches who fight each other. Although what interests me most is the promise of constant character unlocks, multiple modes, and individual (and upgradable) skills that help to set each witch apart.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-17 :: Category: Games

Oh yeah, we’re all over the place this week. But I consider that a good thing. It means more of a variety, in addition to all the money people won’t be spending. It’s a win/win as far as I’m concerned.

Directional – We all know about block-clearing puzzles. Match 3, tapping on groups and so on. This one’s a bit different in that players have to swipe the screen in a given direction to clear blocks with arrows (up, down, left, right) on them. It’s an interesting take on the genre, and with two modes (classic and expert) it’s bound to be something of a time-occupier.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-09 :: Category: Games

Dora – It might be simple, but how could I not want to try a game about a malfunctioning engine of destruction that’s fallen in love with an inanimate household object and just wants to be left alone? I know, right?

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-09 :: Category: Games

Balloon Getaway – Here we have an iOS rail-shooter (think Panzer Dragoon) set in a world full of dirigibles. It’s a genre that I feel is sorely lacking on the App Store, so it’s nice to see a new one from time to time. And if the three available levels don’t feel like enough, there are always more to be had through in-app purchases.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-10 :: Category: Games

Punch Hero – I can’t help but think of this as a more interactive version of Fighter City. Gamevil has really been pushing the hand-to-hand combat lately, huh? Still, a free game involving customizable (visually and statistically) boxers and plenty of other expected social freemium stuff is certainly worth a look.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-10 :: Category: Games

Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering – Okay, first off it’s important to note that this game will only work on the iPhone 4 and higher, as well as the iPad 2. That being said, it’s a good-looking action RPG. Five different mercenaries to choose from, lots of magic spells, plenty of equipment, and so on. It’s just a shame that slightly older devices aren’t supported.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-10 :: Category: Games

Matching Set – Clear out tiles by connecting matching pairs, all under an Egyptian theme. That by itself sounds fine, but each game is restricted by a time limit. A time limit that can be increased by quickly clearing out more tiles. If that doesn’t scream “Massive Time-Eater,” I don’t know what does.

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-11 :: Category: Games

Animator Free – Maybe this kind of thing has faded into obscurity since my generation (god saying stuff like that makes me feel old), but do kids still play around with making flip-books anymore? Remember those? Drawing little cartoons one page at a time, in sequence, then flipping through the pages quickly and getting no small amount of joy from watching the rudimentary animation? Anyone? It better not just be me who thinks being able to do stuff like this on my iPhone is cool.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-10 :: Category: Photography

I’m kind of proud of this week’s list. I managed to find a bunch of slightly hidden titles. Titles that aren’t featured in New and Noteworthy or any of the other more immediate App Store categories. It’s like digging for buried treasure of a sort. Hopefully everyone gets some enjoyment from my booty.

Wait a minute.

Lil’ Kingdom – If building up a pixilated tower full of digitized denizens is starting to get old (doubtful), now there’s an alternative. Lil’ Kingdom lets players create and run their own subterranean monarchy complete with Goblins and Unicorn ranches. It might seem like it isn’t much more than a thematic change, but some people just like fantasy better than 8-bit reality. Of course, since it’s free there’s no reason we can’t enjoy both options.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-25 :: Category: Games

DBlade! (Dungeon & Blade) – I find it hard not to get interested in a one-button action RPG/dungeon crawler with randomized maps. I mean, it’s something I could play one-handed on the subway. Plus the random levels means some pretty high replayability. Sure it’s got ads that can be gotten rid of with cash, but MTA commuters such as myself don’t have to worry too much about that. We don’t get much of a signal down in the tunnels.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-04-25 :: Category: Games

G.O.D [God of Defence] – When an undead army is trying to escape from the gates of Hell, I can’t think of a better suited custodian than an elemental god. Players utilize upgradeable skills involving ice, fire, and plasma to fight back the hordes made up of 26 different enemy types. It’s a little more “hands-on” (*rimshot*) than the typical defense games involving placing towers and watching the mayhem, but that’s far from a bad thing.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-04-25 :: Category: Games

World Guardians – Right on the heels of one defense game we have another. This time players will choose between four different upgradeable guardians, as well as a number of support units, to protect the Earth from a slew of enemies and bosses. Not entirely groundbreaking, sure, but it’s very inexpensive and has a pretty cool visual style. At least in my opinion.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-25 :: Category: Games

Zombro – Now I’m admittedly a little burned out on “Point A to Point B” puzzle platformers, but Zombro adds an interesting twist. As expected the goal is to get the shambler to the level’s exit, but players have to do it piece by piece. Rather than simply getting him there all at once they have to get his torso, legs, and brain through one at a time. If nothing else it’s an intriguing concept.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-23 :: Category: Games

Believe it or not, I actually really enjoy making these lists every week. It’s like a weird little iOS scavenger hunt. I feel like I’m finding little hidden treasures (and some not-so-hidden) to share with everyone. Makes me feel all special. So yeah, more free games this week. Several of them are pretty cool, too.

Bloody Western – In a world full of custom character-heavy freemium PvP iOS games (and lots of abbreviations), it’s important to have a theme that stands out. I’d say a graphically violent Old West stands out. Bonus points for getting to choose between being a law man or outlaw. Also dusters.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-04-18 :: Category: Games

ILLUSIA 2 – I’m not entirely sure why Gamevil always releases cool games for free, but I’m not going to complain. And if they want to make the more refined (and gorgeous) sequel to one of the App Store’s premier RPG-platformers available at no cost, they’re more than welcome to. In fact, I think we should encourage this behavior by downloading it.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-19 :: Category: Games

Kingdom Age – Build and run a kingdom. Fight rival players. Plenty of quests to complete and areas to explore. All of that’s pretty cool, but what I’m really interested in is the whole fantasy theme. What with all the monsters to fight and 100+ (!) units to command. Could be worth a look-see, I think.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-18 :: Category: Games

A Bird’s Journey – Okay so I’ll admit it, I’m totally noting this one because of the visuals. I’m a sucker for interesting art styles, everyone should know this by now. Shut up! At least it looks cool. And it’s free.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-19 :: Category: Games

Downhill Xtreme – Know what this reminds me of? The classic PlayStation title 2 Xtreme. There’s just something incredibly pleasing about beating the crap out of people while racing down steep inclines. Being able to do so while on the go just makes it more awesome.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-19 :: Category: Games

Avon’s Flight – Yes, it’s another top-down SHMUP. Yes, I know there are a number of these on the App Store already, and a good many of them are free. But how many of them have space-bullets that are affected by gravity? Never mind that it’s technically a ridiculous concept because there really isn’t any gravity in space to begin with, it mixes things up and makes what could’ve been more of the same into something much more unique.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-18 :: Category: Games

In attempting to avoid falling into any sort of “theme” for this week’s list, I’ve gone and done it anyway. No zombies and (technically) no city-builders, but half of the games featured here share a commonality anyway. I’m referring to their “retro” style, which is to say they’re intentionally pixelated. Granted, one of them is a port of an older NES game but still. I suppose I should just embrace themes in the future rather than fight against them, huh?

8bit Ninja – I’m not even sure where to begin. It’s like some bizarre combination of avoidance/fruit mangling with RPG elements, multiple characters, various things to buy in a shop, and some sweet retro visuals. Considering all that, how could I not put it up here?

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-03 :: Category: Games

Amoebas Attack – Okay so a side-scrolling twin-stick shooter set inside the human body isn’t exactly ground breaking these days. Neither is controlling an antibody fighting off infectious bacteria and the like. However, allowing players to evolve the antibody as they progress (i.e. new abilities and such) along with the clever way they can move vertically between capillaries in order to adjust the difficulty is certainly cool.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-05 :: Category: Games

Saturday Morning RPG – It’s an RPG inspired by Saturday morning cartoons from the 80′s. That alone should be more than enough to get people on the App Store and downloading. Assuming it isn’t, it’s still a stylish JRPG-style romp spanning several episodes. So really, why not?

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-05 :: Category: Games

Parallel Mafia – I’m all for using the iPhone’s GPS functionality to create location-based (virtual) warfare. But mixing genres and creating a sort of cyberpunk mafia setting is just all kinds of awesome. That and it’s quite possibly the closest we’ve come to seeing a real new Shadowrun game since the 16-bit era.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-04-04 :: Category: Games

Beauty vs Beasts – Simple, cute, and goofy. Never a bad list of features for an iOS game. Players control the titular Beauty as she fends off beasts and smooches princes, all with the tap of a few buttons. It’s a simple reflex-based high score kind of game, but that’s totally fine by me. Sometimes simple is the way to go.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-04-02 :: Category: Games

StarSoldier – I did own an NES back in the day, but I spent more time playing outside than parked in front of the TV with a controller in my hand. For the most part. So I never managed to play this particular 8-bit shooter. Thankfully Hudson has decided to re-release it on iOS devices, a decisions that’s bound to make more than a few fans quite happy. Heck, it might even create new ones.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-04-01 :: Category: Games

I’m so proud of myself. This week I managed to compile a sizable list of freebies without resorting to freemium city builders or anything with zombies in it. Well okay, the jury’s still out on Monster Factory ENG (there might be zombies in there) but the rest are assuredly zombie free. I think. Yeah. No. Yeah. Definitely maybe.

Dark Meadow: The Pact – I still have fond memories of the original game, but when they toss extra content into the mix I can’t help but get excited about the new stuff. The fact that the game is also available in a free-to-play model now sweetens the deal for everybody. It’s a bit hefty in size, but it’s definitely worth checking out.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-29 :: Category: Games

Cordy Sky – The original Cordy was a whimsical (and quite well-made) platformer. This little spin-off is more akin to a vertical jumper, but that’s no reason to expect any form of diminished quality. Seriously, it’s looking great and it’s free. Why the heck not?

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-28 :: Category: Games

Tree World – This one’s pretty good from what I hear. It might not have much in the way of adult-oriented staying power, but Tiny Tower + Pokemon? Yes. Absolutely yes.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-28 :: Category: Games

GangHound – Okay, this one’s definitely not friendly for all-ages but it offers plenty of action. Upgrades, missions, daily rewards and rivalries, too. It seems tailor-made for those who are getting a little tired of all the G-rated iOS offerings out there and just want to shoot stuff in a gloriously bloody fashion.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-27 :: Category: Games

Armado HD – Roll a young armadillo around a number of varying environments as he attempts to play the hero. Armado HD also sports some nice visuals and the choice between accelerometer and touch controls. It’s everything the original is (literally), but dressed up to make better use of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. In other words, it’s prettier. Also free.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-27 :: Category: Games

Monster Factory ENG – It’s hard to get specifics from the poorly translated description, but Monster Factory ENG is a defense-centric game with some fairly interesting looking visuals. And since it’s free, no one really loses out on much if they take the time to check it out. “… like a chief” indeed.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-27 :: Category: Games

It’s a shorter list this week, but I don’t think that makes it any less special. Especially since Hunger Games: Girl on Fire is finally available. Why is that exciting? Well, because it’s been created by a who’s who team of iOS indie developers, that’s why. People like Danny Baranowsky (composer for Canabalt, Super Meat Boy), Paul Veer (Super Crate Box), Adam Saltsman (Canabalt, Gravity Hook), Mark Johns (Tap Tap Dance), and Kevin Coulton (Hot Throttle). Now that’s one heck of a pedigree. But it’s not all about one game, no matter how awesome it may or may not be. There are a few more titles down there that are still worth a look. Especially the one about the girl with the pet mushroom. I mean come on, the concept alone is worth checking out.

Fix-it-up 80s: Meet Kate’s Parents – Time management games can be quite addicting. Time management games involving automotive repair might blur the lines between demographics a bit (in a good way). Time management games about auto repair set in the 80s will almost certainly turn a few unexpected heads. I mean come on, we all love the 80s. VH1 said so.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-22 :: Category: Games

Hunger Games: Girl on Fire – I’ve already droned on about how excited I am for this one simply based on the (incredible) talent behind it. It’s not surprising to see that it’s a “runner,” but it’s a bit more complex than that. It’s also much more dextrous. And also free, naturally.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-22 :: Category: Games

Motorcity: Drive – Tearing around a city in a futuristic car armed to the teeth is a pretty cool idea. So is using said armaments to blow up evil robots. But naming the car “MUTT” is just silly enough to be ingenious. Enough so that I’m willing to look past the Disney XD association.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-17 :: Category: Games

Touch Detective 2 1/2 – Bizarro gumshoe Mackenzie and her “assistant” (I still think he’s a pet) Funghi are back to solve more weird mysteries. Players can nab this reasonably extensive demo of the first two sections for free and see what the fuss (i.e. my fuss) is all about. If nothing else it’s got a fantastic art style. Plus it’s something of a point-and-click adventure, and we can never have too many of those.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-22 :: Category: Games

My apologies for the semi-zombie theme for this week. I swear it wasn’t intentional. But since it’s all said and done anyway, what’s the harm in taking a look? Of course, even if it’s too difficult to accept the inclusion of the Living Dead there are three more games of a decidedly classic variety to mess around with. Best part is, when they’re free we don’t lose anything in the looking aside from a little time.

Zombie Jombie – What’s this? A collectible (and trade-able) card game with zombies as the good guys? And players can fuse and train their zombies to make more powerful zombies as they attempt to take down the evil humans? Heck yeah!

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-13 :: Category: Games

Samurai vs Zombies Defense – Okay so zombie-themed action defense games are a reasonably common thing these days, but not many of them look this good. Or feature feudal Japan as a setting. But the most alluring aspect by far has to be the ability to play Pachinko to earn rare items. I mean come on, it’s Pachinko!

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-14 :: Category: Games

Greedy Bankers: Bailout! – Taking the Arcade Mode of Greedy Bankers and making it into a stand-alone freebie could be seen as some form cop-out, but I’d consider that an unfair label. If anything I’d call it a clever attempt at hooking frugal iOS gamers once they get a toe in the door, then presumably yanking them inside for drinks and possibly a vacation slideshow. Seriously though, puzzle games are virtually synonymous with mobile devices and being able to nab a good one for free is always cool.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-15 :: Category: Games

Action Mahjong – I’ll admit I’m not all that big on Mahjong, but throw in some unnecessarily cute chibi/anime cartoon characters and dress it up with some cheesy special effects and I’ll certainly give it a shot. What can I say? I like the idea of taking somewhat mundane analog games and accentuating them with ridiculous things. If nothing else it tends to make the proceedings more interesting.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-14 :: Category: Games

Gold Rush Classic – It’s a familiar puzzle concept that’s been replicated throughout the years, but that’s because it’s pretty much always fun. Players must sort through a bunch of different pieces of train tracks and set up a path from start to finish. If the tracks aren’t lined up right (i.e. there are dead ends) in a timely manner, the train crashes. Simple, but a proven formula. With trains, no less.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-13 :: Category: Games

This week’s list isn’t quite as robust as last week’s, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Or at least relevant. It’s got something of a random assortment this time around, including strategy, puzzle, arcade and runner offerings. And, as always, they’re totally and completely free. So without further stalling for time, let’s kick this pig!

Plants War – If someone were to hear about an RTS/RPG that uses the term “horticultural warriors” and not find themselves instantly curious, I’d be worried about them. And that’s exactly what this is billed as. Players get to fend off beast invasions using upgradable plant people. If nothing else, it’s an awesome concept.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-08 :: Category: Games

uPixel – It’s hard not to get drawn in when playing one of those “rotate abstract shapes until they make an image” games. They’re just so soothing. One with some nifty pixel art and the option to create custom images would certainly be awesome. It’d be even more awesome if it were free. Hah. See what I did there?

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-08 :: Category: Games

Castle Heroes – I recall spending far more time that was healthy playing Donkey Kong Jr. in my youth. Actually I did that with pretty much any game. Anyway, Castle Heroes reminds me a bit of the spin-off to the classic, only players are attempting to toss debris at enemies attempting to scale a wall as opposed to scaling said wall themselves. Okay so it’s not exactly the same thing, but it’s the same general idea. Only backwards. And free.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-07 :: Category: Games

Future Runner – iOS users seem to like runners. Lots of people love pixelated retro looks. Combine the two and we have Future Runner. It’s a simple game at its core with only a few moves, but it looks cool and doesn’t cost anything. And there’s the whole not having to pay for it thing.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-07 :: Category: Games

Hexus! – Match 3 games are always a good time. Especially when they’re combined with other things. I know there are more than a few match/RPG hybrids out there but as far as I’m aware there aren’t many that incorporate city-building. Hence Hexus!.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-05 :: Category: Games

Okay, so this turned out to be a rather large list. Best just skip the formalities and get right to the good stuff.

Arm Wrestling Evolution – AWE – We have every reason to love “extreme” boxing games. It’s like an instinctual thing. But take the general concept of over-the-top characters, an awesome art style, special moves, and combine it all with arm wrestling? That’s attention-grabbing on a whole new level. Also, my apologies for the pun. I swear it wasn’t intentional.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-01 :: Category: Games

The Simpsons: Tapped Out – A city-building game featuring The Simpsons. Yeah, this totally won’t get a ton of attention. Still, I think it’s more than worth a mention. I mean we get to build our own Springfield. And interact with characters like Apu, Homer, Bart, etc. I can only imagine how many downloads it’s going to get.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-01 :: Category: Games

Sky Settlers – Okay so it’s yet another city-building game (of a sort). That doesn’t mean it’s not without its charm. I mean, building a floating city in the sky is cool. And it’s got a nifty cartoon art style. Plus it’s free and all that.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-28 :: Category: Games

RPS Rumble – Melding puzzle gameplay, Rocks, Paper, Scissors rules, and garish Luchador masks is so ridiculous it’s borderline genius. It’s not exactly bursting with free content, but what’s there is more than solid enough. And it can keep someone busy for quite a while depending on their personal skill level. Plus it’s goofy, and goofy is almost always cool.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-28 :: Category: Games

R-Tech Commander: Galaxy XD – I know I’m a sucker for sci-fi stuff, but this one honestly looks pretty cool. RPG elements, strategy stuff, armada customization via ship classes and equipment, and a nifty visual style? Yeah, I’m totally sold. Which is even more cool because I don’t actually have to buy anything.

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-29 :: Category: Games

Zombie Panic in Wonderland – The bizarre WiiWare shmup has officially come to the App Store. And it’s free. I think paying absolutely nothing to blast through waves of disfigured Wonderland denizens as any of seven characters with multiple weapons to choose from is a sweet deal. I mean, who wouldn’t think that?

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-01 :: Category: Games

Idonia – So help me I love character customization. So the idea of setting up a 3-person team (with 5 classes to choose from), then finding and equipping them with special gear (lewt drops!!!), and powering them up with special skills is quite alluring. Of course it’s also got upgradable weapons and armor. And online PvP multiplayer. It’s also free, people.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-02-29 :: Category: Games

Maybe it’s because the month is winding down or perhaps it’s just a coincidence, but I found a good deal more interesting-looking freebies this week than usual. Not that I’m complaining. Anyway, here’s this week’s helping of games that don’t require cash to enjoy.

Dark Summoner – Online dark fantasy social games. Typically good stuff. At the very least it tends to be quite popular. So it stands to reason that a free online dark fantasy social game with three different factions to choose between, over 350 kinds of monsters to collect and use, gorgeous artwork, planned monthly events, and free updates (naturally) miiiiiight be worth looking into.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-23 :: Category: Games

Quantum Legacy – Being able to jump right into an action-heavy 3D space shooter is cool. It looks pretty nifty, claims to have “simple and innovative controls,” is free, and overall seems like a decent way to kill time with no cost. But Quantum Legacy really caught my attention because the hero’s ship is called the “Omnithias.” I mean come on, that’s hilarious.

FREE!
$19.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-23 :: Category: Games

Small Street – Everyone loves to build their own cities; the evidence of which is plastered all over the App Store. With such a saturated market, it’s nice to see a game that takes things down to a more intimate level. Say by putting players in charge of a few dozen buildings instead of hundreds. Customizable citizens are a nice touch, too.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-23 :: Category: Games

Cutout Fighter – I’m usually not big on fighting games, but the ones I do enjoy tend to have some kind of visual gimmick associated with them. Clayfighter had claymation, Killer Instinct used cutting-edge (at the time) CGI, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 had Jill Valentine (*swoon*), and now Cutout Fighter taunts me with its paper-focused presentation. I’d say I’m bothered by the temptation, but the game is free so I really don’t care about giving in.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-02-23 :: Category: Games

Save the Cubes – Cubeland is in peril after a mishap at the local chemical plant, so players will have to Save the Cubes. Save cubes from “infected” cubes. Yes, it’s a physics-based zombie game. With nothing but cubes. Color me intrigued.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-22 :: Category: Games

HUNT THE MONSTERS – A princess is nuts for monsters. The king wants to make the princess happy. The subjects… well, they’re just along for the ride. Catching monsters earns gold, gold buys better weapons which can help nab more monsters, and the whole thing feeds on itself until the monster book is full.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-02-20 :: Category: Games

It’s that time of the week again. Time to get ready to enjoy the weekend, collect a paycheck, and kickback with some iOS games that don’t cost a dime. I mean, We’ve all got bills to pay, right? So why not keep them as low as possible with a healthy amount of App Store frugality?

Fairway Solitaire – Big Fish Games – Golf, gophers, and… playing cards? I guess so. Big Fish Games’ take on the classic single-player affair has certainly seen its fair share of buzz (no pun in intended). Which isn’t too much of a surprise seeing as it’s all super-colorful and addictive. The only thing needed to make it “perfect” is an extremely cheap price tag. Oh wait, it has one of those, too.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-02-15 :: Category: Games

Clockwork Brain – Insanely Fun – Mini-game challenges are always popular, and people apparently love to “train” their brains. I blame Nintendo for that one. But thanks to them we have games like Clockwork Brain to pass the time and flex the neurons. Plus it’s got a robot in it. Robots are cool.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-16 :: Category: Games

Trigger Knight – Weird/experimental games always intrigue me. Especially when they involve RPG elements and classic JRPG-inspired visual designs. That, and the concept of a “survival RPG” that utilizes split-second decision making and a single-tap interface just sounds neat. And hey, it’s free so there’s absolutely no harm in checking it out.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-02-15 :: Category: Games

Dancescape – Hmmm… A puzzle game where the puzzles are dance moves. And players have to guide a character through the ruins (and traps) of an ancient civilization. With dancing. Why it’s just insane enough to work!

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-16 :: Category: Games

Stromfeld – In a world full of shmups, what’s the harm in adding one more to the library? Silly of me to ask, I know, because there isn’t any harm in doing so. Especially when it’s free. Also it looks kinda cool and features “endless gameplay.” Not a bad deal.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-15 :: Category: Games

Let’s Bowl 2 – Set ‘em up and knock ‘em down using a number of unique balls, each with their own unique performance, through all manner of wacky and colorful alleys. Throw in upgrades that can be purchased with “bowling bucks” and it’s a pretty cool freebie we have here. Just don’t judge it by the catch-phrase. It’s kinda… yeah…

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-13 :: Category: Games

Shooting and strategy seem to be the two key themes in this weeks FREEday. I honestly didn’t plan it that way, it just sort of happened. Although I suppose it’s not that bad. They are two incredibly popular kinds of games for iOS devices these days. Then again, just about anything that lends itself to quick bursts of playtime do quite well for themselves, too. No matter the intention, here’s a list of free games. Enjoy.

Farmkill – Zombie survival games. Yessir. But before writing off Farmkill as just another shambler slaughter consider this: players can raise volatile (literally) animals to fight off the horde. In addition to the expected defenses and numerous firearms. I have to admit, it’s an interesting idea. Although now I keep thinking about chicken nuggets for some reason…

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-05 :: Category: Games

Battlefield 3: Aftershock – iOS users seem to enjoy multiplayer first-person shooters, so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that EA decided to bring what is arguably their biggest FPS of 2011 to Apple devices. What does come as a surprise is that it’s a free-to-play multiplayer first-person shooter. Allow me to repeat that: it’s a free multiplayer first-person shooter derived from one of EA’s largest 2011 releases. Let the downloading commence.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-08 :: Category: Games

Robot TroopersRobot Troopers takes the idea of task-management and robots it up a notch. Or two. Players will be taking control of an assembly line, cranking out an army of autonomous forces while simultaneously training the new recruits. A robot foreman’s work is never done.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-02-09 :: Category: Games

Suitor Shooter – Protect the princess from the unworthy while getting the prince(s) to the castle. In essence, players are bombarding a horde of “evil,” flower-toting fiends with delusions of dating from a dirigible. While not bombarding the good guys, of course. It’s an unorthodox approach to dating to be sure, but it sure makes for an interesting game.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-09 :: Category: Games

Call me crazy, but I felt compelled to make this week’s list of freebies a little bigger than usual. Maybe it’s because there were more to pick from. Maybe there was a larger number of legitimately interesting titles. Or maybe I was just on a roll and went with it. No matter the reason, there’s a nice big list of iOS games down there that can all be acquired without the use of money. Why not take a look?

GHOST TRICK: Phantom Detective – It seems like Capcom has started to compulsively port their DS games to iOS. Not that I mind, because most of their DS games are utterly fantastic. GHOST TRICK: Phantom Detective is most likely no exception. The dead private eye who continues to solve cases as a spirit while possessing various items in order to freak out nearby living folks might be a tad eccentric for some, but it’s right up my alley. I can only assume it’s right up other peoples’ alleys as well.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-02 :: Category: Games

Rock the Vegas for iPhone – People love to build their own cities in a virtual environment. A lot of people also love to gamble. Rock the Vegas offers both of those things. For free! With no broken thumbs!

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-01-30 :: Category: Games

Brand Name Space Game – Okay, so there’s no shortage of top-down SHMUPs on the App Store. But how many of them feature semi-satirical names? And look pretty? And are free? Yeah, okay. I kind of backed myself into a corner with this one. Still, it’s free so why not take a look?

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-02-01 :: Category: Games

RangeRange might be a game. Then again it might not. Either way, it’s intriguing: it attempts to subconsciously teach players another language through the use of audio cues and platformer-style gameplay. I don’t know if it really works or not, but it’s a pretty cool idea. And I’ve always wanted to start learning Japanese…

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-31 :: Category: Games

Epic Tic Tac Toe Pro – I like to think that anyone who’s been reading my stuff since I’ve started at 148apps is aware of my natural inclination towards completely weird stuff. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’ve managed to find a game that makes tic-tac-toe look like an 8-bit empire building sim. Admit it, this sounds interesting.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-31 :: Category: Games

Spice Invaders – I’d be ashamed if I failed to mention what I’d consider this week’s best free-to-play release. Sure the multiplayer is rather borked, but that can be fixed. Besides, this tower defense game is totally worth the free download for the campaign. And it’s got a ton of unlockable content to keep players occupied.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-02 :: Category: Games

With all the freebies that have been flying around each week, it’s a wonder we haven’t run out. Then again, how many hundreds of apps and games are released each week? Yeah, I suppose when I think about it that way it’s no wonder we’re still going strong. Strong with savings!

… I’m sorry. Just ignore me and take a look at this week’s list. I’ll be sitting over here. In the corner.

Baseball Superstars 2012 – People love baseball. At least, that’s what I’ve heard. So yeah, here’s a baseball game. But what about the rest of us who aren’t nuts for “America’s Favorite Pastime?” Well we have this, too. Because it’s absolutely insane, anime-style baseball. Like with unnatural pitching abilities and totally wacky players. That, and the last one was pretty cool, too.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-26 :: Category: Games

Derby Days – Now I know there are a lot of free-to-play “build X” games around these days, but none to my knowledge combine the concept with horse care. It’s usually either or as far as I know. So why not get excited about being able to build and run a horse ranch, while also caring for and breeding horses? If it were possible to trade the diminutive equines with friends than I’d say this is a sure-fire thing. Wait a second, we can do that already? Well then I guess there’s no point in holding off on downloading it.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-26 :: Category: Games

Zombie Battle – Zombies staggering in from the right side of the screen across several “lanes.” Seems a tad familiar. This isn’t a strategy game, however. It’s more of an action defense thing. Sure, zombies have been done to death (har-har) these days but that’s no reason to discount this upgradable blast-em-up. Besides, vaporizing the living dead is almost always tons of fun.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-01-24 :: Category: Games

2XL MX Offroad – Some people out there might argue about the superiority of dirt bikes versus ATVs. People like that can now have tons of fun with various what-if scenarios thanks to 2XL MX Offroad. People unlike that who don’t care much either way can also have plenty of fun with 2XL MX Offroad because it’s a crazy motocross-style racer with lots of stuff to do and stunts to (hopefully) perform.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-24 :: Category: Games

Now that the holidays are well and truly over (for now), the App Store seems to have gotten back into full swing. It was a little tough choosing what to mention here because there’s been somewhat of a flood of free games released this past week, but I’d consider that a good problem to have. So here it is, a small list of zero-cost iOS games that will hopefully make for a pleasant end of the week. If nothing else they should at least make for a decent distraction, anyway.

LEGO® App4+ – It’s probably (read: definitely) not the most complicated game on this list, but LEGO® App4+ is still worth a look. Especially in a household with a young person or two. Hauling LEGOs around a-la Doodle Truck is a fun way to pass the time in itself, however the added ability to “build” stuff with virtual LEGOs is a nice touch.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-16 :: Category: Games

Niko – Who doesn’t love a colorful puzzle/platformer… thing? No one, that’s who! Which is exactly why checking out this freebie is worth doing. Access is limited to the first six levels, but I’m thinking that’s more than enough to suffice when it comes to having fun. Plus it unlocks special rewards that can be redeemed for Habbo Hotel, for what that’s worth.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-19 :: Category: Games

Order Up!! To Go – The comparisons to Cooking Mama are unavoidable, but I don’t really think that’s a bad thing. In fact, I’d call it great. Greater still is the way it reminds me of a Japanese PlayStation game called I am the Chef that was amazing (and never released in the states, of course). Regardless of what it’s like or what it reminds anyone of, it’s a nifty little free-to-play that includes cooking mini-games and restaurant management. Can we say “sweet?” Yeah, I thought so.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-19 :: Category: Games

Snark Busters – I’ll admit I’ve never been a huge fan of “find the hidden object” games, but I’m more than aware that it’s a reasonably successful genre. So it’s not hard for me to imagine that there are plenty of people out there who will flock to Snark Busters. I mean it’s free, and it features a steampunk setting. About 90% of the world’s population loves both those things. It’s not guess-work, it’s science!

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-01-19 :: Category: Games

Uh-oh. Know what day today is? Yeah… *gulp*

Well I for one won’t let superstition get the best of me. In fact, it’s scientifically proven that getting games for free is the best way to change bad luck into good. Lucky (ha-ha!) thing I just so happen to have a list of a few of these zero-cost gems right here. Be sure to check them all out right after the break.

(NOTE: Free games are most certainly not scientifically proven to fix bad luck. However, they will kill time while sitting in the emergency room after that “unfortunate incident” with the cat and the Thighmaster.)

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Just like that, we find ourselves in 2012. I’m going to side-step the expected talk of apocalypse and instead focus on resolutions. Those promises people make to themselves in an attempt to break nasty habits or set major changes in motion. We all make ‘em and we all tend to break ‘em. Sometimes. Okay, most of the time. What can I say? Healthy food usually tastes like cardboard. Although I have to admit I’ve finally managed to develop a taste for yogurt after roughly 28 years of trying. Anyway, before the inevitable failures start to set in I’ve got a small list of games that will keep the “spend less money” hopefuls on-track. At least for a little while.

Battle Legend Infinity – I’m fairly certain that this is a new thing. Combining old-school turn-based RPG battles with endless wave survival, I mean. At least, I think it is. Whether or not that’s true, it’s a neat idea. The classic video game character “knock-offs” are a nice touch, too.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-01-05 :: Category: Games

Legendary Heroes – Two teams. Three heroes. Four unique abilities apiece. Legendary Heroes isn’t just another castle defense iOS game. It’s the same basic idea, but this time the emphasis is on managing hero units and building complimentary teams of three instead of strategically churning out cannon fodder.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-03 :: Category: Games

Turtle Isles – Guiding wayward turtles around a beach a-la ChuChu Rocket. By tapping starfish. Heck of a concept. Sure it’s missing the bizarre space mice but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth checking out. So, who’s going to help these slowpokes pair up?

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-01-04 :: Category: Games

Scramble With Friends Free – Remember Boggle? Of course. I mean, who doesn’t, right? Well now we can play a facsimile, complete with special power-ups (freeze time, etc…) on-the-go. Anytime, anywhere. Methinks a certain other multiplayer word game is going to find itself facing some unexpected competition.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-01-05 :: Category: Games

Fluff Friends Rescue – I have to give The Humane Society credit, I never would have expected them to find a way to incorporate their usual dealings into a genuinely interesting game. But that’s exactly what’s been done with Fluff Friends Rescue. Think “town-building freemium” game, only instead of constructing stores and homes players will be setting up their own animal shelter. Also, it’s super-adorable.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-02 :: Category: Games

The holiday season is barreling down upon us. At this point I imagine a good many peoples’ funds have been completely tapped out thanks to all that gift buying. No more cash for personal goodies. If only there were some way… wait! There is! A handy (and weekly) article about free games ought to do the trick!

DISCLAIMER: 148apps is not responsible for angry husbands, wives, moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins or friends as a result of being ignored in favor of digital entertainment. If problems persist, 148apps suggests putting the iOS device down and spending time with the family. There’s always next week.

iMAME – It’s probably a Christmas miracle that it hasn’t been taken off the App Store yet, but the virtual arcade machine that can be manually loaded with more games is indeed still up there. If, for some odd reason, it still hasn’t been downloaded, now is the time to jump on it. There’s always the possibility that this gift that keeps on giving will stick around for some miraculous reason, but why take that chance?

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-12-21 :: Category: Games

Dungeon Hunter 3 – Gameloft’s latest dungeon crawler shakes up the series something fierce. It features four new character classes (Astromancer, Warlord, Shaman, Trickster), the option to play as a male or female character and a price tag of zero dollars. Interest has been piqued, yes?

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-12-21 :: Category: Games

The Sims FreePlayThe Sims has gone free-to-play, and while this might mean things such as tasks being completed in real-time it doesn’t mean an end to the fun. With a price this nonexistent, it’d be a shame not to give it a look-see.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-12-15 :: Category: Games

ZENONIA 4 – Gamevil’s action/rpg series has just received it’s most refined iteration yet. It looks prettier, plays better and is bound to give long-time fans of the series spontaneous fits of the giggles thanks to the inclusion of notable characters from past ZENONIA games.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-12-21 :: Category: Games

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Naught:
Naught takes the gravity physics game into the monochrome world, and then adds in a cutesy cat as the hero. Players are challenged with tilting, rotating, and probably throwing their devices as they try to navigate this perilous world of dark and scary creatures. Those who would rather keep their sanity can choose from two other control schemes, but that would dilute the fun and frustration of this artistically beautiful game.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-08-25 :: Category: Games

Monster Mouth DDS:
Let’s face it, nobody enjoys going to the dentist and sitting in a chair while their teeth get blasted, scraped, and cleaned all in the name of good health. However, those players that have an itch to fill the role of a mad dentist finally have the perfect opportunity. The only downside is that instead of cleaning somewhat palatable human teeth, players get the joys of scrubbing some nasty monster mouths, full of plaque, slime, and weird creature like cavities. This is not a game for those with a weak stomach, that much is for sure.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-08-25 :: Category: Games

Billiard Chain:
Players addicted to games like Zuma, yet needed something a little different have a nice surprise. Billiard Chain takes the familiarity of Zuma, but paints it with a fun billiard setting. Players will be using a pool cue to launch their balls into a non-stop stream of cue balls. Even better, there is no need to head to a smokey bar, or fend off the local drunk with a chair in this game. Safety is our number one concern, after all!

$229.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-08-22 :: Category: Games

KungFu Food:
Those players that are sick of slicing fruits and veggies, yet still need to get their samurai action on need not look any further. KungFu Food is all about slicing and dicing food, only this time it is junk food like cola, burgers, steaks, and even salads. Those who are counting calories can even play Calorie Mode and shed fat….virtually.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-08-18 :: Category: Games

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-08-18 :: Category: Games

Emissary of War:
Players take on the role of an emissary who has but one last mission in their journey to complete. A single treaty that needs to be brokered is all that remains, yet life has a way of screwing this up. It is now up to the player to hack and slash their way through legions of mercenaries and monsters who want nothing more than to put the hero in a six foot deep hole. Who will save this troubled land?

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-08-18 :: Category: Games

FrEEday Vol 53

Allied Star Police

If you are not familiar with the Allied Star Police then you are not familiar with the story of Owain Weinert.  This brave child was paired up with PopCap through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the company helped turn his game concept into a full iOS title.  Looking at the production values alone it would be impossible to determine that this was the brainchild of a 9 year old.  It looks and plays amazingly well, proving that you don’t have to be a industry veteran to have a great concept for a game.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-07-21 :: Category: Games

Deadlock: Online

Let’s face it, dual stick shooters are nothing truly revolutionary to the iOS.  On the other hand, not that many of these games feature anything that would bear any resemblance to online multiplayer.  This is exactly what Deadlock: Online provides, all for the tremendously steep price-tag of absolutely nothing.  As players become more successful they will get the chance to change and upgrade their gear, furthering the incentive to return, match after match.  Give it a look if you can avoid getting addicted.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-07-21 :: Category: Games

Eternity Warriors

The age of the hack and slash game has long since came and went, but that doesn’t mean that there are at least a few of us that long for the good old fashion action that only repetitive mouse clicks could provide.  Tapping into the same vein as repetitive combat games like Gun Bros, this time you are armed with a broadsword that emphasizes close quarters combat.  As you might expect, the title also features a wide variety of character customization, so that players can indulge their inner control freak.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-07-08 :: Category: Games

SuperRope

The urge to climb forever higher would seem to be an interesting construct in gaming.  The problem is that it could prove to be rather limiting for variety.  At least this is what I felt until I check out SuperRope and had my impressions turned on their ear.  Though the concept is simple, the execution is far more difficult that one might think.  Give it a look, it will keep you climbing for hours.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-07-14 :: Category: Games

ZombieSmash

Originally a full priced iOS release, ZombieSmash has been recently reduced in price to absolutely nothing.  Melding together the genres of castle defense and the undead seem like a fairly unlikely combination, but it actually seems to work rather well.  If our review is any indication, you will have four stars worth of mindless entertainment.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-03-17 :: Category: Games

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