FREEday 1/20/12 - "FREE like a Summer Breeze"

Posted by Rob Rich on January 20th, 2012

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.

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.

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.

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!