Top Ten New Free iOS Games by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
One part of our latest “Top Ten” list is for all our loyal readers who love to play games on the world’s greatest gaming platform, the iPhone. Why is it so great? Well, for one thing you ALWAYS have it with you. That counts for a lot and makes up for any nit picky shortcomings it may have relative to bona fide game consoles. Just try commuting to work with your Xbox.
The other part is for all you cheapskates out there. C’mon, you know who you are…all of us! Let’s face it, who doesn’t like a freebie, especially one that can occupy your idle minutes so productively. Get work done? Are you kidding me? Not where there are baddies to zap, words to come up with, or any number of moment to moment challenges that keep us on our collective toes.
Plus, a free game, while often times not truly free due to IAPs or having to buy the “full version”, at least gives you a taste so you can decide if it’s something you want to spend more time with. You know, kind of like a first date in the park.
So here goes, our recommendation for a bunch of terrific games that have been released or updated in the past couple of months.
Sky Force 2014 – (updated Sept 11, 2014) – It’s a side scroller that you won’t want to put down. It’s not lost on us the amount of pure development and design work that has gone into the latest release of this game. With weekly tournaments, a nice social gaming aspect, the stunning 3D graphics, and a ton of achievements to garner, there’s a lot to love.
This game is one of the most immersive we’ve had the pleasure of playing and just for the record, don’t blame us if you miss your stop.
Smash Bandits Racing – This is flat out an exhilarating racing game. It has tons of powerups, fantastic graphics, quite a few unique features, and with a goal of creating as much carnage as possible, it really cranks up the fun. From the helicopter to smashing cop cars to actual car damage, it’s quite the ride.
We also applaud how the developers have made the game easier to play with the one finger control. All in all this is one free game not to miss.
Kunin – Do you like action/arcade games? If you want to take this one on you’d better be well rested and focused! It will take all you powers of speed, accuracy and timing but if you bring your A game it will pay off. You are a Ninja in training and have a number of deadly items coming at you; daggers, throwing stars, battle axes and sickles.
We love the slick cartoon-like graphics, mystical soundtrack and fast pace. You have to face the right direction and slash the incoming projectiles to make it to Ninja Master but the good news is that even if you don’t you’ll have lots of slashing fun trying to get there.
Punch Quest – Shades of Super Mario. Go back in time with a time machine to play this one, well, not really but it does make you feel like you’re back in the ‘90s playing with a vintage computer game. Use your thumbs to throw uppercuts or jabs as you move along from left to right knocking out the baddies.
Break the egg open and pimp your ride on a baby dinosaur. Just keep moving and punching, with a block here and there, and you’ll have a ball.
7 Little Words – If fast twitching and screaming action is not your game, or just not what you want at the moment, take a break with this challenging thinking game. It’s easy to just pick up and play and will get your gray matter humming. You’re given seven words to guess from 20 blocks that each have two or three letters.
Once you use a block it goes away leaving just the unused ones for you to pick from. More challenging than it sounds and well worth a look. We’d like to see more free content but hey, bills have to be paid.
Symbol Link – This game from the author of Tetris, Alexey Pajitnov, is a problem solving type of game and while it starts off easy but as the number of squares increases it can get quite difficult. Are you up for it? You have to connect like symbols in such a way that you find the pairs with the shortest path first.
There is a lot of free content and while removing ads is $1.99, ads are also removed with any IAP.
3D Chess Game – If you’re a chess fanatic, or just like to capture a pawn every now and then, this is a very attractive and feature packed version of the classic game. Right off the bat you see a 3D chess board and can move it around with your finger to suit the view you prefer or spin it to see your side from the other side.
Of course you have all the usual adjustments, the level you want to play at, human or computer opponent, timed play or not, etc. But you can also pick the color of the opposing pieces, which while not strictly a game option, is pretty cool.
Twisted Lands: Insomniac Collector’s Edition HD – Twisted Lands is a terrifically successful gaming franchise from Big Fish Games. There are five different versions and they are all excellent. They are interactive mystery role playing games combined with hidden objects games, and they look stunning on the iPad’s big screen. So, if you like solving mysteries, these are not to be missed. These games take the hidden object genre to new levels.
One of the best aspects of this series, the videos and very high quality detailed graphics, make for an engaging experience but all that content does comes with a cost, the size of the download is about 700MB.
Crossroad – Control Traffic At Rush Hour – Avoid Car Crashes – If you’ve ever driven on a busy city street this is a game that you will take to like a fish to water. You are the overseeing traffic controller who can, with just a flick of your omnipotent finger, make cars, trucks and motorcycles either zoom across the intersection using a quick swipe or stop for another vehicle to pass by tapping on it.
Your goal, as you might expect, is to get as many vehicles safely across as possible.
It’s a quick game to pick up and play and loads of fun, even when things start to get crowded and the horns start blaring.
Zen Pinball – Are you a Pinball Wizard? Would you like to become one? This game features superb graphics and uses an excellent physics engine to bring all the real action of a physical pinball game to your iOS device.
It’s amazing how realistic it plays – every time you hit the flipper or gently hold the ball on it for a finesse move, the ball responds just like you’d expect. You can quickly start playing a solo game to kill some time while waiting for your dentist or go into Hot Seat mode to play with your buddy.
The global leader boards will let you know how you stack up against all the other wizards out there.
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