Yesterday, we looked at the games all you new 3G S owners should be buying. However, with the App Store being as it is, there’s no real need to spend any more money than you already have. Let’s face it- the 3G S doesn’t come cheap.
In the spirit of new-found thriftiness, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 free games you should get on your iPhone’s home screen pronto. Of course, if you’re a regular 3G owner and have missed out on any of these hidden gems, give ‘em a download as well.
All of these games are full freebies. Not a lite, demo or trial version in sight, as far as the eye can see. Not all of them will be free forever though, so make sure to make your next stop the App Store.
Tap Tap Revenge 2
Type Rhythm game
The iPhone’s best and most famous rhythm game, Tap Tap Revenge 2 lets you download real songs by real artists for free within the game to tap along to. Just like Guitar Hero, or some of the other console rhythm kings, get enough notes spot on in a row and you’ll get a special score bonus.
Full of visual glitz and with the ability to upload your scores to the web, Tap Tap Revenge 2 is absolutely un-missable for any iPhone users.
Type Financial Strategy
We were quite surprised when a free game from video game giant EA turned up on the App Store. It’s a neat title that lets you manage your own lemonade stand. You can adjust the recipe, the price, and even move to a different location.
You’re in control of marketing too, and can even start an ad campaign for your dinky little stand. Engrossing in spite of its retro feel, Lemonade Tycoon is a tasty little freebie.
Wild West Pinball
Wild West Pinball has only been free for a short amount of time, so you’d better snap it up in case the price skyrockets again. It’s a realistic pinball sim with great 3D graphics and some of the best physics we’ve seen in an iPhone pinball game to date.
You’ve only got the one table to play, but it’s a good one. Wild west themed, as you might imagine, it’s full of missions, bumpers and even a bank you can rob for a healthy score boost. Online scoreboards take this already fun game up an extra notch.
Type Action Puzzle Driving
Although it may look friendly, Jelly Car’s one heck of a challenging game. You control said jelly car using the accelerometer, and you can make it expand to several times its normal size by tapping the touchscreen.
Each level is a maze of obstacles to try and navigate your vulnerable little vehicle around. It’s a game that’s developed a lot since its release, way back in the early days of the App Store. With loads of levels, a dedicated sound track and some brilliant physics, don’t miss Jelly Car.
Type Tower Defence
Tower Defense games have been one of the iPhone’s real success stories. Fieldrunners has proved to be one of the most successful games on the platform so far, while ngmoco’s Star Defense made it into yesterday’s must-have paid-for Top 10.
TapDefense is its free cousin, and it’s been around for quite a while. That doesn’t mean it’s not almost as good as the cream of the paid-for Tower Defence crop. Mediaeval in style, you have to place lowers alone a single-screen path in order to stop the oncoming invaders. It’s simple, but will keep you hooked for hours.
By PDA Mill
If you had a PDA, you’d have to pay for The Corair. We iPhone users are so spoilt- you can download it for free. It’s a pirate-themed shooter where you have to tap the screen to below scurvy’d sea dogs away.
In its visuals, you can tell it’s a game that’s come from a slightly less game-savvy platform, but The Corsair can still hold its own against similar gallery shooters. We probably even prefer it to Metal Gear Solid Touch- and believe us, that game’s not free.
Ngmoco is king of the weird and wonderful on the iPhone. Conversely, the concept behind Mazefinger is so simple that it sounds at first underwhelming- you drag your finger around mazes.
However, it’s got such a funky visual style and such carefully managed objectives that Mazefinger quickly becomes really quite addictive. There are 1000 mazes to play through as well, which will keep your finger very busy for a very long time.
Aurora Feint II: Tower Puzzles
By Aurora Feint
Your iPhone wouldn’t be complete without a matching puzzler, and Aurora Feint has come up with the goods with Aurora Feint II: Tower Puzzles. It’s a matching puzzler with a slight fantasy vibe. You have to clear all the spheres in each level, but only have a certain number of moves to do so.
Playing the game’s easy, just requiring intuitive flicks of the touchscreen. There are 30 levels in the game, which paves the way for other paid-for games in the series such as Aurora Feint II: Arena Daemons and Aurora Feint II: The Beginning.
By Flashbang Studios
Often, you can never be sure what an iPhone game will be like from the screenshots. There are just so many of them, and so few have recognisable brands that you feel like you’re left just staring at a load of colourful, cartoony blobs, with no idea what’s meant to be going on.
A quick look at iSplume is a bit like this, but you’ve probably played a game that’s similar unless you’re a verified gaming newcomer. It’s a lot like Puzzle Bobble – in that you’re firing blobs from one side of the screen to the other to make groups of matching blobs – apart from that it introduces physics to the equation, letting you use the accelerometer to move your coloured blobs about.
By Eye Cog
Ball Fill is another limited time freebie, so be sure to grab it right away. In it, you’re trying to fill the screen with balls. To inflate a ball, you just put your finger on the screen. It’ll start expanding instantly under your touch. However, there are nasty little ball breakers roaming about each level too, trying to thwart your plans. Once you’ve taken your finger off the screen though, they’re safe from these roaming enemies.
Once you’ve filled a certain area of the screen, you finish the level, but doing so only gets harder as the number of enemies increases until it’s little more than a chaotic storm of ball breaking mites. Fun stuff.