Love iPhone games? Love free things? Great! As you’ll see in our roundup of the finest zero-cost driving games, sports sims, puzzles and shooters, some of the best mobile gaming experiences don’t cost anything whatsoever.
This feature outlines the 40 free iPhone games we consider the very best. If you don’t love freebie gaming after tackling these gems, seek help (or dig out your wallet and take a look at our list of the best iOS games).
New in our list this month: Dungeons of Dreadrock, Super Auto Pets, Pixel Shooter Infinity and Linko.
A quick note on IAP: Many free games make their money through the use of IAPs (in-app purchases). Sometimes these unlock cosmetic changes; sometimes it’s almost impossible to play without them. Needless to say our 40 picks are all good citizens in this regard, but our reviews provide more detail.
Best free iPhone games
1. Cards of Terra
An alien princess has crashed into a planet full of warring factions and hideous beasts. Fortunately, she’s a magical alien princess and pragmatically decides to pit the aforementioned horrors against each other, with a view to wiping them out, rescuing her crew, and getting off the mudball forever.
Battles are presented as part solitaire, part collectable card game. You must reach gold cards (your crew) by removing cards stacked on top of them – or wipe out every card if no gold ones are present. To achieve this, you deplete each card’s energy by dragging others on to it. But every move depletes your own reserves, so you must be tactical.
That alone would make for a great card puzzler, but Cards of Terra takes things much further, by making its cards feel alive. Some rampage up a column. Others blast weapons or meander across the board. If you end up with a doddering sheep, chances are a wolf card will appear from nowhere and devour it.
Finding out how everything works is an awful lot of fun. But what’s increasingly apparent as you play is the sheer level of depth the game has – and the care that’s gone into it. Beyond the initial campaign, there are several modes to dig into. The visuals and audio are superb. It’s one of the finest, most premium card games on the App Store, making it a magical marvel that it’s available for free.
IAPs: For £2.49/$2.99, you can remove (infrequent) ads. Do consider paying, given how good the game is.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Cards of Terra
2. The Battle of Polytopia
At the start of The Battle of Polytopia, you find yourself in a little town, surrounded by the unknown, with a single warrior unit under your command. The game gives you 30 turns to explore, locate and ally with or attack other miniature empires, research technologies, and advance your civilisation.
Much of the game is based around strategising, making the best use of limited resource allowances. Would it be beneficial this turn to research hunting and utilise nearby (and tasty) wildlife? Or would the smart move be getting the technology to forge huge swords, subsequently enabling you to gleefully conquer rival cities?
In essence, then, this is Civilization in microcosm – a brilliantly conceived mobile take on 4X gaming (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) that betters actual Civ games that have appeared on iPhone. In limiting your turns and giving you a score at the end, the game also feels puzzlish, since you must figure out how to better your lot with very limited resources and time.
For more bloodthirsty players, there’s also a ‘domination’ mode, where you play until only one tribe remains standing. However you play, it’s an astonishing achievement, huge fun, and the best freebie game on iPhone.
IAPs: Extra tribes cost between 99p/99c and £3.99/$3.99. The more you have, the more you can take on in any one game – and on larger maps, too.
For iPhone and iPad (Universal) | Download The Battle of Polytopia
3. Rocket League Sideswipe
If you think the infamous ‘car football’ game once broadcast on a British TV motoring show was absurd, it’s got nothing on Rocket League Sideswipe. Here, matches consist of head-to-head skirmishes between individuals or teams of two, with everyone attempting to use rocket-powered flying vehicles to direct a huge ball into gigantic goalmouths.
Although the cars are more controllable than, say, protagonists in a Colin Lane brawler ( Rowdy Wrestling; Knight Brawl), bouts initially feel like free-for-alls as your car blasts all over the shop, the ball careening around until seemingly randomly ending up in a goal.
However, Rocket League Sideswipe rewards mastery. Single-player training modes let you get to grips with your car, so you can learn how to make it flip and smash the ball goalwards while you soar through the air. And when stuck in a deeply one-sided match, a forfeit option lets you escape and try to find opponents more on your level.
That said, even when you’re getting a kicking, the game remains fun. And when you nail a perfect shot across half the pitch, you’ll feel like a gaming god. The only downside is once you’re done, real-world sports feel comparatively dull. Still, all the more reason for another game of Rocket League Sideswipe – or ten!
IAPs: Amazingly, there are none at all at the time of writing.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Rocket League Sideswipe
4. Super Mombo Quest
Celebrated platform game stars have unique characteristics that help them stand out. Sonic can blaze along at breakneck speed. Mario has a plethora of power-ups to call on. Super Mombo has… a really big tongue. And we can guarantee the last of those wasn’t in the minds of Subrosa’s citizens when praying for a saviour to deliver them from the evil King of Nightmares. Still, it’s now your lot as the purple, bouncy, big-tongued Mombo to give your foes a thorough licking. So to speak.
The game’s exploration elements feel very Metroid, but there are dollops of Super Meat Boy too as you barrel around, leaping off walls and jumping on enemies. Although you don’t have to zoom around like a maniac, dispatching a level’s entire quotient of foes before a timer ticks down nets you a coveted combo award. Get enough of those and more areas are unlocked.
There’s a lot more going on too: quests; characters to chat to; the means to use gems you collect to kit out Mombo with special abilities. Although this game is tough, it’s fair. Mastery reaps rewards as you gradually crack how to control Mombo at speed and dig further into the game. Assuming your thumbs can take the strain, you won’t find a better freebie platformer on iPhone.
IAPs: Tap the trunk button for payment options. £2.49/$2.99 removes the ads, but the £4.49/$4.99 premium tier is better, because it adds offline play and gives you other goodies. You can also spend 89p/$0.99 on 5000 crystals to speed along upgrades if you wish.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Super Mombo Quest
5. Dungeons of Dreadrock
Our early moments with Dungeons of Dreadrock weren’t exactly filled with excitement. It seemed like another me-too puzzler. The cartoonish intro admittedly had heart and humour, even if the story was full of cliches: a sibling is about to be sacrificed; you have to save them. But we then found ourselves in a single-screen dungeon with an exit.
The grid pattern made it clear what was going to happen. We’d swipe about, overcome obstacles, and then rinse and repeat. The enemies shuffling about while we dithered made it clear this would take place in real-time, as if a dungeon crawler had been transplanted on to graph paper.
Then we found ourselves facing off against a stupid orc, who was easily bested through brainpower. Unexpectedly, the orc chased us to another level. The pace quickened. Tension! Excitement! “Do you get it now?” the game appeared to say as it continued drip-feeding little nuggets of joy – short and smart moments that would add up to a fulfilling and engaging whole.
So on the surface this game might look like more of the same. But its creator isn’t kidding about the handcrafted nature of the puzzles. Dungeons of Dreadrock feels the opposite of cranked out, where every step has been carefully considered – and it’s all the better for it.
IAPs: £1.79/$1.99 rids you of momentum-sapping ads.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Dungeons of Dreadrock
6. Super Auto Pets
There’s a point in Super Auto Pets when everything clicks. It doesn’t happen immediately, but it’s a huge relief when it does – primarily because you then realise that, no, you haven’t missed something stupefyingly obvious; instead, you just needed to dig deeper into the game’s rules.
Let’s rewind a bit. The game features teams of cartoon animals who meet in battle and duff each other up in an orderly and automated fashion. Each creature has hit and energy points. One by one, they do their thing, and the last team with an animal standing wins.
That seems simple until you’re partway through a battle and your opponent’s animals power each other up, one disappears and is replaced by a bus, another dies and spawns a bee – which a horse then fortifies – and then a critter that was eaten early on is regurgitated by a whale and swiftly takes out what remains of your battered army.
So, yes, this one isn’t straightforward. It’s not like playing higher or lower, where a 7 beats a 6. But it is fantastic, assuming you’ve got the patience and interest to dig into each animal’s stats and figure out how to create a winning combination of cartoon critters that can kick serious bottom.
IAPs: You can play the game indefinitely, but can buy an alternative animal pack (£4.49/$4.99) and new backgrounds (£2.49/$2.99). Backgrounds can also be bought by points won in-game, but doing so takes forever.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Super Auto Pets
7. Super Fowlst 2
Demons have broken through the barriers between worlds, but all the action heroes are busy. It therefore falls to a chicken to stop them all. (Hey, Hollywood: it turns out that not all ideas have yet been committed to film!)
You are that chicken, in a game that is a demented mash-up of Flappy Bird, procedurally generated maze-like levels, shooty action, coin collection, and an awful lot of headbutting evil critters into oblivion.
The controls are simple: tap the left or right of the screen to arc in that direction. The trick is in the timing, getting it right so you smack into an enemy rather than their fiery demon breath. Fortunately, there are things to aid you: power-ups activated by an upwards swipe; between-game chicken upgrades like missiles you fire from your bottom; occasional mech suits, with which you can get all stompy.
The last of those proves particularly useful when it comes to the boss battles punctuating the game. Initially, you’ll grin at the absurdity of battling foes like a sentient avocado that hurls his brother (the stone) your way – before you realise how quickly they can smash you into a fillet.
It’s all great stuff – a superb slice of arcade action for iPhone, cleverly updated for the touchscreen.
IAPs: For an entirely reasonable £3.99/$3.99, you can smash the ads like an egg.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Super Fowlst 2
8. Pigeon Wings Strike
Evil minions have taken over the city, and only pigeons in biplanes can save us. This is what budget cuts get you. Fortunately, these aviator avians are the business, zig-zagging through buildings, subways, and tunnels, and blasting drones and flying fortresses to bits. At least, when they’re not flying into walls. Which happens quite often…
Yep, Pigeon Wings Strike has a beak firmly planted in ‘absurdly fast endless arcade game’ territory. You belt along at insane speeds, wiggling your iPhone up and down to adjust altitude, holding the left of the screen to keep the throttle down, and prodding the right to boost when slipstreaming other pigeons – or unleash laser death when facing adversaries.
The tilt controls are pitch perfect, which given that they are, well, tilt controls is a bit of a shock. But then this is a freebie take on the already-confirmed-excellent Pigeon Wings, and so no-one should have expected anything different.
The only downside is the game’s a touch one-note, but that doesn’t really matter when it’s as fabulous as this. And as an added bonus, do well and you can unlock all manner of critters for your hangar – a boost-happy frog; a speed freak skunk; a rabbit that encourages nearby pigeons to get all shooty. How can you say no?
IAPs: 99p/99c removes the ads forever, which, frankly, is a bit of a bargain.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Pigeon Wings Strike
9. Impossible Isles
If you thought district zoning in the likes of SimCity was tough, wait until you chance upon Impossible Isles. Here, the local bunnies and ducks hate each other with a passion. As you lay down tiles, you must ensure ducks and bunnies never sit in adjacent squares, or you’ll be docked points. But their other wishes must be taken into account too: bunnies like fields; ducks like water.
As if that wasn’t complicated enough, everything else in this game is sentient to some degree. Put water next to a mountain and the big hill will have a strop. Ego-crazed shrines demand to have their subjects nearby. And then there’s an angry ogre and slot-blocking imp to contend with, and mega-points secret bonuses to discover.
If Impossible Isles dished out cards at random, it would be fun enough, but it doesn’t. Every deal is identical – as are the imp’s movements. That means across multiple attempts you should be able to boost your score, through gradually making the isle layout more optimal.
In a genius move that adds longevity, the draw changes daily (and throws a wildcard with its own rules into the mix), giving you an entirely new – yet familiar – puzzle to tackle. At a fiver, this would be a recommended puzzler. For free, it’s unmissable.
IAPs: Generously, this game has no IAPs and no ads.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Impossible Isles
10. Disc Drivin’ 2
When you imagine a racing game, turn-based play probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But Disc Drivin’ 2 mashes shove ha’penny into futuristic racing fare like Wipeout, somehow creating something that’s furiously compelling rather than ridiculous.
OK, it is a little bit ridiculous, but, most importantly, the game is huge fun. You select a track, kick off a race against a randomly selected online opponent, and flick your little disc onwards. Your aim is to hit speed-up pads and build boost, and to not end up hurling your disc into the abyss or getting it impaled.
Naturally, just as in traditional racing fare, a solid grasp of the tracks helps. Fortunately, you can spend as much time on them as you like in the speedrun mode, mastering every turn, and committing to memory jump and trap locations. But the actual racing bit is pleasingly unique, with its mix of snooker-like aiming, speed, and split-second decision making.
With 15 tracks, up to ten online races on the go at once, and a slew of unlockables to collect, Disc Drivin’ 2 should keep you flicking for months. Moreover, it cements itself as being the best freebie iPhone racer, despite omitting many of the conventions you’d expect from the genre.
IAPs: You can buy stacks of coins to speed up unlocking cards. IAPs vary from £1.99/$1.99 for 100 coins to £38.99/$39.99 for 3,600. A better bet is the one-off £4.99/$4.99 ‘Premium’ IAP that removes ads, ups your online race count to 25 (from 10), and gives you as many goes as you like on the daily challenge.
For iPhone and iPad (Universal) | Download Disc Drivin’ 2
11. Data Wing
First impressions of Data Wing are essentially “this is a quite nice top-down racer”. You guide a little triangular ship about a minimal track, battling inertia in a manner similar to controlling the spaceship in classic arcade blaster Asteroids. But, unusually, your ship doesn’t explode when it hits something; instead, Data Wing encourages you to grind track edges for boost, which flings you along at sometimes irrational speeds.
If that was all you got, Data Wing would still impress, but this game is far more than a basic racer. Sure, there are time trials, races where you must hit checkpoints before the clock runs out, and skirmishes against opponents. But some levels flip the game on its side and have you battle gravity. In these adventure-oriented mini-quests, you explore caverns, find keys, and figure out how to use the environment to clamber towards a distant – and very high-up – exit.
While all this is going on, there’s a narrative playing out on the level-select screen, involving your job as a ‘data wing’, working for Mother, the AI at the heart of a machine. This becomes almost as engaging as the arcade action, delving into hacking, and affording you glimpses of life beyond the screen.
On paper, it’s a strange mash-up that probably shouldn’t work, and yet it does. In short, Data Wing’s an iOS classic that’s not to be missed.
IAPs: Data Wing has no IAPs or ads – it’s totally free. Bargain of the year? We think so.
For iPhone and iPad (Universal) | Download Data Wing
The original SpellTower remains one of the finest word games on any platform. Drawing from traditional paper-based word searches and crosswords, SpellTower subverted the genre by bolting on bits of Tetris. This mash-up provided lashings of word-based strategy, and appealed to a wide range of puzzle fans.
In its free form, SpellTower+ more or less is the original SpellTower, spruced up a bit visually, made free (with ads), and with the odd extra rule. It’s still marvellous.
Your journey begins in Tower mode, facing a stack of letters and black squares in a well. You tap out words that can be formed from snake-like pathways – there’s no ‘straight line’ limitation here! When they are submitted, gravity plays its part, and tiles left floating fall. Finding the longest word isn’t always a high-score strategy – instead, you must make best use of what’s on the grid.
Beyond Tower, you venture into modes that borrow from Tetris-like arcade puzzlers, growing the stack after each move or against the clock. You also get a daily crack at a Tower mode, and the new Search. The latter has you manipulate a square board packed with double-score tiles, and you only get one attempt to submit a high-scoring word.
Pay up and you get a lot more, but even for free, SpellTower+ is a must-have for iPhone.
IAPs: The full game unlock IAP costs £4.99/$4.99. This removes the ads, enables you to peruse statistics, and provides access to Search, Zen, ExPuzzle, Double Puzzle, Bubble Puzzle, and Blitz modes.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download SpellTower+
13. Touchgrind Scooter
If you’re unfamiliar with Touchgrind, the series emulates extreme sports (dude), in a manner that uses two of your digits to control whatever’s transporting you through the game world. In other words, your fingers become like little arms and legs. It’s best not to think about it too much.
This latest entry moves on from skateboards and BMX bikes to scooters, having you control a board that features handles and two tiny wheels, attempting to not break your virtual neck when performing show-off stunts.
Initially, it’s tricky; you might wonder whether it’d be quicker to learn how to perform a backflip on a real scooter. But then this series has always demanded a certain amount of dedication. So work through the tutorial until you’ve nailed the handling, and only then set out for runs through the first unlocked course.
Soon, the physics, viewpoint and brilliant (if odd) control method will click. You’ll start grinding on rails and spinning your deck while in the air. Then you can venture into the how-to section and discover ever-more dangerous stunts to try. On iPhone, it all works wonderfully, offering a rewarding experience – if you’re prepared to put in the effort.
IAPs: You could spend a lot of money on virtual avatars and kit, but probably don’t. However, if you like the game, £8.99/$8.99 unlocks four new city areas that you can’t get through standard play. They’re worth it if you hanker for new places to strut your scooter stuff.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Touchgrind Scooter
14. Super Cat Tales 2
The original Super Cat Tales felt like someone had shoved a classic old-school platform game inside your iPhone. Only instead of a dungaree-clad plumber doddering about, it starred a rag-tag bunch of moggies. In this sequel, the cats are back, to thwart the invasion plans of a mysterious tin soldier army.
Super Cat Tales 2’s pacy, breezy platforming action, packed with secrets, urgency and excitement, ensures it grabs hold from the off. A nicely written slice of backstory draws you in, and before you know it your cat is leaping about, grabbing the suspiciously large number of levitating gold coins that appear in this kind of game, and hopping into the occasional massive yellow tank for robot-smashing action.
Although the bright, chunky visuals might feel like a throwback to the SNES, the controls in Super Cat Tales 2 are thoroughly modern. One thumb at each side of the screen is enough to let you run, dash, clamber up walls (and scrabble down them like a terrified kitten when holding on a second too long), and wall-jump like a feline ninja.
At first, it all feels alien as you rewire your thumbs; but the game soon beds in as a near-perfect iPhone platformer. Frankly, we’d be recommending this one for a tenner; for free – or five quid if you go premium – it’s a bargain.
IAPs: The £4.99/$4.99 premium mode removes the ads. You can also pay to unlock levels if you haven’t found the objects you need to progress.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Super Cat Tales 2
15. Super Arcade Football
At the height of the 16-bit era, consoles and computers didn’t have the grunt to power football games that resembled something you’d see on the telly. Instead, they were fast-paced and frenetic affairs: pinball-like to the observer, but to the player, exactly the way football feels in your head.
Super Arcade Football is the closest thing to overhead footie classic Sensible Soccer you’re going to find on an iPhone. Dinky players scoot about a pitch, and straightforward controls make it a cinch to pass the ball between players, commit to bone-crunching slide tackles, and bend shots in the most unlikely manner.
But exaggerated banana kicks aren’t the most unlikely of things in this footie game. That’s because alongside a slew of modes, you can also mess about with modifiers. Although a few of these are reasonable and sensible – indoor pitches; changes to game length – it’s possible to play on the equivalent of an ice rink splattered with oil and mud, and on to which huge meteorites regularly smash.
For anyone looking for the realism (or, really, pseudo-realism) of a FIFA or a PES, Super Arcade Football might not click. But if you want to recreate the excitement of a thrilling knockout cup, in a manner that’s immediate, accessible and endlessly replayable, this game’s top of the league.
IAPs: £2.49/$2.99 removes ads that otherwise appear at the end of each half.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Super Arcade Football
16. Sliding Seas
Once upon a time, match-three games were about bling, with you scooping up shiny gems. In Sliding Seas, failure to match tiles in an optimum manner will result in people from a downed plane drowning. No pressure, then.
The start of early levels finds people bobbing about in a slice of ocean comprising primarily blue tiles. Match three or more and they merge, transforming into shallower waters and then land. Bigger matches of four or more tiles create life rafts and huts – vital for your potential survivors to not die from exposure.
Rescue enough folks and they end up on a tropical island paradise. Over time, this grows and you can add cosmetic touches such as new buildings. The puzzles evolve as well, increasing the complexity of layouts, introducing power-ups, having you fish people’s belongings from the sea, and occasionally fighting off pirates by turning tile matches into explosive barrels.
Sliding Seas is an odd one, in that it’s all underpinned with a lot of grind and some hideous IAP (see below). But the grind is almost always fun and you shouldn’t need to venture near IAP (nor even bonuses), provided you’re happy to persevere and crack the odd level through multiple attempts. A freebie match puzzler done right, then – and one that very much doesn’t need to get in the sea.
IAPs: You can buy diamonds, used for power-ups, up to terrifyingly large price-points: £89.99/$99.99! Or a ‘Diamond Trader’: £8.99/$9.99, for 300 diamonds per day – if you collect them in-app. All this is icky, but avoidable – we’ve not bought any diamonds and are well north of level 100.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Sliding Seas
17. Pixel Shooter Infinity
PEW PEW PEW! It’s another bullet-hell shooter in a shoebox, as Pixel Shooter Infinity draws from a wide range of influences and serves up something that simultaneously feels thoroughly fresh and like a love letter to classic blasters.
It’s a one-thumb affair, pitting you against waves of hostiles. Hold the screen and move your finger and your ship heads in the requisite direction while blasting. Stay still and your overheating guns get a chance to cool down. All the while, you must keep ahead of foes (one collision spells death – although you can survive three hits from their bullets) and scoop up gems to gain power-ups.
You’ll need them. Even early levels are no pushover, but later ones have you battle insane numbers of enemies, comprising countless little circular ships, triangles that hunt you down, and massive squares that turn into whirling deliverers of death. Even when you figure out tactics to survive (try short, sharp swipes on later levels), you’ll have your work cut out to see beyond level 20.
For the faint-hearted, it might all be too much. But if you ever wanted to see what a classic Japanese bullet-hell blaster would look like reimagined in ancient vector graphics, and with the claustrophobia of a Robotron: 2084 or Smash TV, this is the game to get.
IAPs: There are no IAPs at all, which is a pity, since we’d quite like one to get rid of between-game ads.
For iPhone | Download Pixel Shooter Infinity
18. Jump Jerboa
Humans of a certain inclination appear to enjoy placing tiny rodents in tricky situations, just to see how they fare. If that’s not your thing, Jump Jerboa could appeal as you help a leapy and furry protagonist to freedom rather than trapping it.
At least, we assume that’s on the cards. If not, the game’s an exercise in brutal sadism. It kicks off with you having the titular critter scoop up gold on the way to an exit that leads to the next challenge. However, the star of the show automatically sprints along, and so all you can do is tap to time its jumps.
This mechanic isn’t new, but Jump Jerboa instantly clicks. It’s fast-paced, and the single-screen levels are brilliantly designed, coming across like little puzzles to be solved. You’ll need to master nuances in the controls – hold for longer to jump higher; slide down walls to reach the perfect point before jumping – to best hazards that include marching enemies, portals, cannons and keys.
Death is never the end in Jump Jerboa. Failure resets the current level, so you can have another go. The result is a platform game in miniature that turns into an obsession. And even if you somehow make it to the last few rounds, you’ll want to head back to prior screens and ensure you’ve grabbed all of that gold.
IAPs: You can buy out the relatively infrequent but momentum-sapping ads for £1.79/£1.99.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Jump Jerboa
19. PewPew Live
In 1982, seminal coin-op Robotron: 2084 exploded on to the scene, defining the twin-stick shooter. Its claustrophobic environment and countless enemies made for intense bouts of blasting action. Swap two sticks for two thumbs and you’ve the ideal ingredients for iPhone/iPad arcade fare, and yet many of the best twin-stick shooters on Apple mobile hardware – Minotron: 2112; Geometry Wars 3; Darkside; Infinity Field; Mutant Storm – have long since departed the App Store.
Luckily, PewPew Live gives us a taste of frenetic blasting action, across five distinct modes. Some echo Geometry Wars, having you survive waves of hazards heading your way in the gaming environment equivalent of a shoebox. Others have you dart about, avoiding obstacles and collecting score pick-ups while desperately trying to fend off adversaries. Our favourite is a souped-up Asteroids, which lulls you into a false sense of security with its seeming acres of space – until you realise anything you blow up rapidly shows up on the other side of the screen.
The game’s hard as nails. You will die, often. The ‘medal’ score targets are tantalisingly low, but it’ll take many attempts to meet them. But PewPew Live is also polished, with a jaunty tune and gorgeous visuals that recall classic vector arcade games. If it cost a fiver, we’d lob it a recommendation. For free, it’s a hugely generous treat.
IAPs: The app’s creator went PEW PEW PEW at the concept of IAPs, leaving his game properly free. There aren’t even any ads.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download PewPew Live
20. Peak’s Edge
Game creator Kenny Sun appears to be obsessed with triangles if his previous efforts, Yankai’s Triangle and Yankai’s Peak, are anything to go by. Peak’s Edge is also packed full of pointy critters, in a game that’s a decidedly claustrophobic take on a semi-randomised turn-based strategy title.
The aim in each tiny procedurally generated level is to trundle your little pyramid to a glowing white goal. Evil pyramids block your way, but your pyramid is armoured. Smack into your foes and they disappear. But if they hit you first, that side of your pyramid loses its armour and becomes vulnerable. One additional hit there and your game’s over.
Fortunately, you can apply new armour – and also gain new skills – by rolling on to a pick-up square. Eventually, you’ll be blazing about, meting out all kinds of pointy justice, and digging deeper into the game’s seemingly endless hexagonal dungeons.
Before that point, you’ll probably be a bit baffled. Peak’s Edge looks abstract and alien; its slew of power-ups is initially hard to keep in your head. But persevere and Peak’s Edge takes hold, providing you with essentially unlimited replay value, and one of the iPhone’s smartest slices of focused handheld strategy.
IAPs: Go premium for $2.99/£2.99 and you remove ads, get unlimited undos, and unlock all armour and skills.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Peak’s Edge
21. Knight Brawl
Although occasionally veering into sensible ( Undisputed Champ) and hyper-casual ( Golfing Around) gaming, Colin Lane’s best known for deranged sports titles featuring absurdist physics and barely controllable protagonists. Whether wrestling in Rowdy Wrestling or playing basketball in Dunkers 2, you battle how your player moves, rather than just the opposition. That line of thinking now comes to gladiator battles – and it’s superb.
You start off with basic one-on-one matches, to get to grips with not horribly dying. A double-tap on an arrow button has your fighter lunge towards an opponent, potentially knocking away their shield or armour – assuming your weapon’s pointing in the right direction. Deliver a killing blow, and you presumably get serious bragging rights offscreen at the videogame characters inn.
Where Knight Brawl shifts from amusing curiosity to essential download is in offering you so much to do. Beyond the basic battles, there are free-for-all scraps, and missions that edge into platform game territory. The odd design decision is questionable – you can quite often win multi-fighter skirmishes by hanging around on the sidelines and letting everyone else duff each-other up; nonetheless, Knight Brawl is buckets of fun and not to be missed.
IAPs: For £1.99/$1.99, you can remove the reasonably frequent but not horribly intrusive pop-up ads. Given how much game you get, that seems like a bargain.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Knight Brawl
22. My Friend Pedro
There’s a reasonable chance the entirety of My Friend Pedro takes place in the shooty protagonist’s head. After all, said friend is a talking banana, who claims his fruity family has been kidnapped. The hero of the hour resolves to save them.
Said rescue involves leaping about like a gun-happy ninja and violently dispatching anyone who gets in your way. Leaps happen by you dragging out arcs for your character to follow, and shots are aimed and fired by tapping the screen. In order to make it less likely you’ll repeatedly die, there’s a lot of Matrix slo-mo as you soar majestically through the air, blow away goons, and try hard not to land on piles of barbed wire.
Augmenting this surrealist parkour/assassin vibe are all kinds of mechanics that are gradually introduced, such as zip wires, ricochet shots off airborne frying pans, and occasional 3D motorcycle sections. The game’s pace, oddball sensibility and touchscreen smarts make it a breezy, grin-inducing journey – although one that’s staccato if you play for free. That’s because at the end of every level or death, there’s an ad to sit through.
Still, you’re getting a first-rate, touch-optimised premium indie hit for nowt, and our friend Pedro the talking banana says you should download it right now.
IAPs: A single £2.49/$2.99 IAP buys out the ads and preserves the game’s momentum and your sanity as you hit later levels.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download My Friend Pedro
23. Shadowgun Legends
In this first-person shooter, stone-cold killers are treated like rockstars. There’s a confidence and swagger here that’s rare for this genre on mobile; but this isn’t misplaced, because with its dazzling visuals, accessibility and depth, Shadowgun Legends is a first-rate mobile title.
It controls well, with your left and right thumbs, respectively, moving and aiming. Autofire takes care of any aliens dumb enough to get in front of your sights. Buttons then trigger special kit you’re lucky enough to own, such as sentry guns.
The fast-paced missions are linear in nature, but have a sense of pace and rhythm that’s invigorating and compelling. And because progression happens rapidly, it feels like the game rewards you for your time, even when you only dip into it for a few minutes.
There are downsides. The storyline is forgettable, and you’ll eventually need to splash out on at least one IAP to unlock enough inventory slots for upgrades, without you otherwise having to be mired in busywork after missions. But other than those niggles, Shadowgun Legends has all you need from a solid mobile FPS: loads of shooty action; visuals to coo at; smartly conceived multiplayer; and adoring fans clamouring to build a massive statue of you in the game’s central hub. (OK, so that last one’s a bit odd, but do you really want to say no to them?)
IAPs: This one’s stuffed full of IAP with heroic-sounding names, like Alien Hunter Pile (£4.99/$4.99) and Legendary Treasure (with a legendary £99.99/$99.99 price-tag). Once you’re heavily into the game, you’ll need to splash out on at least the cheapest IAP, to unlock dozens of extra inventory slots. Ongoing payments aren’t necessary, though.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Shadowgun Legends
The iPhone has seen radical reworkings of pinball, from Zen‘s highly animated tables through to puzzle-like precision flipper INKS. PinOut!, though, rethinks pinball as an endless runner of sorts. You face off against a single massive table, with the aim of getting as far as possible before the timer runs out.
This is a gorgeous game. The visuals are all glowing neon, like what we imagine the Tron bikers play during their downtime. Throughout, your ears are bathed in a fantastic synth-pop soundtrack. But this would all be for nothing if the game disappointed – but it’s one of the best pinball titles on the iPhone.
Like the aforementioned INKS, PinOut! is best thought of as a precision shooter. Whereas a lot of classic pinball tables are all about combos and speed, PinOut! demands you figure out the most efficient route to the next miniature table, which usually involves hitting a specific ramp. If you can grab dots along the way, to replenish the clock, that’s a bonus.
It sounds simple – reductive, even, compared to ‘proper’ pinball – but PinOut! proves a frequently exciting, tense game, not least when you’re running low on time and your ball hits a wall at precisely the wrong angle, costing you precious seconds. However, eight varied themes and a small selection of mini-games keep you interested and boost replay value. And the varied tables and slightly simplified physics make PinOut! very suitable for iPhone – unlike traditional pinball titles, which feel fiddly on a smaller screen.
IAPs: PinOut! has a single £2.99/$2.99 IAP that unlocks checkpoints. In the free version, you have to start from the beginning every time.
For iPhone and iPad (Universal) | Download PinOut!
25. Asphalt 9: Legends
If you’ve played a reasonably recent Asphalt game, you’ll know the series left reality behind some time ago. What you get instead is unhinged arcade racing, where cars are hungry for nitro, drift for miles around corners, and regularly soar into the air, cartwheeling and spinning like a baton thrown by a particularly furious parade leader.
But Asphalt 9 breaks from traditional racers in another way: there’s a system called TouchDrive, which means you don’t have to steer. That nugget of information probably sent shivers down the spines of traditionalists – and now has them ranting about how mobile doesn’t have proper games. The thing is, it really works.
While your car rockets along, you swipe to target obstacles (boost; ramps; entrances to skyscrapers you totally shouldn’t drive through), and tap to nitro, drift, and perform crazy stunts. This doesn’t remove the thrill of racing – instead, it’s honed down to its purest essence. The game becomes the racing equivalent of those fab one-thumb platformers that taught gamers you don’t need directional controls if the rest of the game is pitch-perfect.
That said, you can revert to standard controls if you wish. Either way, Asphalt 9’s an exhilarating ride, whether you’re in a smashy high-octane race against similarly nutcase drivers, or fleeing from the fuzz in exciting escape scenarios.
IAPs: It’s an Asphalt game, so has a boat-load of IAP. In short, you’re paying to avoid grind, and some (entirely optional) car packs are ludicrously expensive. However, the £1.99/$1.99 starter pack – some cash and a Porsche – isn’t a bad buy.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Asphalt 9: Legends
If you ever get that nagging sense there’s no longer any ambition in iPhone gaming, Fancade squashes such thoughts in style. However, it’s not in the games themselves that the ambition really lies.
Yes, we said games, because Fancade is a collection of simple titles you dip in and out of on an overriding quest to reach the end of a pathway that zig-zags through floating isometric islands. What you’re served is often familiar: two-button bouncy physics driving fare; path-finding and building twiddling, like a stripped-back Monument Valley; fleet-of-foot one-thumb platforming. But what initially drives interest is Fancade’s bite-sized nature. Blow through a few levels of one thing, and you’re on to another. It’s gaming for the short attention span generation – the App Store reimagined as WarioWare.
This on its own would be quite impressive. Even if Fancade’s mini-games aren’t brimming with imagination, they are fun and polished. But Fancade also invites you to make your own games. If you’re especially driven, you can do so from a blank canvas; alternatively, mere mortals can grab a pre-made kit and experiment with components to see what happens.
Even if you don’t delve into making your own tiny worlds, Fancade is a must; and if you do, it’ll likely stay welded to your iPhone indefinitely.
IAPs: There are non-recurring monthly (99p/99c) and annual (£9.99/$9.99) options, primarily to keep the Fancade servers running. But spend some cash and all wait timers are removed as a thank you.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Fancade
27. Linia super
In stills, Linia super resembles minimalist art, with simple shapes and bold colours that, if they were painted on canvas, could hang in any number of galleries. In the hand, though, it’s more like a precision training aid for a samurai.
Each of its 100 or so levels finds the aforementioned art animating. Shapes morph and shift. Sometimes, boxes march back and forth. In other cases, elements disappear and pop up elsewhere. Your aim is to scythe a line across the screen, in such a way that the colours it intersects match a sequence above the pattern.
Well, we say simply, but success in Linia super can be tricky. You must get the timing and placement of your swipe just right, or you’ll fractionally miss one or more targets. Fail too often and your energy will be used up, forcing you to restart the current set of levels – unless you replenish your energy with in-game ‘Liniacoins’.
Although occasionally a touch fiddly on the smaller display of an iPhone, Linia super is an intriguing and compelling mix of arcade game and observational challenge. Roll in some chill-out audio and gorgeous visual textures and you’ve a game that demands skill and clarity and yet can help you relax due to its underlying meditative feel.
IAPs: For £1.79/$1.99, you can be rid of the ads and drop how many Liniacoins it costs to retry a level. For £4.49/$4.99, paid chapters are unlocked and you get 5,000 coins. You can also top up your Liniacoins, maxing out at £4.49/$4.99 for 10,000.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Linia super
28. Deep Golf
An endless golfing game, akin to a zen-like experience, where your score doesn’t matter so much as just playing? If that sounds an awful lot like iOS classic Desert Golfing, you’re not wrong. Fortunately, Deep Golf does enough to differentiate itself from being “Desert Golfing, but underground”, not least in terms of its character and the nature of the challenges.
The basics, however, are broadly the same as the game that acted as its inspiration. You drag to set your shot’s power and direction, and then let go and watch your ball sail through the air. With luck, you’ll get a hole-in-one – which in Deep Golf unlocks alternate balls. If not… well, you’ll need to have another shot (or 10).
Unlike Desert Golfing’s austere minimalism, Deep Golf has a distinctly cartoonish vibe. Eyeballs peer out from underground caverns, and courses are littered with old bones that crumble when hit, pools of water, sticky purple goo, and mushrooms that endearingly catapult your ball back into the air with a sproing. Beyond adding spin by tilting your device, there’s not much in the way of depth here (bar the being deep underground thing), but this game doesn’t need it, on account of being such relentlessly breezy fun.
IAPs: There are two entirely optional IAPs, each costing £1.99/$1.99. One unlocks all of the balls (including odd-shaped ones); the other provides you with alternate physics modes.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Deep Golf
29. pink (game)
This one kicks off with intense electronic music and a small flock of flamingos moving their heads back and forth in time to the beat. Hit the play button and you’re faced with a big number one and no indication of what to do next.
Tap the screen and the one fills slightly – but then immediately empties. Hold the screen, though, and it fills entirely. You then find yourself on the second screen, which suitably displays a number two – and again challenges you to flood the screen with colour.
This is pink throughout its entire length, and although the first few levels are straightforward, the game subsequently stretches logic to breaking point. Towards the end of its 50 levels, you’ll be straining for the tips button, only to stop yourself at the last second. After all, you don’t want to let a cryptic puzzle game beat you.
Having previously treated us to yellow, red, black, blue and green, you do wonder what pink creator Bart Bonte’s going to do when he runs out of colours. The only niggle is that pink is arguably more of the same. Still, that same has been great from day one and with pink being the best yet in the series, it’s a must-download.
IAPs: Only one IAP here: £1.99/$1.99 gets rid of the adverts. Seems like a bargain to us.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download pink (game)
30. Beach Buggy Racing 2
For reasons we’ve never fully understood at Macworld HQ, the iPhone has always suffered a dearth of decent kart racers – so we’re suckers for a good one when it comes along. And Beach Buggy Racing 2 blasts past that particular barrier.
If you’ve played kart racers before, you’ll know the score. You zoom along larger-than-life tracks in tiny cars, race positions changing more often than the British weather whenever you decide to take a holiday. Periodically, you can grab power-ups to unsportingly use against opponents. Hit the chequered flag first and glory awaits.
With balanced controls, lovely visuals, and interesting course design, Beach Buggy Racing 2 ticks every box. Its upgrade and unlock path is fair, meaning if you don’t splash out on IAP, you’ll still regularly get new goodies (tracks; cars; drivers) – at least if you play often.
There’s also plenty of track and weapons variation. You’ll bomb past a medieval castle with fire-breathing dragon, blasting fireworks at all and sundry; the next race may find you bouncing atop giant turtles in a prehistoric wilderness, waiting for the optimum moment to encase your rivals in blocks of ice. It’s a pity there are no cups – you at any point only have two races to choose from – but the compulsion cycle here is nonetheless rock solid.
IAPs: Coins upgrade weapons, gems buy coins, and you can buy gems – 99p for 90, up to £99.99 for 15,000. Or just grind for free. Now and again, limited offers appear, which are fairly good value if you need a boost.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Beach Buggy Racing 2
31. Sticky Terms
Philipp Stollenmayer has form in creating weird games, such as artsy puzzler Song of Bloom, surrealist bacon flipper Bacon – The Game, and acrobatic letter puzzler supertype. Sticky Terms veers towards the last of those, and although the letters here don’t flip about, they need moving around for each of the game’s puzzles to be completed.
In fact, what you see at first rarely resembles text. Often, the initial construction is akin to abstract geometric modern art. These puzzle pieces are pulled apart with a meaty pop, spun with a tap, and then rearranged in a manner that creates full words.
The twist is the words are untranslatable and distinctly weird. This is a game that has you recreate the likes of neko-neko (an Indonesian term for a well-meant idea that makes everything worse). Short of you having a dictionary in your head, success therefore relies on you recognising letterforms, and gradually piecing them together.
It’s a simple concept, and it works superbly, from initial layouts that look like random symbols sprayed across your display to the little drumbeat that signifies success. Short of you hating word games and puzzlers, Sticky Terms should remain glued to your Home screen until you’ve worked your way through its dozens of handcrafted challenges.
IAPs: The game has no IAPs, but you need to watch an ad to unlock each set of words.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Sticky Terms
32. Crust Crusaders
Never quite sure what to put on your pizza? At least that’s not potentially a life-or-death decision – unlike in Crust Crusaders. In this world of violent food, you take on the role of a shooty pizza slice. Your mission is to defeat evil mobs comprising a cross between the local supermarket vegetable counter, angry emoji, and a Japanese bullet-hell shooter.
This all takes place in claustrophobic single-screen arenas and starts off in a fairly relaxed manner. You drag your auto-shooting pizza slice around, which helpfully rotates to blast its calorie-heavy ordinance in the direction of a foe. Once the veggies are vanquished, you grab the coins they leave behind and move on. Soon enough, you get the option to add toppings that bestow your pizza slice with new powers that include guns, shields and drones.
You’ll need them. Before long, you’ll get splattered by a furiously angry gigantic tomato that bounces around the screen at speed. Manage to survive that encounter and you’ll face increasingly dangerous foes, such as an expanding potato that fills a quarter of the arena in an instant. It’s tasty stuff, at least in smallish doses, and the semi-randomised nature of the arenas and upgrades means every game is unique.
IAPs: Unlike in the real world, toppings and pizza alike are entirely free.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Crust Crusaders
33. Prestige Solitaire
Solitaire games have been a mainstay of computing systems for decades – to the point where vanilla recreations of the game on iPhone can feel overly familiar. (It’s not so much that you’ve seen it all before, but that you’ve played it over and over and over before.) But Prestige Solitaire is another great example of how using an old favourite as a foundation and adding a twist can make something special.
In this game, the deck has been overhauled. The cards are numbered from one to 50 and there are ten suits. There are new rules as well. Cards can be stacked by suit or by number, mixing and matching in any column. Cards can be returned to the draw pile if they’re of the same suit and a lower value. You also get a limited number of opportunities to open up the three-card draw and grab any card from it.
Even for solitaire pros, these changes initially make for a disarming yet fresh experience. You must figure out new tactics to work through a game and emerge victorious. And should you find this variant a breeze, there are sterner modes and a 100-card deck variant to pit your wits against.
IAPs: £2.49/$2.99 rids you of ads before each game and a mildly annoying in-game adverts bar towards the top of the screen.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Prestige Solitaire
Like many puzzle games, 10™ makes more sense to play than explain, but we’ll have a go. You start with numbered discs at the edge of a three-by-three field. Tap a disc and it’s blasted into the field, stopping when it reaches the opposite edge. Any edge discs next to the fired tile are blocked. A new, random disc appears in the spot you fired from.
Should discs of matching numbers end up next to each other, they link. If the linked disc count matches their numbers, they disappear, freeing up space. With us so far? Good. We’re not done.
At the top of the screen is a level-up bar. When that fills, the screen expands and you end up contending with larger numbers. Eventually, you must string together chains of eights, nines and tens – which is an awful lot harder than getting threes and fours together.
10™ would be easy to dismiss, but it warrants a closer look. Although it’s a touch reliant on luck – despite the inclusion of a ‘next disc’ display – you can work up strategies to increase your score, such as building towards the centre to keep the edges all free. In all, it’s a cracking freebie puzzler that shouldn’t be missed.
IAPs: There are three IAPs, ranging from 99p/$0.99 to £4.99/$4.99, solely to support the game’s creator. So if you like 10™, you know what to do.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download 10™
35. Kitty Letter
When you hear a word game has been unleashed by the unhinged minds behind Exploding Kittens, you should expect the unorthodox. And, sure enough, Kitty Letter smacks conventional with an angry paw, and then throws you into the maw of deeply weird battles that combine Boggle, tower defence, detonating moggies and a dysenteric deer.
Bar a whirling colourful vortex, the bottom of the screen at least borders on normal. You drag between letter tiles to make words. However, on completing a word (of at least two characters), your cats march up the screen. Should they reach your opponent’s house, they explode, robbing your foe of health.
The other player’s trying to do the same to you – and you can’t just make words as quickly as possible either, because the route cats take is based on the first letter of the word that spawned them. That’s not ideal when a dozen are stomping your way with a floating J above them and you’re all out of J words.
All this plays out in a deranged story mode, a solo arcade game that quickly ramps up in difficulty, or in online two-player. And that deer? It poops power-ups you can collect, because of course it does.
IAPs: A bunch of avatars (99p/$0.99 each) are hidden behind a house button, almost like the creators are embarrassed about charging money. They’re not essential to play.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Kitty Letter
There are times when you want an insanely difficult puzzle game to smash out your brains with a brick. Linko is for other times – ones where you fancy a bit of a brain tickle, but mostly something to noodle around and chill out with.
The aim in each single-screen level is to connect broken lines. Puzzles start off as a grid of scrambled tiles that rotate 90 degrees every time you tap them. Some levels are one long string from A to B, sometimes with weird angles to throw you off. Others include junctions and multiple start/end points, and when completed look like simplified circuit boards. And that’s about it.
Linko makes this list not because it’s doing anything new, but because it does something simple and does it well. Tapping each tile, often multiple times, almost recalls fidget boxes. But there is a point to Linko, with you working your way through its many levels. While the pace doesn’t change – we’re dozens of levels in and the game hasn’t got any harder – this is a rare example of a game where that doesn’t matter. On its own terms, it’s a relaxing, entertaining, calming slice of light puzzling.
IAPs: The serenity of the game is punctuated by regular between-level ads. A donation removes them. The lowest costs £4.49/$4.99.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Linko
You know those games where you make words from a grid of letter tiles? This is one of those. Yawn. Only this isn’t Boggle – it’s like Boggle if you subsequently had to dig down through multiple layers of letters by using the ones on top. And this transforms everything, upping the strategy in a manner that proves compelling in all of the game’s main modes.
In Endless, you keep going, potentially forever, attempting to up your game by tapping out lengthier words. Puzzle, though, is a more strategic test, which tasks you with removing specific words. Do so in the wrong order and you won’t have enough letters remaining to remove the layers of tiles needed to get at the rest. It’s a bit trial and error, but short enough to keep your interest. And then there’s a daily challenge, which has a limited number of layers: that’s all about gaining show-off scores. Beyond that trio, there’s online turn-based multiplayer.
Along with the aforementioned Boggle, there’s a smattering of Mahjong here, with letters being locked until those flanking them are removed. With the addition of meditative audio and floaty backgrounds, Downwordly comes across as a relaxing, contemplative word game that’s ideal for downtime, whether digging further into an endless game or spending a few spare moments tackling the daily challenge.
IAPs: For £1.99/$1.99, you can unlock Multiplayer+, which lets you play more than one multiplayer game at once.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Downwordly
38. Code Racer
Time-attack racers and stunt games usually pit your feeble reactions against snake-like courses that would make even Lewis Hamilton sweat. Not Code Racer. Here, success instead relies on basic programming skills.
You examine your course and add commands (forward; turn right; brake) to a list, stating how long you want each to run and how powerful it should be. Then you prod the Run Simulation button and hope for the best.
It’s likely your pristine car will end up a smoking wreck, due to you sending it flying off an overpass or smashing into a wall. There’s a timer to contend with as well, so even if your car reaches the end in one piece, you won’t be drowning in plaudits.
At first, this results in busywork as you tweak settings to see how they affect the outcome. That might sound tedious, but it always feels like an achievement when you complete a level within the allotted time and moves limit.
As things become more complex – performing stunts or taking down a fleeing criminal with a cop car – you’ll begin to master the game’s physics, take risks, and grasp how alternative vehicles can aid success. In all, this is a smashing mobile title – in more ways than one!
IAPs: Extra level packs are available for 99p/$0.99. Individual vehicles can be purchased and are priced from 99p/$0.99 up to £2.99/$2.99. Each vehicle is unique, yet none are essential. However, any purchase removes the ads – which makes the cheapest one a bargain.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Code Racer
39. Golf Skies
Golfers hope for clear blue skies, to remain dry when tackling the back nine. Golf Skies instead has you direct balls in the sky, having decided traditional courses are boring. Here, they’re deconstructed and wrapped around tiny floating planetoids, each exerting its own gravitational pull.
Fortunately, you gain control over your ball in a manner that would make golfing pros green with envy. After smacking your ball skywards by dragging an arrow to set power and direction, left and right buttons allow you to steer it, aiming for tiny spots of fairway dotted about the hovering orbs.
The twisty-turny nature of your path obliterates any realism left in the game, and yet the soul of golf remains at the heart of Golf Skies. Despite its surreal presentation, the game’s challenge still centres on committing courses to memory, figuring out the best route, and not messing up shots.
You get six courses, bought using collectable coins; these can also net you more powerful balls with which to hack away at your scores. In all, something of a hole-in-one, then, even if Golf Skies makes you think real-world golf would be a lot more fun if participants had to weave balls through windmills poking out of tiny planets hanging in the air.
IAPs: Smack the adverts into the rough and out of sight forever for £2.99/$2.99. You can also buy coins to speed up unlocks: 100 for 99p/$0.99; 500 for £2.99/$2.99; 1000 for £3.99/$3.99.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Golf Skies
40. Froglike: The Frog Roguelike
Remember the leapy green hero in Frogger? That amphibian had it easy, crossing a road and jumping from log to log, avoiding the odd hungry crocodile. By contrast, the protagonist in Froglike is tasked with surviving “until the end of time itself”. No pressure, then.
The basic gameplay nonetheless echoes the aforementioned arcade classic. Each level is a single-screen effort, with bits you can safely jump on (semi-randomly placed lily pads; logs that lazily move back and forth) and areas you cannot (water, because, for some reason, this frog cannot swim). But instead of your frog trying to get home, here its aim is to power up a massive lily pad – the Lily of Time – by plonking its green bottom on it for a number of seconds.
The tiny snag is everything is dead set on turning you into an ex-frog. Various nasties fly or slither about the place, while projectiles telegraph their intentions mere moments before attempting to kill you. The contrast between what you need to do (stay still for a bit) and what you have to do (leap about in a desperate bid to stay alive) is quite something. Fortunately, survive long enough and you gain some clobber to help you last a little longer; but it appears the passing of 40 years has made a frog’s life in video gaming a whole lot tougher!
IAPs: Hop to it and remove the ads for £2.99/$2.99.
For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Froglike: The Frog Roguelike