The best free iPhone games – part 1

The best free iPhone games – part 1The App Store is home to a plethora of crap games, some of which have the gall to charge 59p. But that’s the dirty side of the App Store coin. Flip it over and there’s a beautiful polished side, with a wealth of quality free gameage.

This list is by no means exhaustive, nor is it in any particular order. Indeed, there are only four games here (sorry, I got sidetracked playing number one on the list), but inevitably this’ll be the first instalment of a multi-part feature. Let us know your favourite free iPhone games in the comments section below.

The best free iPhone games – part 1Solitaire

Ahh, Solitaire. A classic time-killer. In theory it should be rubbish, given the element of randomness. It’s possible to spend several error-free minutes juggling cards only to find that there is simply no solution. It is, quite often, an entirely pointless endeavour. But it’s great.

This is arguably the best free version of Solitaire on the App Store. You can play in portrait or landscape, draw one or three, choose a background (it’ll even use a pic from your photo album if you fancy) and view detailed lifetime stats. Awesome.

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Score: 4.5/5 after 64 App Store ratings

The best free iPhone games – part 1Paper Toss

The concept in Paper Toss is remarkably simple. With a swipe of the touchscreen, you launch a crumpled piece of paper at a bin. But the twist is: there’s a desk fan that threatens to blow your scrunched up sheet of A4 off course. As such, before each throw, you have to carefully consider the speed of the fan. To keep things vaguely interesting, there are three difficulty settings and six locations.

True, there’s not a great deal to Paper Toss, but it’s incredibly satisfying to see your paper bounce off the rim of the bin before falling inside. When the fan is cranked to the max, you have to toss the paper miles to the side, and watching it float back towards the bin is hugely enjoyable.

For 59p you can get rid of the ads, but it’s really not necessary. Well worth checking out.

Compatiblity: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Score: 4/5 after 849 App Store ratings

The best free iPhone games – part 1Robot Story

In Robot Story, our automaton protagonist is out to rescue his “robo-dog with one-of-a-kind XM-5000 tri-lithium energy core”. The robo-dog has been stolen by an evil mad scientist type guy called Dr Manic, you see.

Robot Story is a little like Angry Birds, but instead of catapulting birds at pigs, you launch spanners at gears. Yes, the aim of the game is literally to throw a spanner in the works. Like Angry Birds, you have a set number of projectiles to launch in each round, and you’re awarded a score from one to three stars.

With pleasing cartoon-style graphics, Robot Story looks great. It’s one of those games that’s hard to believe is free. But free it is. Check it out.

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Score: 3/5 after 45 App Store ratings.

The best free iPhone games – part 1Dizzypad

Another amazingly simple concept, Dizzypad sees you control a frog as he leaps across lily pads. The pads constantly spin, so you have to tap the screen when the frog is facing the right direction, and… well, that’s it.

The water effect is impressive and occasionally mesmerising, particularly when you can see the reflection of the moon. There are various achievements to unlock, and 20 different frog skins to collect.

The music deserves a special mention too. It’s perfectly suited to the pace of the game. Dizzypad is a simple but highly enjoyable affair. It’s hard not to succumb to its charms.

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later.
Score: 4/5 after 157 App Store ratings

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 23, 2011 at 13:06

I hate to admit it, but I did play ***cough*** papertoss...more than once oO

sonnyman  Mar. 23, 2011 at 14:56

Dizzypad is quite addictive

Stelph  Mar. 24, 2011 at 17:06

Strictly speaking its an app thats free then you have to pay to unlock the rest, but I would recommend "Hunters" to anyone who likes top down strategy or played/loved Space Hulk when they were younger (since thats essentially what it is! :-) )


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