There are tons of awesome games on the App Store, but there’s no need to part with your hard-earned 59p (or more) in order to grab a slice of that action. There are dozens of great games available for free.
We’re working our way through our favourite freebies in a completely random order, but if you missed part 1 you can check it out right here.
Flood-it! 2 is one my favourite iPhone games, free or otherwise. In fact, I’m not entirely sure that it is a game, but it is great.
The playing area is made up of different coloured pixels, and the aim is to flood the screen with one colour. You start in the top left, and every time you change the colour of the pixelated blob, it absorbs all of the adjacent pixels of the same colour. Sound easy? The catch is that you have a limited number of moves in which to flood the screen. It's really freakin' hard.
Part game, part Paintbrush, Flood-it! 2 is completely absorbing. In a neat touch, each of the seven colours has a corresponding note, so you’ll find yourself inadvertently composing a little tune as you go. Brilliant.
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 2.2 or later.
Score: 3/5 after 7,033 App Store ratings.
I’m still a firm believer that - on the iPhone at least – simple games work best. There are exceptions of course, but Cube Runner couldn’t be any more straight forward if it tried.
In Cube Runner, you control a spaceship with the accelerometer, tilting left and right as you navigate a field randomly populated with cubes. Don’t crash or it’s Game Over. That’s it.
Cube Runner looks great, almost like a retro Starfox. The soundtrack deserves a special mention too. It’s absolutely fantastic. If I were in some way cool, I might be able to describe it. Maybe some sort of, uhm, trance music?
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Score: 3.5/5 after 7457 App Store ratings.
Basically a turbo-charged mole-whacking game with bombs, Dactyl is fairly mental. Bombs appear in a 4x3 grid and you have to tap them before they explode. Easy. Except it’s not easy at all.
Dactyl is lightning-fast, and the frantic sessions rarely last as long as a minute, but you’ll definitely want to play again and again.
Compatbility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Score: 4/5 after 15 App Store ratings.
I really wouldn’t have begrudged paying 59p for Trace. It’s that good. Ok, so 59p isn't exactly a huge deal, but you know what I mean.
Trace is a platformer, but the twist is that you draw the platforms. You can draw and erase lines with the touchscreen, and the aim is simply to get the little red guy to the goal. There are obstacles flying around, so timing is critical, and there’s a little jump button. It's ace.
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later.
Score: 3.5/5 after 6,265 App Store ratings.
More freebie goodness coming soon. Let us know your favourite free iPhone games below.