The best free iPhone games – part 3

The best free iPhone games – part 3Part 3, baby. That takes us up to 12 games, and there’s still no end in sight. There are freakin’ tons of great free iPhone games out there.

I like to call this instalment the “Posterity Special”, in which we pull together the best of the free apps that have already received the full Mobot review treatment. Oh, and one that I haven’t quite polished off yet. Look, it’s been a crazy week, alright?

The best free iPhone games – part 3Dribbling

Had I been playing Dribbling simply for pleasure and not reviewing it, I seriously doubt I would’ve persevered for more than a couple of minutes. But I’m glad I did.

In Dribbling, you control a football, using the accelerometer to move it around the screen with the aim of avoiding the footballers. See, when you get close, they lunge with a huge sliding tackle. If the tackle connects, it’s Game Over.

Dribbling is seriously difficult, but it’s worth putting in the time to beat your high scores and unlock the extra modes.

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Mobot score: 3/5 (Full review)

The best free iPhone games – part 3Ping Pong – Insanely Addictive

Ping Pong – Insanely Addictive lives up to its name on both counts, in that it’s a ping pong game and insanely addictive.

Another accelerometer-based title, the aim is simply to stop the ball from hitting the ground. You view the action from above and essentially have to play keepy-up for as long as possible.

It’s a stupidly simple idea, but there are pickups and multiballs thrown into the mix to keep things interesting. Trying to beat your high score very quickly becomes – you guessed it – seriously addictive.

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.
Mobot score: 4/5 (Full review)

The best free iPhone games – part 3Overkill

Older gamers familiar with Sega’s Virtua Cop and Namco’s Time Crisis will inevitably appreciate Overkill. It’s a balls-out shooter in which you have to blast pop-up baddies before they blast you. Simple.

Jon wasn’t overly impressed with the four static backgrounds. Worse still, some of the later levels are so relentlessly difficult that the game almost demands the purchase of additional weaponry. And not just with virtual cash. Yes, you can buy new guns with in-game currency, but Craneball Studios also wants you to part with real money and buy junk through the App Store. Cheeky.

Cynicism aside, it’s still a lot of fun, and definitely worth checking out. It might not be free for much longer, so grab it while you can.

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.
Mobot score: 3/5 (Full review)

The best free iPhone games – part 3Gun Bros

Remember Smash TV? Possibly not, in that it’s 21 years old. Bloody hell, that’s depressing. Where was I…?

Ahh yes. Gun Bros is a lot like Smash TV. It’s a top-down shooter, and you have two directional thingies; one to control your guy, and the other to shoot. As such, you can blast enemies regardless of which way you’re moving.

Like Overkill, Gun Bros wants you make in-app purchases, but they’re really not essential. You can pick up lots of the better guns simply by racking up high scores. You can also replay earlier levels to earn cash.

Overkill isn’t just one of the best free games on the App Store, it’s one of the best games. Period. Full review to follow shortly.

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Mobot score: coming soon…

Check out more of our favourites in The best free iPhone games – part 1 and The best free iPhone games part - 2.

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3 comments

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 1, 2011 at 13:46

No teasing, this is a genuine question from a casually casual phone gamer: on average it seems the 'best free iphone games' score 3 out of 5. That seems pretty poor?!

lcurdie / MOD  Apr. 1, 2011 at 13:51

If Gun Bros gets 5/5, that'll make an average of 4/5. Stay tuned... :p

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 1, 2011 at 14:23

I know :p I wrote 'Lying With Statistics' LOL

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