Thanks to Blacksmith Games’ Advent Calendar and a number of other promotional events, there have been a recent string of quality App Store apps and games that have gone from paid–>free. For the first time ever, Smule’s Ocarina, one of the first truly unique and innovative musical apps for the iDevice, will be free for 3 days (until Dec 10th). BIG BAD Flower, a simple yet fun tap ‘n swipe game Eric reviewed (and thoroughly enjoyed) can also now be downloaded for free.
There are currently 20+ titles in this roundup and they include: Assault Squadron, The Infinity Project, My Little Restaurant, Orba and much more. As always, these freebies won’t be last for long, so if you see something you like, much sure you grab ‘em pronto!
Update: Rayman 2: The Great Escape from Gameloft is now free for 24 hours!
Updated Dec 8th
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Rayman, the world-famous video game icon, is back and ready for action! Relive all the enjoyment of Rayman 2: The Great Escape, the game that brought the armless hero into 3D environments for the first time!
45 FULLY 3D ENVIRONMENTS:
For the first time in an iPhone/iPod Touch platform game, every environment is fully rendered in 3D!
Explore waterfalls, deep sea caves, and pirate hideouts
Gameloft, Rayman 2: The Great Escape, 238 MB – Free
Red Conquest! Ep 1 & 2
Red Conquest is a real-time strategy (RTS) game, set in open space. Experience the intergalactic war between the Blue and Red forces like never before!
Take command of your fleet with a user interface designed specifically for the mobile platform! Casual players of RTS games will appreciate the ease of managing their units with simple multi-touch controls, while RTS veterans will love the variety of advanced macro- and micromanagement options for tactical warfare.
Conquer the Blue forces in this epic prequel AND sequel to the events in Blue Defense and Blue Attack!
Cat in a Box, Red Conquest! (Ep1 & 2!), 17.5 MB – Free
Do you like goblins and stuff that gets blown up? Well this is the perfect game for you. Introducing Kabooma! The mad goblin wants to blow up the entire world, unfortunately he got his dynamite gun powder trails all mixed up. Help him by setting up the trail to the explosives, so he can DESTROY everything.
Once the fuse starts burning you have to quickly rotate the gun powder trails to form a route leading to the explosives. If the fire reaches a dead end you lose a life. Run out of all your lives and the goblin will EAT YOU!
spokko, Kabooma, 5.0 MB – Free
The adventure of red devil…
Run, jump, move objects and collect crystal as you make your way to the exit in this fun physics-based platformer.
The game features
★ physic based platform
★ nice graphics
★ 20 levels in total
★ amazing game play
hare, Red Devil, 14.8 MB – Free
DiceBall is an original 3D game, where you control a ball by tilting the device and try to hit the green dice. Enjoy hours of fun and addictive gameplay.
- intuitive gameplay
- original gameplay experience
- accelerometer based tilt control
- progressively increasing difficulty
- fully 3D graphics
3D Construct, DiceBall, 14.7 MB – Free
Blocks Mania Premium
Introducing Blocks Mania! A revolutionary puzzle game that features 2 graphical themes! ( Doodle & Pixel Art ). Get your crazy block to the exit point by sliding your finger in the desired direction.
Blocks Mania features over 60 levels of addictive fun. Each level has multiple ways to complete so you can have fun even longer!
spokko, Blocks Mania Premium, 14.7 MB – Free
Sensitive to your breath, touch and movements, Ocarina is more versatile than an actual flute:
• Blow air into your mic to create music
• Touch combinations of holes to play notes
• Tilt to change vibrato rate and depth
• Advanced users can change keys and modes, including C-Major and Zeldarian mode
Smule, Ocarina, 6.1 MB – Free
BIG BAD Flower
It’s BIG, it’s BAD, and it wants to bubble it’s way to world domination! BIG BAD Flower is an evil little plant with roots so deep it stings! Prepare for an intense battle as you bubble your way up from backyard to space and battle creatures such as squirrels, rabbits, giant robots, aliens, and more!
Car Jack Streets
A critically acclaimed, high octane, action, driving and crime game with innovative real time game-play, stunning visuals and an awesome 80 minute soundtrack.
You are Randal Meyers a small time player in a big city. Your gambling debts to the Italian mob are a million dollars and they are calling in the debt. Do you have what it takes to stay alive, pay your debt and rise to the top of the criminal underworld? You can go anywhere, drive any vehicle, shoot up the city with high power weapons and take on both legal and illegal jobs to earn that cash. Just payback Frankie on time or you’re a dead man!
This Adventure / Action FPS, is a different kind of FPS for the iPhone. This exploration / adventure game with a FPS look & feel has tons of content with hours & hours of play time. Immerse yourself in The Infinity Project.
The year is 2248, Earth is at war with the Talon’s, an extremely aggressive and unknown race that attacked Earth without provocation. As Commander Ethan Avery, you’re sent to Infinity Station, a research and development facility located in deep space currently developing controversial technologies. Earth has lost contact with the Top Secret station and sends you to investigate. Explore the station to find keys that unlock the next area of the station. Unlock the mystery behind The Infinity Project.
Crazy Robot Games, The Infinity Project, 58.6 MB – Free
Welcome to Assault Squadron, an explosive and fast-moving sci-fi shoot-‘em-up. The Binary Mill and Chillingo redefine bullet-hell blasters in the iPhone’s hottest arcade shmup extravaganza.
The Global Defense Force reports that Earth is under attack by a hostile, unidentified vessel containing thousands of enemy craft. Striking with unwavering precision, the invasion destroys key defensive facilities to leave Earth and its inhabitants at the mercy of fearsome alien attackers.
Swipe across your rider when in the air to do flips and spins! It’s plainly intuitive!
FMX Riders is an Arcade Freestyle Motocross Racer loaded with features, the most important being it’s FUN! Whether it’s going through the World Circuit Career mode, challenging your friends with your best Replays/Ghosts, fighting your way to the top of the 15+ Leaderboards or upping your rank in the Online Multiplayer, FMX Riders is here to deliver!
The Quadsphere, FMX Riders, 57.2 MB – $0.99
The incredibly slick Future Racer is a high speed, anti-gravity racer boasting fully 3D environments and a wide range of fiendish tracks set to test your reflexes to the limit.
From complicated toxic sewer networks, winding forests littered with hazards and vast cityscapes, each of the six tracks are bursting with character. Future Racer strikes the perfect balance between delivering high speed thrills and impressive visuals, without compensating style for speed.
Assyria Game Studio, Future Racer, 76.5 MB – Free
My Little Restaurant: Christmas Edition
When Santa is hungry, he drops by My Little Restaurant!
Christmas Edition of “one of the best and most addictive time-management games around” promises hours of tap’n'sliding fun. Annie and Mikey are back – same old friends with brand new challenges. Seat your guests, take orders, deliver food, keep all the people warm and happy. All-new levels, power-ups and specials!
There’s much more work (and much more fun) in My Little Restaurant: Christmas Edition
QubicGames, My Little Restaurant: Christmas Edition, 15.1 MB
It’s turn-based board game for 2-4 people. Now you can play not only with your friends, but with thousands of other REAL PLAYERS ONLINE.
The object of the game is to move all four pawns around the board clockwise from the start area to the goal area. The goal area is at the end of a path with the same color as that of your pawns. The first player to get all of his pawns into the goal area wins.
Imperia Online LTD, Online Ludo, 4.8 MB – Free
Cops & Robbers
It’s the cops, RUN!!! Evade the fuzz with freestylin’ acrobatic running moves as you swing on flagpoles, grind down railways, and jump over obstacles. Being a criminal has never been this fun!
✓Run and rob your way through a beautiful city filled with back alleys, high rise rooftops, and other dangerous environments
✓Complete 9 unique levels, each with 3 challenges: Grab all the loot, Steal the diamond, Evade the cops before time runs out!
Glu, Cops & Robbers, 6.1 MB – Free
Orba – Color Smasher
Say hello to Orba—the deliciously addictive color-smasher from Kieffer Bros.
Tap chains of same-colored orbs to clear the screen. Line up longer chains to earn more points. Each time you clear the screen, more orbs fall into play. As you progress, more colors are added making it increasingly difficult to build longer chains. When your screen is completely filled and there are no moves left, it’s game over.
Kieffer Bros., Orba – Color Smasher, 14.2 MB – Free
Qbism is a unique and challenging 3D puzzle game like no other!
Slide the cubes into the outline to solve the puzzle. Sound simple enough? It is, so we added a 3rd dimension. Now the challenge is on! Challenge your perception with over 100 puzzles!
Work your 3D brain!
Blowfish Studios, Qbism, 16.9 MB – Free
- Use various weapons to Shoot and Kill ultra lovely cute aliens ‘Q’
(the temptations of giant cakes,
exorbitantly fast speed machine gun,
a fan which is blow away everything,
a vacuum which is sucking everything,
a laser beam of pierce dump everything, etc…)
* total 9 different weapons! (Other weapons coming soon)
BOBTAN studio, Q Pang, 32.6 MB – $2.99
Your task is simple: fit the given set of blocks into given shapes. Drag the blocks inside and outside in search for the layout that covers the whole shape. A level is complete when all blocks have been used and there’s no more free space in the shape.
Gamelion Studios, Doodle Fit, 6.8 MB – Free
StickWars is a fast-paced, action-packed game that requires lightning-fast fingers and cunning strategy. Defend your kingdom against the invading stick figure army.
Tap, flick, and shake your way to victory in the top castle defense game for iPhone/iPod touch.
John E. Hartzog, StickWars, 17.7 MB – Free
Word Cafe 21
Are you looking for a unique and challenging word game? In Word Cafe 21 you are presented with words related to a topic. The letters are all scrambled and you have to move them into the right places to guess the words. Sounds easy, right? Wait until you give it a try.
Categories include: Box of Chocolates, Movies and Things, Famous Authors and Lyrical Lane. Easy, Medium and Hard levels control the words presented per topic. Move the pieces by tapping on letter and then space or pushing them around. Get more points for getting the words on earlier tries!
EnsenaSoft, Word Cafe 21, 12.9 MB – Free
Led the team of your adventure, to mysterious sea, looking for lost treasure. If you like swapping and matching jewels then you will love magic gem.
5 game modes, Not only the classic mode, there are more new mode.
★ Classic - Matching as soon as possible to eliminate jewels, get more time to challenge a higher level.
★ Time Attack - 2 minutes time limit, matching to eliminate more of the jewels, the challenges higher scores.
★ Cloning Attack - New game mode to clone 50 different jewels patterns.
★ Task Mode – Collect the specified number of jewels. Accomplish more tasks.
★ Challenges – Collection of pirate coins, looking for lost treasure. More use of special jewels, speed up the collection rate.
WuZla, Magic Gem, 13.0 MB – Free
From 2 guys who’ve worked on some of your favorite games (Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Might & Magic, Knights of the Old Republic),
180 is a mad flipping match-three drop action puzzle game! Launch coins into three-in-a-rows to clear the board. Play alternate colors by flipping coins 180 degrees at any time. Create incredible combos and be rewarded with HUGE scores!
An action packed puzzle game with Voodoo charms, bombs, and bonuses galore.
A highly addictive game that’s simple to play yet difficult to master.
Destroy charms, create combo’s and then blow them to bits. Be careful though
as the more you tap, the faster things get. The exciting bonus features include
bombs, speed controls and score multipliers… but use them wisely.
Geek Beach, Voodoo Charms, 10.1 MB – Free
Fairy Cubes is a highly innovative and addictive 3D skill-based puzzle game. Combining outstanding levels, colorful graphics and great audio effects it is one of the most original and fun games in the App Store.
Fairy Cubes combines mahjong and 3-matching game-plays with accurate touch controls in a 3D environment.
- 45 levels
- Beautiful 3D graphics
- Easy, normal and hard game modes
- Great soundtracks and audio effects
- Fun and addictive game-play elements
- 108 Unique holes
- Unlockable achievements
- Play with wind for a more challenging round
- Open Feint integration
- Global and local high scores
- NEW COURSES will be added periodically!
News Reader for iPad
News Reader for iPad, bringing you great stories.
News Reader for iPad is fantastic, and it can’t be easier to get access to your Goo-gle Reader and stay synchronized with those great stories you subscribed. Why News Reader for iPad? Well, this app knows your eager to news and stories, it presents a nice layout and a big, polished reading pad. All you want is read, and we know that.
geetouch, News Reader for iPad, 1.6 MB – Free
Amber Battery Pro
✓ The only App that Maximize your Battery Life and Increase Battery Usage.
✓ Full support iPhone 4 Retina display.
✓ Battery Status
You can find 17 types of batteries available time.
✓ Full cycle Charge
Displays battery charge state.
Amber Battery has special feature. Exactly, You can find out whether the battery full charge.
Universal Creators, Amber Battery Pro, 9.9 MB – Free
Data Control App
Data Control will manage your iPhone’s data usage for both your provider’s data traffic and WiFi data traffic. By monitoring the data usage, Data Control will allow you to select the appropriate data plan from your provider. Data Control monitors data usage from the device itself and is not reliant on setting up or logging into your provider’s web site.
Nutec Network Tools, Data Control App, 0.3 MB – Free