With Christmas fast approaching, the App Store’s been seeing plenty of quality freebies of late. Halfbrick, the devs who brought you Fruit Ninja, has dropped the superbly addictive Jetpack Joyride to $0 for a limited time. Aside from its well designed one touch gameplay, the various achievements and purchasable new gear will keep you coming back for more…and more. Also free is Sentinel 3: Homeworld (TMA Review), the third installment in the excellent TD series by Origin8. And if you don’t mind a few ads here and there, Gameloft is now offering the solid hack ‘n slash Hero of Sparta II completely free.
Some of the apps in our roundup will be free until Christmas, though a number of them are only good for a very limited time. Act quickly!
Take the fight to the alien homeworld and unleash a massive arsenal of weaponry!
* UNIVERSAL build – play on ALL iPhones, iPod Touches & iPads!
* A challenging campaign featuring 20 levels across 14 distinctive & demanding maps!
* A powerful commander mech which can level up and gain new abilities as you play!
* Over 20 unlockable turrets, orbital ship weapons, automated drones and abilities at your disposal!
* IAP offers a new 15 level campaign, new commander, new weapons, new enemies and more!
* Customize your weapon loadout in the Armory to match the demands of the mission!
* Stunning graphics & fx – with full high-resolution Retina Display support!
Join Barry as he breaks in to a secret laboratory to commandeer the experimental jetpacks from the clutches of science evildoers. After lift-off, simply touch the screen to ascend and release to descend, raining bullets, bubbles, rainbows and lasers downwards as you fly towards higher and higher scores!
You’ll start off with the legendary Machine Gun Jetpack to scatter the evil scientists, but throughout each game you’ll collect coins and complete missions to earn cash and buy new gear in The Stash! Pick your favorite jetpack, snazzy outfit and stock up on items then get back out there for more action!
Halfbrick Studios, Jetpack Joyride, – Free
Hero of Sparta II (With Ads)
Sailing back from Hell after many battles, Argos finally reaches the shores of his homeland: Sparta. But no human leaves Hades’ kingdom alive without consequences. A new odyssey begins for our hero – a journey that will force him face the gods, his fate and his own choices to answer for his arrogance!
THE NEXT-GEN ACTION GAME ON iPhone & iPod touch
A thrilling, non-stop hack’n’slash game jam-packed with action and innovation.
- Furious combat against even more colossal enemies: more combos, more violence!
- Hold your breath all along your adventure: each level provides the player a new experience – a new weapon, a new gameplay, a new power and more.
- Improved interaction with the environment: break gates, climb cliffs, ruin temples and force your way through all obstacles!
Gameloft, Hero of Sparta II, – Free
You only have 80 days to circumnavigate the globe. Think that sounds easy? Travel back in time to the late 19th century and get ready for spectacular adventures on land, sea and air together with the English daredevil Phileas Fogg and his loyal French servant Passepourtout. Use the unique chance to visit four continents and complete the inconceivable journey to win the fantastic 20,000 pounds wager with this outstanding puzzler inspired by the classic adventure novel of the same name written by Jules Verne.
ENJOY THESE FEATURES:
- Adventure game with outstanding storyline, beautiful animation and challenging puzzles
- Extremely addictive gameplay with 81+ levels
- Careful iPhone adaptation of game levels
Playrix, Around the World in 80 Days: The Game (Premium), – Free
- Fast-paced futuristic arcade flight combat
- Breathtaking explosion effects
- 7 unique gorgeous fractal landscapes
- 6 different ships and 2 distinct flight models
- Earn new ships, upgrade weapons, generators, radars
- Dozens of missions to complete
- Game Center’s Leaderboards and Achievements
- Retina and iPad display support
- Intuitive accelerometer and touch controls
Top notch 3D graphics that will make your iOS device shine.
If you like missile shooting action, this game will keep you busy.
Requires at least an iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G or iPad.
Takes full advantage of iPad 2′s added performance.
NEWTYPE K.K., Fractal Combat, – Free
Fishdom: Christmas Splash HD (iPad Only)
Enjoy winter with Fishdom™! Cheer up and spread the merriment of crispy clear days around! Use your imagination to recreate the nippy and fun atmosphere of winter in your tank. Earn money as you complete challenging match-3 levels and use it to buy festive fishies and winter-themed decorations. Get splashed with frosty joy in this sparkling and snowy sequel to Fishdom™!
ENJOY THESE FEATURES:
- Almost 100 winter-themed decorations
- Unlimited number of festive tanks to create and design
- Endless replay value
- Get splashed with frosty joy!
Playrix, Fishdom: Christmas Splash HD (Premium), – Free
Sharpen your swords and swing your rods – it’s time to fish…the NINJA way!
Otoro, a fitness challenged ninja, might not be the best fighter, but he sure has mad skills when it comes to fishing!
Cast your hook as deep as possible into the ocean, then use the tilt controls to reel back as many fish as you can. Finally, use the katana-powered touch technology to slice the scaly fish right out of the sky for maximum gold profit (watch out for the Dynamites).
Gamenauts, Ninja Fishing, – Free
Addictive, beat-fueled puzzle action for your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch!*
Featured by Apple as 1 of 10 chosen for Innovative Gameplay, Benchmark Games, 2011.
Radballs® is an arcade puzzler that moves to the music. Set to a pulsing party mix, you flick, swap and put Radballs into groups that are destroyed in time with the beat. Clear waves of Radballs by destroying them to accumulate Radness energy. You control the flow – scratch and drag the beat to enhance your play and rack up extra Radness!
Non-stop, unblinking puzzle action comes to iOS! Fans of arcade-style puzzlers rejoice! This isn’t your typical tap-to-swap-gems puzzler…
Glow Play, Radballs, – Free
Two addicting genres are united as you wield the power of the Capacube to protect Gnester from harm in this puzzle controlled side scrolling adventure.
Winning concept of a country wide contest to build a video game prototype in the spring/summer of 2008.
Gnester is a young gnome prince whose time has come to leave his father’s kingdom and begin his quest to build his own. With the help of Lune, his Capacube, he will face many dangers along the way.
Part Spider, Part Velociraptor, it’s Velocispider!!! Take control of a heavily armed araknasaur in this retro arcade shoot-em-up.
Your delicious endangered eggs have attracted the taste buds of the evil CEO of the Robot Seafood Corporation. He will stop at nothing to feast on your eggs, defend them from his relentless army of aquatic robot beasts.
In your arsenal:-
Awesome power ups
Game Center leaderboards
Sweet pixel art
Smooth tilt controls
Game Center achievements
Retina & Universal app support
Retro Dreamer, Velocispider, – Free
What would the Wild West have been without its charismatic villains? Boring! So take a walk in the cowboy boots of Billy the Kid, Jesse James or Butch Cassidy to become a real, low-down bad guy! Form your own gang by recruiting cool cowboys, crazy bandits and brave Indians. Take up a smart, strategic position and lie in wait at the canyon to ambush settlers, stagecoaches and the gold train. Rain bullets, lead and flaming arrows down on the pious pioneers! If your victims look like they might escape, set off in pursuit to stop them from alerting the Sheriff! Once you have bagged more than a fistful of dollars, you’ll be able to afford cannons and even steam trains fitted with Gatling guns to completely wreak havoc on your victims!
Minions™ is a whimsical new single player shooter from Villain, the creators of the hit online FPS Archetype that boasts over 1.5 million players worldwide. Play as a mad scientist whose minions have rebelled and are now trying to overthrow you! Use your trusty electro-gun to take down Hammer wielding, Sound Wave blasting, and Bird Launcher firing minions as you clear levels, grow in power, and earn Game Center achievements.
• PICK UP AND PLAY FIRST PERSON SHOOTER FUN
• THREE CLASSES OF TWISTEDLY CUTE, CARTOONY MINIONS TO VANQUISH
• 4 MAD SCIENTIST WEAPONS: ELECTRO-GUN, MELEE HAMMER, SOUND WAVE BLASTER, AND BIRD LAUNCHER
Villain LLC, Minions, – Free
Darrell’s ready for business but he has to start at the bottom, he’s yet to learn how to plug a volcano or turn back time so he’s starting out by saving cats!
You begin Darrell’s story by starting off in his hometown, saving cats from trees. As you progress through each comic episode you’ll unlock a new piece of Darrell’s story – each episode presents new and interesting opportunities for you to master new skills and abilities to help Darrell climb the ladder to superhero greatness.
Just touch the screen to control Darrell’s jump and abilities – the simple controls and colourful environment make it easy to get lost in this wonderful pick up and play super hero story.
Scramble, Wonder Pants , – Free
There are Creeps living in your closet! Defeat the things that go bump in the night with toy blasters, glue bottles, flashlights and boomerangs. Summon a giant spider to slow your enemies, or a UFO to sap their energy!
***Secret guest appearances from the Pocket God Pygmies and the Doodle Jump Doodler!
Battle Ghosts, Zombies, Aliens, Dinosaurs and more!
Millions of players can’t be wrong! The most addicting title of 2010 strikes back with new astonishing levels and even more precise sniper action! Once again your aiming skills will be put to test but this time more challenges await! Can Knockdown 2 is the ultimate sequel you’ve been wishing for – 3 amazing and rewarding game modes which will keep you playing all night long, high-resolution eye-catching gorgeous 3D graphics, full Game Center support, true to life physics, realistic sounds and so much more!
Infinite Dreams Inc., Can Knockdown 2, – Free
The birds may be angry, but it’s You who’s got the crossbow!
We declare the hunting season open! It’s time to take revenge on the birds for all the evil they have done to the world! You’ve had fairly enough of this flying vermin, that has been pooping on you, your car or condo for years? Do you really hate when those bullies peek at you with this angry look that says – “Hey, I’m not scared of you and I’m so not getting out of your way”? Or do you just want them to pay and suffer for the chicken flu, the diseases they carry and waking you up by tweeting and chirping after midnight? Well, now you have the chance to take your sweet vengeance!
Use your crossbow to shoot down all kinds of birds in mid-flight, aim precisely to rack up multipliers to further increase your score, survive as many waves as you can and fight for the top of the rankings!
Infinite Dreams Inc., Shoot The Birds, – Free
Pick one of three ships and blow your way to victory in this ultimate classic arcade shooter! Sky Force brings you some pure blasting action in 8 immersive levels filled with vicious enemies, big bosses, destructible objects and good old Earth to save! Take profit of explosive weapons, useful power-ups, and such unlockables as heat-seeking missiles or the amazingly powerful laser attack! Sky Force is an breathtaking and action packed top-down scrolling shoot‘em up which delivers fun and addictive gameplay which will keep you entertained for hours! Get this game now and stand up against the enemy – the Earth deserves its new hero!
Infinite Dreams Inc., Sky Force, – Free
The best mobile shooter is now ready to rock your iPhone!
Sky Force Reloaded is an award winning and highly acclaimed vertical shooter. It features 3d interactive objects, outstanding graphics, special effects, high quality soundtrack and 100% of pure gameplay.
Ever wanted to play a good arcade vertical shooter? This one is for you!
Infinite Dreams Inc., Sky Force Reloaded, – Free
The UK’s #1 game Traffic Panic returns in 3D with even more addictive, decision-making destruction! This game will make you gawp at the most awesome explosions, crashes and damage you’ve ever seen!
Get as many cars, trucks and tankers through the intersection as you can by controlling the traffic lights.
LIKE BLOWING STUFF UP?
So do we. Therefore causing damage and mayhem also earns you extra points and bonus Credits!
Unlock interactive content for even more CARNAGE! Use the traffic-stopping emergency services to help you cross the traffic OR crash the Fuel Tanker into the Firework Factory to cause an almighty (beautiful) explosion!!
Neon Play, Traffic Panic 3D, – Free
NodeBeat is a visual music creation application for all ages.
By combining music and playful exploration, NodeBeat allows anyone to create an exciting variety of rhythmic sequences and ambient melodies in a fun and intuitive fashion. From the professional to the novice, NodeBeat lets anyone explore creative music.
★ Features Include ★
-Adjustable Node Physics
-Drag & drop to add and remove nodes
-Pitch Shift Audio
-Adjustable Tempo (BPM) & Note Beat
-Creative Sound Sculpting: Echo, Attack, Decay, Release
-Audio Waveform Adjustment (Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, Square)
-Drum and Octave (pitched) Generators
A unique twist on the Sudoku game which takes number puzzles to the next level! Sudoku RUSH will give you hours and hours of fun, and puzzle solving challenges.
★ Packed with 2000+ of Sudoku puzzles.
★ Solve the puzzles by pulling numbers, power ups, and rewards from a cascading waterfall.
★ Three game modes are included: Single Puzzle, a time-limited Action mode, and Three Strikes Mode.
★ A universal app for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch
Hothead Games Inc., Sudoku Rush ™, – Free
Fallen on hard times, farmer Lewis converts an old bulldozer into a fantastic high-tech “diggin” machine. Help him dig up stuff to sell (60+ unique diggings) in a race against the clock to pay the mortgage and save the farm (campaign mode).
In addition there are 8 mini-game challenge matches, plus open-ended free play mode and even a tutorial game mode for beginners, offering hours of game play.
Manage fuel, temperature, and damage while searching for diggins. Sell them at the farmhouse to earn cash. Save cash to pay the mortgage, upgrade your digger, or make repairs. Use the on-screen “analog” joystick, or touch-screen to control digger movement. Watch out for rocks and caverns that disrupt your path. Have fun!
Oh no! A great snowstorm has scattered the penguins all across ANTARCTICA!
Join Mother Penguin in this frosty PLATFORM ADVENTURE as she trots around the icy continent, regathering all her lost baby penguins.
Enjoy levels packed with bonus items, puzzles, ice cream cones and “cool” power-ups!
UPDATED: Now includes ‘Penguin In A Bathtub’ bonus game!
Donut Games, Icy Escort, – Free
A Brutal, Futuristic mixture of Football and Hockey played at Break Neck Speed.
The Bitmap Brothers’ classic sports game remade for iOS.
Hard Hitting Gameplay
Super Slick Visuals
Choice of Intuitive Tilt and Virtual Joystick Controls
28 Teams from 4 Planets
10 Season Career Mode
10 Single Player Game Modes
Full Player Transfer Market and Upgrades
Multiplayer Mode (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth)
Retina Display on iPhone4
HD Graphics on iPad
Game Center Support
Tower Studios, Speedball 2 Evolution, – Free
Epic War TD Pro is FREE for a limited time!
=== 2.500.000 Players ===
#1 Strategy game in more than 50 countries!
Treat yourself to the most appetizing app on the planet—the iFood Assistant. Delicious at your fingertips, anytime and anywhere. Version 3.0 – Expanded Features include functions from Grocery IQ app.
Available in US and CANADA (English, French): New home screen with access to member recipes and more categories including a Spotlight button for featured content, barcode scanning (US only with iOS4), coupons (US only), post recipes to Facebook and more! See below -What’s New in Version 3.0- for full details.
Delicious Inspiration Anytime: We’ll deliver ideas for Dinner Tonight and a Recipe of the Day, along with thousands of simple but mouthwatering recipes you find on kraftfoods.com and kraftcanada.com. You can even set alert reminders. Even smarter, check out our Budget Wise section (US only) for scrumptiously affordable meals and the secrets to restaurant-style faves you can make at home.
Kraft New Services, iFood Assistant by KRAFT, – Free
FlashLaunch allows you in a single screen quick access to some features of your device that you specified as url (manual or automatic url configuration).
★ You can set it to launch:
✓ Sms app
✓ Email app
✓ Safari app
✓ Music app
✓ Youtube app
✓ Maps app
✓ and more app as facebook, twitter, skype or ebay app if installed on your device.
Enrico De Michele, FlashLaunch, – $0.99
SimplyTweet makes using Twitter easy, keeping you informed via push notifications when someone messages or mentions you. Choose from several themes available.
✓ Push notification support for Mentions and Direct Messages.
✓ Configurable push notification sounds
✓ iOS 4 Fast app switching support
✓ iPhone 4 hi-res support
✓ Multiple accounts support
✓ System Contacts linking and sending direct messages from Contacts app
✓ Themes – Silver, Twilight, Yellow, Bubbles, Pink
✓ Browse conversations reply chain
✓ Browse conversations between you and another person
✓ Lists (create groups of friends, etc. Note that anyone can be added, as long as their updates are not protected)
✓ Multiple drafts
MotionObj, SimplyTweet 3 – Twitter Client, – Free