Aqua Forest creatively combines a sketching program with physics. Players draw with water, stone, ice, and other objects in an effort to move an object to a goal. After placed, a line of water or any object becomes animated, cascading with gravity and iPhone movement. Even when the iPhone or iPod touch gets frequently overwhelmed by too much action on-screen—the frame-rate drips at about ten per-second—the unique game stays playful and engaging. But Aqua Forest only reveals glimpses of its brilliance, with its rules changing too frequently and the roster of objects with which you can paint overwhelming our palette.
Ancient treasure awaits in the App Store: the 1993 role-playing game Vay has been ported from the Sega CD to the iPhone and iPod touch. Vay is a full-length RPG that boasts an epic quest, hordes of monsters, and even animated video cutscenes with voice acting. Adventurers, your call to action has arrived.
The App Store's free section is a look into the lives of developers with waaay too much time on their hands. We run down our 20 favorite freebies, from the totally pointless to the totally entertaining—and even a few that are totally useful.