Like Tetris? With a little bit of awkward iOS app work, you can get it for free on your iOS device. You won't find it for free in the App Store proper on your iPhone or iPad; instead, you'll have to head to to the Apple Store app and download it from there.
In the shadow of the dearly departed Skyview Drive-In Theater, Santa Cruz's weekend flea market was another bit of my youth's paradise. Between all of the horrendous and delicious fried foods, and the empty promises of a vegetable chopper destined to make your life more convenient, the true prize would always lay between plastic, cardboard and twist-ties. Some would call them Hero Rangers, Adventure Turtles, or even Chopper Rats from Pluto, but despite their off-color paint jobs, they often could provide as much enjoyment as their copyrighted cousins. Knock-offs are what make budget-conscious world go round, and the iOS ecosystem is hardly different.
There's no denying that Ms. Splosion Man – a port of the 2011 console original – is an incredibly well-designed platformer. Its 50 lengthy levels are filled with inventively demanding puzzles, it's built around an incredibly fun gameplay mechanic (the heroine explodes to jump or attack enemies), it looks great, and it exudes a constant stream of goofy charm. So it's a shame that on iOS, an otherwise fantastic experience is hamstrung by a couple of key problems.
Every Free App Friday we bring you a nuanced look at some of the best and brightest free content available in the App Store. This week, however, we're going to take a look at some smaller apps you might have missed over the past few months. While these offerings may be bite-sized, we still think they're worth sinking your teeth into.
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Trivia contests are one of those things for which most people feel like they have expertise in at least a single category. It is soul-crushing to realize that as much as you think you know something, there's someone at the pub quiz who likely spent at least two semesters on the topic, and then they proceed to crush you beneath their boots. Embracing humility, nothing will more rapidly prepare you to accept your mortal insignificance before the cosmos than your first encounter with 94 Seconds by Scimob.
God simulators can sometimes bring out the worst in people, but Babel Rising doesn’t even bother with the concept of mercy; you’re just some omnipotent jerk. But even the sadistic pleasure of crushing villagers can’t rescue the game from mediocrity.
Werewolves are usually only good for a few things: terrifying villagers, killing city folk, and inspiring catchy tunes by Warren Zevon. Fortunately for professional thief Lucas MacGuffin, they’re also quite adept at making their way through a locked-down, high-tech city. Which is good, because he’s stuck as a werewolf in exactly that daunting locale.
Like peanut butter and jelly, puzzle games and iOS devices have always been a classic combo. While popular picks like Bejeweled Blitz and Words with Friends are always solid options for on-the-go gaming, there’s far funkier fare worth exploring in the App Store. If your taste in games falls on the quirkier side of the fence, you’ll get a kick out of this batch of peculiar iOS puzzle offerings we’ve rounded up.
Unlike the vast majority of color-matching puzzle games, the play mechanics that power Fractal: Make Blooms Not War may not be readily apparent the first time you play it, nor does the game offer up a dead-simple intro tutorial. Fractal is a bit obtuse, no doubt, but this elegant puzzler is well worth scratching your head for, as the grid-shifting approach gives it a unique feel unlike that of its contemporaries.