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Thanks to the iPhone and iPod touch and the App Store, you can get an excellent mobile gaming experience for just a few bucks or quid, for that matteror even less.
In fact, a lot of the games out there are free.
But can you get great games for nothing at all, or is the 'free' section of the App Store just a shoddy excuse to bombard you with in-app purchases?
The answer is, of course, both.
The trick is finding the gems amongst the dross, and what follows are our picks of the bunch: our top free iPhone games, presented in no particular order, including both long-time classics and brilliant cutting-edge recent releases.
We've even included a VR game for you.
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You start off rolling nails into your ball, but it quickly balloons to take on toys, vehicles, and entire buildings.
The controls are a touch slippy — although better in tilt than swipe — and games can be lengthy.
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The three colored rockets at the foot of the screen are each launched with a tap.
Initially, this is simple, but the game quickly becomes tricky when you start mixing colors by swiping one rocket over anotherand dealing with giant asteroids that have different colors for their cores and surfaces.
Prev Page 2 of 100 Next Prev Page 2 of 100 Next Beat Street is a touchscreen brawler that wears its influences on its sleeve.
The game feels familiar, but its set-up is entertainingly oddball liberating a city being terrorized by sentient, bipedal, suited rodentsand everything is controlled by a single thumb.
Prev Page 3 of 100 Next Prev Page 3 of 100 Next Duke Dashington Remastered is a fast-paced single-screen platform game featuring dapper explorer Duke Dashington.
Press left or right and he hurtles in that direction until hitting a wall.
Prod up and he shoots towards the ceiling.
This turn of speed is handy, given that his adventures take place within four crumbling dungeons.
He must escape each room before a ten-second timer runs down, or end up being a kind of buried treasure himself.
Smart level design turns each of the 120 rooms into something akin to a tiny puzzle.
And although the entire game can be dashed through in a couple of hours, a time-attack mode gives hardy and dextrous armchair adventurers a reason to return.
But the gameplay remains an engaging mix of console-like running and shooting, with tons of weapons to find and level-up by blasting things.
His razor-sharp claws make short work of enemies, resulting in a nice change of pace as the furry sidekick tears up the place.
Prev Page 5 of 100 Next Prev Page 5 of 100 Next Infiniroom is an endless runner set inside a claustrophobic room.
The dinky protagonist leaps from wall to wall, going in circles and avoiding electrified boxes that periodically pop-up.
Every now and again, a chunk of surrounding wall turns orange, before vanishing and opening things up a bit.
Lasers and whirling saw blades add further complications.
Each character in the game has a special power, designed to increase their longevity.
But make no mistake: this is intense twitch gaming of the Super Hexagon kind.
Managing to survive for a minute requires almost superhuman reactions.
As you belt along the track, avoiding traps, you can grab pick-ups — many of which happen to be weapons.
This transforms the slightly throwaway Sonic Dash format into a tense and competitive on-rails racer closer in nature to Mario Kart.
Prev Page 7 of 100 Next Prev Page 7 of 100 Next BotHeads looks like a low-rent Badland game, with its colorful backgrounds, and levels full of silhouettes.
Your BotHead has two thrusters to keep it aloft.
Levels are full of hazards, from pinball-like bumpers that hurl you off-course to giant saw blades.
Prev Page 8 of 100 Next Prev Page 8 of 100 Next Super Phantom Cat 2 is an eye-searingly colorful side-scrolling platform game.
Like its predecessor, this game wants you to delve into every nook and cranny, looking for hidden gold, unearthing secrets, and finding out what makes its vibrant miniature worlds tick.
It revels in unleashing new superpowers, such as a flower you fire at walls to make climbing vines, or at bricks to increase their fragility.
It also wants you to experiment, figuring out how critters who are ostensibly your enemies can be coerced into doing your bidding.
Prev Page 9 of 100 Next Prev Page 9 of 100 Next Anycrate takes the idea of a gunfight and hurls it headlong into absurdist territory.
You can share your device to play against a friend which is admittedly more suitable with an iPad or play against the AI.
It depicts a showdown on top of a train, where a bandit faces off against an endless stream of foes, all of whom are quick on the draw — and armed to the teeth.
You therefore tap left and right to dart between carriages, kicking enemies in the face before they shoot you.
You get the picture.
But the great thing about being a bandit in a videogame — you can always be resurrected for another quick go.
Prev Page 11 of 100 Next Prev Page 11 of 100 Next Data Wing is a neon-infused story-driven racing adventure.
It starts off as an unconventional top-down racer, with you steering a little triangular ship, scraping its tail against track edges for extra boost.
As you chalk up victories, more level types open up, including side-on challenges where you venture underground to find bling, before using boost pads to clamber back up to an exit.
The floaty world feels like outer-space, but Data Wing actually takes place inside a smartphone, with irrational AI Mother calling the shots.
Prev Page 12 of 100 Next Prev Page 12 of 100 Next Tappy Cat is a rhythm action game, with you playing as a musical moggie.
These must be tapped, held, or tapped along with another note, depending on their color.
Prev Page 13 of 100 Next Prev Page 13 of 100 Next Flat Pack wraps a two-dimensional platform game around three-dimensional shapes.
And Flat Pack slowly introduces its new ideas, such as enemies defeated by smashing them from below.
Prev Page 14 of 100 Next Prev Page 14 of 100 Next Memory Path is a simple memory test that showcases how polish and smart design can transform the most basic of concepts into an essential download.
Across 50 levels, you tap left or right to move along a path toward a goal.
The twist is the path disappears shortly after you enter a level.
Random shuffles the order in which you tackle levels; and Race Path is all about speed — how far you can get before the road ahead vanishes.
Prev Page 15 of 100 Next Prev Page 15 of 100 Next Power Hover: Cruise is three endless runners well, surfers for the price of one.
It borrows the boss battle levels from the superb, beautifuland expands on them.
This is a gorgeous game, with silky animation and minimal, but vibrant objects and scenery.
The audio is excellent, too — the rousing electronic soundtrack urging you on.
There are a couple of snags: games can abruptly end due to difficulty spikes, and the controls initially seem floaty.
You get a minute to dish out tappy destruction, divided up into seconds-long rounds.
Hit the wrong object, and your game ends with a flaming skull taunting you.
Lasting the full minute is surprisingly tough.
However, there are plenty of nice touches.
The visuals have an old-school charm, and the music is suitably energetic.
Prev Page 17 of 100 Next Prev Page 17 of 100 Next Spin Addict is an endless runner set in a landscape of endless industrial cogs and sparks.
You control a piece of metal you set spinning with a swipe, subsequently tapping to leap, and swiping downwards to flip the ground beneath you.
In the endless mode, played in portrait, you try to get as far as possible — easier said than done when massive pieces of machinery regularly want to flatten you, and your power must be constantly replenished by grabbing golden targets.
This is more about pathfinding — getting to the end of each course intact, having collected as many gems as possible along the way.
Prev Page 18 of 100 Next Prev Page 18 of 100 Next Leap On!
The two-eyed ball is tied to a central spiked star by a huge piece of elastic.
Whenever you hold the screen, the hero moves in a clockwise direction.
At first, this mostly means jumping on white orbs, and avoiding the odd lurking blob, but before long, the star starts lobbing all manner of ball-killing stuff your way.
You can fight back by grabbing power ups and smashing the white bits of projectiles, while chasing dual high scores — how many white orbs you hit, and your furthest distance from the star.
Prev Page 19 of 100 Next Prev Page 19 of 100 Next Built for Speed is a top-down racer with chunky old-school graphics, and a drag-and-drop track editor.
But a few upgrades later and everything becomes nicely zippy.
Prev Page 20 of 100 Next Prev Page 20 of 100 Next Knight Saves Queen is a turn-based puzzle game, based on a knight leaping about a chess board.
Over time, allies also appear, allowing you to further manipulate the opposition, which takes pieces every chance it gets.
The bite-sized nature of the game combined with the smart puzzle design make it ideal freebie fare for mobile.
We do, however, take exception at needing perfect runs on every level set to unlock the next — unless, of course, you buy coins via IAP.
Still, if nothing else, this forces you to properly tackle every puzzle, rather than blaze through with the least amount of effort.
Prev Page 21 of 100 Next Prev Page 21 of 100 Next Flick Soccer 17 is all about scoring goals by booting a ball with your finger.
It looks very smart, with fairly realistic visuals and nicely arcade-y ball movement.
You can unleash pretty amazing shots as you aim for the targets, and occasionally bean a defender.
The game includes several alternate modes, providing a surprising amount of variation on the basic theme.
Rather more esoteric fare also lurks, demanding you repeatedly hit the crossbar, or smash panes of glass a crazy person has installed in the goalmouth.
Like real-world sport on the TV, Flick Soccer is a bit ad-infested.
Prev Page 22 of 100 Next Prev Page 22 of 100 Next Drop Wizard Tower is a superb mobile take on classic single-screen arcade platform games like Bubble Bobble.
You auto-run left or right, and blast magic when landing on a platform.
The auto-running bit disarms at first — in most similar games, the protagonist stays put unless you keep a direction button held.
But once the mechanics click, Drop Wizard Tower cements itself as a little slice of magic on your iPhone.
The freeform arenas find you in a dystopian future where people and cows blithely amble about while deranged drivers smash each other to bits.
Victories arrive from completing enough laps, wrecking all your opponents, or mowing down every living thing in the vicinity.
In the 1990s, this was shocking to the point of being banned in some countries.
Today, the lo-fi violence seems oddly quaint.
Prev Page 24 of 100 Next Prev Page 24 of 100 Next One Tap Rally distills the top-down mobile racer into a one-thumb effort.
Press the screen and you accelerate; let go and you slow down.
In the nitros mode, you can also swipe upward for an extra burst of speed.
It feels a bit like slot-racing, but the tracks are organic and free-flowing, rather than rigid chunks of plastic.
Learning each bend and straight is essential to get around without hitting the sides — important because such collisions rob you of precious seconds.
Each time you better your score, you improve your rank on the current track, ready to face tougher opponents.
This affords an extra layer of depth to what was already an elegant, playable mobile racer.
You belt around a videogame take on San Francisco, hurling yourself from massive hills, soaring through the air like only a crazy taxi can, and regularly smashing other traffic out of the way.
Getting them where they want to go in good time replenishes the clock.
Crazy Taxi looks crude, but still plays brilliantly, and even the touchscreen controls work very nicely.
For free, you must be online to play, however — a sole black mark in an otherwise fantastic port and one you can remove with IAP.
Prev Page 26 of 100 Next Prev Page 26 of 100 Next Yeah Bunny!
This nonetheless affords you plenty of control, such as double-jumping in mid-air for extra distance, or wall-jumping like a bunny ninja.
The game looks superb, with plenty of neat touches like the smoke trail behind the rabbit.
And although it can be frustrating when the furry hero is spiked yet again, you can always continue your progress by watching an ad or dipping into your reserve of collected carrots.
Using your finger, you direct the fish towards eggs and other stragglers, the latter of which join you to gradually form a school.
Unfortunately, everything else in the sea is hungry for a fish dinner.
The board is a four-by-four grid, into which you add plants.
Every four moves you can harvest a plant — or group of adjacent plants — which turns the soil.
A reckless approach soon leaves you with non-contiguous chunks of land and no chance of removing loads of plants at once.
You find yourself on an oval of tarmac, attempting to slipstream and weave your way to the checkered flag, avoiding a horrible pile-up along the way.
It all looks rather smart, even if vehicle movement is occasionally suspect; the controls are simple and responsive too.
This can be a bit of a distraction, but adds depth to the game.
Prev Page 30 of 100 Next Prev Page 30 of 100 Next rvlvr.
You get a bunch of interlocking circles with dots on, and must select and rotate them so the puzzle matches the image at the top of the screen.
And that you can skip any of the 15,000!
Much of your time is spent in space, tapping screen edges to deftly weave your ship through space debris.
When possible, you scoop up stardust to charge up your weapons system and a hyperdrive that blasts you towards your destination at serious speed.
But Full of Stars is also a role-playing game of sorts, finding you immersed in a plot that puts humanity on the brink.
It can get repetitive, and the arcade sections are sometimes harsh, but Full of Stars is a commendable effort at trying something different — a story-driven journey that demands both arcade and strategic smarts.
Prev Page 32 of 100 Next Prev Page 32 of 100 Next Swordigo is a love letter to the classic side-scrolling platform adventures that blessed 16-bit consoles.
You leap about platforms, slice up enemies with your trusty sword, and figure out how to solve simple puzzles, which open up new areas of the game and move the plot onwards.
But everything else about Swordigo shines.
All in all, then, a fitting tribute to those much-loved titles of old.
Prev Page 33 of 100 Next Prev Page 33 of 100 Next Tape it Up!
It takes place on an endless scrolling conveyor belt, with your little dispenser leaping from box to box as you swipe.
Grab enough coins and you unlock rather more esoteric dispensers that give the game a surreal edge.
Ah well — everyone knows taping up boxes is more fun than blowing up spaceships, right?
The controls are straightforward aim with a directional arrow and then let rip ; much of the challenge comes in trying to maximize your star rating by reaching the goal using the fewest possible kicks.
And so it proves to be withwhich is more or less a one-thumb take on Pong that you play by yourself.
Here, a little fish swims in a circle whenever you press the screen, aiming to keep a square jelly in play.
A simple title, then, but one with immediacy given how simple it is to grasp and relentless intensity.
Plus, games are short enough that you can probably have several attempts to beat your high score while waiting in a good free games for ipod touch 4g at the grocery store.
A typical Friday, really.
Inthe skeleton appears to be in a kind of Groundhog Day scenario, collecting up his various parts across tiny 2D platform game worlds, before flinging himself into a portal and repeating the process somewhere new.
Prev Page 37 of 100 Next Prev Page 37 of 100 Next Yobot Run In this auto-running platformer, titular hero Yobot dodders about cavernous rooms within a robot manufacturing plant.
Using his not-very-super powers of jumping and being able to stop a bit, you must help him to the exits, grabbing switches and keys along the way.
Although, frankly, someone needs to have a word with the architect, given the number of spikes the plant has, and the exits being on impossible to reach platforms.
For example, the cop car can collect massive donuts for bonus points, and an army jeep can call in tanks — just like you wish you could when stuck in slow-moving traffic.
The game finds a little toy careening along rollercoaster-like pathways, darting inside buildings and tunnels, and soaring high above snow-covered mountains and erupting volcanos.
Grab enough bling and you unlock new stages and Frisbees.
The visuals are superb — bright and vibrant — and the courses are smartly designed.
And even if you fail, Frisbee Forever 2 lobs coins your way, rewarding any effort you put in.
Prev Page 40 of 100 Next Prev Page 40 of 100 Next Pixel Craft - Space Shooter takes no prisoners.
No sooner have you found your feet in your little auto-firing spaceship than hordes of aliens blow you into so much stardust.
Then you face a massive boss and get blown up again.
But Pixel Craft has a sense of fun and urgency that makes it worth sticking with.
The aesthetics and controls are impressive, and death always feels fair — to be blamed on your fingers failing you.
But with perseverance comes collected bling and ship upgrades.
At least until you meet the next boss.
Prev Page 41 of 100 Next Prev Page 41 of 100 Next Narcissus Depending on your way of looking at things, is either a weird platform game for one or an amusing 50-level leapy game for two.
The basics are essentially based on the game Canabalt — Narcissus leaps from platform to platform, lest he fall down a gap and go splat.
But if you recall your Greek mythology, Narcissus had a reflection; in this game, the reflection is visible on the screen.
For the single player, this makes for a tough challenge, keeping track of two tiny leapers, who often need to jump at different times.
Even so, is a disarmingly charming treat.
You aim to guide two friends to a goal in each of the 60 tiny single-screen levels.
The basics are familiar: you direct the protagonist by swiping about, aiming to keep ahead of your inevitable demise for as long as possible.
But in Remedy Rush, you play as an experimental remedy such as a cookie or sunglasses exploring a grid-like infected body.
As you scoot about, toxins are destroyed to open up pathways, and health bursts can be collected to take out any cells and germs that are in your way.
Over time, the host gets sicker and the fever more ferocious; when the end comes, you can try again with a new remedy, each one having its own game-altering side-effect.
Prev Page 44 of 100 Next Prev Page 44 of 100 Next King Rabbit has some unorthodox enemies.
Mostly, this one is a think-ahead puzzler, with loads of box sliding.
But instead of being purely turn-based fare, King Rabbit adds tense swipe-based arcade sections, with you running from scary creatures armed with rabbit-filleting weaponry.
But the puzzles are the real heroes, offering a perfect balance of immediacy and brain-scratching.
Instead, is an endless runner of sorts.
With visuals that appear to have lumbered in from 1981, the game has you steer a blocky black car along a vertically scrolling track.
So, for example, with three points, you can cunningly change a pawn into a knight.
The aim remains a game-winning checkmate, and, presumably, avoiding the ire of your non-magic opponent.
Credit to whoever wanted to make the knight suffer, because said traps include endless inventive ways to kill someone, from squelching blobs of goo to massive metal panels that slam together, squashing flat anyone daft enough to get in their way.
Still, grab enough bling on your journey and you can upgrade your character and unlock new onesgiving them a fighting chance — well, at least an extra 30 seconds.
To make each little leap upwards, you drag back and release to catapult the star, like a celestial Angry Bird.
Over time, energy is used, your star eventually exploding; to avoid that, you temporarily lurk inside other stars for a quick top up.
Much of the challenge involves successfully navigating hazards — usually spinning shapes you awkwardly ricochet off of — before you burn through your health.
Grab enough orbs along the way and you can lengthen subsequent attempts through leveling up and gaining extra health.
You control a little cartoon banana, keeping it in the air — and away from massive saw blades — by tapping the screen and swiping to move a bit.
After that point, all hell breaks loose, with your worried-looking fruit having to escape a squishy, painful death by avoiding laser guns, rockets, and all manner of other hazards intent on shoving it towards the blades.
Collect enough stars while tapping the screen and you can unlock new victims.
In a sense, it feels a bit like a speeded-up and flattened Pac-Man 256, with you zooming through a maze, eating dots, and outrunning an all-devouring evil.
But the controls here are key — a flick hurls you in that direction until something makes you stop.
The procedurally generated Arcade mode increasingly ramps up the intensity as you strive to reach the end of each tomb, while a stage-based mode pits your flicking finger against 60 deviously designed set challenges.
Prev Page 51 of 100 Next Prev Page 51 of 100 Next PinOut!
Enterwhich rethinks pinball in a manner that works perfectly on the smaller screen.
Rather than losing a ball should it end up behind the flippers, you merely waste vital seconds getting back to where you were.
When the clock runs out: game over.
The result is exciting and fresh, and the relatively simple mini-tables are ideal for iPhone.
Prev Page 52 of 100 Next Prev Page 52 of 100 Next Nekosan One of those games happy to repeatedly punch you in the face, is a brutal single-screen platformer.
The premise is that the mice have stolen all the stars, and hidden them in a dungeon.
The snag is that, unlike most platform games, Nekosan only affords you control by way of tapping anywhere on the screen.
Bright colors, chunky pixels, and leapy gameplay put you in mind of a Mario or Alex Kidd adventure.
But although Super Cat Tales twangs the odd nostalgia gland, the controls make it a thoroughly modern affair.
Character movement happens by tapping the left or right screen edge - hold to move or double-tap to dash.
At first, this feels confusing, as muscle memory fights these unique controls.
Before long, though, this smart design dovetails with succinct levels packed with secrets, collectible cats with distinct abilities, and gorgeous aesthetics, to make for one of the best games of its type on mobile.
Prev Page 54 of 100 Next Prev Page 54 of 100 Next Mikey Jumps The Mikey series has evolved with every entry.
Initially a speedrun-oriented stripped-back Mario, it then gained swinging by way of grappling hooks, before ditching traditional controls entirely, strapping jet boots to Mikey in a kind of Flappy Bird with class.
Withthe series has its biggest shift yet.
Scrolling levels are dispensed with, in favor of quick-fire single-screen efforts.
It sounds reductive, but the result is superb.
Devoid of cruft and intensely focused, Mikey Jumps is perfect for mobile play, makes nods to previous entries in the series with hooks and boots peppered about and has excellent level design that sits just on the right side of infuriatingly tough.
Prev Page 55 of 100 Next Prev Page 55 of 100 Next Higher Higher!
Minimal arcade game is another of those titles that on paper seems ridiculously simple, but in reality could result in your thumb and brain having a nasty falling out.
A little square scoots back and forth across the screen, changing color whenever it hits the edge and reverses direction.
Your aim is to tap a matching colored column when the square passes over it.
The snag is that the square then changes color again; furthermore, the columns all change color when the square hits a screen edge.
To add to your troubles, Higher Higher!
Combos are the key to the highest scores and, as ever, one mistake spells game over.
Prev Page 56 of 100 Next Prev Page 56 of 100 Next Satellina Zero is a somewhat abstract game that borrows from endless runners and rhythm action titles.
You play as a white hexagon, sliding left to right to scoop up green hexagons streaming in from the top.
You can also tap, which jumps you to the relative horizontal location while simultaneously switching deadly red hexagons to green and greens to red.
Survival is reliant on observation and quick thinking, where you must constantly ensure whatever hexagons are coming up are the right color, jump across at the perfect moment, and slide to scoop them all up.
Last long enough and you unlock new modes and music.
It would have been interesting to see choreographed levels with percentage scores, rather than games comprising semi-randomized waves that always end on a single missed hexagon; nevertheless, Satellina Zero is a fresh, compelling arcade experience.
Prev Page 57 of 100 Next Prev Page 57 of 100 Next Blokout is a furious, high-speed color-matching game that punishes you for the slightest hesitation.
The initial mode plonks you in front of a three-by-three grid, and you have to swap colored squares, Bejewelled-style, to make complete lines, which then vanish.
The timer is the key to the game.
A clock sits in the upper-left of the screen and rapidly counts down, giving you only a few moments to complete a line.
If the timer runs dry it's game over; make a line and it resets, giving you another few seconds.
The intensity is therefore always set to maximum, nicely contrasting with the game's friendly, bold colors which amusingly turn stark black and white the instant you lose ; and if you stick around, you'll find further challenges by way of boosters and tougher modes.
Prev Page 58 of 100 Next Prev Page 58 of 100 Next Forget-Me-Not There are few arcade games as refined and perfectly considered as — and we're talking across all platforms, not just iPhone.
The game places you in procedurally generated dungeons, tasking you with eating all the flowers, grabbing a key and making for the exit.
All the while, you auto-shoot ahead, blasting away at each dungeon's denizens.
What sets the game apart from its contemporaries is its energy, vitality and variety.
Multiple modes shake good free games for ipod touch 4g strategies, and the many different foes that beam in have distinct personalities to keep the gameplay varied.
Some relentlessly home in on you, whereas others are content blowing anything around them to pieces — including the maze.
Suitable for one-thumb play in portrait or landscape, Forget-Me-Not is an arcade classic.
Prev Page 59 of 100 Next Prev Page 59 of 100 Next Platform Panic Aptly named, given that it has loads of platforms and aims to make you panic, is a high-speed single-screen platform game.
As is so often the way on mobile gaming titles, a single slip up spells death.
This is easier said than done, mind.
She leaps about, blasting enemies, finding bling, and making for an exit, in tried-and-tested platforming fashion.
This is a tough game.
But smart level design and a brilliant weapon upgrade model keep the frustration to a minimum and ensure this is one of the best games of its type on the iPhone.
You therefore start your first game with a seriously souped-up set of pieces: several queens, and loads of knights.
Your hapless computer opponent can only look on while lumbered with a suspicious number of pawns.
Rather than the AI getting better or worse, the game changes the balance of your set-up.
Prev Page 62 of 100 Next Prev Page 62 of 100 Next Maximum Car Inyou careen along winding roads, smashing your chunky car into other similarly Lego-like vehicles.
When possible, you lob missiles about with merry abandon, boost, drift, and generally barrel along like a lunatic.
Your terrorising of other road users through near misses and blithely driving on the wrong side of the roadrewards you with coins to spend on powering up your ride.
Do so and Maximum Car speeds up significantly, veering into absurd and barely controllable territory.
Along with a tongue-in-cheek commentary track, this is all very silly entertainment — great for quick bursts of adrenaline-fuelled racing, and absolutely not the sort of thing to play before a driving test.
Prev Page 63 of 100 Next Prev Page 63 of 100 Next Dots and Co This third entry in the Dots series,will be familiar to anyone who's played the previous efforts.
The aim is to collect a pre-set number of colored dots on each level, which is achieved by dragging out paths through dots of the same color.
Manage to draw a square and all dots of the relevant color vanish.
Complications come by way of odd-shaped levels that often leave you with small groups of dots stranded within awkward shapes, and obstacles that need clearing.
Cartoon 'companions' good free games for ipod touch 4g a bit here, blasting away at the board once you've powered them up, and there are also a few special powers to make use of.
Prev Page 64 of 100 Next Prev Page 64 of 100 Next Kubix They don't come much simpler thanwhich sums up the aim of the game in what follows the hyphen in its full App Store name: 'Catch the white squares and avoid the black ones'.
There is, fortunately, a bit more to it than that.
As you're tilting your device to sneak past black squares and scoop up white ones the latter add to an ever-depleting energy reserve.
You'll also regularly see squares with a question mark barging their way into the arena.
Catch one when it's white and you'll get a nice surprise, such as all of the squares temporarily turning white.
Grab one when it's black and you'll be in for a nasty time, trying to survive in a sea of black squares, or avoid such pixels of evil while piloting a suddenly awkwardly unwieldy white circle.
Prev Page 65 of 100 Next Prev Page 65 of 100 Next Big Bang Racing Two games in one, offers a breezy single-player trials experience on trap-filled larger-than-life tracks, and then multiplayer races across similarly crazy courses.
The visuals are very smart, with your odd little alien rider imbued with plenty of personality; the controls work well, too, with two pairs of buttons for moving and rotating your bike.
The game's infested with the usual trappings of modern freemium titles — chests; timers; in-game gold; in-app purchases — but, surprisingly, this doesn't make much difference nor really impact negatively on the experience.
With a little patience, you can play a few races every day, gradually improving your bike, winning races, and mastering courses.
Collect enough bits and bobs from chests and you can even have a go at creating and sharing your own tracks, using an excellent built-in editor.
Prev Page 66 of 100 Next Prev Page 66 of 100 Next Politaire Poker and Solitaire have been smashed together before, in the excellentbut tries something new with the combination.
At all points, you can see the next three cards from the draw pile.
You then swipe away unwanted cards from your hand with the aim of those remaining and any newcomers forming a poker hand, which then vanishes, automatically bringing in more new cards.
When possible, you want to score 'combos', through multiple hands subsequently occurring with you doing nothing at all.
Naturally, this requires a little luck, but there's also plenty of skill here, in terms of managing your cards and figuring out what's coming in the pile.
It sounds confusing, but give it time and it'll dig into your very soul.
For free, you generously get the entire main single-deck game, which rapidly becomes furiously addictive.
Prev Page 67 of 100 Next Prev Page 67 of 100 Next illi is a quaint one-button puzzle platformer that simply requires you to tap the screen to jump from ledge to ledge and collect all the crystals in a stage.
Its beautiful visuals will draw you into its simplistic yet engaging gameplay, while its puzzles will challenge you with bonus requirements and unique tricks.
And there's the 60 levels too that are sure to mesmerize and impress as you dodge through this cheeky little title.
Prev Page 68 of 100 Next Prev Page 68 of 100 Next Loop Mania is an addictive arcade game that is sure to challenge your reflexes and timing skills.
In order to increase your score you need to collect as many dots as possible as your circle races around a circular loop, while avoiding bigger balls on its path.
The trick is to tap the screen to launch your ball onto the others to destroy them for extra points.
Just don't tap at the wrong time or your race is over.
Prev Page 69 of 100 Next Prev Page 69 of 100 Next Fallen London Choose your own path and explore the gothic avenues of the Victorian city of.
Define your destiny and craft your character's fate with each choice you make and quest you complete.
This literary RPG boasts excellent writing that is sure to pull you into its dark yet comedic world as you befriend the locals and choose the path you think you want to go on.
Prev Page 70 of 100 Next Prev Page 70 of 100 Next Spellspire rewards you for having a large vocabulary as each dungeon you plunder requires you to come up with as many words as possible to defeat its enemies and reach that elusive treasure at the end.
The money you get from all that looting can then be used to upgrade your spells and weapons to make each word you spell deal even more damage.
How many levels can you clear?
Prev Page 71 of 100 Next Prev Page 71 of 100 Next Looty Dungeon As its name implies, tests your survival skills as you loot your way through endless dungeons teeming with traps, bosses, and falling floors.
Pick up coins to purchase additional heroes, each with different powers and stats, keeping the game fresh.
Hidden dangers can easily put an end to your looting, so tread carefully and carry a big sword - which is just good advice for life really, isn't it?
Well, maybe not a sword.
Perhaps a sense of self-confidence.
Prev Page 72 of 100 Next Prev Page 72 of 100 Next PKTBALL takes ping pong and turns into an endless arcade addiction.
Outsmart your opponents to get the best score you can, get money, and unlock lots of colorful playable characters, each with their own court and soundtrack.
Once you've mastered the basics you can challenge your friends in local multiplayer matches or simply smash your way to the top of the leaderboards.
This is the kind of game that you'll start playing while making dinner and only look up from when the fire brigade are breaking down your door.
Prev Page 73 of 100 Next Prev Page 73 of 100 Next Disney Crossy Road A kingdom of Disney characters can be unlocked in this alternative look at the popular road-crossing game - intelligently titled.
It's a 'magical take' on a game that has been downloaded over 50 million times, and designed to attract a new raft of players.
Cross as many roads as you can and collect coins to purchase even more stars spanning various Disney films, each with their own music and world for all you film fans out there.
And as you can imagine if you've played the 'normal' Crossy Road beforeyou'll see how far you can survive with your favorites from Toy Story, Lion King, Zootopia, and many more.
Prev Page 74 of 100 Next Prev Page 74 of 100 Next Sparkwave is a simple yet addictive game where you guide a spark of light through an endless path composed of traps, collectibles, and power-ups.
You'll need to have fast fingers if you want to stay alive as obstacles will spawn seconds before you rush into them.
You can also pick up crystals to unlock new sparks and power-ups which can completely change the way you play.
Prev Page 75 of 100 Next Prev Page 75 of 100 Next Metal Slug Attack The classic run-and-gun franchise takes on the tower defense genre in.
Missions in this colorful title ultimately come down to destroying your enemy's stronghold using your own deck of troops.
You can also play online with others, and go on missions to rescue prisoners, weapons, or items that can aid your campaign.
Prev Page 76 of 100 Next Prev Page 76 of 100 Next Tennis Champs Returns is a robust remake to the 1995 Amiga tennis game and brings with it plenty of great additions and mobile-friendly controls.
You can move up the ranks in career mode and challenge the computer to increasingly difficult matches.
Or, compete with opponents all over the world in quick bouts.
Daily challenges and mini games help to keep the interest levels going.
Prev Page 77 of 100 Next Prev Page 77 of 100 Next Splash Cars Bring some color into a drab world ina racing game that lets you drive around literally painting the town red, green, and other colors while avoiding the cops.
Pick up gas to keep driving and collect coins to unlock power-ups that make completing each level's paint requirements a whole lot easier.
Prev Page 78 of 100 Next Prev Page 78 of 100 Next Sky Chasers A beautifully pixelated adventure, requires you to use your fingers to guide your character along side-scrolling paths collecting coins and completing side-quests for his friends.
Your cardboard ship has a limited fuel supply, so you'll occasionally have to stop by checkpoints to refuel and avoid any pesky enemies that add an element of danger to your otherwise peaceful trip.
Solve simple puzzles and upgrade your ship as you enjoy its rich colorful worlds.
Prev Page 79 of 100 Next Prev Page 79 of 100 Next Rust Bucket turns the concept of a turn-based game into a puzzle-like roguelike that is a blast to play.
Each level requires you to navigate your way through a dungeon to reach its goal, but with every step you take, your enemies also move in different patterns.
Strategy is key to surviving since you don't want to step in front of an enemy knowing it may kill you in your next turn.
Prev Page 80 of 100 Next Prev Page 80 of 100 Next Planet Quest is a rhythm-based arcade game that has you play as an alien who abducts animals to the beat of some catchy music.
Time your taps well for perfect abductions, but avoid zapping any flowers since aliens apparently don't like them very much.
Over an hour of electronic, techno, and diverse music await your ears as you aim for a better score each time you play.
Prev Page 81 of 100 Next Prev Page 81 of 100 Next Beneath the Lighthouse Searching for his lost grandpa, a little boy gets lost underneath a lighthouse and now must escape from a labyrinth filled with traps and secrets.
Each inventive dungeon must be rotated in order to guide the boy to the tunnel leading to the next one.
You'll need to prepare yourself for spikes, levers, crumbling platforms, and other challenges that amp up the difficulty as you try to survive.
Prev Page 82 of 100 Next Prev Page 82 of 100 Next Does Not Commute is a curious puzzler that requires you to drive cars to their destination, but the catch is that previously-solved routes play live as you figure out the next one.
A timer is constantly ticking down, so not only will you need to be mindful of the traffic, but you'll also need to be fast and pick up power-ups to extend your commute.
Your driving and logic skills are sure to be tested.
Whether you team up with friends or go it alone, Redemption's plethora of rewarding quests will keep you coming back for more as you explore the beautiful and menacing kingdom of Haradon.
Daily quests, challenges, and PvP duels are sure to keep you on your toes no matter how you play.
Prev Page 84 of 100 Next Prev Page 84 of 100 Next Alphabear Collect teddy bears and use them to aid you in making words in the adorable.
Daily boards and challenges require you to come up with words with the letters that appear on your screen.
Each time you do, bears will populate the board and get bigger the more letters you use around them.
Make the biggest bear you can and rack in the points and the bragging rights.
Prev Page 85 of 100 Next Prev Page 85 of 100 Next Stranded: Mars One You have to give a little time to properly get its hooks into you.
At first, it appears to be yet another auto-runner.
The blocky retro graphics are cute, but, well, we've seen it all before.
But then you notice the smart level design, and the way in which you have to keep your little astronaut's speed up, lest they run out of oxygen.
Sliding, jet-packs and wall-jumping are lobbed into the mix as the game flings increasingly complex caverns in your direction.
The result ends up akin to an 8-bit Rayman in space — and that's before you've even delved into async multiplayer races!
Prev Page 86 of 100 Next Prev Page 86 of 100 Next Fallen You can't help but get a sense of having seen it all before when first playing.
Pretty soon, though, you'll be hypnotised by its subtly engaging mix of pachinko and colour-matching, along with a pleasing soundtrack that feels like someone's sneaked Kraftwerk into your iPhone.
The game itself is simple: balls drop from the top of the screen and you must rotate your coloured wheel so they hit the right bit.
Three errors and you're done.
Spin all the way round between hits and you get coins that can be spent on boosting upgrades that occasionally fall from the top of the screen.
Prev Page 87 of 100 Next Prev Page 87 of 100 Next Winter Walk is full of character, as you assist a Victorian gent, out for his evening constitutional.
The problem is it's a bit windy, and the gent's hat is in danger of blowing away during a gust - press the screen and he holds it in place.
Each step increases your score and also the chances of seeing thoughtful comments from the hatted chap.
Prev Page 88 of 100 Next Prev Page 88 of 100 Next Sky Force 2014 celebrates the mobile series's 10th anniversary in style, with this stunning top-down arcade blaster.
Your little red ship, as ever, is tasked with weaving its way through hostile enemy territory, annihilating everything in sight.
The visuals are spectacular, the level design is smart, and the bosses are huge, spewing bullet-hell in your general direction.
Prev Page 89 of 100 Next Prev Page 89 of 100 Next Asphalt good free games for ipod touch 4g Airborne At some point, a total buffoon decreed that racing games should be dull and grey, on grey tracks, with grey controls.
Gameloft's dispenses with such foolish notions, along with quite a bit of reality.
Here, then, you zoom along at ludicrous speeds, drifting for miles through exciting city courses, occasionally being hurled into the air to perform stunts that absolutely aren't acceptable according to the car manufacturer's warrantee.
Prev Page 90 of 100 Next Prev Page 90 of 100 Next Triple Town Three bushes make a tree!
Three gravestones make a church!
OK, so logic might not be 's strong suit, but the match-three gameplay is addictive.
Match to build things and trap bears, rapidly run out of space, gaze in wonder at your town and start all over again.
The free-to-play version has limited moves that are gradually replenished, but you can unlock unlimited moves via IAP.
Prev Page 91 of 100 Next Prev Page 91 of 100 Next Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Few free games are quite as polished asbut then this is a Blizzard game, so we hardly expected anything less.
There are dozens of card games available for iPhone, but Hearthstone stands out with high production values and easy to learn, difficult to master mechanics, which can keep you playing, improving and collecting cards for months on end.
Matches don't generally take too long either so it's great for playing in short bursts.
Prev Page 92 of 100 Next Prev Page 92 of 100 Next Spaceteam Think you know stress?
You haven't experienced stress until you've playeda cooperative multiplayer game that requires you to all work together as a crew and bark orders at your friends.
Sounds easier than it is; failure to cooperate will probably end with your ship getting sucked into a black hole.
Prev Page 93 of 100 Next Prev Page 93 of 100 Next Fairway Solitaire Blast In this game, golf met solitaire and they decided to elope while leaving Mr.
Puzzle Game to fill the void.
What's left is an entertaining bout of higher-or-lower, draped over a loose framework of golf scores, with a crazed gopher attempting to scupper everything.
You get loads of courses for free with and can use IAP to buy more.
Prev Page 94 of 100 Next Prev Page 94 of 100 Next Punch Quest The clue's in the title - there's a quest, and it involves quite a lot of punching.
There's hidden depth, though - the game might look like a screen-masher, but is all about mastering combos, perfecting your timing, and making good use of special abilities.
The in-game currency's also very generous, so if you like the game reward the dev by grabbing some IAP.
Prev Page 95 of 100 Next Prev Page 95 of 100 Next Groove Coaster Zero Tap!
That's the way this intoxicating rhythm action game plays out.
All the while, you aim for prodding perfection, chaining hits and other movements as symbols appear on the screen.
Simple, stylish and brilliant.
Prev Page 96 of 100 Next Prev Page 96 of 100 Next Pac-Man 256 This latest rethink of one of gaming's oldest and most-loved series asks what lies beyond the infamous level 256 glitch.
As it turns out, it's endless mazey hell for the yellow dot-muncher.
Pac-Man's therefore charged with eating as many dots as possible, avoiding a seemingly infinite number of ghosts, while simultaneously outrunning the all-devouring glitch.
Power-ups potentially extend Pac-Man's life, enabling you to gleefully take out lines of ghosts with a laser or obliterate them with a wandering tornado.
Although there's an energy system init's reasonably generous: one credit for a game with power-ups, and one for the single continue; one credit refreshes every ten minutes, to a maximum of six, and you can always play without power-ups for free.
If you don't like that, there's an IAP-based £5.
Prev Page 97 of 100 Next Prev Page 97 of 100 Next Cubed Rally Redline The endless rally game is devious.
On the surface, it looks simple: move left or right in five free for 4g ipod touch games good lanes, and use the 'emergency time brake' to navigate tricky bits.
But the brake needs time to recharge and the road soon becomes chock full of trees, cows, cruise liners and dinosaurs.
And you thought your local motorway had problems!
Prev Page 98 of 100 Next Prev Page 98 of 100 Next Smash Bandits In Smash Cops, you got to be the good guy, bringing down perps, mostly by ramming them into oblivion.
Now in it's your chance to be a dangerous crim, hopping between vehicles and leaving a trail of destruction in your wake.
The game also amusingly includes the A-Team van and a gadget known only as the Jibba Jabba.
We love it when a plan comes together!
Prev Page 99 of 100 Next Prev Page 99 of 100 Next Sage Solitaire If you're of a certain vintage, you probably spent many hours playing Solitaire on a PC, success being rewarded by cards bouncing around the screen.
Here, then, you get a three-by-three grid and remove cards by using poker hands.
Additional strategy comes through limitations hands must include cards from two rows; card piles are uneven and potential aid two 'trashes', one replenished after each successful hand; a starred multiplier suit.
A few rounds in, you realise this game's deeper than it first appears.
Beyond that, you'll be hooked.
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