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There’s probably more game apps in the iTunes store than any other kind of app, and while most of them are in the 0.99 cent range, there are some great choices out there that will cost you absolutely nothing.
The following is a list of 8 of the best iPhone games you won’t believe are free. They’ve either got great graphics and sound effects, or are just a great gaming experience overall.
Most importantly, none of these apps have any limitations on the actual gameplay, but a couple of of them are ad-supported free versions of paid apps. In the big scheme of things, that’s a pretty small price to pay to get a great app for free.
For all the word nerds out there, Scramboni [iTunes link] is a great multiplayer online game. Each game consists of 20 rounds, where you have to unscramble letters to form a word. There are three levels, and you can only progress to the higher levels after you’ve played, and scored, enough.
For each round, you will find out how fast you were in comparison to your opponents, and overall you will be ranked by the number of points you score.
Texas Hold’em Live
The graphics on Texas Hold’em Live [iTunes link], a huge online multiplayer game are pretty impressive, and it’s surprising that the it’s free.
Play the Texas Hold ‘Em version of poker against opponents from around the world, or if you don’t want to go online, you can also play a quick round against as many AI (Artificial Intelligence) opponents as you like.
If you are a fan of backgammon, Backgammon Lite [iTunes link] will definitely appeal to you with its great graphics and sound effects. And if you don’t know how to play backgammon, this is a great way to learn.
You can either play a single player game against an AI, play in peer to peer mode using Bluetooth to connect to another iPhone or in pass-and-play mode.
Topple [iTunes link] is a game in which you have to stack as many wacky shapes on top of each other to reach a specific goal. As you finish each level, the next level is unlocked, where the target line gets higher and higher. Just make sure you don’t drop too many of the shapes into the abyss, because once you lose 5 blocks, the game ends.
Froggy Jump [iTunes link] is a highly addictive game. Guide your frog by tilting your phone, jumping onto little patches of grass that give him a boost to jump higher. As you jump around, try to collect all the letters of the goal word, collect crystals, and unlock new levels and features.
Words With Friends Free
Scrabble fans can have all the free fun they want with the ad-supported version of Words with Friends [iTunes link]. You can either have the game match you up with a random opponent from anywhere in the world, or you can invite your friends to play against you. You can also play and pass with a friend using one iPhone.
Words with Friends also makes use of the iPhone’s push notification feature so you don’t have to keep the app open to know when it’s your turn.
Crazy Chipmunks [iTunes link] is a highly addictive game that has three modes of play. In Classic mode you have 30 seconds to tap all of the little brown chipmunks popping out of their holes, avoiding the pinks ones. In challenge mode, there is no time limit, but rather the game ends once you have hit three of the pink chipmunks.
The final mode is quite different from the first two, using the same graphics for a memory game.
Kung Fu Touch
Kung Fu Touch [iTunes link] is a cute game with really good graphics. Get in touch with your inner Kung Fu Master, and chop flying sushi (amongst other objects) before they hit you.
The graphics and sounds effects are excellent, but if you’re planning on playing this game in a quiet room – you should be warned that the splash intro cannot be muted. There are two modes of play – single player, or online duel gaming with a random opponent.
Traffic Rush [iTunes link] is actually a paid app, but it’s available for free for a limited time. In Traffic Rush you have to keep the traffic going at an intersection. Speed cars up by swiping them across the screen, and stop them at the intersection by tapping them. How long can you keep traffic going without a collision?
Traffic Rush’s graphics are simple and are more reminiscent of older games of this sort, but that is part of its charm.
Another great free iPhone game that definitely deserves a mention is Tap Tap Revenge.
What are your favourite free iPhone games? Let us know in the comments.
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