Games have become a staple of the modern smartphone. From Angry Birds to the retro Pac-Man, they're the perfect way to make the time pass on your daily commute or keep you occupied while you're waiting in a tedious line. They say that nothing comes for free but when it comes to iPhone games, this isn't strictly true. There are many paid games which are worth the money, and there are many free downloads which really aren't worth the trouble. There are also loads of great games out there which won't cost you a penny, so the trick is knowing which ones are worth getting hold of. Luckily we've done all of the hard work for you. So here are some of the best free iPhone games available on the market today.
Pixel Craft – Space Shooter
This new addition to the market is a multi-faceted experience which is not for the faint-hearted. You'll make friends and enemies within moments of starting the game and eventually, you'll get to upgrade your spaceship. The navigation can be a little tricky at first but with a little perseverance, you will quickly become comfortable and progress to higher levels.
While this game might have a seemingly teenage interface, it actually stands up against some of the big hitters of the game world. The aim of the game is to guide two friends to a final destination in each of the 50 levels. Avoid the spikes and perilous drops while you try and navigate the seemingly impossible route to success. While it might seem a little simplistic, the function which lets you switch between the two friends or characters is a surprisingly cerebral element which can take a little getting used to. You will have to get your friends to work together to succeed in this quirky addition to the games market.
The scrolling survival format might seem familiar but there's some nice additions to Remedy Rush which make it a little more distinctive. As you guide your central character through a collection of obstacles in a race for survival, new routes will open up that can be traversed at the last moment.
The name of this game is slightly misleading since there's nothing freaky about it, nor is it actually a racing game. However, it is a lot of fun. Once your car is released from the starting blocks it's full steam ahead. There are no breaks and no slowing down. You'll continue to accelerate at speed, avoiding the obstacles which are in your way. It's a slightly odd concept for a game and the graphics are reminiscent of decades gone by but it's memorable and quite addictive once you get the hang of it.
Moveless chess might seem like a bit of an oxymoron and in fact it is. Your opponent is able to move but you remain stationary. Instead of traversing the board, you have to win the game by changing your predetermined set-up with different pieces (for example you can switch a pawn for a king). You eventually win by forcing your opponent into a checkmate without having moved positions on the board. It's a little tricky to get your head around but it's great to fine tune your chess skills if you already consider yourself a bit of a pro.
Icarus – A Star’s Journey
The concept of this game is a little more interesting than the functionality. The idea is to get a fallen star back to its rightful place in the sky. You have to drag and release a star into the essential abyss of space, hopefully reaching your final destination before you run out of energy. You can top up by stopping off at other stars on the way but be sure to avoid objects which will sap your star of power. It's quite a relaxing game part from the ads that interrupt it occasionally.
Dots and Co
This tertiary release by Dots and Co is familiar to its previous manifestations. The aim of the game is to set a number of predetermined colour of dots on each level. This is achieved by dragging a pattern which connects the dots – it's complicated by strange formations. It can get incredibly complex in the later stages and the fun can diminish when you feel like you've been set an impossible task.