Apple’s latest smartphones are amongst the most powerful, popular and coveted phones in the market today. So, you can rejoice all you want if you have got yourself an iPhone 7 or an iPhone 7 Plus, after all it’s no easy feat to buy one with such exorbitant price tags attached to them.
But once you have fiddled with the camera, contact settings and admired the retina HD display with cinematic colours, chances are you will feel bored of your new phone and ask yourself:: ‘What next?’
You don’t need money to play the best games
Long gone are the days when you had to save your pocket money for several months to invest in a dedicated console, spending more than what you could afford for a high-quality gaming experience. Thanks to the Apple iPhone and App Store, you can now get an excellent mobile gaming experience just for a few dollars, or even less.
In fact, a lot of games in the market are available for free. But can you really get great games as freebies, or is the ‘free’ section in the App Store just a discreditable excuse to strain you with unnecessary in-app purchases?
The answer is, obviously, both. Finding gems amidst the slag is the sensible trick to pursue. What follows is a small list of picks from an exhaustive bunch: the top free iPhone games, presented in no particular order. They don’t only include the brilliant cutting-edge recent releases but also the long-time classics. The details of a few interesting ones are as follows:
Dashy Crashy might seem to be a fairly standard lane-based survivor game at the surface but there is a lot more to it than just that. It’s packed with all kinds of unique features, such as a gorgeous day/night cycle, pile-ups and random events that involve maniacs spurting along the road, swiping everything out of their way.
It also adds value to mobile gaming’s potential as it requires the players to collect different items. In Dashy Crashy, you’re oftentimes awarded new vehicles, but these tend to shake things up while playing the game. The police car, for example, can collect massive donuts for extra points, and an army jeep can call in tanks – just like you wish you could do when stuck in traffic.
‘Take no prisoners!’ – As soon as you find your feet in your auto-firing spaceship in Pixel Craft, an alien clique blows you into a massive stardust.
You clock formations and foes, learn to dodge fire arrows shot by an enormous space bow, figure out how to kamikaze ships and investigate on how to outsmart an opponent that is apparently dawdled. Eventually, you face a massive boss-man and get blown up again.
Pixel Craft, even though low-key periodical at first, has a unique sense of fun and urgency to it that makes it worth sticking to. The aesthetics and controls are impressive and death always feels fair – blamed on your fingers failing you. With great perseverance, however, comes collected bling and ship upgrades. Then, you are the one dishing out alien-deaths in a laser fashion!
Device 6 can be deemed a text adventure, but that would definitely mean underrating the game. It is rather one of the strangest, downright elegant and most mysterious games made for smartphones, and it just happens to involve a lot of reading – calling it a multimedia enhanced ‘interactive fiction’.
As you chase the winding map of design and description, while rotating your device, you will find yourself drawn into a sinister adventure complete with one of the catchiest pop tunes ever included in a game.
Higher Higher! is another one of those minimal arcade games whose titles on paper seem inanely simple and childish, but in reality could result in your brain and thumb having a nasty fallout.
Whenever a little square hits the edge or reverses, by scooting back and forth across the screen, it changes colour. Your main game aim is to press the matching colour as soon as the square passes over it. The real snag is when the square changes colour again; the columns with altering tinctures hit the screen edge.
To further add to your troubles, Higher Higher! repeatedly speeds up, thereby, transforming into a high-octane reactions test. Combos and triple strikes are the key to the highest scores and, sadly, one mistook spell is likely to end the game, having you start all over again.
While praising Drop7, the Indie game developer, Jason Rohrer, said, “It took 23 years for someone to design a Tetris-killer. Simple, elegant, endlessly deep, and shockingly novel. Drop7 is it.” This is the only video game Rohrer has played at least once every week for a period of five years.
The game is simple and can be played with one hand and move at a time. The player, in short, drops chips labeled 1 through 7 into a 7 by 7 grid. The horizontal or vertical alignment of the chips removes them to the board and causes one unit of damage to the unmarked chips, which eventually rises from the bottom of the screen.
A grey chip, if damaged twice, breaks and reveals a numbered chip. As chips continue to rise and fall, you do what you can to trigger train reactions and keep the screen clear. It is definitely hard but will keep you hooked.
Drop7 is one of the best games to play throughout the day. Have a couple of minutes before the class starts? Play some Drop7. Can’t sleep? Let Drop7 be the cure.
Neither is it freaky nor a racing game. Instead, Freaky Racing is a never-ending runner of sorts. With graphics that appear to have lumbered in from the 1980’s, the game has you controlling a blocky black car along a vertically scrolling track. The problem, you ask? Well, you don’t have any brakes and things speed up fairly quickly.
It’s not long before you start weaving through chicanes, avoiding floundering racing rivals and side stepping the road edges, which are apparently made from some kind of car-explosive material. Chances of you surviving long in Freaky Racing’s strange world are bleak, but it is a strangely compelling title that will keep you coming back for more.
You have an iPhone in your hand, a strange yet magical device that you manipulate using just your fingertips. The Room is a game on that gadget, includes maneuvering puzzle boxes with your fingers. It is, indeed, a perfect match. It’s excellent sequel could be puzzle games, but the real joy comes as much from the interaction as it does from solving brain teasers.
Running your fingers along the wooden box and finding a hidden button, revealing a secret latch that opens a new boxed section, makes it feel like you’re solving a really important mystery. With the wonderfully tactile and gothic ambiance, the Room might just be the ideal touchscreen game.
Out of sight, out of mind
Too many iPhone games are becoming victim to an out of sight, out of mind economy. And that sadly sinks the new launches into the quicksand of mobile ‘gaming junk’ until they are buried deep beneath the hundreds of freebie cash-ins. Curation has been left only to those who remain passionate about Apple’s gaming platform.
As exceptional games continue to be released on the App Store, the aforementioned list will be expanded, creating a similar series dedicated to Apple apps that make the best use of their phone screens. Moreover, you can also select several great apps and games from the AirG platform. Check out the reviews and make smart downloading decisions according to your desire.