Top 10 Free iPhone And iPad Games Of May 2012
The month's coolest App Store freebies that money can't buy.
One of the best things about iPhone and iPad games is the fact that, eventually, most if not all of these titles go on sale, and while paying less is cool, free is always preferred. That said, here's our list of the top 10 free App Store games of May 2012.
Prices subject to change.
iPhone and iPad games don't get much tougher than Cargo-Bot. This fiendishly-clever puzzler gives you control over a robot with the ability to grab crates, where the object is to program said bot to lift a certain number of boxes and deposit them someplace else. Problem is, the app goes from easy to impossible in no time, and you'll spend hours scratching your head and failing...a lot. Despite extreme difficulty, though, it's still worth a look.
9. Puppet War
Not once have we ever dreamed of shooting Kermit the Frog. On the flip side, we love first-person shooters, especially ones with a Gears of War 2-inspired Horde mode. That's why we took a liking to Puppet War, an FPS that lets you take out some frustration upon waves of maniacal puppets using more than 25 weapons. Just don't expect these multi-colored pieces of cloth to lay down without a fight, or else you'll get overwhelmed and taken out quickly.
We flipped out (in a good way, of course) upon learning that Trials HD creator RedLynx planned to bring its WiiWare racer, MotoHeroz, to iOS. The port, while light on content, still delivered spot-on physics and frantic time-based gameplay. Now that the app's free, we wholeheartedly recommend downloading it to your "i" device and doing your best to beat our ghost times. Good luck.
7. Chin Up
We knew Chin Up had potential the moment developer Digital Harmony Games unveiled a stage that takes place in Vatican City. Controversy aside, the app's a fun time, as players attempt to balance construction worker Mr. Chin on a rising platform as all manner of objects fall from the sky. Watch out for severed cat heads.
Crescent Moon Games' visually arresting App Store hit brings to mind Nintendo's Metroid series, specifically rolling hero Samus Aran (in morph ball form) through those tricky alien environments. Except in this case, the entire experience takes place from a top down perspective, and you physically tilt your iPhone or iPad to send the ball bouncing to different gears and balancing along narrow ramps.
And now for something totally different. You've probably enjoyed countless puzzle games involving hidden words, falling blocks and matching gems, many of which do a wonderful job taxing your brain. Pictorial, on the other hand, tasks you with spotting patterns in the night sky, using the stars to uncover pictures of a cat, wolf or magic wand, among others. It's definitely one of the coolest hidden gems on the App Store, and now the game's available for the low price of free. Please, indulge yourself.
4. Mini Motor Racing
There's no shortage of racing games for iPhone and iPad, but Mini Motor Racing ranks right up there with the best of them. Hardcore realism is cast aside in favor of tiny Matchbox-style vehicles, all of which you can upgrade. On top of that, the new 1.5 update delivered online multiplayer, enhanced graphics and retina support for the new iPad. Throw in 20 plus tracks, AirPlay and varying weather conditions, and we just listed more than enough reasons to download this iOS game ASAP.
3. Feed Me Oil
To us, the concept of drinking gallons of oil sounds disgusting, but to the bizarre creatures in Chillingo's puzzler, the black stuff's a tasty treat. This is where you come in. Discover the best ways to divert barrels upon barrels of oil into the monsters' waiting mouths. A charming and tricky game that's now free. Quite honestly, Feed Me Oil's a steal.
2. Jetpack Joyride
Canabalt may have kicked off the endless running sub-genre, but it has nothing on Jetpack Joyride. Halfbrick has continued to support its free-to-play masterpiece, and May was no different. Just a few days ago, we welcomed Flash the Dog, hero Barry Steakfries' trusty sidekick. In addition, the developers added DJ headphones to remix the music, along with the Dezapinator gadget that scrambles those bothersome zappers. In other words, a great game became even better.
1. Cut the Rope: Experiments
When it comes to puzzle games, you can't go wrong with Cut the Rope: Experiments. Chillingo's critically acclaimed title comes with over 150 challenging levels, each of which tasks your rope cutting and timing skills, as you attempt to drop pieces of candy into the waiting mouth of the adorable Om Nom. Grab it now. You know, before it costs actual money.