What’s better than an iPhone game? A free one, of course. Free stuff is cool. Here are a couple of games from that App Store that I figured some of you might enjoy.
If you’re a fan of Apples to Apples then you may have heard of Cards Against Humanity. Cards Against Humanity is a very messed up and adult version of Apples to Apples, and is a perfect drinking game. Inspired by this clever and filthy card game, “two rad dudes” created Evil Studios Limited, and released Evil Apples last June. Evil Apples plays exactly like its spiritual predecessor, and offers some convenient features. The player has the option to either play with friends or complete strangers.
When you play Evil Apples for the first time, you’re given some Coins and three pieces of Cake. Coins can be used to discard and create custom cards. Cake is used to play a Random game with strangers. Each Random game costs one Cake, and there is a time limit, so you’ve got to be able to sit and play for a while. If you’re victorious in a Random match, you win three pieces of Cake. With a Friends game, you can sit in a lobby and use Twitter, Facebook or a text to send invites to your friends. Though I don’t recommend you pissing off the rest of your friends by making them wait, Friends games are set to go at everyone’s own pace, and they cost no Cake to play. You gain one piece of Cake every time you win a Friends game. With the mention of Cake and its requirements, you may have already guessed that this app offers micro transactions. The good thing is that the game doesn’t notify you constantly about these in-game purchases, nor does it make the game more difficult or impossible to play without them. The game gives you one piece of Cake every day, so you don’t have to worry about winning in order to keep playing Random games. There’s also a chat system that, despite the game’s nature, encourages respectful conversation.
Evil Apples is fun, clever, and simple. If you need a time-waster to play with your friends, it’s one that will have you laughing out loud.
I also enjoy endless runners such as Jetpack Joyride and Punch Quest. This week I came across the featured free game Dungeon Highway, which was released on the 5th of this month by Substantial. Dungeon Highway is a tilt-to-move endless runner, much like Cube Runner from way back when. The point of the game is simple: run as far as you can with your little pixelated wizard hero as you dodge obstacles and tap the screen to blast enemies into bloody pools with fireballs. Different power-ups can be acquired as you run, and the road gets harder and you travel through different types of areas. Depending on where you are, the road may be populated little Cyclopes, and other times it may be dominated by snakes. The camera is set behind the hero, and it doesn’t move. As you move the hero to avoid obstacles, your view may be obstructed and it usually ends up getting you killed. This can also happen in areas that have many enemies, because the explosion of blood can also block your vision.
Dungeon Highway may be one of those games that get old after playing for about a day or two, but it’s a good little quick fix if you’re in the mood for a quick-reaction game. It’s also free, so why not give it a shot?
I’ll have one or two free games to share with you next week. Until then, play hard.