Top App Tuesday – Free For All: The Best (Free) Game Apps

 

Here’s how the conversation goes:

 

Them: “You have to download this game! I’ve spent days playing it. The graphics are stellar, it’s addictive, my kids love it…”

Me: “Cool. Is it free?”

Them: “It’s like $3. Totally worth it.”

 

So then I pay for it, download it, and there’s a 50% chance I like it and 50% chance I want my money back. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then fun is most definitely in the mind of the player. But you can’t go wrong with free. At most you lose some time you were looking to waste anyway.

With that said, here’s my take on some of the best, free game apps. There should be something here for everyone, and if not, at least you won’t come looking to get your money back from me.

Tip: if you really hate seeing ads, put your phone in airplane mode and they disappear.

 

Angry Birds Free (Pictured Above)

Platform: All
Price: Free

Angry Birds is on the top of a lot of people’s best-of lists right now, and justly so. It’s won a slew of awards and consistently remains in the #1 slot of paid apps. Play consists of hurling a variety of bird types at different structures using a slingshot and attempting to destroy them and the evil pigs inside. What makes it so addictive is the impressive use of physics-based demolition. As goofy as it sounds, it makes flinging birds into stone castles seem real. If you don’t own it yet, this free version is an easy way to wet your beak.

 

Fruit Ninja Lite

 


Platform: All
Price: Free

Your finger is the blade, and the fruit is your enemy. When you enter the fruit dojo, an assortment of produce is tossed into the air and all you have to do is swipe your finger-sword across the screen to slice it in half and spray its juice all over the wall. It gets tough quickly so watch out for the very un-fruit-like bombs and work on your combo moves. Incredibly easy to play and hard to put down, this game is a fun way to let out some stress.

 

Kick Buttowski: Loco Launcho

 

 

Platform: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Price: Free

This game is based on the Disney XD character of the same name, but you don’t need to be a fan of the show to get a kick (sorry) out of this game. All you need to know is what you see – there’s a kid dressed like a stuntman sitting in a flimsy contraption flying down a ramp. Your job is to help him cover some serious yardage, achieve stratospheric altitudes and perform mid-air tricks before he slams back to Earth. It’s a lot of fun and there’s a surprising amount of difficulty to achieve all the objectives. It took me several tries to finish the last level, but my three-year-old son did it in one. 

 

Racer


Platform: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Price: Free


Forget keeping your hands at 10 and 2 o’clock, all you need is one finger. While it may not impress diehard race game aficionados, this app really gives your reaction skills a test as you speed through traffic avoiding slow-movers. I was surprised that it doesn’t utilize the accelerometer, but the finger driving sensitivity is right on and makes the slalom version a fun challenge. Plus, the dense traffic in the hard mode makes rush hour seem like a joy ride.

Gem Miner


 

Platform: Android
Price: Free


If you get most of your exercise by pushing your luck, this app game is for you. Play the role of a tiny miner and dig for ore, metals, gems and even dino bones. Hoist your treasure back up to the surface and sell it for upgraded packs and tools. But the deeper you dig and the longer you stay underground, the better chance you have of being buried alive. Dig deep, but don’t get stuck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • TwistedSister

    Ahhhh – angry birds is sooo addicting. I’m always thinking "one more try and I’ll destroy those dang pigs!"