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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Free Game Apps Filled with Traps!

Ever since I got a hold of my own iPad last week, I have been scouring the Apps Store like crazy to find good games to download. It didn't surprise me that its a casual gaming wonderland in there but there is some validity to the whole proceeding. You see, most of these games are meant to be enjoyed in small bursts and I miss those kind of gameplay dearly. Besides League of Legends, a game that provides a complete experience in each round of match, many modern games these days like to focus on lengthy adventures that you probably do not want to replay after the whole thing is over and done with *cough cough* like the Uncharted games for example. That being said, the games found here have to be approached with a certain degree of caution, especially if you are looking to score the free ones, which became my priority target before I actually spend more on the ones that has to be purchased. I would say an overwhelming majority of the free to play games here are not true to that claim. I did manage to find three that are truly free to play that I am going to keep on the iPad.

Avoid the deadly lasers!

This one is called Jetpack Joyride by Halfbrick Studios. Basically, you strap yourself onto a jet-pack to see how far of a distance you can go before dying. It's quick, it's simple, and moving up and down the screen only requires you to use a simple tap on the touch screen. The game is pretty addictive and there are so many things that you can unlock using the coins you collected during your so-called Joyride like new costumes. jet-packs, and game modes. You can choose to spend money to buy coins so that you can unlock these things faster but to me, the coin collecting to get access to the extras becomes the true motivation to keep on playing the game over and over again.

Don't touch the idol!

The second game is Temple Run by Imangi Studios and this game features the same coin-collecting mechanics as the previous game where impatient players can pay cash to get more from the game faster. Temple Run is also about trying to get the best distance possible but this time instead of jet-packs or other cool contraptions, you are only using your feet. You have to steer your character left and right when the path ends as well as jump up and slide down to avoid obstacles, all the while collecting coins that littered the area you are running through. The fact that you are being chased by supposed demon monkeys make the game even more thrilling. They sound kind of crazy too!

The retro always has a place in the future.

Last but not least is Parsec by IdeaKnow, a Galaga-inspired space shooter where you control a small ship at the bottom of the screen as it destroys a variety of enemy formation at the top portion of the screen. Don't be fooled thinking that this is a slow, boring game. I almost made that mistake. At the very beginning, power ups do not drop but keep moving up to the next stages and you will experience one heck of a frantic, fast-paced shooter. Definitely the best out of the three, especially the fact that this one is truly free to play. They could have gotten away with charging 99 cents for this game. Not sure why they didn't but I am thankful that the game is free of course!

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