《糖果小怪物：节日礼物》（Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift）
它是这份名单上唯一的双摇杆射击游戏，虽然可免费下载，但却是苹果App Store最突出的佳作之一。当然，也正因为是免费，所以嵌入了大量可能影响游戏体验的广告，但说实话，玩家与另一位“兄弟”并肩作战，向敌人扫射的这种感觉真妙。该游戏有许多独特的武器、装甲以装备可供选择。尽管传统掌机玩家可能还是情愿使用真实摇杆，但我们还是要说，《Gun Bros.》在iPhone屏幕上设置的两个虚拟摇杆控制系统真的很棒。
这是Capcom Mobile为挑战《FarmVille》、《We Rule》而推出的游戏，它的表现确实令人称赞。作为海盗船长，你得拥有自己的船员，并让他们完成打劫任务，赢得更多战利品。它还设置了一些迷你小游戏，提供了许多自定义选项，玩家甚至可以决定船长头发的长度，海盗船的颜色等细节设置。它是一款很招人喜欢的小游戏，虽然可能诱使你在许多无关紧要的东西上花钱，但就算不花钱，你也照样可以获得有趣的体验。
乍一看这款游戏，不少人会觉得它只是App Store中众多《涂鸦跳跃》山寨游戏中的一员，但事实并非如此。在《涂鸦跳跃》中，玩家的任务是让游戏角色不断跳向更高的平台，而《Mega Kump》中，你得通过搜集金币才能让角色不断攀向高处。触摸一个金币，角色就会快速上升，如果连续点中一连串的金币，就会增加你的速度和分值。除了独特的游戏机制之外，它还提供了不少自定义选项以供玩家选择。
纸牌游戏永远不会过时，这款游戏也同样是广告赞助版本，但拥有简洁的用户界面，并绑定了Game Center功能，它是App Store最实惠的单人纸牌游戏。除此之外，它还提供了3局和1局的模式等多项选择。
iPhone平台从来就不缺扑克牌应用，但《Texas Poker》却独以出众的界面和多人在线模式脱颖而出。这款游戏可与其Facebook版本游戏（该游戏每月活跃用户约12.5万人），所以玩家从来不需要担心找不到牌友。如果你经常通过iPhone上网，那么这款游戏应该就是最划算的App Store游戏之一了，不过要注意的是，它不支持离线模式。
《Touch Pets Dogs 2》
没有人可以回避一个事实，那就是这款游戏与《任天狗》非常相似。玩家得从动物收容所领养一只狗狗，带它回到还没装修完毕的房子里。如果你能满足狗狗的需求 ，那就可以高升一级，得到新玩具和家具。假如你也喜欢抚摸小狗，或者爱玩2005年出品的《任天狗》，那么不妨试试《Touch Pets Dogs 2》。
《We Rule Quests》
《We Rule》是Ngmoco公司首批采用免费模式的游戏作品之一，它的市场表现非常理想。与上文提到的《Adventure Bay》一样，《We Rule》玩家的任务也是种植庄稼，等待丰收，然后再用赚到的钱购买更好但生长期更长的庄稼品种。虽然听起来有点乏味，但是不得不承认，它与时下最流行的这类社交游戏一样令人上瘾。可以说它是App Store质量最高的游戏之一，其运行效果甚至比iOS版本的《FarmVille》更胜一筹。
《Words With Friends》免费版
虽然有不少免费游戏，其实是其付费版游戏的“简装版”，但《Words With Friends》免费版却是个例外，因为这款游戏的完整版与免费版只存在一个区别，那就是免费版含有少量的广告。但这些广告对用户的干扰性很小，如果你的家人或朋友也有iOS移动设备，那么你们就可以方便地凑到一块玩这种填字游戏了。（本文为游戏邦/gamerboom.com编译，转载请注明来源：游戏邦）
The 20 Best Free iPhone Games
Just bought yourself a shiny new Verizon iPhone and want some games? Or better still, some FREE games? We’ve sifted through the massive collection of games in the iTunes store in search of the best free titles it has to offer and found 20 absolutely free titles. They won’t cost a single penny to download, but don’t let that fool you: these games will entertain you for a long time. And did we mention they’re free?
Looking for more iPhone and iPad games? Check out our 25 Best iPad games and 36 Best iPhone Games lists!
Ngmoco has released several games that are essentially rips of Farmville, and Adventure Bay is their island paradise themed take on Zynga’s immensely popular sim. Plant crops, wait for them to grow, and then use the money to buy more buildings. It isn’t oozing with originality, but growing crops and slowly turning your island into a bustling tropical village is totally fun. Much of the enjoyment lies in playing with friends, so if you’re going to put any sort of time-investment into Adventure Bay, convince a buddy to download the app with you.
Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift
Chillingo’s Cut the Rope is an addictive puzzler that left pretty much everyone who bought it wanting more, but rather than release an add-on pack, they released a free standalone app called Holiday Gift. The holiday-themed app replaces many of the puzzle elements you know from the normal version of the game with familiar Christmas doodads like stockings and candy canes, but otherwise features the same types of puzzles that you’ve already seen in the paid version of the game. Whether you’ve already beaten the full version of the game or you’ve never played it before, Holiday Gift is a definitely worth downloading.
Dizzypad is a game with an easy-to-grasp concept and a grueling difficulty level. You control a frog who must leap from lilly-pad to lilly-pad to get as far as possible before inevitably falling into the pond. Each lilly-pad spins constantly in one direction or another, and you can cause your frog to leap in the direction it’s currently facing by tapping the screen. You’ll have to time your taps well if you hope to safely land each jump, and the game gets pretty challenging if you can make it far enough into the pond. It’s a great fit for the iPhone, and its arcade-style gameplay makes it an excellent choice for when you’re on the go.
When I reviewed Farmville upon its release in June of last year, I complained that the game ran sluggishly and was ultimately a poor solution for Farmville addicts on the go. Zynga has faithfully updated the game since then, and the game now runs smoothly and even natively supports the iPad. A Facebook account is still required to play the social networking megahit, so this is less of a way to get new people into the game as it is a way for existing players to take the game with them everywhere, but if you love Farmville, this free app is something you’ll definitely want on your iOS device.
Godfinger is a strange game that’s hard to compare to anything else out there, but imagine Pocket God with RPG elements and a heavy emphasis on social gaming. As the god of your small planet, you’ll use touch controls to guide your followers about their daily lives. Using “awe points” you can control the weather, and even command your followers to transform the planet (such as turning deserts into less arid areas). There are no real end-game goals, other than building a totally sweet planet with a lot of followers, but if that’s your type of thing, there’s no reason not to give Godfinger a shot.
Although you could make a case that Godville isn’t really a game, its ability to parody old-school RPGs using an innovative Twitter-inspired interface makes it well-worth checking out. In the game, you are the god of a lone medieval hero. As he goes about his daily quests, he updates his travel log (read: Twitter account) with humorous thoughts and anecdotes. You can interact with your hero minimally by encouraging or punishing him for certain actions, but the real fun of the game is simply seeing the goofy things he records in his diary.
Global War is one of the most interesting games on this list because it’s surprisingly addictive despite the fact that it’s driven by statistics and match. This “war management simulator” lets you attack other players with troops and earn both money and experience points by winning battles. The actual combat in the game is little more than a random dice roll to determine whether or not you emerge victorious, but it’s so fast-paced that it’s hard not to get sucked into building up your small band of virtual mercenaries.
Guns Bros is the only dual-stick shooter on this list, and that’s because it’s one of the best on the App Store (never mind the fact that it’s free). Sure, it’s heavily ad-supported and the freemium aspects of it can get pretty annoying, but leveling up your brotacular bro while you shoot robots in the face is a lot of fun. The game is completely stuff with unique weapons, armor, and other aesthetic gear to slap onto your bro of choice, and it’s pretty hard to put down. It helps that the game sports some of the best “dual-stick” controls on the iPhone, although console gamers might still find themselves longing for real sticks.
Lil’ Pirates is Capcom Mobile’s answer to the Farmvilles and We Rules of the world, and it’s actually pretty good. As the captain of a brand new ship, you’ll build up a crew, send them out to complete plunderous missions, and eventually earn bigger and bigger vessels. There are some fun little minigames to play with your crew, and customization options abound for everything from the length of your captain’s hair to the color of your ship. It’s a cute little game, and although there are ways that the game will allow you to spend money on frivolous things, Capcom has made it easy to ignore all of that and just have fun for free.
At first glance Mega Jump appears to be one of the dozens of Doodle Jump clones that litter the App Store, but this just isn’t the case. Whereas in Doodle Jump you climb by hopping on platforms, the weird critters that star in Mega Jump are propelled upwards by collecting coins. Touching a coin will cause your character to rocket upwards, and hitting long lines of coins consecutively will increase your speed and your score. It’s a unique and fun little mechanic, and there are plenty of customization options that serve as excellent side-dishes to the lone gameplay mode.
Ah, Paper Toss. This is a game that represents everything that people think of when they sneer about their perceived lack of “hardcore” games on the iPhone. Like it or not, Paper Toss is a lot of fun. Having compensate for things like distance and wind while flicking the paper balls make every successful basket feel like a well deserved triumph over the evil desk fans that aim to keep you down, and I can almost here the endorphin-producing areas of my brain activating when I get on a hot streak. There’s a reason GamePro editor Tae Kim calls this his embarrassing game that he secretly loves
Pocket Frogs is from the same people who developed Dizzypad, but it abandons its predecessor’s arcade-style gameplay and instead focuses on collecting frogs. It’s an incredibly rich system that allows you to collect and catalog over 10,000 different types of frogs, and it partially reminded me of the breeding mechanic in the Pokemon games, albeit much more deep. It’s unapologetically casual, but something about leveling up while amassing an army of colorful frogs is strangely addictive.
Numerous publications have compared Pocket Legends to World of Warcraft, and for good reason. The animal-themed MMO clearly draws inspiration from Blizzard’s sales Titan, but at the same time manages some restraint so that the game actually feels good on a touch-screen device like the iPhone. All of the familiar MMO elements like loot and raiding parties are included, so WoW gamers that want something for on the go might be surprised by the sheer quality of Pocket Legends.
Robot Story takes more than a few cues from Miniclip’s hit Fragger, but it’s just different enough to be worth checking out if you want more of a good thing. Basically you’re a robot, and the sinister Doctor Manic stole your robot dog. This draws to mind questions about how this hierarchy of robots that are owning each other as pets ever got started, but the important thing here is that you need to bust up everything Doctor Manic owns. You’ll accomplish this by standing stationary and tossing wrenches into all of the gears in the bad doc’s factory. Later you get other weapons, but that’s the basic mechanic. Be warned: some of these levels are surprisingly hard.
Ah, Solitaire. I almost feel bad for putting the Windows pack-in on this list, but it’s a great game and it always will be. This particular version is (like many of the games on this list) ad-supported, but a clean interface and cool Game Center integration make it the best, cheapest Solitaire game on the App Store. It also comes packed with a ton of options, like draw-3 and draw-1 modes, and even Klondike. Alright, I can’t make myself write about Solitaire anymore. Just go get it.
There’s no shortage of poker apps on the iPhone, but Texas Poker rises to the top of the deck by offering an excellent interface and some of the best drop-in-drop-out online multiplayer I’ve yet seen on the iPhone. Since the game connects to the Pokerist Facebook game (which has about 125,000 active monthly users), it’s never difficult to find a full table of people to play against. If you have regular access to an internet connection this is easily one of the best free apps on the entire App Store, but be warned that there is no offline mode.
Touch Pets Dogs 2
I’m not even going to tiptoe around the fact that this game is very similar to Nintendogs. After adopting a new puppy from the animal shelter, you’ll bring your mutt home to a barely furnished house. Fulfilling your dogs needs will allow you to level up and gain access to new toys and furniture, and your primary source of income will involve forcing your dog to look under your couch for change. I’m not making that up. If rubbing a puppy’s face with your thumb sounds appealing to you, or you loved Nintendogs when that was released back in 2005, Touch Pets Dogs 2 is a decent enough alternative.
I had to play a bunch of games that I’d never bothered touching before while researching this list, and Waterslide Extreme was easily the biggest pleasant surprise on the list. In the game, you’ll earn points and a high score by using tilt controls to pick up glowing green… point thingies as you rocket down a 3D waterslide. There are also evil crabs and (for some reason) satanic ducks inhabiting the waterslide, and you’ll have to dodge them if you want to maintain your speed. Just let that sink in for a moment. Satanic ducks. You’ll beat the game’s 9 levels in less than 30 minutes, but the game is good, dumb fun.
We Rule Quests
We Rule was one of ngmoco’s first big forays into the “freemium” pricing model, and it worked out quite well for them. Much like the aforementioned Adventure Bay, We Rule is all about growing crops, waiting for them to become harvestable, and then using that money to buy more expensive crops that take a longer time to grow. It sounds boring, admittedly, but it has that same devious addictive quality that has come to define social games in this vein, and it’s actually one of the most well-polished of its type on the App Store (it runs much more smoothly than the iOS version of Farmville).
Words With Friends Free
I made a conscious decision to avoid listing “lite” versions of games when creating this list, as they’re often just trial versions of the full product, but I’m willing to make an exception to the rule for Words With Friends, however, as the only difference between the full version of the online Scrabble clone and the free version is that the free version includes minimal advertising. It’s not at all a bother, and it makes it even easier to get your friends or family who own an iOS device to get into the Words With Friends craze.（source:gamepro）