One-day freebies roundup
Get a move on, because most of these are free for today only.
World Of Tunes
Pretty Ouendan-style rhythm action game with high production values – if slightly dubious beat synchronisation – and inventive boss battles. Gets wildly polarised reviews at £1.79, so grab it today at no risk.
A classic Dutch game not entirely dissimilar to WoSblog fave Pajatzo (which is now tragically unavailable due to legal action), this is a pub/parlour game involving sliding pucks up a table towards four scoring holes.There are three rounds, each one using the leftover non-scoring pucks from the previous round, and you get a 10-point bonus every time you get a puck into each of the four different scoring holes, so it’s not wise to concentrate solely on the 4-point slot. (You can drag the screen down to see how many pucks you’ve scored in each slot.) Simple and highly addictive – the WoSblog high score is 94.
Panda’s Puzzle Blast
You’ll probably want to turn the music off pretty sharpish, but the Hardcore mode of this distant relation to Orbital is a compelling one-more-go challenge, where you have to clear all the blocks of a spinning shape by shooting them with your cannon but a single miss ends your game. Various bonus mechanisms put temptation in your way by inviting risky shots for lucrative rewards.
Absurdly entertaining two-players-on-one-iPod game (also playable as a one-player high-score game in Free Mode), where you simply have to jump across the platforms to the other side before your opponent – think head-to-head Frogger. You can wrap around the screen safely, but the further across you get the faster the conveyors you’ve cleared move – making them harder for the other player to land on – so there’s incentive to rush (which of course is what gets you killed)..
You can also implement a handicap system whereby one player’s platforms are smaller than the other’s, to make sure it’s always a fair fight. And the music’s pretty funky too. Genius.
Decent Flight Control derivative, with added astroid [sic] storms and spacemen to rescue. Gets busy faster than most similar games, which is good.
Remember, if you don’t have an iPhone or iPod Touch yet with which to enjoy the now-est gaming of the modern zeitgeist, you can still grab the games anyway with iTunes while they’re free, and be ready if you get one in the future. And if you’re ready to join in the fun, you can do it at a giveaway price by subscribing to WoS, where subscribers learn how to pick up a brand-new 32GB 3rd-gen iPod Touch for just £6 – no strings, no contracts, no getting other people do do anything, just a fun bit of exploiting capitalism for half-an-hour’s effort.