New freebies roundup (6 games)
As usual, some of these are free for a limited period only, so don’t hang about.
The picture pretty much explains what’s going on. It’s a path-finding/line-drawing puzzle game related to Polarium on the GBA and DS, and like Polarium comes with Arcade and Puzzle modes. From simple 4×5 grids with four numbers, up to scary 10-number 8×6 levels, there’s loads to keep you amused here, and it’s very slickly executed.
Dark Nebula Episode 1
Free this weekend only, this is a highly-polished cross between Labyrinth’s ball-in-maze action and the C64/Speccy classic Bounder. I’m not normally a big fan of tilting games, but the calibration in Dark Nebula is really well done, so you can actually play the game at sensible angles instead of having to sit up straight and hold your iPod out flat. It’s not super-long, at just 10 main levels and a “bonus” final one, but Expert mode is viciously hard and you’ll be a long time earning gold stars on every course even in Normal.
Another this-weekend-only job, a very decent if quite slow-paced shmup based on the highly successful mobile-phone version. Handles ship control better than most similar iPod games, by including a “dead zone” at the bottom of the screen so that you can get your ship all the way down the play area without obscuring it with your finger.
Well-made Egyptian-themed Puzznic-style puzzler with a couple of twists. Could ideally do with a d-pad control option, but you’ll manage fine with swiping. Free, with suggested donation to Haiti appeal.
I already owned a game with identical gameplay to this featuring spiders (which I can’t remember the name of), but this one is prettier. A simple pathfinding-and-planning action puzzler where you have to move balls around the board to make lines of five or more, which then vanish, before the board fills up.
There are tons of games in the App Store where you have to catapult something into the sky and keep it there by tapping it, but this one’s nicely balanced and cute.
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.