The streets is full of creeps
Haven't done one of these for a while, but if you've got an iPhone/iPod, or are even just thinking of maybe getting one sometime soon, you shouldn't miss out on today's top App Store freebie.
The iPod isn't exactly short of tower-defence games, but The Creeps (once sold for $4.99, but yours for nothing today only) is one of my very favourites. As well as having a cuter premise than most (keep monsters from waking up your sleeping form by zapping them with torches and toy guns and the like) and very high production values, it does a few interesting things with the gameplay of the genre too.
As well as the usual finite-waves and endless modes, you get the novel "Door Busta" mode, in which you have to attack as well as defend, making your way across the landscape to blast the door through which the monsters are entering. And that landscape is the other novel thing about The Creeps.
In all modes, the ground starts off with only a few clear spaces for you to place turrets on – the rest is cluttered with obstacles that you have to blast away in between fighting off the monsters. Clearing obstacles generates extra cash and also gives you more room to put turrets down. Particularly in Door Busta mode, this adds a whole extra level of strategic depth to the game, and ensures you're never short of something to do.
More annoyingly, the game also features turrets which release defences which have to be controlled by (hngh) tilting your iPod around, but such events are rare, and indeed so far I've managed to get a fair way through the game without using them at all.
The Creeps is well worth the paltry sum it normally costs, but for free you'd need to still have fresh lobotomy scars to pass it up.
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 upload them to your iPod when you get one.
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 referrals, no getting other people do do anything, just a fun bit of exploiting capitalism for half-an-hour’s effort.