iPod freebie: :Shift: (slight return)

The stupid punctuation still isn't my fault.

Gratuitous colons aside, though, ("Shift" – Ed) is (still) one of the iPod's finest platform games, and you can get it today (again) for no pounds and no pence, because once more it's gone free for 24 hours.

It's a work of simple genius, whereby you have to reach each level's exit by not only the usual running and jumping (brought about via the cleverest control system I've yet seen on the format), but also by strategically "shifting" the game's monochrome stages, which flips the screen upside down and inverts the colours so that what was once solid wall is now empty space and vice versa.

You're led very quickly through the basic mechanics of how the game works and then left to get on with figuring your way out through the dozens of fiendish level designs. While based on a Flash game, it's actually much better suited to the iPod, and it's a bona-fide classic. Get in there quick and get yourself a free treat.

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.

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