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36 best free iPhone games: Brilliant iOS games that cost nothing

David Price | Oct. 26, 2015
Great free iPhone games? You've come to the right place. Freemium can be an unpleasant business model but there are some fantastic free iPhone games out there if you know where to look.

Pangolin

A physics-based puzzler in which you bounce a cute little creature around a level and try to get him to the goal with as few shots as possible. Sort of like crazy golf played in mid-air with a scaly animal instead of a ball. We like this a lot, and the basic game is free. It's probably worth shelling out for the extra levels, though.

FREE | Download Pangolin

Pangolin

The Path To Luma

It's not hard to spot the underlying message here, what with this game being sponsored by a US energy company big on selling green energy: clean energy is a very good thing. In fact, in Path to Luma, clean energy is so good that it's capable of bringing back to life seemingly dead, abandoned planetoids.

Planetoid-saving isn't quite as simple as flicking a switch, though. You must direct SAM - a Sustainability Augmentation Model - about the place, finding and repositioning solar batteries, utilising wind power and so on, manipulating the very planet with your fingertips.

There's quite a lot of hand-holding, and we can't imagine it'll take that long for most players to blaze through the 20 levels on offer. It's also a title that doesn't at any point meet its haughty description of being "a memorable story of heroism and the revitalisation of a civilisation".

What it is, though, is a really fab little puzzle game with a lovely soundtrack and some great visuals. We admit to going "ooh" the first time sun beams exploded down to clean up one of the game's tiny worlds. And perhaps we are now thinking a bit more about installing solar. Still, that's got to be better than a game trying very hard to get you to gorge yourself on chocolate. Craig Grannell

FREE | For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | App Store link

Best free iPhone games: Path to Luma

Platform Panic

Platform Panic certainly has a lot of platforms in it, but you'll be doing the panicking. The premise is something something heroes abducted something, which ultimately results in you taking on some kind of quest that involves inevitable death after valiantly navigating your way through a number of dangerous rooms.

Movement is swipe-based - your little hero auto-runs and you swipe left or right to head that way or up to jump. For the most part, timing is crucial, because if you collide with a single hazard, game over.

 

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