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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.

The controls are superb, feeling nicely tactile as you drag back your little animal and let go to ping it across the screen. And the environment is the kind of chaotic nightmare that keeps you on your toes, ensures games are suitably short, but doesn't hit you so hard that you won't want to immediately have another go.

One of our favourite moments in Sling Kong is its prizes section. Gather enough coins and you send your little critter to get a serious headache, bouncing around a pachinko machine. Given that most other developers have had an imagination failure since clocking Crossy Road's 'random gift' model, it's great to see something a bit different when trying to win a new character. Craig Grannell

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

Best free iPhone games: Sling Kong

Spaceteam

Glorious multiplayer fun, this - and the multiplayer part is essential. It's one of the few iOS games out there that you cannot play on your own.

Each member of the team sees a wonky-looking sci-fi dashboard on their screen, with a variety of read-outs and bizarrely labelled dials, buttons and levers. The screen will tell you to do something - "Set sprocket to 6", to take a random example. If the sprocket dial is on your screen, all well and good; but most of the time, it'll be on someone else's, meaning you need to tell them what to do. In no time at all you're all shouting nonsense at each other, and the world is a wonderful place.

FREE | Download Spaceteam

Spaceteam free iPhone game review

Temple Run 2

Temple Run 2 is an auto- or endless runner: your character, a fleeing Indiana Jones-alike, is propelled forwards towards a series of obstacles - fatal drops, spikey boulders, walls - and you have to swipe at the right moment and in the right direction to dodge them. Death is inevitable, as is having 'just one more go.' Alec Meer

FREE | Download Temple Run 2

Temple Run 2

Threes! Free

Every platform needs its perfect puzzle game, and on release Threes! made its claim to be the iPhone's. As with all brilliant examples of the genre, Threes! has at its heart a simple mechanic, which in this case involve merging cards within a tiny four-by-four board. But it's the details that propel Threes! beyond the competition.

 

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