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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.

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Nono Islands

With its 3D viewpoint and tap-based controls for hopping about, Nono Games initially feels a bit like Crossy Road got mashed into Temple Run with a fork. But you soon realise that this jungle expedition is something else entirely, and it has more in common with old-school platform games that demanded you to memorise a course and zoom through it as fast as possible.

Each of the shortish levels has you navigating a small patch of wilderness on a 'clockwork' island, along narrow paths surrounded by death. You tap to move forward one step, swipe left or right to move forwards and in the relevant direction, and swipe back to move backwards. You must take care to avoid getting eaten by a leaping shark, poisoned by a scuttling spider, or falling into the fetid swamp water. Timing is key.

What's especially smart about Nono Islands, though, is how it can be approached in various ways. If you like, it's possible to carefully pick your way through each level - and doing so is relatively simple. But really it's all about time-attack scores, especially if your friends are playing. You'll want to get to the end of each stage as rapidly as possible, and that means implementing a precise series of taps and swipes to shave fractions of a second off of your time.

For free, you rather generously get access to everything. You can also buy five checkpoint tokens for 79p or unlock all checkpoints for £2.29. Checkpoints mean you don't have to replay previous levels should you fail, although tokens can also be found within the game itself, and Nono Islands gives you one free attempt, and another after a few more minutes. Craig Grannell

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

Best free iPhone games: Nono Islands

Only One

Why not give this slice of retro sword and sorcery a try?

It's a fantasy brawler, in which you (a sword-wielding maniac) have to defend a clifftop from all-comers, whether similarly armed warriors, archers, fireball-pumping wizards or coloured slimes. Bursting with personality, funny and so addictive that your iPhone screen will soon have a neat little sweat circle where the onscreen joystick appears.

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