Free iOS games
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run
Price: Currently free from $3.99, has in-app purchases
First off, we have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run. Based on the new reboot of the animated series, the game borrows both visual style and voice actors. The gameplay varies between two modes. In the first, it plays as a side-scrolling platformer – your turtle of choice auto-runs from the start to the end of the level, and it is your job to make sure he jumps over obstacles, wall-runs, blocks attacks, and hits enemies on his way. The way to accomplish that is just by tapping on the screen. The game reads into context and your turtle will execute the appropriate command. The second mode has you controlling the turtles' van, while they drive the streets of New York. This one plays out like the well-known Minion Rush – you have 3 lanes to switch between and you accomplish that by swiping left and right on the screen. A tap will fire the van's "Compressed garbage gun". Your objective, of course, is to avoid obstacles and foes until you reach your destination.The game sounds too simple, yet manages to become fun and addictive for a while – especially if you are a fan of TMNT.
2. Dracula 4: The Shadow of the Dragon
Price: Currently free from $4.99
This offering is sure to please quest fans out there. Dracula 4 puts you in control of Ellen Cross – an art restorer, looking for a number of stolen paintings. Needless to say, the story will soon lead you to the good ol' blood-drinker, but fret not – turns out Ellen has a blood disease that will probably make her quite unappetizing for a vampire. So the bad news suddenly turns good – now, instead of turning into a one course dinner, she is able to walk around and solve the misteries of both Dracula and the secret order, named "Shadow of the Dragon". The game impresses with beautiful graphics, adequate voice acting, and an immersive soundtrack. Playing this with headphones on definitely gives us the chills we used to get from old quest games, such as Myst, Shivers 2, and the likes.
Price: Currently free from $1.99, has in-app purchases
Pou is a game, in which you take care of a silly-looking blob creature, by feeding him, grooming him, making sure he's got enough energy, and keeping him entertained by playing games. It is the last part of that previous sentence that caused Pou to make an appearance in this article. See, there's lots of mini-games packed in this app – platformers, puzzles, quick Lumosity-type sweep-in-the-right-direction runs, and even a Flappy Bird clone (a.k.a the mini-game that makes you want to punch Pou in the blobby face)! You can customize and share the look of your blob by buying him different accessories, but if you just want the mini-games – they are all included in the currently free package.
4. Demons vs Fairyland
Price: Currently free from $0.99
A tower defence game that decided to go ridiculous – your mission is to defend babies, by summoning armies of zombies and skeletons. Yup, and by the way, you defend them against fairies. You can also throw down a number of funny looking towers and even a fake baby, to fool your enemies. The game's styling is heavily pixelized, with lots of 8-bit sound effects giving it a very lighthearted arcade-ish feel. And hey – it's a tower defence – so expect it to be addictive enough for you to be able to burn an hour in the odd times of the day.
5. Stickman Soccer 2014
Price: Currently free from $0.99, has in-app purchases
Stickman Soccer 2014 is just that – a soccer game with stick figures. It's a small, light game that puts your virtual soccer skills to the test. The game allows you to pick from many of the world's teams, it's just that they are represented by stick-figure players, wearing the respectable team's colors. You control your players via a virtual controller with 2 buttons – one for shooting and one for passing.