The list of games available in the iTunes App Store is growing daily, and among these are various free titles that are worth a look.  We thought we'd share a few of the free games we've been wasting spending time with lately.

Apache Lander

Apache Lander [App Store] from PosiMotion is an accelerometer controlled, simplified take on the classic Lunar Lander formula.  The goal is to land the helicopter safely on the heli-pad before the fuel stores are depleted.  Tilt the iPhone left or right to maneuver towards the heli-pad and control lift by tilting forward or back.  The helicopter consumes fuel at an alarming rate and requires an extremely delicate touch-down to avoid crashing (which you'll do a lot).

Fire Drop

Fire Drop [App Store] from xCube Labs is another take on the popular "matching tile elimination" formula.  The game presents a play grid of simmering cauldrons of varying colors that advance upwards row by row.  Gameplay involves tapping on groups of three or more like cauldrons, causing them to burst into flame and disappear.  There are 15 levels in each of the game's three stages, and at the end of each level a cheerful looking monk quips various words of wisdom.  After completing all three stages, the player will have apparently gained "full wisdom."

BubbleWrap

Few things in life are as satisfying as sitting down with a fresh sheet of bubble wrap and popping to your heart's content.  If you are no stranger to this truth, then have a look at Orsome's free iPhone offering that may eliminate the need to run out and purchase your own block of electronic bubble wrapBubbleWrap [App Store] is virtual bubble wrap for the iPhone that not only delivers that satisfying POP!, but is a game as well.  Race against the clock and pop as many bubbles as you can--but watch out--the bubbles reinflate.  The more bubbles popped, the higher the score.  Simple fun for the obsessive-compulsive among us.

Cookie Bonus Solitaire - Free

Cookie Bonus Solitaire - Free [App Store] from Amplified Games is a version of the company's $2.99 title Cookie Bonus Solitaire [App Store] that contains all of the features of the for-purchase original, but in a free, ad-sponsored format.  It's also the only free take on standard Klondike solitaire available in the App Store.

Cookie Bonus features fairly standard solitaire gameplay with some nice bonuses.  Aside from one-person play, there is an online play mode that allows chat with other players during the game, high score comparison, badges and achievements, as well as an online profile that can be shared with others.  The game also features various built in cheats that can be called upon when in a pinch.

Tunnels

Tunnels [App Store] from TunnelsApp.com is a maze game in which you pilot a fast-moving ship through a narrow tunnel full of twist and turns with the goal of progressing as far as possible before crashing into a wall.  It's rather simple gameplay, but even at the "Easy" level it's quite difficult to keep avoid a crash for more than a few seconds.  (This author can not be held responsible for iPhones crashing into actual walls as a result of the challenging gameplay.)

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  • arn

    I gave up on Apache Lander pretty quickly.

    Tunnels is also very hard, but somehow more satisfying.

  • bitfool

    Apache Lander isn't just hard/annoying... it's a direct port with almost zero changes from the Moon Lander sample app in the iPhone SDK. They dropped in a new back ground and changed the lander from a spacey ship to a helichopper. The explosion and crash noise are identical, and the game play is (maddeningly) identical. More fun is to take the Moon lander app and tweak the gravity and size of the landing pad a bit so that it's a little bit easier to have some success with the game. Then introduce game levels and some other things and you might have a game... but Apache Lander didn't do that, I'm sorry to say. And of course, I didn't actually say anything here about the iPhone SDK because the NDA says I can't. So I didn't.

  • http://www.freecoolgames.org games

    Since I love the action games I would love to play Apache Lander when I get my new iphone :-)

  • bitfool

    sorry; called the SDK example app Moon Lander, but it's really called Crash Landing. me can has cheezburgurz now?

  • Cody

    Apache Lander is a bit... oh I don't know, unsatisfying? Tunnels needs some graphics.

  • http://forumninja.com balagan

    I found apache to be a decent waste of 15 minutes. I might even play it again. I can't figure out the scoring though...it might be on the game somewhere I'm just to lazy to look.

  • Adam

    Tunnels isn't free anymore, seems like it became commercial as soon as you reviewed it as a free game (worrying trend, not just your reviews but as soon as an app gets reviewed as free, it becomes a for-profit app)

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