Space-SwarmNormally we post about freebies on Friday, as "Freebie Friday" has such excellent alliteration-- I suppose in this case "Wild Wednesday" will have to do as these freebies won't last long. While Freeverse's Skee-Ball [99¢] may win when it comes to realism and actually licensing the real Skee-Ball machine, The Iconfactory's Ramp Champ [Free] takes the cake in the art style and originality department and has always been my ball-rolling game of choice. (Even though I agree with some of the criticisms of wonky ball physics.)

Ramp Champ takes the arcade game of skee ball, shrinks it down to the iPhone screen, and applies the same thick layer of highly stylized graphical work seen in all the other Iconfactory products. Included in the initial release of Ramp Champ are four different virtual skee ball machines. Clown Town has a carnival theme, Breakwater Bay is underwater, Space Swarm tips its hat at Space Invaders, and The Icon Garden pays homage to Iconfactory's roots in icon design.

For more information on the game, take a look at our in-depth review that we posted when it was first released. Along with the single DLC pack available at launch, three more have been rolled out for 99¢ each. Regardless of how you feel about the DLC packs, I still recommend at least giving Ramp Champ a shot especially while it's free.

Meanwhile, AppventCalendar's second free app today is TriDefense -- a different take on tower defense with modifiable terrain.

Get 'em while they last.

App Store Link: Ramp Champ, Free, TriDefense, Free

  • http://facebook.com/kefkaninja KefkaNinja

    Two awesome games for nothing!

  • http://facebook.com/kefkaninja KefkaNinja

    Two awesome games for nothing!

  • Corey

    Argghh... I just paid for ramp champ.

    • sk8erdude50

      same but it was a while ago and its worth it 2 support the devs

  • Corey

    Argghh... I just paid for ramp champ.

    • sk8erdude50

      same but it was a while ago and its worth it 2 support the devs

  • Adams Immersive

    I just the other day bookmarked Tridefense to buy—based on the look and the concept—and here I am not buying it :) At least they’ll get a review out of me.

  • Adams Immersive

    I just the other day bookmarked Tridefense to buy—based on the look and the concept—and here I am not buying it :) At least they’ll get a review out of me.

  • Logicub

    Almost purchased Ramp Champ when it came out, decided against it for some reason... Glad now that I did.

    It's a good concept, and looks beautiful, but the "controls" seem so random; three finger flicks that seem identical to me can translate to wildly different ball movements. Still fun though, just infuriating at times when you're one flick away from a trophy with only one ball left and what happens on screen bares no resemblance to what you tried to do!

    TriDefense downloaded, will test on my bus journey tomorrow :)

  • Logicub

    Almost purchased Ramp Champ when it came out, decided against it for some reason... Glad now that I did.

    It's a good concept, and looks beautiful, but the "controls" seem so random; three finger flicks that seem identical to me can translate to wildly different ball movements. Still fun though, just infuriating at times when you're one flick away from a trophy with only one ball left and what happens on screen bares no resemblance to what you tried to do!

    TriDefense downloaded, will test on my bus journey tomorrow :)

  • http://www.moistproduction.com moist

    did the developers of TriDefence only have access to ugly brown?...
    Hire a graphics pro for cripes sake!

  • http://www.moistproduction.com moist

    did the developers of TriDefence only have access to ugly brown?...
    Hire a graphics pro for cripes sake!

  • Leo

    TriDefense is AWESOME!

  • Leo

    TriDefense is AWESOME!

  • pipo

    what? do you want it in nice christmas colors?
    it's a strategy game in a desertic war zone!! ugly brown is perfectly fine
    plus the other levels change the terrain color to ugly yellow and ugly pink

    so I think it's a COOL game and a great tower defense that really makes you think about strategy

  • pipo

    what? do you want it in nice christmas colors?
    it's a strategy game in a desertic war zone!! ugly brown is perfectly fine
    plus the other levels change the terrain color to ugly yellow and ugly pink

    so I think it's a COOL game and a great tower defense that really makes you think about strategy

  • http://www.turkeyornot.com/ al

    Ramp Champ is what the iPhone is all about if what you want is a flick of pure entertainment. Super cool, simple and the best way to empty your brain for a few minutes.

  • http://www.turkeyornot.com/ al

    Ramp Champ is what the iPhone is all about if what you want is a flick of pure entertainment. Super cool, simple and the best way to empty your brain for a few minutes.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    Fell in love with Ramp Champ and will purchase all add-ons! TriDefense leaves me a bit cold, although the idea is nice, but it's actually less fun to play.....for me.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    Fell in love with Ramp Champ and will purchase all add-ons! TriDefense leaves me a bit cold, although the idea is nice, but it's actually less fun to play.....for me.

  • TKO

    I paid for Ramp Champ a while ago, but I know of a couple of people round about who could do with it. Hadn't seen Tri Defense before, so I'm definitely downloading that. I'm curious how Ramp Champ will do with being initially free, and paid for additional content. Hope it works well for them.

  • TKO

    I paid for Ramp Champ a while ago, but I know of a couple of people round about who could do with it. Hadn't seen Tri Defense before, so I'm definitely downloading that. I'm curious how Ramp Champ will do with being initially free, and paid for additional content. Hope it works well for them.

  • The Theory

    Downloaded Ramp Champ and enjoying the heck outta it... I, too, will end up getting all of the add-ons.

  • The Theory

    Downloaded Ramp Champ and enjoying the heck outta it... I, too, will end up getting all of the add-ons.

  • http://macs.su Astoria

    1.Felt in love with Ramp Champ. 6 out of 5 for design and sound.
    2.TriDefense appeared to be very interesting TD game with quite alright level of difficulty. Like you know, there are Tower Defense games which are easy, but this one does rock. Someone noticed gloomy graphics...well TD is about tactics and strategy and not about shiny pics.

  • http://macs.su Astoria

    1.Felt in love with Ramp Champ. 6 out of 5 for design and sound.
    2.TriDefense appeared to be very interesting TD game with quite alright level of difficulty. Like you know, there are Tower Defense games which are easy, but this one does rock. Someone noticed gloomy graphics...well TD is about tactics and strategy and not about shiny pics.

  • http://www.huntingthehaunting.com David M

    Wow, didn't see this till this morning and it's already back to regular price.

  • http://www.huntingthehaunting.com David M

    Wow, didn't see this till this morning and it's already back to regular price.

  • pipo

    @Astoria
    Well said my friend. TriDefense is one of the best tower defense for the iPhone. Free-path, (modifiable terrain never seen that one before in a TD!), smart creeps that avoid your towers (I think that's a first also)

    it will keep you busy and entertained for days and it costs less than going to the movies or a burguer

  • pipo

    @Astoria
    Well said my friend. TriDefense is one of the best tower defense for the iPhone. Free-path, (modifiable terrain never seen that one before in a TD!), smart creeps that avoid your towers (I think that's a first also)

    it will keep you busy and entertained for days and it costs less than going to the movies or a burguer

  • Josh

    I am glad I did not buy Ramp Champ now. The overall physics are just horrible. I think I will just stick with 10 Pin Shuffle.

  • Josh

    I am glad I did not buy Ramp Champ now. The overall physics are just horrible. I think I will just stick with 10 Pin Shuffle.