Lots of readers along the Eastern seaboard of the U.S., myself included, are heavily snowed in this weekend. And, so, what better time to check out a few free, 'lite' titles to see what you might've missed? Here's a short list of lite releases definitely worth a look if you're still a stranger to them.

  • iBlast Moki Lite (iBlast Moki, $1.99) -- A fun, high quality physics puzzler with intuitive controls and a full level creation and online sharing system. iBlast Moki made it into our Best iPhone Games roundup for September -- it comes highly recommended.

     

  • 938346The Settlers - Free (The Settlers, $6.99) -- The iPhone installment of a real time strategy game series that's been evolving for two decades, The Settlers challenges you to build a community, establish means of income, and expand your territories by force. Setting it apart from many RTS games, The Settlers focuses more on strategic planning than hands-on micromanagement of resources -- this can be a positive or negative depending on your particular taste in strategy games. The game offers a deep experience with beautiful graphics and elaborate world maps.
     
  • rogueplanet2Rogue Planet - Free (Rogue Planet, $4.99) -- Returning home after a 35 year mission in space, the crew of the Nimeh discovers that Earth has been taken over by machines. Such is the plight of the characters at your command in the fast-paced, turn-based strategy game, Rogue Planet from Gameloft. The title delivers a solid play interface, lengthy battle sequences, and excellent enemy AI, in a game that's somewhat reminiscent of Advance Wars. The paid release is well worth the price of admission. Strategy game fans who haven't picked it up should have a look at the lite release.
     
  • MiniSquadron Lite (MiniSquadron, $2.99) -- Tak Fung's MiniSquadron can be most easily described (well...) as a side-scrolling, physics-based aerial dog-fighting game. In MiniSquadron, you take the stick of a cartoonish, fixed-wing fighter in a frantic bid for supremacy of the skies across eight different worlds -- all set to a series of classical compositions. Local WiFi multiplayer is also supported. Action fans who haven't tried it, give the lite a try.


     

  • Low Grav Racer 2 Lite (Low Grav Racer 2, $2.99) -- CobraMobile's futuristic racing title, Low Grav Racer 2, is the closest thing in the App Store to the classic Wipeout. Control any of six futuristic racing craft across 18 different planet and space-based tracks. With more track complexity and tighter action, LGR2 is an improvement on its forerunner. If you like racing and it need not be all about rubber on asphalt, Low Grav Racer 2 might be for you.


     

  • I Dig It Expeditions Lite (I Dig It Expeditions, $1.99) -- InMotion Software's I Dig It Expeditions picks up where the original release left off, after your farmer avatar paid off the bank thanks to the subterranean treasures gathered with his tractor-turned-digger. That sorted, he's decided to travel the world with his digger seeking more treasure. With particularly impressive graphics and various improvements over the original, including an in-game map and waypoint system, I Dig It Expeditions is one it's hard not to dig.

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Sometimes, being trapped in the house can be a good thing.

  • tonyunreal

    Rogue Planet has a lite version? o_o

    Seems like it just came out today, so which battles did they put into the lite version? Let me guess, the Mexico City. :p

  • tonyunreal

    Rogue Planet has a lite version? o_o

    Seems like it just came out today, so which battles did they put into the lite version? Let me guess, the Mexico City. :p

  • http://www.qwiboo.com qwiboo

    Oh come on! Where is Aqua Globs? Our lite just came out 2 days ago. Thanks for the coverage.

  • http://www.qwiboo.com qwiboo

    Oh come on! Where is Aqua Globs? Our lite just came out 2 days ago. Thanks for the coverage.

  • evan

    I must agree with Qwiboo. AG is one of the best games on the platform, and the making of a lite is certainly news over some of these games mentioned!!

    • MrMuesli

      Have to admit though, it doesn't look good when devs get pissy about it...

      • http://www.qwiboo.com qwiboo

        Sorry, did not mean to sound rude. I'm just a bit angry as I tried communicating with Touch Arcade and they don't even respond to emails. No idea what's going on.

      • MrMuesli

        @qwiboo - Fair play, that must be frustrating. Good luck, and great game btw.

  • evan

    I must agree with Qwiboo. AG is one of the best games on the platform, and the making of a lite is certainly news over some of these games mentioned!!

    • MrMuesli

      Have to admit though, it doesn't look good when devs get pissy about it...

      • http://www.qwiboo.com qwiboo

        Sorry, did not mean to sound rude. I'm just a bit angry as I tried communicating with Touch Arcade and they don't even respond to emails. No idea what's going on.

      • MrMuesli

        @qwiboo - Fair play, that must be frustrating. Good luck, and great game btw.

  • bdragonst

    you forgot to mention Battle for Wesnoth Free version

  • bdragonst

    you forgot to mention Battle for Wesnoth Free version

  • http://www.sumiguchi.com sumiguchi

    Tumble Jumble and Zombie Dash recently had lites come out as well.

  • http://www.sumiguchi.com sumiguchi

    Tumble Jumble and Zombie Dash recently had lites come out as well.

  • Deewin

    Going to buy I dig it expeditions since I loved the first one, thanks! I'm a huge fan of buying indie apps that feel like they're designed for the iphone :)

  • Deewin

    Going to buy I dig it expeditions since I loved the first one, thanks! I'm a huge fan of buying indie apps that feel like they're designed for the iphone :)

  • Adams Immersive

    Also the FULL version of MiniSquadron is free today, on appventcalendar.

  • Adams Immersive

    Also the FULL version of MiniSquadron is free today, on appventcalendar.