Free today only, Battle Bears [App Store] is a survival shooter with a completely ridiculous premise that is totally worth downloading for the opening cut scene alone, even if you never make it farther than that.

From our review:

Imagine a world in which you are caught behind enemy lines, and your only hope is to take out an endless onslaught of pink bears whose only wish is to hug you to death. Welcome to Battle Bears.

Since we first looked at it, Battle Bears has been updated a number of times to add all kinds of new content, online scoring via OpenFeint, and other goodies such as a legion of zombie bears and the dreaded Colbear boss. The trailer for Battle Bears 1.5 shows a few of these things:

We included Battle Bears in our best games of 2009 listing, and it's still a game I recommend to people just because it is so weird. Whatever you do today, make sure you download Battle Bears, and while you're at it, tell your friends, co-workers, and neighbors to download it too.

App Store Link: Battle Bears, Free - Today only, normally 99¢.

  • araczynski

    i think i bought this a while back, couldn't ever get into it, just too WTF? to me. didn't find it funny or cute or anything, just WTF. but hey, its free, try it out, worse things have sold millions coughdoodlejumpandmillionsofclonescough.

    • cranker

      Me too. I erased it right away. Maybe it got better or it's just not my taste.

  • araczynski

    i think i bought this a while back, couldn't ever get into it, just too WTF? to me. didn't find it funny or cute or anything, just WTF. but hey, its free, try it out, worse things have sold millions coughdoodlejumpandmillionsofclonescough.

    • cranker

      Me too. I erased it right away. Maybe it got better or it's just not my taste.

  • Marc

    Dude, Doodle Jump kicks ass! Best game to play when you have 5 spare minutes.

  • Marc

    Dude, Doodle Jump kicks ass! Best game to play when you have 5 spare minutes.

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

    One of the most entertaining and craziest things the App Store has to offer!
    You have to have it! :) Love this game.

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

    One of the most entertaining and craziest things the App Store has to offer!
    You have to have it! :) Love this game.

  • Bruce

    Meh. I tried the 'lite' version a while back and thought it was sort of a one-joke game: amusing for five minutes or so, and then the joke was over.

  • Bruce

    Meh. I tried the 'lite' version a while back and thought it was sort of a one-joke game: amusing for five minutes or so, and then the joke was over.

  • Adams Immersive

    That giant bear in the trailer is one of the scariest images I have ever seen in a video game, and I’ve been playing Doom 3.

    We’ll see if the game lives up to the trailer :) Thanks for the freebie.

  • Adams Immersive

    That giant bear in the trailer is one of the scariest images I have ever seen in a video game, and I’ve been playing Doom 3.

    We’ll see if the game lives up to the trailer :) Thanks for the freebie.

  • MrMuesli

    I paid for this a while back, and dip into it every so often. It's story/theme/humour is what keeps me coming back to it. Rarely does a game make me lol as much as this one does; )

  • MrMuesli

    I paid for this a while back, and dip into it every so often. It's story/theme/humour is what keeps me coming back to it. Rarely does a game make me lol as much as this one does; )

  • UMD

    Enviro Bear owns this

    • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

      Oliver makes a weapon out of Enviro Bear... ;)

  • UMD

    Enviro Bear owns this

    • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

      Oliver makes a weapon out of Enviro Bear... ;)

  • Eros from OpenFeint

    We have this featured in the OpenFeint app today too...trying to show off as many of these 'paid to free games' as we can each week! I personally dig this game, but maybe its because I like teddy bears...or is it killing teddy bears?

  • Eros from OpenFeint

    We have this featured in the OpenFeint app today too...trying to show off as many of these 'paid to free games' as we can each week! I personally dig this game, but maybe its because I like teddy bears...or is it killing teddy bears?

  • dumas1000

    I appriciate the personality, but the game felt extremely repetitive. I played maybe 30 mins and, besides 1 boss fight, nothing else within the game seemed to change from one level to the next. Battle Bears would've had some real potential as a duel-stick shooter, like Minigore or Guerilla Bob. Battle Bears, however, would've come first, had they gone that way.

  • dumas1000

    I appriciate the personality, but the game felt extremely repetitive. I played maybe 30 mins and, besides 1 boss fight, nothing else within the game seemed to change from one level to the next. Battle Bears would've had some real potential as a duel-stick shooter, like Minigore or Guerilla Bob. Battle Bears, however, would've come first, had they gone that way.

  • http://www.battlebears.com Benjamin Vu

    Thanks for the honest feedback and thank you for downloading our game. I can see why the craziness of the game is not everyone's cup of tea. I can also understand why some think the gameplay is too simple. The next version of BATTLE BEARS will address many of these issues.

    The backstory to OLIVER and the BATTLE BEARS is actually quite dramatic and logical but I didn't want to reveal too much in the first version of the game, which was originally meant to be a promotional game to use in our movie pitches in Hollywood (hence the simplicity in keeping OLIVER behind the sandbags). Upcoming versions of BATTLE BEARS will definitely include more complex gameplay and add more variety. I really look forward to revealing more of the BATTLE BEARS universe in our upcoming titles and I hope that many of you will enjoy them.

    Benjamin Vu
    Creator of the BATTLE BEARS

  • http://www.battlebears.com Benjamin Vu

    Thanks for the honest feedback and thank you for downloading our game. I can see why the craziness of the game is not everyone's cup of tea. I can also understand why some think the gameplay is too simple. The next version of BATTLE BEARS will address many of these issues.

    The backstory to OLIVER and the BATTLE BEARS is actually quite dramatic and logical but I didn't want to reveal too much in the first version of the game, which was originally meant to be a promotional game to use in our movie pitches in Hollywood (hence the simplicity in keeping OLIVER behind the sandbags). Upcoming versions of BATTLE BEARS will definitely include more complex gameplay and add more variety. I really look forward to revealing more of the BATTLE BEARS universe in our upcoming titles and I hope that many of you will enjoy them.

    Benjamin Vu
    Creator of the BATTLE BEARS

  • Chris

    just downloaded battle bears. this game makes me laugh. I think it's actually pretty fun trying to headshot some bears. the controls work pretty darn well, but sometimes the reticle can get a little jerky. smoothing this out would make it even better. love the premise and boss battles though. fun stuff

  • Chris

    just downloaded battle bears. this game makes me laugh. I think it's actually pretty fun trying to headshot some bears. the controls work pretty darn well, but sometimes the reticle can get a little jerky. smoothing this out would make it even better. love the premise and boss battles though. fun stuff

  • Belthazzar

    I think it was awesome game when it comes to humor and theme and I really laughted a lot in couple of moments. Still, gameplay holded it back and I was rushing throught levels just to uncover the story behind.

    Great work there and no-brainer when its free.
    And I cant wait for new Battle Bears :P

    PS: Yeah might dual-sticker would suit gameplay abit more
    or add movement to the character.

  • Belthazzar

    I think it was awesome game when it comes to humor and theme and I really laughted a lot in couple of moments. Still, gameplay holded it back and I was rushing throught levels just to uncover the story behind.

    Great work there and no-brainer when its free.
    And I cant wait for new Battle Bears :P

    PS: Yeah might dual-sticker would suit gameplay abit more
    or add movement to the character.

  • benjamin

    one thing i need to know.how do you defeat the marecraft carrier.i mean,it's near impossible.great game with a super storyline by the way.

    thx

  • benjamin

    one thing i need to know.how do you defeat the marecraft carrier.i mean,it's near impossible.great game with a super storyline by the way.

    thx