Free is a good thing. If I didn't dig around in Salvation Army dumpsters, for example, I wouldn't be wearing these hip and slightly soiled boxer shorts right now. The App Store is kinda like a better version of my SA dumpster. The smell is superior, no doubt, and more to the point, the App Store offers better and more useable free things. And since it's been awhile since we've last gave you a rundown of what's out and free, I'd go ahead and write something up today. Maybe you'll find something that tickles you as much as these boxers tickle me.

Lil' Pirates from Capcom Mobile

Lil' Pirates [free] is an isometric loot-snagging game. You play as a boat's captain, and it's your job to assemble a crew, take charge during pirate ship attacks, and upgrade your boat and crew. I can't think of a direct point of comparison for this game, but within minutes of play, I think I can see the freemium catch: you need doubloons if you don't want to wait for tasks to complete, and you'll be needing to raid ye' old Capcom store for more.

Touch Pets Cats from ngmoco

If you've played Touch Pets Dogs [free], you'll be right at home with this one. In Touch Pets Cats [free], you're a proud owner of one of five adoptable breeds of cat. And as this owner, you'll be responsible for petting, feeding, and cleaning up poop, as well as decorating your own house. Touch Pets Cats has an in-game economy like most freemium titles, and for a price, you'll be able to increase the amounts of coins you receive by purchasing catnip.

Trade Nations from Amplified Games

Trade Nations [free] is your basic simulation / town romp, with the added bonus of a cool art style. In the game, you're responsible for a village that will eventually grow to a town via your purchasing and decision-making prowess. You can buy buildings and decorations, make villagers perform jobs that make your economy roll, and you can even specialize and sell off your resources at a premium to other nations.

Gun Bros from Glu Games

Gun Bros [free] isn't new, but I thought you'd like to know that a new update is available. Version 1.1.0 adds Game Center leaderboards, supports retina display, and addresses several bugs that plagued the original release. If you ran in to any issues that made you fed up with Gun Bros, it might be worth a second chance.

  • http://dendory.net Dendory

    I tried the pirate one, didn't like it. Trade Nation seems interesting tho, I shall try it out.

  • adert

    it does not cost gold to travel in lil pirates.

  • http://twitter.com/TheeGravedigger TheeGravedigger

    I tried the Lil' Pirates one, and I was enjoying it despite the obvious "You can Buy your way better", until it crashed on me and wouldn't let me access my account any longer.

  • http://twitter.com/joshwyatt Joshua Wyatt

    I'm so over these 'freemium' games. They're all the same in the way that they try to hook you with their own in-game currencies and upgrades.

    From now on, I'm completely overlooking all freemium games.

    • Ags

      Yeah, they should make games more boring so you wouldn't want to play them.

  • Anonymous

    Second hand boxers from a dumpster?! TA really don't pay you enough ;)

  • Jeremy
  • river

    Gun Bros 1.1 upgrade is solid. Unlike most freemium games, you don't have to pay to get top tier stuff. The two best guns available at the moment are available for cash earned in game and can be easily earned after a couple days of play, especially if you have a high level / deck out bro on your gamecenter list to drag you through early levels.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CRFKB2LX7RTVABC6ICU4MCJFNQ jd

    Lil' Pirates is a prime example of how to stick it to your users in a freemium offering. The gold is WAY too expensive and you need to coax your friends to play to advance. In fact you CAN'T buy the next ship size up even when you have enough money saved up. It says you need to add more friends. That's BS. They also try to force you to use Facebook so they call sell all your information. I hate how crappy implementations of freemium like this will turn users off to titles that do it well.

    • Amtrak

      how do you know they sell your info?

    • Noman

      I heard it will soon be updated so you can use your gamecenter friends. Until then, the social aspect is just broken.

  • Qwde3

    please add me on trade nations, i will trade lots. add: ju5tin

  • Triptoph

    I'm nicely addicted to Gun Bros!

    If you're trying it out, add me (Triptoph) to Game Center and then select my character in the "bros" menu for a good running start!

  • madrigal77

    Freemium FTL!!!

  • Jaytee Foster

    "I can't think of a direct point of comparison for this game, but within minutes of play, I think I can see the freemium catch: you need doubloons if you don't want to wait for tasks to complete, and you'll be needing to raid ye' old Capcom store for more."

    This sentence has absolutely no meaning.

    Seriously, instead of hiring more so-called writers, why not get someone to edit your articles before they get published? (Hint: I'm available and cheap.)

  • Richard

    Brad:

    You have an absolutely wonderful writing voice. Will you marry me? I do live in DC, after all. ;-)

  • EastsideStompers

    Freemium Shmeemium...

  • http://twitter.com/apan_bajs Paul Bergman

    Well I love Gun Bros but I'm still waiting for them to fix my game I was lvl 17 and had spent about $150 in the Gun Bros store and all disappeared back to lvl 1 and all weapons and armor gone. :(

    Same happen to a friend of mine. Been in contact with the developers and waiting for a solution, I would love to play it more but if this doesn't get fixed I feel a bit cheated and probably won't play it no more.

  • Jenny

    Smurfs' Village is out now too guys. :)

  • Jenny

    Oh, and Touch Pets Cats has been out in Canada for awhile now.

  • Avalon

    Don't get Lil Pirates. It's a fun game, but now I get nothing but constant crashes not 30 seconds after running it, no matter what I do, and apparently the developers have said nothing about fixing it. Really disappointing, was enjoying playing it with my girlfriend. Not anymore.