Historically speaking, I'll denote any true must-have freebie as a "five alarm freebie Friday alert" because not only does it have good alliteration, I always (incorrectly) assumed that the "alarm" scale for fires topped out at five. Well, a little research online has lead to mention of a ten alarm fire, and this game going free is even bigger than that. So, here is our first eleven alarm freebie friday alert. Yes, Dark Nebula - Episode Two [Free] as today's freebie is that big of a deal. In fact, don't even bother reading the rest of this post until you've already started downloading it. Seriously, TouchArcade will still be here. Go, now, download.

Now let's chat about that game you're downloading. (You are downloading it, right?) Dark Nebula - Episode Two is obviously the second installment in the Dark Nebula series. There's also Dark Nebula - Episode One [99¢] which is also totally worth playing, but there isn't really any reason why you'd need to play the two games in proper order. In the game, you control a disc by tilting your device, and Dark Nebula is home to some of the finest tilt controls on the platform. You'll put those fantastic tilt-based controls to good use too, as some later levels require some extremely precise movements.

As mentioned in our review, the basic premise of the game is making your way to the end of every level. Episode Two spices things up by adding a combat system which is implemented incredibly well and actually allows for boss battles in a tilt-controlled ball roller. Throughout the game you'll pick up orbs that orbit your disc, and battling is as simple as making your disc slam in to whatever you want to damage. It works great, and this weaponry is even used to solve some of the puzzles you'll come across.

Dark Nebula - Episode Two looks great, plays great, and even has online leaderboards that are seamlessly integrated into the game. Everyone with an iOS device needs to download this game today.

  • http://twitter.com/GeoSpyder Matthew Imes

    I'm not really into this type of game, but from the looks of the screenshots, I'll give it a go. And you can't beat free! :)

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Seriously the worst thing you can do is dismiss the Dark Nebula games because you don't typically like ball rolling games.

      • http://twitter.com/GeoSpyder Matthew Imes

        Thanks for the advice. I LOVE THIS GAME!!!!!!!!!! I seriously sat on the couch for a whole morning playing it! Mom wasn't to happy, but hey, this is a seriously good game! Bought Episode 1 and completed it. Can't wait till I get a new iPod to see the graphics on Retina Display. I have a 1st Gen. Touch. lol

  • Adams Immersive

    Space getting VERY tight on my iPhone... but I downloaded to my computer anyway. Maybe I’ll just have to play it screen-doubled on my iPad instead!

    I did like the first one (which is smaller, and still residing on my phone).

  • Anonymous

    Dammit, my accelerometer isn't working.

  • Tino

    I loathe tilt controls, as I can never get them working properly.

    Still, I'll check it out. I'm expecting to get annoyed and delete it. But you never know; maybe this will be the one to win me over.

  • Art Vandelay

    Great game, certainly worth a lousy buck if you miss the sale.

  • Miz

    One of the best iPhone games I've played. Very original, gorgeous graphics and plain old FUN. It's only bad side is that it has an ending. Can't reccomend it enough.

  • ClassicUser

    This is an incredible game - great graphics, great sound, great gameplay. I bought the original Episode One and was thrilled with the purchase. When Episode Two came out, it was not only an insta-buy for me, I gifted copies to several friends, since I just wanted them to have such a great game.

    Seriously, I have no idea why this is free. Get it NOW before they come to their senses. As others have said: I cannot recommend this highly enough.

  • spidey

    Episode 1 was brilliant. One of the best tilt based games out there. And feels more like an action game than a simple ball rolling game.

  • spidey

    And oh, i didn't read anything beyond the title before I began downloading :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TEF5PM4FCTGL6ANXGXVR7HEOXU Lili Lin
  • http://tinyurl.com/26qdufz qbgabe12

    Looks amazing on iPad 2x mode too. Grab it before too late!

  • http://twitter.com/Shamko Max Shamko

    i loved the first Dark Nebula

    ok, got it

  • Azmaatak

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  • Dingo

    I didn't think I would like it but downloaded it anyway, Wow, it was *love* within ~20 secs! Everything looks very polished. Excellent presentation, graphics and controls. Thanks for this recommendation!

  • Cannabis Day

    Just completed this. Incredible. Can't wait till next installment.

  • Fendur2

    I enjoyed this very much, thanks! I only recently picked up my ipod touch in months, it's refreshing to know there is still a lot out there than can still run on a ipod touch 2g. I kept from upgrading to 4.x firmware, didn't help matters.. the first 4.x firmware seemed slow, 4.2.1 seems to have a bit of a speed boost.. maybe im just reading too much into it, who knows.

  • Coldar

    Wow. I was taken by the first 2 stages. I'm not much of a ball roller and reason why didn't give the first one much of a chance. I'm impressed enough to continue on and then give the first a go as well.

  • robman84

    This is such a great game. I bought episode 1 on release and finished it then immediately bought episode 2 on release. This post made me load up episode 2 again and I was GUTTED to remember I'd already finished it!!! Think I might replay the whole of both episodes again. Roll on (ho ho) episode 3.

  • Andy C83

    I bought this and Episode 1 ages ago on the strength of good things being said of them, but as yet haven't played either. Which seems to be the story with most of the games I download.