Late last year we were treated to a fantastic iOS port of Frontier Developments' whimsical platformer LostWinds [$3.99], which originally launched on WiiWare back in 2008 to critical acclaim.

Actually, to be truthful, it wasn't really that fantastic of a port initially. On a technical level it was solid, but the controls that had been reworked for the touch screen left a lot to be desired, which was the main point of contention in our review.

Fortunately, Frontier took the feedback to heart and released a patch about a month later which took care of the control issues and finally gave us a pristine iOS version of LostWinds.

Since then, the sequel LostWinds 2: Winter of the Melodias [$3.99] has hit the App Store as well, iterating on the original's formula and adding a few new twists to the wind-based gameplay. However, the original LostWinds remains a fantastic game, and right now it's available for free.

Now, I don't want to sound like I'm being bossy, but if you don't already own LostWinds you need to download the game for free immediately. It's not only a brilliant puzzle-platformer that uses a unique wind controlling mechanic, but it's also a very visually and aurally beautiful game.

It's kind of mind blowing that it's available for free currently, as it's such a high quality offering, but it's probably best not to look a gift horse in the mouth and instead just pound away at the download button.

  • vic_viper_001

    Awesome! I can't actually play it on my outdated iPod, but I'll download it just in case I ever get one that's up to date!

  • mice D

    it said free on the itunes web but charge in Itunes progaram, WTF ???!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SCZWWDYPQL3543GYHA7URU25V4 drew

    Downloading Now

  • Quickmix

    Funny :)

  • scott3024

    Not showing as a free app in the Australian app store ?

  • http://twitter.com/At_God Austin O'Halloran

    Still not free in Ireland.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikus2k Nuno Lourenço

    Madcoaster is free

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikus2k Nuno Lourenço

    Crash cars HD is free

  • fez

    not free in the French store

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001809600195 Nada Tosnas

    It might be 'Free'... but it looks dreadful on both the iPad and iPhone4-4S...  truly awful graphics. Obviously, no work went into the 'port' from WiiWare.

    • IMNS

      Awful graphics? You gotta be kidding me. Tell me you are. Or else you need help. Professional help.

  • http://www.facebook.com/PCKid Stuart Nicholson

    Still not free Down under

  • vbhambri

    Not yet free in India

  • MadAndronicus

    Not free in USA either. Was it only free for a few hours?

  • Dogs in hats

    I paid for this a few weeks ago and haven't got around to playing it yet :|

  • tacoprime

    Yeah not free in Australia. Was it actually free anywhere?

  • Fabiano Morais

    Heads up: Battleloot Adventure and Gunman Clive also gone free.

  • patrickw1995

    Not free in the UK

  • printsezz

    Still not free in USA

  • Vesper

    Did anyone actually get this for free? It's always said $3.99 on my store.

    • ManuD

      Yeah, I got it for free. Installed it on bog iPhone & iPad. Played it for 3-4 hrs yesterday.
      But its not free any longer. I think the offer didn't even lasted 24 hrs.

  • TurboRuhland

    It was free shortly but I was stuck with no wifi and when I finally got a chance to download it was back to 3.99.

    Here's hoping that it goes back free for a longer period, it looks really interesting.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JYT4VWMI6AN57TOKHW5AR64ROA bloop

    It was free for like 9 hrs, or so I think

  • scott3024

    Sounds like bait and switch to me

  • JesusBro

    this game was free thursday

  • http://twitter.com/Laz3rTag Mark R

    I snagged it for free myself, USA store.

  • grinyard

    Ya free for 1 day I think we missed it, showing 3.99 here now

  • grinyard

    I had this on watch list too looks really good