Hey, before we leave you to enjoy your weekend, why don't you grab some awesome iOS titles that are currently FREE so you have something to do with your days off. Of course, I'm sure a lot of you work over the weekend too, but hey that's not reason NOT to download some sweet freebies. If anything it might make your time at work go by even faster if you can sneak in a few sessions of iOS gaming while your boss isn't looking. As with all sales on the App Store the prices can go back up at a moment's notice, so if there's anything here that strikes your fancy then it's probably wise to download them right away. Have a nice weekend!


Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer, Free - [Forum] - [Review] - This competitive card game has been one of the most popular amongst our community for the past year and a half, with over half a million views for the thread in our forums. Our own Magic the Gathering expert Eli Hodapp found it a bit underwhelming, though technically impressive, in our original review. However, the game has been expanded a ton since then, most recently back in May with Retina Display support and additional card packs. Ascension has dropped to a dollar before, but this is the first time ever it's been free, a savings of $4.99 from its regular price.


Mini Motor Racing, $0.99 / [$1.99 (HD)] - [Forum] - [Review] - We were pretty pleased with this gorgeous top-down racer when it launched just over a year ago, and like many iOS titles it's only been improved upon through updates since then. Probably most significantly was an update from this past May that added online multiplayer and a new championship to race through. This week, in addition to being free, Mini Motor Racing received another huge update that added 100 new races, several new tracks, a new car, a holiday theme, and iPhone 5 widescreen support. Also all the in-game car prices have been cut in half, so you can fill out your garage for cheaper.


Air Hockey, $0.99 - [Forum] - Ok, so it's hard to get TOO excited about an air hockey game seeing as how far iOS gaming has come since its humble beginnings, but the original Air Hockey by Acceleroto is an absolute classic that hasn't been free in nearly 3 years. Originally arriving in August of 2008, just a matter of weeks after the App Store officially opened, Air Hockey has been improved a ton over the years adding features like Bluetooth multiplayer, Universal and Retina Display support, Game Center integration, and lots of customization options. An upcoming update will add iPhone 5 widescreen support as well.


Squids, $1.99 - [Forum] - [Review] - We are big fans of The Game Bakers' whimsical top-down strategy game Squids as well as its follow-up Squids Wild West [$1.99]. They really nail the combat mechanics using the touchscreen to pull back and slingshot your crew of squids into enemies, and with a ton of interesting underwater environments to explore both Squids titles are highly entertaining affairs. This is just the second time ever the original Squids has been free, and it recently got a nice update which added a new map and new missions and the game has also been updated with iPhone 5 widescreen support.


Wimp: Who Stole My Pants? HD, $2.99 - [Forum] - [Review] - There are countless platformers on the iOS App Store, but hands-down one of the best recent ones has got to be Wimp. Great controls, solid level designs, and a cute art style are the qualities that define the game. Plus it's literally bursting with content, and it seems like more and more levels are added in with each new update. The latest adds 20 new levels as well as a Christmas theme. Oh, and if you aren't into the whole HD thing or you're rocking an older device, there is a standard definition version of the game which is also free right now. That version has been free before, but this marks the first time the HD version has been available at no cost, so definitely download the one that suits you and take advantage of the sale.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=664531244 Daniel Skatter

    Hate to tell you, but Ascension was free before. Otherwise I wouldn't have it in my iTunes library already. ^_^

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Hmmm I had thought it was too but AppShopper shows it as never being free before. Wasn't there a free+IAP version or something, or maybe did you actually pick it up for 99¢?

      At any rate, it's free now! :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=664531244 Daniel Skatter

        Not the kind of game I would have snagged for money, so had to have been free. Either way, it is indeed free now and all should enjoy!

    • http://twitter.com/PrayForDeath Pray For Death

      Don't think so man, I've been eyeing it for a while, and the lowest it had been was $0.99 until today. Either way, it's a great game, everyone should pick it up!

  • http://twitter.com/Rirath Rirath

    "most popular amongst our community for the past year and a half, with over half a million views for the thread in our forums. [...] Our own Magic the Gathering expert Eli Hodapp found it a bit underwhelming"

    You know, that original review was pretty questionable by many folks here. He's certainly entitled to his opinion, but rather than trotting out that same unpopular review, especially of a title you say has changed significantly, maybe some titles deserve a second look?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Riddle me this, if all you want is the popular opinion spoon fed back to you why even bother reading reviews at all?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Riddle me this, if all you want is the popular opinion spoon fed back to you why even bother reading reviews at all?

      • http://twitter.com/Rirath Rirath

        I'm merely suggesting that given its popularity on your own site, another opinion and a fresh look at the new features might be worthwhile.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Didn't we post about the various updates and expansions?

      • JamesJoyce

        This is one of the best games on iOS, I spent over 100 hours with it (on an iPad). The original review is grossly incompetent and should be retracted.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        "Your opinion differs from mine, and should be removed."

      • http://www.facebook.com/foolishearthling David Sutcliffe

        To be fair, he's basically right.

        I've played Magic for 17 years, from kitchen table to Pro Tour and back again.Ascension is flat out fantastic, and the iOS version is more or less impeccable - making the game a joy to play. All other games on my iPad (including the excellent Duels of the Planeswalkers) are mere dalliances next to the amount of time I pour into Ascension.

        I'm sorry it left you cold, but I'm a Magic expert too and Ascension is like sex, only without the mess.

      • http://www.facebook.com/foolishearthling David Sutcliffe

        Responding to your original review - I think it's clear you just didn't 'get' where the real strategy in Ascension lies. You railed against the luck factor, but in fact that unpredictably is the whole reason why Ascension holds my attention longer than Dominion.

        You seemed to want to set out a plan on Turn 1 and follow it through to a conclusion, the way you can with Magic or Dominion. Ascension doesn't work that way. You need to understand the dozen or so different deck archetypes you can build, then read the center row and your opponent's intentions as to which route, or blend of routes, is your best option. It's why I'm tired of Dominion but every game of Ascension is a new discovery, a new puzzle.

        It sounded like you were doing the strategic equivalent of jumping on a surfboard and going "this time I'm going to lean right. Oh I fell off. I'll lean left next time. Oh I fell off again. It doesn't matter which way I lean I fall off - there's no strategy". Whereas in fact you have to read the wave, leaning left and right, back on the board, forward on the board... and yes you'll fall off sometimes despite your best effort, but the best riders will ride longest 9 times out of 10.

        Ascension deserves a second look... and to be honest you owe it to yourself to look again because you're missing out :-)