Great Big War Game, $2.99 - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Today is your day if you feel like playing a new game but don't feel like dropping a dime on one. First off is Rubicon Development's fantastic turn-based strategy title Great Big War Game. It's the sequel to the 2011 hit Great Little War Game, with a nice suite of enhancements over its predecessor. What would a potential third game in the series be called? Great Biggest War Game? Great Reasonably-sized War Game? I'll let you ponder that on your own.

Anyway, the point here is that Great Big War Game succeeds at bringing strategic gameplay to the touchscreen but making it accessible to just about anyone, not overly-complex like many strategy war titles. As we noted in our 5 star review, it offers an improved visual engine over the first game, an expanded single-player campaign to work your way through, and most exciting of all it adds the ability to play asynchronous online multiplayer matches against friends and strangers from all over the world. It's the whole enchilada, and being the first time ever that Great Big War Game has been free it should be a no-brainer to download immediately.

Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD, Free - [Review] - [Forum Thread] - Not content with just one freebie, today also sees Fish Lab's groundbreaking space combat and trade simulation title Galaxy on Fire 2 HD drop to zero dollars for the next week. You might remember back in November when the standard version of Galaxy on Fire 2 went free (and is still free, actually) and we sounded the alarm to let everybody know as it was such a fantastic game. However, if you were an owner of a newer device and wanted the visually enhanced HD version you still had to pony up some dough for it after giving the standard definition version a spin. If you held off on doing that but enjoyed the game, today you can finally grab the HD version for free too, you lucky dog.

So what's the difference? Well, Galaxy on Fire 2 HD has been optimized for A5 and A6 chips to provide an increase in visual fidelity, with better textures, rebuilt models, and all the bells and whistles it can handle. If you own an iPhone 4S or above, or an iPad 2 or above, then this is the version you're going to want to rock. Also, conveniently, if you've already been going to town with the standard definition version there is a special process built into the game so that you can transfer your progress to the HD version. Really, there's never been a pair of more must-download freebies that Galaxy on Fire 2 HD or Great Big War Game, so get to it.

  • bigred447uk

    Fishlabs are awesome ! Ever since I struggled to play the first GOF on some crappy Nokia smartphone I forget the name of !

    This is one of the best games on IOS. I hope everyone buys the two add on campaign's once they have been dragged in by this awesome open world RPG (or whatever you wanna call it!)

    Those that moan about touch controls should have tried to play this using single presses of a Nokia number pad lol !

    • jamarohn

      I might add that this games hasn't aged at all. It looks just as sharp as many of the contemporary titles.

  • araczynski

    So does that mean another expansion for GoF2 is in the works? or are they just hoping the freeby leads to some expansion purchases?

  • homosaur

    Crazy deal, GOF is one of the best IOS games out there.

  • krazyk095

    Don't forget that bit Dungeon is also free, not sure how long for but there was a price drop to it today.

  • EpicGamerDude

    NOOOOO GOF2 doesnt work on ipod 4g!!!

    • HelperMonkey

      The non-HD version should work and is still a great game. It's also free.

  • Rubicon Development

    Thanks for picking this up, Jared. Multiplayer sign-ups are going through the roof!

    • jfc1976

      Great game, excellent job guys.

  • Garbagemaster

    How do you transfer progress from the standard version to the HD version?

    • dancj

      In the standard version save your game manually to iCloud.

      I the HD version, load it form iCloud.

  • HelperMonkey

    If my iPad wore clothes it would pee it's pants.