817520_largerIf you were to make a list of bona fide all-time App Store classics, Tiny Wings would be right near the top. It's probably the most widely known "lone developer strikes it big" story, and a true David vs. Goliath story to boot when it went on to unseat Angry Birds from the top of the charts. Beyond all that, though, Tiny Wings is simply a beautiful game from top to bottom. From its art style, to the legendary music, to the brilliant one touch controls, it's as close to perfect as a mobile game can be.

Just about a year ago, developer Andreas Illiger teased a Tiny Wings sequel, but what it really turned out to be was a huge version 2.0 update to the original game which added Retina Display support and basically an entirely new game type. He also released an excellent standalone iPad version of the game featuring all of the new goodies from the iPhone version plus a cool same-device multiplayer mode. A widescreen update later in the year ensured that Tiny Wings continued to stay relevant even after 2+ years of existence.

Right now, for the first time ever, both the original Tiny Wings [$0.99] and the iPad-only Tiny Wings HD [$2.99 (HD)] are available to download for free.

I don't think I even have to tell you that you absolutely have to download Tiny Wings if you somehow haven't already done so at some point over the past couple of years. Or even if you didn't feel like dropping the dough for the iPad version when it hit, now is you chance to add it to your collection for free. Tiny Wings is still just as fantastic as it was when we originally reviewed it in 2011, and actually even more so with all of the amazing updates it's received. It's a true classic, and should be a mandatory download for everybody with an iOS device while free.


UPDATE: MORE FREEBIES

Ok, so Tiny Wings was just the tip of the iceberg of an avalanche of big-time freebies. Wait, do avalanches have iceberg tips? Who cares, just start downloading stuff already. I'm not too sure of the official occasion for all this freebie craziness, but whispers in the wind hint that the 5-year anniversary this week of the App Store opening up shop probably has something to do with it. We'll add any new freebies to this post should they happen:

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, $4.99 - [Review] - [iPad Forum] - [iPhone Forum]

Review excerpt: "Sword & Sworcery is a point and click adventure game with art by Craig D. Adams and music by Jim Guthrie. ... The game was built from the ground up with both the music designed for the game as well as the game designed for the music, making it one of the most unique gaming experiences I think I've had on my iPad."


Infinity Blade II, $6.99 - [Review] - [Forum]

Review excerpt: "It's a consistently well put together visual feast that shows off what Unreal 3, and now your new devices, can do. And it's great that the core gameplay structure and action model still deliver. Basically everything that Infinity Blade does has been expanded on for Infinity Blade 2. There's so much more to do -- so much more to explore and see and learn as you hack-and-slash like a champ through a winding and much more complex environment. Straight-up, it's a great game."


BADLAND, $0.99 - [Review] - [Forum] - [TA Plays]

Review excerpt: "It is, like so many App Store games, a one-button physics game: touching the screen causes a troupe of silhouetted gremlins (I always called them "little fatties" in my head) to fly forward and upward; releasing your finger allows them to float to the ground. It's our job to guide the afro-sporting fatties through a perilous swamp rigged with booby traps, buzz saws, pneumatic pistons, and spinning fan blades designed to slice, dice, explode, impale, smush, and otherwise destroy them."


Where's My Water?, $1.99 - [Review] - [Forum]

Review excerpt: "Where's my Water? is based on 'Swampy the Alligator', who lives in the sewers and enjoys taking relaxing baths, but unfortunately the other alligators keep sabotaging his water supply, so he needs some help. Our job is to guide the water to Swampy's bath, by swiping tunnels through the dirt, to direct the water's flow. Along the way the water can collect three rubber duckies to unlock subsequent worlds and levels. Your score is based on the time taken to full the bath, number of rubber ducks collected and a bonus for water overflow."

  • Hoggy110

    Also, Where's My Water and Infinity Blade II are both free - first time ever as well

    • VirtualBoyFreak

      This, don't miss any of them. I'll be getting Badlands (the only one I'm missing) as soon as I get to a decent WiFi connection :D

    • ODMay

      Goku turns into Super Saiyan 5? :)

    • cobbyco

      Wow, it's good that I read the comments. I played BADLAND on someone else's iPhone before and I was on the verge of buying it. Thanks so much!

  • _the_escape_artist_

    And Superbrothers and Badland. What the hell is going on? This is like so awesome but seriously what's up?

    • lilneo

      Yes!!!
      What the f! Happen!? Im buy all of them!! All!!!!
      D.Ó

    • mashu

      App Store 5 year anniversary

  • C. Stubb

    What could be the dev's motivation for zeroing the price?

    • Adams Immersive

      If it's an Apple promotion like the past weekly freebies, I believe the developer still gets paid. In that case, essentially, the dev isn't giving the app away; Apple is buying it and giving it away.

      • Himmat Singh

        I've not heard of this mechanism before. Are you certain in what you're saying, or just coming to your own conclusions?

      • Pray For Death

        Yes

  • DannyWalkman

    Weird. All of these were awarded as the game of the year (except Infinity Blade), right?

    • ZarieoZ

      thats exactly what I thought ;-)

  • wingz

    HEY GUYS BADLAND JUST WENT FREE TOO!!!!!!

    • wingz

      AW $&@? YOU GUYS BEAT ME TO IT.

  • _the_escape_artist_

    I'm already downloading them. The only one I already had was Where's My Water? Good thing I didn't buy the AppStore gift card las night, i was about ready to buy Badland. Really, I'm freaking out!

  • TarePlays

    Yay infinty blade 2 :D thanks guys for letting me it's free

  • vicsark

    Smells like a huge 5 year AppStore anniversary week loaded with GOTY freebies :)

  • Evolution888

    Just bought Inf Blade 2 for .99 a week ago during the end of month sale, definitely downloading the rest though as they are all triple AAA iOS titles

    • Zeldaniac

      Triple AAA? Do AAAAAAAAA games exist??? (i want one)

  • itslivo

    Swordbrothers is still showing as $4.99. Grabbed the rest I didn't have though.

  • johnny.90210

    I think there is something HUGE coming to the AppStore :)

    • ZarieoZ

      Or a new device, but I think that shouldn't be before September or October though.

  • Roshizzle731

    Just bought Badlands last week. Oh we'll ill get the others though.

  • Zentatsu

    Games:
    IB II, Tiny wings, Where's my water, Superbrothers, Badland = 5 > 5th yr appstore anniversary.
    Apps:
    Over, Day One, Traktor Dj = 3 > Half Life 3 confirmed!

    Ohhh well.. I red to much meme recently

  • Rickard Olsson

    I just love it when they put a game on sale to make a lot people pay for it, just to make it free a week later.

    • Anthony

      You aren't complaining about paying a dollar for Badland. YouAren'tComplaningAboutPayingADollarForBadland. Yasfhasdfjhsadlfhasdfgdavbdvbjkdfbvj

      • Rickard Olsson

        No, I'm not. I bought IB2.

    • Adams Immersive

      Maybe the developer didn't know Apple would offer to give it away free, and then Apple made an arrangement too good to pass up. I can't blame them in that case.

      Also, if free games were never paid, developers would never eat. And when a price drops, somebody always bought it just beforehand. It's the same in the grocery store.

      • Rickard Olsson

        Who is responsible for a price cut is truly irrelevant for me as a customer! And if they are to give away games for free (their choice), I prefer not to pay!

        If they can't afford to give away games for free, they shouldn't do it!

      • Adams Immersive

        But what if they can afford to give it away free only some of the time, not all of the time? That's a common situation.

      • Rickard Olsson

        Then they really shouldn't follow up a sale with "free", tricking people into paying for it when it's supposed to cost nothing a couple of days later.

      • Adams Immersive

        I agree, but the earlier sale is not a "trick" unless they knew it would go free a couple days later. If they didn't know, it's no trick. (And all parties got a great game for cheap.)

      • Rickard Olsson

        No, I guess this wasn't planned, but that doesn't help me! :)

  • Loading3

    Already bought them. Its worth it.

  • Greyskull

    Traktor DJ, both for iphone AND ipad, are also free. the ipad version is THIRTY BUCKS.

    • ikari_paul

      20$ ;-)

  • blakedaking

    So happy I downloaded Limbo over badlands this past weekend.

  • MrAShkerEsq

    This has to one of the worst TA 'freebie alert' threads that I've read in my life. The sheer gall of some gamers whooping and glee over picking up something for free is sick. If it wasn't for the proper gamers amongst us paying for the apps and supporting the devs then there would be no games for the freebie cockroaches to 'bag'. Absolutely sickening some of the comments. Hang your heads in shame or throw the devs some hard needed cash.

    • Emuchu

      I do throw devs some cash every now and then. I also get excited about freebies. It's how the AppStore works: if I want it bad enough, I'll pay, otherwise, the price'll drop sooner or later. Ever waited to buy a used game at retail? The developers don't get anything for that, either, and life goes on.

      • MrAShkerEsq

        In its essence a used game purchased at the retail store has previously had a prior owner and hence sale and monies transferred from gamer to developer. Picking up a digit download for free you are not purchasing anything used or second hand so are this contributing zero to the developers and the gaming industry. Is it any wonder that the industry is on its knees infected with the cancer of IAP with freeloaders such as yourself around? How people like you and others above can look yourself in the mirror each morning is beyond me.

      • dancj

        Get off your fucking high horse. This isn't a case of some desperate developers unable to run up enough sales forced to make a desperate act. This is a deliberate promotion which no doubt involves the producers of the games being reimbursed handsomely by Apple.

      • MrAShkerEsq

        With all due respect Sir you have zero insight into the financial wellbeing of even one of these devs, let alone all of them.

      • dancj

        I know enough to know that Infinity Blade II and Tiny Wings made shitloads of cash.

    • ikari_paul

      i have half of them, but its still nice that they´re free. the other half, i wouldnt have bought anyway, sooo....

    • Adams Immersive

      I know what you mean, but you're assuming the developers aren't being paid for this particular promo, and/or assuming that freebies/sales in general don't generate real sales for the developer--but free sales wouldn't happen if that were always the case.

      I agree that people should be willing to spend money on quality apps--and I am. I spend a fair amount on the app store, and yet am still glad to get some stuff on sale.

      My worries about the App Store ecosystem would be more about the race-to-the-bottom "everyday" prices, and consumable IAP, not about periodic giveaways of premium titles.

    • Himmat Singh

      Not everybody would have had all of them, so it's not wrong to be happy in the event of such a great sale. Like me, I had two and now picked up one from this sale.

  • colinkloecker

    Also on sale: Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything. (The only cookbook you'll ever need!)

  • Zeldaniac

    I was gonna say "meh" then I noticed Superbrothers! Picking it up now, it's the only on I'm missing.

  • Blackcat1313

    Can anyone here confirm that Apple is paying the devs per downloads? I really don't see how this is possible if not.

    • Himmat Singh

      I doubt it. But would like some confirmation regardless.

  • Coburn

    Holy crap so many freebies

    • Coburn

      Got them all except badland though.... It looks pretty good!

  • Ken Neth Wong
  • Zentatsu

    Is now confirmed a part of appstore 5th year anniversary as shown in featured page.

  • Bluejunco

    So far I find badlands dumb. Maybe I need to play it on my ipad or just play it some more.

  • ddm112

    Peggie and Peggle HD also gone FREE!!!

  • xolinda

    Dead Space, Mirror's Edge, Flight Control, and The Sim's Medieval for iPad are also free!