Like skiing but hate the snow? Are you more of a warm weather type of person? Then you should download the currently free Dudeski [$1.99], go grab a spot in the sunshine, and ski to your heart's content with your iOS device. Dudeski is a really fun little skiing game that gives a heavy nod to the classic PC game SkiFree, which I played obsessively in the early '90s. The goal in Dudeski is to ski all the way down a huge mountain. You can shred left or right to ski around slalom flags or avoid obstacles, and jump over hazards that completely block your path. All the while an avalanche is chasing you down, so missing flags or running into obstacles will slow you down, and eventually the avalanche will gobble you up if you make too many mistakes.

One of the neatest things about Dudeski is the way the game is structured. The mountain is actually broken up into four different sections, and the ultimate goal is to make it from the very top all the way down through each section to the very bottom. But, you can use pinecones collected while skiing to unlock "shortcuts" to each of the sections. Once a shortcut is unlocked, you can start a new game right from that section, but only those who complete the mountain from top to bottom will earn a spot on the Ironman leaderboard. Besides unlocking the shortcuts, you can also spend your collected pinecones on special items to help you out during your run. And, in a move I'm sure will make many folks happy out there, Dudeski doesn't contain any IAP so you'll have to actually play to earn those pinecones.

Anyway, all this information is perhaps a bit redundant as you could also hit up our review of Dudeski or the thread in our forums for more information. It's one of my personal favorites of 2014, which makes this freebie sort of bittersweet. On the one hand, it's a fun game which you can tell has a ton of love poured into it, from the excellent music and pixel art, to the challenging gameplay, and even the great control scheme (despite my early grumblings of thumb crampage). It's the type of game that people should pay for and support, especially at its original asking price of just two bucks. On the other hand, it makes me happy knowing that a bunch of new players will get to experience Dudeski just due to the fact that it's free.

So, what have you got to lose? Download and check out Dudeski for free, and don't delay because by this time tomorrow the freebie promotion will be over.

  • bcredonk

    Got this last night and am loving it

  • falco

    I will try this, remind me so much of and old ski game of 21 years ago.

    • dancj

      Horace Goes Skiiing?

      • falco


    • LanceAvion

      It must be the Windows game mentioned in the article "SkiFree."

    • robfractures

      Olympic Skier on the C64?

  • Rennerd

    iOS 7 dang nabit.

  • hakamhakam

    in related news, Platform Unlimited also went free.

  • TJF588

    Bah, already shut down my laptop. Wish we iOS 6 users could still complete purchases of iOS 7-reliant apps, or at least freebies.

  • Chq

    Downloaded for free and deleted before played once because of the long loading time.

    • rocksteady

      What loading time? Did you confuse the menu for a loading screen like a nincompoop?

      • Chq

        Watching "unity-screens" makes me nervous.