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The Amazing 'Infinity Blade II' is Free

May 29th, 2014 10:29 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Free, News, Sales
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I'd find it to be hard to believe that many people who read TouchArcade don't already have Chair's incredible Infinity Blade II [$6.99], but you can now download it for free. If I were a betting man, I'd put some money on this game popping up as Apple's free app of the week when the App Store features refresh this afternoon...

It's been a while since we've had a proper five alarm freebie alert around here, largely because a hell of a lot of games just are free anyway these days. Regardless, this hasn't stopped me from checking AppShopper's recent free game sales feed (which you should totally book mark if you haven't) every morning. Today's goodies include Tilt to Live [$2.99] and Tilt to Live 2 [$2.99]. If you've got an iPad, Tilt to Live HD [Free (HD)] has been free forever...

I sat down to play Crobble [Free] this afternoon. An hour passed, and then my battery started dropping... first 20%, then all the way lower than 10%. It wasn’t until I was completely in the red before I figured it was time to put it down and start writing rather than playing. I’m pretty sure if I hadn’t had less than half a battery when I’d started, I’d still be hooked to it...

Well, it's not often I find myself having to write a second review, but here we are. A few months back, the hotly-anticipated sequel to Dungelot, surprisingly named Dungelot 2 [Free], was released on the App Store. While retaining the same basic gameplay as the original title, the sequel was quite different in a lot of ways, many of them owing to the new free-to-play structure. It was still pretty fun, but, as I said in an alternate timeline review, in most ways it represented a step back from the original game. It was also rife with bugs, including people losing out on purchased IAPs, which is basically a worst-case scenario. So, in a move that has very little precedent, developer Red Winter Software pulled the game from the App Store to rework it extensively and fix up the known issues. At last, it's seemingly ready to go again, so let's have a look and see how Dungelot 2-2 has turned out...

'Adventure Beaks' Review - A Charming Runner That Will Warm Your Heart

Penguins are one of nature’s most fascinating creatures. In the years that have passed we’ve seen movies such as Happy Feet and Surf’s Up pay homage to nature’s most wonderful aquatic flightless birds, but upon general observation, penguins are known primarily for their gracefulness, elegance and their unusual upright waddling gait. They’re also incredibly badass, and if there’s any game that will demonstrate this, GameResort’s Adventure Beaks [Free] is most certainly the iOS game to capture your hearts...

Back in February, Red Winter Software released Dungelot 2 [Free], the highly-anticipated follow-up to last year's well-recieved Minesweeper-meets-dungeon-crawler Dungelot. Well, the Dungelot 2 release did not go so well, and that's putting it lightly. The new game had a lot of strange bugs, wasn't balanced very well, and in general garnered quite a lot of negative feedback in our forums...

'Final Fantasy Agito' Preview - Final Fantasy Goes Back To School

Anyone who has been following the story of Final Fantasy Agito knows that the development of the game has had almost as many twists and nonsensical turns as the average Final Fantasy game's plot. Back in 2006, a game called Final Fantasy Agito XIII was announced for mobiles as part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis project of Final Fantasy XIII companion games. It helps to put things into scope when you realize that announcement predates even the original iPhone by more than a year. Eventually, the team's ambition grew beyond what phones of that time could manage, so the project was moved to Sony's Playstation Portable in 2008. After the whole Final Fantasy XIII business didn't go quite the way Square Enix envisioned, the game was retitled Final Fantasy Type-0, finally releasing in late 2011. That seemed like it was that for Agito, but late last year, Square Enix announced out of the blue that they would be developing a prequel to Type-0 for mobiles, once again claiming the name Final Fantasy Agito. I guess they were really proud of that title...

I tend to think that gamers are probably better than the average person at coordinating their left and right hands, thanks to years of hard training on concepts like making Mario jump and move to the right at the same time, which is something my mother may not ever grasp. Well, after playing dEXTRIS [Free] for a while, I find myself rethinking just how well ol' lefty and righty play together, even after all this time as partners. Although the title of this game first made me think of Tetris [$0.99], this game is actually another one of those short, super-hard, reflex-based challenges that have become so prolific since Terry Cavanagh's Super Hexagon [$2.99] released a couple of years back. I should stress, having played quite a few of these, dEXTRIS is actually a fairly distant cousin, mostly evoking similar feelings as you play rather than actually spinning off from Hexagon's gameplay like many others...

I'm not sure if I've become jaded in my old age or if I'm just on about whatever the tenth stop out is on "fool me once," but I don't expect very much out of games that rocket up the top free charts. Recently it seems like the games have all been total one hit wonders, with incredibly basic gameplay that often hinged on reaction times or brutal difficulty...

You might remember us posting the trailer for Bonsai Slice [Free], a slicing game that, rather than having you use your finger to make slicing gestures on the touchscreen, had you swiping your iOS device itself through the air to slice objects within a set time limit. It was a bit gimmicky, but a very cool gimmick, as it used the gyroscope to its full potential and had you literally playing in the real space all around your body. The one odd thing about Bonsai Slice was that it was iPad-only. Motion controlled games typically fare better on the smaller iOS devices, especially one that has you using your device to emulate a sword. I mean, I have pretty big hands, but I'm not really that great about palming a full-sized iPad...

For those living in the US like us, it can be kind of rough as we're among the very last to get access to the App Store's weekly releases due to how time zones work. So, as we watch our international pals playing all the cool new games throughout the day, we're stuck just kind of twiddling our thumbs. However, each week there's usually at least one game that "jumps the gun" and comes out early, and this week that game is Uber Entertainment's tower defense game Toy Rush [Free]...

Freebie Alert: Dude, Go Ski in 'Dudeski', Free for a Limited Time

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...

It may seem like endless runners are a crowded genre, and in fact, you’d probably be right, but once in a while there comes along one entry that stands apart from the rest of the crowd. Whether Gear Jack: Black Hole [Free] is worthy of that title remains to be seen (and telling you now would spoil the beginning of the review), but the vibrant stylish-looking graphics drew me in almost straight away, so in fact, the outlook is already fairly positive...

If you’ve ever wanted to play a game that’ll bring out the gremlin in you, this one will probably suffice. Gary is a rebellious fuzzy demonic creature who needs your help to get past the museum security in order to destroy its many valuable treasures. If you enjoy a good combination of physics puzzlers and breaking stuff, you’ll probably wanna give Lil Smasher [Free] a shot. ..

 We dug on Crowman and Wolfboy[$2.99]when it was released as a premium title late last year, but the invisible hand of the App Store has once again shown itself: developer Wither Studios just released a free version of the game...

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