Freebie Friday: ‘Alien Glyphs’ and ‘Buster Red’

While the haul this week is nowhere near as grand as it was during the holidays when everything was going free, we found two games that are both worth downloading, each free for a limited time.

Alien Glyphs – A fun pattern matching game that we enjoyed in our review that has seen several updates since the including adding both WiFi and bluetooth multiplayer.

The game begins with a board of symbols. At set intervals, a new symbol slides into the top of the screen and your job is to match it with one of the symbols found on the board. Tap off a symbol and the top symbol is eliminated. Another symbol takes its place and so on. If you take too long to match up the symbol, however, the timer will run out and another symbol will appear. Take even longer and the row of symbols will fill eventually up and you lose a life. Three levels of difficulty (Easy, Medium, and Hard) should provide plenty of challenge.

Alien Glyphs tries to spice it up with Power-Ups, Power-Downs, that can be triggered or deactivated by matching quickly enough. However, I found myself too busy looking for matches to really register their presence. The game also offers multiple different skins for the glyphs if the neon red isn’t to your liking.

Buster Red – A vertical shooter that is spiced up with a combo system and OpenFeint leaderboards. The game tracks the number of enemy deaths you’re able to string together as well as overall score to submit online.

Similar to quite a few vertical shooters on the platform, you steer your ship around with your finger, which can obstruct your view at times. Still, Buster Red is pretty awesome for a free game and you don’t have to play it for long before your screen is chock full of laser beams, bullets, and bosses.