As part of its App of the Week program, Apple is now offering Chillingo’s Cut the Rope for free from now through September 4. This is the first time that Cut the Rope has ever been free since it debuted in the App Store in October 2010. The iPhone version normally costs $.99 and the HD iPad version normally costs $3.99 (though it’s gone as low as $.99 a couple of times).
If you’re not familiar with Cut the Rope, your goal is to cut various ropes to release pieces of candy so that they fall into the mouth of a cute little monster named Om Nom. It may not sound terribly challenging and the early levels are definitely easy so you can get a hang of the mechanics, but it gets trickier as you progress. Also, Om Nom is adorable and I never seem to get tired of the cute little sounds he makes. Here’s the official trailer for the game:
If Apple’s timing for the App of the Week holds true, Cut the Rope will remain free through the end of the day on Wednesday, September 4 and possible into September 5 as well. But there’s no reason to wait until the last minute to download this charming game for your iPhone and iPad so go hit those Buy Now buttons below before you forget and miss the opportunity to get them gratis.
The sequel to Popcap’s incredibly popular tower defense game, Plants vs. Zombies has arrived. Plants vs. Zombies 2 features many of the same lovable and deadly plants from the first game along with new plants, zombies, power ups, and locations.
Here’s the official Plants vs. Zombies 2 trailer that gives some brief peeks of some of the new plants and other features:
Plants vs. Zombies 2 is free to download so there’s nothing standing in your way of getting it even if you’re watching your budget. If you still want more details before you dive in, check out the review over at TouchArcade where it’s earned five stars and deemed a “fantastic” sequel to the first version, which also earned five stars.
I just downloaded Plants vs. Zombies 2 this morning and am looking forward to playing it later (I shake my fist at you, work!). I absolutely loved the first version and expect to adore the sequel as well.
Apple’s free App of the Week is another major title from a line of games that are pretty much a household name these days. Rovio’s Angry Birds Space for iPhone and iPad are now free and if Apple’s timing for this special holds true to form, they’ll remain free through May 29.
Angry Birds Space first debuted in the App Store in March 2012 and it’s received several updates since then to add new levels and other goodies. If you’re somehow not familiar with the Angry Birds franchise, check out this trailer:
If you watched that video and read that review, good for you! Now hit the Buy Now buttons below to get Angry Birds Space for free (the best price ever) right now before next Thursday. This is the first time both versions have ever been free and I doubt we’ll see this again any time soon.
Impending, the same developers who brought you Clear for iPhone (in partnership with Realmac Software and Helftone), and Warner Brothers have released Heads Up!, an iPhone game played by Ellen Degeneres on her TV show. The game hit the App Store this morning and costs $.99.
Heads Up! gives you seven virtual decks of cards in various themes, like movies, pop stars, and accents. Each card has an answer on it and you hold your iPhone up to your forehead where you can’t see it but other players can and their job is to give you clues so you can guess the answer. Their clues should not contain any words actually on the card nor rhyme with any of them. If you guess correctly, you tilt your iPhone down to flip to the next card. If you want to pass, you tilt your iPhone up to skip to the next card right away. Your goal is to make as many correct guesses in the allotted time.
Here’s a video of Ellen playing the game with actress Alison Sweeney:
Heads Up! also records video of each round and you can choose to save the video to your camera roll or share it via email or Facebook. There’s also an option to send your video to Ellen if you think it’s worthy of her attention. Who knows, maybe she’ll actually play it on her show?
Though I’m not a huge fan of Ellen Degeneres, Heads Up! has the potential to be a ton of fun with a group of friends (or strangers, if that’s how you roll) and it’s definitely worth $.99. Right now, there are 11 additional decks available via in-app purchase at $.99 each in case the seven included decks aren’t enough for you. To play Heads Up! you’ll need an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad (though note the game isn’t optimized for the iPad’s larger screen) running iOS 5.0 or higher.
Apple’s App of the Week promotion goes big again this week, offering Halfbrick Studio’s wildly popular Fruit Ninja for free. The respective versions of Fruit Ninja for iPhone and iPad will cost you zero dollars right now and should continue to do so until April 18 if Apple’s timing remains consistent.
Fruit Ninja has been in the App Store since 2010 and it’s even been featured in one of Apple’s iPad commercials. If you’re not familiar with it, you’re armed with a virtual sword in the game and your goal is to slice as much fruit tossed on the screen as possible by swiping with your fingers. There are various game modes where you need to avoid slicing bombs, avoid letting any fruit drop un-sliced, or slice as much fruit as possible in a short period of time.
Here’s the trailer for the iPad version:
Not convinced it’ll be fun? Download it anyway – it’s free!
Apple has been running an App of the Week promotion, in which a paid app is made free for a short period of time, since last summer. A couple of weeks ago, Popcap’s Plants vs. Zombies was the featured app for this promotion and this week sees another well-known game, Rovio’s Angry Birds, under the App of the Week spotlight.
The original Angry Birds for the iPhone debuted in the App Store in 2009 while the HD version for the iPad arrived in April 2010. The game proved to be tremendously popular, prompting Rovio to release additional versions including Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Space, and Bad Piggies as well as t-shirts, hats, and just about anything else that you can slap the likeness of an Angry Bird on.
Since its release, the original Angry Birds for iPhone has been priced at $.99 for most of its time in the App Store while the HD version has jumped around between $.99 and $4.99. Neither app has ever been available for free until now.
Apple’s App of the Week promotion usually runs from each Thursday through the following Wednesday. If this pattern holds true, Angry Birds and Angry Birds HD will remain free through Wednesday, March 13 and go back to their regular prices on Thursday, March 14. That gives you a nice window of time to download them but you should get to clicking the Buy Now buttons below sooner rather later lest you forget before this week’s promotion ends.
Whitaker Trebella’s Polymer is free for a limited time, down from its regular price of $1.99, as part of TouchArcade’s Free Play program. Polymer debuted in the App Store last year and offers a unique twist on the sliding puzzle genre.
In Polymer you’re presented with a grid of various shapes. Each shape has at least one dot that acts as a connection point where it can be attached to other shapes. To create a finished shape, you must slide columns and rows to put together a shape that has no exposed connection points. A shape with no exposed connection points is a polymer and you then tap on it to remove it from the board, which earns you points. The more pieces a polymer has, the more points you earn.
This probably sounds a bit confusing so here’s the trailer video where you can see how it works:
TouchArcade gave Polymer four stars in its review when it was first released and the game has received several updates since then. Polymer is an unusual puzzle game that can be played in quick bites here and there and it also has the power to draw you in for long sessions to create the biggest, baddest polymer you can make. It’s definitely worth a download now while it’s free (and even at its regular price of $1.99 if you miss this sale).
If you’ve been keeping an eye out for the newest entry in EA’s Real Racing series for iOS that was first revealed last September at the Apple keynote event when the iPhone 5 was announced, today is your day to hightail it over to the App Store. Real Racing 3 for iPhone and iPad debuted last night in the App Store in all its free download glory.
Real Racing 3 lets you race virtual versions of real cars on virtual versions of real tracks around the world. You can compete against others using Time Shifted Multiplayer, a feature that lets you race against other players even when they’re not playing the game right at that moment. There are over 900 events you can compete in and you earn in-game currency to buy new cars or upgrade and repair cars when you complete events.
The graphics of Real Racing 3 are crazy good. As shown in its first demo at Apple’s keynote last year, you can actually see the other cars behind and next to you in the mirrors as you drive and details and lighting are realistic and crisp. It’s truly a treat on a retina display device like the iPhone 5. Here’s the trailer to give you a peek (and yes, it looks this good as you’re playing):
While Real Racing 3 is free to download and you can play it to your heart’s content without spending a dime, you do have the option of putting down real money to speed things along. You do earn in-game currency when you complete races but it can take time to rack up enough to buy stuff. Repairs and upgrades to your virtual cars take time to complete and if you don’t want to wait for them to finish, you can spend the in-game currency you’ve earned or buy more via in-app purchase to get them done immediately. The same goes for buying new cars and upgrades if you don’t wait to wait until you’ve earned enough from completing races.
I’ve spent some time playing Real Racing 3 today and it’s been super fun and more realistic than I was expecting. I haven’t come across any tracks that I’ve actually been on yet but the interior of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe I chose (which cost me $1.99 in real money that I don’t regret spending one bit) looks just like the ones I’ve seen in real life. If you like cars and racing, Real Racing 3 offers an excellent experience for a mobile game and you should hit that Buy Now button below toute de suite and get it. And if I see you on the virtual version of Laguna Seca where I’ve had the pleasure of flogging a sportbike a few times, I will give you a run for your money.
PopCap games has made the iPhone and iPad versions of its super cute and incredibly popular game, Plants vs. Zombies, free for one week. This is the first time ever that these apps have gone free and you even have the luxury of several days to hit the Buy Now button instead of some ridiculously small window of time. But don’t wait. Don’t be fooled by the stretch of time before you until Plants vs. Zombies goes back up to $2.99 for the iPhone version and $6.99 for the iPad version next Thursday. Locate the Buy Now buttons at the bottom of this post and click them immediately.
I’ll stop pestering you for a moment and take a step back. Plants vs. Zombies is a tower-defense style game in which you need to defend your home, and ultimately your brain, from zombies. The home defense weapons at your disposal are in the form of plants. You might think that plants would be useless against zombies but you’d be wrong. These plants can shoot peas and spikes and do other amazing things to destroy the zombies marching across your lawn and even your roof with the goal of eating your warm, delicious brain. Despite the gory intent of the zombies and the rampant destruction you’ll rain down upon them, Plants vs. Zombies is cute and suitable for a wide range of ages.
If you want more information, check out the review of Plants vs. Zombies over at TouchArcade. Here’s the official trailer for Plants vs. Zombies:
Now enough talking. Move your mouse to the Buy Now buttons and click before February 28!
Imangi Studios has released a sequel to its wildly popular endless runner. Temple Run 2 debuted in the App Store last night, featuring some new characters, obstacles, and environments for you to ogle as you run, slide, and jump your way to evade evil monkeys determined to stop you and get back the idol you stole from their beloved temple.
Temple Run 2 holds on to the feel of the original but includes some refreshing changes if you were getting tired of the same old stone walkways and tree roots. The landscape in Temple Run 2 is pretty damn hilly and you’ll have to navigate your way around jets of fire and even zipline your way around using strategically placed ropes. If you make it far enough, you’ll even get to an old mine and switch to steering a mine cart through dark tunnels. There may even be more environments beyond this but I haven’t made it that far.
The guys over at TouchArcade played Temple Run 2 a little and recorded it for your viewing pleasure if you want to see it in action first:
Temple Run 2 is universal and free to download, so there’s no risk to your bank account at all to try it out. There are lots of in-app purchase options to unlock new characters or get even more coins and gems to upgrade your character’s abilities or add power-ups though these aren’t necessary to play at all and you can still complete achievements and progress without them. Temple Run 2 is worth a download even if you’re not familiar with the original – its mechanics are easy to learn and it’s a great time-killer if you have a few minutes or even hours to while away.