Back in 2011, iPad.AppStorm contributor James Watts compiled a list of 15 of the best freemium iPad games gracing the App Store at that moment in time. Since then, freemium has gone from strength to strength, prompting many more software companies to ditch the premium revenue model in favor of giving away the core functionality of an app for free.
Here, we have rounded up ten of the very best iPad games that sport this particular revenue model exceptionally well. Read on to discover iPad.AppStorm’s all-time freemium favorites!
Did you ever play the original Scribblenauts game for the DS? If so, you’ll love this. If you didn’t, you’ll like it even better.
Scribblenauts: Remix is a game that allows you to conjure any object in order to complete an equally imaginative set of objectives present across a large array of well-designed levels. It operates on the premise that the sky is the limit when it comes to how you want to complete a level. Read on to see if the iOS version retains the magic found in the DS versions.
I’ve been solving hidden object puzzles since I was maybe two. They’re old news. There are a lot of games in the App Store trying to reinvent the wheel on this one, turning them into adventure games or tying them to trivia, but at the end of the day I’m still finding a lasso at the base of the Eiffel Tower. That’s played out.
What’s not played out is cool graffiti monsters and robots bouncing through the air to peppy, electronic pop music. The creatures in Hidden Doodles are surprising, set in intricately drawn environments, and everything’s just a bit brighter than real life. We’re going to see if the gameplay can match all the rad art in Hidden Doodles.
Designing a successful adventure puzzler must be akin to perfecting an art form. If the game’s too difficult, then it becomes frustrating and the player immediately sets it aside. If the game’s too easy then the player whizzes through it and never gives it another thought. So, how do developers get it just right?
I’m not sure what magic formula the team at Colibri Games is using, but they are blazing a trail for others to follow. The Tiny Bang Story HD is a perfectly challenging adventure game featuring beautiful hand-drawn illustrations, five different chapters, dozens of mini brain teasers and an immersive storyline about a Tiny Planet that fell apart after being hit by a meteor. As you solve each puzzle, you’ll help rebuild the planet. Just remember: it won’t be easy.
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Ever since being launched in December 2009, Angry Birds has carved a name for itself in the gaming world. By combining comical graphics with addictive gameplay and chirpy idents, it’s become one of the most played and well-known games of its time. That’s a tough act to follow.
Instead of relying on that classic gameplay that we all know and love, Rovio’s taking a risk by putting out a completely different game mechanic using the anarchists of the franchise — the pigs. Is Bad Piggies a show-stopper like its predecessor, or will it be met by the incessant grunts of avian-diehards? Let’s find out. (more…)
Ahoy there, me hearties! Today, I be reviewin’ Plunder! HD, the latest in a string o’ apps developed by Big Fish Games, Inc. Sail the seven seas wi’ Cap’n Light Leg John an’ company on their search fer booty. Sink thy enemy, pillage treasure, an’ escape the clutches o’ the Royal Navy, but beware the tentacled beast from below. Arrr!
OK, enough of the pirate talk. Let’s get down to business. (more…)
Stealing an evil mastermind’s throne is never a good idea, especially when you’re a puny, soluble sugar cube, and it’s clear that Sugar Kid is in for a rough ride when the BulkyPix-developed puzzle game opens with the question “do you like some gore?” (which can be turned on or off according to taste.)
Happily, the game doesn’t disappoint following this auspicious start, and throughout its ninety-plus levels, Sugar Kid peppers sickeningly cute graphics with an abundance of blood and guts in a simple and repetitive but altogether fun pick-up-and-play title. Let’s find out more, shall we? (more…)
It isn’t often that you find a puzzler that can keep your attention without getting repetitive or annoying. My main problem with them is just that — it’s hard to come across a game that gets you thinking while also keeping you intrigued and entertained. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to review today’s game, The Room, as it promised a new and unique experience.
The Room is a storyline-driven puzzle game with lots of mystery. It goes for $5 dollars and it has received lots of praise, as it was picked as the App Store Editor’s Choice. Are you interested? (more…)
Most avid players of action games know how to use hand grenades. The little throwable explosives make titles of the first person shooter genre much more enjoyable and provide for an exit where there often isn’t one. There are even smoke emitting models that manufacture temporary refuge. Typically though, grenades aren’t used extensively — they’re just a secondary weapon. This is not so in Fragger HD, an Adobe Flash classic from the early 2000s recently brought to the iPad.
Developed by Miniclip, the creator of the original, the iPad game aims to entertain. Does it live up to such ambitions? (more…)
With over 400,000 apps available for download, the iOS App Store is an unforgiving marketplace, and one in which it can extremely difficult to set your app aside from the rest. Hard to believe then, that such a simple app as Cargo-Bot boasts one of the most unique accolades possible: the first game to be programmed entirely on an iPad.
If that’s not enough to get your attention, I don’t know what is. That fact alone was enough to peak my interest in this relatively simple game, or so it appears upon first glance. In truth, what I found was much more; a deftly created game that packs a real, challenging punch. Intrigued? Let’s find out more. (more…)