Full version of Underworlds, an RPG in the old-school style of Diablo, is free today. Easy to pick-up and play, the UI provides a minimalist directional mover and single action button. The button knows when to get treasure, talk to an NPC, or kill a monster. Over time you gain skills that add extra buttons for those actions. Your health and manna dropping? Touch the red and blue vials to drink potions and replenish each. Pausing allows you to dig deeper into the interface to equip items from inventory, increase skills, and create save points. Underworlds delivers both the standing-in-line as well as sit-and-lose-an-hour game experience. At free, Underworlds delivers the kind of value I love as an App Zealot.
I normally hate tower defense games. After five minutes, delete and no-rate — it is just not fair to the developers to give them a low rating because I dislike the genre. Star Defense by ngmoco, however, grabbed me and held on! Great graphics, innovative planetary interface. Normal-mode first planet kicked my butt repeatedly. OK, maybe my lack of practice at other tower defense games is to blame. Then again, maybe ngmoco hit on the right blend of easy to grasp interface and challenging game play. Another winner.
If you don’t believe me, you can get Star Defense Prelude, the free version, to see for yourself.
Sniper Strike engages quickly Six locations, multiple weapons give it variety and add to the challenge. Kill everyone on screen as fast as you can, or pick your target out of the crowd and beat the clock to keep getting more targets. A third mode, capture the flag, looks like fun, but I have not tried it yet. Still earning money to buy better sniper rifles! Sniper Strike is #3 in iTunes Free Apps.