Freemium games for iOS: Ten of the best

 

By Posted 19 Jul 2011, 16:54

When freemium games – a free-to-play game that offers the ability to spend cash on advanced features and special items – first started out on the Apple App Store, there wasn’t much of a variety. In fact, most of them simply offered users a FarmVille-esque experience. However, more and more genres have now adapted the freemium model, giving users a wider choice.

Anthony Usher from the pocketgamer.co.uk website has scoured through the freemium games available for iOS users, and comprised a list of what he believes is ten of the best. One such game is Z2Live’s popular air combat title MetalStorm: Online, which places users in the cockpit of various fighters as they barrel roll, dogfight and engage enemy planes.

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The MetalStorm: Online game features dozens of aircraft to choose from, aircraft customization, an in-game voice chat system and Game Center leaderboards and achievements. Another freemium game worth downloading is Glu Games Inc’s Gun Bros, which gives players the chance to step into the shoes of a superhuman special agent that’s armed with state of the art weapons.

Gun Bros features a multiplayer mode, built-in voice chat, Game Center integration and Bro-op challenges. Those of you that enjoy racing games might want to give the GT Racing: Motor Academy Free + app a try. This fast paced racer tasks players with passing driving exams, unlocking new cars, winning races and earning some cash.

GT Racing: Motor Academy Free + provides players with a handful of cars and events from the start, with the ability to purchase more with XP and packs of credit. If on the other hand it is shooting games that you prefer, you might want to consider downloading (if you haven’t already that is) Craneballs Studios’ popular Overkill game.

The aim of the Overkill game is to use the selection of weapons to shoot and kill a number of enemies that pop up around five different locations. Players can even use the money they earn from killing their opponents on upgrading and customizing their weapons. NimbleBit’s Tiny Tower is another freemium game worth considering.

Tiny Tower tasks players with building a busy and profitable tower building. Users will have to build apartments, clubs and shops, employ new workers, give the pixelated bitizens a new home and stock their store shelves with plenty of goodies. Another of Glu Games Inc’s games that have made it onto the list is the popular Space City app.

Your job this time is to build a bustling city on an outer space asteroid. There are more than 60 unique buildings to help you do so including diners, stadiums and cinemas. If that doesn’t appeal to you, then you may want to try out the Sunshine Cruise Lines game.

Sunshine Cruise Lines puts you in the role of a cruise ship owner, who has to equip it with bedrooms, restaurants and spas etc. Players will also be tasked with picking up special VIPs and employing new staff. Robotek HD is another game that made it onto the list.

The Robotek HD game tasks its players with destroying robots with lasers, microwaves, electricity, and whatever else you can get your hands on. The final two games on the list are Shadow Era (a trading card game) and Pocket Frogs, which tasks gamers with collecting, breeding and trading more than 15,000 different types of frogs.

Do you have any freemium games downloaded on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad? If so, which ones?