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Free iOS stuff
It's been a while, but there are a few good things worth downloading.

1. My current free-to-play addiction is Marvel Puzzle Quest. I tried it when it first came out and found it a little too heavy on the FTP side, with too many hooks that made you feel bad for not spending money. They've balanced it more now, and I've been enjoying it for about two months straight. There's constant content, and the concept itself (match-3 combined with combat, combined with cheesy Marvel dialogue) works pretty well.

2. I'm also playing Quiz RPG regularly. This is made by the people who make Puzzles and Dragons, the only other FTP match-3 I play these days. Quiz RPG is basically Trivial Pursuit meets Pokemon. You bring a pack of five monster/spirits with you into combat, and each correct answer to random trivia questions allows some of your monsters (depending on their colors and abilities) to attack. It sounds simple (and the questions are typical Trivial Pursuit ones, ranging from "legit" trivia to things that are killer hard), but there's the wacky Japanese Monster stuff, so there are thousands of potential spirits, and you can (and have to) combine them to level them up, and some spirits are best sold, while some are better as fodder for other spirits, etc. And there are multiple systems, plus a ludicrous amount of new quests (there's a Steampunk Wizard of Oz one now), all of which offer limited-time spirits. Plus daily login rewards and all sorts of other stuff.

3. HalfBrick, who make some of the best iOS games, has made everything they have free for now (I'd expect this'll go away soon). At the very least, grab Jetpack Joyride (a fun endless flyer game with zany missions), Colossatron: Massive World Threat (the best game about a giant robot snake), Fruit Ninja, and Fish Out of Water (a great time-killer involving flinging fish). All do have in-app purchases available, but all are pretty complete by themselves.

4. Damn Little Town. Imagine Carcassonne, but with demons who try to kill your meeples. No online multiplayer yet, alas.

5. Jupiter Jump. The second Flappy-variant game from Noodlehead (they also did the amazing Flappy Golf, which I've mentioned earlier and you should still get; I think it's one of the best free apps in the store these days). This is a quicker and more frenetic game in which you try to nab as many points on the planet Jupiter before crashing into something. A good quick game for fans of action/twitch stuff.

6. Zombie Gunship Arcade. Another Flappy Bird riff, this takes the original idea of Zombie Gunship and distills it to a game where the same control both sends your chopper up, and fires missiles at the ground. Not killing civilians while also managing to stay in the air is the goal here.

7. Metal Slug Defense. A defense game (not a tower defense one) with the Metal Slug assets. Surprisingly fun. Army of Darkness Defense remains my favorite (also free) game in this genre, but this is still fun.

8. Dwarven Den. A fun puzzle game from Backflip (who make that AoD game), with some nifty puzzles, good resource management, and some crafting elements. The FTP hooks can occasionally hit you, but you can always farm some of the lower levels, too.
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brithistorian From: brithistorian Date: June 20th, 2014 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I downloaded the Steam version of Marvel Puzzle Quest last night and I'm really enjoying it. (Of course I am, because it's free, and I'd just spent money on an India Royale bundle. Whenever I spend money on games, I find a free game I love more than the games I just bought.)
yendi From: yendi Date: June 21st, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Let me know if you have any questions as you get into it!
brithistorian From: brithistorian Date: June 21st, 2014 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Will do! Right now I'm still in the H.A.M.M.E.R. section of the story (11/11 missions completed, 21/26 rewards earned). I'm making sure to earn all the rewards before I go on to the next section, because I'm aiming to spend as little money as possible on in-game purchases and so I'll need all the help I can get.
yendi From: yendi Date: June 21st, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh. First tip -- don't go after all those rewards. Some of them (like health packs) are just not worth the hassle. But do nab any HP you can (and stick to spending it on opening new slots).

Also, make sure you join an alliance when you can (ours is currently full, alas); that'll give you nice bonus rewards. And once you're able to do PVP, try at least enter and win a battle in each event (there are often computer-controlled teams that are very beatable at the bottom of the bracket). That'll get you a nice stream of rewards (even finishing dead last gets you some ISO).
brithistorian From: brithistorian Date: June 22nd, 2014 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the tips - I started doing PVP this morning and it's really sped up how quickly I'm able to advance.
yendi From: yendi Date: June 23rd, 2014 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear it! And definitely take advantage of those upcoming Lightning Rounds, too!

I found this guide pretty helpful when I first started playing, also.
brithistorian From: brithistorian Date: June 29th, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
They weren't kidding about getting more heroes than you'd have roster slots! That's where they've been tempting me to spend money.
yendi From: yendi Date: June 29th, 2014 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup. That's why I spend my HP on slots and nothing else!

It's definitely worth playing any Story missions that have HP rewards until you get them. I'm at 26 slots and still in a pinch (I've got five days to raise enough HP for that Falcon token I've got, or to dump Iron Man 40 to free the slot up).
sdaisyk From: sdaisyk Date: June 21st, 2014 12:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't remember if you've mentioned it in the past (or if I have)...have you tried Doctor Who Legacy yet? It's match-3 but with more gem moving options, combat mechanisms, and all the fun of Doctor Who characters/companions/enemies.
yendi From: yendi Date: June 21st, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have, and I do keep meaning to play it again. I enjoyed it when it came out, but got a little bored, but I know there've been a ton of updates.
sdaisyk From: sdaisyk Date: June 21st, 2014 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I played it a whole lot for a while but the most recent season they released is higher difficulty/longer levels (though they have fixed it some) so it's hard for me to just play a level in between things. Also, got a bit tired of having to grind for the fragments that you use to level up characters. They've increased the drop rate but longer levels + grinding doesn't really work for me right now. Overall the game is a lot of fun though and I like having to think more about the board as a whole instead of just swapping two gems like most match three games.
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