iOS Apps Gone Free: Jetpack Joyride, Velocispider, MinoMonsters, And More

Take control of a jetpack-equipped Barry Steakfries as he barrels through a lab filled with obstacles in Halfbrick's endless distance game, Jetpack Joyride. We also have a retro-inspired arcade game with pixel art graphics, and a Pokemon-like turn-based game.

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iPhone:

Electro Chuck Christmas Season ($0.99 → Free, 16.6 MB): Guide Chuck down electric lines without ever touching them in this arcade game. Just tilt your device side to side to keep Chuck off of the lines, and tap behind him to expand his body to avoid enemies and collect items. The game includes a variety of levels, two modes, power-ups, lines with different speeds, and Game Center integration.

Electro Chuck Christmas Season is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 109 ratings.

Naked_King ($0.99 → Free, 7.2 MB): Build up your food supply by deploying worker units and then unleash different combat units to take down your opponent’s castle in this strategy game. You’ll earn coins for winning battles, which can buy you new units and upgrades. The game includes 20 different units to deploy, 300 stages, 30 monsters to defeat, and eight special boss stages.

Naked_King is available for free for a limited time. It has a 3.5-star rating with a total of 895 ratings.

MinoMonsters ($0.99 → Free, 108.2 MB): Collect and train Minos to create the perfect team, and battle your way through a variety of environments in this Pokemon-like turn-based game. Each Mino has a unique personality and special skills, so you must utilize them wisely to defeat your opponents. The game includes descriptions and skill breakdowns for each Mino, the ability to shop for items to give your Mino a slight advantage, and online multiplayer.

MinoMonsters is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 3972 ratings.

tangram! ($0.99 → Free, 5.0 MB): A beautifully simple tangram puzzle game. Tap the screen once to reveal available puzzle pieces, and then just drag them into place. Each piece can be spun a full 360 degrees. Puzzle piece lock into place to keep things tidy. The game includes 120 puzzles, with additional puzzles available via in-app purchase.

tangram! is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 907 ratings.

Universal:

Jetpack Joyride ($0.99 → Free, 19.0 MB): An endless distance game that has you controlling a jetpack-equipped Barry Steakfries as he barrels through a lab dodging lasers and missiles. Just tap and hold on the screen to engage Barry's jetpack, and try to collect vehicle power-ups and coins while somehow staying alive. The game includes a dizzying amount of unlockable content, all kinds of challenges to take on, and Game Center integration.

Jetpack Joyride is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 34914 ratings.

Expired (gone back to paid already):

tipSkip HD ($0.99 → Free, 1.5 MB): Forget fumbling around with your iDevice to control your music -- just knock on it with tipSkip! The app allows you to control your music playback by physically knocking on your iDevice or the table its on two, three, or four times. You can customize each knock action and change the sensitivity within the settings menu. Just make sure to show a little restraint when knocking on your expensive iDevice or on the table.

tipSkip HD is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 27 ratings.

Icy Escort ($0.99 → Free, 8.3 MB): Take control of a mother penguin in order to collect ice cream and her baby penguins in this casual arcade game. The mother penguin moves left to right by herself, so you will only be controlling her jump. The game includes 30 frosty levels, power-ups, and Game Center integration.

Icy Escort is available for free for a limited time. It has a 3-star rating with a total of 47705 ratings.

Deadlock: Online ($0.99 → Free, 74.5 MB): Take your dual-stick shooter skills online with this 3D action game by Crescent Moon. You can hone your skills offline first by participating in survival and bot matches. When you're ready for more, play against up to seven other players online via Game Center. The game includes over 30 weapons to equip your character with, three online modes, and seven maps.

Deadlock: Online is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 12017 ratings.

Velocispider ($1.99 → Free, 4.4 MB): Play as Velocispider, a beast that's part spider and part velociraptor, and defend your eggs by blasting the attacking aquatic robot beasts to pieces in this Space Invaders-style game. You're able to control the Velocispider by simply tilting your device. The game includes 20 levels, power-ups, pixel art graphics, and Game Center integration.

Velocispider is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 556 ratings.

StickMan Rocks ($0.99 → Free, 7.5 MB): Play as a rock climbing stickman in this endless game. Tilt your device to move your stickman out of harm's way, and tap and swipe on enemies to keep his path clear and safe. You can also collect stars to earn bonus points. The game includes two modes, and a local leaderboard.

StickMan Rocks is available for free for a limited time. It has a 3-star rating with a total of 569 ratings.

My Status - Your Phone Social Networking Status ($0.99 → Free, 4.8 MB): A social networking app that allows you to share your current status with friends to help you avoid receiving those untimely calls. Just choose from one of the many different status updates or allow the app to automatically assign a status based on your location, time, or what you're up to at the moment. As long as your friends have the app installed, they'll always be able to see whether or not it's a good time to get in touch. The app also allows you to favorite friends, and post status updates to social networks.

My Status - Your Phone Social Networking Status is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 23 ratings.

I Dig It ($0.99 → Free, 8.9 MB): Help farmer Lewis dig up old items so he can pay his mortgage by controlling his high-tech digging machine in this arcade game. You will have to manage your digging machine's fuel, temperature, and damage while searching for items. The game also features items to upgrade your digging machine with.

I Dig It is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 399 ratings.

Backwords Premium ($0.99 → Free, 3.1 MB): A wacky game where you take turns guessing a word or phrase after hearing it played backwards. First you must send your opponents out of the room so they can't hear your word or phrase. Then just speak into your iDevice's mic and the app will automatically reverse the recording. Your opponents will then have a limited amount of time to guess the word or phrase. The game includes multiple modes, loads of categories and the ability to create your own, and customizable time limits and rounds.

Backwords Premium is available for free today only (12/19). It has a 3-star rating with a total of 8 ratings.

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