March 12, 2010
Today can't get any better. First off, it's Friday, the end of the work week. Second, iPad pre-orders. Third, a bunch of awesome free games! Comet Racer ($.99 -> Free): Another once paid, now free game from Donut Games. The game will have you racing around the galaxy in a small rocket-powered ship using on-screen buttons or a unique touch and drag mechanic. Levels contain hidden secrets and power-ups throughout to spice up the gameplay. The game also features local and online leaderboards and a ghost system so you can race against your own best times. As with most of these Donut Games promotions, Comet Racer should be a free for a decent amount of time. Flaboo ($.99 -> Free): A casual accelerometer controlled jumping game that features a plump chick that you must guide to all new heights. Flaboo's gameplay differs from others in the genre by requiring you to reach checkpoints before time expires in order to keep moving on. Also, instead of just automatically jumping you must tap the screen when landing on each cloud. Your chick can also hover for a moment by tapping the screen. The game contains a variety of power-ups, and OpenFeint integration for leaderboards and achievements. Flaboo is available free today only (3/12/10). Spartacus: Blood and Sand ($4.99 -> Free): A violent and bloody fighting game that allows you to compete one-on-one against enemy AI or a friend via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth in a gladiator-style setting. Characters are controlled via an on-screen d-pad and three combat buttons: quick attack, block, and strong attack. Combos can be created with specific sequences of button taps and a move list can be accessed via the pause menu. The game also features three difficulty settings, eight characters to choose from, and modifiable game rules. Spartacus: Blood and Sand is available for free for a limited time. Quizarium (Free): This is now the third time I have mentioned On5's new game in the last 24 hours, and for good reason, it's pure fun. Quizarium is an online trivia game that allows you to test your wits by competing against players from around the world. The game isn't multiple choice, you will have to enter your own answers via typing, which makes the game that much more challenging. The game features 10 categories to choose from and the ability to create your own room, push notifications to invite your friends, Plus+ integration for awards and leaderboards, three themes to choose from, and the ability to share questions and answers on Facebook and Twitter. Quizarium is and will be free for the foreseeable future. Check out our hands-on preview to learn more.