Spoiler alert! As an iPad app, there’s very little to say for AppAllStar, especially since it’s an iPhone app. But every week or so, it delivers a free iPad game. And that makes the app worth at least 3 stars.
It’s game day Friday, and I usually devote the column to iPad games. But I’m about to lead into summer with two weeks devoted just to games. So today I thought I would review an app that gives you free games.
AppAllStar isn’t an iPad app, it’s an iPhone app that tells subscribers about one free game promotion a day. The games are iPhone games, but every once in a while, on the average about once a week, AppAllStar also delivers a game that also plays on iPad.
AppAllStar takes users directly to the App Store to order the day’s free game. There isn’t much else to it.
If you set the app to send push notifications, AppAllStar will notify you once a day of the current free promotion. If you want to try the game, the app takes you straight to the App Store. But you need to download within 24 hours, because the promotion could be over by the next day.
When I say these games are iPad apps, I mean they run in full screen mode on your iPad rather than on the iPhone virtual engine. This means the graphics are as good on the iPad as the iPhone. I’m not saying the iPhone games aren’t noteworthy (well, many aren’t, but every couple of weeks or so you’ll stumble across a gem). I’m just saying that you will find the occasional iPad game too.
And some of the iPhone games are pretty good, too. I even play Kung Fu Master, one of last week’s downloads, in virtual mode and still love it. It’s going to become a standard on my iPhone.
Should you miss a day or two, you can also scroll back through the game history to find out which games have been released in the past and see if they are still free, or even relatively cheap.
None of the iPad games I’ve downloaded will replace Angry Birds or We Rule. Some will leave you glad you were free. But I did stumble across some decent ones, and I have played one, Foodbreaker, through about eighty levels and still enjoy it.
You can also track back through the app history to see if you might have overlooked a game or check to see how much one you downloaded and liked costs now.
Some free games I downloaded before the price jump included:
- Paper Toss
- Mummy’s Treasure
- Pig Breaker
- Grim Jogger Freestyle
- Ultimate Hangman
- Fast Traffic
- Bug Heroes
- Super Stickman Golf
- Alien Destroyer
Off that list I reviewed Mummy’s Treasure and loved it, I play Paper Toss all the time and even bought the sequel. I think Bug Hero will be popular with players who like arcade style shoot-em-ups, Fast Traffic is a decent car wreck game, and Alien Destroyer a decent knockoff of Angry Birds. It might even be a tad more difficult because you can’t see the targets when you shoot.
The vast majority of these games will never rise above $2, but if you get to try one every day you’ll probably save yourself at least $10 a week.
Jenny Manytoes rates App AllStar
Jenny Manytoes would take a nap next to App AllStar. It’s pretty bare bones even for a free iPhone app, but it doesn’t need much more to deliver the goods. For a chance to download free games and try them out, It’s worth the daily visit.