Without a doubt, iPhone and iPod Touch games have become one of the most premier forms of entertainment, especially to those who are on the move quite often. The quality of these games have improved so much that they are almost similar in quality to the games you can play on gaming platforms such as Playstation and Nintendo Wii.
Unfortunately, quality games for the iPhone and iPod Touch do not come free. They are available at a price, but even the best games are still affordable. However, not everybody is wiling to depart with their hard earned cash in order to purchase games.
Many people still prefer to entertain themselves with free games that are available for the iPod Touch. Why? Simply because these games are still very entertaining and though the quality may not be at par with the most expensive games, they aren’t that bad. In fact, the quality of these games is still pretty good.
This is why we decided to come up with a list of the most popular free games for the iPod Touch and iPhone for 2012. Some of these games might be quite familiar to you, while others you may want to take a moment to explore. What have you got to lose? After all, they’re free.
#1 Temple Run
If you’re looking for some action and adventure, Indiana Jones type, then Temple Run will fulfil your desires.
In this story, you play an explorer and you have just made a very important discovery – an ancient idol. Like all ancient treasures, the treasure you have found was well protected with guardians and you have just awakened them.
Fearing your life, you flee through a maze of ancient temples dodging obstacles and coming face to face with death. Along the way are coins scattered everywhere and you collect them, just in case you can get out of this alive.
Temple Run will keep you entertained for hours on end and best of all, it’s free.
#2 Diner Dash
How hard is it to run a restaurant business? You’re about to find out some of the complexities of running your own restaurant with Diner Dash.
In order to successfully complete this game you will need to be good at multi-tasking. Here you will be assisting customers with their orders and even clearing the tables when they are finished so you’re prepared to take on another customer.
Don’t worry if you can’t multi-task well because the game starts you off with a small diner so you can get the hang of it. You had better get a hang of it quickly though because the object of the game is to increase your business.
Be careful not to upset your customers. The more customers get disappointed with your services, the sooner the game ends.
#3 Bejeweled Blitz
Match-three games have never lost their appeal. In fact, they are still very popular. One of these games that have not lost its popularity a single bit is Bejeweled Blitz. This game takes on the original concept of Bejeweled and even improved it.
Bejeweled Blitz for the iPhone and iPod Touch supports Facebook so if you want to see how your friends are doing at this iOS game, simply turn on the Facebook feature and compare your scores.
Bejeweled Blitz has other special features like the ability to turn the board. However, you’ll need a lot of points before you can use these features. If you become dedicated enough, you might be able to develop your skills so you can use them in every game.
#4 Tiny Tower
Are you looking for a game that will really use up your time? You can spend hours and hours playing Tiny Tower. Even when you’re not playing, you will find yourself thinking about the game.
The objective is simple. You simply have to build a tower and see how far you can get. The tower is a production and sales tower where products are made and sold. You employ some of the local people and manage their work so that they can earn you money. Once you have enough money, you can build another floor, setup another production and sales area, and hire more people.
#5 Zombie Farm
Killing Zombies is no longer fun. Zombies have been slaughtered since the beginning of time. Why kill these adorable mindless creatures when you can use them to your advantage? Instead of killing them, make an army and start invading other people so you can reap the rewards.
In this game you plant zombies and different types of plants. You can mix and match if you want. This means you can combine a zombie with a particular type of plant. Imagine a zombie with a tomato for his head.
#6 Crime City
How does it feel to be at the top of a criminal empire? It almost feels like you’re a god, but that’s up for you to decide when you play Crime City.
Crime City is somewhat similar to the popular Facebook game Mafia Wars. The big difference is that Crime City is animated and Mafia Wars is more of a “imagine what they’re doing” type of iPod Touch game.
The concept though is very similar. Build your own mafia; have them grow your businesses by doing all sorts of criminal acts; attack other mafias and prove to them who the Boss is.
Imagine having a zoo filled with dragons. It would be pretty scary in real life, but in Dragonvale, it’s fun taking care of these cute creatures.
You start off with a small island and this iPod Touch game teaches you how to obtain a dragon egg, hatch it, and take care of the dragon. Pretty soon you’ll be breeding dragons and when you’re experienced enough, you can learn how to cross-breed them.
#8 Pocket Legends
If you’re into MMORPG’s then you’ll be surprised at how stunning these games can be played on the iPhone and iPod Touch. The game offers full 3D graphics and there are times when you might even forget that you were playing on a mobile device. Pocket Legends is free to play, but you would hardly realize this because of the quality of the graphics.
If you are thinking of playing this game then you had better be ready to get addicted. This is not a game where you can play during your office or school breaks. The game is best suited for days when you have nothing urgent or important to do in the real world.
Zenonia is the best of the best. The game was voted as being the best iPhone game in 2009 and 2010.
Zenonia is a pocket RPG that has an epic setting. When you first start, you are asked to pick a character. You have 3 choices; the warrior, paladin, and assassin.
The objective is to conquer the main and side quests. There are so many quests available that if it would take you over a day of continuous play in order to complete all of them. If you don’t have that much free time on your hands, then go as far as you can go with the time that you have and then pick-up where you left once you can get back to the game.
#10 Gun Bros
Shooting games never get old, they just get better. With so many shooting games for the iPhone and iPod Touch, it’s hard to decide which ones are among the best. There are a few things that made Gun Bros stand out.
Just like most shooting games, you arm yourself with so many weapons and ammunition that you can possibly carry. You need to because you’ll be fighting a whole army. Luckily, you won’t be alone. The computer will play a character that acts as your side-kick and he will help you in your battles.
#11 Cooking Dash
How fast can you cook? With Cooking Dash you own a restaurant, but unfortunately your cook is away. This can’t affect the way your business performs so you slap on your aprons and start cooking for your customers.
You’ve got a lot of customers and some of them aren’t as forgiving as you would want them to be. They want their food and they want it now. They also want it exactly the way they ordered it, so you need to do your best.
#12 Coin Dozer
If you’ve ever been to an arcade, then you will most probably have seen a machine where you drop in coins and hope that the coin you drop will help in pushing other coins so that they drop off the edge and into your pockets.
This is exactly how Coin Dozer is played. The game may be free but you do not have an unlimited supply of coins. You are first given 40 coins to start with and you are added one more coin every 30 seconds you play. When you are offline, you accrue 5 coins per hour.
#13 Tap Zoo
Imagine owning a Zoo with all those lovely animals. You have people visiting your zoo everyday and its fun to see the smiles on the faces of the other children.
Tap Zoo can give you this experience for free. You start off with a small zoo and it’s up to you to make it earn so that you can buy more animals and construct more buildings for your zoo.
Unfortunately, it takes a while to make enough money to either buy an animal or construct a new building. If you can’t wait for your zoo to make enough money you’ll have to purchase game money with real money.
#14 Texas Poker
If you’re a poker player then you will surely love Texas Poker for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
The game can be integrated with your Facebook profile so you can play with your friends. You have the option of sitting down at the nearest empty seat, or look for tables of your preference. Tables have different min/max and buy-in amounts and you can join the one that you like.
There will be times when you not paying full attention to the game so the game vibrates your device to let you know when it’s your turn to play. This is to be fair to the other players who are really focused on the game.
#15 Bakery Story
How good are you at running a restaurant business? You’re about to find out if you have what it takes when you play Bakery Story.
Here you own and manage your own restaurant with the objective of making as much money as you can. The only way to make money is to keep your customers happy. You need to be in a neighbourhood where there will be plenty of customers so you need to invite your Facebook friends to become one of your neighbours.
The game is not all that different from games you can find on Facebook. The biggest difference is you play this one on your iPhone and you can play it wherever you want to play.
#16 Jetpack Joyride
Experience the thrill and excitement of speeding through the air with just a jetpack on strapped to your back. Now you can do this for free with Jetpack Joyride free for iPhone and iPod touch.
Speed through the city towards your targets, but beware of the different obstacles in your way. There will be plenty so you will need to keep a sharp eye and quick hands to avoid them. Not all of the things coming your way will be obstacles. Some of them may even help you get by other obstacles so keep an eye out for these objects.
#17 Pocket Frogs
Frogs are very adorable and can fun to take care of. However, they have the ability to become a nuisance if you breed them in real life, so if you like breeding frogs, breed them in the Pocket Frogs game.
The objective of the game is to own as many frogs as you can and make some money. You have the option to sell the frogs or breed them. It’s up to you what you want to do with them. You can even them give them away as a gift.
In order to keep you occupied, there are some mini games in Pocket Frogs. These games are also enjoyable and will surely take a good chunk of your time.
If you’ve ever laid your hands on a slot machine then you know how addictive these games are. You can play for hours and hours or until your money lasts. That’s if you like playing for money. If not, then playing Slotomania is your best choice. You can play this for free.
Slotomonia brings the fun and excitement of vegas direct to your iPhone or iPod Touch. You’ll have an exciting time playing the various slot games available. You can win coins or other bonuses. The games also have mini games that increase your chances of winning.
Reach for the stars with Ninjump. Here you play a ninja who has to jump and keep on jumping. It sounds easy enough, but unfortunately, there will be enemies who are determined to keep you from getting any higher.
There are all sorts of enemies, evil squirrels, angry birds, throwing stars, and so much more. Use your skills to tackle these enemies or avoid them. One mistake and you’ll need to start a new game.
#20 Mega Jump
What does a little orange creature with huge eyes do for fun? He jumps for the stars. This is what you’ll be doing in Mega Jump.
You will be controlling this creature and making him jump to collect coins and stars. The more coins you collect the better. The stars give your power a huge boost. There are different colored stars and each one has its own purpose.
There are many other items to collect as well. These items will affect your jumping abilities in different ways. It’s up to you to find out exactly what they do.
With this game you’ll be spending a good amount of your time trying to figure out how you can complete a board.
The objective is to turn all the squares on a board into one color. That’s easy if you have unlimited moves. Unfortunately, you only have 22 moves and so you need to make each move count. It should take you less than a minute to complete the board. If you’re looking for something to do, but you don’t have too much time, then Flood-it! would be a perfect choice. If you have plenty of time, advance to other boards and soon you’ll find yourself getting hooked at solving the puzzle.
#22 Contract Killer
Almost everybody has watched movies about hired assassins or contract killers. They live exciting lives even though what they do is nothing to brag about. Nevertheless, planning a kill and carrying it out to perfection will really give you an adrenaline rush.
This is what you’ll be doing in this free iPhone and iPod Touch game Contract Killer. The game has different levels and you can go up to the highest level if you’re good. Each level is more difficult than the previous one so you really need to hone your shooting skills.
#23 Paper Toss
What do you do when you’re alone in your office and have nothing to do? A lot of people rollup a piece of paper into a ball and see if they can throw it into a trashcan across the room. This is what this game is all about.
It’s very simple. Take a piece of paper, and throw it into a trashcan across the room. How good is your aim? You’ll find out with Paper Toss.
#24 Fashion Story
Explore the world of fashion with Fashion Story. Here you’ll be the owner of a hot new fashion boutique and you have customers at your doors just eager to make a purchase.
How good are you at managing a fashion boutique? You’ll need to be very good or your customers will soon get disappointed and start losing them. This is another game that can be tied to Facebook so you can invite friends to be your neighbour and you can even explore their stores.
#25 Restaurant Story
Managing a restaurant can be a very time consuming task. Managing a restaurant at Restaurant Story will surely become very time consuming, especially when your restaurant starts to grow.
You first need to setup your restaurant so that it starts to attract customers. Then you have to plan your menu and start cooking food. This is where it gets a little tricky. Different types of food take different amounts of time to cook. A French toast takes about an hour, while other types of food may take days before they can be served. The longer the meal takes to prepare, the more you can charge.
Just make sure that you don’t disappoint your customers. If you do not have any food to serve, then it’s better to close your restaurant than to have customers coming in without being able to eat.
#26 Farm Story
Farming has gotten to be quite popular in the recent years. So many gamers have become attached to games with this type of theme and one game that they particularly enjoy is Farm Story.
Farm Story is a bit different from other farm themed games as this is not a game where you need Facebook to invite friends. Farm Story has a community of its own where you can invite friends to be your neighbour.
You need neighbours in order to survive in Farm Story. For one thing, you can’t water your own crops. Your neighbours need to do this for you. The best way to get good neighbours is to show them that you are active in the game and that you will take the time to water their crops. Hopefully, they’ll do the same for yours.
The criminal life is very appealing, especially in games. In iMobsters you are a petty thief who is just starting his criminal career. Soon you climb the ranks and you are able to become the boss of your own mafia.
When you have your own mafia, you will have to fight mafias to protect your territory and also to attempt to expand yours.
#28 Bubble Balls
Do you like puzzles? If you do, then Bubble Balls will definitely test your puzzle solving skills.
The object of the game is simple. Roll a bubble ball from one end of the screen to its target, a flag. It sounds simple, but you can’t let a bubble ball roll off the screen. The bubble wall rolls on wooden or metallic planks and you need to position these so that the bubble ball will roll on them and not fall off the screen.
The first level is fairly easy to complete, but wait until you get to more advanced levels.
#29 Tap Tap Revenge 4
If you like Guitar Hero type games, then you will love playing Tap Tap Revenge 4 on your iPhone or iPod Touch. The concept of the game is similar to Guitar Hero, but instead of tapping a guitar, you tap colored balls at the bottom of your screen.
You’ll find a variety of music by some of the most popular artists today. This is what makes playing the game more interesting. It’s not fun playing when you can’t relate to the music.
#30 Trade Nations
Are you a good political leader? Can you lead your nation into prosperity? This is exactly what you will need to do in Trade Nations.
You start off with a small village and depending upon how good a leader you are, the village grows into a town. You will need to make your citizens work so that the economy of your nation keeps on rolling. You can buy buildings and many other things with the amount of money that you can get rolling in. Just make sure that every decision you make is for the benefit of your nation.
#31 Cupcake Maker
You may be thinking, what could possibly be fun with making cupcakes? If you are, then you obviously have not tried the game yet.
Almost everybody loves cupcakes, and the prettier they are, the more they appeal to our digestive systems. Here you can make the cupcake any way you want to. You have different flavoured cake mixes to choose from. Choose one and you’re well on your way to making the perfect cupcake.
You can’t cheat though. You have to do everything by yourself. Add the eggs, oil and water. Mix everything thoroughly. When you’re done, bake the cupcake and put on your icing.
Make your cupcake the best there ever was and soon you’ll be longing for one you can actually eat.
If you’re thinking that this game has something to do with ice cream, you’re right. It has everything to do with ice cream. In fact, your objective is to build the highest ice cream tower the world has ever seen.
The game may sound simple enough, but it’s harder than you think. There is this small matter of vegetables getting in your way and if you include them in your scoops, well… there’s always time to start a new game.
#33 Hungry Shark
What do sharks do? They eat! And this is exactly what you’ll need to make your shark do in order to successfully complete this game.
There are plenty of things to eat under the sea, including humans. The more you eat, the longer you last in the game. There are also things that are better left untouched so you had better be careful on what you eat.
Don’t forget that the ocean is a large place. It’s also very deep and you don’t have to make your feeding grounds in a single area. Explore the ocean and explore different depths to find out other things to eat. You might be a little surprised at what you can find.
#34 My Horse
Horses are one of the most beautiful and most graceful creatures on this planet. They are also some of the strongest creatures around. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to own a horse. Horses do not come cheap. They are very expensive and even more expensive to maintain if you really want to have a beautiful horse.
Fortunately, owning a horse is free in this iPhone or iPod Touch game. The basic horse is free, but there are some add-ons that you can purchase to make your horse even more beautiful and realistic. It’s best to get the free one first and take your time exploring the different methods of taking care of your horse.
When you’re ready for an even better experience, see if you can afford the add-ons that are available for your horse.
#35 Froggy Jump
How far can a frog jump? That really depends on how far you can make your frog jump at Froggy Jump.
Here you compete with other players to see who can make their frogs jump the farthest. The game is free to play, but there are add-ons that can be purchased to increase the jumping power of your frog.
It may be unfair to free players, but nevertheless, the game is still fun and exciting.
#36 Haypi Kingdom
Here is a game that is very deceiving. The first time you boot it up, you’ll think that this game is just a waste of time and it’s extremely boring.
You’ll be a bit right on the boring part because there are times when the game gets a bit boring. However, your boredom will not last for very long as there are so many things to do to make your small little kingdom prosper.
Once you’ve gotten a hang of how the game is played, you’ll hardly notice how much time you’ve spent playing. The game grows on you and even when you’re not playing, you’ll find yourself thinking of different ways to improve your kingdom.
#37 Fall Down
While a lot of games have you going up as an objective, this game is totally the opposite. You need to make your ball fall as low as possible.
There are platforms on the screen that are going up at an ever increasing rate. You need to find gaps in the platforms so that your ball will fall. Unfortunately, the platforms go higher faster and faster so you need to be quick at finding the gaps.
#38 Donut Maker
Who doesn’t love donuts? Donuts are fascinating treats. Not only do they taste great, making them is fun.
Here you get your chance at making a virtual donut. Making real ones can be messy, but you don’t have to worry about making if you’re making them on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
You’ll do everything; from mixing the flour to putting icing on your donuts so that they taste even better. Once you’re done, you will surely crave a real donut.
#39 Office Jerk
This game may seem a little insensitive, but its all in the name of fun and its played on your iPhone or iPod Touch and you probably are mature enough not to do the actions in real life.
Every office has a geek and the objective of the game is to complete a list of action items that will really get on the nerves of the geek. There are things that you need to do like breaking his monitor or throwing office junk at him. It sounds cruel, but its all a game and not real life.
#40 GT Racing: Motor Academy
Before you can really race a car, you first need to learn how to. This is what GT Racing; Motor Academy is all about. It’s more of a simulation game than it is a racing game.
You will experience the thrill of racing but only when you have passed the courses. You will need to learn how to accelerate, manage turns, and apply your brakes at the right moment.
When you have successfully passed the courses, you will receive your racing license and be able to race at a level your license will permit you.
#41 The Impossible Test
Are you up to solving probably the most difficult puzzles you have ever encountered? Be warned, these puzzles are really frustrating, but that’s the whole point. After all, the name is The Impossible Test.
Before you start you will have 8 lives. Each time you fail you lose a life and when you lose all your lives the game ends and you start over again.
The weird thing is after wracking your brains for the answer, once you do find out what it is, you’ll see how simple the solution was.
#42 Modern War
Are you tired of playing a criminal? Here’s your chance at playing one of the good guys instead. You will be playing a soldier in Modern War. The concept is similar to Crime City, but instead of building a criminal empire, you will build your own army to take down terrorists and other enemies of the state.
The game is easy to play on iPhone because what you will mostly be doing is tapping the screen or doing a drag and drop. You tap the screen most of the time, even when you want to do combat. Unfortunately, you will not be able to do actual combat because the game will just tell you whether you won or you lost once you tap on an enemy to do combat.
#43 Zenonia 2
One of the most popular RPG battle games has returned with Zenonia 2. The plot is similar to the first Zenonia, but this time you can select to play one of four different characters.
You can play a swordsman, a magician, a blonde, or an animal-man hybrid character. Each of these characters has their own story that ties in with the story of the game. However, changing a character does not change the game story so even if you’re tired of playing one character and move to another one, nothing in the game will change.
The battle scenes are still excellent. These are what made the first Zenonia so popular and this is what has made Zenonia 2 a success as well.
#44 Cityville Hometown
If you had the money and the power to design and build your own city, what would it look like? Here at Cityville Hometown, you’ll be able to do just that.
Create your own city from scratch. Setup your buildings and decorate your city the best you can. If you’ve already played Cityville in Facebook, well, you’ll need to know that this is not the Facebook game. Cityville Hometown is a totally different game and it is specially created for mobile users. You will not be able to link your city to the city you created in the Facebook version.
#45 Brain Trainer
Did you know that every time we challenge our brains, we are actually helping it to rebuild? This is true. The more we put our brains to the test, the more brain cells are created and we are actually making ourselves smarter.
Brain Trainer helps us make our brains active. There are plenty of brain training exercises you can follow and the more you do them, the more brain cells you create.
You don’t need to lose brain abilities just because you are getting older. With Brain Trainer, the older you get, the smarter you become.
#46 Racing Live
Street racing at its finest, this is what Racing Live is all about. Here you can show-off your driving skills to the whole racing community without actually getting into a vehicle.
This is a massive multi online racing game and you pit your skills against the skills of millions of other players around the world. Are you good enough to make it to the top? You’ll get plenty of chances because you start as a novice and slowly work your way up.
#47 Sky Burger
If you’ve ever played scoops, then you automatically know how to play Sky Burger, it’s practically the same game. However, instead of piling scoops of ice cream one on top of another, you make the world’s tallest burger.
Create a burger as high as your building. All you need to do is to tilt your phone to stack the burgers until you reach the top bun. The higher you get, the more achievement bonuses are given.
Snappers is a simple, yet very addictive, puzzle game. When you start playing this game and solving the puzzles, you may have a hard time stopping. You can spend hours at a time trying to solve the puzzles of Snappers. Just be sure you have enough free time on your hands.
The objective is simple; pop the red characters and touch the blue and green ones to create a chain reaction that will satisfy the rules of the game. Unfortunately, doing so will not be as simple as it sounds and you will spend hours just thinking of how to solve the puzzles.
#49 City Story
Use your imagination to the fullest. Anything goes with City Story. It’s totally up to you how you want to build your very own city.
Here at City Story, you can build each and every one of the buildings. After creating your buildings, setup your parks and other entertainment and leisure places. Just make sure that you have factories that will be making money for you. Buildings cost a lot of money and you will soon run out so make sure that your factories will be able to create income for you so you can build your city the way you think that it should be.
#50 Angry Birds Free Edition
The classic iPhone and worldwide success for free. Read more about Angry Birds here.
That makes up our list of the top 50 free games for the iPhone and iPod Touch. As more and more games are developed, more games will start to be offered for free. You may have played some games that you particularly enjoyed, that are not on our list.
Tell us about the game and we’ll check if it is popular enough to be included in our list.