Free Games Round-up 2

Belly & Brain: First up on our delightful menu of freebies is Belly & Brain, a brand spanking new Angry Birds-esque title from Lava Level Games and Just-Eat (they’re Europe’s leading online takeaway service, in case you were wondering).

Starring the charismatic duo of characters from Just-Eat’s latest TV ads, the game sees you manning Brain’s food cannon and blasting bits of grub across the screen and into Belly’s waiting mouth. Via an intuitive control set-up, the power and angle of your shot can be tweaked, while scrumptious projectiles come in all shapes and sizes, including bouncing orange bombs, exploding eggs, and melon bombs.

Belly & Brain boasts a rather meaty 126 levels of physics based fun set across three regions renown for their tasty takeaway cuisine: China, India & Italy. As you progress through the game, fun pass-and-play mini-games with support for up to three gamers are unlocked, meaning Belly & Brain is a great title to whip out when you’ve got company. Overall, I had a ton of fun with this title, and it really does offer an incredibly generous helping of highly polished gameplay for the unbeatable price of $0.00!

Oh, and if all that gaming should make you peckish, don’t worry, because Belly & Brain doubles as a online takeaway ordering app. Yum!

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Gun Bros: Love it or loathe it, it looks as if the freemium phenomenon is here to stay. Glu are the latest iPhone developer to embrace this topical business model, and boy do they do it in style with the action-packed dual-stick shooter Gun Bros.

Cast as one of only two remaining members of The Freakishly Rugged Advanced Genetics Galactic Enforcement Division (AKA F.R.A.G.G.E.D), your mission is to protect the cosmos from the Tyrannical Oppressors of Life known as T.O.O.L. (gotta love those acronyms!). At first glance, Gun Bros appears to be your bog-standard, kill your way through endless waves of nasties shooter, but Glu have a bunch of surprises up their sleeve…

For starters, rather than flying solo, you’re joined by a computer controlled partner when heading into battle. Via Game Center support, Gun Bros even allows you to enlist your friends, and use their characters as back-up. The upshot of this nifty feature is that if someone else partners up with your protagonist, you’ll earn valuable experience to help your progress, even if you’re not currently in the game! There are tons of weapons and other upgrades on offer as you play, but like the best freemium titles, Gun Bros doesn’t force its range of in-app purchases down your throat, and is a blast whether or not you choose to spend any real cash on it. Highly Recommended!

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Zombie Farm: iFanzine reviewed The Playforge’s Zombie Farm in full last month and utterly adored the fun Farmville/Plants vs Zombies hybrid, calling it “one of the deepest and most thoroughly engrossing freebies we’ve ever had the pleasure of playing.” Well guess what? The game just got even better thanks to a feature packed new update!

A heavily requested feature, automatic online saving, now enables Zombie Farmers to save their farms online from their iPhone or iPod touch. The feature records game progress and automatically backs it up on servers using a player’s Game Center ID. Players can now log in from any iOS device and tend to their Zombie Farms. “Online saving is something we have wanted to implement since launch, and Game Center integration has provided the perfect solution,” says Vince McDonnell, creator of Zombie Farm. “It is the stepping stone we need to add other exciting social elements like gifting.”

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