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Top 10 Free iOS Games of the Year (2012)

We have already picked our 10 best games of 2012, but if you are someone who is only interested in the best free games for the iPhone and iPad, you should be happy to know that we are publishing our picks for the 10 Best Free iOS Games of 2012.

The games on this list are those games that have been released as free. They also include games that have gone free indefinitely. We did not include games that are only free for a limited time. As with almost all free games these days, many of the games listed also include In-App-Purchases (IAPs), but we have been very carefully to only pick titles that don’t require IAPs to fully enjoy the game. These titles also do not have annoying ads that pop up during gameplay.

That said, we present to your the Best Free iOS Games of 2012.

Best Free Game of the Year

DEAD TRIGGER

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Zombies, and lots of them. You’ll be blasting through tons of zombies in this gorgeous looking shooter. Complete the quests or go into the arena to face endless waves of zombie attacks, complete with bosses and unique new zombies not found in many quests. This zombie shooter is intense. With the price tag of $0 , it is definitely a must-have for your iOS devices.

DEAD TRIGGER Universal

Free

2nd Place

Heroes of Order & Chaos – Multiplayer Online Game

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So what does Heroes of Orders and Chaos play like? It is sort of like Warcraft 3, except that you only get to control 1 hero in the game at a time. Work together with your teammates in an online game to crush the opponents’ base. Kill more enemies and level up faster than your opponents to gain an edge. You can’t do it all alone, or could you? Heroes of Orders and Chaos has that thrilling online battle experience to make the gameplay fun and exciting. With great visuals and the price tag of $0 (again), it’s definitely worth checking out.

Heroes of Order & Chaos – Multiplayer Online Game Universal

Free

3rd Place

Hero Academy

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Hero Academy Universal

Our Score: 4.5 Out of 5 (Read Review)

Free

“There’s no excuse for any fantasy combat fan to not sample a few games of Hero Academy. You’ll only get access to the Council, but I guarantee that, before long, you’ll feel the enticement of the Dark Elves or the Dwarves. It’s just a blast of a game, and so long as Robot Entertainment keeps updating the game and making the necessary balance tweaks to keep things competitive, it’s a game that will remain fun for some time to come.”

4th Place

Letterpress – Word Game

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Are you getting tired of the same style of word games? Letterpress is a head-to-head word game released late 2012 that pits players against each other in a battle to fill up the 25-letter board with more letters than the opponent. It will test both your word finding skills and strategic planning skills. Fight back for the control of the board by finding words using the letters your opponent had just placed on the board. Plan strategically and surround your letters from all sides to prevent your opponent from taking over your letters. But be careful, one wrong move and it may mean sudden death. It is an incredibly deep word game. Give it a try. It’s free!

Letterpress – Word Game Universal

Free

5th Place

Into the Dead

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You are all alone. There are hundreds, if not thousands of zombies all around you. Luckily, they barely move, and you can run pretty fast.

In this beautiful 3D running game, run in the fields infested with zombies. Just tilt your device to turn right or left and evade them as you run at full speed forward. But with so many zombies, close encounters with the undead will definitely be unavoidable. You can pick up weapons or buy them in the armory with points you earn in each run. With cornstalks and other obstacles that can block your view, escaping the undead will not be easy. How far can you go?

Into the Dead Universal

Free

6th Place

Coaster Crazy

Build your own roller coaster rides in this beautiful 3D theme park adventure game.

You must build roller coaster rides that meet the objectives of each level. Fine tune your ride to generate the most thrills with crazy loops and drops that will even lift your roller coaster off the track. This theme park sim goes into extreme details to show how each rider reacts as they go on the ride and test drive your creations. Just make sure your coaster designs won’t throw everyone out of the roller coaster during the ride, OK?

Coaster Crazy Universal

Free

7th Place

SHADOWGUN: DeadZone

From the creators of the original Shadowgun and Dead Trigger, Mad Finger Games brings online multiplayer battles to the world of Shadowngun.

Shadowgun: Deadzone looks and feels like the original Shadowgun, but this time, you are going against real human opponents. Go on a deathmatch or a team battle. Defeat opponents and earn credits for new weapons and armor. It is an example of fine, console quality online shooter on the iOS.

SHADOWGUN: DeadZone Universal

Free

8th Place

Pocket Planes

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Who could have believed managing travelers and cargos for your airline could be so fun. Nimbits, the creator of Tiny Tower, brings their signature 8-bit sim to airline management. You must make money and those tiny bux by transporting cargos and travelers to their destination. You’ll need money to open new routes and tiny bux to buy better planes or parts. Upgrade your city’s airport to get more customers and jobs. Can your airline dominate the global airline business?

Pocket Planes Universal

Free

9th Place

Arcane Legends

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Many of MMORPGs in the App Store are free to play (with one big exception), but Arcane Legends heads the top of the class with its outstanding visuals and excellent co-operative gameplay.

From the creators of the original Pocket Legends, Arcane Legends is set in the mystical world of Arlor. You will be exploring magical forests, abandoned mines, and other mystical settings while fighting evil along with other online players. Enjoy gorgeous graphics and take on missions to advance your cause. If you are looking for fun, co-op action RPGs on your iPhone and iPad, be sure to give Arcane Legends a try.

Arcane Legends Universal

Free

10th Place

Outwitters

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Need another strategy game to go head to head with your buddy? Check out Outwitters. You’ll take turns building up your armies and launch attacks to crush the opponent’s stronghold. Use your strategy smarts to outwit your opponent and destroy his or her army into pieces.

Outwitters Universal

Free

That’s the top 10 free iPhone and iPad games of the year. If you are looking for more free apps and games, be sure to visit our daily apps gone free page for the best of daily free apps.

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