Looking for free iPhone or iPod Touch games? In this article we present what we think are the 40 most interesting, entertaining, and playable games for your iPhone or iPod Touch that you can download for free. Enjoy.
To install these games on your iPhone or Touch, go to the iTunes App Store from on the main screen by clicking on the “App Store” icon, search for the name of the game you’d like to install, and then tap on the “install” button to begin the installation process. It’s easy!
Games are in alphabetical order.
Aero Guitar Free – This iPhone/iPod Touch version of the popular console game Aero Guitar is packed with fun features and gameplay. Tap, flick, or shake you iPhone into becoming the best Air guitar player. It lets you compete with other Aero Guitar player through an online ranking system.
Audi A4 Driving Challenge – The game is all about precision and timing as you manoeuvre the car using the iPhone or iPod Touch’s accelerometer through a course of cones. It features three achievements per level, as well as cool unlockable cars.
Billiards Lite – This game features 3D animation and real-life physics. It will certainly earn the interest of loyal virtual pool players. It features different billiard games that you can play on your iPhone or iPod Touch. You can play on your own or challenge a friend via the Internet.
BlackBeard Assault Lite – This is a unique game, which can hook you into hours of play. The object is to remove a group of similar balls as they travel along a path. You can remove a group of three balls or more when you match them and fire shots to remove the balls.
Brain Tuner – What better way to tune up your brain than with a daily dose of simple to complex mathematical problems? Brain Tuner can be pretty addictive.
Bubble Bang Lite – This free version of Bubble Bang is your typical bubble-bursting game. The object is pretty straightforward: prevent the bubbles from stacking up on your iPhone screen by bursting a string of bubbles adjacent to each other. It’s a simple game and yet can get addicting. Works with the iPod Touch too.
Cannon Challenge – This also one of the first games I downloaded for my iPhone. Despite being a simple cannon shooting game, you might find yourself playing it again and again. You use elevation and velocity to successfully blow away targets. The levels get more difficult as you complete one level after another.
Chess O – what can we say? We all need a good game of chess once in a while. Thanks to this iPhone game, we can now play chess anytime, anywhere even without a real-life opponent. It’s got tons of features despite being a free iPhone app including many levels of gameplay, ECO openings, board customization, standard time control and much more.
Chocolate Shop Frenzy Free – This time management and puzzle adventure game might make you a chocoholic. The game lets you run a chocolate shop business where your role is to stay in business for a year. The free version only lets you play through the first month of operations. You will have to purchase the game for more.
Crazy Penguin Catapult – If you love real-life penguins, you will certainly appreciate this fun game. Your task is to help the main character – a penguin – win back Antarctica. It’s an arcade type of adventure game, which has several nifty features including power-up, maps, and more with the full version.
Crystal Defenders Lite – Finally, a Final Fantasy game for the iPhone brought to us by none other than Square Enix. This lite version serves as an introduction to the full version wherein you deploy characters with specific jobs much like in the Playstation version. The game features great musical scoring, which I hope extends to the full version. I’m downloading the full version right now as this lite version left me hungry for more.
Dactyl – Another addicting game that you will surely keep playing. The game is pretty simple. Using the dexterity of your fingers and the iPhone or iPod Touch screen interface, you need to diffuse bombs before they blow up. The more bombs you diffuse the higher your score will be.
Darts – Like Chess, we also need to have our dose of this classic game. It is rendered pretty well in 3D and features a touch-based control. You’ll face A.I opponents with three skill levels. You can also listen to your iPod’s music while playing the game.
Done Drinking – This entertaining game lets you simulate how it feels to be drunk even if you haven’t sipped a drink. The game is pretty simple yet fun. All you have to do is guide your character along a straight line. If he falls somewhere along the way, game is over. How do you do it? Using the iPhone’s accelerometer of course.
Fish Tycoon Lite – This is not a mobile phone fishing game but rather a virtual pet game for your iPhone. Instead of the usual pet dog in most virtual games, Fish Tycoon Lite gives you the chance to take care of seemingly real fish. You can purchase supplies, breed and feed your fish. The game moves on even when your iPhone is turned off.
Free Hangman – This is your classic puzzle word game ported for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It lets you play solo or against another player. The game is ad supported though, so if you’re easily annoyed by ads, you may opt to get the paid version.
Free Word Wrap – In this ad-supported version of the game Word Wrap players strive to find as many correct words as possible from the letters on the screen. It can be pretty difficult at first, but when you get the hang of it, this word game could take many hours of your time.
Funky Punch Freestyle – This is one of the first games I installed on my iPhone 3G. Like title suggests, this is funky fighting game featuring lots of cool graphics and animation in a pseudo-3D fighting arena. It’s overly colorful and fully utilizes the iPhone’s graphics engine. I’m telling you, once you played this lite version, you will want to download the full version.
iBasketball – When I first played this game on my iPhone, I thought it was a pretty simple basketball game. But as soon as I got the hang of flicking the iPhone to successfully shoot the ball, I was hooked. I can vouch for the fact htat this game is pretty addicting.
Jelly Car – This is a cool driving game for your iPhone and iPod Touch. But the car that you have to drive is not your usual car. Instead you get to drive a squishy car through a squishy world. It features cool soft-body physics, simple touch and tilt controls, 23 game levels, an option to listen to music while playing the game, and more.
KamiCrazy Lite – Featuring smooth animation, stylized graphic and eight levels of gameplay, KamiCrazy Lite is a fun app for your iPhone or iPod Touch. This game is an action-puzzle game with a bit platform features. Flick, Push, Nudge, and Swing the KamiCrazy soldiers into safety while at the same time avoiding the hazards the face them along the way.
Labyrinth Lite Edition – This simple maze game lets you control a steel ball through a wooden labyrinth to reach the end hole. Simple yet addicting. The game works for both your iPhone and iPod Touch.
Live Poker – I’m not really fond of playing poker the card game. But I do like the iPhone version. This game features 1,000 chips added to your account every day you play, live play via WiFi or 3G, easy-to-learn gameplay, and a bonus feature which lets you buy beers for your table to celebrate a great hand.
Marble Mash – This is one of the many iPhone games that make use of the accelerometer. This labyrinth-like game offers a futuristic setting and a harder setting than the classic game Labyrinth.
MazeFinger - Graphics-wise, this game definitely has a lot to brag about. The object is to pass through a series of mazes before your energy runs out, using your fingers. It features various well-executed special effects, 200 levels composed of 1,000 unique mazes.
National Geographic Canon Challenge: Herod’s Lost Tomb Lite – Want to play Indie or Lara from your iPhone? Explore environments from the National Geographic TV special to find hidden items and reveal the lost grave of Herod.
Pac-Man Lite – What more can say? It’s everybody’s favorite video game character. This free version lets you play the first level of the famous Pac-Man game.
Reign of Swords Free – This award-winning strategy game proves that the iPhone can very well be a portable gaming device. With an interesting storyline and outstanding turn-based, strategy gameplay, fans of RPG Strategy game would definitely want to have this game on their iPhone. The free version gives access to the first of the eight kingdoms available in the paid version. This free version is good introduction to the game.
RhinoBall – If you’ve watched Bolt, you know who and what Rhino is. This game, inspired by the movie Bolt, has players guide Rhino the hamster through city streets to reach Bolt. It uses the iPhone and iPod Touch accelerometer to control Rhino’s movement. If you like the movie, you would love this iPhone game.
Rick Rocketson Free -This free version offers five levels of game and two – a laser and grenades. You’ll fight space hedgehogs that have taken over the planet Omicron Nebula. It’s similar to Rocketman Dash and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Scramboni – This is a multiplayer online game that requires you unscramble words by clicking on tiles. Earn points for getting the words correctly and quickly. The higher the level, the more difficult puzzles become.
Shake and Spell - Ever played a game of Word Factory? Well this is the iPhone version. Sort of. Shake off your iPhone to reveal a 4×4 grid of letter blocks, then start arranging those letters to form as many words as you can before the time runs out. Play with your friends and master the art of scrambling letters.
Sol Free Solitaire – This classic Solitaire game that we used to play on our lowly Windows PC is now an iPhone/iPod Touch game. It was voted as one of iTunes best free games for 2008 and was nominated as best free game in the bestappever awards. This free version of the game features easy-to-read screens, unlimited undo, timer, scoring and more.
Space DeadBeef – This is a full shooting game for the iPhone. All you need to do is to tap on the image of your enemies and you will automatically shoot them into oblivion.
Tap Defense – This Tower Defense strategy game was nominated for the bestappever 2008 awards. It’s not really surprising since the game offers good long hours of playtime with its 42 levels, six tower types, seven enemy types and six different game modes. You can also challenge your friends.
Tap Tap Revenge – This is the first game I installed on my iPhone and it made me want to download more. Of course, we don’t have to tell you the object of this game. Just think Dance Dance Revolution and you have a pretty good idea how this game works. TTR is a very entertaining game. No wonder it is also one of the most popular free games for the iPhone.
Tic-Tac-Touch – This is your classic Tic-Tac-Toe game made available on your iPhone and iPod Touch. It features multiplayer gaming over Wi-Fi, EDGE or 3G, three game levels, score tracking and hours of fun.
Topple – Thanks to the release of another game by the developer, Topple has become a free app for the iPhone. This game is certainly addicting and will keep you hooked for all eight levels, It’s a stacking game that utilizes the iPhone’s touchscreen and tilt mechanism to stack some cool looking, funny and interactive blocks.
Touch Hockey FS5 – Want to play air hockey on your iPhone? Then, by all means download this game. It features a 60fps graphics engine, which provides smooth animations and responsiveness, a 3D rendering of a real-time mallet, nine game levels and four game length settings.
WordPops Lite – A combination of Tetris and Scrabble, the game’s objective is to stop bubbles containing different letters from filling up your screen. You need to pop the bubbles by forming words. The longer the words, the more points.
If you have a favorite iPhone or Touch game that we’ve missed, feel free to add it to the comments.