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The best free iOS games of all time

Our pick of the best iOS games for your iPhone and iPad, which are free to download and play. Not just the best iPhone games of 2015, but the best iPhone games ever, period.

Choosing the best free iPhone and iPad games of the last few years was a tricky task, as there have been so many greats - so apologies if your favourite title is missing. That's what the comments section is for, chaps. This here is our personal pick of the very best free iOS games ever.

Cut the Rope: Experiments

Cut the Rope is a colourful and addictive iOS puzzle game that kids and grown-ups can both get stuck into for minutes or hours at a time. Cut the Rope has you guiding delicious candies into the mouth of the cuddly Om Nom creature by...cutting ropes. Obviously. Gets surprisingly challenging, but never frustrating.

Infinity Blade III

Infinity Blade's excellent presentation belies its zero penny asking price, and while its 'plot' won't exactly win any oscars any time soon, you don't download this great iPhone game for the narrative; you download it for the smart, occasionally heart-hammering reaction-based action.

New Star Soccer

This is the iPhone game equivalent of class A drugs (in terms of addictive quality, rather than cost, thankfully). Guide a footballer to super stardom, managing his training regime and relationships as well as getting involved in matches with set pieces and attempts on goal. The fact that it's free to download is all the more impressive.

Tiny Tower

This blast from the past has you stacking up blocks to form as high a tower as possible, but you'll need excellent timing to avoid toppling the whole thing. Tiny Tower gets seriously tense as your skyscraper reaches the stars and you'll be playing endlessly to try and beat your high score.

Galaxy On Fire (and Galaxy On Fire 2)

Galaxy on Fire is a smart and completely free iOS space sim that doesn't just have you blasting down faceless foes. You can also choose to trade with other systems, advancing to even better ships and even buying your own station. It's a long and entertaining campaign that's perfect for long journeys.

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Dead Trigger

This first person shoot-em-up series is of course completely stupid, but also really good, dumb fun. Blast your way through seemingly endless legions of zombies, splattering their blood across every surface going. Solid presentation adds to the frantic action.

Triple Town and Alphabear

Triple Town is still a puzzle game worth returning to, years on, thanks to its simple yet strangely addictive gameplay and slightly adorable nature. Grow a town by matching identical objects: three bushes make a tree, three houses make a castle and so on. The pesky bears who get in the way would probably make you want to smash your iPhone to bits if they weren't so damned cute.

Don't forget to try Alphabear by the same developers if you like word games.

Plants vs Zombies 2

No list of best free iOS games would be complete without mention of Plants V Zombies. This super-awesome tower defence game has you fending off hordes of zombies with an arsenal of vegetation, from pea-spitting plants to super-tough coconuts. Fiendishly hard at times, but never not fun.

Bejeweled series

Do we really need to add a description here? Bejeweled is one of the most addictive games on the App Store, now available in a number of flavours, each of which are free to download to your iPhone or iPad.

Crossy Road

If you liked Frogger back in the day, Crossy Road is basically an evolution of its guide-a-cute-animal-across-busy-roads gameplay. The endless nature of the game means you'll be constantly going back to it, to try and beat your high score. And if you're a big Crossy Road fan, you can now buy the t-shirt...

World of Tanks Blitz

If you're after some frantic multiplayer action, World of Tanks delivers in buckets. This online blaster is free to download and play and offers up 14-player battles (7v7) in 10 different arenas. Fantastic 3D graphics and the fast-paced action makes this one of the best multiplayer games around.

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