In this stupid-hot weather, you belong in only one place: Under the sea. Unfortunately, seaside vacations are expensive, unless you go ahead and download a free game that’ll whisk you to the briny deep immediately—and, as a bonus, grant you the opportunity to hit sharks in the face. Also up for grabs this week: Games that run on fizzy drinks, and puzzles doled out by pirates.
Don’t be fooled: An octopus with four tentacles can kick as much butt as one with eight. In fact, all the suction-lined appendages in the world isn’t a match for one that’s equipped with a killer tennis raquet. Quadropus Rampage is a roguelike adventure game that plunges you into the depths of the sea in pursuit of a mad sea god. Its intense action and wicked sense of humor make it a must-download.
Puzzle Pirates (iPad)
Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho. The hugely popular social puzzle game Puzzle Pirates has come to iPad. Join up with friends and match wits. True facts: Pirates weren’t really into all that cannonball stuff. They preferred battling each other with visual puzzles and brainteasers (“Why couldn’t the pirate get into the movie? It was rated Arrrrr”).
League of Evil 3 is around the corner, and to prepare, Ravenous Games is giving away League of Evil 2 for a limited time. League of Evil 2 is a solid 2D platforming game that offers lots of running, jumping, climbing, and other acrobatics. Evil scientists around the world are teaming up to create a wretched League of Evil. You must punch them all into giblets before that happens.
Kingturn RPG Plus
If you’re up for some bloody battles and micromanagement, Kingturn RPG Plus is the turn-based strategy RPG for you. Take up arms as different warrior classes, then plunge into a country that’s being torn apart by civil war. Kingturn RPG Plus lets you play several scenarios for free, then you can decide if you want to dish out $3.99 for the rest.
Just in time for summer, we’ve got Fizzy Factory – a puzzle game that runs on gallons and gallons of sweetened carbonated beverage. Fizzy Factory is an addictive line-drawing game that challenges you to direct streams of pop – or soda, if you like – to where they need to go. It’s fun, delicious, and highly caffeinated.