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01 April, 2014

Top 10 Free iOS Games of March

Where did the first few months of the year go? It's unbelievable that March is already over! Something else that I've found incredible over the course of this year is the quality of iOS games coming out. The indie space is ready to explode with new studios popping up everywhere. Already, we're starting to reap the rewards of the creativity of these talented developers.

The month of March was no different as we were truly spoilt for choice in the free-to-play realm. Have a look at our list below and grab anything that takes your fancy. If you like what you see, be sure to check out Issue 1 of Grab It Magazine - you'll discover an amazing number of high quality indie games you never knew existed.

1. Game of Thrones Ascent (Disruptor Beam)
It has been scientifically proven* that Game of Thrones is the most addictive substance known to man. For those who simply can’t get enough of Westeros, the former Facebook-only title Game of Thrones Ascent might satiate your need for a quick fix. Ascent features everything we’ve come to know and love about Game of Thrones - alliance building, treachery, marriage, murder and the constant struggle to be the greatest house in Westeros.
* scientific proof not guaranteed
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2. Smash Hit (Mediocre Game Studio)
An endless runner that unfolds from a first person perspective and involves throwing marbles at glass objects - if this sounds like an intriguing idea, then Smash Hit is right up your alley. Developer Mediocre Game Studio has done an excellent job in implementing this interesting idea, with intuitive controls and a beautifully unsettling world as your backdrop. You might even go so far as to say the game is a smash hit...
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3. Boom Beach (Supercell)
For developer Supercell, Boom Beach is proof that lightning strikes twice. As a follow-up to the hugely successful Clash of Clans, you won’t find too many surprises here - collect resources, build a base, raid enemy base, rinse and repeat - but in this case, that’s not a bad thing. I can guarantee that you’ll lose many hours refining your armchair general strategies to invade and plunder your neighbour’s base. You can read our full review here.
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4. Finder’s Keep (Big Blue Bubble)
Developer Big Blue Bubble - known for its Burn the Rope series - has unleashed a new dungeon crawling RPG for us to feast on. As with any dungeon crawler, you know what to expect - lots of fighting, loot and exploration. I wouldn't say Finder's Keep brings anything new to the genre, but it is nonetheless an entirely competent and fun entry. Definitely well worth the free admission price.
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5. Star Wars: Assault Team (Disney Mobile)
Not such a long time ago, on an iOS store not so far away, yet another Star Wars game has landed in our solar system. But, just like our furry friend Chewbacca, this is a game worth roaring in excitement about. Star Wars Assault Team is a turn-based combat/collectible card title that takes place in between the movies A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. The game looks fantastic with beautifully detailed scenes and, most importantly, it feels like an authentic Star Wars experience.
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6. The Collectables (Crytek, DeNA)
If you’re in the mood for some big, dumb, 80's action film fun, look no further than The Collectables. From developer Crytek – of Crysis and Far Cry fame – you take control of a group of soldiers as they bust up a bunch of enemy infested islands. Admittedly, there is some thinking involved as you control the flow of battle by playing action cards. But don’t let the notion of “thinking” put you off. This is a solid, easy to play action title well worth your time.
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7. Cloud Breaker (Axis Sivitz)
Cloud Breaker is an incredibly simple, but charming puzzle title all about matching colours. Usually any game involving clouds would be a relaxing experience, except that in Cloud Breaker you have to be quick due to the impending countdown timer. If you're up for a challenging but rewarding experience, look no further.
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8. Adventure Beaks (GameResort)
Platform runners are a dime a dozen on the App Store, but any game involving penguins rightfully deserves your attention. In Adventure Beaks, you control a huddle of penguins as they waddle their way from the Antarctic to the jungle. With genuinely challenging levels and more collectables than you can poke a fish at, Adventure Beaks will win you over with its pure silliness.
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9. Shattered Planet  (Kitfox Games)
Never mind Stanley Kubrick's theory of 2001. It's 2014 that is shaping up to be the year of the space odyssey. The turn-based RPG title Shattered Planet marks another entry in the growing space exploration genre, in which you trek to a bunch of alien planets in search of a cure to an insidious disease. If you're after a solid and interesting entry point to the space genre with no strings attached, mark your coordinates for Shattered Planet.
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10. Jump! Chump! (Scraping the Barrel)
If Flappy Bird has taught us anything, it’s that the simplest of ideas can be the most addictive. Jump! Chump! is a completely stripped-back title that has you tapping on the top-half and bottom-half of your screen to jump over obstacles. That’s all there is to it. But Jump! Chump! brings plenty of charm to the table, with cute little pixel characters and an addictiveness that will have you constantly playing for “just one more round.”
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Since we published this list, we've had some readers throw in their 2c. Two games that have also come up as worth a look are Ace Fishing: Wild Catch and Ultra Dodge.

What did you make of our top 10 free iOS games of the month? Did we miss anything? Did you pick up any of these titles to try? Let us know your thoughts through our social media channels and if you're looking for more, why not check out our Top 10 Free iOS Games of February.

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