Whoever came up with the saying “you get what you pay for” obviously never made it to Midlife Gamer on a Friday.
So what do we have this week? We take on a carnival side stall, die a lot, revisit a classic freebie and watch some TV.
But first up, we have another reason to join PlayStation Plus.
Almost every edition of Freebie Friday seems to mention Sony at some point recently and when they announced that the following game would be one of Februarys additions to the Instant Game Collection it was a given that they would be mentioned again this week.
Coming in at number nine in the Midlife Gamer Community Awards 2012, Sleeping Dogs was the sleeper hit of 2012.
Taking you deep into the violent criminal underworld of the neon lit Hong Kong, you take on the role of an undercover cop looking to take down the triads from within. Taking part in criminal activities from drug deals to cock fighting you have to prove yourself as you make a name for yourself in the criminal organisation. All the while making sure that you don’t blow your cover.
Secondly, we have all the fun of the fair with Can Knockdown on iOS.
The idea is a simple one, throw balls at a stack of cans on a shelf with the aim of knocking them all down. Actually managing to knock all of the cans off the shelf in one throw is where the challenge lies.
Starting off with 5 balls, the task is made gradually harder by the addition of cans and the fact that you lose every ball you use that does not clear the level. When you are on your final ball you are praying that the next level either has a free ball can or an exploding can so that you can prolong your eventual failure.
However each time you do clear the level in a single throw you are granted an ever increasing multiplier for the next level to aid you in your attempt to hit the ridiculous scores achieved by Foxhounder and Discobeaver (2,441 & 1,419 respectively).
Have a few minutes spare? The why not go on a dungeon crawl?
Dungelot takes the main aspect of a rogue-like and slots them neatly into a fun and enjoyable toilet sitting time killer.
At the start of each delve into the dungeon world you select your character, all with a variety of perks to aid them in the exploration of the dungeons. Tapping on the tiles that make up the dungeon in a minesweeper fashion you could reveal an empty space, treasure, stat boosting items or a monster. How you tackle your findings is completely up to you but as you delve deeper and deeper into the dungeons then the complexity increases.
Dungelot understands the mindset of a superb roguelike and therefore death is still death, When you die – after you receive your congratulations for doing so from the game – you lose everything you have earned bar a few pieces of gold, which you can then use to power up your hero for his next run.
The addiction of getting a little deeper on each run and the agony of making the wrong choice only to die before you get there will keep you coming back for more .
About 12 months, Painjunkie, Uncle Fista and I were addicted to a simple app that is still going strong today. That App was Magic Piano.
Now available on both iOS and Android. Magic Piano is a simple game, with notes dropping down from the top of the screen for you to “tap” them once they reach the play bar in the centre of the screen ensuring both your positioning and timing of hitting the notes makes this title a fun little challenge and is a perfect app for fans of rhythm games
You start off with a handful on songs but there are hundreds that you can purchase for the in game currency Smoola. Smoola can be obtained by either levelling up thoughout the game, making a purchase of Smoola from the App store or, if you are a fan of TapJoy, by downloading other apps.
Our final recommendation this week was alluded to briefly in our recent review for the Eye TV Mobile adapter; TVCatchUp is a streaming service that brings live free-to-air to your web connected device of choice.
Whether there is some breaking news you want the full details on or just want to watch your favourite programme whilst your bus is stuck in rush hour traffic, few apps stream a live picture as well as TVCatchUp.
The app also works well if you need to do things away from the TV. Need to cook dinner? Just boot up the app, take your device to the kitchen and carry on watching your programme without interruption.
That’s all for this week folks. If you have spotted something great that costs nothing, think we have missed something or have a recommendation for the Classic Freebie section then why not get in touch via the Forum messaging system
Tags: android, can knockdown, dungelot, freebie friday, freeview, gratis gaming, instant game collection, iOS, magic piano, PlayStation, plus, Sleeping Dogs, smule, Sony, Square Enix, tv catchup, United Front Games