Hurry! Best iPhone and iPad apps and games to download for ‘FREE’ this New Year 

December 26, 2016, 10:18 am
Hurry! Best iPhone and iPad apps and games to download for ‘FREE’ this New Year 
Hurry! Best iPhone and iPad apps and games to download for ‘FREE’ this New Year 

Hurry! Best iPhone and iPad apps and games to download for ‘FREE’ this New Year 

If you're lucky enough to have an iPhone or iPad waiting for you wrapped in shiny, glittery wraps that you bought to welcome 2017 with a blast, make sure to download these apps as well.

Once you're set up with your new device, you'll be able to go to the App Store and browse the options. Be warned, there are thousands of apps out there and finding the good ones can take a bit of time.

Here are the best titles to get started with:

Pokémon GO

It had to be Pokémon GO really, didn't it? The augmented reality game has been the breakout mobile hit of 2016.

If you haven't got into it yet, it involves walking around to catch virtual creatures before battling them against other players. A few extra treats have been released for the Christmas period, so it's a good time to get into it.

The game is free to download and play but can require in-app payments.

Clash Royale

A spinoff from Clash of Clans, this is a realtime multiplayer game that Google included on its end-of-year list.

"Collect and upgrade dozens of cards featuring the Clash of Clans troops, spells and defenses you know and love, as well as the Royales: Princes, Knights, Baby Dragons and more. Knock the enemy King and Princesses from their towers to defeat your opponents and win Trophies."

Simple, right? This game is also free to download but does contain in-app purchases.

Rust Bucket

This fiendish dungeon puzzle game is as bright and colourful as it is tricky to master. Each level requires you to find your way through an arena but with each step you take your enemies shift positions. Figure out a strategy that's going to help you get through safely.

Gods of Rome

This simple fighting game is perfect for a five-minute break from the Christmas rush.

You play as the gods of Mount Olympus and battle each other to earn upgrades and new abilities. The action is fast and frantic and the graphics look great on the crisp iPhone screen.


This neon-filled pinball game looks like it belongs in the Blade Runner reboot.

"Race against time in a continuous journey through this mysterious canyon of pulsating lights and throbbing retro wave beats."

Enough said, really.

Not much of a gamer? Then there are still a bunch of apps that you should download as a matter of course.

Here's Apple's list of the best apps of the last 12 months:

Prisma: Turns your photos and videos into art

Quartz: News bulletins delivered in a series of short messages

Bear: Writing app for composing, syncing and storing notes

Hyper: Curated videos from the web

Memrise: Free language-learning games

Folioscope: Animated GIF creator

MSQRD: Live filters and face-swap for video selfies

Hoop: Nearby activities for kids

V for Wikipedia: Filters for Wikipedia pages

Fiete Sports: Free sports games