The Apple iPad is one of great adn first 10” tablet of the world. It’s for browsing the web, checking your emails, reading a fine tablet magazin and it’s not too bad for getting in some gaming action on the go if you can deal with the virtual controls.
The App Store is literally brimming with great games but the question is, how do you spot the time-filler amongst the tidal wave of money-wasters? Well we bring you 20 iPad games you need to download now.
1. Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land
Set during the First World War, you mut guide a group of soldiers through the mustard gas-drenched trenches, led by a mysterious American chemist and occult boffin Professor Brightmeer.Based on the old-school role-playing game, itself inspired by king of understated horror HP Lovecraft’s cult novels, this dark iOS tale of madness is no Angry Birds – it’s a truly immense, turnbased strategy sim for your Apple tablet.
Think Cut the Rope but with stellar looks, Contre Jour (translated to against daylight) caught T3′s eye when it was first shown off at E3 and we’ve been playing it ever since. Controlling a slinky creature called Petit, you can manipulate elements of the environment to achieve your goal all with one of the most gorgeous soundtracks playing in the background.
Forget Words with Friends, there is a new social game phenomenon in town and it wants you to flaunt your artistic talents. The Pictionary-esque title gives you the words which you then need to draw and hope your friends can work them out just from your scribbles. Take your challenges to Facebook and Twitter and beware, you will get hooked…
The sumptuous PC/Mac indie adventure goes portable, full of puzzles, gorgeous artwork and bitesize, commute-happy challenges. Operating a little robot called Jeff who is out to save his robotic girlfriend, the game is packed with puzzles and brain teasers to keep you occupied with an original soundtrack that makes it one of the most gorgeous looking games on the App Store.
The first person shooter is back for its third installment packing a new graphics engine that makes it look as slick as ever. Our hero Kal Wadin is tasked with recovering a stolen artifact and there’s hordes of aliens to plough through before you can get your hands on it. It’s like a space age Call of Duty for your iPad.
It’s been a great year for developers Popcap, having been bought up by gaming giants EA and this addictive tower defense game probably helped EA get on board. It’s all about protecting your home from a zombie infestation with only a series of plants as a means of keeping the undead at bay. It’s got a cartoonish charm, and is guaranteed to keep you busy for some time.
It’s one of the most successful PC franchises of the last decade, and yes, it’s all for free! In this version, you create 16 Sims, and do pretty much exactly what you’d do in any other Sims game: live their lives. Whether it’s finding a new job, buying that new hot-tub, or trying to land a date with the next-door neighbour, The Sims FreePlay has it covered.
A fast-paced game with swipe controls so simple that even Wayne Rooney has mastered them, Temple Run puts you in the shoes of an Indiana Jones-like explorer who is desperately trying to escape a pack of angry apes. Unfortunately, he’ll never succeed in doing so as you keep running until you’re either burnt by fire, fall off the temple pathways, or are caught by the mob of primates. The addictive nature of the game will have you continually trying to beat that high score though.
Disney’s physics-based puzzle app sees you having to deliver water to Swampy the Alligator’s shower, deep below the city. With over 200 levels to work your way through, and offering various different challenges along the way, this game proves is well worh the £0.69 it will cost you to grab it from the App Store.
As if playing Draw Something wasn’t enough, Words with Friends brings Scrabble to the iPad, so you and your friends can fight it out to prove which of you best knows the Oxford English Dictionary. The large screen not only makes everything that little bit easier to do, but also enables strangers to look over your shoulder and point out that glaringly obvious word you’re missing. Some of us need all the help we can get.
Rockstar’s classic and controversial third instalment of the GTA series has been brought to the iPad to celebrate its 10th anniversary, providing you with the chance to wreak havoc over Liberty City all over again. The switch from console to iPad hasn’t diminished the gameplay or humour from the original, which means GTA 3 remains a hugely fun game for the iPad.
Possibly the closest thing you can get to Call of Duty on the iPad, Gameloft’s Modern Combat 3 sees you fighting a multi-national terrorist alliance across 13 single player levels, set all over the world, from Alaska to the Middle East. The first-person shooter also offers multiplayer action for up to 12 players.
The latest edition of Rovio’s Angry Birds series sees you and your army of furious birds leave gravity behind in pursuit of those pesky green pigs. Hitting a record 20 million downloads in the first week of its launch in March, there doesn’t seem to be any chance of Angry Birds relinquishing its position as the number one game for tablet and smartphone users.
Dead Space on the console has a reputation for being one of the most terrifying games ever made, and fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how easily scared you are), the petrifying ambience of the title has been recreated successfully for iPad. Shooting your way past hideous aliens, it’s the eerie atmosphere that places this game a step above other titles as long as you are wearing your headphones that is…
The best way to get in a quick game of footie on your new iPad, the iPad edition of FIFA 12 contains an impressive database of 500 teams and over 15,000 players, offering vibrant visuals and a wide range of moves through the revamped control system. The best feature however is being able to use your iPhone as a controller to wage some one-on-one action.
This evergreen football management title made the transition to handheld a few seasons ago and, much like with the PC version, it is improving year on year. FMH offers a simplified version of the PC edition, making it great for dipping in and out of during your daily commute, and yet there is still a good level of variety contained within the game, as demonstrated by the 36 playable leagues available to users.
Gameloft’s hugely popular racing sim is certainly not the new kid on the block, having been released back in December 2010. However, possessing slick gameplay and great depth in terms of tracks and cars, it is still the driving game to beat for the iPad. That is at least until Asphalt 7: Heat is released, but we are still waiting on a date for that one.
The sequel to what was something of a blockbuster title for the iPad, Infinity Blade II provides a few improvements on its predecessor whilst maintaining the familiar swipe and slash feel as well as the almost console-like graphics. New battle moves are available to the hero, and new upgrades to weapons and armour can be obtained along the way.
Rockstar are certainly making a habit of revamping their past glories for release on tablet and smartphone, and fresh on the heels of GTA 3 comes the iPad version of Max Payne – again in celebration of the action hero’s 10th anniversary. Optimised for the Apple devices, Max Payne Mobile never strays too far from the gritty, fast-paced action that made the original so popular.
This flight simulator makes the most of the high resolution screen surroundings of the new iPad, allowing for stunning visuals throughout. The gameplay is relatively straightforward, and once you’ve completed the tutorial, you’ll be ready to jump straight into a dogfight up in the skies. There is also the option of online play, as well as access to new planes through the completion of various objectives.