50 Amazing iPad Games

Is there a task in this world iPad isn’t perfect for? From reading to research to gaming, the tablet ensures that the users are hooked to it the entire time. iPad games, like apps from every other category, have created a benchmark that has made it almost impossible for other tablets to catch up. Coming up with a list of iPad games that are downright awesome is no easy task…

They are all great. Heck, even if somebody created a list of 500 great games, there would still be a ton of phenomenal games left out. That said, we have compiled a list of cool games spanning a variety of categories to have some fun. Check it out!


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Angry Birds

Angry Birds

Angry Birds

Have you ever met someone who hasn’t played this game? What started as a casual game in the iOS ecosystem is now ruling every software platform known to mankind.

Not only there are a whole bunch of levels to keep you engaged for hours at a time, the developers put out versions celebrating various seasons and festive occasions. I particularly enjoyed Rio!

Price : $0.99
Developer : Rovio Mobile

Battleheart

Battleheart

We reviewed Battleheart recently on iPad.AppStorm, David Grigg described it as:

A highly-entertaining casual cartoon-style swords and sorcery game for the iPad.

Price : $0.99
Developer : Andreas Illegar

Fruit Ninja

Fruit Ninja

Fruit Ninja

A classic example of the power of a simple idea. With a blade that would put a ninja to shame, you have to slice and dice fruits as they are tossed up in the air. Keep your eyes peeled for those grenades though!

Endless slicing isn’t as much fun as I thought, but the game is good to kill a few fun minutes at a stretch.

Price : $0.99
Developer : Halfbrick Studios

Cut the Rope

Cut the Rope

Cut the Rope

Feeling charitable? You can feed candy to the ultra cute Om Nom all day long. The spoilt little brat never says no for a candy induced coma and it’s for you to figure out how to cut the rope and empty the box in his mouth.

Price : $0.99
Developer : ZeptoLab

Scrabble

Scrabble

Scrabble

Scrabble for iPad is the digital replica of the board game that millions have enjoyed playing while growing up. You can either compete with your pals or the computer instead. The game is now on available at a deep discount and you should go grab one if you are a fan.

Price : $0.99
Developer : Electronic Arts Inc.

Words With Friends

Words With Friends

Words With Friends

Catching up closely with the decades old Scrabble is the relative newbie, Words With Games. Flaunt your vocabulary skills by competing head on with your friends. A lot of celebrities and silicon valley heavyweights are die hard fans of the game.

Price : $0.99
Developer : Zynga Inc.

Real Racing 2

Real Racing 2

Real Racing 2

At 446 MB, the second coming of Real Racing is a biggie. But the level of detail that goes with the cars and the racing tracks should make every car lover drool. You will get your money’s worth with this visually astounding and heart pounding 3D racing game.

Price : $0.99
Developer : Firemint Pty Ltd.

FIFA Soccer 12

FIFA Soccer 12

FIFA Soccer 12

The crowd favorite soccer (or is it football?) that ruled the desktops and gameboxes is now available for the crowd favorite tablet. Substitute your fingers for your feet and you got game!

If you are a fan of sports games, check out EA’s Madden NFL too.

Price : $0.99
Developer : Electronic Arts Inc.

Tetris

Tetris

Tetris

Another EA smash hit from the glorious past! Yep, it is a simple enough brick game, but is a ton of fun to play with. The graphics could have been a bit better, but overall the gameplay is good enough.

Price : $0.99
Developer : Electronic Arts Inc.

Battleship

Battleship

Battleship

Suit up your inner strategist for a battle on the high seas. The app faithfully recreates the classic board game experience and you can compete with your buddies over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Can’t wait for the blockbuster to hit the silver screens!

Price : $0.99
Developer : Electronic Arts Inc.

Plants Vs. Zombies

Plants Vs. Zombies

Plants Vs. Zombies

Human beings love their zombies. The gameplay involves you trying to defend your house from the attack of an army of fun loving undead. At $6.99, it’s a bit costly, but in exchange you get to battle it out with 26 different types of zombies!

Price : $6.99
Developer : PopCap Games Inc.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4

Sonic the Hedgehog 4

Sonic the Hedgehog 4

Many of us are fans of Sonic the Hedgehog from the video game days. The game includes all the classic levels plus some exclusive ones for iOS. If you are a Hedgehog lover, do try the SEGA All-Stars Racing too.

Price : $0.99
Developer : Sega

Grand Theft Auto 3

Grand Theft Auto 3

Grand Theft Auto 3

Set in the now legendary Liberty City, Grand Theft Auto is a dream for wanna be gangstas! Besides the countless hours of immersive gameplay with a stunning soundtrack, it also helps that the app is a universal binary.

Price : $0.99
Developer : Rockstar Games

Infinity Blade II

Infinity Blade II

Infinity Blade II

It won’t be far from truth if I said Infinity Blade is a game that defined and set a benchmark for touch device gaming. You can one up or two up your weapons to slay deathless tyrants and their legion of Titans. This one is a must-have!

Price : $6.99
Developer : Chair Entertainment Group.

Kinectimals

Kinectimals

Kinectimals

Kinect for Xbox 360 is probably the most revolutionary gaming accessory from the recent past. Kinectimals is a famous game on 360 and now you can pet a furry wild cat on your tablet too. The visuals are stunning, but in my opinion the animals are a tad too cute for their own good.

Price : $2.99
Developer : Microsoft Corporation

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit

Been a big fan of NFS right from version 1.0. Hot Pursuit is all about the adrenaline rush driving super fast cars and dodging high speed Police interceptors. With a total of 20 different real world cars and 15 different cop versions to choose from, you can play on both sides of the law.

Price : $0.99
Developer : Electronic Arts Inc.

Flight Control

Flight Control

Flight Control

Ever think you have a tough job? You should try your putting yourself in the shoes of a flight controller. Landing planes without collision is nerve wracking and is impossible to master. Planes aren’t your thing? Check out Harbour Master instead.

Price : $0.99
Developer : Firemint Pty Ltd.

Minecraft - Pocket Edition

Minecraft - Pocket Edition

Minecraft – Pocket Edition

To this day, I couldn’t fathom the popularity of this game. Brick by brick you can build your own world with Minecraft. Hundreds of thousands of paying users with their own worlds make the gameplay more engaging. Read our review of the web version of the game here.

Price : $6.99
Developer : Mojang AB

Command and Conquer

Command and Conquer

Command and Conquer

Command and Conquer – Red Alert is yet another real time strategy game that spilled from the desktop ecosystem. As someone who has spent hours at a stretch playing this game, I can assure you that this is downright addictive.

Price : $0.99
Developer : Electronic Arts Inc.

Doodle Jump

Doodle Jump

Doodle Jump

A clear example that pixel perfect graphics aren’t the sole criteria for the success of a game. This insanely addictive game has millions of fans but is overpriced for a casual game.

Price : $2.99
Developer : Lima Sky LLC.

Law & Order

Law & Order

Law & Order : Legacies

The long running crime drama in television is now a game. You cannot play cops and robbers straight up, but you can be the judge, jury and investigator.

The app comes with the first episode of a seven part season and you can buy the rest of the episodes via in app purchases when they are released one after another in early 2012.

Price : $2.99
Developer : Telltale Games

Dead Space

Dead Space

Dead Space

Dead Space is the iPad Game of the year and truly deserves the title. It’s yet another game title that deals with zombies, but the similarities end there.

Be warned though, they have got so many paid upgrades as in app purchases, you might end up spending money through the nose if you get addicted!

Price : $0.99
Developer : Electronic Arts Inc.

Shadowgun

Shadowgun

Shadowgun

Set in the future controlled by corrupt intergalactic corporations, you assume role the role of a bounty hunter. Top notch graphics, audio effects and a compelling storyline are just a few among a bunch of excuses you can make to snag this action adventure!

Price : $4.99
Developer : MADFINGER Games

Carcassonne

Carcassonne

Carcassonne

Board games look and play like a million bucks on an iPad. So does Carcassonne. The games resembles a puzzle board and is great game to play with your clique.

Instant rankings and their standing in the game are available in realtime from the collapsible left sidebar. Expansion packs are available as in-app purchases.

Price : $9.99
Developer : The Coding Monkeys

Bejeweled Blitz

Bejeweled Blitz

Bejeweled Blitz

Bejeweled Blitz is free and is as much fun to play as Bejeweled 2. As a perk, you can now integrate your Facebook account and play with your friends.

There is a whole bunch of in-app purchases available to get through the levels quickly.

Price : Free
Developer : PopCap Games Inc.

Ice Rage

Ice Rage

Ice Rage

I’m not really a fan of Ice Hockey, but the cute graphics of the game will make anyone change their mind. On top of phenomenal 3D graphics the game allows two-player multiplayer mode from a single device.

Meaning, you can play opposite sides literally sitting opposite to each other.

Price : $0.99
Developer : Mountain Sheep, Inc.

The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail: American Settler

Do you consider yourself to be a sound decision maker? Know for sure by playing Oregon Trail. Not only you will have to keep your clan safe, but also get the opportunity to build your own village too.

Price : Free
Developer : Gameloft S.A.

Atari’s Greatest Hits

Atari’s Greatest Hits

Atari’s Greatest Hits

Atari may not be the huge gaming giant it used to be. But still there is cult following for all its games from the past. The game gives you access to 100 popular classics with a select few enabled for multiplayer gaming.

Price : Free
Developer : Atari Interactive

NY Times Crosswords

NY Times Crosswords

NY Times Crosswords

Not an adrenaline pumping title like most other games that made the list. However, the game is an ultimate must have for every crossword lover. While the app is advertised free, you will have to pay monthly subscriptions for complete access.

Price : Free
Developer : Magmic Inc.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12

Golf might be an expensive sport but it’s a huge money spinner nonetheless. You can play solo or compete with your friends and compare your chops with real PGA Tour pros. To fine-tune your game buy virtual cash and snag goodies from the Pro shop.

Price : $0.99
Developer : Electronic Arts Inc.

Machinarium

Machinarium

Machinarium

My jaw just dropped seeing the attention to detail. It felt more like being in an animated movie rather than playing a game. Do note that the game can be played only on iPad 2. On the bright side, the game is available on PC, Mac and Linux as well.

Price : $4.99
Developer : Amanita Design

Epoch

Epoch

Epoch

Robots and armed combat – say no more. Powered by the UnrealEngine, I guess there’s no need to explain the quality of graphics and visual effects. The developers have worked on the team that developed BioShock and Fallout, I would buy this game no questions asked!

Price : $3.99
Developer : Uppercut Games

Contre Jour

Contre Jour

Contre Jour

Talk about thinking different. Contre Jour is starkly different from the rest of the colorful games in the app store. Even with a dark theme and a dark creature as the central character, the gameplay is absolutely mesmerizing.

Price : $2.99
Developer : Chillingo Ltd.

Sprinkle

Sprinkle

Sprinkle

Sprinkle is the virtual water theme park on your tablet. With a cute looking alien at your disposal, you can use water cannons to do pretty much anything – from fighting fires to spinning wheels. But be careful though, if the water runs out, you are done!

Price : $1.99
Developer : Mediocre AB

Jetpack Joyride

Jetpack Joyride

Jetpack Joyride

This one is an absolutely crazy ride! Donning a jetpack you will have to dodge fireballs and missiles, while scoring coins and gear. The ride gets faster and faster as you cruise through, so grab as many goodies that come your way as possible to slow down and shield up.

Price : Free
Developer : Halfbrick Studios

Super Crate Box

Super Crate Box

Super Crate Box

Even in the era of pixel perfect retina displays, retro games still hold a charm amongst a loyal fan-base. Super Crate Box is a popular game for PC and Mac and it’s now among the newest additions to the iOS game library!

Price : $0.99
Developer : Vlambeer

Street Wrestler

Street Wrestler

Street Wrestler

Looking forward to a game that doesn’t involve shooting a torrent of bullets and bloodshed? Try Street Wrestler. The comic book style graphics are so fresh to look at and the game itself is muscular enough to blow off some serious steam.

Price : $2.99
Developer : Chillingo Ltd.

Diner Dash

Diner Dash

Diner Dash

Social games running on top of popular platforms like Facebook are a rage. The downside is that there are way too many copycats for every successful title. With over 10 million downloads to date, Diner Dash is one of the original diner games around. Do you know that you can play the game on a PC or Mac too?

Price : Free
Developer : PlayFirst Inc.

Modern Combat 3

Modern Combat 3

Modern Combat 3

People who have played this first person shooter can’t stop raving! Modern Combat is one of those blockbuster franchises with a massive fan following and lets you take part in a series of intense combat zones across the globe. Little over 1GB, the game is a monster download.

Price : $6.99
Developer : Gameloft S.A.

Sushi Boy

Sushi Boy

Sushi Boy

Love eating raw fish for a snack? Then Sushi Boy will be right up your alley! As the title implies, you will have to catch the sushi pieces that are falling from the sky. More sushi you catch, more points you earn and if you fail, there is always the in-app purchase mode to top up.

Price : $1.99
Developer : Wefiends Inc.

Final Fantasy III

Final Fantasy III

Final Fantasy III

Final Fantasy series is a classic saga among role playing games (RPG). The game has been around for over two decades on PC, but the iOS version comes with exclusive visuals and story sequences.

Don’t let the cute characters fool you, the game is filled with loads of action to keep you engaged for hours at a stretch.

Price : $16.99
Developer : Square Enix Co.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six

This one is a deadly combo – Tom Clancy and the iconic Rainbow Six! I can personally vouch for dynamite gameplay with this first person shooter game. The local and online multiplayer mode is a major attraction with you at the front leading the tactical unit.

Price : $6.99
Developer : Gameloft S.A.

Jenga

Jenga

Jenga

Jenga for iPad is the virtual version of the real world Jenga game which involves players removing blocks from the tower taking turns trying to create a taller, and more unstable, tower. If physics games are your thing, this game will be a great test for your mental skills.

Price : $0.99
Developer : NaturalMotion Games

Poker by Zynga

Poker by Zynga

Poker by Zynga

The online universe is a Poker lover’s paradise. From dedicated online playrooms to casual gaming on social networking sites, Poker is everywhere. Millions of players are part of Zynga’s Poker game on Facebook and now you can catch up with your network from the tablet too!

Price : Free
Developer : Zynga Inc.

Where’s My Water

Where’s My Water

Where’s My Water?

Not a catchy name for a game, but the Disney label on it should be enough to get your attention. The gameplay is simple. Swampy the Alligator is hard at work cleaning the sewers and it’s your job to get some clean water so that Swampy can take a shower and clean up.

Price : $0.99
Developer : Walt Disney

Gears

Gears

Gears

Gears is a beautiful, challenging, and funny ball rolling game. This one is a gorgeous 3D physics game that is loaded with levels after levels of pinball like ball rolling. You can either use one finger swipes or the accelerometer to keep the ball rolling!

Price : $2.99
Developer : Crescent Moon Games Ltd.

Blueprint

Blueprint

Blueprint

Blueprint is a splendid example of the level of creativity and out of the box thinking on the part of iOS game developers. Instead of creating a run-of-the-mill puzzle game, the developers have opted for a three dimensional blueprint format.

Beneath a seemingly endless chaos lies a beautiful blueprint waiting for you to unlock!

Price : $0.99
Developer : FDG Mobile Games

NBA 2K12

NBA 2K12

NBA 2K12

Love to shoot hoops? There are a bunch of basketball games in the app store, but one from the acclaimed 2K Sports is always a safe bet. You can play for all the 30 teams of the NBA and in the campaign mode a full 85 game stretch!

Price : $9.99
Developer : 2K Sports

Fieldrunners

Fieldrunners

Fieldrunners

I am a die hard fan of this game ever since the iPhone era. I still remember defending my turf from charging intruders for hours at a time on my iPhone. So I didn’t think twice before grabbing it for the iPad – now you can play the game on a broader canvas for twice as much fun!

Price : $7.99
Developer : Subatomic Studios, LLC.

Bike Baron

Bike Baron

Bike Baron

Riding a bike is so much fun. You know what tops it? Riding a bike like crazy on a bumpy terrain! If 70 odd tracks and 200 mind blowing challenges aren’t enough for you, you can create your very own custom levels too!

Price : $0.99
Developer : Mountain Sheep

Which one is your favorite game in the App Store? Share your selections in the comments section!


  • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

    Oh man, you missed my two favorites: World of Goo and Osmos. Both are on almost every platform out there, but they just feel so much more natural on the iPad. Seriously, they’re the games to try!

    • http://www.hammyhavoc.com Hammy Havoc

      I’m a big fan of World Of Goo! First played that on the Wii, great game.

  • http://www.hammyhavoc.com Hammy Havoc

    I feel like a bit of a hardcore iOS gamer considering I own all but eight of these titles. Never been a fan of FIFA though.

  • http://kolophon.net Jacob Harvey

    One thing to note… Jetpack Joyride is a great game. However there is currently a bug that randomly deletes your progress. Got up to about level 45 and then one day when I launched it had me back to zero. And all my achievements were gone from Game Center. The only thing it kept were the things I unlocked with coins.

    So, great game. Might want to wait till they fix that bug before you devote more than a couple hours of time to it.

  • http://twitter.com/florianlionel Florian Taltavull

    Great collection and I can only agree with lots of them, but there are a lot of wrong prices!

  • Chris

    Ok, this is really bothering me: what game does the little picture go with (left of the title)?

    • Joel Bankhead

      Hi Chris – sorry it’s bothering you, I asked Justin and he told me that this is actually an unrelated gaming image. It’s from a MMORPG titled Genesis AD from the house of http://www.ijji.com.

  • http://www.onthemarkcontent.com Chris

    I nice list, but I was expecting more iPad exclusive content. Many of these apps are universal which doesn’t make them any less amazing, just makes them less iPad amazing.

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  • http://www.bestappspoint.com Julia

    Angry birds is all time best whether it is iPad or iPhone and there is no comparison from others. I don’t know how poker has gained so much of popularity.

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