50 Awesome iPad Games

It’s Game Week here at iPad.AppStorm, and all this week we’re going to have tons of reviews, giveaways and other good stuff, all centered around the gaming world!

If there is one thing the iPad is good at, it’s gaming. The 9.7-inch screen is the perfect canvas for any developer to make a killer game. Since us writers really love iPad games, we cover them a lot. Heck, it’s even Game Week here at iPad.AppStorm and iPhone.AppStorm.

With the growing market of games for the iPad, it’s quite hard to sort out the good from the bad. Of course, there will always be the classics that we can rely on, but there are tons of other lesser-known games that are just as great. This roundup brings the best of both worlds together. Did your favorite games make it to the top 50? Find out after the break.

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Angry Birds Space HD

Angry Birds has always been a classic iOS game, and has just recently gotten an overhaul with Angry Birds Space. Set deep inside outer space, you will have tons of fun playing through dozens of challenging gravity-bending levels. This game really did give a breath of fresh air to the Angry Birds franchise.

Price: $2.99
Requires: iOS 4.2 or later
Developer: Rovio Entertainment Ltd

Anodia

Anodia is essentially BrickBreaker for iOS, however, Anodia blows BrickBreaker out of the water. Filled with over 100 creative levels, this game never fails to disappoint. Each level has something unique about it like moving parts or blocks that light up. These things are bound to keep the game entertaining for hours.

Price: $1.99
Requires: iOS 3.1.3 or later
Developer: Clueless Little Muffin

Asphalt 7: Heat

Racing fans beware: the newest Asphalt game is now out in town. After picking out your car from a selection of 60, you will be able to race in real cities like Miami, Rio and London. Between the high-speed racing and the cutting-edge graphics, this game is too sharp to miss.

Price: $0.99
Requires: iOS 4.0 or later
Developer: Gameloft

Bag It! HD

This one is for you puzzle fans out there. In Bag It!, you will have to bag groceries strategically so the bags are as full as possible. Smashed groceries aren’t allowed until you unlock the rampage levels, where the goal is to break as many groceries as possible. Who knew bagging groceries could be so fun?

Price: $2.99
Requires: iOS 3.1.3 or later
Developer: Hidden Variable Studios

Battleheart

It won’t take you long to fall in love with Battleheart. After forming your four-hero team, you will head straight into RPG-style battle against a plethora of enemies. Moreover, the simple controls and graphics make Battleheart a goto game for just about everyone.

Price: $2.99
Requires: iOS 3.1.3 or later
Developer: Mika Mobile, Inc.

Beat Sneak Bandit

Beat Sneak Bandit may be one of the most unique games on the market. All of the clocks in the world have been stolen, and it’s up to you to retrieve them. The catch? The only way you can move is by tapping to the soundtrack’s beat. That being said, this game requires rhythm, logic and patience in order to beat it.

Price: $2.99
Requires: iOS 3.1.3 or later
Developer: Simogo

Bumpy Road

When an arcade game meets a love story, its product ends up being something like Bumpy Road. The game has the perfect amount of challenge and the graphics are truly beautiful. However, it is the story element that really makes Bumpy Road amazing in our eyes.

Price: $2.99
Requires: iOS 3.1.3 or later
Developer: Simogo

Cargo-Bot

Cargo-Bot is a simple strategy game. To play, you program the robotic arm to sort out blocks according to the diagram that is displayed on the top of each level. This game gets tough pretty quick, which will leave you entertained for hours. Plus, this is the first iPad game ever developed on an iPad — an extra plus!

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 5.0 or later
Developer: Two Lives Left

Contre Jour HD

Being the winner of countless awards, it was a no-brainer to put Contre Jour HD on this list. Gameplay and graphics are both very unique to the app itself; its dark style sets it apart from the majority of the app market. The app is easily one of the most fun and addictive ones out there, too.

Price: $2.99
Requires: iOS 3.0 or later
Developer: Chillingo Ltd

Cut the Rope HD

Years after the app’s release, Om Nom still wants his candy. In order to get it to him, you will have to cut ropes in the several levels this classic has to offer. This addictive game is definitely a crowd-pleaser and is one of my favorites to this day.

Price: $1.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: Chillingo Ltd

Doodle Jump HD

If you’re looking for a game that is fast-paced and challenging, Doodle Jump HD is the choice for you. You will never get bored as you jump through the many themed levels — each of which have their own special challenges.

Price: $2.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: Lima Sky

EPOCH.

There aren’t very many things cooler than post-apocolyptic robot combat, which happens to be the them of EPOCH. In this visually appealing and action-packed game, you will fight to find out what happened actually happened that made the world end.

Price: $2.99
Requires: iOS 4.0 or later
Developer: Uppercut Games Pty Ltd

Fancy Pants Adventures

Fancy Pants Adventures is by no means the most original app on the market, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t good. In fact, it is one of the most polished platformers for iOS on the market today. Its long, addictive campaign will offer lots of playtime.

Price: $0.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: Chillingo Ltd

FIFA 12 HD

If you’re looking for a realistic soccer game, you can’t go wrong with FIFA 12. It tackles the soccer world from both the playing side and the managing side. All you have to do is pick your favorite team, and you’re ready to go.

Price: $9.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: Electronic Arts

Flick Champions HD

Flick Champions HD is for the true sports fanatic. A fun time is guaranteed as you play through tournaments in sports including basketball, soccer, hockey and archery. The unrealistic 3-D graphics and the top-down view give the game an awesome arcade feel, which sets it apart from many other sports games.

Price: $0.99
Requires: iOS 3.1 or later
Developer: Chillingo Ltd

Flight Control HD

Fasten your seatbelts — we are preparing for landing. In Flight Control HD, you will control runways across the globe and even in outer space. Being a game of strategy and frustration, Flight Control is definitely one you can rely on returning to.

Price: $4.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: Firemint Pty Ltd

Frisbee Forever 2

As the successor to the original Frisbee Forever, it was safe to expect a lot from Frisbee Forever 2. I must say that from my experience, it blows the original out of the water. With the new obstacles and the addition of missions, Frisbee Forever 2 is a great game for some simple fun.

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 4.3 or later
Developer: Kiloo

Fruit Ninja HD

Fruit Ninja has always been an iOS classic. The iPad’s 9.7-inch screen makes it perfect for some intense fruit slicing. And with three different game modes (plus extra multiplayer levels), Fruit Ninja HD will never be a bore.

Price: $2.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: Halfbrick Studios

Gasketball

What happens when you combine the Harlem Globetrotters with Wall-E? Well, you get Gasketball. In this app you will be completing insane trick shots in a sci-fi setting complete with robots. This game is also perfect for a challenging quick-fix, but has the ability to hook you in for hours.

Price: Free/$2.99 for full game
Requires: iOS 4.3 or later
Developer: Mikengreg

Grand Theft Auto III

Ten years after its initial release, Rockstar Games decided to give Grand Theft Auto III an iOS debut. Complete with the same plot, style of graphics, and even complete voice acting, this game offers a nostalgic gaming experience that isn’t found in many iOS games on the market.

Price: $4.99
Requires: iOS 4.3 or later
Developer: Rockstar Games

Gunman Clive

Set in the 1800s, Gunman Clive provides you hours with some good ol’ Western fun. As you explore the west in this sketched game, you will come across many challenges. Of course, these bumps in the road are solved the same way as in the old days — with your gun!

Price: $1.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: Bertil Horberg

Ice Rage

In this addicting arcade-style game, you will be working your way to the top of the hockey world. After constructing your two-player team from the multitude of characters, you will go on to glide around the ice and shoot using simple joystick and button controls.

Price: $0.99
Requires: iOS 4.2 or later
Developer: Mountain Sheep

Infinity Blade II

Notorious for its stellar graphics, Infinity Blade II truly demonstrates how well the iPad can manage some intense gaming. Complete with new combat styles and a deep storyline, this action-packed game has been the recipient of countless rewards.

Price: $6.99
Requires: iOS 4.0 or later
Developer: Chair Entertainment Group, LLC

Jetpack Joyride

Not only is Jetpack Joyride one of the best free games, but it’s one of the best iOS games of all time. Its simple, fast-paced gameplay as well as its cool, arcade-style graphics make it an instant hit. Really, Jetpack Joyride is the game you will return to on a regular basis for months — it’s still one of my go-to games over a year after downloading it.

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 3.1.3 or later
Developer: Halfbrick Studios

Kingdom Rush HD

Protect your kingdom from the wrath of evil wizards, trolls and demons by building up an impermeable defense. Kingdom Rush HD takes tower defense games to a new level with its fantasy theme and stunning cartoon graphics. Will you be able to save your kingdom from darkness?

Price: $2.99
Requires: iOS 4.3 or later
Developer: Armor Games Inc

League of Evil

League of Evil is a neat little platformer. The game is easy to catch onto and boasts tons of levels as well as lovable 8-bit graphics. Watch out though — the levels get very tough very quickly. However, this difficulty adds a significant amount of playtime to the game.

Price: $0.99
Requires: iOS 3.0 or later
Developer: Ravenous Games

Machinarium

Machinarium is the epitome of a polished application. Besides being one of the most visually appealing apps on the market, the gameplay is immersive and super challenging. It’s the type of game that sucks you in, which makes it perfect for extended play.

Price: $4.99
Requires: iOS 4.0 or later
Developer: Amanita Design

Minecraft: Pocket Edition

When news that this beloved computer game was going to grace iOS devices broke, people were instantly excited. With the iPad app, you are able to mine and build with your friends even if you don’t have a computer available. And yes, it is just as captivating as the desktop version.

Price: $6.99
Requires: iOS 4.3 or later
Developer: Mojang

Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation

Before Modern Combat 3, iOS first-person shooters were never really that good. In fact, Modern Combat 3 is so polished that the only real thing that sets it apart from console first-person shooters are the touch controls. A lengthy campaign mode and really sharp graphics easily make MC3 worth the money.

Price: $6.99
Requires: iOS 4.0 or later
Developer: Gameloft

Monster Dash

If it involves action, there is no other man to call but Barry Steakfries. The protagonist of Monster Dash, Barry Steakfries is ready to shoot down every monster in his path. You’ll want to follow Barry as he travels across the globe in this wonderful sidescroller.

Price: $0.99
Requires: iOS 3.0 or later
Developer: Halfbrick Studios

NBA Jam HD

Famous for its old school craziness, NBA Jam HD is perfect for anyone looking for a more comical arcade-style sports game. You’ll spend hours playing 2-on-2 games that feature unreal shots, dunks, and commentary. This nonsensical game is finished off with big-headed versions of your favorite ’90s basketball players.

Price: $4.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: Electronic Arts

Osmos

Osmos is by far one of the most unique games on the market, and definitely is stellar in every aspect. In order to win Osmos, you need to become the largest organism in the world. To grow, you must absorb smaller organisms around you, but you shrink as you move around. The challenge comes in maintaining that delicate balance.

Price: $4.99
Requires: iOS 4.1 or later
Developer: Hemisphere Games

Paper Monsters

To me, Paper Monsters is reminiscent of the popular PS3 platformer Little Big Planet. Just like Little Big Planet, Paper Monsters does provide hours of platforming fun. Additionally, it is by far one of the most unique games — both stylistically and in play — that I have ever seen come to iOS.

Price: $0.99
Requires: iOS 4.2 or later
Developer: Crescent Moon Games

Plants vs. Zombies HD

Plants vs. Zombies HD takes you on a battle against the “fun-dead.” To protect yourself from the zombies (who become smarter throughout the game) you have to build up an army of, well, plants. Packed with tons of levels, Plants vs. Zombies HD is guaranteed to provide hours of gameplay that doesn’t get stale.

Price: $6.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: PopCap

Pocket Planes

Sure, we’re all familiar with airlines like Delta or Southwest. But with Pocket Planes, you will be able to build your own airline. As you go on, you will be able to expand your fleet to ship cargo and passengers to locations all around the globe. You will truly get to rule the air.

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 5.0 or later
Developer: NimbleBit LLC

Puzzlejuice

Puzzlejuice is the perfect combination of arcade and word games. This highly addictive game offers Tetris-like gameplay with a lexical twist. Once you complete a row, it is up to you to clear the board by forming words out of adjacent letter tiles.

Price: $1.99
Requires: iOS 3.1.3 or later
Developer: Colaboratory

Real Racing 2 HD

Extremely sharp Retina display graphics aren’t the only good thing about Real Racing 2. A lengthy career mode as well as a killer multiplayer mode make this game irresistible in the gameplay department. Precision controls also make it among the most realistic racing games on the App Store.

Price: $6.99
Requires: iOS 4.0 or later
Developer: Firemint Pty Ltd

Reckless Racing 2

Reckless Racing 2 takes the top-down perspective on racing. It leans more towards the arcade side of gaming, which sets it apart from many other racing games. Nevertheless, its detailed graphics and involved gameplay make it a must-have.

Price: $1.99
Requires: iOS 4.0 or later
Developer: Polarbit

Run Roo Run HD

This game takes you to the land down under for some great fast-paced gameplay. Hop your way through dozens of fun levels in order to save the baby joey from the zookeepers holding it captive. Since each level only takes a few seconds to complete, it is perfect for a quick fix.

Price: $1.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: 5th Cell

Ski Safari

Unfortunately, your ski trip has turned into a race for your life as an avalanche threatens to bury you. With the help of various arctic animals, including penguins and yetis, you will have to outrace the avalanche to achieve high scores and level up.

Price: $0.99
Requires: iOS 4.0 or later
Developer: Defiant Development

Slam Dunk King

When it comes to showing off your basketball skills, there is nothing that can top a good slam dunk. In Slam Dunk King, you will have to discover and develop intricate new dunks in order to make it to the top. Will you be able to earn the title of Slam Dunk King?

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 3.1.3 or later
Developer: PikPok

Subway Surfers

To escape the police officer who caught you vandalizing a subway car, you must run indefinitely through the subway system. This endurance game is action-packed and demands a lot of attention as you dodge incoming trains, jump on the tops of trains and roll under obstacles.

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 4.3 or later
Developer: Kiloo

Super Mega Worm

Super Mega Worm brings an excellent gaming experience to the iPad, as the worm the game’s named for wreaks havoc amongst civilians. The simple, retro and gory gameplay paired with 8-bit graphics makes it seem as if it came right out of a ’90s arcade. Still, the game never fails its guarantee to entertain.

Price: $1.99
Requires: iOS 3.1 or later
Developer: Deceased Pixel LLC

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12

Although golf is notoriously boring to watch on TV, it sure does make for a very fun game. You definitely get your money’s worth — the campaign is super long; there are loads of different tournaments to play in. Plus, the game gets super challenging, but ultimately leads you to come back for more.

Price: $4.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: Electronic Arts

Tiny Tower

You’ve been recruited to build a state-of-the-art high rise apartment complex. In addition to apartments, your tower must include countless restaurants, services, recreational activities and retail stores. Be careful — Tiny Tower hooks you in with the continual growth of your tower as well as with spontaneous challenges.

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 3.0 or later
Developer: NimbleBit LLC

Tiny Wings HD

While Tiny Wings has been a popular game for the iPhone for a little over a year and a half, it just recently made its debut for the iPad. Needless to say, the game is still as fun as it has been since day one. The app now has more game modes, too, adding a new dimension to the game.

Price: $2.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: Andreas Illiger

Touchgrind HD

Ollie, kickflip and boardslide your way into fun with Touchgrind HD. There is an endless list of tricks you can perform in the full-featured skatepark in this application. Physics are also true-to-life, making this app an awesome way to shred it up.

Price: $7.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: Illusion Labs

Whale Trail

Unique would be the best way to describe this crazy sidescroller. Featuring a flying whale in a super-colorful fictional world, Whale Trail is bound to provide countless hours of entertainment. Furthermore, its simple controls make great for people of all ages.

Price: Free
Requires: iOS 4.1 or later
Developer: ustwo

Words With Friends HD

Words with Friends is one of Zynga’s most popular games. It’s not hard to understand why, either — the game is tailored to you. You get to play at your own pace with friends, family, and even strangers. We can’t forget to mention that the Scrabble-like gameplay is an instant hit.

Price: $2.99
Requires: iOS 4.0 or later
Developer: Zynga

World of Goo HD

The goo wants to explore, but it can’t do anything without your help. With dozens of different levels, it’s nearly impossible for World of Goo to become boring. Beautiful graphics and challenging gameplay make this game really hard to put down.

Price: $4.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 or later
Developer: 2D BOY

Conclusion

That’s a wrap for this roundup of the 50 best games for the iPad. Hopefully you have discovered some awesome new games to play, or at least have been reaffirmed that your favorites are still among the best. Be sure to check back here at iPad.AppStorm for more Game Week posts!


  • http://www.teksimplified.com Zac

    FIFA 12 is still my favourite application available for iPad, I play it almost everyday.

  • http://Vaindivasadventures.blogspot.com Log0n123

    Quite a few good games there, Are they updated?

  • kralnor

    Nice list! Ive been blown away by the quality and relatively low price of a lot of the games for ios, iPad in particular. I still shake my head when I see people complaining about paying a whopping $4.99 for some of these titles.

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