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Monday, July 26, 2010

iPad Review: Top 11 iPad games

Who says the iPhone, iPod, or the iPad can't be taken seriously for gaming? Well....ME for starters.
As an old-school core gamer (from the NES to the Playstations to the PC), I always thought that the games found on those little mobile devices of Apple can't compete with the offerings from Sony or Nintendo.

I still believe that until now, but as I mentioned in my iPad review:
"I always say, if people want real games, just play at home on their PS3/XBOX 360/PC. But the funny thing is, Casual gaming has its own main attraction: You will have it with you more often during the times you are bored. Waiting for someone in the mall? Sitting down in the doctors office? Killing some break-time at work? Stuck in traffic? Guess what you got with you...hint: It's not your home console or large gaming PC. In the last few weeks, I've actually clocked more game time on the iPad than on my PS3, simply because of availability. Yes, the same can be done with the PSP or DS, but since that's all it does (play games), there is again a bigger chance you will not always have it with you as compared to a portable device that does many other things"


Here are my top 11 iPad games, in no particular order:


1. Plants vs. Zombies - Ok, So I said "in no particular order", but I made an exception for the first. Plants vs. Zombies is really #1. This game is like the cocaine of the casual gaming world, not that I use cocaine in the real world...and neither should you...anyway back to topic.
I had already finished it on PC, but I still downloaded it for the iPad. It's that good...plus the touch controls are MUCH better than using a mouse to place your plant defenders and grab the sunlight drops or gold coins. If that didn't make much sense to you, then you've missed out on one of the best games of the year (last year to be exact)...and you really need to try it now! Get a free demo or try it online in PopCaps website. How it works is basically you need to defend your home against the invading Zombie Holocaust, how? By putting Plants on your lawn of course, Plants that will "shoot at", block or eat the zombie invaders.... This game blends strategy with comedy quite spectacularly. The variety of plants and the difficulty level scales well enough that you won't get bored as the adventure progresses. Once you're finished with the adventure mode, there is still a lot of replay value due to the abundance of Mini-games unlocked afterward.




2. All in 1 GameBox - Ok so this is a native iPhone App that needs to be zoomed in on the iPad, but nevertheless, it;s just such a great value that I had to include it here. The games library just keeps on adding up as they pour on the updates.

3. Doodle Jumper  - incredibly addictive motion control game. The concept is simple, you move the iPad to control the jumping of the doodle. You need to keep climbing up the steps while looking at the previous high scores of people that you are passing by.




4. Angry Birds - One of the top selling games on the app store. It looks deceivingly simple, all you need to do is aim the slingshot and fire the angry birds at the evil green pigs. Simple? Nope, the puzzle designs get really challenging, and the variety of birds keeps the gameplay fresh.






5. Samurai: Way of the warrior HD - This title shows how a casual game can have real quality. Brilliant graphics, a good story theme (for a portable game), and the gameplay is fantastic, using touch swipe actions to simulate the samurai slices.




6. Flight Control - Another simple concept wrapped into an addictive puzzle game. You control by touch the flight routes of airplanes. It gets more complex as the levels go by, and turns out some real casual challenges.







7. Real Racing HD - One of the showcase games during the iPad release. Many reviewers used it as the advertising face of "iPad gaming" and I don't blame them.  It sports some of the best graphics you will see in an App store, and the action is smooth and satisfying with intuitive motion controls.




8. Labyrinth - When you see the size and layout of the iPad, this game becomes a no-brainer. It acts like a flat table, where you have to move around to get the ball from the starting point until the hole in the end. The motion controls are very satisfying, and will keep you engrossed for hours.

9. Heavy Gunner - Another addictive iPad game, with a simple concept. You control 2 Heavy Guns (thus the name) via touch on both ides of the iPad, and you move them around to fire at the invaders. The graphics, sound and feel of the gatling guns keep you entertained, while the varying enemy levels and upgrade options keep you coming back.





10. Hero of Sparta HD - A Classic from the iPhone era on the App store. It borrows heavily from the popular God of War franchise. It uses a touch screen keypad and attack "buttons" for controls. The gameplay is fun and the length is good enough to warrant purchase.







11. Air Hockey - Who says 2 players can't enjoy a game on 1 iPad? This revival of an old classic is tremendously fun to play with friends, and when you lay the iPad on the table, it looks and plays just like that old Air hockey table you used to spend tons of quarters on in the arcade.








The iPad is formidable for casual gaming, but it does a whole lot more too! If you're looking for more reasons to get one, take a look at my full iPad review.

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