Top 10 Best iPad games 2012
With over 90,000 apps available from the app store for iPad and iPad 2, Apple provides us with all types of educational and productive apps which saves us a lot of time and effort. The iPad 2 was released with a camera and a better display offering better graphics and higher contrasts than its preceder’s. It is also is an entertainment powerhouse and undoubtedly the best in the market. Indulging in social networking or browsing online media is truly a pleasure when using the iPad and wireless connectivity ensure that you are connected to the internet everywhere all the time. Games are also being released for it which compete head to head with other portable gaming devices and smartphones. Games look sharper and better on the iPad 2 mainly because of its upgraded processor and Retina display. Other than this, there is no difference between the two iPads and games play equally well on both of them. Here we take a look at the Top 10 iPad games list which is based on number of downloads and popularity of the title. Countless free games are available in the Apple app store for download but most of the games mentioned here in the list are not free but the majority does cost $5 or less.All these games are currently available on iTunes currently.
10. Scrabble for iPad
Scrabble for iPad kicks off the list of Top 10 iPad games at the 10th position. EA transformed this classic board game to its digital version and has done a very fine job. The presentation and interaction with tiles leaves you wondering if you really are playing the original board game by Hasbro or the iPad version! All the fun of the game is preserved like placing tiles by dragging them from the tile rack in front of you. Swapping tiles lets you increase your chances of winning. The game gets more interesting in the two player mode when you go head to head with the second player across the screen. Multiplayer mode lets up to four players connect their iPhones to make them into tile racks and play effortlessly. All you have to do is drag your tiles to the screen’s edge of your iPhone and the tile is transferred to the main board. Here it can be placed where the player wishes. Scrabble for iPad costs $9.99 on iTunes and is certainly worth it!
9. Eternal Legacy HD
Turn based RPGs have been a huge hit in many parts of the world. Final Fantasy is the undisputed champion of this genre. Eternal Legacy HD for iPad is the closest thing to FF the iPad users will ever get to play. Priced at $9.99 on iTunes, Gameloft has included all the elements to make turn this title into an instant classic like a full length captivating story, HD graphics with varying 3D, sleek gameplay and loads of character details. The hero of this game is basically a rebel who travels around the world to face enemies and gets stronger with each earned crystal which ends in an epic showdown between good (that will be you) and evil. Eternal Legacy HD is placed 9th in the Top 10 iPad games list.
8. Mirror’s Edge
After being a great hit for gaming consoles like Xbox and Playstation 3, Mirror’s Edge has been ported to the iPad for $9.99 on iTunes. Although the huge #d world has been toned down to a 2D for compatibility of gameplay on the iPad, the game still retains all the excitement and fun which makes it such a big hit. Smooth free running and seamless animation is maintained throughout the game and multitouch gestures allow you to execute an array of moves like running, sliding, jumping and attacking enemies when the need arises. Training levels make you at home with the techniques and controls before you attempt to conquer the 14 levels present in the game. You can also compete with a mate in split screen in Mirror’s Edge treasure hunts as well as racing modes.
7. NBA Jam HD
Playing NBA Jam HD is a very nostalgic experience as it teleports you back to your arcade era. The ease with which you can start playing this game and score like a pro in no time attracts a lot of iPad gamers who like to play on the go. All the original flying slam dunks and burning basketballs are included which is topped up by the adrenaline induced Tim Kitzrow commentary. More than 30 selectable teams make sure your favorite team is not left out and as a bonus; several legendary players can be unlocked during the course of the game. Head to head games are extremely easy to play and can be player over wireless connections like Bluetooth and Wifi. NBA Jam HD is placed 7th in the Top 10 iPad games list and costs $9.99 to download from iTunes.
6. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD
Rockstar has been churning out great sandbox style games for as long as we can remember. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD is iPads version of the hit GTA series available on almost all home consoles. This version is the best one ever made for a portable device beating even the dedicated portable gaming machines. Our hero this time around is a member of the Triad family and is trying to regain control of the gang. Although playing it without a 10 button controller pretty much lessens the variety of moves you can do and the virtual analog stick takes time getting used to, some very original concepts have been introduced here like moving your finger in circles over screws to open a lid and changing wires in a car to hotwire it. Another situation requires you to repeatedly tap the screen of a sinking car so that you can get out and swim to safety! Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD is priced at $9.99 on iTunes.
5. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard HD
Gameloft has hit the jackpot again with Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard HD. The elite Six are on a mission to eradicate evil from the iPad world in this quick First Person Shooter game! Great fluid movement and highly detailed environment makes playing on such a large portable screen a treat. This title was specifically developed for the iPad and features 14 nerve wreaking levels the Rainbow Six must face to neutralize a threat which aims at world domination. The controls are tight but the AI feels a little down toned. You order you teammates according to the situation and this feature is great for setting up ambushes and stealth assaults. Different gadgets like the snake camera and smoke creator help you out of the many tight spots you’ll find yourself in throughout the game. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard HD costs $6.99 on iTunes and ranks 5th in the top 10 iPad games list.
4. N.O.V.A. 2 HD
Gameloft scores yet again with N.O.V.A. 2 HD for iPad. 12 chapters of Gears of War styled FPS and unique level structuring provides all the thrill and fun these shooting games can offer on a portable system. Up to 10 players can connect and play head to head over the wireless Bluetooth or Wifi connection. Controls are highly customizable with movable buttons which can be place anywhere on the screen according to the player’s liking and a dual virtual dual analogue control option for those who want an Xbox controller feel. The fire button disappears in the dual analogue mode and touching anywhere on the screen will fire your weapons. Overall, the nonstop action and decent enemy AI makes N.O.V.A. 2 HD a gem of a game!
3. Real Racing 2 HD
The second installment of the series Real Racing 2 HD turns out to be a adrenaline rush for the finish line. This 3D racer is exclusively tailor made for both the iPads and stands second to only the legendary GT series for any gaming console! The ultimate racing experience is enhanced by the accurate gyro steering which makes going round the curves and making S turns a jiffy. Only the brake and camera angel buttons are on the screen as the rest is motion based. Stunning graphics coupled with fluid gameplay and almost no glitches proves that Real Racing 2 HD is the top racing games on the iPad to date! Up to 4 friends can connect and race each other through the gaming center. Real Racing 2 HD is priced $6.99 and is currently at the 3rd spot of the Top 10 iPad games list.
2. Rage HD
With a storyline a bit similar to many movies, Rage HD is set in a post apocalyptic world where our hero is participating in a reality show Mutant Bash, the aim of which is to eliminate down mutants while trying to stay alive. Situations often do get out of hand in this FPS and gamers cannot afford to relax. Although the type of inventory is limited to 3, blowing up loads and loads of dispensable undead has its charms and stays interesting throughout the game. HD graphics and tight controls immerse you into the mutant world and scare you more than a handful of times. Rage HD costs a mere $1.99 on iTunes and a incredible value for money!
1. Infinity Blade
Featuring the Unreal Tournament 3 engine which pushes the iPad to its processing limit, Infinity Blade for iPad will give the manufacturers of other hand held gaming devices restless nights. The details of the environment and character build up are simply mind blowing. A metal clad warrior travels to beautiful and breathtaking locations avenging his father. The action heavy story is played out very well and the RPG sequences are rally intense. The highlight of this game is the creative kind of stop motion fight sequences which are vey eye catching but extremely easy to execute thanks to the perfectly made controls. The parry-hit-block method is simple and very effective in the swordfights of this game. Infinity Blade is ranked number in the Top 10 iPad games list and priced at a decent $5.99.