iPad 2: 50 Games You Need To Play
Time to put Apple's new toy to good use.
So you just purchased an iPad 2, or plan to buy one in the near future. First congratulations, and second, we're insanely jealous. We have the first generation iPad, and while it's a wonderful device, this new version blows it away with two cameras, a gyroscope and dual-core A5 chip, all wrapped within a thinner and lighter frame.
The first thing you should do with your new toy, aside from turning it on, is connect to iTunes, or more importantly, the App Store. From there, you'll be able to download a variety of Apps that'll enhance productivity and perhaps teach you a thing or two about this crazy world we live in. Or, if you're like us, you'll download games. Lots of them. More than you can possibly imagine, and that's cool. The iPad 2 is a lot of things, and one of them is a portable game system.
That said, there are a ton of games to choose from, so if you feel a bit overwhelmed, take a deep breath, relax and download the following smash hits.
Angry Birds Seasons HD [Buy it]
Don't ignore the Angry Birds phenomenon. Resistance is futile. Just embrace it and kiss your social life goodbye. This delightful strategy game challenges you to launch teams of ticked off birds towards a bunch of pigs, where the goal is to not only destroy the evil swine, but also cause massive property damage.
Flight Control HD [Buy it]
The phrase, "an oldie but a goodie" certainly applies to Firemint's outstanding strategy game that casts you as a flight controller charged with guiding planes to their respective hangars. An elegant presentation, user-friendly control scheme and catchy music make this a must play.
Infinity Blade [Buy it]
Pick up a sword and then embark upon a dangerous quest full of monsters and mayhem, where you attempt to avenge your father (and his father's father, and so on and so forth) by slaying the nefarious God King. A plethora of weapons, addictive gameplay (think Punch-Out!! with monsters) and some of the best graphics on iPad will keep you hooked for hours.
Real Racing HD [Buy it]
You'll never see Sony's Gran Turismo on the iPad and you'll never miss it, thanks to Real Racing HD. This simulation heavy racer looks phenomenal stretched across that glorious screen, with realistic graphics that pull you into each thrilling event. Beyond that, there's a 76-mission career mode, 48 real world cars, local and online multiplayer, 12 tracks, multiple camera views and more. You'll love it.
Then again, perhaps you'd rather go with the sequel, Real Racing 2 HD, which features iPad 2 specific features. [Buy it]
Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD [Buy it]
If you prefer arcade style racing, Asphalt 6 delivers. Gameloft's latest entry in its respected series is pure eye candy, from the slick looking rides to the colorful courses inspired by locations around the world. In addition, it's a blast to play, with powerful nitro boosts, shortcuts and a variety of different modes that'll keep you coming back for more.
Aralon: Sword and Shadow HD [Buy it]
You'll definitely get your money's worth with Aralon. This Elder Scrolls inspired RPG transports you to a gorgeous 3-D world teeming with beautiful scenery, four unique character classes, over 50 quests and plenty of other features guaranteed to keep you playing for weeks.
Cut the Rope HD [Buy it]
The iPad has no shortage of puzzle games, and Cut the Rope should be on the top of your must buy list. Chillingo's award-winning strategy game tasks you with dropping candy into a cute little critter's waiting mouth by...wait for it...cutting the rope. Check it out, and beware the spikes. It's trickier than it looks.
Fruit Ninja HD [Buy it]
Chop fruit in Halfbrick Studios' mega hit. Just watch out for bombs, or it's game over. With a variety of modes, colorful graphics and addictive gameplay, you'll have a blast slashing apples and oranges.
If you dig this, be sure to try the Fruit Ninja inspired Veggie Samurai HD. [Buy it]
Plants vs. Zombies HD [Buy it]
Defend the front lawn from gangs of flesh-eating freaks, but in the most unconventional ways. Instead of taking a shotgun to their heads, you must dispose of the zombie horde with a variety of plants. Happy gardening.
World of Goo HD [Buy it]
The WiiWare and PC smash hit plays the best on the iPad, as you manipulate multicolored goo balls with your fingers to create bridges. It's incredibly tough, but rewarding the whole way through.
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Angry Birds HD [Buy it]- If you download Seasons HD, you might as well purchase the game that started the craze.
Scrabble [Buy it]- The celebrated board game, now for the iPad.
Spider-Man: Total Mayhem HD [Buy it]- Everyone's favorite web slinger pummels bad guys in this third person adventure.
Rage HD [Buy it]- A stunning first person shooter with plenty of mutants to blast.
Shadow Guardian HD [Buy it]- Gameloft's Uncharted inspired adventure sends you around the world in search of fortune and glory.
Dungeon Hunter 2 HD [Buy it]- A sweet Diablo style dungeon crawler.
N.O.V.A. 2: Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance HD [Buy it]- The closest you'll get to playing Halo on the iPad.
Dead Space [Buy it]- EA brings its spooky series to iPad, complete with all the monster dismembering fun.
Battleheart [Buy it]- Adorable strategy game that challenges you to form a party and fight monsters.
Mirror's Edge [Buy it]- Free running game based on the Xbox 360/PS3 hit.
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit [Buy it]- Run from the law or bust criminals in this fast paced racer.
Need For Speed Shift [Buy it]- Definitely a cool alternative to Real Racing HD. Check out the cockpit view.
Madden NFL 11 [Buy it]- Throw the pigskin around the field in EA Sport's impressive HD football game.
Civilization Revolution [Buy it]- Conquer the world in this faithful addition to the celebrated PC series.
Geometry Wars: Touch [Buy it]- Avoid and blast shapes, then watch the hours disappear.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD [Buy it]- Create a little anarchy in Rockstar's crime sim.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 [Buy it]- The boy wizard and friends enter the LEGO realm.
Back to the Future: Episode 1 HD [Buy it]- McFly! Cool point and click adventure based on the popular film trilogy.
Minigore HD [Buy it]- Cute twin stick shooter.
Age of Zombies [Buy it]- Dual stick shooting bliss.
Zombieville USA HD [Buy it]- Don't run from zombies. Just blow their brains out with a machine gun.
Trucks and Skulls HD [Buy it]- A homage to Angry Birds, complete with level editor.
Super Mega Worm [Buy it]- Rise up from the ground and snack on unsuspecting humans.
Puzzle Quest 2 [Buy it]- Match gems and fight monsters in this fantasy puzzler.
Broken Sword: Director's Cut HD [Buy it]- Sharp point and click adventure with lots of puzzles to solve.
Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition [Buy it]- Tilt your iPad to guide monkeys to the goal.
Grim Joggers [Buy it]- Exercise will never be the same.
Drawn: The Painted Tower HD [Buy it]- Spooky point and click adventure.
Call of Duty: Zombies HD [Buy it]- Defend your stronghold from brain munching freaks.
Rock Band Reloaded [Buy it]- Jam to a variety of songs using the guitar, drums and the iPad's microphone.
Monster Dash [Buy it]- Hop on your motorcycle and give those creatures the business.
Zen Bound 2 [Buy it]- Critically acclaimed puzzle game where you must paint a wooden object by physically tilting the iPad.
Pro Zombie Soccer Apocalypse Edition [Buy it]- Forget about scoring goals. Kick soccer balls to destroy the undead.
Collision Effect [Buy it]- Spacey puzzle game.
Carcassonne [Buy it]- Claim landmarks to defeat your opponents.
Inotia 3: Children of Carnia [Buy it]- Japanese style role-playing game, complete with 16-bit graphics.
Toki Tori HD [Buy it]- Grab eggs in this charming puzzle platformer.
Robot Unicorn Attack HD [Buy it]- Keep that unicorn moving while avoiding hazards.
Helsing's Fire HD [Buy it]- Use light to solve puzzles while avoiding monsters.
Reckless Racing HD [Buy it]- Go off road with EA's feature packed driving game.