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10 Free iPad Games that Every iPad Owner Should Download

/ May 17th, 2012 1 Comment

Angry Birds Rio

What makes a great free game for the iPad? The first thing of course is that it is truly free. Secondly it has to be good, even something free has to be worth you downloading it in the first place, and last but not least, it has to attract you to play it and go back playing it again and again.

There are thousands of games on the iPad, some of the brilliant, but the majority of them nothing more than just a five-minute blast before you put them down never to be played again. What we’ve done here is to select the ten very best iPad games that get you coming back time after time… some may even tempt you to buy add-ons or unlock extras modes for a little cash. This list takes into account playability in short spells, playability long-term and if they are supported by advertisements, how intrusive those advertisements can be.

So, in no particular order here are the “10 iPad Games that every iPad owner should download”.

01: Angry Birds Rio

Angry Birds Rio

Angry Birds Rio

The whole world knows and loves Angry Birds, it was the game that took mobile gaming to a new level, and it’s a game that just does not get old no matter how much you play it. Angry Birds Rio is one of its follow-up titles and plays in exactly the same way as the original Angry Birds. Graphically this newer version of the classic title looks stunning on the iPad screen, and is silky smooth to play. Music is great on the menu screen, and the sound effects are suitable for this game. It has 12 levels and 15 Rio Golden Beach Ball levels over 4 episodes and adds a whole new clutch of achievements. For anyone who has not played Angry Birds, it’s really a simple physics based game where you catapult a bird towards various caged birds in order to release them. The caged birds will be placed in various situations where you have to break your way through the scenery. It’s all very simple, yet sometimes frustrating, yet never boring.

02: Bejewelled Blitz

Think of Bejewelled Blitz as a super-quick fix of your favourite puzzle game. It’s played over 60 second games in which you simply have to line up 3 or more jewels in a row so they disappear. It takes the original Bejewelled formula and makes it faster and more frenetic than ever before. Sound effects are simple and effective and graphically the game is again simple but very effective. An addictive game which you can play in very small bursts.

03: Zombie Tower

Tower Defence games were once all the rage. Zombie Tower is your basic Tower Defence game but with Zombies. Zombies are of course all the rage a moment and this game is as good as any Zombie killing, Tower Defence game can get. Addictive, fun and captivating. Sometimes though the difficulty between each level is ramped up a little too high, and you can end up pulling your hair out in frustration. But, at the end of the day, that’s the whole fun of it. Graphically this game looks great on the iPad screen, and sound effects are just as good. The game features 12 challenging levels, unlock-able new tower with four different type of tower and seven types of Zombies.

04: Temple Run

Temple Run

Temple Run

Hang on a second while I put down my iPad… Yes! That’s how addictive Temple Run is! It’s a treasure hunting game, where you swipe the screen and tilt the iPad in order to run as fast as you can to collect all the goodness that lays in your path. You can unlock seven different characters, who all do the same thing, run as fast as they can, being chased by evil monsters. The path in front of you has various obstacles and has various sharp turns. As you run, the game gets faster and faster, and if you collect the correct power-ups this gives you a chance to collect more points. And that’s this games strong point, trying to beat your own score. It’s another lesson in simple equals more fun, and it works a treat. Its not only one of the most addictive games, its also one of the best looking, with suitably atmospheric sound effects and tune.

05: Jetpack Joyride

Based on the classic computer scrolling helicopter game where you press a button to raise and let it go to fall as the screen scrolls sideways, Jetpack Joyride is that game on adrenalin and looking stunning on your iPad. You need to collect coins and travel as far as you can while avoiding obstacles in your way which range from spinning electric fences to lasers zapping almost every inch of the screen. What makes Jetpack Joyride more fun than a lot of games is the fact you can quickly collect coins and spend them on various upgrades which makes the game worth every penny.

06: GT Racing Motor Academy Free HD

Think of this game as Gran Turismo for the iPad, only free! Its a great looking game and is an ideal starting point which will no doubt lead you to buying the full game. The one concern of racing games on the iPad is the controls, a GT Racing does not disappoint with a wide range of customisable options making the game suitable for a wide range of players. Racing is fun, and the computer opponents give you a good challenge. GT Racing is quite a large download at 519MB, however, it is worth every bit of storage space that you have on your iPad.

07: Undead Attack Pinball

Pinball on the iPad just works, and Undead Attack Pinball HD gives you three different pinball tables and various modes of play. It adds further elements to the old pinball genre by adding a gate to the bottom of your screen which you must protect against Zombie attack. You can do this by simply boosting up a little power and then shooting nearby Zombies when they get too close. It all fits perfectly to the game and gives it that certain something different that makes the game very enjoyable. Graphics are simple and effective, and sound effects work well with the game. If there’s only one pinball game that is downloaded on an iPad, then this little gem should fulfil your every need.

08: Draw Something

Ok, surely Draw Something should be called “Pictionary”? It is that game, but for your iPad. You play it with friends on Facebook and it works seamlessly between various platforms (iPad, iPhone and Android). Take it in turns to draw a picture, let your friend guess it, and then they draw a picture back for you. It’s a good time-waster, and games can last weeks or longer. The more friends you play with, the more coins you collect, which then allows you to by more colours. You can draw as crude or as artistic as you want. This game is fun, although the 900 word dictionary for the free version can become repetitive after a few weeks play.

09: Wolfenstein 3-D

Currently free for the Platinum version on App Store, this is the First-Person-Shooter that started it all. Wolfenstein is the grand-daddy of the FPS genre and surprisingly still plays well today. Controls are simple with just turn left/right, forward and backward and fire being available. You have to destroy all the evil Nazi’s on the map and progress to the next map. You’ll encounter various Nazi troops and quite often some mad German Shepard dogs who all try and take your life. It’s fun, it’s timeless and it shows that you can’t keep a good game down.

10: Supersonic

Supersonic iPad

Supersonic iPad

Leaving what is probably the best game until last, Supersonic is a futuristic racing game with some pretty spectacular vector graphics, sensational ambient dance tunes and a control system that works flawlessly. It’s a racing game where you have to collect the jewels, and avoid hitting the oncoming brick walls. There are a couple of modes of play, one where you have to see how far you can travel and how many points you can accumulate, and one mode of play where you have to collect time tokens and see how long you can survive. Which-ever mode you choose, you can be sure for an visual and sonic treat, and another session of “just-one-more-go” game-play. The game speeds up itself, and you simply have to tilt the iPad to the left or right to keep aiming for the jewels and avoiding the walls etc. This game really shows off the power of the iPad, and should be an essential download for fans of any kind of gaming.

Mark Adams
Mark Adams been gaming since 1977 and owned almost every console since the original Pong machine. Gaming has always been part of his life and he enjoys a variety of games and his mind is always open to new experiences in the gaming world. Over the years he has written gaming articles for blogs and local newspapers, and he always tries and add something a little bit different from your usual review. He works in IT for a small local company in Wales, and when he's not working, he's gaming!
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    Great article!

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