Presenting five of the best, and most recent, games for iPad. All titles are valid for a purchase on the US App store.
Stop what you’re doing and buy Bastion. We gave it a great review when it released on Xbox Live earlier this year and the far cheaper iOS version is just as good, if not better suited to the touch controls. It controls well, looks and plays like a dream and is almost a third of the price it was on Xbox Live Arcade. Think of Bastion as the love child between Zelda and a bucket of LSD.
I’m not going to go into details here, but The World Ends with You: Solo Remix is deep, oceans deep. Perviously a Nintendo DS title, World Ends is a dizzying tale of revenge, robots and colourful screaming. There’s a sprawling city to explore, a richly detailed combat system to master and pin-sharp graphics to ogle at. The price is its downfall, but World Ends is worth the hefty entry fee.
I’m going to go ahead and call this the Super Meat Boy of iOS. One Tap Hero is a slick, challenging platformer with plenty to offer. Tap to jump, climb ladders, attack, whatever. There are no controls, outside of the intuitive and universal tap controls. Ultimately, it’s a refreshing change to other platform games which attempt to shoehorn in a virtual control scheme.
Turn-based gaming is dime-a-dozen on iOS, so when I say that it takes something truly special, such as Hero Academy to stand out amongst the rabble, you better listen up, yo. Hero Academy is special, it’s as if the developers took the concept of RTS, went full-retard and shat this gem out. Graphics are bright and bold, sound is a delight and gameplay neatly adapts to the gamers level of skill. It’s a a free game, with paid content for those who need to jump ahead of the pack.
A freely explorable world. An Infinity Blade-like battle system and console-like graphics, all wrapped up in an eight-hour long gaming sandwich. Horn is for us, the last word (this month at least) in iOS gaming. Take away the characters which you’ll care about, the pin-sharp graphics and still the rock-solid tap and touch gameplay remains. It’s an amazing experience that is for once strengthened by a lack of physical controls. Horn is an expensive purchase, but worth every cent.
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