Best of the Best
#1 Angry Birds Rio
They're in Rio de Janeiro, and they're angrier! This sequel to the wildly successful franchise includes elements and twists from the Fox motion picture, Rio. A must-have if you already own the original.
2. Tiny Wings
This fun little game knocked down Angry Birds from the top spot in the games section earlier this year. Simple, beautiful and addictive.
3. Flight Control
This App Store classic is a steal at $.99, and new updates continually refresh the fun. Just touch and drag planes to their landing zones and watch the hours fly by.
1. Texas Hold'em Poker
(see "Best Free" section on right)
2. Zynga Poker
Play poker live against six million daily users. Choose from a 5 or 9 person poker table or jump right into a tournament. Great for both beginners and experts.
3. Blackjack Free
Fake money, but real fun. Practice all your strategies to maximize your earnings in this classic rendition of the standard casino game.
1. Stickman BMX Free
The sequel to Stickman Skater delivers at the same level as the original. It features 60 scrolling levels, real BMX tricks, hidden paths, and re-engineered physics.
2. Mr Giggle 2 HD Lite
Fun, addictive, and simple. Swipe the blocks to match them up by color and rack points before the time runs out. The game helps you find combinations until you leave the beginner level.
3. Texas Hold'em Poker
Great graphics, a user-friendly interface, and plenty of opportunities for socializing. The app also includes tutorials and two types of in-game currency.
1. Chaos Rings Omega
The latest installment in the successful Chaos Rings RPG series. It features gorgeous 3D graphics, smooth animations, classic RPG gameplay, a refined user interface, and a rich story line.
2. Dungeon Hunter 2
This addictive hack 'n slash game comes with finely tuned controls, three difficulty levels, and hundreds of items and weapons to collect.
3. Sacred Odyssey - Rise of Ayden
This is an ambitious action RPG. Ride through this epic adventure and build up your character to overcome ever-increasing challenges and puzzles.
1. Doodle Jump
"Easy to learn, and difficult to master." That's how the developers describe this addictive game. A simple race to the top becomes even more challenging with its new multiplayer feature.
Canabalt's logo reminds me of an iconic Michael Jackson image from the 80's, and this game's retro look certainly fits the bill. Fast-paced, simple, and pixelated seems to be the perfect recipe for addiction.
3. Fruit Ninja
iPad version: $2.99,
Slice your way through juicy action and challenge your friend's ninja skills. You can play Zen, Classic, or Arcade mode. Great for a few minutes or several hours of entertainment.
A beautiful and robust first-person shooter. You can play three game modes: Team Deathmatch, Free for All, or Capture the Flag. The game includes 19 maps and 7 different weapons.
2. Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus
($6.99, app2.me/3973; iPad version: $6.99,
Choose one of the 3 characters and immerse yourself into 12 battlefields settings. Multiplayer supports up to 10 online or local players.
3. Worms 2: Armageddon
Cartoon-style visuals and comical audio make this turn-based strategy game a must-have. Multiplayer supports one to four local players, or two online players.
Best Word Games
1. Words With Friends
($1.99, app2.me/377; iPad version: $2.99,
Join the 20 million people already addicted to word-building fun times. The turn-based gameplay lets you participate in up to 20 games at the same time.
Link letters up, down, and all around you in this award-winning game from PopCap. Play classic or timed games, and enjoy an unlimited number of levels.
3. Wheel of Fortune Platinum
iPad version: $6.99,
Enjoy over 1,400 puzzles written by the producers of the show, complete with sound effects and music true to the show. Play against friends locally or online.
1. Shanghai Mahjong
Photorealistic game tiles make this game beautiful no matter what device you play it on. Stay challenged for a long time with over 50 tile sets.
This game features 200 board layouts, 30 background pictures, and 9 tile sets. A great way to enjoy this classic and challenging game.
3. Mahjong Towers Touch HD
Customize your tile patterns and music, and choose among the top 192 user-generated tile sets to play. Your progressive achievements depend on skill, not speed.
1. 6th Planet
Guide your space pod to the other landing site. In between levels, enjoy stories about the main character in comic book style. Unlock 50 master levels after beating the game.
2. Sky Combat
Combining classic arcade gameplay with cutting-edge graphics, Sky Combat comes through as a gorgeously crafted vertical shooter.
3. The King of Fighters
Beautiful visuals and high-resolution graphics. You can fight three-on-three battles, or one-on-one single battles. You can also pull off complex commands with the simple touch controls.
1. Storm in a Teacup
Navigate this dream-like world and solve puzzles, avoid pitfalls, and beat bad guys. This imaginative platform is unique, and features rich and detailed physics-based puzzles.
2. Feed Me Oil
iPad version: $1.99,
Use your tools and brains to get the oil from the broken pipes to the mouths of the strange creatures. Realistic physics lets you solve each puzzle in an infinite number of ways.
3. Casey's Contraptions
(iPad only: $2.99,
Help Casey get his toys back by building crazy contraptions. Enjoy over 70 levels and 30 contraption-building items. You can also access contraptions created by other players.
Best for Kids
1. Bumpy Road
Bump the road with your finger and guide the old couple towards memories of their past. This app features beautiful aesthetics and a moving story line.
2. Toca Tea Party
(iPad only: $2.99,
Stir your child's imagination by having a tea party around your iPad. Set the table, choose your favorite cookies and cakes, and serve the tea. Great for kids three and up.
3. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
Play over 40 levels as Harry, Ron and Hermione. Interact with many more characters. Explore Hogwarts and engage in countless hours of gameplay based on the Harry Potter books and movies.
Made for iPad
The definitive sword-action fighting game. This game is optimized for the iPad 2 and iPhone 4, and rivals the gameplay of most full-fledge console systems.
2. World of Goo HD
A beautiful and surprising visual treat at every level. Step into a whole new world and try to satisfy the Goo Balls' undying curiosity.
3. Real Racing 2 HD
A visually stunning and well-crafted racing game that literally puts the steering wheel in your hands. This is another game that rivals console systems in gameplay, graphics, and features.
1. Reckless Getaway
You've robbed the bank, now what? You have to get away, of course! Dodge, smash, and crash your way through these 16 great levels.
2. Real Racing 2
iPad version: $9.99,
While we already mentioned the iPad version of this game in a previous section, it deserves a second mention under this category.
3. Death Rally
How can you go wrong with racing and weapons? The game has fantastic visuals and the gameplay is intense, addictive, and explosive.
1. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six®: Shadow Vanguard
The iconic franchise makes its iOS debut with 11 epic missions and a rich multiplayer feature for up to 10 players.
2. N.O.V.A. 2 - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance
iPad version: $6.99,
A great sci-fi first-person shooter.
Features multiplayer gameplay for up to 10 players with 10 different maps.
3. Contract Killer
Step into a world of assassins, mobsters, and criminals. Receive your mission, then capture your target or put them down. Choose from 17 story missions and 20 distinct weapons.
1. NBA Jam
iPad version: $4.99,
"He's on fire!" Play this classic two-on-two arcade game the same way you remember it. Unlock legendary players and go up against your friends via local Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
2. FIFA 11
($2.99, app2.me/3997; iPad version: $10.99,
Visual effects that maximize the retina display make owning the latest rendition of this classic franchise a must. Play with your friends through the local multiplayer feature
3. iStunt 2- Snowboard
Escape deadly buzz saws, keep you balance through gravity shifts and speed boosts, and grind your way to victory in this fast paced and insanely addictive snowboarding game.
Which do you find better for gaming: iPad or iPhone/iPod touch?
"It's a toss up. I definitely think the iPad is better to use for gaming since the screen is much larger. However, I always have my iPhone on me, so it is much more convenient to play a game wherever I am."
"Although the resolution on the iPad is excellent, the iPhone wins for me hands down as I am always on the go and the iPhone is there with me. I would probably use the iPad for gaming at home more. "
" I personally prefer the iPad because of the screen size and the HD graphics. When I play Plants vs. Zombies, I like seeing the zombies blown up on a larger scale"
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