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Which games do you prefer playing on the iPhone instead of the iPad?

04-27-2013, 01:53 AM
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Which games do you prefer playing on the iPhone instead of the iPad?

Hey guys,
I used to have an Android phone and an iPad 2. When I bought the iPad, I was like 'jeez how did I spend so much time on Battleheart and Dungeon Hunter 1 & 2 on a 3.7 inch screen?' (It was a Milestone 2, known as Droid 2 in the us).

One year later I have an iPhone 4S and there are games like Fangz, Miss Claire Garden and Tower of Fortune that I prefer to play on the tinier screen, something I never thought I'd come back to. Surpisingly I prefer Plasma-sky on the iPhone too since it's not bullet hell like Cave shooters.

Since my phone space is more limited (I use it for my music too) and I like to play in bed, which is cumbersome on the iPad, which games do you guys prefer on the smaller screen, if any?
04-27-2013, 03:15 AM
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None because I have an ipad mini wich is the perfect gaming size for anything.

04-27-2013, 03:22 AM
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Probably only games which have bad oversized ipad controls which are ok on the iphone. Also, maybe some tilt games, cause ipad games sometimes get heavy.

But generally never.

And prefer hdmi tv over ipad screen.
04-27-2013, 03:56 AM
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I prefer this on the iPhone!
04-27-2013, 06:05 AM
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I vote for tilt-based games too, the iPad is less comfortable to swing around.
To put names, stuff like Crazy Boxes, Temple Run & clones, Augmented Reality shooting games, etc.
04-27-2013, 06:57 AM
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Got about 500-600 apps on my iPod. Much prefer playing games on that than my iPad. I play all sorts of games. Obviously portability is the main reason I prefer gaming on it than the ipad
04-27-2013, 08:13 AM
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Practically nothing. I can imagine something like Ridiculous Fishing being comfortable on the small screen, but anything with touch controls, not so much. It was good while it lasted, but I can't go back.
04-27-2013, 08:18 AM
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For the games I'm interested in, I much prefer them on the iPod touch. Much more comfortable to hold for extended period and the portability is great. Awesome for the extended bathroom breaks during the day. ;-)

For some reason over time, I'm finding I'm using my iPad 3 less and less and just using the iPod touch mostly cause its too "heavy" for extended use if I'm holding it like a book. It's fine if I rest it on the bed or on my lap. I'm going to get the iPad mini 2 whenever it comes out so I may use that much more since I really prefer that size over the full size iPad.

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04-27-2013, 09:00 AM
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Quick answer: None.
iPad is superior in every way, except that tilt is less annoying with a smaller device, but I avoid tilt based games entirely anymore so that's a moot point for me.
I like to have a few casual or 2-minute fix games on my iPhone to play when I have a few minutes and my iPad isn't handy, but it isn't because I prefer playing them on iPhone, it's just that that's what I have with me 100% of the time.

There are already a bunch of threads about this or similar to this one. Here are a couple a quick search gave me:

04-27-2013, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Montanx View Post
None because I have an ipad mini wich is the perfect gaming size for anything.
This... Quoted for truth.

Other than that, one game i liked playing more on the smaller screen before was Infinity Blade. Also, Monster Ate My Condo and Dungeon Raid, coz i like playing them with one hand.

EDIT: Tower of Fortune is great on the smaller screen too.

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Last edited by Exact-Psience; 04-27-2013 at 09:59 AM.