Finally got an iPad Air

03-30-2014, 08:07 AM
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Finally got an iPad Air

Hi everyone! After all these years I finally got an iPad Air. This is my first ipad. I'm getting old so I'm excited to start gaming on a bigger screen. Are there any recommendations for the best ipad only games? I have a ton of games for my iPhone 5s that are universal so I know I'll put some of them on there but I wasn't sure if there are any ipad only games that are worth playing. Thanks!
03-30-2014, 08:29 AM
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Originally Posted by J.R. Jalapeno View Post
Hi everyone! After all these years I finally got an iPad Air. This is my first ipad. I'm getting old so I'm excited to start gaming on a bigger screen. Are there any recommendations for the best ipad only games? I have a ton of games for my iPhone 5s that are universal so I know I'll put some of them on there but I wasn't sure if there are any ipad only games that are worth playing. Thanks!
Depends what genres you are into!
FTL next week

Skulls of the Shogun is one of my favourite iPad only games (correction, it is Universal but will be much better on iPad - can't imagine it on a phone!). There are lots of board games that are iPad only (or better) due to the required screen size, like Eclipse new dawn for the galaxy, Small World 2, Space Hulk, Puerto Rico, Agricola, Ticket to Ride and many others.

For more "gamey" type of board/strategy there is Autumn Dynasty (and Warlords), First Strike (a bit micro heavy for my liking right now), Civilization Revolution and lots of the card battle games are nicer on bigger screen like Quarriors, Might and Magic, Magic the Gathering, San Juan, Assassins Creed Recollection.

Also Stealth Inc is an amazing platformer - it is universal but would be totally unplayable compared to iPad I reckon.

Or adventure games like Monkey Island (1 and 2) are really nice to play on the bigger screen. Many others of those type!

For something more technical Uplink is awesome but a steep learning curve. As is Frozen Synapse.

And you could always try pinball which works amazing on iPad in portrait, so Pinball Arcade for real life tables or Zen for something more fantastical.

For multiplayer fun on same device you could do worse than Tank of Tanks and King of Opera.

Maybe my tastes are too eclectic!

03-30-2014, 08:35 AM
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Sweet. Thanks for the info! After I get these dishes done, I'm hooking up the ipad. I wanted to try games first that I couldn't get on the phone. I'll definitely be getting a lot on your list. I love playing all styles of games. Arcade types are my favorite since I grew up in the 70s and 80s but I'll play anything . Space hulk is definitely one I want to try. Have u played baulders gate ? any good Thx again
03-30-2014, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by J.R. Jalapeno View Post
Sweet. Thanks for the info! After I get these dishes done, I'm hooking up the ipad. I wanted to try games first that I couldn't get on the phone. I'll definitely be getting a lot on your list. I love playing all styles of games. Arcade types are my favorite since I grew up in the 70s and 80s but I'll play anything . Space hulk is definitely one I want to try. Have u played baulders gate ? any good Thx again
No worries!

Baldurs gate, I did fall for the hype on the first one they released but TBH found it frustrating beyond belief so it was a waste of 7 for me. No doubt it's a great RPG but the controls were awful and it's just too deep for me and my playing time maybe. I forgot, Shadowrun is an iPad only RPG that is really really nice. Not your typical fantasy theme, with really nice graphics and good combat.

For arcade, you mean shooters and stuff? Mutant Storm is a heck of an experience on Ipad!

Oh and Crabitron was designed for iPad, although they made it universal afterwards but it's obviously geared for 2 hands on iPad use.
03-30-2014, 08:45 AM
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Baldurs Gate 2:EE (it's so much better in any way than the first one, imo) and of course Shadowrun, which are both fantastic RPG's. If you're into the TCG kind of games than keep your eyes open for the upcoming Hearthstone. Almost any game looks and plays better on a big retina display so just load that b*tch up with anything you want.

e: ah, and grats to your new iPad!

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03-30-2014, 08:52 AM
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Baldurs Gate 2:EE (it's so much better in any way than the first one, imo) and of course Shadowrun, which are both fantastic RPG's. If you're into the TCG kind of games than keep your eyes open for the upcoming Hearthstone. Almost any game looks and plays better on a big retina display so just load that b*tch up with anything you want.
Lol thanks! I haven't been this excited to crack open a new piece of hardware in a long time. I feel 10 again. No better feeling than taking off the plastic and opening the box for the first time. . I'm sure I'll fill up the 32 gigs in no time.
03-30-2014, 08:57 AM
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I'll definitely try mutant storm. I love all shooters from galaga to geometry wars, etc. Its a shame all the cave games aren't universal. Can see paying for them again. My favorite shooter is tempest and the vita version rocks. I have an Atari jag with tempest and the spinner control and I even have an arcade cabinet. Sometimes simple games are the way to go
03-30-2014, 08:59 AM
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Infinity Blade III is designed for the 64bit A7 chip and looks extremely SHINY on the iPad Air.

Anomaly 2 looks stunning too, it's an awesome "reverse tower defense" game.

Tengami is a neat little adventure game with a very lovely papercraft art style.

=>> HEY YOU! Why own an iPad if you haven't played CRABITRON? <<=

Playing: Corridor Z, Goblin Sword, Lost Toys, Duet Game, Layton Brother, Threes!, Solomon's Keep, Crabitron, Punch Quest, IB3, Sword & Sworcery (Recommend them all!)
03-30-2014, 09:18 AM
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Infinity Blade III is designed for the 64bit A7 chip and looks extremely SHINY on the iPad Air.

Anomaly 2 looks stunning too, it's an awesome "reverse tower defense" game.

Tengami is a neat little adventure game with a very lovely papercraft art style.
Thanks squashy! I have to say the toucharcade community is the best on the web. I've been here from the beginning (I think), and I wouldn't go anywhere else.
03-30-2014, 09:53 AM
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Location: Michigan, USA
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None of these are ipad only but are superior on the ipad
Star Wars: KOTOR
XCOM
Block Fortress: War
Bug Heroes 2
Heroes and Castles
Sorcery! 1&2
EPOCH 2
Lone Wolf
Infinity Blade 3
The Walking Dead: Season 1&2
The Wolf Among Us
The Room 1&2
Hero Siege
Wave Wave
Oceanhorn
Lego Star Wars Saga
Kingdom Rush
Kingdom Rush: Frontiers
War Hammer Quest
Device 6
Colossatron