Just bought iPad Air...tips and suggestions please

08-03-2014, 01:28 PM
#1
Just bought iPad Air...tips and suggestions please

hi everyone,

long time iPhone gamer here. Just bought myself my first tablet, the iPad Air. still not sure if I even like it. So big and weird to use after using nothing but phones and laptops for so many years anyway. I have a few questions:

1. What iPad exclusive games are there? I have hearthstone and fates forever... I also know I need to get FTL
2. What games do you guys prefer to play on an iPad instead of an iPhone? I'm finding it difficult since I am used to laying in bed with my iPhone and being able to easily access all of the phones screen space with two fingers
3. What position do you play iPad games? Do you sit at a desk? Do you hold the iPad? Does it lay on the desk? Do us have a stand for it?

Any help would be appreciated. Right now I'm still unsure if I should just return it and stick with my iPhone

Thanks!
08-03-2014, 01:34 PM
#2
There's Hearthstone.

08-03-2014, 05:33 PM
#3
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Battleheart and Battleheart Legacy are awesome on the wider screen.

So are the Anomaly games.

Strategy games, be they turn-based or real-time, also play soooo much better on the ipads. XCom, Autumn Dynasty, Warhammer Quest and Final Fantasy Tactics to name a few.

Rhythm games are pretty much made for ipads too. Cytus, Demons Score, Deemo and Theatrhythm are some great examples.

Shmups like Danmaku Unlimited 2, Phoenix HD, and Sky Force are a natural fit for the ipads.

And you'll want to have Zen Pinball and its tables.

And since you are rocking the ipad air, tis great to get the games that look so darn spiffy on it: Infinity Blade 3, EPOCH.2, Anomaly 2, Star Horizon, Sky Force, Asphalt 8 and Oceanhorn are divine.

Exact-Psience My 2014 Top 10 Games of the Year: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Hearthstone, VVVVVV, Battleheart Legacy, Wayward Souls, Bug Heroes 2, Powerpuff Girls Defenders of Townsville, Deep Loot, Monument Valley, Bioshock Honorable Mentions: Traps N Gemstones, Bardbarian, Goblin Sword
08-03-2014, 06:17 PM
#4
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Originally Posted by ChrisToscano View Post
hi everyone,

long time iPhone gamer here. Just bought myself my first tablet, the iPad Air. still not sure if I even like it. So big and weird to use after using nothing but phones and laptops for so many years anyway. I have a few questions:

1. What iPad exclusive games are there? I have hearthstone and fates forever... I also know I need to get FTL
2. What games do you guys prefer to play on an iPad instead of an iPhone? I'm finding it difficult since I am used to laying in bed with my iPhone and being able to easily access all of the phones screen space with two fingers
3. What position do you play iPad games? Do you sit at a desk? Do you hold the iPad? Does it lay on the desk? Do us have a stand for it?

Any help would be appreciated. Right now I'm still unsure if I should just return it and stick with my iPhone

Thanks!
Shadowrun Returns, Panzer Corps, Blood Bowl, Battle Academy, Space Hulk, Commander: Great War are top tier iPad only games.
08-03-2014, 10:35 PM
#5
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If you just bought it, I would return it because they are releasing new ones within two months. That's what I would do if I were you.
08-03-2014, 11:18 PM
#6
If you like Hidden Object Games - they are much better on the bigger screen just because of size.

Many of the puzzlers and word games are nicer due to size - also I do a ton of web surfing that is so much nicer on the larger screen - also streaming content, books, photos, etc.

Get ICab browser for other browser emulates so you can get the desktop experience on a portable.

Oh, lastly a lot of tilt racing games are much easier for me to control on the iPad then the phone.

I used to almost exclusively use my iPhone until I got an iPad, and now I almost never use my iPhone for gaming.

Enjoy it! And, it is something to consider waiting a couple months to get the new version if you are not needing or sold on the current version.

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08-03-2014, 11:19 PM
#7
You can't go wrong with KOTOR & XCOM. Absolutely amazing games, perfect on the iPad Air.
08-03-2014, 11:24 PM
#8
Also -- I had an adjustment period too. I frequently use my iPad while lying down, and I kept dropping it on my lip. Ouch. For a few weeks I considered switching to the mini because the Air seemed so big and heavy compared to my phone (I know, I know...) but it really wasn't long before I realized I loved it.
08-04-2014, 01:35 PM
#9
Thanks for all the advice and input everyone! Pluto, I know what you mean about never using your iphone for gaming again. The screen is so small now that I know what playing on an ipad is like.

However, I find it hard to access the entire screen. How do you guys hold the ipad or which fingers do you use when playing? I was trying to play Fates Forever yesterday and you have to use the entire screen to move your character AND you have all your skills that you need to access along the left hand side. Finding it difficult to maneuver.

Anybody have tips for playing with the larger ipad screen?

Thanks again.
08-04-2014, 02:25 PM
#10
I do play differently with the iPad. Where I used my thumbs for a d-pad on my phone, I tend to use my pointer fingers on my iPad. I also tend to make my d-pads as small as possible when the game allows adjustments. Also, I prop up my iPad to a comfy angle so I'm not using any strength to support the iPad. It makes a big difference.