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Best iPhone games for iPad?

03-08-2010, 04:12 PM
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Best iPhone games for iPad?

The iPad is less than 4 weeks away, and I'm sure most people intending on buying one are looking forward to the new world of apps and games created with the big screen and extra power in mind.

But no one knows how long it will take for the real interesting titles to launch, so in the first weeks we may still be turning to our large collections of iPhone games for entertainment. My question is, what iPhone games out now are going to be best served by the iPad?

Note: I'm talking about games in their current condition, unmodified, and merely pixel-doubled for use on the iPad as shown in the original iPad presentation. Not which games should be ported to run and display natively (although obviously that would be nice). These games will have some fundamental reason why they might work better or just differently on the big screen, even without programming changes. Having graphics that would scale up nicely is a must, too - be careful with anything 3D.

Also think carefully about anything that uses the accelerometer. This is a much bigger device we're talking about, and iPhone games might not be well tuned for the change.

My list:

Flight Control - More detailed path control and "tabletop command center" perspective may encourage tighter strategies.

Blastination - I think the bigger screen might make it easier to place your walls and picture the trajectory of your bounces. It might also better serve the concept of indirectly controlling the sliding "puck".

Spirit - Navigate in-between clouds of enemies with ease! Larger screen will keep your finger out of the way, and the existing ability to adjust sensitivity should come in handy.

Peggle - This may be stretching my rules a little, but it should look nice and I just have a feeling that the immediacy of the iPad will add that little bit extra to an already addictive game.

Hand of Greed - It will be interesting to see how this plays out with larger coins and blades to interact with.

Alphabetic - Even with larger letters, something tells me this won't be easier.

Flyloop - Always felt a little cramped compared to the original Orisinal Floats. Relaxing nature fits the laid-back style of the iPad.

Galcon - See "Flight Control" and "tabletop command center". The epic scale should be great for atmosphere. Unofficial single-screen co-op might actually even the odds against the harder CPUs.

Eliss - Even more a game of Twister than on the iPhone, although some maneuvering situations could benefit. Nice unofficial co-op opportunity, too!

TanZen - Tangrams has always been a better physical puzzle, and the iPad brings it one step closer.

MazeFinger - Should be easier to keep your finger within the maze, and traversing the mazes will require even more physical movement.

And just to make it an even dozen, what tablet could be complete without:

03-08-2010, 04:20 PM
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Touchgrind and board games, like scrabble and monopoly

03-08-2010, 04:22 PM
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thumpies. eco punk.
03-08-2010, 04:23 PM
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how could you forget Labyrinth
03-08-2010, 04:24 PM
Board games (like Julzsantana said)
Plants Vs. Zombies
Cows in Space
03-08-2010, 04:28 PM
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+plants vs. zombies. i think accelorometer based games will be awful, cuz the device is pretty unweildy to be tilting all over the place. GTA will be sick, because you'll be able to see so much more of the city on the same screen.In depth RTS's like The Settlers might become popular (because the things that are crammed onto the iphone screen can now be spread out on the iPad. Pocket God will be crazy fun.
03-08-2010, 04:31 PM
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Sway! Go Lizzy!
03-08-2010, 04:43 PM
um i have 1 question, im thinking about buying an ipad but can you play all the games i have for my iphone for the ipad without having to buy the apps again???
03-08-2010, 05:09 PM
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tap tap revenge

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03-08-2010, 05:58 PM
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Here's some ideas:


Eliss (yeah, you mentioned it)

Enviro-Bear 2010

Labyrinth 2

Zen Bound


Argon Synthesizer