iPad : Games

All the best iPad apps rated, reviewed and ready for download.

Best game apps for whittling away dull train journeys, dull meetings, and dullness in general. Power up your phone with these playful gaming apps.

1
The Room

The Room

A brilliantly compact, well constructed and atmospheric puzzler that’s likely to give you chills. This is iOS gaming at its best.

5
2

£1.49

2
The Lighthouse HD

The Lighthouse HD

A challenging game, which shines out among a crowded sea of similar line-drawing titles.

4
2

£1.99

3
The Moogies

The Moogies

Good, wholesome cartoon-like fun for kids that won’t send parents insane either

3
2

£0.69

4
Aztec Antics

Aztec Antics

An Inca-redibly fun multiplayer experience, though you Maya not find the single-player game as engrossing.

4
2

£1.49

5
Babel Rising 3D

Babel Rising 3D

A fun – sometimes frustrating – mix of tower defense and godly destruction that’s a good option for blowing off some pent-up steam.

3
2

FREE

6
Bad Piggies HD

Bad Piggies HD

A promising start and very close to bringing home the bacon, but this game’s sometimes a bit of a boar.

3
2

£0.69

7
Bastion

Bastion

A positively beautiful action-RPG with heavy-hitting action, smart writing, and more personality than the rest of its genre put together.

5
2

£0.69

8
Bladeslinger Ep.1

Bladeslinger Ep.1

Good looking as Bladeslinger Ep. 1 might be, it’s a hollow and oft-miserable slog. Hit the saloon, instead.

1
3

£1.99

9
English Country Tune

English Country Tune

It’s enormous fun and tests the old grey matter, even if you do find yourself shouting at the game on a regular basis.

4
2

£1.99

10
FIFA 13

FIFA 13

FIFA 13 is the best football sim we’ve played on iOS, and is great for the price, even if there’s still room for improvement.

4
3

£4.99

11
Eufloria HD

Eufloria HD

An intriguing strategy game – enjoyable and ambient, but it feels rather simple, despite all its options.

3
2

£2.99

12
About Love, Hate And Other Ones

About Love, Hate And Other Ones

Thoughtful puzzling that requires a careful approach, but the slow-paced gameplay keeps things from ever being truly compelling.

3
2

£0.69

13
Demons’ Score

Demons’ Score

A fun, and occasionally inventive rhythm-action game, but the IAP system leads to repetition and feels distinctly like gouging.

3
2

£0.69

14
Angry Birds Star Wars HD

Angry Birds Star Wars HD

Fun for fans of Angry Birds and Star Wars alike, but the few new gimmicks mean The Force is merely strong(ish) in this one.

3
2

£0.69

15
Russian Dancing Man

Russian Dancing Man

Snake! SNAAAAAAKE! Oooh it’s a snake! Ah, no, it isn’t – it’s a flawed but loveable bit of rhythmic lunacy.

3
2

£0.69

16
Non Flying Soldiers

Non Flying Soldiers

Get out the world map, table and pointer: this is a veritable treat for the control freaks out there.

4
2

£0.69

17
Junk Jack

Junk Jack

Minecraft meets Mario. Junk Jack has ideas aplenty, but needs to better work out what it wants to do with them.

3
2

£1.99

18
Girls Love Robots

Girls Love Robots

You’ll like girls, robots, pies, moustaches – in fact, the majority of what this charming puzzler has in store.

4
2

£1.99

19
Cthulhu Saves The World

Cthulhu Saves The World

Poorly implemented touch controls sap some of the fun from this otherwise delightfully bizarre RPG romp.

3
2

£0.69

20
Gene Effect

Gene Effect

The visual splendor is somewhat spoilt by the dark tones, and levels are too slow-paced and repetitive to really grip you.

3
2

£1.99

21
MultiPonk for iPad

MultiPonk for iPad

A simple idea, beautifully coded. A, must-have title for, the iPad.

5
2

£1.99

22
Mutant Storm

Mutant Storm

Solid and respectable old-skool twin-stick action that’ll provide a challenge, whatever the weather.

4
2

£1.99

23
Ghost Trick

Ghost Trick

Unique, amusing and often comically dark, Ghost Trick is a thoroughly entertaining tale.

5
2

FREE

24
Great Big War Game

Great Big War Game

We’ll sing this in our loudest and proudest voice: this turn-based game gets an Editor’s Choice.

5
2

£1.99

25
Fieldrunners 2

Fieldrunners 2

Does little to further the tower defense genre, but few titles will ever reach the quality and longevity found in Fieldrunners 2.

4
3

£1.99

26
Commando Jack

Commando Jack

We applaud the effort to do something new, but mixing traditional tower defense with first-person shooting isn’t without its problems.

3
2

£0.69

27
Conquest! Medieval Realms

Conquest! Medieval Realms

Is it worth the exclamation mark? This strategy conqueror’s nothing original so perhaps not, but it is fun, nonetheless.

3
2

£1.99

28
Chrono&Cash

Chrono&Cash

Initially off-putting, but perseverance and a little patience reaps rewards, revealing one of the best quickfire platform games for iOS.

4
3

£1.49

29
Alexandria Bloodshow

Alexandria Bloodshow

An extremely satisfying blend of tower defense and card collecting. There’s amusing gory bits, too.

4
2

FREE

30
Alien Breed

Alien Breed

A blast-’em-up blast from the past that irons out some kinks, but avoids steamrolling what made the original such a classic.

4
2

£1.99

31
AXL: Full Boost

AXL: Full Boost

Could have been a contender, but in play, AXL veers between being as sterile as its environments or as frustrating as a bug in a pint.

3
2

£0.69

32
Bike Baron

Bike Baron

Three stars, purely for the wonderful first half — but later levels are for the bloody-minded only

3
2

£1.49

33
Postman Pat SDS

Postman Pat SDS

A fun set of minigames that’ll keep the little ones occupied for hours. Postman Pat fans will be especially excited.

4
2

£1.99

34
Amazing Shape Shifters

Amazing Shape Shifters

You’ll be left switching between smart and stupid faster than the titular shapes. Ideally, approach while clutching a stress ball.

3
2

£0.69

35
Puzzle Agent 2 HD

Puzzle Agent 2 HD

It seemed promising, but this ponderous attempt at a puzzle adventure is just Layton the side down.

2
2

£1.99

36
Powerslide Penguin

Powerslide Penguin

A nice idea, but it’s too easy, and the level design is not nearly clever enough.

2
3

£0.69

37
Defender Chronicles II: Heroes of Athelia

Defender Chronicles II: Heroes of Athelia

A fresh perspective view on tower defense gaming, refreshingly offering an engaging plot and fascinating RPG elements. Bring on the hordes!

4
2

£0.69

38
Asphalt 7

Asphalt 7

More Asphalt 7: Reheated than Asphalt 7: Heat, but if you don’t own its predecessor, this is a must-buy.

4
2

£0.69

39
Band Together

Band Together

A neat little experiment, but it’s all over when it should be getting into its stride.

2
2

£0.69

40
Gratuitous Space Battles

Gratuitous Space Battles

A big bag of space goodies to experiment with, culminating in truly eye-popping space carnage. Ka-pow!

4
3

£6.99

41
Gluddle

Gluddle

Gluddle has the looks and sounds perfectly nailed, but sadly, its frustrating controls bounce off-target.

3
3

£0.69

42
Collins Big Cat: Playing Story Creator

Collins Big Cat: Playing Story Creator

The story creator is the star of the show here, turning your child into the author, which is much more fun than the weakly animated story.

4
3

£2.49

43
Brainsss

Brainsss

Control issues aside, this is a decent game, and at least you get to be the zombies rather than just shooting at the poor buggers.

3
2

£1.99

44
Shark Dash

Shark Dash

A stern face at the unnecessary and irksome IAP, but a happy, shark-like toothy grin at everything else.

4
2

£0.69

45
Shine Runner

Shine Runner

A great foundation for a mirthful arcade racer, but even shallower than its ancestors from 30 years ago.

2
2

£0.69

46
Autumn Dynasty

Autumn Dynasty

A beautifully constructed RTS with pleasant brain-ticklers that’s almost enough for us to wish the summer away.

5
2

£4.99

47
Bejeweled HD

Bejeweled HD

A polished (ha!), shiny (oho!) match game to treasure (OK, just stop now). But should it have been Universal? Yeah, probably.

4
2

£1.49

48
Chaos Rings II

Chaos Rings II

Spectacular, engaging and complex. Chaos Rings II is the best of the series, yet. Go grab your sword, because this is proper epic adventuring.

5
2

£13.99

49
Bullistic Unleashed

Bullistic Unleashed

Initially raucous, smashy fun, but we soon tired of the game’s mechanics and awful sound, despite its good looks and humour.

2
2

£1.49

50
Sonic & Sega: All Star Racing

Sonic & Sega: All Star Racing

Without doubt the finest kart racer on iOS, and also one of our favourite iOS games in any genre.

5
2

£1.49

51
Zigguarat

Zigguarat

An elegantly simple arcade-style alien blaster that’s all meat and no fat.

4
3

£0.69

52
Zen Pinball

Zen Pinball

You don’t get much better pinball for free, and the paid tables are worth a look too.

4
2

FREE

53
Battlefoot Adventure

Battlefoot Adventure

Simple and fun cartoon battles with an adventurous twist, and yours for a bargain price – get your swag on.

4
2

£0.69

54
Azkend 2 HD

Azkend 2 HD

You know when people bang on in a tiresome way that sequels are never as good as the originals? Well, um, that.

2
2

£3.99

55
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within HD

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within HD

Control issues aside, Warrior Within really is a magnificent sequel.

5
3

£2.99

56
Pulse: Volume One

Pulse: Volume One

Stylish, absorbing and challenging, but needs Game Center support and an injection of longevity and jolly.

3
2

£1.99

57
Rain, Sand, Stars

Rain, Sand, Stars

A mite frustrating at times, and very short; but also sweet, with engaging visuals and simple, addictive gameplay.

3
2

£0.69

58
Quantasm

Quantasm

Almost a good game, but undone by terrible pacing, which commits the cardinal sin of making a blasting game dull.

2
2

£0.69

59
New World Colony

New World Colony

A well-conceived strategy title with a good balance of depth and immediacy, but also a few quirks.

4
2

£1.29

60
Google Earth

Google Earth

A wonderful way to explore the world – you’ll be travelling and investigating for hours.

5
3

FREE

61
English Country Tune

English Country Tune

It’s enormous fun and tests the old grey matter, even if you do find yourself shouting at the game on a regular basis.

4
2

£2.99

62
Eufloria HD

Eufloria HD

An intriguing strategy game – enjoyable and ambient, but it feels rather simple, despite all its options.

3
2

£2.99

63
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!

Fast, free-falling fun that tried a bit too hard to be cool and ends up being a bit of a jerk. A loveable jerk, though.

4
2

£1.99

64
Draw Something

Draw Something

Compelling, and with endless hilarity. The sheer range of possibilities with different partners means there’s longevity here, too.

5
2

FREE

65
Dragon Portals HD

Dragon Portals HD

A little originality in match games can go a long way, but in this case it wasn’t enough to grab us

2
2

£2.99

66
Crimson: Steam Pirates

Crimson: Steam Pirates

A fast, extremely fun strategy game with a fantastic sense of humour.

5
3

FREE

67
Candy Boy

Candy Boy

A mixed bag: tricksy, fun puzzles surrounded by some needlessly tough-to-navigate platforming.

3
2

FREE

68
Jazz: Trump’s Journey

Jazz: Trump’s Journey

Unrefined mechanics tarnish this original iOS platformer, but luckily the stellar concept and aesthetics shine through.

3
3

£1.99

69
Judge Dredd vs Zombies

Judge Dredd vs Zombies

Dredd fans should add another star; everyone else should check out Minotron for superior confined-space shooty thrills.

3
2

FREE

70
Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land

Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land

Stunningly complex turn-by-turn strategy-based SIM redefines expectations for the iPad as games platform

5
3

£2.99

71
Grand Theft Auto 3

Grand Theft Auto 3

Even a decade on, GTA 3 remains a superb game. Yes, it’s violent and amoral, but it’s only for adults.

5
2

£2.99

72
Cubes vs Spheres

Cubes vs Spheres

It’s a simple idea, but this is great-looking game with challenging levels that’s thoroughly addictive.

4
2

£0.69

73
Blue Defense: Second Wave

Blue Defense: Second Wave

It’s Space Invaders with a twist! A great take on a classic.

4
2

£1.49

74
Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies

Hectic and atmospheric, as it should be, but a lack of maps holds this well-made shooter back.

4
2

£4.99

75
Batman Arkham City Lockdown

Batman Arkham City Lockdown

Satisfying for Batman fans, but almost comically short. We hope Batman returns with more foes to fight.

3
2

£3.99

76
Bumpy Road

Bumpy Road

Quaint and lovely, but ultimately harder than it needs to be.

3
2

£1.99

77
Bobo Explores Light

Bobo Explores Light

Children can play as they learn in this wildly imaginative and flawlessly immersive learning experience

5
2

£2.99

78
Xtreme Wheels

Xtreme Wheels

Great looks, great level design and spectacular crashes lift this bike game above the norm

4
3

£1.49

79
Let’s Golf 2 HD

Let’s Golf 2 HD

A full-featured and immensely enjoyable golf game

5
2

£2.99

80
Gyro13 – Steam Copter Arcade HD

Gyro13 – Steam Copter Arcade HD

Comes across more like a tech demo than a game. Visually quite impressive, but otherwise pedestrian

2
2

£3.99

81
Deflex

Deflex

Eye-searing, slightly unnerving, but different, engaging and highly recommended

4
2

£1.49

82
Edge Extended

Edge Extended

The same compelling gameplay, but with plenty of innovations and new levels to make it worth a second visit

4
3

£1.99

83
Espgaluda II HD

Espgaluda II HD

Shoot-’em-up joy from the masters of bullet hell, albeit at a ludicrous price. One for aficionados

5
2

£9.99

84
Civiballs

Civiballs

Somewhere between Newton’s cradle and a marble run, this puzzler is as fun as it is archaeologically suspect

4
2

£0.69

85
Joining Hands

Joining Hands

Short, but extremely sweet, and with a personality to melt even the stoniest of hearts

4
2

£1.99

86
Flick Champions HD

Flick Champions HD

Flawed, but the few stand-out events, combined with single-player cups and a multiplayer mode, ensures value for money

3
2

£1.99

87
Worms Crazy Golf HD

Worms Crazy Golf HD

Not quite a champion, but far from a double bogey, this mini-golf game easily makes the cut.

4
3

£2.49

88
Tilt to Live HD

Tilt to Live HD

Simple and beautiful, this game is perfectly suited to the iPad

4
2

FREE

89
Forever Drive

Forever Drive

A perfectly inoffensive time-waster, but if you’re after thrills and excitement then look elsewhere.

2
2

FREE

90
Ant Raid HD

Ant Raid HD

A hugely enjoyable RTS featuring the only ants you won’t want to nuke with powder from the garden centre

5
2

£1.99

91
King of Dragon Pass

King of Dragon Pass

A rich and complex game, but the static screens and overload of information makes it a little dry

4
2

£6.99

92
Aquaria

Aquaria

Vast and beautiful, but lacking that little extra something that would have made it better than nice

3
2

£1.99

93
Rocket Bunnies HD

Rocket Bunnies HD

The insane-looking rabbits raise frequent chuckles and the well-designed levels provide a satisfying challenge

4
3

£1.99

94
SHIFT 2: Unleashed

SHIFT 2: Unleashed

Merely unleashes a raging fury when you realise you could have been playing a better racer instead.

2
2

£2.99

95
Infinight: A Thrilling Light-Based Adventure with Multiplayer!

Infinight: A Thrilling Light-Based Adventure with Multiplayer!

A fairly straightforward mapping/maze game with a twist that adds plenty of atmosphere.

4
2

£1.49

96
Glowfish HD

Glowfish HD

A charming, playable, great-looking undersea adventure, with depth. (And the iPhone version’s just as good.)

4
2

£2.99

97
Greedy Bankers vs The World

Greedy Bankers vs The World

An excellent update to what was already a fine match game — recommended even if you own the original.

4
3

£1.99

98
Flick Soccer HD

Flick Soccer HD

A slick flick game that’s fun and addictive, but the whole concept needs to evolve next time out.

3
3

£2.99

99
DrawRace 2

DrawRace 2

Frequently frustrating, but a novel and surprisingly exciting take on a top-down racing game.

4
3

£1.99

100
NyxQuest HD

NyxQuest HD

Basic yet satisfying platforming fare, wrapped in an atmospheric mythological setting.

4
2

£0.69

101
No Human

No Human

A short but sweet physics puzzler pulled off with style.

4
2

£1.99

102
Back to the Future: Episodes 1-5

Back to the Future: Episodes 1-5

A fantastically enjoyable reunion of the characters, straight back into action.

4
2

£1.99

103
Contre Jour HD

Contre Jour HD

Not as original as it first appears, but nonetheless a beautiful and absorbing physics puzzler.

4
3

£1.99

104
Anomaly Warzone Earth

Anomaly Warzone Earth

A first-rate and surprisingly accessible strategy game. Worth invading a medium-sized country for.

5
2

£2.49

105
War Pinball

War Pinball

Gameprom is really getting the hang of this – War Pinball is its best set of tables yet, with plenty to keep you playing.

4
2

£1.99

106
Gesundheit! HD

Gesundheit! HD

Inventive and charming; if only control issues didn’t drag it down. Be wary on iPad and avoid on iPhone.

3
3

£1.99

107
Ducati Challenge HD

Ducati Challenge HD

Almost a fantastic racer – with a bit more polish and better tracks it could have been wheelie good.

3
2

£3.99

108
Battlefield 2: Bad Company

Battlefield 2: Bad Company

There’s enough good stuff here to make it worth a purchase, but it’s not up to the standard we expect.

3
2

£2.99

109
Casey’s Contraptions HD

Casey’s Contraptions HD

The many puzzles will keep you building and rebuilding for ages, even if the sandbox mode is imperfect.

5
2

£1.99

110
Master of Alchemy

Master of Alchemy

A rewarding puzzler that doesn’t quite do what it says on the tin.

4
2

£1.99

111
Max and the Magic Marker

Max and the Magic Marker

Has its moments, but this mixture of platforms and drawing doesn’t work as well as it thinks it does.

2
3

£2.99

112
Plants vs Zombies HD

Plants vs Zombies HD

Proof the undead can bring new life into a tired format.

5
2

£4.99

113
Luxor: Amun Rising HD

Luxor: Amun Rising HD

Luxor virgins will delight in the pleasures of Amun Rising, but existing fans won’t find much to entice them.

3
3

£2.99

114
Hunters: Episode One HD

Hunters: Episode One HD

A friendly yet challenging turn based strategy game that delivers fresh content every 24 hours.

4
2

£4.99

115
iMockups for iPad

iMockups for iPad

iMockups needs work, but it’s a quick way to sketch UIs. More features are promised.

3
2

£4.99

116
N.O.V.A 2 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance

N.O.V.A 2 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance

Much better for multi-playing rather than on your own.

4
3

£4.99

117
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12

A fantastic and sophisticated golf game. It’s just a shame about the lack of online options.

4
2

£3.99

118
Helsing’s Fire HD

Helsing’s Fire HD

One of the best iPhone puzzlers is now one of the finest iPad games. Just buy it and thank us later.

5
2

£1.79

119
Spider-Man: Total Mayhem HD

Spider-Man: Total Mayhem HD

A great-looking game with a slick combat system

4
2

£4.99

120
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown

A criminally good blend of Grand Theft Auto old and new.

5
2

£5.99

121
Final Fantasy III

Final Fantasy III

A genuinely lovely remake of a classic RPG, but the high pricing is questionable compared to its rivals.

4
2

£9.99

122
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Limited controls can’t spoil this wizardy adventure.

4
2

£2.99

123
Atari’s Greatest Hits

Atari’s Greatest Hits

Game packs from 59p, but in this guise is there any point?

2
2

FREE

124
Albert HD

Albert HD

A minigame collection best left to play with kids, since adults will tire of it too quickly.

2
2

£1.89

125
Crux Crosswords HD

Crux Crosswords HD

A well-developed paper-sourced crossword puzzler that should keep addicts happy.

4
2

£2.99

126
Dragon Hunter 2

Dragon Hunter 2

A fantastic RPG with an engaging story, slick combat and satisfying character development.

5
2

£3.99

127
Eternal Legacy HD

Eternal Legacy HD

Eternal Legacy is enjoyable enough, but it’s a pale imitation of the games it’s attempting to emulate.

3
3

£2.99

128
Crystal Defenders

Crystal Defenders

A good, challenging tower defence game. But not a great Final Fantasy spin-off.

3
2

£4.99

129
Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror: Remastered

Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror: Remastered

A superb update of a classic adventure that still delivers.

5
2

£3.99

130
Dead Space HD

Dead Space HD

The control system is a failed experiment, but otherwise, Dead Space is technically brilliant.

4
3

£5.99

131
Doctor Who: The Mazes of Time HD

Doctor Who: The Mazes of Time HD

Certainly not the most original use of a licence, but Mazes of Time’s enjoyable enough.

3
2

£0.59

132
World of Goo

World of Goo

One of the finest videogaming experiences iOS has to offer. Brilliant in every conceivable way.

5
2

£2.99

133
We Farm for iPad

We Farm for iPad

It has its limitations but it’s a fun, friendly game.

3
2

FREE

134
Cut the Rope HD

Cut the Rope HD

A true master of addictive gaming and a challenger to Angry Birds

5
2

£1.19

135
Holes and Balls

Holes and Balls

Although mildly entertaining, not even as close to raunchy as its name suggests

2
2

FREE

136
Scrabble

Scrabble

Having dominated physical board games and the iPhone, Scrabble now tackles the iPad

5
2

£3.99

137
FIFA 11

FIFA 11

EA’s leading football franchise hits the iPad with a match-winning strike

4
2

£5.99

138
Reckless Racing HD

Reckless Racing HD

EA hits the high notes once again with this redneck racing ace

5
2

£2.99

139
Angry Birds

Angry Birds

The Angry Birds are back, meaner and on a bigger screen

5
2

£2.99

140
Boggle

Boggle

Wordsmiths delight with this digital adaptation of the classic board game

5
2

£1.19

141
Hockey Nations 2010

Hockey Nations 2010

Although struggling to come up with 14 hockey playing nations this game is a successful example of the iPad’s possibilities

4
2

£2.99

142
James Cameron’s Avatar

James Cameron’s Avatar

HD gaming with the blue hewed characters of Pandora

4
2

£2.99

143
Shot Shot Shoot

Shot Shot Shoot

Addictive multiplayer gaming that will only increase in competitiveness

4
2

£1.19

144
Madden NFL 11

Madden NFL 11

EA Sports’ American Football title touches down on the iPad in style

5
2

£7.49

145
MX Mayhem

MX Mayhem

A dangerously addictive iPhone crossover motorbike game

4
2

£0.59