There is a fantastic reason why gaming is the most popular category in the App Store, that being the sheer volume of great releases. Titles that are so good they will transform your iPad into a games console that can stand up against any competition. For this feature we will be taking a look at the very best releases that are currently available for the iPad, with each one being an amazing addition to your collection. And what the best games for iPad are:
Angry Birds Rio HD – $2.99
Angry Birds Rio HD!
What happens when everybody’s favourite fierce fowl get caged and shipped to Rio? They get very angry!
In Angry Birds Rio, the original Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to the magical city of Rio de Janeiro, where they eventually escape their captors and set out to to save their friends, Blu and Jewel – two rare macaws and the stars of the hit motion picture, Rio. Angry Birds Rio will pair the physics-based gameplay of the original game with unique twists based on the film.
Angry Birds Rio features:
- Five fantastic episodes with 150 exciting levels!
- Completely new achievements!
- Special Hidden fruits – discover them all!
- Put your Angry Birds skills to the ultimate test in spectacular boss fights!
Cut The Rope HD
***Om Nom is jumping for joy with his new Toy Box! Now you can choose to feed him candy, donuts or cupcakes. And Om Nom has been making a special treat for you, too! He has drawn and colored some cute pictures for you to share with your friends, but he has been so busy catching candy he can’t remember where he left them! Will you be the first to find them all and get them back to his gallery?***
WWDC 2011 Apple Design Award Winner!
We’re proud to announce that Cut the Rope is the world’s first iOS game to win a BAFTA Award!
Best Handheld Game — BAFTA Awards 2011
Most Innovative Game— Pocket Gamer Awards 2011
Best Casual/Puzzle Game — Pocket Gamer Awards 2011
Best Handheld Game — Game Developers Choice Awards 2011
Best Puzzle Game — Best App Ever Awards 2010
A mysterious package has arrived, and the little monster inside has only one request…CANDY! Help get the candy to Om Nom, the lovable star of the game, in this highly innovative and addictive puzzle game. Combining outstanding physics, devilishly tricky levels, and bright colorful High Definition visuals, Cut the Rope is one of the most original and fun-filled games on the App Store.
Cut the Rope Highlights
• Combines realistic physics with simple, yet accurate, and precise touch control.
• An incredible 200 levels to complete and a whopping 600 stars to collect.
• Think before you slice and be sure to avoid the enemies and obstacles.
• Collect three golden stars in each stage. Some are easy, some are deviously difficult
• Dodge jagged spikes, look out for sneaky spiders, electrical fields and more.
• Use a variety of special tools in your effort to get Om Nom his candy.
• Find the hidden Om Nom drawings and show off on Facebook.
• Game Center and Crystal enabled with twitter and Facebook integration.
Real Racing 2 HD – $6.99
Are you ready for the ultimate racing experience for iOS? Optimized specifically for iPad and iPad 2, Real Racing 2 HD is a heart-pounding, visually astounding 3D racer that puts the steering wheel directly in your hands. The expansive, 10-plus hour career mode and extensive, one-of-a-kind multiplayer means the fight for first place is never over.
UNSURPASSED, CUTTING-EDGE 3D VISUALS
Relish exceptional, luscious graphics that push the iPad to its limits, and take full advantage of the iPad 2′s enhanced hardware.
BOUNDLESS, IMMERSIVE GAMEPLAY
30 licensed cars from real-world manufacturers. 15 stunning locations. Regular updates supply a stream of new events, improvements and features.
WORLD CLASS CAREER MODE
Over 10 hours of Cup, Head to Head, Championship, Time Trial and Elimination races await your expert skills.
INTUITIVE PRECISION CONTROLS
Take the wheel as your iPad becomes the ultimate racing implement. Come to grips with unerring handling on iPad 2, thanks to full gyroscope support.
Compete over local Wi-Fi or online with players of Real Racing 2 HD and Real Racing 2, and experience pioneering 16-player online multiplayer.
TAKE THE RACE ONLINE
Track your progress against the world’s top racers using Game Center and Firemint’s Cloudcell technology. Record and upload videos of your best to YouTube for max kudos.
DRIVE ANYWHERE, ANYTIME
Upload and download your save games between Real Racing 2 HD and Real Racing so your progress is always synced.
N.O.V.A 2 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance – $6.99
The ultimate sci-fi FPS is back! Get ready to step into a whole new level of gaming on your Apple device!
BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER!
- Meet new enemies with improved AI!
- Master a larger range of weapons & powers
- Much more diversified gameplay: run, shoot, fall, drive a motorbike, pilot a giant mech, and blast a laser
- The more, the merrier, now with up to 10 players in 10 multiplayer maps
- Build a career and rise through the multiplayer leaderboard
- Explore new locations, offering amazing graphics
- Enjoyed the first N.O.V.A. – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance? Be rewarded with extra bonuses.
IGN: “Using your sci-fi boom-boom is made easier thanks to the gyro, which Gameloft used to great effect.”
Pocket Gamer: “N.O.V.A. 2 promises to be the complete iPhone and iPod touch shooter experience.”
TouchGen: “Fans of the original are unlikely to be disappointed.”
6 years have passed since the events depicted in the first episode.
Humanity is now thrown into a bloody civil war fought on one side by the central government of the Terran Orbitals and the self-appointed Human-Alien Alliance; a new organization with a mysterious origin and agenda. Kal Wardin left active service in N.O.V.A. years ago and now lives among the colonists of the desert planet Scorpius.
But war never spares even the most peaceful places…
AN UNPARALLELED SINGLE-PLAYER CAMPAIGN:
- 12 chapters taking you through hostile, yet amazing environments of various Orbitals
- Over a dozen weapons including the Dual Hand Guns, Assault Rifle, Shotgun, Automatic Shotgun, Sniper Rifle, Rocket Launcher, Grenade Launcher, Alien Plasma Gun, Alien Lightning Gun, Alien Laser Gun, Turrets, Frag Grenades and Mines
- 3 special powers: Freeze, Slow Time and Disc for melee combat
- A wide range of enemies with improved AI, for even more intense combats
INTENSE MULTIPLAYER MODES:
- 1~10 players online or locally
- 5 modes: Free for All, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Freeze Tag, and InstaGib
- Ranking & Perk systems
- 10 maps on which to battle it out
- Play against your friends or the entire world through Gameloft LIVE!
- Worldwide leaderboards in the game & on the official website, www.near-orbit-vanguard-alliance.com
EXCLUSIVE REWARDS FOR VETERAN PLAYERS
If you played the first episode:
- Jump into multiplayer with bonus XP, allowing you access to advanced weaponry
- Unlock a special achievement on Gameloft LIVE!
World of Goo – $4.99
“iPad Game of the Year” – TouchArcade
“iPad Game of the Year” – MetaCritic
IMPORTANT: This is a big game and requires either an iPad, or iPhone 3GS or newer, or a 3rd gen iPod Touch or newer. It must be downloaded over a Wi-Fi connection.
Beautiful and surprising, the millions of Goo Balls who live in the World of Goo are curious to explore – but they don’t know that they are in a game, or that they are extremely delicious.
This is the FULL award winning game, now on iPad. Drag and drop living, squirming, talking, globs of goo to build structures, bridges, cannonballs, zeppelins, and giant tongues.
Mysterious Levels – Each level is strange and dangerously beautiful, introducing new puzzles, areas, and the creatures that live in them.
World of Goo Balls – Along the way, undiscovered new species of Goo Ball, each with unique abilities, come together to ooze through reluctant tales of discovery, love, conspiracy, beauty, electric power, and the third dimension.
The Sign Painter – Someone is watching you.
World of Goo Corporation – Congratulations! World of Goo Corporation is the Global Leader in Goo and Goo Related Product, including World of Goo Corporation Trademark Brand Soft Drink Beverage and World of Goo Corporation Trademark Brand Facial Exfoliating Lotion. Succulent!
Massive Online Competition – Human players around the world compete in a living leaderboard to build the tallest towers of goo in World of Goo Corporation’s mysterious sandbox. World of Goo Corporation is contractually obligated to state that everyone is a winner and is enthusiastic to celebrate everyone’s tower building opportunities equally.