More iPad games put to the test

Even more games...

Real Racing HD
Developer: Firemint 
Price: $9.99/£5.99

Graphically impressive, this – you’d think you were playing on a decent gaming-rigged PC, not a glorified iPhone. Visuals aside, this is the same as the iPhone version – acceleration and braking are automatic, leaving you to hit corners correctly by twisting the iPad itself. Ungainly, but it works.

Angry Birds HD

Developer: Chillingo
Price: $4.99/£2.99

The only thing that’s changed here are the graphics, which have been polished to an HD sheen for the iPad. Angry Birds remains life-devouringly addictive and, oddly enough, playing it on a larger screen makes it an even more enjoyable affair. The colourful visuals sing in high definition.

Air Hockey

Developer: Acceleroto
Price: $0.99/£0.59

A great five-minute time-waster, if you and a friend need a quick stress-buster. Lay the iPad flat on the table and two of you, using just one finger each, can play air hockey by flicking a paddle around. Incredibly simple, but a lot of fun, and it just works. Which is nice.

Labyrinth 2 HD
 Illusion Labs
Price: $7.99/£2.99

Another game upgraded for the iPad, but one that proves itself perfectly suited to the format. This maze makes a virtue of the the iPad’s physical shape, as you tilt it to manoeuvre a ball through all manner of obstacles. The only problem is it needs to be flat to keep your ball still.

What’s the Difference?
Price: Free

A simple but compelling spot-the-difference game, which is another great advertisement for the size and clarity of the iPad’s screen. It’s as casual a ‘game’ as you could imagine, but great for playing with grandma or the kids – and, best of all, for a limited time it’s free! FREE! Phew.

Plants vs Zombies HD
Price: $9.99/£5.99

The iPhone’s finest moment has been all HD’d up for the iPad and it looks glorious, plus it’s easier to play. There’s a bit of extra content as well – the ‘Buttered Popcorn’ minigame and Survival mode – but whether this warrants the $10 price tag is another thing entirely.

Cro-Mag Rally

Developer: Pangea
Price: $2.99/£2.99

You can still play games meant for the iPhone on your new tablet. Cro-Mag Rally is one such title (although an HD version is out), but blown up to fill the iPad’s screen, it’s ugly and pixellated.

Accessory hell

Is the iPad doomed to wallow in a plasticky sea of add-on tat? All signs point to an accessory fate that follows the Wii. Yanko Design have already created the iDrift, a Mario Kart-style steering wheel that you clip your iPad into for games such as Real Racing HD. We look forward to the tennis racquets and golf clubs. Oh, wait, no. No we don't look forward to that at all.

May 31, 2010

Real gamers review the iPad 
Two editors, six games, one smudgy touch screen. Are any of these casual apps worthy of your hardcore attention?


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  • Spybreak8 - June 3, 2010 4:56 a.m.

    I like touch control but I also like a physical controller. Give me both options and I'd might be interested in the iPad. Still PvZ in HD really makes me look forward to it coming to XBLA some day.
  • crumbdunky - June 1, 2010 6:54 p.m.

    Another GR attempt to justify the existence of the iPad as a gaming device-and another failure, imho. I just don't, no matter how I try, see any point other than needlessly emptying your bank account where this thing's concerned. Nova continues it's quest to be Halo-lite for people who like crappy controls and watching their thumbs and the rest seem like more bloody fluff. I only ever really enjoy playing jrpgs on my iPhone(normally gone back to taking my PSP3000 or DSi with me on my travels anyway)and not once have I ever felt the need to have another one only a bit bigger. After the travesty, imo, of SF4 and MGStouch-which I fail to see improving a great deal (WITHOUT a proper controller anyway which defeats the whole purpose just like buying a proper keyboard so the iPad isn't the world's most useless typing centric device too)just because the screen's bigger I just don't see why you'd take this over another portable platform or play the games better elsewhere. Are we JUST buying these because we like the design? Because that's exactly how I feel, and I'm sad about it, about my iPhone already.
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  • phoenix_wings - June 1, 2010 1:21 a.m.

    Hehe, before you know it there will be an add-on accessory to prevent you from hurling your iPad while playing motion games. Call it something like the iCord, or the iStrap. Actually, I'm thinking that Apple would just want you to buy a new one...:S Recaptcha: thrower facility (well, apparently, some company is already working on one of those accessories here).
  • Romination - June 1, 2010 1:19 a.m.

    Cro-mag rally ALWAYS looks crappy and pixelated.
  • XNewAgeWarriorx - June 1, 2010 1:09 a.m.

    A bunch of I missing something here? Why buy this over a DS or a PSP that has about a zillion quality games.
  • Pyroco101 - May 31, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    that "wats the difference?" game is BS. just cross your eyes till the two pics line up, the differences literally glow at you
  • sgloomy - May 31, 2010 6:05 p.m.

    I just got an iPad on Saturday and couldn't resist getting plants vs zombies because i had heard so much about it and I think it's worth the 10$ because it is extremely addicting
  • LizarDAZZLE - May 31, 2010 6:01 p.m.

    so... will there be Okami? AND BULLETBALL HD!!
  • Tronto13 - May 31, 2010 5:26 p.m.

    If only ipads wernt so expensive :(

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