In the latest episode SpoonFed Mobile, LAPTOP Editor-in-Chief Mark Spoonauer took 5 of the best games on the new iPad for a spin. These games, which range from the super-cheap, kid-friendly Flight Control Rocket to the more expensive, not-so-kid-friendly Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation, have all been designed to take advantage of the new iPad’s groundbreaking Retina display and its 2048 x 1536 resolution. Read on (or watch the video above) to find out which games we thought were the best and what we loved about them.
As you’ll see in the video, there are a number of things that make a great iPad game, from casual fare like Angry Birds Space that offers addictive gameplay to games like Infinity Blade II that boast console-quality eye-candy. All of these games have been optimized for the new Retina display, and it shows. These titles, whether they feature cartoon-like characters or the most photo-realistic graphics we’ve seen yet on a tablet, feature ultra-sharp visuals and sumptuous colors. Without further ado, here are our top 5 games for the new iPad:
Real Racing 2 HD, a $6.99 racing game from developer Firemint, boasts some of the best graphics you’ll find in a racing game on any platform. Besides the gorgeous visuals and lovingly rendered cars, we loved the game’s tight controls and shallow learning curve. The game certainly packs a lot into just 444 MB — players can choose from as many as 30 vehicles and can race against up to 16 players online. Check out Real Racing 2 HD on the iTunes store.
Flight Control Rocket, the sequel to last year’s Flight Control from Electronic Arts, is a great puzzle game for a low price. The 99-cent game is perfect for all ages, featuring easy-to-use controls and cute graphics. The game also takes up very little space on your iPad, with a file size of only 31 MB. Flight Control Rocket is available on the iTunes store.
Angry Birds Space:
The sequel to one of the most-downloaded mobile games of all time, Angry Birds Space isn’t free like its predecessor, but its $2.99 price point is well worth the fun, addictive gameplay it delivers. Developer Rovio knocked it out of the part with the latest iteration of the Angry Birds franchise, as the new game mechanics, including birds that can freeze objects and gravity-based physics that can be used to set up trick shots, keep the game feeling fresh. Pick up Angry Birds Space on the iTunes store.
Infinity Blade II:
When Infinity Blade first came out for the iPad, people marveled that a game on a tablet could boast console-quality graphics. Amazingly, developer Chair Entertainment has turned out a sequel that looks even better, using the new iPad’s Retina display to make the fantasy world of Infinity Blade II look sharper than ever before. We love that the game provides instructions for beginners, and that players have a huge variety of weapons to choose from. You can grab Infinity Blade II for $6.99 through iTunes.
Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation
We were most blown away by the first-person shooter Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation. Like Infinity Blade II, the game features console quality graphics. We appreciated that the controls were easy to pick up, and loved the huge arsenal of weapons that the player can choose from. Combat was surprisingly intense for a tablet game, and the voice acting wasn’t bad either. Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation is available on the iTunes store for $6.99.