We are about halfway through the year, and the iPhone and iPad have seen some stellar releases. In fact, our number one choice is probably one of our favorite iPhone/iPad games of all time. Some are aimed at the casual gamer, while others are meant for the hardcore gamer. Either way, all of these games matter to us. These are our ten favorites for the the first half of 2010.
Scrabble is the classic board game. This version has been built exclusively for the iPad. The device works well for the game, and because of the size, it allows for true play with a friend. The best part is, if you already own an iPhone (which you likely do if you have an iPad) you can use it as the Tile Rack. While some may say it makes for an expensive tile rack (which it does) it's hard to imagine a group of people playing who don't have four iPod Touches and iPhones between them.
Say what you will about Zynga's social network-based game, but it has millions of players. Maybe it's not the most awesome game from a traditional gamer's perspective, but it's very cleverly designed. Think about it, this game makes players come back to harvest their crops and gift each other to ensure that they will return for another play.
The iPhone version went MIA, but the iPad version exists. Based on EA Dice's first-person action adventure game that you either loved or hated, this one takes the gameplay into the realm of the sidescroller. It still looks pretty, and this one comes without the motion sickness.
This is a first-person sci-fi shooter that was originally on the iPhone. N.O.V.A. HD is built for the iPad, and is still one of the most noteworthy shooters in the App Store. Give it a try.
Square Enix knows JRPGs, it's their specialty. Chaos Rings seems a bit pricey at first, but being that it's a true Japanese-styled role-playing game on the iPhone, there are several hours of playtime here. It's amazing to think that just a few years ago, this would have been a console game.
One of the best arcade/console 1-on-1 fighters has made its way to the iPhone. The touchscreen controls made iPhone and iPod Touch owners a bit worried about how the game would play. It turns out that after some getting used to, the game isn't all that bad. In fact, it was pretty damned fun.
Guitar Hero may be getting a bit tired on the consoles. Activision is known to release like 10 of them a year. On the iPhone, it's a bit of a welcome title. The game plays somewhat like Tap Tap Revenge, but with the Guitar Hero license. The game is $2.99 itself, and comes with six songs. For $1.99, you can buy additional song packs. This will no doubt add replay value for those who really enjoy the game.
We promise, only two zombie games in this list. They are good. One is called Infection: Zombies. In this game, you are the zombie, and your job is to infect the humans. In a world of iPhone games that have reached a saturation point with zombies, it's nice to see something with a new spin on the genre.
Geometry Wars was a huge hit on Xbox LIVE Arcade. It's an addictive arcade shooter that takes us back to the days of classic arcade gaming. For those who haven't played or seen this game, the visuals feel like the old vector-based game Asteroids, but the gameplay is a bit more modern and faster-paced. We love it.
This is one of the best tower defense games around. The iPhone version was wonderfully made, and took the awesome action to a portable format that everyone could carry along anywhere they go. At $2.99, this game is a steal.
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