This year has been a big year for iOS gaming. Some games have hit the market that have absolutely blown gamers away. It is hard to believe that some of these games are even played on an iPad. They deliver a console quality experience that you can bring with you anywhere you do, and that is downright incredible.
As the technology for iOS devices continue to improve, video game creators are stepping their games up along with it. There was a time when a simple matching puzzle game was as good as it gets on iOS. Those days are long behind us, and iPad games easily rival the 3DS and PS Vita in terms of quality gameplay and visuals.
Today, I am going to talk about three iPad games that, if I were to review them, would easily receive perfect scores. This is the absolute best of the best on iPad.
Magic 2013 is based on the incredibly popular collectable card game (CCG) from Wizards of the Coast. It is easily one of the best games on iPad, even if you have no experience with the card game. They clearly took their time and made the touch control scheme make sense on the device and they thought every detail through.
Wizard of the Coast struck a delicate balance between gameplay that is fun for long-time magic players and new players alike. That is no small feat when you consider the depth that a game like Magic offers. They included plenty of helpful tutorials for beginners and challenge modes for experienced players. Best of all, you can get a sample of the game in your iPad without opening your wallet.
The folks at Gameloft are often accused of “borrowing” heavily from other game developers, and that is most certainly the case with this game. You can see a clear resemblance to Bungie’s Halo. Still, it is by far the best shooter ever made on iOS, and I cannot see it relinquishing that title any time soon. It has smooth controls, incredible visuals, and fun gameplay that rivals any of its console big brothers.
Gameloft also included a solid multiplayer mode that extends the life of the game a great deal. It works incredibly well, and is among the most fun you can have playing a game with other people on iPad. One could easily argue that not only is N.O.V.A 3 the best shooter on iOS, it very well could be one of the best games ever made for the device.
Bastion took the gaming world by storm when it arrived on Xbox Live Arcade last year. This isometric RPG is one of the most charming games on the market, and it recently made its way to iPad (does not work with the original iPad). The writing, visuals, gameplay, and almost everything about this game are as close to perfect as it can get.
Bastion is important for more than its quality gameplay. It is proof for other developers that you can deliver a console-quality experience on iPad without compromising anything. I look at Bastion as more than a great game; I see it as a milestone in the history of iPad gaming, and one that I hope other developers will follow. Every iPad gamer needs to get their hands on this game at some point. I promise; you will not be disappointed.
These three games were close to perfect, and they actually propelled iPad gaming to another level. Each one of them showed us a new level of gaming, and they deserve a tremendous amount of respect for their efforts. If you have an iPad, you need to play these games.
What do you think were the best iPad games from 2012 so far? Let us know in the comments!