If you own an iPad, you already know that games are its best feature by far. We’ve covered lots of free iPad games here at MakeUseOf, but free awesome games are a well which never dries. In fact, most of the apps on my iPad are games, and I rarely use my iPad for anything else anymore.
That being said, I’m picky when it comes to games, and tend to get bored and exasperated with them rather quickly. This is why I keep downloading and trying more and more new games, in an effort to find those precious few I can actually play for more than 10 minutes. In this article, I will share 5 games that have survived the 10-minutes test, and are probably some of the best-value free games you can find.
The Sims FreePlay [iTunes link]
You’ve probably heard of The Sims. This game was hard to miss several years back, and still emerges to the spotlight every now and then. As a major SimCity 2000 fan, I got addicted to the first Sims pretty quickly. The honeymoon only lasted for a few months though, and I haven’t touched a Sims game since then. Until I found The Sims FreePlay for the iPad.
If you’ve ever played The Sims before, you’ll recognize the interface. The game includes tons of options such as building and designing your house, buying furniture, completing goals, meeting other Sims, getting pets, and of course, the best part, creating your Sims.
Like many other “freemium” games, things can take time. Personally, I find this very convenient. This means you can play a little bit whenever you have the time, and let the game work by itself when you don’t. The graphics are great, the game is responsive, and the experience reminds me a lot of the original Sims I used to play on the desktop.
My Horse [iTunes link]
Have you ever dreamed of owning your own horse? One you could ride, compete with, train and shop for? You don’t have to admit it out loud, but if you’ve ever had the slightest horse-crave, you’re going to love My Horse.
My Horse is another “freemium” game, which you can fully enjoy without spending a dime. You earn coins and gems for completing tasks, and you can buy lots of fancy equipment, enter competitions for prizes, gain XP points, and all the while looking after your horse’s energy, health and happiness.
Almost every task you perform is a micro-game, and you can choose to do whatever you feel like each time you play. This is another game you can play when you have time, and leave it to do its thing for the rest of the day. And if it all looks a bit bland to you, I assure you there is actually some strategy to it. Try it and find out!
Frisbee Forever [iTunes link]
Frisbee Forever is one of my favorite free games, and I’ve covered it before in depth. The goal of the game is to throw your Frisbee, make sure it passes through all the hoops, collect all the stars and get it safely to each level’s goal.
While you play, you earn coins and star coins, which you can use to unlock more levels, buy new Frisbees and equipment and generally enjoy yourself. The setting of the levels ranges from amusement parks and deserts to villages in the wild west, and the gameplay gets gradually harder, but not so hard that you get frustrated and throw the whole darn thing away. Whenever you’re bored, grab your iPad and play a few quick levels. You may even get some hefty bonuses every time you return to the game.
Glass Tower 2 HD Free [iTunes link]
Glass Tower 2 is the kind of game I rarely go for. These falling tower games tend to be either repetitive or too hard after very few levels, and I always get too frustrated and bored to continue. This is why I was doubly surprised at how fun and engaging Glass Tower 2 is.
The goal of the game is simple – get rid of all the blue blocks without breaking any of the red ones. Each level is a new tower, and you simply start tapping on the blue blocks to break them, one by one. This has to be done carefully, though, because those annoying red blocks tend to fall and break when you remove the blue blocks from around them.
While you play, bonuses keep flying around on the sides of the screen, which you have to quickly grab if you want to enjoy them. This can be quite challenging when your trying to prevent the whole thing from collapsing on you.
The free version includes 75 levels, which is impressive for such a good game. It also contains some unobtrusive ads. The paid version is $0.99, and includes 150 levels and level editor. And of course, no ads.
iStunt 2 HD Insane Hills [iTunes link]
In all honesty, iStunt 2 Insane Hills is one of the best games I have on my iPad. Having never done any snowboarding in my life, I didn’t expect this game to be so enjoyable, but this one is a real hit.
The truly fun part about this game is the tilt controls. While I usually don’t like these, they work very well with this game. You control the snowboarder by moving your iPad around, and tap the screen to perform all sorts of fancy jumps. The game starts as quite easy, but pretty soon you get fans blowing on you, gravity changers and speed boosters, while you have to do your best not to crash.
I assure you, this is the most fun you’re going to have today!
If you’re not satisfied yet, be sure to check out some more great free games:
- 10 Great Free Games for Your iPad
- 5 Must Download New Free iPad Games
- 6 Free Simulation Games for the iPad
- 5 iPad Games You Won’t Believe Are Free
- 5 Free iPad Games To Amuse You This Weekend
Know of some more great free games for the iPad? Let us know in the comments!