25 of the Absolute Best iPad Games

Apple’s iOS is proving to be one of the best mobile gaming platforms around. With the iPad’s large screen, you can join the fun with an unrivaled experience in touch-screen gaming.

Below you’ll find 25 of the best apps currently available for the iPad from several different genres. Whether you’re a hard core gamer looking for the next best first person shooter or just a casual sudoku loving iPad owner, there’s something here for you.

GT Racing: Motor Academy HD

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GT Racing: Motor Academy HD

“GT Racing: Motor Academy lands on your iPad as the richest and most fascinating racing experience. With HD graphics and iPad-optimized controls, enjoy the finest driving sensations by controlling one of over 100 licensed cars featured in the game and earn your place in the circle of racing’s best drivers on the App Store. ”

Price: $9.99
iTunes Rating: 4/5 Stars

Angry Birds HD

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Angry Birds HD

“The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the green pigs who stole the Birds’ eggs. Use the unique destructive powers of the Angry Birds to lay waste to the pigs’ fortified castles. Angry Birds features hours of gameplay, challenging physics-based castle demolition, and lots of replay value. Each of the 105 levels requires logic, skill, and brute force to crush the enemy.”

Price: $4.99
iTunes Rating: 4/5 Stars

SCRABBLE for iPad

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SCRABBLE for iPad

“Enjoy the fantastically fun game you know and love with stunning new HD graphics, quick, easy play and incredible exclusive features. America’s favorite word game is now an iPad essential!”

Price: $9.99
iTunes Rating: 4/5 Stars

Words With Friends HD

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Words With Friends HD

“Now you can play everybody’s favorite crossword game with your friends and family on the iPad! Words with Friends HD is designed specifically for the iPad with a faster and slicker user interface. ”

Price: $2.99
iTunes Rating: 4/5 Stars

I Dig It HD

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I Dig It HD

Embark on an epic adventure with the fantastic digging machine. Travel the world in search of ancient artifacts, lost civilizations, and unimaginable treasure. Manage fuel, temperature, damage, cargo space, oxygen, etc while searching for underground diggins. Sell your rare collection of artifacts to earn cash.

Price: $9.99
iTunes Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Castle Warriors HD

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Castle Warriors HD

“Queen Mynera rules a lovely land threatened by despicable foes. Of course, you are her only hope. Castle Warriors is a tensely fought, tightly paced RTS game set in a landscape that gently tweaks all those fantasy tropes from the games of yore. Lead armies of warriors, veterans, warlords, heroes and even giants, against goblins, orcs, ogres, trolls and demons. You must take and defend castles, use superior strategy and tactical timing to gain advantage before claiming victory.”

Price: $0.99
iTunes Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Let’s Golf! HD

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Let's Golf! HD

“The best 3D golf game experience for everyone is now on the iPad with highly-detailed HD graphics! 63 holes in 4 distinct locations remodeled in 3D: Fiji Beach, the American Mountains, the English Countryside, and Scottish Lochs.”

Price: $4.99
iTunes Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Flight Control HD

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Flight Control HD

“In Flight Control HD, you’re an air traffic controller at an increasingly busy airport. Touch and drag the aircraft to their landing zones, but don’t let them collide. Sounds simple? It is, but can you juggle dozens of flights at peak hour?”

Price: $4.99
iTunes Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Fieldrunners for iPad

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Fieldrunners for iPad

“Award winning game reforged to take full advantage of the iPad! Do you have what it takes to dominate the fieldrunners and rise to the top as the ultimate Tower Defense master?”

Price: $7.99
iTunes Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

The War of Eustrath HD

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The War of Eustrath HD

“The War of Eustrath is a Strategic/Tactical RPG. You control various units -called ‘GEAR’s- and characters with unique abilities in semi-real time battles. Enjoy battles and tales of knights with mysterious power in the world of Eustrath. The results of battles and choices YOU make in the story affect the story and even the ending of this game. Join the group of brave young soldiers. And see how the war ends with your own eyes.”

Price: $7.99
iTunes Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Real Racing HD

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Real Racing HD

“The best iPhone racer just got even better with Real Racing HD for iPad! You won’t believe the stunning graphics, silky smooth framerate and awesome new features. Are you ready for all the excitement, competition and glory that only real championship racing can deliver?”

Price: $9.99
iTunes Rating: 4/5 Stars

Sudoku HD for iPad

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Sudoku HD for iPad

“Thanks to thousands of grid designs, you can be sure you’re buying really many hours of playtime. Impressive realistic interface with interactive office tools around is easy to use and will let you choose from four difficulty levels from Easy to Insane, use next-gen features such as Auto-Correct or Auto-Fill and track your best times in General Stats.”

Price: $1.99
iTunes Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

N.O.V.A. – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance HD

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N.O.V.A. - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance HD

“With Earth no longer able to sustain life, huge artificial satellites called “near-orbitals” were constructed for people to live on. To protect themselves, the near-orbitals banded together to form N.O.V.A., the Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance. Now, a strange threat has emerged from the darkness of space. A Marine ship, reported missing just a week ago, has suddenly reappeared and is headed directly for the near-orbitals, ignoring all communications. Against his will, retired Marine hero Kal Wardin is forcefully returned to active duty to prevent mankind’s annihilation.”

Price: $6.99
iTunes Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Iron Man 2 for iPad

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Iron Man 2 for iPad

“Play as Iron Man for speed and agility or suit up as War Machine for maximum firepower. Both suits offer easy-to-learn controls and the ability to run, hover and fly at will. You’ll also have the chance to jump into the Mark IV, Mark VI, Stealth and underwater suits. Whether you prefer to pound your foes in melee combat with your fists or to lay down the destruction from a far with your weapons, you can upgrade your suit after each stage with improved weaponry and abilities to devastate your foes.”

Price: $6.99
iTunes Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

James Cameron’s Avatar for iPad

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James Cameron's Avatar for iPad

“Enter the beautiful and dangerous world of James Cameron’s Avatar. Go deeper into Pandora than you ever thought possible with HD graphics that bring the war between humans and Na’vi to life on your iPad. ”

Price: $7.99
iTunes Rating: 4/5 Stars

Brothers In Arms 2: Global Front HD

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Brothers In Arms 2: Global Front HD

“The highly acclaimed Brothers in Arms series returns for its most compelling battle yet amidst the fires of WWII. Experience every front of the war with battles raging across 5 locations and 13 levels: Pacific, Normandy, North Africa, Germany, Sicily.”

Price: $6.99
iTunes Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Resident Evil 4 iPad Edition

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Resident Evil 4 iPad edition

“Experience one of the most thrilling chapters of the Resident Evil saga. Featuring an all-new high-resolution art set designed to take full advantage of iPad’s larger display, the game captures the Resident Evil world in terrifying detail. Face an enemy quicker, smarter and scarier than any zombie and put your skills to the ultimate test. ”

Price: $6.99
iTunes Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Pool Pro Online 3 for iPad

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Pool Pro Online 3 for iPad

“Play online with your friends anywhere in the world with Pool Pro Online 3! View online lobbies of available players then hustle your way online through 8 Ball, 9 Ball and Snooker games. Play head-to-head while chatting with opponents in real-time, or play offline in single-player Mode and pass-and-play Hot Seat Mode.”

Price: $1.99
iTunes Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Game Table

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Game Table

“Game Table provides everything you need to play classic board games and card games with friends and family. Game Table gives you “virtual pieces” to play English Draughts (Checkers), Chess, Reversi, Poker, and card games without hunting for boards or missing pieces. Game Table provides you with game boards, game pieces, and the rules are up to you. You play like you would in real-life, with real opponents without AI enforcing rules or restrictions.”

Price: Free (limited time)
iTunes Rating: 2/5 Stars

Tap Tap Radiation

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Tap Tap Radiation

“Tap Tap Radiation takes Tap Tap Revenge to the next level with an all-new music game designed exclusively for the iPad! Tap to the beats of more than 50 free and premium tracks including Mos Def, Lady Gaga, Pink, David Guetta and others. If you’ve downloaded Tap Tap Revenge, this new game will blow you away!”

Price: Free
iTunes Rating: 3/5 Stars

GodFinger for iPad

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GodFinger for iPad

“Everyone gets the Finger. Customize, cultivate and wreak havoc on your world with a tap of your finger. Want to give everyone the finger on the go? Perform an impressive array of Wonders to convert your planet’s inhabitants into devoted followers. Put your new followers to work – provide buildings, control the elements, and earn gold to continue leveling and customizing your planet.”

Price: Free
iTunes Rating: 3/5 Stars

We Rule for iPad

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We Rule for iPad

“Welcome to a fanciful world of kingdoms where you and your friends rule! Now on the iPad, The best way to see the grandeur of your Kingdom! Direct your citizens to farm the land and harvest crops for sale. Extract natural land resources and develop your estate’s infrastructure. Send caravans of crops and other goods to your friends to earn gold together, Eexpand housing, and collect taxes from your citizens.”

Price: Free
iTunes Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Plants vs. Zombies HD

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Plants vs. Zombies HD

“A mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home… don’t be caught without your plants down! Defend your house with an arsenal of plants to slow down, confuse, weaken and mulchify zombies before they reach your front door.”

Price: $9.99
iTunes Rating: 5/5 Stars

Galcon Fusion

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Galcon Fusion

“Galcon Fusion is an awesome high-paced multi-player galactic arcade-strategy game. Send swarms of ships to defeat enemy planets and conquer the universe!”

Price: $1.99
iTunes Rating: 4/5 Stars

Labyrinth 2 HD

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Labyrinth 2 HD

“The sequel to the original labyrinth game is available for your iPad, now with new levels fitted perfectly for the bigger screen. Labyrinth 2 HD supports the new bigger levels as well as the hundreds of thousands of iPhone/iPod touch levels already created by the community.”

Price: $7.99
iTunes Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Tell Us Your Favorites!

Now that you’ve seen our list of the best iPad games, leave a comment below and share your favorite game. Also be sure so mention your favorites from the list above.


  • http://www.willrobertson.ca Will Robertson

    My favourites include many that you mentioned, Flight Control HD (great for two people), Harbour Master (likewise), Strategery (fun on your own and with others!), and Mondo Solitaire.

    Would like to get Real Racing but the game is exactly the same as my iPhone version and another $10 for the same thing doesn’t seem fair.

  • http://www.gazaro.com/iphone Will Robertson

    How could I forget – Dizzypad HD probably the best of the bunch. It is free for the original mode (like the iPhone version), but they have in-app purchases for a two player battle mode that is ridiculously fun for how simple it is! Check it out, if you like one player mode, grab the battle mode and a friend.

    • http://twitter.com/Mtybz Matt Benz

      I have Dizzypad HD and the original Dizzypad. Both are really great games! I also bought all the in-app purchases for Dizzypad HD.

  • Fábio

    Game Table isn’t free anymore. It costs $0.99.

    • http://twitter.com/Mtybz Matt Benz

      I tried Game Table and I didn’t like it at all.

      • http://twitter.com/angelceballos Angel Ceballos

        Me either, It wasn’t worth purchasing at all in my opinion.

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  • http://twitter.com/Mtybz Matt Benz

    My favorites are Fieldrunners, Flight Control HD, and Labyrinth 2 HD! They are also my favorite games for the iPhone/iPod Touch. I really should get PvZ HD and Angry Birds HD. I have both of them on my iPod Touch and I love them! My all time favorite game is Angry Birds!

  • http://www.dailytechpost.com DailyTechPost

    Nice list, I was searching for iPad games then I found your site…extremely useful..thanks for sharing it :)

  • http://www.gamedyy.com ipad games

    Let’s Golf! HD
    Golf is my favorite

  • Casey

    Good selection of iPad games. I would also recommend this game Demessify. Look for it !

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFSKFcC-_ss (video)

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/de-mess-ify-hd/id417590077?mt=8 (Game Link)

  • Dustin
  • Kelly

    You are going to want it to be able to play games.
    and Here, I’ll share some resouce about ipad game

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFSKFcC-_ss (video)

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/de-mess-ify-hd/id417590077?mt=8 (Game Link)

  • Megan

    Yes my favorite ipad game is “Demessify”.everyone should play this game

  • Travis

    Demessify HD is one of the most relaxing game for someone to enjoy.

  • Brianna

    One of my all-time favorite ipad game is Demessify HD. The game was perfect for doing cool simple 3D puzzle with realistic physics and amazing graphics

  • Victoria

    Play this funny and interesting game that will take your reflexes and coordination to limits.

  • Jared

    Demessify HD is cool game. The game is full of fascinated features like simple 3D puzzle with realistic physics and amazing graphics.

  • Benjamin

    Demessify HD is fantastic game with the addition of modern graphics and special effects.

  • Morgan

    DISCOVER THIS DEMESSIFY HD GAME AMAZING PUZZLE WITH REALISTIC PHYSICS AT ITS LOWEST PRICE!!——— Game optimized for iPad 4 including high-definition graphics!Take…

  • Julie

    The most addictive games in world are mostly puzzle based games which keep people engaged in their spare time which is because they are so challenging and fun. So try this game

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFSKFcC-_ss (video)

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/de-mess-ify-hd/id417590077?mt=8 (Game Link)

  • Kenneth

    Demessify HD is fantastic game.It’s simple and entertaining for anyone who uses this app.

  • Nicholas

    If you are a real fan of puzzle & graphic games, Demessify HD is the right match for you this season.

  • Garrett

    So far one of the most addicting games I have played on the iPad is Demessify HD.

  • Caitlin

    Yes friends I’m currently addicted to Demessify HD. Play once

  • Cameron

    I like Demessify HD. I agree it’s very addicting!

  • Derek

    Demessify HD iPad game, which is very interesting puzzle game ever i had played. Its a 3D game with better user interface and physics simulations.

  • Cody

    Most of the people playing this game

  • Heather

    This game is really nice, and i would like to say a new demessify 3d game launch in i pad, it is demessify HD it is simple 3D puzzle game with realistic physics and amazing graphics.

  • david chris

    Another post with more information on this topic.

    http://www.techduplex.com/best-ipad-games-2011/

  • Igor Mss

    Bubble Annihilator HD – probably the best bubble shooter for ipad!
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bubble-annihilator-hd/id440134634?mt=8

  • Space_dude

    im addicted to this app! – Stingz HD
    http://itunes.apple.com/app/stringz-hd/id471468571?mt=8

    cheers

  • http://itunes.apple.com/app/stringz-hd/id471468571?mt=8 WingzStudio

    Uncut The Rope And Help Z Get Back To His Spaceship In StringZ-HD
    BY RYAN WINBERG

    StringZ-HD ($1.99) by WingzStudio, Lda is a new physics puzzler that looks and feels very familiar. “Z” the alien has gotten stuck on a satellite, far from his spaceship, and it’s up to you (isn’t it always?) to help him out.

    StringZ will probably remind you of Chillingo’s Cut the Rope, and it should. The two games are very similar. The main difference here is that instead of cutting ropes, you’re creating them out of thin air.

    Each level has Z stuck in a robotic claw at the top of the screen, while his spaceship is all the way at the bottom. Between the two are any number of obstacles: spinning moons, angry bombs, rotating platforms, ominous black holes and deadly lasers.

    To help guide Z around said obstacles, you have two tools at your disposal: string and elastic. String acts like any old platform, and Z will roll according to the angle at which you place it. Elastic acts more like a rubberband, bouncing Z all over the place.

    The gameplay is simple enough. You place pieces of string and elastic at various angles around the level, hit a button to release Z and hope he falls safely into his spaceship.

    You can make your string and/or elastic any length you choose, simply by dragging your finger across the screen, but you only have a finite amount of each per level. You will need to budget accordingly, and you receive more points for using less string.

    Along the path you’ve devised for Z, there will probably be a star, maybe even two. But that third one? That third one is tucked away somewhere on the other side of the level, daring you to collect it. You may scoff at the idea but, I assure you, it is tough. Two stars will even be a challenge on many of the levels.

    On top of the simple physics, once you get to the second planet, lasers that intermittently activate will be scattered throughout the levels. This ramps up the challenge by adding a timing factor to when you release Z. Getting that third star will be the least of your worries at this point.

    The graphics are clean and cute, and the physics work pretty well

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5LGnyL4-q8

  • http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/match-up/id487058870?ls=1&mt=8 Tombo

    Match Up is a good retro memory style game, and no pieces to lose!

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/match-up/id487058870?ls=1&mt=8

  • http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/memory/id502626661 Jean23

    The best memory game I ever played

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/memory/id502626661

    Available on iPad / iPhone / iPodTouch

  • Fedil Grogan

    One of my favorites is a fun simple card game app for the iPhone or iPad called RatScrew. It’s so fun to play with friends. Learned to play the real card game while on a snowboarding trip and was instantly addicted!
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ratscrew/id503993587?ls=1&mt=8

  • http://Superdefective.wordpress.com Superdefective

    This list if more like “the most popular iPad games”. Why don’t your try to explore games that are outside the top 25?

  • AngelaVives

    Why is not Rock&Boulder? :(

  • Black Ace

    If someone is looking for a good trading card game go for guardian cross, if you use this code: RB01324 in the beginning of the game you will receive a rare card.

  • https://itunes.apple.com/app/dragon-tear/id589367593?ls=1&mt=8 dan2343

    I am playing Dragon Tear. It has some awsome graphics and rpg style to it. Check it out https://itunes.apple.com/app/dragon-tear/id589367593?ls=1&mt=8

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