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.