An Ace Gamer Weighs In: 5 Games for the new iPad

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Last week, dealnews spoke with app maven Jamie Young, Editor-in-Chief of AppAdvice, to find out which eight apps bring out the best of the new iPad. This of course made us wonder which games make the most of the new iPad's design and features. With its Retina display, A5X chip (with a quad-core graphics processor), 4G (LTE), plus iOS 5.1.1 (Apple's platform for audio-visual media) being its main draws, we reached out to Eli Hodapp, Editor at TouchArcade to find out what apps shine in this new world of iOS gaming.

Infinity Blade II, $6.99
Boy, do people love this game: it has already scored honors as AIAS 2012 Mobile Game of the Year, and 2012 isn't even halfway done yet. In this first-player adventure, the "God King" has lost the war, and as the unlikely hero, you must discover the truth behind the secrets of the "Infinity Blade." Hodapp calls this "the ultimate technical show-piece on the App Store, [as] it's been continually updated with all sorts of new content and there doesn't seem to be any sign of that gravy train stopping." TouchArcade also awarded this game 5 of 5 stars.

Angry Birds Space HD, $2.99
Real birds, of course, can't fly in space, but one suspects that the Angry Birds can soar just about anywhere they want. In this new iteration of the franchise, the Angry Birds chase a giant claw into a wormhole and find themselves floating "in a strange new galaxy, surrounded by space pigs." Hodapp loves it because the graphics are super crisp and the game itself is just fun. "You basically can't not have Angry Birds," he says. "It's the closest thing to a Super Mario-like franchise for mobile devices."

Carcassonne, $9.99
This game is based on the German-style board game played by placing tiles and game pieces on a table. Soon, a medieval world of towns, roads, and fields unfolds on the table. "It's the absolute best board game-to-iPad port there is, and it looks great on the Retina display of the new iPad," Hodapp says. It's got all sorts of multiplayer options, too including online, local, and pass and play, making it "tons better as an iOS game than a physical game." Hodapp also notes that it's not only cheaper, but also thankfully handles all of the complicated scoring.

SpellTower $1.99
For the uninitiated, this is a puzzle game of lexicological wits where players find and swipe words using tiles in what resembles a mad cross between Scrabble and Tetris. "SpellTower is a fabulous word game," Hodapp says. "Think of it as a more modern and minimalistic spin on PopCap's Bookworm gameplay formula. Text looks great on the Retina Display, so naturally, word games also look great. SpellTower has a really fun local multiplayer [mode] as well."

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery, $4.99
Chosen as the iPad Game of the Year Runner-Up in App Store Rewind 2011, Sword & Sworcery is one of those monster games with a fiercely loyal following. In it you traverse a mythic realm, use a sword to do battle, and evoke "sworcery" to solve mystical musical mysteries. "It certainly isn't for everyone, but no must-have game list would be complete without Sword & Sworcery," says Hodapp. "The harmony of the gameplay and puzzles paired with a soundtrack custom-created for the game is an amazing experience."

Need to know more? Download the TouchArcade app, unveiled earlier this month. It's free, and as Hodapp points out, "It's good for finding cool games to play since it's aggregated based on what our community is talking about." We also recommend keeping an eye on our daily iPad app deals to learn when these picks go on sale.

Front page photo credit: Slash Gear

Lou Carlozo is a dealnews contributing writer. He covers personal finance for Reuters Wealth, and was most recently the managing editor of, and before that a veteran columnist at the Chicago Tribune.

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