With the release of the new iPads, the question again arises: what are these devices so good at and what can they do compared to phones? The answer is simple: their huge screens seem to be designed for certain genres of games – board, strategy and social, giving developers the opportunity not only to port PC games to iOS, but also providing them with ample room to maneuver. Here’s an overview of eight great iPad-only games that show you how you can take advantage of the extra inches of your tablet’s screen.
Knights of the Old Republic
A long time ago, we all played games on huge screens, and now these same games are ported to devices with screens that are not just small, but very small. You have to manage, for example, your team in XCOM on a screen the size of a postage stamp, and it even looks fun, well, or almost fun … That’s why Aspyr Media has absolutely no hesitation in releasing their action RPG dedicated to “ Star Wars – Knights of the Old Republic – iPad only, and was right.
Baldur’s Gate: Enchanced Edition
The same can be said about Baldur’s Gate: this complex and simply huge role-playing game for PC was ported by Beamdog right away for tablet devices. This game has such a complex interface – with character portraits, inventory slots, spell icons, and menu buttons – that if you tried to play this game on an iPhone, you’d be left with a couple of square centimeters of surface for the gameplay itself.
Many genres of games come to mind when you look at iPad screen sizes, but a game featuring a giant space crab hardly makes this list. And yet it is – Two Lives Left’s Crabitron is truly iPad-only and is something of an entertaining experience. At the very least, controlling the crab’s claws with a touchscreen, cutting cars and buses with them – this turns out to be quite an interesting exercise.
Small World 2
The iPad platform is automatically targeted for digital board games and is attracting the attention of renowned creators of little wooden people living on cardboard playing fields. For example, Days of Wonder decided to bring their fantasy game Small World to tablets. This game offers you cards for five players, but if your friends find these games boring, then do not despair – you can always find partners to play online.
Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy
If fantasy games aren’t your thing, then you might be interested in digitalized space board games. A prime example of such a game is Big Daddy’s Creations’ Eclipse, an award-winning sci-fi strategy game. It is designed for six players and offers gamers asynchronous multiplayer in which they take turns taking turns creating their own civilization, traveling to new star systems in spaceships and developing technologies.
Multiplayer games come from the days when you and a group of friends crowded around the SNES console, fighting against an enemy on the other side of the globe. Currently, people are disconnected, sitting at home at their devices, but they are united by two types of games – social and fighting games, in which, like Gentlemen! from Lucky Frame, you fight Victorian duels that involve at least some kind of contact.
This unique puzzle game from Zachtronics only works on the iPad, the screen of which gives you the opportunity to observe the reactor, control chemical processes and solve logic puzzles.
Splice: Tree of Life
The developers from Cipher Prime created a puzzle game in which you have to change cells in something like a genetic code, and there is no hint and learning system in this game, which means you have to create the rules of the game yourself, by trial and error. If the initial puzzle types in Splice would look good on the iPhone, then the subsequent ones are too large in size for the smartphone screen, so the authors decided to put this game on the iPad.