For a device that just came out this year, the iPad has already accumulated a surprisingly large game library (and that’s not even counting all of the iPhone games you can play on it). We’ve published over 100 iPad app reviews since the UPS guy dropped the magical tablet off at our doorstep back in April, but here’s our list of our top 10 iPad games of 2010.
#10: Scrabble for iPad
Scrabble for iPad was one of the first games to be released for the device that felt like it was truly made for the iPad’s screen. It has loads of options for playing alone or with friends, and it lets you tweak the rules to shorten game time. You can even connect to your Facebook Scrabble matches or use your iPhone or iPod Touch as a tile rack. Now if only it came with a kitchen sink…
Our Bottom Line: If you’re a fan of Scrabble, then this is a great portable version. It’s everything you could ask for and a little bit more.
#9: Osmos for iPad
A unique and beautiful game, Osmos for iPad has the strange ability to put you in a state of calm as it ramps up the challenge. It doesn’t hurt that this “physics-based eat-‘em-up” has multi-touch controls that feel so natural that it’s like the game is in its native environment on the iPad.
Our Bottom Line: This isn’t just the best version of Osmos. It’s also one of the most impressive iPad games to date.
#8: Blokus HD
Another game that is greatly enhanced by the extra screen space afforded by the iPad is Blokus HD, a terrific port of the popular block-placing board game. Whether you want to play someone in the same room or an opponent online, this is an ideal game for staving off boredom.
Our Bottom Line: Those who haven’t gotten their touch-based Blokus on yet should do so with this enhanced iPad version.
#7: Puzzle Quest 2
Considering how many Match-3 puzzle games are available on the iPad, it’s no small feat to become the granddaddy of them all. Puzzle Quest 2 is nothing less than that, offering everything you would ever want in a Match-3 game and then a whole lot more. Puzzle fans, look no further.
Our Bottom Line: Puzzle Quest 2 is the definitive Match-3 game for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
#6: Cut the Rope HD
Cut the Rope HD takes the ridiculous fun and creativity of the iPhone version and gives it a little extra breathing room. You’re still trying to deliver candy to the little green creature’s mouth, but the extra screen space makes this the one to get. If you haven’t played it yet, what are you waiting for? Om Nom is hungry!
Our Bottom Line: Cut the Rope HD is fun, adorable, clever, and enjoyable. Hands down, it’s one of the best casual games available for the iPad.
#5: Infinity Blade
If you had fun cutting rope and slicing fruit on the iPad, you’ll especially like hacking away at giant sword-wielding beasts called Titans. Probably the best-looking game on the platform, Infinity Blade is like a cross between Shadow of the Colossus and Punch Out!: A winning combination if ever there was one.
Our Bottom Line: Infinity Blade is a stunner on many levels. It’s not a big game, but it’s a great one.
#4: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD
The Grand Theft Auto series has always felt at home on big TVs, and with Chinatown Wars HD we can finally experience the game on a spacious screen, with the resolution to back it up. It’s still packed with all the violence, swearing, and drug dealing of the original, but now it has great controls designed specifically for the touchscreen. And at half the cost of the Nintendo DS version, the game is a steal.
Our Bottom Line: Grand Theft Auto :Chinatown Wars looks and plays great on the iPad plus adds a few details not found in the iPhone version.
#3: World of Goo
World of Goo, the game of stretchy construction, recently landed on the iPad, and it’s never felt more at home than it does here. Playing is easy: Grab a goo with a tap, slide to pull it where you want it to go, and remove your finger to make it stick. Whether you’re building towers or bridges, the intuitive control scheme is always a cinch to use. We’re also glad to see that the overflowing personality and brain-busting puzzles are all here too.
Our Bottom Line: World of Goo is the quintessential addictive iPad puzzler. Once you start flinging goo, you’ll never want to stop.
#2: Chaos Rings for iPad
Ask any RPG fan which developers rule the land, and they’re likely to put Square Enix toward the top of the list. And what more could you want from them than a stellar RPG custom made for iOS? With Chaos Rings, Square Enix has exceeded anyone’s expectations by crafting a great RPG with tons of replayability, specifically made for the touchscreen.
Our Bottom Line: Chaos Rings set a new standard for games on the iPhone and now does the same for the iPad.
#1: Plants Vs Zombies HD
Our number one game for the iPad has proved to be as impossible to put down as it is to resist. Plants Vs Zombies HD scores on all counts: It looks fantastic, it controls like a dream, and its fun factor latches onto your brain like the teeth of an animated corpse. And if you start playing, this game is sure to make a gaming zombie of you in no time. But even if you catch the bug, so what? You’ll be having too much fun to care.
Our Bottom Line: Plants Vs Zombies HD is everything you’d expect, with a little bit more.