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5 Great Games to Play on Your iPad

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 7:01 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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The gaming landscape changed significantly when Apple popularized the tablet with the introduction of the iPad. Initial games were basic and fun for a couple minutes, but over the last year or so we have seen an explosion of amazing games playable on tablets. Here are a few.

Papers, Please

Papers, Please is billed as a “Dystopian Document Thriller,” which actually turns out to be an accurate description. It is dystopian, set in a fictional communist state of Arstotzka in the 1980s. It involves documents, as it casts you as a border guard in charge of denying or granting entry to citizens and foreigners at your nation’s borders. And it is often thrilling, as the mundanity of your day-to-day gig gradually morphs into something more sinister, challenging, and intense. .

FTL: Faster Than Light

If you’ve ever wondered how you’d do as a starship captain, FTL: Faster Than Light is your game. Though heads-up: You’d probably be a pretty lousy starship captain. As you assume control of your wee little in-game spaceship, your fingers will dance around the touch screen, adjusting your power systems, assigning tasks to your crew, and targeting pirate space cruisers with ease, almost as though the game was originally designed with a touchscreen in mind.

The Walking Dead

This game will teach you just how bad you would be in a zombie apocalypse.  Every choice is be a bad one, and every alliance you made would be a temporary one. Who’s going to betray you? Whom should you betray? What if you had a child to protect? Ugh. Worst. At this point, most people are familiar with the critically celebrated first season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead adventure game, which feels right at home on the iPad’s touch screen. If you haven’t played, this is the way to do it. It’s like an animated comic book where you make all the tough decisions.

Kingdom Rush

This tower-defense title initially distinguishes itself with a cartoony renaissance faire motif that makes identifying your units easy and eye-pleasing. Its more crucial improvement is in offering permanent incremental upgrades that you can carry over from session to session, making it so that you get persistent rewards from dedicated play. That’s how you build a relationship that lasts, my liege.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Part Magic the Gathering, part World of Warcraft and part mobile bingo, Blizzard’s new card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a lot of fun. Like FTL, Hearthstone is another game that began on PC but seemed destined for tablets, and boy oh boy does it fit right in. After an hour or two you’ll be building your own custom decks and challenging your friends and strangers to matches, either online or, if you’ve both got iPads in the same room, in person. Each match is over in a matter of minutes, making it easy to fit into your everyday life. And while eventually you might feel tempted to start paying for the random card booster packs, you can wring a whole lot of enjoyment out of Hearthstone without paying a nickel.

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