10 Best iPad Games of 2011
Dead Space for iPad ($9.99)
Coming out very early in the year, not too long after the original Infinity Blade, this is one of those apps that really had people sitting up and taking notice, showing that console quality games could be made to work on iOS. This game combined intuitive touch and tilt controls with smart use of the platform’s limited graphics capabilities to really impress us all.
Crimson Steam Pirates (Free)
This title remixed the formula of turn-based combat made popular by Steambirds and transformed it into a gorgeous and fun swashbuckling adventure on the high seas. Adopting an episodic format for the content, splitting the story up into chapters, and backed by Bungie Aerospace, this title was sure to garner some attention.
Infinity Blade II ($6.99)
Of course, the sequel to ChAIR’s “Epic” adventure backed by the Unreal Engine has to make this list. Easily one of the most anticipated titles of the year, it serves as a nice end-cap for a great year of iOS gaming. Guide Siris on his quest to free the world from the “Deathless” and master the swipe-based combat invented by this series.
This critically-acclaimed and award-winning indie title was very well suited for an iPad port, and apparently the developer thought so too. Explore a strange underwater world as Naija, a mermaid-like creature with a mysterious forgotten past. By singing various ancient songs, she is able to summon all sorts of powers to help her move forward to discovery.