The holidays have been kind to you and now you have a blank canvas waiting for the gaming goodness that the App Store has to offer. But with hundreds of thousands of apps available it’s tough to sift through and find the good ones. That’s why we’ve put the Essential Gaming Apps for iPad and iPhone in a nice neat Christmas list for you below. A lot of the games are on sale for $.99.
Want to skip the list and get started? Check out Dead Space HD, Apple’s Game of the year. Featuring hardcore gameplay with enhanced graphics for iPad 2 and a rich audio experience, immerse yourself in events that unleash the Necromorph horde again – and set the stage for the horrifying action of Dead Space 2. Hailed by fans and critics, this stunning vision of the Dead Space franchise is truly a landmark “must-play.”
Kingdom Rush – $2.99 – The acclaimed action fantasy defense game is now available for iPad in High Definition! Get ready for an epic journey to defend your kingdom against hordes of orcs, trolls, evil wizards and other nasty fiends using a vast arsenal of towers and spells at your command!
FIFA Soccer 12 – $.99 – Experience the action of your favorite sport like never before! Watch matches come to life with vibrant graphics, ultra realistic animations, and the most responsive controls ever delivered on iPad. Now for the first time on iPad, take your club to the top of the league table with Manager Mode.
Idyllic! – $.99 – Fifteen years ago, you were sent on the journey all SUN followers must undertake to become a Priest of healing to fight against the ever growing darkness. Your success and return to your homeland as a disciple of the SUN will bring pride to your people.
Real Racing 2 HD – $.99 – Are you ready for the ultimate racing experience for iOS? Optimized specifically for iPad and iPad 2, Real Racing 2 HD is a heart-pounding, visually astounding 3D racer that puts the steering wheel directly in your hands. The expansive, 10-plus hour career mode and extensive, one-of-a-kind multiplayer means the fight for first place is never over.
SRABBLE – $.99 – Now it’s easier than ever to find friends playing SCRABBLE. Square off and play up to 25 games at once and sharpen your skills against challenging computer opponents. See why SCRABBLE is America’s Favorite Word Game!
Grand Theft Auto 3 – $2.99 – With a massive and diverse open world, a wild cast of characters from every walk of life and the freedom to explore at will, Grand Theft Auto III puts the dark, intriguing and ruthless world of crime at your fingertips.
Angry Birds Season HD – $.99 – It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but the pigs are up to their usual tricks! Use your best puzzle skills on the Angry Birds holiday calendar – 25 new festive levels featuring gingerbread cookies, bells, twinkling lights, and candy canes.
Words with Friends HD – $.99 – Play the AD-FREE version of Words With Friends HD, the game more of your friends are playing than any other word game! (The HD version is optimized for the iPad’s big screen.) Experience for yourself why more than 20 million people are addicted to the word building, triple score seeking, chat bubble sending goodness of Words With Friends.
Tap Tap Revenge – Just in time to ring in the New Year, Disney Mobile’s hit rhythm music game Tap Tap Revenge is running its biggest holiday promotional campaign yet. Leading up to New Year’s Eve, Tap Tap Revenge is giving away a song a day, including a few holiday favorites, Grammy nominations, and hit singles from the world’s biggest music acts.
Funny Hell – $2.99 – Every year, the Lord of Hell calls upon his henchmen to take part in fights in order to amuse him. But they aren’t particularly talented when it comes to combat, so they have to use creativity in order to smack each other around. Now, seeing as they can’t die (they’re already in Hell), they’ll use any and all sorts of tactics to defeat each other, with hilarious results to follow.
Superman HD – $2.99 – Become Superman to save the city of Metropolis in an all-new adventure for iPhone and iPad! As the Man of Steel, only you can protect humanity with your incredible powers.