iPad Games can be addicting. Some are more so than others but there are those which stand out as the overall most addicting. Proceed with caution and you’ve been warned…
Sometimes developers have no idea they are about to create a hit. They make a game and then unleash into the wild and off it goes. Here is where the true test begins. Does it become a hit? Here’s some criteria for a truly addicting game:
- You play it continuously and don’t want to put it down
- You tell everyone on Twitter/Facebook about it
- You master the entire game and Tweet out that you want more “levels”
- The game makes a lot of money on a continual basis
- It’s easy to use, learn, and it’s generally a lot of fun for all ages/levels
I’m sure there are more scientific criteria but these sure do hit the mark well. So without further words – here’s a top list of the most addicting iPad games (you have to try).
1. Angry Birds HD ($4.99)
For 42 days running, Angry Birds continues to stay at the top of the list! This was a favorite game on the iPhone and is even better on the HD iPad version. Wanna kill a few hours easily? This one will definitely do it for you. There is something strangely addicting about slinging birds at green pigs. Here is their Facebook page.
2. Flight Control HD ($4.99)
Another highly addicting game ported from the iPhone (see a trend here?). This flight simulation game is both easy to learn and use plus it keeps you engaged with it’s storyline-like game play. Oddly enough, I’ve never been a fan of “flight simulation” games, but this one got me involved and I was slightly to addicted to it…..while writing blog posts of course.
3. Bejeweled ($2.99)
OK – I admit it. This game is very addicting for sure. It was on the desktop version and carried right over to the iPad/iPhone. Purely simple and a classic from PopCap games. It’s one of those game where you don’t have to think strategically, you just clear jewels and move up a level.
4. Plants vs Zombies HD ($9.99)
Another one from PopCaps (these guys are good). This one has been available for the iPad for 95 days and continues to get a 5 star rating. Great graphics, simple strategy and fun defending your home from zombies. This one is hard to put down as well.
5. NYTimes Crossowords (Free)
Crossword puzzles are addicting. Each day millions of people try to figure them out whether it’s in the local paper, from a national paper or using a game book. It’s hard not to see one and try to at least figure out a few of the clues. The NYT Crossword is the perfect addicting version of the game for the iPad. Very hard to put down once you pick it up and start using it. Note: They offer one week free, but after that you pay for the crosswords.
6. Labyrinth 2 HD ($7.99)
These games were addicting in the non-electronic version and carried right over to the electronic version. It’s one of those games that was made perfect for the iPad, is simple to play, and keeps you coming back for more as you try to advance to the next level.
7. Mahjong Artifacts HD ($4.99)
Mahjong has been a favorite game for as long as I can remember and this perfectly adapted iPad version makes it even better. This game, once you learn it, is hard to put down for hours. You get caught up in it very easily and keep wanting to advance. Thus the addicting element.
8. Sparkle HD ($4.99)
If you ever played Zuma on your game console then you will understand why this game is addicting. Essentially this is the same game but made for the iPad. It is very addicting due to it’s very simple, but strategic play. You want to advance and keep on going to new levels – thus it’s hard to put down.
9. Kaeru Jump HD ($2.99)
OK. I was totally happy to see this made for the iPad. This is one game I have on my iPhone that I play all of the time. It is very addicting so be warned. The idea is simple: Use the frog to clear all of the stones on the screen. Sounds simple….but there is strategy and you will find yourself quickly caught up in trying to clear these mazes. Oh, and there are really cool frog tips!
10. Canabalt ($2.99)
This is a relatively newer game but one to watch! It is so simple in concept with it’s graphics and game-play that many people who play it say it’s immediately addictive. Some like it, some don’t but those who do like it classify it as very addicting and they keep going back to play it over and over.
So there are 10 top addicting iPad games. This is our list, but what is on your list?