The iPhone revolutionized gaming through multitouch, but the iPad provided a larger canvas and power for fully immersive and expansive experiences.
Apple’s tablet remains a powerful, engaging gaming device, whether you delve into innovative touchscreen games, or use a controller for a more console-style experience.
Whatever you prefer, the very best games are found in our lists. Check back weekly for our latest favorite.
iPad game of the week: Bubbles the Cat ($3.99/£3.99/AU$5.99)
Bubbles the Cat is a platformer that initially comes across as a mite too familiar. Cute animal protagonist? Check. Retro visuals? Yep. Auto-running to remove the need for problematic virtual controls? Sure. Short levels with multiple targets to encourage repeat play? That’s there, too. So why are we recommending this one? In short, it’s all about the bubbles.
In Bubbles the Cat, you don’t just double-jump – you can jump until your bubbles run out. That gives you up to six airborne leaps – and those bubbles are replenished on landing. Later levels unlock other bubble types, including wall-creators, wrecking balls, and dimension hoppers.
The result is a game that’s surprisingly fresh, and that opens things up for some seriously interesting level design and route-finding. Top stuff.