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The best iPad games of 2019

The best iPad games
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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 every two weeks for our latest favorite.

iPad game of the week: Vectronom ($3.99/£3.99/AU$5.99)

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Vectronom is a psychedelic world of dancing geometric shapes. Your particular shape – a beat-nodding cube – is charged with getting from one point to another, across a constantly shifting obstacle course packed full of spikes and holes.

The key to this iPad game is to recognize the choreography before you, and swipe to partake in something that’s part rhythm action, part slalom, and part dancing. You often swipe into empty space, safe in the knowledge a platform will appear on the beat – assuming you get things right.

Each of the game’s zones has a distinct personality, from Autobahn’s sea of marching squares to the psychotic Spike Jump. All the while, Vectronom’s soundtrack shifts from thumping electronic ear-smashing to relatively gentle waltz numbers. Aside from a few overly frustrating moments (again, Spike Jump), it’s a hypnotic, tantalizing experience.