Vertigore Games’ Pacific Defense puts you in the role of a World War II anti-aircraft gunner as you fight ever-increasing waves of Japanese fighters and torpedo assaults working to destroy your ship. As in a first-person arcade game, you focus on a heads-up display and tap the sides of the iPad to fire your machine guns. Combined with the vintage radio clips and grainy, grayscale graphics, this creates an immersive feels that pulls you in over the course of the game. When you’re overwhelmed, power-ups such as additional health and smart bombs that clear all the enemies from the screen help even the odds and clear the level in the designated amount of time.
Firemint's Real Racing was already one of the most buzzed-about iPhone apps, but the extra screen real estate and speedier processor gives Real Racing HD for the iPad much more room to shine, resulting in a true showcase title for Apple's new tablet.
Life for an iPhone OS developer must surely be difficult these days: In the wake of the iPad, developers have to choose between having separate apps for the iPhone/iPod touch and now the iPad, or to make their apps universal and appeal to both crowds at once. The issue is even thornier when it comes to gaming.
Whether you waited in line at your local Apple Store or Best Buy or
constantly refreshed UPS.com while staring at your front door, take
solace new iPad owners: the hard part is over. Now comes the fun of
loading your glorious new tablet with tons of sweet and innovative apps.
Regardless of whether you're a hardcore gamer or more the casual sort,
the iPad App Store already has tons of great gaming options tailored
specifically for the device. We tore into the App Store immediately upon
receiving our iPads, and put together a list of 25 launch games worth
the time and money of you lucky early adopters.
Okay, it's April 1 so you take things with a grain of salt…but would our
friends at ThinkGeek
lie to us? They're showing the new iCade, and iPad arcade cabinet that
gives realistic arcade controls to class games running on the iPad.