So you’ve bought the new fourth generation iPad with a Retina display and now you want to see that stunning pin-sharp display at its very best and brightest – so to that end, we’ve scoured the App Store to find the best games that have been fully optimised for Apple’s Retina display.
Real Racing HD has been a runaway success since it made its debut on the original iPad of couple of years ago, since then there’s been a sequel which has been designed specifically to take advantage of the iPad’s power and Retina display.
Their latest version offers heart-pounding 3D visuals that puts the steering wheel directly in your hands. There’s an expansive, 10-plus hour career mode and a full multiplayer over Wi-Fi. You’ll find over 30 licensed cars from real-world manufacturers, which can be driven across 15 locations.
Multiplayer allows you to compete over local with up to 16-players online. You can even play the game wirelessly on your HDTV through AirPlay and an Apple TV, so you can challenge your friends to a split screen multiplayer session.
Pinball HD really captures that spirit of the game with its stunning Retina graphics. There’s obviously been a lot of time spent making sure the game has incredibly simple and intuitive touch controls.
There’s a multitude of themed pinball machines that have been model down to the very last detail which really shine on the iPad’s big screen. You can select a couple of different views: either a “fly-by” display mode, in which the virtual camera follows the ball as you play it on the table, or a more traditional “full-table” mode that displays the entire pinball table on screen.
Angry Birds Space sends you hurtling into space to attack pigs entrenched on planets surrounded by gravity fields. The main twist on this version is that gravity can send your birds in wild new directions, including into orbital death-spirals, forcing you to think much further ahead before letting rip with your trusty slingshot.
Infinity Blade was the first game to run on Epic Games’ Unreal engine on iOS – the engine is normally seen powering game like Batman or Gears of War on the the Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. With the sequel Infinity Blade 2, Epic Games have managed to make it look as visually stunning and complex as any console game. The premise is deceptively simple one: a turn-based, one-on-one, dodge-or-die fantasy battle simulator. If you’ve got a £1.99 to spare, you can’t go wrong with Epic’s Infinity Blade 2.
Flight control Rocket is all about docking spaceships onto a space station – while that doesn’t sound all that exciting; once you’re screen is a frantic mess of spaceships and lines it become a tense and super addictive real-time strategy game that will have hooked for hours.
Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy looks so good that Apple asked Namco to take to the stage and show it off during the new iPad’s unveiling earlier this month. On that Retina display, Air Supremacy will blow your socks off. Its visuals are out of this world, and are unmatched by any other iOS game — or any other mobile game for that matter.
The Walking Dead game for iPad is based on Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series and TV show. It gives gamers an real insight into the horror of a zombie apocalypse. Throughout the adventure you’ll have to live with the profound and lasting consequences of the decisions you make in each episode. Your actions and choices will affect how your story plays out across the entire series.
During the game you’ll be forced to make decisions that are not only difficult, but require you to make an almost immediate choice. There’s no time to ponder when the undead are pounding down the door. The game Adventure spans across five episodes and involves meaningful decision-making, exploration, problem-solving and a constant fight for survival in a world overrun by the undead.