To sum it up – I nearly blistered my fingers, I had muscle ache and of course I practically killed my productivity for a few days. Hooked? I hope you are – gaming on iPad is simply addictive! ……….. oh and pardon me for the title that’s no better from an elementary school essay.
I remember my encounter with the iPad prior to December. My first encounter was around May – the only thing that impressed me then were the book. It looked like a big iPhone and I often call it a huge photo frame. Then on another 2 occasions between then and December, I’ve seen it used for displaying photography works………hrmmmm ……… I called it portable photo frame before, now why didn’t I think of using it for showcasing my works? 😛 Haha. That said, both occasions I didn’t see any impressive games on the iPad.
Then came December, I finally acquired acquiring my very own iPad (for free, not a review unit. I won some cash vouchers! Woooohooooo!!) which was the 16GB Wifi version. As a gamer in nature, it’s pretty much an instinct to hunt for games and see how the unit works and I tell you!!! ……… oh I already told you earlier, yeah you get it – damn addictive!
Some of my games
I’m a huge Angry Birds fan but my N900 requires me to SPEND on each new pack – nonsense! It’s a good thing I didn’t buy them because on Apple products the packs come along with Angry Birds itself! I thought Angry Birds would be the first game I purchased, if not then it’s got to be Infinity Blade since my friends had already introduced the game and I thought it was lovely.
Interestingly the first game I bought was Need For Speed : Hot Pursuit. 😀 I’m a Need For Speed fan, I just got so busy with work and other games that I haven’t installed my Need for Speed : Shift that I bought last year (wahahhhahhaaat!?!?!?!?). 😀
Awesome game it was, I never thought the iPad was capable of such awesome 3D gaming.
The first game I finished was Air Attack HD. I got to know this game when I was at Harvey Norman, checking out the iPads.
Downloaded, installed and finished the game within the evening. 😀 Aweome! And since my screen is not protected yet, I practically nearly my fingers. 😛
Other games that followed were like SimCity (was the 2nd game I bought, I think) but my city is still looking ugly so I did not screen capture it. Bleh.
Then of course there’s Infinity Blade. 😀 I spent the whole Christmas morning (eg, after midnight till dawn) playing the game, getting all the gold, levelling up to the max and killing the God King quite a few times
Long hours of sword bashing took a toll on my forearm.
I had not forgotten Angry Birds HD though, spend the evening the day after Christmas overcoming many levels. Decided to call it quits for the day to write this article.
And lastly, Mirror’s Edge the last game I bought that’s really to play – running around, jumping walls and leaping across buildings.
I also have other free games that I tried but didn’t like, such as Iron Man 2 and a few other Gameloft titles. I also have Monkey Island 1 and 2, which I intend to play some time later. 😀
You’d get the picture by now. I’m simply amazed at how this little device can output such awesome 3D graphic. It’s not too detailed and even from the screen shots I can see that there’s no anti-aliasing involved but I think reason why these games are so enjoyable is that they’re generally very simple.
No complex buttons to press like what you see on consoles, no need to worry about graphic card vs screen size like the typical computer. And the games are cheap too, considering games going as low as 0.99 USD on EA’s on-going sale. The iPad’s battery life is awesome too, I could game for soooooooooooooo many hours without having to recharge the iPad.
Buying is hassle-free, installation is hassle free, fire it up and start playing! I think Apple did it right, simple and enjoyable gaming without having to pay through my nose. 🙂 This is how gaming should be! That said, I’m not quitting PC gaming just yet because the iPad’s games are SIMPLE so there are some games that it just can’t provide well, for example Real-Time Strategy games. The Red Alert on iPad was kinda sluggish and seems buggy to me.
What about you? Have you an Apple iPad? What’s your gaming experience like?