The larger screen size and greater processing power of the iPad is set to transform how we will play our favorite iPhone games. Many famous titles are rumored to be ready for download on day one. In anticipation of the April 3 debut of Apple's tablet computer, here are ten games that will immediately shine in new forms as iPad apps.
One of the most popular games on the iPhone is set to take off with an HD version for the iPad. Flight Control, which costs 99 cents to download to the iPhone (but will likely run you $4.99 for the iPad), is rumored to have a split screen to take advantage of the larger device's capabilities. There will also be an expanded itinerary for Flight Control enthusiasts with three HD-only maps exclusive to the iPad. Like most iPad-ready titles, you will still get to challenge your friends who are still piloting the iPhone or iPod touch. Flight Control developer Firemint will also navigate its way to the iPad market with the release of Real Racing HD. Read on for more details.
2. Zen Bound 2
Major game developers are already shifting their focus to the iPad first, and then will market secondary versions of their titles to the iPhone and iPod touch. Case in point is the sequel to Zen Bound, an enlightened puzzle game currently available on the iPhone for $2.99. The beautifully-crafted application will feature original gameplay and new music by Ghost Monkey. Don't want to wait? Just meditate and it will be here before you know it.
Just in time for the start of the NBA playoffs, this game originally developed by Freeverse (since acquired by ngmoco), appears to be ready for full-court play on the iPad. While it costs 99 cents to download on the iPhone, expect a freemium model moving forward that will motivate you to pay along the way (after obtaining for free.)
This hit Tower Defense game from Popcap will have an expanded playing field come this weekend. While the developer of Bejeweled, Bookworm and Peggle is playing it close to the vest, Plants vs. Zombies, currently available for $2.99 on the iPhone, was on the short list of games rumored to be available immediately.
Another offering from Flight Control developer Firemint, Real Racing HD is targeted for day one distribution. While the iPhone application is currently available for $4.99, the iPad version will come with a $9.99 price point (which is what Real Racing cost when it first hit the iTunes App Store.) Already incredibly fun on the iPhone, the increased processing power of the iPad should help with sometime long loading times.
Illusion Labs apparently knows how to navigate the maze of the iTunes app store. Its popular title Labyrinth 2 is set to debut in HD and iPad-ready form with a $7.99 download cost (it currently costs $4.99 to download on the iPhone and iPod touch). Look for more big things - 9.7 inches big, that is - from this Swedish developer.
There will be more docks and ships to navigate in this line-drawing game. Developed by Imangi Studios, Harbor Master is currently available for $1.99 on the iPhone. Like Flight Control, Harbor Master will pioneer the line-drawing game genre for the iPad.
8. Worms HD
England-based developer Team17 will likely wiggle its way into the iPad launch with an HD version of its popular Worms franchise. The turn-based strategy game, which is available for $4.99 on the iPhone, released its most recent small screen update in January.
This puzzle game, which is rumored to be available for $9.99 upon launch of the iPad, was one of the most decorated games to come out in the early days of the iTunes App Store. Expect Enigmo's 3D graphics and 50 levels of gameplay to sparkle on the larger screen.
Another title from Enigmo Deluxe developer Pangea Software, Cro-Mag Rally is also set to debut on the iPad for $9.99 (both games are available for $2.99 on the iPhone). As Cro-Mag is one of the best games to use the iPhone's acceleromoter, expect other games and developers to follow in its iPad-configured footsteps.
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