iPad as a game machine... how is it working for you?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by coolwater, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. coolwater macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2009
    I find myself playing more games on my iPad than I used to do on iPod Touch or iPhone.
  2. prot0type macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2010
    Depends on the game.

    I have a few games I'll play on the iPad that i prefer on its screen, but there were a few I had for my Touch that were just perfect for it's screen size and portability. Plants vs Zombies comes to mind.

    Can't wait till September though, Final Fantasy Tactics :D Just hoping it'll be released for the iPad at the same time as the iPhone/Touch version.
  3. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    i play pro evolution soccer on my iPhone 4, i tried it on my iPad and it sucks. it's just not feel right holding the screen that big to play a soccer game.

    even Real Soccer HD which is built for iPad doesn't feel right, but games like angry birds, racing games and Monkey Island Adventures are better suited for the iPad's bigger screen.
  4. EthanNixon macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    There aren't quite enough games for me to play that much on.

    I am also sick of developers making an "HD" version and an "SD" version of their games.

    I would rather pay an extra premium for a cross-platform game...
  5. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    +1, i wish all the apps are universal, lets say the SD app is $1.99, HD app is $3.99, well just make it universal with the price of $2.99.

    but from developer point of view is not all people have both iPad and iPhone, so for gaining more revenue, they have to make a separate apps which price don't get too much higher. if Joe only have iPhone, hell he will prefer to pay $1.99 instead for $3.99 because he doesn't even need the HD app.
  6. EthanNixon macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    Joe would still pay the $3.99 for the application though. :p
  7. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    lol good point.
  8. KameronBriggs macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2010
    Somewhere Sunny, California
    My favorite games are Wheel of Fortune HD and Magic Piano.
    So much fun!!!
  9. Peterson8765 macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2010
    When I had my iPad it worked really good as a portable gaming device. Real Racing HD looked crisp and so did N.O.V.A. HD
  10. doodude macrumors regular


    Mar 17, 2009
    pssst, look behind you...
    Some favs or the ones I play most often...
    Bunz Fighter
    Real Racing
    Asphalt 5
    Mini Turn
    Monster Pinball & any good multiple table pinball game
    Several breakout games
    There's quite a bit more. If it's a racing, space/flying shooter (shmups), breakout or match up game then I'm usually a sucker for the good ones.

    The one thing that really irritates me about a game on my iPad or my iPhone
    Is a game that you can't return to the same spot or nearly the same spot where you last quit.

    I use my iPad & iPhone games as a diversion when I have a few extra minutes & would like to try to advance the game rather than start the damn thing over every time I have chance to play.
    It's easier to play a game for a minute than to try to read just a few pages of a book. Guess I get too involved in whatever book I'm reading.

    But to answer the OP more directly, :rolleyes: I find the iPad in particular a decent gaming console. Of course I prefer the games to be in HD but I can live with the iPhone transfer...
  11. pagansoul macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2006
    I'm not much of a game player but I have and old XBOX and a PSP that I nolonger touch. I have about 40 games on my pad but spend the most time with solitaire, Sudoku, FreeCell, Clickomania. I do play Spore, Osmos, Antimatter, Bejeweled and Galcon from time to time. I have not touch Crash Kart, Zombieville, Racing apps, Cro-Mag, Enigmo in a long while. I think I spend more time with my Music apps like Bebot, Magic Piano, iElectribe, Celtic Harp.
  12. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
  13. XJ13sd macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2010
    Pagansoul= lol. Not much of a gamer but you have 40 games on the iPad hahahaha. Also your signature needs some tweaking. Just put 3GS and although I don't believe you, iPhone4 as NO 8 gig was even made.lol plus I also don't believe you have the 64 gig (HD lol, again) iPad. Just a vibe I get from reading a few of your posts and the way you built your sig, also the xbox and psp should be removed if for nothing more than both those machines are completely outdated and you could prob sell that xbox for like a 1$. Lol, I have an xbox but I don't game but I put 40 games on my iPad. Lol

    Sorry, I just get a vibe from reading some peoples posts and I felt the same way reading this persons post in another thread.
  14. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    I'm a huge game player, but when I've got time to play a game I prefer to do so on a console or a PC as thats a rich, immersive experience and with controls that are optimized for gaming.

    Conversely, casual games are meant to kill time while waiting for real life to happen...doctors offices, sitting on the train, airplane, etc. Since I'm not a Murse-wearing fancy-boy, I don't have my iPad with me all the time and for the casual games, I find the iPhone to provide a far better gaming experience. Yes, the screen is small, but the kinds of games I enjoy playing (Solitaire, lightweight shoot-em-ups, etc.) are optimized for a small handheld platform such as the iPhone. The iPad, while no doubt providing better visuals (although I'd say the retina display of the iP4 makes that a debatable topic), is awkward to hold for extended gaming sessions while on the move. And if I'm not on the move, I'm back to the aforementioned "real" gaming rigs hooked up to a big plasma and surround sound system.

    So while I do keep a few games on the iPad for grins and giggles, nope...I find it poorly suited as a "great gaming rig." Its too big for casual games, too weak for dedicated big-screen gaming experiences.
  15. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    I have a 360, PS3, PSP and DS and probably play more iPad/iPhone games lately than the rest combined.
  16. BrennerM macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2010
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    I'm not big on "action"-type games but I love strategy/card/puzzle games. I play lots of games on my iPad such as Hearts-HD, Solitaire, Sudoku, Crosswords, etc. Lately Hearts-HD has gotten a lot of play. I find it so much easier and engaging to play these games on the big iPad screen rather than the tiny iPod Touch screen (I've sold my iPod Touch since getting the iPad).

    I'm hoping PopCap brings full-resolution Peggle to the iPad at some point, that is my all-time favourite game.

    Also, I would like to see someone make card games where 2 players can play on 1 iPad. Whenever your hand is resting on your corner it would show you your cards behind your hand, and if you lift your hand it hides your cards so your opponent can't see them.
  17. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    At the end of the day the ipad kinda sucks as a game machine. It's not the graphics as they are pretty decent, it's the controls, or rather the lack of any kind of physical control. I haven't yet played a game where the virtual controls didn't at best suck, it just seems your finger slides off the control, or you have to slide too far out to get movement. It's even worse having to press a virtual button to fire for example, as you completely lose the tactile feedback of hitting a button without having to look down at it first.

    I know I know, the same guys who always jump in and say they can type faster on an iphone/ipad than a real keyboard are poised to jump in here and tell me how they can play a game better on the ipad than with something with true physical controls. Sure I believe you, but for the majority of us I just can't see that being the case. I TOTALLY appreciate the games I can play on the ipad, I've got a bunch and I love 'em (Dragon Warrior, Dungeon HD, Doom, Ressurection, NOVA), but they all have the same achilles heel of that virtual controller.

    I take games just as gravy though, I love my ipad and have so much incredible functionality out of it that I just consider being able to do *any* gaming at all is a huge plus.

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