iPad games classic

May 6, 2010

While I don’t have an ipad just yet, a good friend was kind enough to let me experiment with hers. Of course, I started with the classic games from my childhood. I love to see how the medium has changed the experience of the game. What will I miss about the physical game? What features are there in the iPad app that I couldn’t imagine playing without now that they exist? Too much fun!
While I do love my iphone, I think these games really come to life on the iPad. The iphone is an excellent tool and I couldn’t live without it, but in some cases, it does not do a game justice, especially if I have a previous experience and love of it.

PAC-MAN for iPad

The Ipad really brings this game to life. You can choose to play with or without the joystick. Without the joystick, your fingers will get very tired.
Although I love classic games, I find it really difficult to play them without the tactile sense of an actual button. It’s hard to get used to not having the feel of a button and it effects my ability to react. I know that I would probably score higher if the Ipad had actual buttons, but that’s besides the point and I’m not a sore loser. Kids won’t have to make that transition because this is the world they are used to. That’s what’s most interesting to me and that’s food for thought.
The only con is finger sweatiness, which can also happen with traditional controllers, but not as much. Gosh, I wish they could do something about that.


Photo Eye-Q Lite

I imagine this game is better on the I-pad than on the i-phone simply due to screen size. This game reminds me of an adult version of Where’s Waldo.
They give you two busy and detailed images, landscapes, animals, etc. They appear to be the same, but you have to find what is different. One has a tree in the background, the other doesn’t, etc. Tap your finger on the part of the image that you think is different.
The app also gives a hint or two if you are stuck. To be honest, I found it to be a little bit difficult. I hope to improve with time.
Also, I think this is a great learning tool for kids who need to improve their concentration skills and attention to detail!

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Labyrinth 2 HD

Brings back childhood memories! This is a very well done app! I do think it would be easier to play on the iIpad if it had handles because my fingers get sweaty. Still, it’s so neat to see these classic games come alive on the Ipad


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