The best free iPad games

The best free iPad gamesHaving forked out a ridiculous amount of money for the new iPad and an obligatory Smart Cover, I now have approximately this much left over to spend on games: 0 pence.

Lucky for me, the App Store plays host to loads of excellent free titles for the iPad. Indeed, some of the most popular iPad games cost absolutely nothing at all. Good times.

Here, in no particular order, are some of our favourite iPad freebies. If you disagree, or if you have any recommendations, hit us up with a comment below.

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The best free iPad gamesJetpack Joyride

Jon said: Jetpack Joyride features a shark-shaped rocketpack that keeps you aloft with the power of an enormous machine-gun. Do you need another reason to buy it?

Jetpack Joyride used to carry a price tag of 69p, but it now appears to be free permanently. I think…

Developer Halfbrick takes the common mechanic of touching the screen to ascend as you fly from left to right, but there’s so much more to it.

There’s a ton of stuff to buy with the in-game currency, and naturally you can speed things along by getting your real-life wallet out, but it’s really not necessary. As Axl Rose sang: all you need is just a little patience.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.

The best free iPad gamesTemple Run

Lewis said: Temple Run is great for so many reasons. Why are you reading this when you could be playing Temple Run?

Temple Run is another game of survival. Essentially: run for as long as possible while avoiding obstacles and collecting coins.

It probably doesn’t sound like much, but – as with many of the iPad’s top games – the simplest ideas work best.

Like Jetpack Joyride, there’s loads of stuff to buy, and Imangi no doubt hopes you’ll donate a few earth pounds instead of saving up the in-game gold. But if you’re willing to put the time in, you’ll soon unlock all the power-ups and that.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

The best free iPad gamesTriple Town

Lewis said: Match three to build your little town. Be warned: it’s tough to put down.

I spent the majority of my Triple Town tenure with the Android version, but I’ve given it a few spins on the iPad and can confirm that – yep – it’s exactly the same.

With its simple visuals, Triple Town looks like it’s aimed at kids, but you’d be an idiot for passing it up. It’s actually one of the most addictive games I’ve played of late.

In a nutshell, match three items (grass, bushes, trees…) and they evolve into one unit of the next item up the ladder. Little bears run around with the aim of messing things up, but trap three of them and you get some sort of, er, church type building. It’s great!

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later.

The best free iPad gamesBejeweled Blitz

Jon said: [iOS] is the perfect platform for Bejeweled Blitz, which commands a premium price on Xbox Live Arcade and even as a standalone PC retail release. The only real gripe is the lack of experience levels, but trust me, it's addictive enough.

Yep, Bejeweled Blitz is arguably the best incarnation of match-three there is. Having said that, I’ve also spent a fair bit of time with the incredibly similar Diamond Dash, which is also worth a look. Oh, and it’s free too.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

The best free iPad gamesDraw Something

Lewis said: Draw Something is Pictionary on your smartphone. It’s great, however I expect interest will wane considerably in the coming months.

If crudely drawn penises are your thing, you can’t go wrong with Draw Something. Heck, even if you don’t have a penchant for phalluses, chances are you’ll still enjoy Draw Something immensely.

The free version has ads, however they can be removed for 69p. Y’know, if they really bother you that much.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

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