Playing up-rezzed iPhone games on the iPad will keep us satisfied for only so long. iPad-only titles, optimized for the device, are what everyone really wants. Here’s a short list of the hypothetical games I’d really like to see. I don’t know if any of these are in development, but if they’re not, my question to the respective rights holders of these properties is: what are you waiting for?!
It’s already an excellent, innovative game on the Nintendo DS. It can be even better on the iPad by taking advantage of the larger and brighter touchscreen, not to mention the accelerometer.
2) BOOM BLOX
Here’s an underappreciated Wii game that could reach new levels of popularity on the iPad. EA’s Need for Speed Shift looked promising at today’s event, but an iPad version of BB could be their real killer app.
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3) A REAL REAL-TIME STRATEGY GAME
A full-on RTS is impractical on the iPhone but should be no problem on the iPad. The race is on to see which heavyweight (Starcraft? Command and Conquer? Supreme Commander? Civilization?) gets there first.
4) BIZARRE CREATIONS GAMES
While there’s no short supply of Geometry Wars clones on the App Store, the real McCoy is still M.I.A. The iPad could be what Bizarre Creations has been waiting for all this time. Another game of theirs, Boom Boom Rocket, would also be a perfect fit for the device.
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5) HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPOS
There are 9.7 reasons why you want to play this classic on the iPad. The size of the iPad’s touchscreen leaves plenty of real estate for 4-players to play simultaneously. It could happen. It should happen.
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