There’s no doubt that mobile gaming on the iPad is big business. Recently, market research group NPD released a report that found that the number of mobile games have increased up to 22% over the past year. There are many reasons for the rise of mobile gaming, but those reasons vary between various user groups.
I tend to be attracted to specific types of iPad games, and while I can appreciate console-like games (e.g. Mass Effect, Assassin’s Creed) being developed for the iPad, I simply prefer sticking to games that don’t make me miss a physical controller. Instead, I play ones that are developed for touch devices, especially games that use one of the most simple control concepts of all — flicking. After the jump you’ll find of a list of ten great games that merely require you to do a bit of flicking.
Fruit Ninja, by far, is the most popular flick based game of all-time, having sold over 10 million copies. The object of Fruit Ninja is to slash away at as much fruit as possible, while avoiding the bombs that appear at random. While the free version is limited to classic mode and local multiplayer, you can opt to purchase the full version for $0.99, which comes with multiple single player and multiplayer modes.
Ever dreamed of being a field goal kicker? No? Well, do you think kicking a field goal from a great distance sounds fun? If so, look no further than PikPok’s Flick Field Goal Kickoff. Featuring multiple game modes, unlockable footballs and amazing kicking physics, you may find yourself tirelessly attempting to achieve a flawless kicking performance. If you love the idea of kicking field goals, but prefer a more arcade style game, check out Full Fat’s NFL Kicker 13.
Unlike most games on this list, Subway Surfers is not a sports game. Instead, it’s an endless running game in which you attempt outrun a train yard security guard and his dog after you’ve been spotted tagging a train. The game is set up with three lines that you must switch between (by flicking left or right anywhere on screen) to avoid obstacles (you also can jump and slide by flicking up and down).
While you may find yourself wondering how trains can run on tracks blocked by numerous items without crashing, you better not get too distracted because as the pace quickens, you’ll find it much more difficult to dodge, duck and jump over the onslaught of obstacles coming your way.
If you prefer kicking soccer balls instead of footballs, Flick Kick Football Kickoff is definitely a great choice. Out of the ludicrously high number of soccer shootout games in the App Store, PikPok’s version offers the best kicking physics of them all. While you may find the early goings a bit routine, the level of accuracy needed to get the ball past numerous defensemen will surely test your skills. If you’re not keen on ads, a paid version is available for $1.99.
Bowling can be a lot of fun, especially if you’re rolling the ball down an alley that leads to a doodle monster’s mouth. Doodle Bowling may not offer much in the way of game modes (mainly single player, with the option to challenge friends via email and Facebook), but games can be played rather quickly, which makes it the perfect option if you need to kill a few minutes.
The biggest bonus, however, is the ability to unlock some killer alternate themes (15 in all). Additionally, a paid version is available for $1.99 if you wish to play ad free.
You may have noticed that quite a few PikPok games are featured on this list, and there’s a reason for that. Out of all the great flick based games PikPok has created, Slam Dunk King is arguably the best. Featuring a groovy theme, sweet HD graphics and easy to learn but difficult to master gameplay, Slam Dunk King is the type of game that will keep you coming back for more.
The concept is simple: tap on a basketball and flick it in the hoop. To earn more points, killer combos and bigger bonuses, you’ll have to pull off an arsenal of sweet trick dunks from your Trick Bible.
If you find golf to be boring, perhaps you’re not playing it the right way. Flick Golf HD offers a fun and simple approach to golf; simply tee up the ball and try to get it as close to the pin as possible (or in the hole). The closer you are, the more points you earn. While the standard game offers really enjoyable levels, you may prefer to take things to the extreme with Flick Golf Extreme! HD, which lets you tee off from places like the grand canyon, an iceberg or fighter jet.
We can’t all be legendary NFL Quarterbacks in real life, but luckily you can on your iPad. Featuring multiple modes that have you pass to receivers, dodge incoming Linebackers or show off your sweet trick shot skills, NFL Flick Quarterback delivers an experience that will make you feel like you’re on the same level as Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Drew Brees. Arguably one of the most satisfying features in the game is being able to see your name on the back of your favorite NFL team’s jersey.
Flick Home Run! HD isn’t a simulation sports game like most games on this list, but that doesn’t make it any less fun to play. The concept is simple: tap a button to deliver a pitch and try your best to knock it out of the park. While it may seem simple, you may find it a tad challenging when balls are flying in at high speeds and odd angles.
Featuring nine different special pitches, you’ll need to have a keen eye to make contact with balls that are delivered with severe movements. If you find that you like this game, it may be in your best interest to upgrade to the paid version, which offers eight additional game modes.
If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck (literally, in this case), Flick Champions HD may just be the game for you. Starting out, you can play four games (soccer, tennis, basketball and hockey), either in exhibition mode or a tournament mode (called Cup).
As you progress, you’ll earn the ability to open up the remaining games (bowling, archery, minigolf and football) and other goodies. It’s worth noting that not all games feature flick controls (hockey is played similarly to air hockey), but most games are full of fun flick action!