So you got your hot little hands on one of those awesome iPad devices. Maybe even you even gave one to a parent or relative for Christmas, their birthday, or any other random date we’re used to give things away.
Maybe it’s become a useful device to browse the Internets, to collect stray drips of mayonnaise when looking up recipes, or to watch videos of your spawn and/or kitties. There are also many moms and dads who love the iPad’s scheduling apps, reminders, and social media. They may even download little games for their offspring, but they wouldn’t do so for themselves.
Let’s welcome in a new era of mobile gaming: one of the little i-miracles is a new wave of super creative developers catering to the market niche of non-gamers. Here’s Appszoom‘s collection of masterpieces suited for all audiences.
Hardcore players will enjoy the originality and newness of these games, while the rest will softly land on video game land without having to pay the match-3 toll.
5.- Blue Print 3D HD for iPad – $2.99
Your grandad will love this. It’s like playing to be an engineer, an architect, or even a spy, feeling that magic when all lines match and the stage is cleared. It’s all about perspective and 3D spatial management, whereas the elegance of simpleness merges with Spartan AutoCad-like beauty.
Does grandad like model railroading? Does he stare at the struts? Has he ever talked about the importance, both physical and metaphorical, of architecture? Let’s build bridges, then!
Bridge Constructor isn’t a new game at all, but it has everything you could ask for in an architecture game: a great physics engine, tons of logical problem resolution, and bridges collapsing and trains crashing, something his inner child will appreciate. Ditto the free downloadable playground.
When we talked about Bounden, we highlighted something we called “natural controlling.” It means that you can play and enjoy it even if you haven’t ever played a video game before, or even if you haven’t ever interacted with a mobile device of any kind. It’s the modern equivalent of jump rope: just hop on in, you’ll learn as you go.
2.- Ephemerid: a musical adventure for iPad – $3.99
More and more frequently, we find ourselves talking about experiences rather than gameplay. Ephemerid is one of those games where you must (literally) go with the flow and be carried along by the game. Don’t forget to raise the volume in this game about peace of mind and harmony.
Monument Valley has been making its way into many of our lists lately, mainly because it sums up everything we love about i-gaming. Instead of a tutorial, the whole game is a process of discovery. There’s no time or stress or competition of any kind. The gratifying reward comes in the form of smiles and sense of fulfillment every time you solve (and are amazed by) the puzzles you find along your way.
This game would definitively be in this list, if it had been released at the time of publication. In the meanwhile, you can enjoy our interview with 80 days‘ developer, Inkle. Expected release: 2014 Q3, which is almost as soon as now.
What game would you recommend to a non-usual player? How would you best amaze someone who has outdated notions about what mobile gaming is?