iPad Games Galore is a monthly column for all iPad game lovers out there. Every month, we feature 5 excellent games in different categories, making sure you get your monthly quota of iPad quality time. This month’s collection is all about time-wasters, and the most addictive ones at that.
There are many good reasons to play games, the best of which is to simply “clear the mind and pass the time”. Below you will find a collection of very addictive games, that nonetheless don’t require any strenuous thought or action on your part. Simply load the game and start playing, and be amazed to find yourself 2 hours later still holding the iPad, immersed in the game.
A key feature for a long, addictive time-waster is lots of levels, and for that you may end up spending a few dollars. But don’t worry, by the time you try even one or two levels of these games, you’d be glad you spent the money, guaranteed!
Anodia is an excellent and innovative take on the old Bricks game we all know and love. The object of the game is still the same – get rid of all the elements on the screen to complete the level – but most of the other parts of the game have been totally re-imagined. As you can see in the screenshot, these are not plain old bricks you’re breaking, and each level brings a completely different take on the matter. You will find yourself breaking light bulbs, crashing into colored rings and fighting all sorts of geometric constructions. The game also includes many power-ups and power-downs, if you will, which you need to take or avoid accordingly. The free version include a limited number of levels, which you can play over and over again, but in order to enjoy the full experience, you might want to shell out the $1.99.
Although I promised no thinking, there is no way I could fail to mention Envelop in this roundup. I first laid my hands on Envelop during the Because We May sale, which offered it for free. I admit, I would never have given this game another look were it not free at the time, but I’m so glad I did. The object of Envelop is very simple: get the grey area to cover all the blue squares, and nothing but the blue squares, before they reach their full size. When they do, the grey area must not cover any red squares or any empty squares. Each level takes about 5 seconds, so this is a fast-paced game that will have you sweating by the time it’s over. With its simple yet stunning visuals, and its unique language, Envelop is one of the most engaging games I’ve downloaded this month. It does not have a free version, but at $0.99, it’s a steal.
Ah, Tap the Frog. In all honesty, my life has changed since I discovered this game. While it is quite a popular game, I hadn’t heard of it until not so long ago, which was a terrible shame. So in case you’ve managed to miss it too, this is your chance. While Tap the Frog is one of the most entertaining games I’ve ever played, it’s not going to suit everyone. All of Tap the Frog’s 48 levels are based on quick action and quick responses. The quicker you are with the task at hand, the more stars you get at the end of it, and the more accomplishments and badges you collect. If 48 levels sounds like a lot, it’s only because you haven’t played yet. I finished all 48 in one sitting, and am now waiting anxiously for more levels to be added, while I go back to improve my scores.
No, this is not a mistake. I decided to include Tap the Frog and Tap the Frog 2 separately since they’re both excellent games, but surprisingly different from one another. After finishing all 48 Tap the Frog levels, I was craving for more, and went ahead and bought Tap the Frog 2. Tap the Frog 2 currently includes only 10 levels, but instead of a few seconds, the levels last several minutes. Each level has a different goal, such as tapping the numbers in sequence, navigating you frog through water, road or sky, or eating as much as cake and candy as you can. The levels start at 20 seconds, but as you go along you keep adding more and more time to the clock, and the more time you collect, the further you can get in the level. Each level includes 4 achievements to unlock, so even after playing all 10 levels, there are more goals to strive for.
4 Elements, while at first struck me as a little bit childish with its grand cover story about a kingdom lost to eternal winter, nonetheless kept me up until 2AM, and I can safely say now that this game is simply pure fun. The game combines three well-known mini-games: hidden objects, 3 object matching, and find the difference. The goal of the game is to unlock and bring back to life the four elements (earth, water, fire and air), which is done by solving these games one after the other. The 3 object matching game is the main event, and includes many elements and power-ups to make it more interesting that usual. I’ve been playing the free version for quite a while now, and so far there have been no limitations, but as the full version (an in-app purchase only) stands at $4.99, I assume I will soon reach the free version’s limit, at which point I will gladly pay money to continue (although $4.99 does seem just a bit steep).
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