Stuck at the airport? 6 best iPad games to play when you have some free time

by Doug Drinkwater

February 3 2014

You’re stuck waiting for a taxi, a plane or for your kids to finish school. And all you have on you is your iPad. Then perhaps it’s time to break out one of these fun iPad games which you can play anytime, anywhere.

Angry Granny Run

Angry Granny Run is a fantastic free running game which throws a bit of humor in for good measure. The simple aim of the game is to collect as many points as possible by picking up coins, dodging oncoming vehicles, dinosaurs, and other obstacles, as well as by battering ‘punks’.

Oh, and did I tell you that your character is a grandmother running away from an asylum?

Angry Granny Run is a super entertaining game for those with five minutes and a sense of humor. It has some amusing in-app purchasing options for extra costumes.

Stick Tennis

Stick Sports has a collection of great games (both on web and on mobile), so don’t be put off if you don’t like tennis – there are other games for baseball, soccer and cricket.

Stick Tennis is a personal favorite because it’s easy and fun to play. The interactive tutorial lasts under a minute and teaches the basic controls for forehand, backward, drop shots and serving.

From there the options are extensive – you can practise, challenge friends via Facebook, attempt to win all the slams. Hell, you can even splash out on a racket for your chosen tennis pro should you so wish.

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Asphalt 8: Airborne

If like me, you’re a big motor racing fan then you’ll want a racing game to fill your time. There are plenty of apps available in this area, and I’ve also tested the fun but sometimes insufferable official Formula One game.

Asphalt 8: Airborne is pretty good though. Coming from acclaimed game developer Gameloft, the iOS 7-optimized arcade game promises excellent graphics, fun gameplay and the ability to drive more than 60 cars from manufacturers including Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini.

You can race across 15 different tracks in real cities but perhaps the best feature – if you have the time – is the multi-player mode which lets you take on up to five friends locally or online (via Facebook).

Risk

Here’s one for the strategy game lovers – Risk. As a lover of the age-old war board game I was previously a cynic on what the digital version could offer. I was wrong.

It retains the same core functionality – rolling the dice to battle, flicking military to different regions and extra armies for controlling more continents – but it also offers up intrinsic battles against computer or real players and a set of lively audio alerts. Unlike some other games, you won’t complete Risk in five minutes (it is easy and fast to set up though), but that might still be enough time to change the world.

Temple Run 2

Temple Run 2 is hugely popular on all mobile platforms and it’s easy to see why (for some context, the original Temple Run reached 170 million downloads).

There are graphical improvements and new settings compared to its predecessor, but the overall aim is the same; run away from an oversized monkey and collect coins, navigate obstacles and get as many achievements as you can in quest of the cursed idol.

The free running app is like an arcade game of years gone by and it makes great use of the iPad’s accelerometer for turning corners.

Sonic Dash

Sonic Dash is for those of you still harbouring fond memories of Sonic The Hedgehog on Xbox or perhaps even the Sega Mega drive all those years ago.

As with those console games, Sonic Dash is a fun, free running game where you guide past obstacles and to collect rings as you aim to get the most points in a bid to move onto more challenging levels. It’s great fun for all ages and sports an easy set of touch-friendly controls.

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