The 5 iPad games with the best graphics

February 10, 2014
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It’s rare that’s we’re impressed by PC and console graphics these days, but tablets are still full of surprises.

If you want to see how hot your tablet can get and show off just how far mobile graphics have come, check out out these five games.

Infinity Blade 3


You can’t have a conversation about mobile graphics without talking about Infinity Blade, so let’s get it out of the way right away. Even the first Infinity Blade still looks good, but the newest iteration is pushing the limits of tablet graphics further than ever. Then we see things like the newest demo of Unreal 4 running on nVidia’s Tegra K1 chip and the boundary between tablet and console graphics doesn’t just blur, it starts to get hard to find at all.

Anomaly 2


Anomaly 2’s unique twist on the tower defense formula—tower offense—already warrants checking it out, but the visuals make it worth showing off, too. Not only does the game sport incredible detail around every corner, the lighting and fog look great as well. This game will make you wonder if tablet graphics aren’t already bumping up against the low end of PC gaming.

The Room Two


Fireproof Games takes you down, down into the rabbit hole of a series of increasingly complex spaces and devices in The Room and The Room Two. They nail not only the textures but most importantly the animations that play out as these devices unfold, making these impossible devices almost believable.

Real Racing 3


There are tons of racers out there in the App Store and Play Store, but if you’re into realistic simulation games like Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo, Real Racing 3 is the game for you. It includes a variety of real world tracks like Yas Marina and the classic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, as well as a number of real cars. A variety of control methods allows you to choose how you want to play, and the visuals constantly impress. Only the presence of intrusive microtransactions hinders the experience in Real Racing 3, but the game is still very playable.

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour


It’s not hard to figure out which one of the big boys Modern Combat is emulating, but it’s a surprise to see how good of a job it’s doing. In addition to offering just about every gameplay feature you might want to see on console or PC, it also features impressive explosions and depth of field effects. You know—the important things.


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