Best New iPad Games: invasion of the classics with 'Tales of Phantasia' and 'Baldur's Gate 2'

by Mike Rougeau

January 24 2014

Apple's tablet gets some classic games to match last week's Android release of Final Fantasy VI.

Has Apple ever been a company to let itself be outdone? This week in tablet games two classics hit iOS exclusively: Baldur's Gate 2 and Tales of Phantasia.

The former is one of the great Western RPGs in true Dungeons & Dragons tradition, while the latter is a Japanese RPG, the first in Namco Bandai's still-running "Tales" series. One was originally released in 2000, the other in 1995. Both are worth checking out for RPG fans with tablets.

Check out the full slideshow below for all the recent and notable iPad releases.

There are plenty of other great games this week, including Rhythm Thief and the Paris Caper, Shadow Blade, Bardbarian, Los Yeti, Slender Rising 2, and NBA Rush.

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Links & Apps

  • 1 Across Age 2
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    Across Age 2

    "'Across Age' was the first ever released Japanese Retro Action RPG on the App Store. Its engaging storyline, intense action and eerie dungeons provided a whole new game experience. The sequel improves the formula with over 15 hours of exciting gameplay and beautiful pixel perfect 2D environments- optimized for Retina Display."

  • 2 Hip Hop Berserker
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    Hip Hop Berserker

    "Swipe/Tap to awesome Hip Hop beats in this incredibly fun rhythm/action-adventure game."

  • 3 Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper
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    Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper

    "Rhythm Thief is a unique rhythm-based adventure game that will test your timing, quickness and style. Rhythm is your ally as you dance, fight, and steal your way across missions, challenges, and mini-games. Pull off crazy capers and foil your nemesis Napoleon as he tries to stop you from finding out the truth behind your father’s disappearance. Set in Paris, you will tap to the beat on the Champs-Elysees, sneak past guards in The Louvre, and explore the City of Lights."

  • 4 Man at Arms
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    Man at Arms

    "Man at Arms is the newest hit in TD strategy games! Play fast-paced action gaming with hundreds of units, then collect unique cards to increase the strength of your army!"

  • 5 Shadow Blade
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    "Kuro is a young man on his quest to become the Shadow Blade. He must seek the teachings of the last remaining ninja master."

  • 6 Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider
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    Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider

    "SCIENTISTS! Journey through quantum space and fuse the elements in this retro- inspired arcade game for iOS! The game is FUSION. Your Role: Quantum Physicist. Your Goal: Create all the known elements of the periodic table by absorbing and manipulating matter, antimatter, plasma waves, and photons. More Details: Arm yourself with the sheer power of Photons. Amass this energy to release stronger reactions to support your journey into the void. But beware! The boundaries of Quantum Space is unknown…there is sure to be mysterious matter that is yet to be discovered."

  • 7 Bardbarian
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    "Gameplay is a unique hybrid of: arcade, rpg, strategy/tower defense and a shoot-em-up. You play as Brad, who is tired of being a barbarian and always wanted to make music, so one day, when his town is under attack, decides to play music instead of fighting. While playing music, brad inspires the townsfolk to fight for him instead of hiding. The moral of the game is doing what makes you happy instead of what’s expected of you, the irony is that brad could kill most of these enemies with one swing of his weapon, but chooses not to."

  • 8 Baldur's Gate 2
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    Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition

    "Kidnapped. Imprisoned. Tortured. The wizard Irenicus holds you captive in his stronghold, attempting to strip you of the powers that are your birthright. Can you resist the evil within you, forge a legend of heroic proportions, and ultimately destroy the dark essence that haunts your dreams? Or will you embrace your monstrous nature, carve a swath of destruction across the realms, and ascend to godhood as the new Lord of Murder?"

  • 9 Super Sanctum TD
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    Super Sanctum TD

    "Super Sanctum TD is a retro-styled mazing defense game that focuses on strategy, customization and replayability. You construct mazes and towers to kill enemies and prevent them from reaching the Core. However, you don’t have to just watch the towers do all the work, you can also use active abilities like Air Strike and Freeze to stun, snare, and destroy your enemies yourself too!"

  • 10 Lost Yeti
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    "Lost Yeti is an extremely cute puzzle adventure where you slide ice cubes to create a path for the Yeti and complete the level. Collect bonus items and be sure to avoid dangerous enemies and traps spread all over the levels."

  • 11 Tap & Blast
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    Tap & Blast

    "Prepare to have a Blast with our new game Tap & Blast from the duo at Raptus Games. Help Red the Imp keep the party going by eating chilies and filling the night sky with fireworks. Don't let the sun catch you and put an end to your celebration!"

  • 12 Slender Rising 2
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    Slender Rising 2

    "Players call it the scariest game on iOS and the best Slenderman game available, with over 7 million downloads. And now the horror has returned, creepier than ever!"

  • 13 Hopeless: The Dark Cave
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    Hopeless: The Dark Cave

    "A bunch of glowing blobs huddle in the dark, scared and armed. Dark shadows creep in and they must react quickly - is it a friend or foe? Tap the screen to shoot the monsters. React quickly but be careful not to shoot your friends. Survive as long as you can and defend as many blobs as you can. But be careful: don't let the blobs get too scared or the'll kill themselves! Is it really all... HOPELESS?"

  • 14 Tree Wars
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    "Simple to learn but hard to master. Tree Wars is the addictive squirrel-strategy game that will leave you out of breath. Captain your heroic squirrel troops to battle but beware of the beaver brutes – they have quite a few tricks up their sleeves. Customize your beaver-bashing strategy with an assortment of spells, upgrades and squirrels. Can you fight off the evil beavers and win back the Tree of Life?"

  • 15 Skydrift
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    "Tilt to move in midair. Tap the screen to speed up. Try to stay alive as you fall from the heavens down to the earth's core. Enjoy smooth tilt controls and polished 3D graphics across four detailed levels."

  • 16 In Fear I Trust
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    In Fear I Trust

    "Face your fears and experience a psychological thriller unlike anything you’ve seen before. In Fear I Trust brings a new kind of nightmare to mobile with stunning visuals, brain-teasing puzzles, and terrifying revelations."

  • 17 Suits and Swords
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    "The Joker is back for revenge – and only YOU have the power to stop his destruction. Lead Captain Black Jack on an epic card battling journey to save the four card realms. Suits and Swords is more than a blackjack card game – it’s the elements of a role playing game combined with the strategy of blackjack creating an adventure that’ll have you addicted after your first battle. Suit up, double down, and join the fight!"

  • 18 Grandpa and the Zombies
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    Grandpa and the Zombies

    "Grandpa Willy’s brain might not be the freshest anymore, but he’s not ready to surrender it to the zombies anytime soon! If only the brakes would function on his wheelchair… Brace yourself for crazy puzzle fun and help Willy to safely navigate through the zombie apocalypse."

  • 19 Tales of Phantasia
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    Tales of Phantasia

    "Tales of Phantasia, the first installment of the Tales series has finally arrived for the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad! The journey through time and space unfolds once again."

  • 20 Blokus
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    "Stake your claim, protect your territory, and strategically block your opponents! The popular family board game is now in the App Store! Start with 21 pieces and try to play as many of them as possible by connecting the corners. Just be careful because other players will try to block you. The player with the fewest squares left is the winner!"

  • 21 Unfolder
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    "In Unfolder, the goal is to move a triangle to a target position by "unfolding" it over its edges. Simply tap in the direction you want to move, and the triangle unfolds in that direction. A trail of previous moves shows you where you've been, and hints are available if you get stuck."

  • 22 NBA Rush
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    "NBA players from around the globe unite to defend earth from an Alien invasion. Play as your favorite NBA players and compete with friends in this over-the-top , action-packed endless runner! Run, jump, dodge and slam dunk on UFOs to save Earth from total destruction!"


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