Best New iPad Games: 'Final Fantasy VI,' action legend John Woo, and the return of a true iOS classic

by Mike Rougeau

February 7 2014

There are so many new iPad games to choose from, but a few stand out above the rest.

Update: I almost forgot to include The Wolf Among Us Episode 2: Smoke and Mirrors! OK, so I did forget. But now it's here on iOS, so don't forget to get it via in-app purchases inside the game itself.

Final Fantasy VI is undoubtedly the other biggest release of the week, and I'm personally excited to dive into this game, despite the wonky new sprites. Watch out for our review here as I explore its every epic corner.  Click through the slideshow below for more.

Also worth getting excited about is the long-awaited sequel Eliss Infinity, the follow-up to a true iOS classic. I included the first game in my list of iPhone-exclusive games to check out on iPad, but that was before the sequel was announced.

Also of note: the first action game from legendary film persona John Woo, Bloodstroke; the adorable-looking Rocket Robo; the addictive puzzle game Threes; the indie hit Dawn of the Plow; the Pokemon-without-the-Pokemon, Monster Battle Arena; and more!

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  • 1 The Wolf Among Us episode 2: Smoke and Mirrors
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    The Wolf Among Us

    "From the makers of the 2012 Game of the Year: The Walking Dead, comes a gritty, violent and mature thriller based on the award-winning Fables comic books (DC Comics/Vertigo). As Bigby Wolf - THE big bad wolf - you will discover that a brutal, bloody murder is just a taste of things to come in a game series where your every decision can have enormous consequences. An evolution of Telltale's ground-breaking choice and consequence game mechanics will ensure the player learns that even as Bigby Wolf, Sheriff of Fabletown, life in the big bad city is bloody, terrifying and dangerous."

  • 2 Eliss Infinity
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    Eliss Infinity

    "Use your fingers to control all the planets, fuse planets together until they become giant, or split them into halves until they become tiny, you're in charge of this reactive universe. Just don't let different colors touch! Eliss is an award winning and critically praised game, with innovative multitouch gameplay, a stylish and fluid procedural design, dynamic sounds, and a superb soundtrack. It's a fast-paced puzzle/action game that will push your limits as a player."

  • 3 Draw Slasher
    Slide 3

    "Meet Hanzo. He’s a ninja. While he was training ‘out there’ the Pirate Monkey Zombies™ - stupid, ugly, smelly, rotten and disgusting creatures - kidnapped his family. Take control of his awesome blade and aid him in the quest to free them. You need just your finger to play. Draw a line to jump, dash, dodge and slash. Tap to run. Pinch the screen to summon powerful Ninjutsu Techniques - super-efficient against the 'rottents'."

  • 4 TowerMadness 2
    Slide 4

    "The aliens are back, and this time they’re on a mission to turn your beloved sheep into sweaters for their emperor! The sequel to the hit tower strategy adventure TowerMadness is finally here. Protect your flock using quick thinking and an arsenal of awesome weapons."

  • 5 Rocket Robo
    Slide 5

    "In the middle of space stands a solitary lighthouse. A beacon of light for travellers lost. Inhabited by a little robot and his friend, an elderly tinker who built him. They would often play games for fun but their very favourite thing was sitting together, watching the stars glisten. One unusual day however there were no stars to be seen, they had just gone!… Guide Rocket ROBO around 3 wonderful worlds; Material World, Space Station and the 3rd, Sugar Cube(coming very soon); across 57 levels in an attempt to retrieve the lost stars, find out why they were stolen and restore power to the lighthouse where Rocket ROBO was created."

  • 6 Lego Star Wars: Microfighters
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    Lego Star Wars: Microfighters

    "Get ready to step into the LEGO Star Wars: Microfighters’ digital universe for fun, blasting action! Playing with your Microfighters toys just became more fun as you can wield them on the go with your mobile device. Pilot up to six iconic LEGO Star Wars ships like TIE fighters and X-wings as you destroy enemies, collect studs, and control the galaxy! "

  • 7 Pyro Jump
    Slide 7

    "Leap from one wheel to another and try to catch Princess Paper in a hundred or so levels full of pitfalls. Pyro, the little flame, is burning with love for the princess and is ready to try anything to convince her that this romantic idyll is not destined to go up in flames! In each level, collect all the flames and unlock bonus levels! Pyro Jump is a fiery platform that requires dexterity and precision. Complete the levels without any faults and, if you enjoy the challenges, try and win gold timers!"

  • 8 Trambo
    Slide 8

    "TRAMBO is an action packed minimalistic platformer with unique and simple gameplay mechanics. We got rid of clumsy virtual joysticks by designing enjoyable invisible controls! The game also has quirky retro aesthetics that send those warm 8-bit vibes to players around the globe."

  • 9 Bloodstroke
    Slide 9

    "Internationally renowned filmmaker John Woo presents his action-packed mobile debut, Bloodstroke. Step into the boots of Phalanx's Elite Private Security Agent, Mai Lee - codenamed Lotus, as she shoots and slices her way through the streets of Hong Kong and Beijing to ensure the safety of her first assignment."

  • 10 Threes
    Slide 10

    "Threes is tiny puzzle that grows on you. Explore our little game’s deep challenge and grow your mind beyond imagination."

  • 11 Dawn of the Plow
    Slide 11

    "You are the new plow on the block, and today is your day. How many cars can you shepherd home before achieving grounds for termination? An arcade snowplowing game by Dan FitzGerald (Trichotomy)"

  • 12 Meteroids
    Slide 12

    "Meteroids is an higly addictive and FREE shooting game with a brand new concept, from Pixilabs Software. Launch your rockets at the right moment during their rotation to destroy asteroids and protect your planets. Get points for each asteroid you destroy!"

  • 13 Tiki Monkeys
    Slide 13

    "Chase down the thieving monkeys who helped themselves to the pirate’s treasure in this hectic action-strategy game! Retrieve the stolen treasure! Pick your favourite pirate, set off into the jungle and find those meddling monkeys. Clear through as many jungle areas as possible; avoid obstacles, hit the monkeys for treasure, while avoiding banana and coconut attacks and making amazing combos! With fast-paced finger tapping action and an endless variety of formations to experience."

  • 14 Fish Bowl Roll
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    Fish Bowl Roll

    "Stanton's boring, humdrum existence as a scientist's pet goldfish comes to an end when an explosion rocks the lab and his bowl rolls through a portal to another dimension! Tap the left and right sides of the screen to steer Stanton through a wacky dreamworld of strange creatures, undulating tracks, and delicious candy. Can you guide Stanton to a bright, candy-filled future?"

  • 15 Monster Battle Arena
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    Monster Battle Arena

    "Monster Battle Arena is a Massively Multiplayer Online RPG. Catch, Train and Battle Monsters then trade them with your friends."

  • 16 On the Line
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    On the Line

    "On the line is a fast paced endless runner and for the first time your finger is the main character! It’s never been so easy to play, you just have to hold your finger on the screen and try to stay on the line as long as possible…"

  • 17 SHAARK!
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    "A game about being a bird. A bird needs to fly. To eat. To think on it's feet. But most of all: to avoid being eaten!"

  • 18 Avoid - Sensory Overload
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    Avoid - Sensory Overload

    "Avoid is a frenetic, fast and challenging arcade runner with an eye catching graphical style. It offers an addictive arcade gameplay in the spirit of old coin games. Your ship mission is to survive as long as possible dodging obstacles and enemies with the help of various power ups. Play the game while the background follows the music like a sound wave visualizer. Every theme is unique from the style to the music and gameplay. "

  • 19 Galcon Legends
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    Galcon Legends

    "Join Buck the bill collector as he unites the galaxy against the forces of evil. Send swarms of ships to defeat enemy planets and conquer the universe! Galcon Legends teaches the basic strategies of Galcon through a single-player campaign. The 23 missions can be easily defeated at the lower ranks, but mastery at the Grand Admiral rank will take much more effort!"

  • 20 Battlefields Civil War
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    Battlefields Civil War

    "Take the side of the Union Army or the Confederate Army during the American Civil War (1861-1865) in this iPad turn-based strategy board game. 'Battlefields Civil War' features six historic battles on six huge maps, each offering unique strategic challenges."

  • 21 Broken Sword 5 - The Serpent’s Curse
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    Broken Sword 5 - The Serpent’s Curse

    "Shots ring out from a gallery… a robbery… a murder… and the beginning of another epic, original Broken Sword adventure. From multi-award winning Revolution comes the latest mystery in this much loved adventure-puzzle series. Playing as intrepid American George Stobbart and sassy French journalist Nico Collard, you find yourself on the trail of a stolen painting – and a murderous conspiracy. A conspiracy whose roots lie in mysteries older than the written word... Armed only with logic, integrity and a wry sense of humor - can George and Nico save mankind from disaster? Can you solve the secret of the Serpent’s Curse? A curse some say was forged by the Devil himself..."

  • 22 Final Fantasy VI
    Slide 22

    "FINAL FANTASY VI first debuted in 1994 as the sixth installment in the iconic FINAL FANTASY series. Innovations included the ability to play all the main characters as the game's protagonist, and to this day, its epic story intertwining each of their fates is still highly rated and wildly popular. The characters' dramatic performances are also highly rated, including the catastrophe occurring midway through, which delivers a particular emotional jolt to players. With plenty of abilities available and the magicite system for controlling spells/summoning, players can develop their characters any way they want. This was also the first FINAL FANTASY game to include the Ultima Weapon, the most powerful sword of all and a recurring item in subsequent titles within the series."

  • 23 Modern Command
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    Modern Command

    "Build a world-class global protective force and eliminate the terrorist threat in Modern Command! Battle against the armies of tyrannous villains and conquer glorious 3D battlefields throughout the world. Research new defenses, deploy cunning strategies and put your mettle on the line as you lead the fight for global security."

  • 24 Naughty Kitties
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    Naughty Kitties

    "Tired of traditional tower defense and endless running game? What about mingling them together? Naughty Kitties is the best answer, developed by Coconut Island, creators of Finger Balance and One Tap Hero. The Cat’s Planet is in danger!! Aliens attacked the homeland of cats. All the adults on the planet lie in the dust. Only some kittens are trying to flee away with spaceship. Your mission is to lead them to fight and break through the encirclement of the enemies and. Survival is the only way to protect the last hope of the Cat’s Planet!"

  • 25 Toast Time
    Slide 25

    "Hear hear! The best thing since sliced bread. An appetising arena shoot-em-up garnished with tower-defence elements and served warm with awesome-sauce (probably syrup). A throwback to the golden age of video games where old-school homebrew titles fused arcade action with a distinctly British sense of humour. Inter-dimensional time-blob beasties have sailed the cosmos in pursuit of spare time, and now they've found it, tasted it, on an idyllic Monday morning. Assume the role of TERRY (toast-ejecting recoil & reload system), a humble and solitary toaster with an uncontrollable love for English breakfasts, hats and scheduling. Tap to launch toast, crumpets and magnitudes of other breakfast paraphernalia at the beasties. Bounce around and crush them with your hot metallic mass. Tip over bins, and use the environments to your advantage. Drink a little coffee and go a little crazy. Do everything it takes to defend toast time – you are Monday morning's final hope. Have your toast and eat it."


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