Best New iPad Games: hang ten in 'Endless Surf,' get lost in 'Tengami,' and never stop playing

by Mike Rougeau

February 21 2014

When was the last time you saw a new surfing game? What a great week!

Endless Surf fills the void left by Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer all those years ago. Tengami looks like a Superbrothers game, but made of origami. A Darker Shade of Red is a foxy, noir thriller. Doomark's Revenge is a retro adventure so ugly it's beautiful. Oquonie…I have no idea what Oquonie is. Looks great, though!

Click through the slideshow below for those and many, many other new iPad games.

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  • 1 Second Chance Heroes
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    Second Chance Heroes

    "Overrun by werewolves, zombies, and sentient cheeseburgers, fight your way through a mall, a long-lost kingdom of Hobos, and a secret government bunker. Collect characters like Abraham Lincoln, Nikola Tesla, Joan of Arc and many more to help you in your quest."

  • 2 Any Landing
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    Any Landing

    "Try and keep your passengers happy and airline flying in this crashtacular game of airborne mayhem from the authors of the #1 games SlotZ Racer and Flick Fishing!"

  • 3 Card Wars - Adventure Time
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    Card Wars - Adventure Time

    "Floop the Pig! It’s Adventure Time CARD WARS! Play the game inspired by the Adventure Time episode, “Card Wars”! Summon creatures and cast spells to battle your way to victory."

  • 4 World of Gibbets
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    World of Gibbets

    "Take a deep breath, focus..then SHOOT! Oh dang! You missed and just killed a stranger. 'World of Gibbets' invites you to a gruesome place where people are just moments away from..uhm..becoming angels. They hang on gibbets! Take your bow and arrows, shoot the rope and become a hero! Unfortunately, the game designers are evil! They added many traps and vicious tricks to each level so the chances are high that you'll end up in a bloody mess. But really, we don't want that to happen. Better train hard!"

  • 5 Stubies
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    "Welcome to the world of Stubies! Now the lives of these adorable characters are in your hands! Try to keep your screen clear before they turn your device into a complete chaos. Push them around and join them by color. But beware! Don’t let them fall off the platforms, letting them die is not an option! Unleash the Special Stubies, activate gift boxes, and boost power-ups to master every level through the 4 amazing Worlds of Stubies."

  • 6 Super Obstacle Boy
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    Super Obstacle Boy

    "You are OBSTACLE BOY. You must save your girlfriend Rescue Girl who was abducted by the hideous Dr. Negative and thrown into the dimensional hole. Rescue the girl. Don't die."

  • 7 R-Type II
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    "R-Type II is a horizontal scrolling shooter arcade game developed and published by Irem in 1989. This classic old-school game is the sequel to R-Type and the story takes place two years after. The player controls a ship called the R-9C which is an improved version of its predecessor, the R-9. The Bydo Empire is back! Take it down with power-ups, two new types of weapons, the Search Laser and Shotgun Laser, and a new anti-ground unit bomb."

  • 8 Deadman’s Cross
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    "Deadman’s Cross is a zombie-themed collectible card battle RPG, and the latest creation from the same team that brought you the multimillion-download hit Guardian Cross. Sixteen years in the future, the zombie apocalypse is bitter reality as a rampant virus turns all it infects into the walking dead. How will you survive on the streets of New Livingston as Deadmen wander in search of living flesh?"

  • 9 Only One
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    "Only One is an arena style sword fighting game where you grab a magic sword declaring yourself the 'Only One' and then proceed to push and destroy waves of enemies off a pillar in the sky. Defeat your enemies in gruelling combat or take the easy way out and push them off the pillar to their deaths down below Gain powers and strength with a wide variety of abilities and upgrades. Fight over 70 waves and 7 bosses to ultimately become the only one left standing!"

  • 10 Wormi
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    "Have you ever heard about a game called Snake? Wormi brings well-proven game concept from an amazing 80s video game called SNAFU to a modern age with a twist. Wormi was designed with local play in mind, with extensive options in single-player mode you can play solo or compete with three other friends simultaneously on one device thanks to precise and responsive controls."

  • 11 Slam Dunk Basketball 2
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    Slam Dunk Basketball 2

    "The sequel to the hit game Slam Dunk Basketball, with millions of downloads is here, get it today! Hustle for cash, level up, play in tournaments and become the Basketball God! Play with people from all over the world and become the world’s best basketball player!"

  • 12 Endless Surf
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    Endless Surf

    "The sequel to the worlds first iPhone surfing game, Bobble Surfer, is here! Featuring amazing new wave physics, super easy controls and some of the most fluid water based action you've ever seen! Chill out in the Free Surf mode, or challenge your friends for the best scores and longest rides. Take on massive stormys, escape huge barrels and keep an eye out for sharks. "

  • 13 The Return of the Heroes
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    The Return of the Heroes

    "The monsters attacked the Castle wyk and took the Princess away! Heroes, join the battle, occupy the farms, summon the soldiers of God, find the way to victory and rescue the princess!"

  • 14 A Darker Shade of Red
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    "A chick has gone missing, and Mulder is on the case. He arrives at the last place she was seen, a worn down motel. Will he solve the case, and find the missing chick? Only you can help him. A Darker Shade of Red is a fully voiced, jazzy noir point-and-click adventure game, filled to the brim with dark humor and shady characters. Help the private investigator Mulder solve the case, by exploring the old motel, helping the residents and ultimately confront the antagonist."

  • 15 Luminous
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    "Luminous is an addictive, fast paced avoidance game where you have to stay alive and stay in the light. Collect as many squares as you can to gain the highest score!"

  • 16 SpaceDebris
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    "SpaceDebris is a fun arcade racing game where you have to navigate your ship through a level without hitting anything. It comes with more than 20 levels built in and you can also play user generated levels. The SpaceDebris Level Editor for your mac makes it possible to create your own levels you can share with the whole community."

  • 17 Tengami
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    "Tengami is an atmospheric adventure game set inside a Japanese pop-up book. Fold and slide the beautifully crafted paper world to solve puzzles and discover secrets. Tengami is a complete game with no In-App Purchases and no in-game advertisements."

  • 18 Doomdark’s Revenge
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    Doomdark’s Revenge

    "Mike Singleton's '85 classic Adventure Strategy sequel to The Lords of Midnight, brought to and updated for iOS. 'It is many moons now since the Lords of Midnight first appeared out of the soft, wearing gloom. Those of you who took up their challenge and rode with them to battle against the cruel Witchking will need no reminding of that epic struggle. But now a new epic tale unfolds, the story of Doomdark’s Revenge. The game itself involves both quest and warfare, both exploration and careful strategy. You can play on your own or with friends; there are enough different characters at your command for all the family to join in and struggle against Shareth Heartstealer, Empress of the frozen Empire!' - Mike Singleton - 1985"

  • 19 Oquonie
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    "Oquonie is a iOS puzzle game for iPad and iPhone created in collaboration with illustrator Rekka Bellum where you must find your way across an intertwined megastructure. You will not be alone, your incarnations will have the help of bizaroid characters speaking an obscure language."

  • 20 Coldfire Keep
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    Coldfire Keep

    "An ancient power lies hidden, deep within Coldfire Keep, threatening the peaceful town of Newsettle. Now four friends must take it upon themselves to become heroes, and venture into the depths on a quest to secure their town's future. Coldfire Keep is a traditional, old-school dungeon crawler, lovingly hand-crafted for fans of the genre. Featuring grid-based movement, and active turn-based combat, Coldfire Keep draws inspiration from classic late 80's and early 90's dungeon crawling adventures."

  • 21 Another Case Solved
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    Another Case Solved

    "Become a famous detective and get to the bottom of a curious candy conspiracy in Another Case Solved, the latest game from the makers of Puzzle Craft. This city is clamping down on candy cravings by outlawing sweet snacks! Solve a series of quirky cases by gathering clues, tracking down witnesses, and questioning suspects to reveal the truth behind this city’s sugarcoated secret. This is a case too sweet to turn down!"

  • 22 Bug Heroes 2
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    Bug Heroes 2

    "Every day while you're gone, an epic battle of swords, guns, and armor rages on your counters, on your floors, and in your yard... Enter the world of the Bug Heroes! From the creators of Block Fortress and Heroes & Castles comes a new adventure, blending fast paced action, strategy, and defensive gameplay!"

  • 23 Zombocalypse Now
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    Zombocalypse Now

    "Zombocalypse Now is a comedy/horror reimagining of the choose-your-own-ending books you grew up with. You'll be confronted with undead hordes, internet dating, improper police procedure, and the very real possibility that you'll lose your grip on reality and wind up chewing the carpets."

  • 24 Escape from Doom
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    "You disturbed their eternal slumber, you evoked their vengeful wrath, now you must Escape from Doom! Transported back in time to Egypt during the treasure-hunting craze of the 1920s, you barely escape from a crumbling tomb only to find yourself surrounded by the mummified guardians of the stolen treasure. Will you escape with your life? Or join the ranks of the dead? In this endless runner and first-person shooter mashup, it's up to you to run as far as possible before succumbing to their ceaseless chase. But the power is in your hands! Collect emeralds during your escape to purchase useful weapons and upgrades, like the dual revolvers and crossbow, which will turn the odds in your favor. Accomplish goals to unlock even more perks! The more you play, the farther you'll run! It's an action game of high adventure right at your fingertips: run, dodge, and shoot your way through savage sandstorms and dusty temples. But be careful, in the cursed desert the treasure hunter is the hunted!"

  • 25 Colossus Escape
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    "Colossus Escape is a fast-paced action game based on the world of Moffee Adventures™, featuring an epic fantasy world with great graphics and his own unique graphical style."

  • 26 The King of Chicago
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    "Chicago in the 1930s: Prohibition, power struggles and rampant crime. Only the toughest of the tough survive. Capone used to call the shots, but now he’s up the river and Chicago is up for grabs. Violence, intimidation, bribery, treachery, and clout are your weapons as you battle the legendary Capone mob for control of the windy city."

  • 27 Balanz
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    "«Balanz» is the multiplayer game that you play with only one phone and up to ten competing players. As you pass the phone around, you and your friends are building a virtual tower that becomes shakier with every block set on top of it. Keep the phone horizontally leveled and pass it to the next player. But don’t move to fast, or the the tower might collapse; don’t move to slow either, or the time limit might get you."

  • 28 ACR Drift
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    "Drift fully customized supercars through the most daring street races in the world!"

  • 29 Fright Fight
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    "Harness your skills and battle your friends for monster supremacy! FRIGHT FIGHT is a 3D Real-Time Online Multiplayer Brawler infused with RPG system elements."

  • 30 Ava's Quest HD
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    Ava's Quest HD

    "Ava is all grown up and has made new friends, leaving behind her childhood dolls and toys. One of her dolls (called the witch) couldn’t accept this and sought revenge. The witch cast a spell on all her friends and imprisoned them leaving her all alone and now Ava has set out on a quest to rescue them."

  • 31 Merchant Beyond the Stars
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    Merchant Beyond the Stars

    "Uncover the secrets of the universe. Meet strange aliens, sentient robots and warrior princesses. Buy and Sell procedurally generated missions, weapons and armor."

  • 32 Astro Golf: Taking Mini Golf to New Heights
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    Astro Golf: Taking Mini Golf to New Heights

    "What could be better than mini golf? Mini golf, with robots, in outer space. Golf with Orbit, the Robot and with his gal-pal, Tess. As you help the robotic duo find their way out of the abandoned cargo ship—and hopefully their way back home—you’ll golf your way through the spaceship, dodging black holes and trying to make your shots despite moving platforms and doors, abandoned ship parts, fire traps and more!"

  • 33 Unstoppable Square
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    "Meet the unique square that cannot stop running! Help it reach the finish line without falling from the platforms; don't tell it the finish line may be in a one of the hole."

  • 34 UHR-Warlords
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    "UHR-Warlords is a turn-based tactical boardgame with endless possibilities. Play against AI or friends (or enemies)! Play the epic campaigns, immerse yourself in the lands of Noordh and join the everlasting war! Play as any of the Warlords and defeat your opponent. Use the Mystical Creatures at your command. Rain fire down on your foes with Lava or play to your advantage using a variety of Magical Runes. This game is all about the tactics you choose and how you adapt to your enemy's moves."

  • 35 Operation Tokamak
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    Operation Tokamak

    "The energy shortage of the 21st century has been overcome. The solution: Fusion Energy. Its widespread use gives us clean, cheap and safe energy. Fuel is heated to its plasma state at 200 Million degrees at which it fuses and releases vast amounts of energy. Powerful magnets hold the plasma inside the power plant. You are the operator of a typical Fusion Power plant in 2103. As operator you must drive the machine to the ideal fusion conditions."

  • 36 Shapist
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    "We made Shapist to show how a classical game concept can be embraced by physics, experimentation and new mechanics. It is designed as a timeless, beautiful object without barriers between a player and the game. There are no words. No punishment. No tutorials. No time limits and no scores... Just you & over 50 puzzles to solve."


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