The 9 best iPad games under 25MB

March 19 2014

Let's face it: game downloads are bigger than every before, both in popularity and sheer size.

But you don't need to regret cheaping out and buying the iPad with the smallest amount of storage, and just because you don't have enough data left to justify downloading Infinity Blade doesn't mean you can't have any fun. Here we have some games for you that won't fill up your tablet or use up all your data, but are still very much worth your time.

Eric Frederiksen

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  • 1 Hoplite
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    It might not be the pinnacle of high end visuals like Ryse: Son of Rome, but this Grecian themed strategy game is no slouch. You play as a Hoplite, a Greek warrior, whose goal is to retrieve the Golden Fleece. As you move around the hexagonal map, the denizens of the underworld will do their best to stop you. If you choose your movements carefully, you can avoid their attacks and get the jump on them, descending to the next level of Hades. The music, pixel art, and gameplay have made this a quick favorite for 2014.

     
  • 2 Canabalt
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    Canabalt was one of the first endless runners. The basic one-tap gameplay has been copied countless times since its 2009 release, but never quite as stylishly. You play as a nameless man, running from a nameless threat, in some kind of post-apocalyptic world. Mechs chug away in the distance, but you're more interested in what's in front of you as you leap from rooftop to rooftop, bounding over obstacles and barely making it off crumbling buildings. The game is built in about 6 shades of grey, and electronic music thumps as you run. The game starts exciting and stays that way the whole way through.

     
  • 3 Blackbar
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    It's not quite Choose Your Own Adventure. It's not quite a text adventure. Blackbar lies somewhere in the middle. Your friend Kenty writes you letters, but the dystopian surveillance state he/she work for censors and redacts said letters. To proceed in the story, you have to figure out what Kenty is saying. The letters are written in fixed width text, so you know how long each word is right away, so you're not just guessing in the dark. The story woven through the redacted letters is interesting, and helps ensure the game stays compelling.

     
  • 4 Solipskier
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    If you've ever been skiing or snowboarding in real life, you've probably wished more than once that you could've drawn yourself a slightly different slope. That's what Solipskier is all about. It could technically be described as an endless runner, but it's more than that. You're not trying to dodge pre-designed objects so much as you are trying to create the ultimate ski run for your skiier. Drag your finger up and down the screen to create hills and valleys, and let go to create vast, infinite nothingness. Just make sure you put your finger down before your skier hits the bottom of the screen.

     
  • 5 Edge Extended
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    Edge Extended - the newer, bigger, better version of the award-winning Edge - is packed with 48 levels and 23 music tracks. It's part platformer, part puzzler, and looks like a callback to the early days of polygonal games. Get your cube from one end the stage to the other, avoiding the Dark Cube and those pesky edges.

     
  • 6 Drop 7
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    I can't say I'm a fan of everything Zynga has under their umbrella, but when Zynga picked up Drop 7, they made it free, and it's worth a lot more than that. Like at least a dollar. Drop numbered tiles onto a grid. If you drop a 3, and it's in the third row or third column, it'll disappear, affecting any unexposed tiles nearby. It's a refreshing twist on the Tetris formula, and something I still go back to five years later.

     
  • 7 Teggle
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    Teggle is a fun game with a dumb name. Simple, bold tiles appear on the screen in increasing number, and you have to tap or swipe them off the screen before they fade off. It starts with just two tiles, but quickly escalates to seven, and the pace quickly becomes so fast that you either just become one with the tiles or you see a game over screen. Probably the latter.

     
  • 8 Super Hexagon
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    Super Hexagon is super fast, super hard, and super flat. It'll either grab you right away or send you running, but if it grabs you, it doesn't let go. Tap the left and right sides of the screen to move the cursor back and forth, dodging the shapes rushing at you. It sounds simple, but it becomes overwhelming quickly. The game requires fast reaction, precise control, and great pattern recognition. Game over. Begin. Game over. Begin.

     
  • 9 Tiny Wings HD
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    Tiny Wings
    $2.99

    The tiny, stumpy little bird of Tiny Wings HD wants to fly, but his wings are too short to do it without help. When the bird hops off his nest, you take control of his pitch, pointing him at the ground when so he can hit the dips in the land just right to get big air. The game is tuned well mechanically, but the aesthetics really sell the game. Bright colors, charming music, and great sound effects make the game more than just another endless runner. The tiny bird seems so happy when he jumps from one island to the next that you just can't help but want to get him there.

     


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