iPad Launch Games, Prices and Discussion

By Chris Faylor, Apr 02, 2010 9:20am PDT In anticipation of the iPad's release in the United States on April 3--that's tomorrow--various iPad-enhanced applications and games have begun to pop up in iTunes.

Thus far, well over a hundred games are already available, with prices ranging from free to $14.99, with. That's a lot to dig through, so we've scoured the various listings and compiled a list of games that caught our eye, including Civilization Revolution, Duke Nukem 3D SE, Telltale's Sam & Max, Plants vs. Zombies HD, and, yes, Tetris.

Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies for iPad and Plants vs. Zombies HD

Of course, you don't need to buy any of the iPad-specific versions--iPhone and iPod touch apps are compatible with iPad, and some, like Metal Gear Solid Touch, deliver iPad enhancements as a free update to the iPhone release--but if you want to take advantage of the hardware without resorting to windowed mode or pixel-doubling, here you go:

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  • These prices seem high to me. I think one of the biggest reasons the iPhone did so well was the app store, and I think one of the reasons the app store did so well was how cheaply you could be decent games or applications. I've spent way more $$ than I would have anticipated on games I normally wouldn't take a chance on only because it was only .99 or 1.99 or something similar.

    Unless these games don't offer something drastically different than the iPhone (other than a much bigger viewing area), I can't see charing $10 for iPhone quality games on a bigger screen being worth it.