The iPad 2 has been touted by Apple as a gaming device. More than just an e-reader and a thing to watch movies, it's actually meant to play games. If you own one, you'll want to discover the best iPad 2 games worth playing, so look no further than this list!
#10 Death Rally
Remedy's Death Rally takes all of the features that made the original game on the PC a classic, and like a well crafted sequel, amps things up all new 3D graphics, a host of new weapons, and interesting game modes to match. Like the original, you can even race against Duke Nukem. New to the game are the additions of game developers, and even game journalists like Kotaku editor Brian Crescente.
A top-down racing game like Death Rally might not be perfectly suited for long sessions on the iPad, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun for short bouts of time. This game will have you hooked, and before you know it, you'll develop tendonitis on both your hands.
#9 Rage HD
You can now experience the rush of survival in id Software's post-apocalyptic universe of Rage. Easily one of the best looking games for the iPad 2, Rage HD is the only FPS game on the device I'd recommend.
In Rage HD, you're trapped in a nightmarish gameshow called Mutant Bash TV. Striking a deal with J.K. Stiles, the show's host, you must survive an onslaught of attacks from mutants who intend to be the last ones standing.
#8 Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim
Russian developer Herocraft has teamed up with Paradox Interactive to bring Majesty to the iPad (and other mobile devices). Rather than simply porting over the original PC game, Majesty offers all new graphics and a touch-based interface designed from the ground up for the iPad.
In case you haven't played the original game or its sequel, Majesty is an indirect control strategy game, which puts the gameplay focus on building up your kingdom rather than instructing your servants to move around the map. You have to offer bounties for missions, which heroes can then take on and accomplish for gold.
#7 Crimson: Steam Pirates
Harebrained Schemes' debut release is through Bungie's new Bungie Aerospace initiative, which aims to bring smaller indie titles to the fore with a decent budget and an actual marketing plan.
In Crimson: Steam Pirates, you follow the story of Thomas Blood, a privateer-turned-pirate. This turn-based strategy game plays very much like Steam Birds, but with the addition of a proper story and a rich setting.
#6 Emissary of War
Emissary of War is the brainchild of Bioware vet Tobyn Manthorpe. Combining action elements with good old RPG statistics and rich visuals, Emissary of War is the closest thing to Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance on the iPad.
In Emissary, you take on the role of a barbarian named Ghent, who with his faithful companion Hassock, sets out on a mission that goes horribly wrong. The game is entirely free to play, and costs only a couple of dollars for the next chapter.
#5 Anomaly Warzone Earth
Anomaly Warzone Earth is a tower defense game with an interesting twist. Instead of defending your base from an onslaught of invaders, you take on the role of the attackers.
As the commander of a small NATO force, you must make your way into Baghdad and strike at the heart of the aliens who've set up a base right here on earth.
#4 Infinity Blade
Epic Games shows us just how powerful the iPad 2 can be with Infinity Blade. Powered by the Unreal Engine 3, this action/adventure game extends the original iPad experience with a range of new locations, monsters to battle, and an armory full of gear to prepare you for war.
Hack and slash your way through a legion of highly-detailed enemies, spill their blood, and have fun while doing so.
#3 Dead Space
Dead Space for the iPad is a horror game done right. You wouldn't think the iPad was capable of providing such a hair-raising experience, but it totally is. The music sets the mood and the ambient noise of aliens lurking in the distance keeps you on edge throughout the entirety of the game.
It's a worthy experience for fans of horror. If you love Dead Space or its sequel, you can't miss this.
Mac and PC gamers should be no stranger to the charms of Machinarium. Designed from the ground up as a point-and-click adventure, Machinarium is a perfect fit for the iPad. Combined with great music by Tomas Dvorak, the game is a truly memorable experience regardless of where it's played on.
You take the role of a robot named Josef who goes on an epic adventure to rescue his robot girlfriend from The Black Cap Brotherhood. Solve puzzles, help strange characters and explore the weird and twisted world of Machinarium.
#1 Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP
It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery is the reason gaming on the iPad exists. This truly innovative game makes full use of the iPad's features while offering an incredibly "social" experience through its Twitter integration and clever writing.
The game's music is provided by indie musician Jim Guthrie.