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7 Best Games for iPad with Retina Display

Updated on December 13, 2013
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Anurag loves playing video games. His guides and listicles revolve around popular iOS, Android, PC and console games.

Dubbed as a “great gaming device”, the iPad 3 will give mobile gaming devices like PSP Vita a run for their money. Thanks to its retina display, gaming will never be the same again. To make things even more interesting, developers have come up with their own HD versions of games made exclusively for Apple’s third-generation tablet. Here are some of those eye-catching games that look just amazing on your iPad’s new retina screen:

1. Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy

You might feel a bit queasy while playing Air Supremacy. This air combat simulation game is simply awesome on your new device. Everything, from realistic graphics to vertigo-inducing dog fights, is amazing.

The game can truly give tough competition to some of the top-notch air combat games on PC. The best part of Sky Gamblers is the easy learning curve. A series of tutorials will help you learn the basics and jump right into the air combat action. So get ready for some barrel rolls and head-swirling loops with Namco Bandai’s amazing flight simulator.

Sky Gamblers: iPad 3 HD Game
Sky Gamblers: iPad 3 HD Game

2. Ice Rage

Ice Rage is a cute-little ice hockey game that’s heavier on the visuals side and boasts adorable, yet challenging opponents. It features a nifty multiplayer mode that allows players to play a game of ice hockey against their friends. Players can also choose to play against popular hockey players (AI) in a one-on-one intense match.

What’s amazing about the game is the set of special hockey players that can rock any match. There’s a hard-hitting character, a faster-than-light hockey player and crazy goalies that won’t be that easy to tackle. The game will look great on your iPad retina screen, as visually it is one of the best animated sports games available for the latest Apple tablet PC.

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Ice age

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3. Contre Jour

The title sounds like a nice French piece of art. In fact, it is a stunning piece of art. Confused? Contre Jour looks like a nicely painted canvas. Combining light with darkness, the game blends fine art with an interactive challenge that seems too easy to play but hard to complete.

In this game, you will have to guide a strange-looking character through the beautiful black and white landscape and use cleverly-placed environmental puzzles such as pulleys, air geysers to your advantage. Contre Jour can be a great choice for your iPad with retina screen.

Contre Jour: A Fine Piece of Art
Contre Jour: A Fine Piece of Art

4. Infinity Blade II

Infinity Blade II, with all its sword-fighting and spell-casting fun and stunning environments, will rattle your brains once you begin playing on your device. IB 2 is a game you will definitely want to play on your new device, just for the amazingly rendered exotic locales.

Of course, there are other things that catch the eye, including weapons and spells and an intuitive system that makes large-scale battle against monsters truly memorable.

Infinity Blade 2: A Must-Have iPad 3 HD Game
Infinity Blade 2: A Must-Have iPad 3 HD Game

5. Great Little War Game HD

This epic turn-based strategy game is a must-have for all strategy fans. And the reason why this game should be on your app list is because of its massive environment that can be zoomed in to experience bright cartoonish graphics. The HD version for iPad’s retina display is much more vibrant and detailed than the standard version.

The best part of the game is its open-endedness, which gives you plenty of opportunities to devise your own strategy. Good 3D graphics, complete with excellent turn-based strategy makes this game quite impressive.

Great Little War Game
Great Little War Game

6. Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation

Modern Combat fans will love to add this visceral post-apocalyptical FPS game to their iPad 3 game check-list. This first-person gem is enhanced exclusively for the device’s Retina screen. The Hi-res visuals are something that you have never seen in any mobile device.

Fallen Nation allows you to go for an enemy-killing spree in a gripping solo campaign. And if you like to have some group-hunting fun, then join up with more online players (up to 12). If you are an ardent FPS fan, then you should download Modern Combat 3 – the game is worth every dime spent!

Modern Combat 3 Fallen Nation
Modern Combat 3 Fallen Nation

7. Real Racing 2

In my opinion, flight simulation and racing sim games will be some be a good choice to play on your device. Why? Because of the outstanding graphics and of course the advantage of iPad’s display and accelerometer controls that ensures ease in steering/flying a vehicle.

If you are a big racing fan, then you should try Real Racing. The second game of the series features plenty of realistically-looking cars and over 10 amazing locales to race on. With your accelerometer controls, you will vroom past your opponents and can feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins. The enhanced version is perfect for your big iPad 3 screen.

All Game Screenshots, Courtesy of Their Respective Developers

Real Racing 2 HD for iPad 3
Real Racing 2 HD for iPad 3


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    Chase 5 years ago

    Would have given Modern Combat 3 a try, but it is 6.99 not .99 as you suggest.

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    Anurag Ghosh 5 years ago

    @Chase Error regretted. I have made the changes. Thank you.

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    RolyRetro 5 years ago from Brentwood, Essex, UK

    I agree that Infinity Blade is stunning, a really fantastic looking game. I personally woild have included Rage HD which looks great on the iPad screen.

    A couple here that I have not played, so will give them a go.



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    Anurag Ghosh 5 years ago

    @Rolyretro: Thanks!

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    Eileen Goodall 5 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

    Can't wait to try these out - thanks for the heads-up.

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    Anurag Ghosh 5 years ago

    Thanks, Eileen!

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