The 15 Best iPad Games

9 | Flight Control HD

Flight Control was directly responsible for the creation of an entire genre of "line-drawing games" on the App Store, but it remains the best of its kind. Directing planes and helicopters to their landing is a great use of the touch screen, and the game gets incredibly frantic if you can make it far enough. It's easy to learn, but hard to master, as a constantly increasing number of incoming flights will have you juggling more than you might be able to handle.

Flight Controls has received continual support from developers Firemint post-launch -- a recent update has even added online multiplayer support and an online voice chat feature, making a somewhat older game new again for the millions who have purchased it.

Why It's Better on iPad: It's easy to get your finger flummoxed when trying to navigate a fleet of aircraft, but the wider screen gives you more room to chart courses. Plus, you can even use two hands if you're at a table or desk. Of course, you can also play Flight Control HD via split screen or tag-team modes, so feel free to share the app.

8 | Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

Point-and-click adventures aren't necessarily of the more popular genres among iOS games, but Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP definitely makes an argument for giving them another look. A Sepia-toned tribute to games like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Sworcery is filled with head-scratching puzzles that will test your most critical reasoning skills. As the mute female warrior The Scythian, figuring out these riddles is the key to saving your village -- which is fated to be destroyed.

Why It's Better on iPad: No other iOS game looks anything like this, and to truly appreciate this title's unique design, you've got to see and hear it on the iPad.

7 | Doodle Jump

Doodle Jump was the #1 best-selling iPhone game for the majority of 2009, and for good reason. It features a simple premise: keep hopping upwards to improve your score. The game's simple "keep on climbing" platforming gimmick and tight controls made it a huge hit, and spawned countless knockoff titles that developers spammed the App Store with. But what makes Doodle Jump unique is its distinguishable art style, various types of jumping boosts (springs, rockets, and more), plus a variety of different obstacles to dodge and navigate around. It's a mix that just works well, and developer Lima Sky just hit the right formula at the right time.

Why It's Better on iPad: Now that Doodle Jump is finally on iPad, you don't have to double up the pixel, so everything actually looks much sharper -- plus, you can see more of the game's world, which is always nice.

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