The superb 3D graphics and high-speed action of Nova are a testament to the power of the A4 processor that Apple designed into the iPad. This futuristic Halo clone looks and feels like the sort of first-person shooter you’d normally expect to see on a desktop PC. Controlling a true 3D game like this on the iPad’s 2D screen is a bit of a challenge, so Nova will appeal to the more hardcore gamer than the casual player, but its 13 levels of alien-blasting action put it at the forefront of the FPS genre on the iPad. It’s even got a multiplayer mode, making it a bit of a bargain at just £3.99.
Reg Rating 90%
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Plants Vs Zombies
Plants Vs Zombies is one of those seductive games that starts nice and slowly but then builds up to a frantic pace that ties your fingers up like spaghetti. The premise is simple: you use seed-shooting plants to protect your home against hordes of approaching zombies – but there’s an element of strategy as each type of plant has different powers, and the game constantly teases you onward by rewarding you with new powers at regular intervals. Our only complaint is that the ‘HD’ version of Plants Vs Zombies costs three times as much as the iPhone version and merely offers enhanced graphics and one new mini-game.
Reg Rating 80%
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Is there really anything essential about an iPad? Sorry couldn't help myself, I have finally outgrown buying stuff because it is cool that is all.
since when [sic] fun became more important than work.
I think the article meant to imply essential for gamers.
But before you dis all games, give 'perfect circle' a try. It really helps me relax and calm down. (score of 925 and screenshot to prove it). It is definitely an essential game in my books.
Wait wait, since when games are essential?
Plants vs. Zombies HD
Plants vs Zombies HD has a LOT more content that the iPhone version. It has only one new minigame which doesn't exist in the PC/Mac versions, but the iPhone version has NO minigames, just the ability to replay levels. Also, the HD version includes six survival modes including unlimited, none of which are on the iPhone version, which improves replayability a lot, so there is much more than just improved graphics.