Today the iPad App Store opened up, revealing a great many iPad launch titles to those itching to see what they'll be loading onto their iPads when they arrive on Saturday. The amount of iPad app news this has generated today has us feeling as if we're standing in the middle of a tornado, admittedly. And so, without a great deal of rhyme or reason, I've chosen a few iPad games, now in the App Store, to highlight, the only real criterion being that they're titles we've not recently covered and are ones that I'm personally anxious to get my hands on.

So, without further ado...

Minigore HD from Mountain Sheep -- $4.99


The iPad adaptation of Minigore sounds better than ever with 14 playable characters, "guest stars" from Hook Champ, Zombieville USA, Sway, and Envrio-Bear 2010, and redone graphics to take full advantage of the iPad's screen acreage.

Warpgate HD from Freeverse -- $7.99


Freeverse's real-time strategy title Warpgate is here for the iPad, but not yet for the iPhone. Who would've guessed? (The iPhone version should be making its debut any day now.) All that we've seen indicates that this is a RTS title not to be missed.

Sam & Max Episode 1: The Penal Zone from Telltale Games -- $9.99


Inspired by Steve Purcell's comic series Sam & Max, Lucas Arts in 1993 released the SCUMM-based adventure Sam & Max Hit the Road to much critical acclaim. Sequels followed and the odd, starring duo gathered something of a cult following. Those in the cult will be happy to see the just-released iPad title from Telltale Games, Sam & Max Episode 1: The Penal Zone.

Cogs HD from Chillingo -- $4.99

In January we took a look at steampunk puzzler Cogs and very much liked what we saw. Cogs HD is now in the App Store and rendered on the iPad's 10-inch screen,

Mirror's Edge for iPad -- $12.99

We recently posted about Mirror's Edge for the iPad, but at the time, it was to be a $14.99 title. While still premium, it seems to have made its debut at $12.99 -- just a shade less dear.

Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies from Activision -- $14.99


This bundle of zombie smackdown is the most expensive game on our list, but it does look like fun. Bigger screen = more menacing zombies.

Fieldrunners for iPad from Subatomic Studios -- $7.99

Fieldrunners. Everyone's favorite tower defense game. Well, my favorite, anyway. And it's here in full-screen iPad glory.

Touchgrind HD from Illusion Labs -- $7.99

Touchgrind is a highly unique iPhone skateboarding game. Skateboarding for your fingers, really. But the one limitation? Screen size. The iPad version should have no such limitation.

Ocean Blue from Com2uS -- $9.99

Ocean Blue falls under the Entertainment category -- it's not really a game. But it looks pretty fun. It has the distinction of being "the first realistic diving experience on the iPad." We're anxious to check it out.

Scrabble for iPad from Electronic Arts -- $9.99

Scrabble. On a big multitouch screen. Not cool enough? How about this:

Scrabble Tile Rack for iPhone / iPod touch -- Free

Use your iPad as the Scrabble board and connect wirelessly from your iPhone or iPod touch to use it as a private tile rack while you are playing Scrabble.

Harbor Master HD from Imangi Studios -- Free

Imangi has produced an HD version of their chaos management game and is giving it away for Free.

There are plenty more announcements, screenshots and info about upcoming iPad games in our dedicated forum.

It's hard to track everything that's happening in the App Store right now. This is going to be a rather insane weekend for everyone connected with the iPad. Don't worry, our usual iPhone and iPod Touch game coverage will also resume but over the next week there's going to be a lot of news and attention on the iPad.

  • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

    SAM & MAX THE NEW SEASON COMES TO iPAD!?!!?! How could you do this to me!? Now I need to get me an iPad!!!!

  • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

    SAM & MAX THE NEW SEASON COMES TO iPAD!?!!?! How could you do this to me!? Now I need to get me an iPad!!!!

  • blackHorse

    Oh cool, have they added that second level to MiniBore already? I'd hate to pay five bucks to be able to "play" that one level shooter on a bigger screen...

    Call of Duty for $15!!! I can get the PS3 version for less than that...

  • blackHorse

    Oh cool, have they added that second level to MiniBore already? I'd hate to pay five bucks to be able to "play" that one level shooter on a bigger screen...

    Call of Duty for $15!!! I can get the PS3 version for less than that...

  • Freiteez

    Geometry wars is also coming to the iPad. And I know it's not a game but so is Netflix streaming...finally.

  • Freiteez

    Geometry wars is also coming to the iPad. And I know it's not a game but so is Netflix streaming...finally.

  • Everybody loves Raymond the mo

    Not to be a grammar whore or anything, but under touchgrind hd, I believe it should say that the ipad should have no such problem, not the iPhone. :)

  • Everybody loves Raymond the movie

    Not to be a grammar whore or anything, but under touchgrind hd, I believe it should say that the ipad should have no such problem, not the iPhone. :)

  • devitus

    When talking about Touchgrind HD you said: "The iPhone version should have no such limitation." - I'm guessing you meant iPad there.

  • devitus

    When talking about Touchgrind HD you said: "The iPhone version should have no such limitation." - I'm guessing you meant iPad there.

  • Christian Bale

    ROFL!!! iPad users get screwed. They are paying more for an "HD" version lmao. iPad = Fail. If you wanna play video games at home buy an Xbox or PS3.

    • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

      ROFL!! Xbox and PS3 users gets scr3wed for $60 a game! FA1L!!

      • Rolf Reimer

        Heh, no we don't, we get bigger, better and longer games.

      • blackHorse

        I buy all my PS3 and XBox360 games from the discount box. $10-$20 each... Would be mad to pay $10 for an iPad game as they are worlds apart.

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        @blackhorse
        Apples to oranges, buddy. These are launch prices and you are comparing them to discount box prices. Guess what? If you wait a long time, the iPad game prices will come down, too.

        What's wrong with paying smaller amounts for smaller experiences? Especially when you can't get them anywhere else? XBox and PS3 do not have multitouch. You can carry one around with you while playing, etc.

        I'm just stating what is obvious to every regular reader that is here.

    • bob

      why are you even reading this article?

    • JCat

      Which reminds me how I am SO glad this is nothing like a PS3 or 360, or else, every other game would be a FPS. Not all adults want army recruiting consoles.

      • SiDCrAzY

        Plenty of non-FPS games on both consoles, I'm not sure what you're talking about.

  • Christian Bale

    ROFL!!! iPad users get screwed. They are paying more for an "HD" version lmao. iPad = Fail. If you wanna play video games at home buy an Xbox or PS3.

    • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

      ROFL!! Xbox and PS3 users gets scr3wed for $60 a game! FA1L!!

      • Rolf Reimer

        Heh, no we don't, we get bigger, better and longer games.

      • blackHorse

        I buy all my PS3 and XBox360 games from the discount box. $10-$20 each... Would be mad to pay $10 for an iPad game as they are worlds apart.

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        @blackhorse
        Apples to oranges, buddy. These are launch prices and you are comparing them to discount box prices. Guess what? If you wait a long time, the iPad game prices will come down, too.

        What's wrong with paying smaller amounts for smaller experiences? Especially when you can't get them anywhere else? XBox and PS3 do not have multitouch. You can carry one around with you while playing, etc.

        I'm just stating what is obvious to every regular reader that is here.

    • bob

      why are you even reading this article?

    • JCat

      Which reminds me how I am SO glad this is nothing like a PS3 or 360, or else, every other game would be a FPS. Not all adults want army recruiting consoles.

      • SiDCrAzY

        Plenty of non-FPS games on both consoles, I'm not sure what you're talking about.

  • Daxmort

    Personally disappointed that I'm not seeing S&M on the iPhone yet. They could at least re-release S&M Hit the Road as they did with Monkey Island.

  • Daxmort

    Personally disappointed that I'm not seeing S&M on the iPhone yet. They could at least re-release S&M Hit the Road as they did with Monkey Island.

  • Rachel

    These all look nice, but I could go broke from buying these apps. I understand they have to be more expensive, but I can't afford this. I enjoy 1-2$ apps! This is *one*thing keeping me away from the ipad. If I do get one it won't be until the 2nd or 3rd gen anyway.

    Is there a non ipad edition of toucharcade :/?

  • Rachel

    These all look nice, but I could go broke from buying these apps. I understand they have to be more expensive, but I can't afford this. I enjoy 1-2$ apps! This is *one*thing keeping me away from the ipad. If I do get one it won't be until the 2nd or 3rd gen anyway.

    Is there a non ipad edition of toucharcade :/?

  • Huon

    Why do they need to be more expensive? Really a bigger screen requires a six fold increase in price (minigore). Thats ridiculous these games are at the same prices as xbl arcade games and almost none on that list will offer the same depth or amount of content.

    • Rachel

      I said "need" to be non-confrontational. Looks like that failed.

    • JCat

      Are you kidding? Come on, I own a 360, and most of the Xbox Live Arcade games are short lived and in fact, similar to the type of games that are on iphone/pad/touch. Come to think of it, it's not even a good comparison at all actually. So you're saying Dig Dug on the Xbox Live has more depth than Dungeon Hunter on the touch devices? If you look closely, you will see how Xbox Live has its meaty games (Shadow Hunter) and casual (Luxor, Astro Pop...et). Same as Ipad will have, only a lot more choices will be had on iPad.

  • Huon

    Why do they need to be more expensive? Really a bigger screen requires a six fold increase in price (minigore). Thats ridiculous these games are at the same prices as xbl arcade games and almost none on that list will offer the same depth or amount of content.

    • Rachel

      I said "need" to be non-confrontational. Looks like that failed.

    • JCat

      Are you kidding? Come on, I own a 360, and most of the Xbox Live Arcade games are short lived and in fact, similar to the type of games that are on iphone/pad/touch. Come to think of it, it's not even a good comparison at all actually. So you're saying Dig Dug on the Xbox Live has more depth than Dungeon Hunter on the touch devices? If you look closely, you will see how Xbox Live has its meaty games (Shadow Hunter) and casual (Luxor, Astro Pop...et). Same as Ipad will have, only a lot more choices will be had on iPad.

  • bg1

    man, there are some cheap folks here. they should probably be charging more for many of the games that we have enjoyed on the iphone. don't buy it, just don't come crying here.

  • bg1

    man, there are some cheap folks here. they should probably be charging more for many of the games that we have enjoyed on the iphone. don't buy it, just don't come crying here.

  • http://www.kotodama.net/blog Zak

    My, the sense of entitlement for endless nearly-free content is pretty amazing.

    If you can't afford 5-10 bucks for a game, should you be spending $500-800 for an iPad, or should you be looking for better employment? Or maybe stop sponging off your parents?

    • blackHorse

      It's outrageous to try to charge the same amount of money for shallow mobile phone games than Real console games (although from a discount box).

      • LKR

        No it isn't. Devs can charge whatever they want to charge. Nothing outragepus about that whatsoever. Too expensive? Don't buy it. Sheesh.

  • http://www.kotodama.net/blog Zak

    My, the sense of entitlement for endless nearly-free content is pretty amazing.

    If you can't afford 5-10 bucks for a game, should you be spending $500-800 for an iPad, or should you be looking for better employment? Or maybe stop sponging off your parents?

    • blackHorse

      It's outrageous to try to charge the same amount of money for shallow mobile phone games than Real console games (although from a discount box).

      • LKR

        No it isn't. Devs can charge whatever they want to charge. Nothing outragepus about that whatsoever. Too expensive? Don't buy it. Sheesh.

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    Its now clear that price is based on screen real estate..

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    Its now clear that price is based on screen real estate..

  • Michael

    I can't believe you didn't mention Flight Control HD- that looks incredibly fun.

  • Michael

    I can't believe you didn't mention Flight Control HD- that looks incredibly fun.

  • Chris

    really? complaining about prices of games? you just bought a $500+ ipad and you can't afford a $5-$20 game? maybe you shouldn't of invested in an ipad to begin with. Plus nobody says you have to buy the games.

    Because the iPhone market is dominated by 99 cent games, dev's cant compete at higher price points. So they have to mirror this to the ipad market as well? I sympathize with devs...they never get a break.

    • Rachel

      Who here that has an iPod is complaining about the prices?

      • Rachel

        I meant ipad

  • Chris

    really? complaining about prices of games? you just bought a $500+ ipad and you can\'t afford a $5-$20 game? maybe you shouldn\'t of invested in an ipad to begin with. Plus nobody says you have to buy the games.

    Because the iPhone market is dominated by 99 cent games, dev\'s cant compete at higher price points. So they have to mirror this to the ipad market as well? I sympathize with devs...they never get a break.

    • Rachel

      Who here that has an iPod is complaining about the prices?

      • Rachel

        I meant ipad

  • Davd

    While I agree the game prices are fair, it is crap that developers assume they can charge more money than the iPhone counterpart. The games are identical... why should it be any more expensive?

    • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

      VERY few of the premium priced iPad games I've looked at are simply identical to the iPhone version with a higher rez.

      For instance, Mirror's edge and Touch Grind have two player modes (split screen). Look a little closer.

      Maybe, as consumers, we should reward extra time spent on cool new features and additions. Otherwise we really WILL get endless dual versions that are only up-rezed on the iPad.

  • Davd

    While I agree the game prices are fair, it is crap that developers assume they can charge more money than the iPhone counterpart. The games are identical... why should it be any more expensive?

    • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

      VERY few of the premium priced iPad games I've looked at are simply identical to the iPhone version with a higher rez.

      For instance, Mirror's edge and Touch Grind have two player modes (split screen). Look a little closer.

      Maybe, as consumers, we should reward extra time spent on cool new features and additions. Otherwise we really WILL get endless dual versions that are only up-rezed on the iPad.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    I was also excited to see Small World. It's a Euro-boardgame translated to the iPad meant to be played by multiple people on a coffee table.

    I already want an iPad XL. 20" too much? lol.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    I was also excited to see Small World. It's a Euro-boardgame translated to the iPad meant to be played by multiple people on a coffee table.

    I already want an iPad XL. 20" too much? lol.

  • Wayne

    Some are not charging anything for their iPad version and are just putting out updates so it can run on both. Kudos to them. As for those that charge more. I would not object to an in-app up-charge but would rather not have 2 separate versions of the same app.
    This will me a learning curve for devs as it was when apps first launched.

  • Wayne

    Some are not charging anything for their iPad version and are just putting out updates so it can run on both. Kudos to them. As for those that charge more. I would not object to an in-app up-charge but would rather not have 2 separate versions of the same app.
    This will me a learning curve for devs as it was when apps first launched.

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    The prices only mean people will be much more selective as to which games they purchase. I also assume there will be a lot more "waiting for a sale" people as well.

    Capitalism at work, no more no less.

    Will it make more $$ for devs? We shall see, the prices will drop if not ;)

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    The prices only mean people will be much more selective as to which games they purchase. I also assume there will be a lot more "waiting for a sale" people as well.

    Capitalism at work, no more no less.

    Will it make more $$ for devs? We shall see, the prices will drop if not ;)

  • jeffyg3

    I'm definitely going to be WAY WAY more selective on the games I get for the iPad

    And I'll be much more persuaded to buy an iPad game if I know it's going to be a universal app...I even just bought Metal Gear Solid touch today once I knew Konami made the game universal...free iPad update for people who already bought the game...it's the way it should have been for majority of these games. Solitaire City & Cliffed were others I bought that are universal, and in the case of Solitaire City, the developer did a lot of updates and it's a universal app...something like Flight Control HD should have definitely been a free iPad update. Middle finger to Firemint.

    Anyways, the only iPad only games I'm getting is Battle for Wesnoth (99cents) & possibly Geometry Wars Touched. The rest of my money will be going to eBooks, iWorks, and my top 2 favorite movies. I definitely won't be buying a lot of iPad games at these prices...Touch Grind for $8?? Yeah, no thanks.

    • modfan

      With the premium price of these "HD" games, they should all be "universal" applications. A lot of iPhone developers have shown their evil side with their iPad offerings. Real sad.

  • jeffyg3

    I'm definitely going to be WAY WAY more selective on the games I get for the iPad

    And I'll be much more persuaded to buy an iPad game if I know it's going to be a universal app...I even just bought Metal Gear Solid touch today once I knew Konami made the game universal...free iPad update for people who already bought the game...it's the way it should have been for majority of these games. Solitaire City & Cliffed were others I bought that are universal, and in the case of Solitaire City, the developer did a lot of updates and it's a universal app...something like Flight Control HD should have definitely been a free iPad update. Middle finger to Firemint.

    Anyways, the only iPad only games I'm getting is Battle for Wesnoth (99cents) & possibly Geometry Wars Touched. The rest of my money will be going to eBooks, iWorks, and my top 2 favorite movies. I definitely won't be buying a lot of iPad games at these prices...Touch Grind for $8?? Yeah, no thanks.

    • modfan

      With the premium price of these "HD" games, they should all be "universal" applications. A lot of iPhone developers have shown their evil side with their iPad offerings. Real sad.

  • ZildjianKX

    I hate double dipping... it looks like 80% of these games are just recompiled for the iPad with very few changes- it just seems like a money grab to me. Most of these games should have just been compiled to run under the iPhone and iPad natively as one binary. If I buy a PC game, do I have to buy multiple copies if I want to play it at different resolutions? It doesn't look like any of these games redid their art or textures for their iPad versions, so I don't know where the "cost" is.

  • ZildjianKX

    I hate double dipping... it looks like 80% of these games are just recompiled for the iPad with very few changes- it just seems like a money grab to me. Most of these games should have just been compiled to run under the iPhone and iPad natively as one binary. If I buy a PC game, do I have to buy multiple copies if I want to play it at different resolutions? It doesn't look like any of these games redid their art or textures for their iPad versions, so I don't know where the "cost" is.

  • epoverb1

    Is there a way to separate out the iPad reviews to another section or something?

    I'm also feeling like there is more attention being paid to the iPad right now than the iPhone on this site (although I haven't done a count of which gets more attention in any way). It makes sense given that the iPad is about to be released, but it really feels like the iPhone is being neglected. I hate to see my interest in the website wane, which it is.

  • epoverb1

    Is there a way to separate out the iPad reviews to another section or something?

    I'm also feeling like there is more attention being paid to the iPad right now than the iPhone on this site (although I haven't done a count of which gets more attention in any way). It makes sense given that the iPad is about to be released, but it really feels like the iPhone is being neglected. I hate to see my interest in the website wane, which it is.

  • SiDCrAzY

    It's hilarious seeing so many people fall apart because of the "high" prices and because TA is covering the iPad more instead of their precious iPhone. Lol, some of you get worked up so easily.

  • SiDCrAzY

    It's hilarious seeing so many people fall apart because of the "high" prices and because TA is covering the iPad more instead of their precious iPhone. Lol, some of you get worked up so easily.

  • CassieTheChaoticCupcake

    Am I the only person that's pissed about Warpgate arriving for the iPad sooner than the iPhone? I've been waiting roughly a year now and keeping up to date on alllllllll the vague details the developers give us, just to find out it's already in production and soon to be released foe the iPad. If this truly is the case and the developers decide to put the iPad first after the iPhone and Touch owners have been waiting all this time, they can take their app and shove it. Shenannigans. I CALL SHENANNIGANS!

  • CassieTheChaoticCupcake

    Am I the only person that's pissed about Warpgate arriving for the iPad sooner than the iPhone? I've been waiting roughly a year now and keeping up to date on alllllllll the vague details the developers give us, just to find out it's already in production and soon to be released foe the iPad. If this truly is the case and the developers decide to put the iPad first after the iPhone and Touch owners have been waiting all this time, they can take their app and shove it. Shenannigans. I CALL SHENANNIGANS!