During the iPad rush, some developers have made a conscious decision to provide "Universal" support to their existing games. These games will run in native resolution on both the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch. So, you simply buy it once, and use the same copy on both devices. The added advantage is that for anyone who has already purchased these games, the Universal updates are free.
Here are some notable universal titles that we've covered in the past:
- Strategery ($1.99) - See our Review, this simple strategy game generated a pretty dedicated following. The iPad screen can cause for some massive map sizes.
- Air Hockey ($0.99) - One of the iPhone staples - Air Hockey. Now available as a free upgrade to your iPad.
- Isotope ($1.99) - See our Review. A really wonderful dual-stick space shooter that we loved on the iPhone. Unfortunately, the first universal version doesn't seem to work properly on the iPad yet. Again, we expect these issues will be addressed quickly once developers get iPads in hand.
- Parcel Panic ($0.99) - See our Review. A Crazy Taxi-like driving/delivery game that's been updated for iPad.
- Metal Gear Solid Touch ($7.99) - See our Review. We actually weren't that happy with the game on launch, but it's worth the free upgrade to check out on the iPad if you already own it.
- 10 Pin Shuffle ($3.99) - A nice combination of bowling and shufflepuck which feels nice on the big screen.
- Parachute Panic HD ($1.99) - See our Review. A fun and frantic casual game where you guide parachuters to safety.
- Chopper, $2.99 - A side scrolling helicopter game where you need to rescue people and take out enemy targets.
- Zombie Attack! Second Wave XL ($3.99) - A different take on tower defense.
- Cliffed XL ($1.99) - See our Review. A delightful take on "falldown".
- Implode XL - A fun demolition game where you take out buildings with precisely placed charges.
- Igloo Games Arcade ($6.99) - This one's actually a bit of anomaly on the App Store, as it's a Universal game that's not an update to an existing title. Instead, Igloo Games has taken all of its iPhone titles (Dizzy Bee, Dizzy Bee 2, Bed Bugs, Flipside) and packaged them together into one universal package.