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.

IUGO

Igloo Games

  • 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.
  • http://www.applay.de Domi

    You forgot Marbles Multiball 3D and Babo Crash HD

  • http://www.applay.de Domi

    You forgot Marbles Multiball 3D and Babo Crash HD

  • http://www.nothowitlooks.com Brett Archibald

    Universal apps are the only ones I'd be interested in buying from here on, to be honest — unless it's something I know for definite I'd only ever use on just the one device, like the iWork suite on the iPad or a travel-guide for my iPhone.

    For all the other apps, I'll keep my iPad at home and will take my iPhone out and about with me, and I don't want to either (1) be without some apps on either device, or (2) be forced to buy the same app twice, for each device.

    I can totally understand why devs want to create two different apps, rather than one universal app, and that's because they can make more profit. But that's only good for the devs themselves and the consumer gets no benefit.

    Universal apps for the win! :)

  • http://www.nothowitlooks.com Brett Archibald

    Universal apps are the only ones I'd be interested in buying from here on, to be honest — unless it's something I know for definite I'd only ever use on just the one device, like the iWork suite on the iPad or a travel-guide for my iPhone.

    For all the other apps, I'll keep my iPad at home and will take my iPhone out and about with me, and I don't want to either (1) be without some apps on either device, or (2) be forced to buy the same app twice, for each device.

    I can totally understand why devs want to create two different apps, rather than one universal app, and that's because they can make more profit. But that's only good for the devs themselves and the consumer gets no benefit.

    Universal apps for the win! :)

  • http://www.nothowitlooks.com Brett Archibald

    By the way, it's worth mentioning that Parachute Panic has had a MAJOR update to the game in the latest version, with interactive challenges and new themes — apart from just being converted into a universal app.

  • http://www.nothowitlooks.com Brett Archibald

    By the way, it's worth mentioning that Parachute Panic has had a MAJOR update to the game in the latest version, with interactive challenges and new themes — apart from just being converted into a universal app.

  • Samka

    You forgot graal online. Its a great game!

  • Samka

    You forgot graal online. Its a great game!

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    Eric Snider's Solitaire and AcidSolitaire Collection are both Universal.

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    Eric Snider's Solitaire and AcidSolitaire Collection are both Universal.

  • Jeffyg3

    Also Solitaire City also did a nice update for it's iPad counterpart, and it's a universal app as well...the solitaire game in the app store IMO, has pretty much ervery solitaire game on their with ever variation.

  • Jeffyg3

    Also Solitaire City also did a nice update for it's iPad counterpart, and it's a universal app as well...the solitaire game in the app store IMO, has pretty much ervery solitaire game on their with ever variation.

  • Jeffyg3

    And thanks for making an article on universal apps. Sadly most game developers decided to cheat their customers and not make their apps universal, what we mostly got was the same exact game people had to pay twice for with little updates not worthy of a separate purchase. These developers are nothing but crooks....Soosiz HD, Dungeon Hunter HD, Modern Combate...same exact game, ****ing horrible developers and they they should be ashamed of themselves.

    Well I just bought some of these games on the list because they were universal apps...Parachute Panic, Isotope, and Parcel Panic...already had Metal Gear Solid Touch, Implode, and Cliffed, so those were really great knowing there's still some good good iPhone/iPad developers out there. It really is more of an incentive to buy an app knowing tis universal

    • http://www.touchfoo.com/ Ville Mäkynen

      We gave the customers an option with Soosiz HD and did not assume everyone would just repurchase it if they already owned the iPhone version. The reasons for not making an universal upgrade were mostly technical and the upgrade might still be coming. Just give it some time.

      • Mac TiM

        At the same time you probably already know some fans who got the iPhone v would pay for the game all over again cuz they're looking for something to play on their new device and there's no much offerings in great games on the iPad store.

        I too was really disappointed when I saw Soosiz HD on the AppStore. Even if Soosiz became universal, you would cheat the fans who unnecessarily bought the game again. It's ok to charge maybe a dollar more for your current game if it's universal, IUGO did just that and many are supporting them for that. Maybe you should have waited to iron out the universal app thing, cuz now either way you'll cheat some of your fans, the ones who unnecessarily bought the game twice for something they shouldn't have done.

      • Jeffyg3

        I very much hope there will be a universal upgrade. I already paid for the game, not paying for it again, and it doesn't look too bad on 2x mode...but a higher def would be better with a bigger screen size...plus it only makes the developer look good with universal support.

      • http://www.touchfoo.com/ Ville Mäkynen

        'Cheat' is too strong word to use here since no one is going to lose anything they have already purchased. Over time, old things become cheaper and everyone knows that. Offering the universal upgrade to Soosiz owners sometimes in the future is no different. Bear in mind, that this might still be months away, if it is coming at all, and it could be implemented with an in-app purchase so they too would have to pay for it.

      • Jeffyg3

        In app purchase for a game update like this..Yeah, Mac tim got it right when he used the word "cheat"

        No thanks, last time I buy any of your games.

      • Psykikgmr

        Ville, you just missed the reason other developers made their apps universal in the first place.

        Especially when companies like Iugo has done a WAY better job with their free iPad updates, which has exclusive iPad features (unlike yours) in their universal apps, than you have, in which you even want to charge more for existing customers to pay more for a barely updated tittle. My respect for you has dropped big time.

      • http://www.touchfoo.com/ Ville Mäkynen

        Please, don't take it like that when I am talking about how to make it as fair as possible for those who have already purchased the HD version. Another way to do it would be to make the universal upgrade free but to offer some exlusive features for those who have the HD version. We are not doing this to charge more from out existing customers but to offer everyone new options.

      • Psykikgmr

        That free update idea is a better idea.

        Whatever. After paying more for some of these stupid HD games and feeling very "cheated", I think I'll stick more to the universal games from now on.

    • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore | taptoplay.de

      The same game with better textures is a bigger game (as in file size). You don’t want to keep the iPhone and iPad game files on your little iPhone (or iPad). With the mentioned Gameloft games, this adds up to hundreds of MB.

      • Mac TiM

        The universal game MGS:Touch did a nice job of keeping the game within a reasonable size range and it was fairly a big game to begin with.

      • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

        Where did you get that idea?

        NOVA HD for iPad = 166 MB
        NOVA for iPhone = 162 MB

        Sandstorm HD for iPad = 192 MB
        Sandstorm for iPhone = 209 MB

        Real Soccer 2010 HD for iPad = 118 MB
        Real Soccer 2010 for iPhone = 112 MB

        Dungeon Hunter HD for iPad = 211 MB
        Dungeon Hunter for iPhone = 227 MB

        Let's Golf HD for iPad = 124 MB
        Let's Golf for iPhone = 85.2 MB

        If you're assuming that a universal app would be the sum of both versions, perhaps you're right, but some proof would be helpful to the argument. I think the simplest explanation is that it's extra work/costs in addition to extra money to be made.

        I feel that developers would get more sales from universal apps, but perhaps that's my own self-interest talking.

  • Jeffyg3

    And thanks for making an article on universal apps. Sadly most game developers decided to cheat their customers and not make their apps universal, what we mostly got was the same exact game people had to pay twice for with little updates not worthy of a separate purchase. These developers are nothing but crooks....Soosiz HD, Dungeon Hunter HD, Modern Combate...same exact game, ****ing horrible developers and they they should be ashamed of themselves.

    Well I just bought some of these games on the list because they were universal apps...Parachute Panic, Isotope, and Parcel Panic...already had Metal Gear Solid Touch, Implode, and Cliffed, so those were really great knowing there's still some good good iPhone/iPad developers out there. It really is more of an incentive to buy an app knowing tis universal

    • http://www.touchfoo.com/ Ville Mäkynen

      We gave the customers an option with Soosiz HD and did not assume everyone would just repurchase it if they already owned the iPhone version. The reasons for not making an universal upgrade were mostly technical and the upgrade might still be coming. Just give it some time.

      • Mac TiM

        At the same time you probably already know some fans who got the iPhone v would pay for the game all over again cuz they're looking for something to play on their new device and there's no much offerings in great games on the iPad store.

        I too was really disappointed when I saw Soosiz HD on the AppStore. Even if Soosiz became universal, you would cheat the fans who unnecessarily bought the game again. It's ok to charge maybe a dollar more for your current game if it's universal, IUGO did just that and many are supporting them for that. Maybe you should have waited to iron out the universal app thing, cuz now either way you'll cheat some of your fans, the ones who unnecessarily bought the game twice for something they shouldn't have done.

      • Jeffyg3

        I very much hope there will be a universal upgrade. I already paid for the game, not paying for it again, and it doesn't look too bad on 2x mode...but a higher def would be better with a bigger screen size...plus it only makes the developer look good with universal support.

      • http://www.touchfoo.com/ Ville Mäkynen

        'Cheat' is too strong word to use here since no one is going to lose anything they have already purchased. Over time, old things become cheaper and everyone knows that. Offering the universal upgrade to Soosiz owners sometimes in the future is no different. Bear in mind, that this might still be months away, if it is coming at all, and it could be implemented with an in-app purchase so they too would have to pay for it.

      • Jeffyg3

        In app purchase for a game update like this..Yeah, Mac tim got it right when he used the word "cheat"

        No thanks, last time I buy any of your games.

      • Psykikgmr

        Ville, you just missed the reason other developers made their apps universal in the first place.

        Especially when companies like Iugo has done a WAY better job with their free iPad updates, which has exclusive iPad features (unlike yours) in their universal apps, than you have, in which you even want to charge more for existing customers to pay more for a barely updated tittle. My respect for you has dropped big time.

      • http://www.touchfoo.com/ Ville Mäkynen

        Please, don't take it like that when I am talking about how to make it as fair as possible for those who have already purchased the HD version. Another way to do it would be to make the universal upgrade free but to offer some exlusive features for those who have the HD version. We are not doing this to charge more from out existing customers but to offer everyone new options.

      • Psykikgmr

        That free update idea is a better idea.

        Whatever. After paying more for some of these stupid HD games and feeling very "cheated", I think I'll stick more to the universal games from now on.

    • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore | taptoplay.de

      The same game with better textures is a bigger game (as in file size). You don’t want to keep the iPhone and iPad game files on your little iPhone (or iPad). With the mentioned Gameloft games, this adds up to hundreds of MB.

      • Mac TiM

        The universal game MGS:Touch did a nice job of keeping the game within a reasonable size range and it was fairly a big game to begin with.

      • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

        Where did you get that idea?

        NOVA HD for iPad = 166 MB
        NOVA for iPhone = 162 MB

        Sandstorm HD for iPad = 192 MB
        Sandstorm for iPhone = 209 MB

        Real Soccer 2010 HD for iPad = 118 MB
        Real Soccer 2010 for iPhone = 112 MB

        Dungeon Hunter HD for iPad = 211 MB
        Dungeon Hunter for iPhone = 227 MB

        Let's Golf HD for iPad = 124 MB
        Let's Golf for iPhone = 85.2 MB

        If you're assuming that a universal app would be the sum of both versions, perhaps you're right, but some proof would be helpful to the argument. I think the simplest explanation is that it's extra work/costs in addition to extra money to be made.

        I feel that developers would get more sales from universal apps, but perhaps that's my own self-interest talking.

  • Mac TiM

    Parcel panic looks much nicer on the iPad.
    And MGS:touch controls much better on the iPad.

    Big hugs to universal app game creators.
    Thanks for not being scum buckets :)

    • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

      Agreed, Universal App makers are my heroes.

  • Mac TiM

    Parcel panic looks much nicer on the iPad.
    And MGS:touch controls much better on the iPad.

    Big hugs to universal app game creators.
    Thanks for not being scum buckets :)

    • http://www.jindofox.com jindofox

      Agreed, Universal App makers are my heroes.

  • http://mu.housefullofgames.com HFoG

    My top-rated euro-style card game Mü is a universal app and it looks gorgeous on the iPad, if I do say so myself.
    Reiner Knizia's money is another great euro-style card game that's received the "universal treatment".

  • http://mu.housefullofgames.com HFoG

    My top-rated euro-style card game Mü is a universal app and it looks gorgeous on the iPad, if I do say so myself.
    Reiner Knizia's money is another great euro-style card game that's received the "universal treatment".

  • Matt

    I think we'll start to see how stupid the Universal app idea was a couple years down the road, when iPad apps are more than just "HD" versions of their iPhone counterparts. It's stupid to get customers used to something that you can't maintain for any prolonged period of time. Only time will tell, I guess. In the meantime, vote with your dollars, not defaming news post comments.

    • Karma32

      Yeah eventually we'll see real good HD games on iPad that are far better than what can be done on the little phone device. For now what all these developers are doing is pathetic and criminal. They should be taken in the back and shot, jokingly of corse but in a serious tone.

      Soosiz HD? Good lord.

  • Matt

    I think we'll start to see how stupid the Universal app idea was a couple years down the road, when iPad apps are more than just "HD" versions of their iPhone counterparts. It's stupid to get customers used to something that you can't maintain for any prolonged period of time. Only time will tell, I guess. In the meantime, vote with your dollars, not defaming news post comments.

    • Karma32

      Yeah eventually we'll see real good HD games on iPad that are far better than what can be done on the little phone device. For now what all these developers are doing is pathetic and criminal. They should be taken in the back and shot, jokingly of corse but in a serious tone.

      Soosiz HD? Good lord.

  • Adams Immersive

    Zombie Attack 2 is one of the games I most wanted to play on the big screen! A great game, but I never really felt like I could see enough before.

  • Adams Immersive

    Zombie Attack 2 is one of the games I most wanted to play on the big screen! A great game, but I never really felt like I could see enough before.

  • http://chesstris.com/ Martin

    I was disappointed when I sync'd my iPad in iTunes (just to get isotope on there) and found out all my game save information was gone. Did I do something wrong, or is that just not something iTunes does (I assumed incorrectly that syncing with iTunes would be the only way to get the "extra" app data onto there).

    • Courtland

      Martin -

      iTunes doesn't copy your iPhone information to your iPad, which is why your Isotope information didn't get copied. I did notice an option to "restore" from my iPhone backup when I first activated, but I wasn't sure if that would work correctly.

  • http://chesstris.com/ Martin

    I was disappointed when I sync'd my iPad in iTunes (just to get isotope on there) and found out all my game save information was gone. Did I do something wrong, or is that just not something iTunes does (I assumed incorrectly that syncing with iTunes would be the only way to get the "extra" app data onto there).

    • Courtland

      Martin -

      iTunes doesn't copy your iPhone information to your iPad, which is why your Isotope information didn't get copied. I did notice an option to "restore" from my iPhone backup when I first activated, but I wasn't sure if that would work correctly.

  • Mezzrow

    Shanghai Mahjong and Levers are both now Universal and look great on iPad.

    One of the reasons I wanted an iPad is because there were so many iPhone games I downloaded that were great, but I just felt they needed more room to really be playable, like Plants vs. Zombies and The Creeps! But I'm just not ready to shell out again for them...so I'm buying different games for iPad.

  • Mezzrow

    Shanghai Mahjong and Levers are both now Universal and look great on iPad.

    One of the reasons I wanted an iPad is because there were so many iPhone games I downloaded that were great, but I just felt they needed more room to really be playable, like Plants vs. Zombies and The Creeps! But I'm just not ready to shell out again for them...so I'm buying different games for iPad.