There it is: Your brand new Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad. You don’t care what they say about it generating too much heat compared to past models. Just look at that screen. Look at how fast it can download things thanks to that slick Verizon (NYSE:VZ) LTE support. Yes, now you can die happily knowing that you have this, the pinnacle of Apple’s achievements. At least until six months from now when Tim Cook inevitably wrenches away what little validation you have mustered for your life.
All kidding and hyperbole aside, the new iPad is a fine new machine. At the end of the day, though, it’s just a portal. It’s what runs on your iPad that matters, not the tool itself.
Forget work, though. The more important question is: How do you entertain yourself on this bonkers little toy? We all know you got this thing to have fun, not to be productive. Here’s the best in electronic entertainment the App Store can offer:
Angry Birds Space: Since you’re already playing on the latest and greatest iPad, you might as well play the latest and greatest version of Rovio’s game about killing pigs with birds. All the fun of messing with those animals with none of the crazy flu risk.
Doodle Jump: It’s hard to go wrong with the classics. Doodle Jump has stayed near the top of iTunes’ best-seller charts since it originally released in 2009. It exemplifies precisely why it’s so fun to play games on the iPad: It’s simple, immediately understandable and monumentally addictive.
Draw Something: The latest game from OMGPOP — recently bought by Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA) — has you guessing what your friends are drawing and vice versa and has become hugely popular in a very short amount of time. Pictionary is always funny, and Draw Something captures that joy nicely on iPad.
Scribblenauts Remix: Time Warner’s (NYSE:TWX) Warner Bros. Interactive might not be the biggest game publisher on the iPad, but it sells one of the best games. Developed by studio 5th Cell, Scribblenauts is a game that has you jumping around a cartoon world in the style of Super Mario Bros. but also taxes your imagination. To overcome obstacles, you write down any object you can think of and it appears.
Hero Academy: This game by Robot Entertainment, the creators of Age of Empires, shows just how people are going to make money on the iPad in the future. On its own, Hero Academy is just an addictive, free strategy game not unlike chess. Players can purchase new soldiers and gear with the press of the button though. Devious and genius.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition: Mojang’s phenomenon is a game certainly, but it might be more appropriate to call it the best box of Legos ever made. The iPad and iPhone edition is expensive compared to some other games at $6.99, but the content is limitless. Build whatever you want, wherever you want.
Cut the Rope: Another enduring classic. The game tells you what to do right in the title. Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) subsidiary Chillingo’s game is perfect iPad fare whose pleasures are deeper than its simple façade would suggest, much like Doodle Jump.
Jetpack Joyride: Jetpack Joyride is another iPad game with real lasting power. The game of riding around on a jetpack and blowing up bad guys while collecting coins was made by Halfbrick Studios, the company behind another mobile hit, Fruit Ninja.
Plants vs. Zombies: This strategy game also is delightfully self-descriptive. It also is another product of one of Electronic Arts’ subsidiaries — this time, PopCap Games. This is the best game to play with friends on this list next to Hero Academy and Draw Something.
Infinity Blade II: Made by the same company as Gears of War, one of the biggest hits on Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox 360, Infinity Blade II is the graphical powerhouse you can show to friends skeptical about the iPad’s horsepower. It’s also an entertaining fantasy game that actually recalls the Nintendo classic Punch-Out!.
As of this writing, Anthony John Agnello did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.