At the start of the summer I wanted to spend some money and get myself something a little extra for working so hard during the school year and treat myself for not really having a life.
In the long run, I decided to go with an iPad 2.
Now, a couple months later, I have many many apps downloaded and developed my personal favorites that I happen to access all the time.
Just as a side note as well, I have bought five apps since getting my iPad and of the five, four are featured on this Top 10 list.
Here they are:
1. GarageBand for iPad ($4.99)
The first of my bought apps, GarageBand pulls up into number one. It was basically like love at first sight when it finished downloading (Which seemed to take forever, being over 300 MB). I find myself on this app constantly, creating new songs and testing out new sounds, it actually makes me wish I stuck with learning the piano, so I could make more complicated sounding keyboard and piano parts. But it really has a tonne of different sounds to check out and play with. Of course it doesn’t feature everything that the full Mac version has, but it has quite a lot to offer as an iPad app and entirely compatible to the full version. Most definitely worth paying for, super fun and awesome for anyone, even if you don’t have any music background.
2. Hospital Haste ($6.99)
This one’s my all-time favorite game to play on my iPad thus far. Its crazy hectic and you really have use your brain fast to decide what you do with the patients and in what order. To quickly sum up the game, you play as Nurse Sally just starting off in the doctoring world and working for different hospitals while you earn money for your own medical clinic. It features many different hospital issues and methods of treatment along with a very well thought out scoring system that makes you have to make decisions based on attaining a better score. Not to mention you have to be fast! The last thing you want is a patient leaving in disgust because your too slow. It really is a hectic and crazy game, but that’s what makes it so fun.
3. Tower Madness (Free)
Coming in as number three is another wildly hectic game. Tower Madness is as simple as building defences to protect your 10 sheep from being abducted by alien invasions. It really is a crazy and random idea, but the levels are build so specifically and extremely well thought out that you have to use your head in deciding what the best arsenal set up would be to defeat those pesky aliens. As you go along, the game gets harder too, there are more and stronger aliens introduced and even some that are impervious to a number of different weapons. I’ve spent many hours playing this game in planning my defences against those aliens! Well worth the download especially being free.
4. Friendly for iPad (Free)
This app is for Facebook and after trying many different ones, I found this one was the best, especially now that they added Facebook chat into it (not like I actually use it though…). There’s not too much to say about this app except that its Facebook in app form with a great layout and its super easy to use, making Facebook even simpler as it is.
5. Words With Friends (The Free Version)
There is a payable version, but I’m not sure what the difference is besides taking out the ads, but the ads really aren’t that bad compared to many other apps and games I’ve tried. This game is extremely simple though and highly comparable to Scrabble. Its a word game that you can play against friends, Facebook friends or anyone random as well. Each letter is worth a certain amount of points (The more difficult the letter the higher its value) and there are many places on the board where you can gain double letter, triple letter, double word and triple word bonuses. So you actually have to think what words you play and where you play them. You get seven letters at all times, but there are only 104 letters in total, so once that capacity is reached, the game is over (unless someone resigns). The nice thing about this app is that you can come back to it anytime and play when you can, so you don’t have to sit there waiting for the other person to play their word.
6. Dead Space for iPad (Got it for $0.99 on special, but $4.99 regular)
After playing the original Dead Space for the Xbox 360, I just had to get this game. I was a little skeptical how good it would be though. I couldn’t imagine how the controls would turn out and wasn’t sure if the graphics would be ok or not. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that the graphics were actually really well done and the controls weren’t bad at all once I got the hang of it (and it didn’t take all that long neither). The great thing, though, is that it serves as a prequel to the original game and kinda gives a little bit of a back story. Otherwise, it is just as the other versions, an intense and creepy third person shooter that is extremely satisfying for the horror lover.
7. Worms 2 ($0.99)
I used to play this game all the time as a kid on my PC! So when I saw it in the apps store, I just had to buy it and probably would have still if it were more expensive. It’s a really fun game to play where you have a small arsenal of worms that you use to battle other small arsenals of worms. You get dropped off at a level randomly spaced apart and go through each worm, one at a time, attacking the other teams with a huge variety of different weapons. With that said though, you still have to think a little bit since the wind can alter where some of the weapons fire. Plus it’s a little bit harder since all the other teams seem to be mostly after you. Tonnes of funny and a cute little game that is definitely worth the small price.
8. Kobo for iPad (Free)
This is one of the reading apps for the iPad. There’s also iBooks and the kindle app that are really popular, but after trying them out, I felt that this one was a better choice (even though Kindles are better quality than Kobos in my opinion). All three of the apps have something like a thousand free books to choose from as well any popular book that you can pay for as well. Not only that, but a good number of the books are actually a lot cheaper to buy in the app than going to the book store and buying them. The Kobo app also allows you add friends (Although I don’t have any still…), lets you create custom bookshelves, and creates a book cover specific to you and the type of books you read. Plus it has some nifty achievements, including some that can be quite challenging and fun to obtain.
9. Twitter for iPad (Free)
Again, there really isn’t much to say about this one. Its just the official Twitter app and has many of the same functions as the web browser version (except you don’t have to worry about the Fail Whale in the iPad app). It has a great layout and a super simple to use interface. Feel free to follow me, find my profile from the Twitter widget on the right hand side.
10. Science 360 (Free)
So this app is pretty awesome when I’m bored, in a wise mood or just geeking out again. It has tonnes of HD photos and videos with all kinds of science news and topics to go with them. Since everything is HD though, the app can sometimes be a little slow and use a lot of memory. But once inside, you’ll see that it has a really neat interface. It basically is in a 360 shape and when you move around, its like your on the inside of a circle and every turn has something new. The great thing too is that when you click on a picture or video, it will make sure that one doesn’t show up for you again. Wicked cool app for a science fanatic.
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