If I had to choose my favorite game for the iPad, I would choose Scrabble by Electronic Arts. The virtual re-creation of the traditional scrabble game feels a lot like the original game. The app has a variety of settings for determining levels, whether you are playing solo, with friends, with a random opponent, pass n' play, or speed play. The game comes with all the features you need to get the most out of scrabble, such as best word, shuffle, dictionary, and swap. Unlike the physical scrabble game, letters are shuffled and replaced automatically after each word play. You can test out your skills by changing the level of difficulty or turning "teacher" on in case you need some recommendations. You can also choose to have music in the background to make the game more enjoyable, especially during those struggling moments. Scrabble for the iPad is $9.99 ($7.99 for the iPhone version) in the App Store and is worth every penny.
The Room Three
The Room Three by Fireproof Games is the third iteration of this critically acclaimed virtual reality puzzle game that takes you into dark and mysterious rooms to explore various cabinets, gadgets and compartments in search for the true meaning of the null. As you play the game, letters in the form of scrolls provide background information about the narrative, and a drawer on the left is where you collect important items to open hidden compartments, and a special eye glass enables you to solve spatially configured puzzles. The visual graphics and sound effects transport you to another world, providing an immersive experience. The Room Two was voted Game of the Year by Apple and it continues to and exceed expectations. It is one of the most beautiful applications ever designed for iOS.
Let's Create Pottery HD
Lets Create Pottery by Infinite Dreams, Inc is a virtual pottery wheel for the iPad, iPhone, and the Mac. On the iPad, the app makes use of the touch screen interface, enabling the user to press up, down, and across to mold and shape pottery vessels. You also get to fire your virtual clay vessel in a virtual pottery kiln and sell your winning designs on the market for virtual cash. The cash you procure enables you to purchase designs to further enhance the quality of your future creations. I have yet to find an app that replicates the tactile experience as well as this app. Let's Create Pottery is $4.99 in the App Store.
The Trace by Relentless Software is another exceptional puzzle game in which you search for clues to solve a crime. Similar to The Room, users navigate through the app by double tapping on the screen to enter doors and compartments, and tapping or swiping to initiate certain actions. Each discovery contains clues that enable you to move closer towards solving the crime. The graphics are beautifully rendered, capturing the virtual experience of being on site at a murder scene. Over the last 10 years, Relentless Software has pioneered games for everybody by first focussing on social play in the living room and delivering high quality mobile games.