Apple's iPhone and iPod touch revolutionised handheld gaming, and new titles designed specifically for the iPad 2 are appearing every day. With its bigger screen, the device can transform your favourite iOS games, whether you're solving puzzles, fighting in space or treading in your sporting hero's footsteps. And with the iPad 2's easy-to-use interface and a wealth of fun and educational games on the App Store, the whole family can join in the experience.
Ratz has a simple gameplay dynamic, and makes good use of the touchscreen, so it's ideal for children. However, we found our four-year-old tester soon became frustrated and lacked the hand and eye co-ordination necessary to keep up with the pace.
It's fast and frantic fun, but perhaps an easier mode for young children would have been an advisable extra.
A simple idea that's perfect for kids, but it's often a bit too difficult for them
Scrabble for iPad ($3.99)
It's great to see EA's interpretation of the most famous example of that genre working so nicely on the iPad Everything behaves as you'd expect in Scrabble for iPad, which has a perfect drag-based interface (in both landscape and portrait modes), and options for solo games and battles with computer opponents. Scrabble for iPad also introduces a Party Play mode, where you can use the iPad as the board and an iPhone or iPod touch (using the free "Tile Rack app and a Bluetooth connection) as your tile rack - thereby creating the most ludicrously expensive Scrabble set in history.
Scrabble on the iPad - a hit for fans of the board game and those new to it
What's first apparent about this game is that it's one of the cheeky titles that claims to be free, only to dash your hopes by soon pointing you to an In-App Purchase of .99.That gripe aside, the adventure is pretty stunning, and more playable than many similar titles. Interesting puzzles await, and it's certainly no walk in the park to complete.
Free to try but you'll soon be pestered for an in-app upgrade
This article is written by Kashif Raza. Visit Applerepo.com to find out top free games for ipod touch.