Classic Games for the iPad

I’m always looking for games to entertain my kids while we’re on the road and there’s nothing like the classics. Here are two fun games the whole family can enjoy.

Tic Tac Toe Free HD (Free)

Tic Tac Toe is a game everyone knows how to play. It’s easy rules and basic strategy make it a favorite when you’re on-the-go.  All you need is paper and pencil and you’re set.  I often play Tic Tac Toe with my kids when we’re out at dinner and waiting on food.  The quick simplicity of Tic Tac Toe has kept us entertained on more than one occasion.

Tic Tac Toe Free HD, one of the iPad versions of Tic Tac Toe, takes this game to the next level.  It’s a high tech version on steroids, and then some.  It has great graphics, sound effects and features.  Players are given the option of playing against the computer with one player, or challenging a friend to a two person game.  The game keeps score and even gives you the option of tracking high scores over time.  It also allows you to configure names and automatically saves when you exit in the middle of a game.  It’s a fun easy way to pass the time.

Checkers Free HD (Free)

I remember spending hours playing checkers with my grandmother as a child.  It’s one of those classic games everyone learns to play and now days has lots of variations.  You’ve got the traditional setup, mini magnetic travelers sets and a variety of digital versions.

Checkers Free HD provides a high tech interface for an otherwise low tech game.  (Don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely strategy involved and if you play with someone good, it’s really challenging.)  Like Tic Tac Toe, you choose the number of players and skill level.  Checkers also has score tracking and lets you configure player names.  Select your game, enter your name and begin.  Tap a checker to select it and then tap the square you wish to move it to.  Keep moving around the board until you beat your opponent, or worse, they beat you.

Both of these games support portrait mode only and small advertisements scroll at the bottom of the screen as you play.  Neither one a big deal for me, after all they’re free!

About Cristi: Contact me via Twitter: @PadGadgetCristi

  • William

    I prefer the good old pen and paper alternative