Father’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re still struggling for gift ideas, we may have a solution for you. Ask yourself, does your dad REALLY need another new tie? Why not get him something that’ll be a whole lot more fun than a fashion accessory this year?
Dads like games too, and we’ve searched the App Store for some of the best games that take advantage of the iPad’s format and screen for an amazing gaming experience that will keep him entertained for hours. Bonus: iPad games come pretty cheap, so this is also a great option if you’re low on cash but still want to show your dad how much you appreciate him. Check out our top picks after the break.
- Real Racing 2 HD
With amazing graphics and precise controls, Real Racing is the most realistic racing experience available on the iPad. Let your dad live out his racing dreams with this fast-paced, intensely exciting racing game that features a massive single-player campaign mode with 76 events and 48 cars and 12 unique tracks. You can even play against him with local multi-player options available over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Available in the App Store for $9.99.
- Madden NFL 11
EA has an entire roster of fantastic console-style sports titles available for the iPad. With NFL 11, your dad can experience head-to-head action and vintage voltage football with stunningly immersive HD graphics and solid controls. Available in the App Store for $6.99. Football not your dad’s thing? Check out these other titles from EA: FIFA 11 ($9.99), NHL2K11 ($4.99), and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12($6.99).
- Dead Space
This action horror game originally available on consoles has been built from the ground up especially for the iPad, featuring incredible graphics and a smooth frame rate. If your dad likes action shooting games, this is an absolute must. The hard core gameplay will suck him in and keep him immersed in the dark and moody Dead Space environment for hours as he blasts and dismembers necromorphs with a variety of devastating weapons. Available in the App Store for $9.99.
- Flick Fishing HD
If fishing is your dad’s hobby of choice, then he’ll love this fishing game that combines fully animated environments with intuitive real-life controls. Cast a line with just a simple flick of the wrist and reel it in carefully to keep from losing fish.There are 8 fishing locations, 9 types of bait and tackle, 12 tournaments, and dozens of different species of fish to catch, making this the most popular fishing app on iTunes. Available in the App Store for $2.99.
- Pinball HD
Maybe your dad is more interested in casual, arcade style games. If so, you won’t go wrong with Pinball HD, which is an amazing replica of an actual pinball table with easy to use tap controls. There are three different pinball tables included, each with gorgeous graphics that will keep dad entertained as he tries to beat his top scores. You can even play with him using the included Game Center multiplayer functionality. Set up an entire pinball tournament using this app, and have fun with the whole family. Available in the App Store for $0.99.
- Plants vs. Zombies
Bonus app! I would be remiss if I didn’t include Plants vs. Zombies, which is, without question, one of the best games available in the App Store. Your dad will love battling the zombies trying to take over his lawn with a wide variety of projectile-shooting plants. With 50 levels and 18 mini-games, Plants vs. Zombies will keep him busy for quite awhile. Available in the App Store for $6.99.