Mother’s Day is fast approaching, with just a few days left until the big day. If you know a tech savvy mom with an iPad and are still in need of some gift ideas, check out this list of great games for moms.
Chocolates and flowers may be classic choices, but this is 2012, the perfect year for a fantastic digital gift. When the bon bons have been eaten and the roses have wilted, these fun iPad games will still be around.
Ski Safari ($0.99) – Sending your mom or your wife on a snowy vacation may be out of your budget this year, but you can still give her an all-inclusive skiing experience with this fun casual game. In Ski Safari, your mom can live vicariously through Sven, who is a ski-equipped madman, jumping on animals like penguins, yetis, and eagles to make it down the slopes. Compete with mom to see who can get the highest score, and as a bonus, this app is guaranteed to leave your mom with all her limbs intact when she’s done playing.
TapDragonDrop ($1.99) – Every mom needs a break from the kids now and then, especially when said children are acting up at the grocery store or the doctor’s office. This is a game that will give mom some peace and quiet when she hands the iPad over to the tots, who are sure to love solving simple puzzles with Toothless and Hiccup, favorite characters from the hit DreamWorks movie How to Train Your Dragon. Mom might just enjoy this app too, which is perfectly balanced for both kids and adults to enjoy.
Pickers HD ($2.99) – Does your mom love to shop? Is she into antiques? If so, she will absolutely love Pickers, which brings the hit treasure hunting show to the iPad. In Pickers, players run a shop and go antique hunting to fill the shelves, run auctions, and earn oodles of money. If mom has a keen eye and a good sense for pricing, she’ll be able to snag the best finds from back road antique shops, storage units, and run-down farms earning her plenty of loot.
Zen Bound 2 ($2.99) - Being a mom is a stressful job, and it can be hard to find a moment to relax. Zen Bound 2 is a meditative puzzle game where the goal is to wrap rope around wooden sculptures in a beautiful atmosphere with a soothing soundtrack that’s both calming and relaxing. Your mom will love picking this game up in a quiet moment for something to do, and with over 100 levels, Zen Bound 2 will keep her busy for quite some time.
On The Wind ($1.99) – Moms often don’t have a lot of time for gaming, but On The Wind is a game that can be played in just a few minutes. In this game, players take control of the wind to guide the leaves through a beautiful and stylish world, surviving through the year as the seasons change and the leaves become more scarce. Like my previous choice, On The Wind is a relaxing, soothing title that mom can pick up and play at any time.
SpellTower ($0.99) – If your mom loves word games, you’re in luck, because the App Store has several fantastic choices. In SpellTower, players find and swipe words in give challenging words, making long words and using bonus tiles for bonus points. Tower Mode is a pressure free word game, while Extreme Puzzle Mode will test the limits of mom’s word-crafting prowess. She can even play with Game Center friends in debate mode. See also: Words with Friends HD.
Bubble in Paradise ($0.99) - Bubble in Paradise is yet another one of the App Store’s fantastic word games, and this is a title that hasn’t gotten much recognition. In the game, players pop bubbles containing letters to spell words before the screen fills up. There are bonus letters, stars, and plenty of game modes to progress through, and the game will get more difficult as mom flies through the levels. See also: W.E.L.D.E.R, Puzzlejuice.
Groove Coaster ($2.99) – If your mom is a music lover, she might enjoy this groovy game where the goal is to tap the screen to the rhythm of the music. That might sound easy, but it’s a tough task, especially as the gameplay ramps up as players progress through the levels. There’s a wide range of music included, from rock and pop to hip-hop and techno, so there’s sure to be something your mom will love, and the colorful psychedelic graphics are sure to brighten her day.