There is no doubt in my mind that the Apple App Store is home to one of the finest and most varied game libraries on any mobile platform. Unlike Android, the quality of games on iOS devices is consistently excellent. Because there are only a few models of iPad and Apple works to provide game developers with the tools they need to get the most out of the hardware, you can be sure that if it says it will run on your iPad then it will. Android hardware is variable and open, making it very difficult for developers to ensure that every tablet out there will give a good experience, since it is simply impossible to test on them all.
The mobile generation of games has also started to kill off dedicated handheld game consoles such as those from Nintendo and Sony. It seems that people no longer think having a dedicated handheld game console is pointless given how powerful tablet and phone hardware has become.
When you are playing something like The Banner Saga, XCOM:Enemy Within, or any of the Infinity Blade games the iPad really shines. These games are created with touch control in mind right from the start. However, there are a lot of games on iOS that aim to emulate more traditional gaming experiences such as those you’d find on Xbox or PS4. Unfortunately, playing these games on a touchscreen is generally a pretty sucky experience. Not to mention all the ported arcade classics on iOS that are basically unplayable using this control scheme.
That’s why it’s a great idea to invest in a iOS compatible gamepad if you are an avid gamer. If a game is compatible with a gamepad it is so much more fun to play and it effectively turns your iPad into a highly portable console.
Here are some of the best known gamepads you can buy online today. I check out each one and make a verdict on whether it is worth your hard earned cash. My favorites are at the top and the rest are at the bottom in no order that I know of.