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Best Free iPad Apps

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9. Best Free Games for iPad

Best Free Action Game for iPad

Fruit Ninja HD Lite (17.5 MB), swipe the screen to cut as many fruits as possible and get scores in this fast action game. It's game over if you slice a bomb or let more than 3 pieces of fruit fall off in the free Classic mode. Try also a taste of the local multiplayer mode - Zen Duel.


NinJump HD (16.8 MB), tap to jump from one wall to the other, clear obstacles from the air but avoid them on walls, and rise to the top to become a ninja master. A game of fast action and precision, with original sound and music.


Hungry Shark - Part 1 HD (26.3 MB), tilt your device to raid the ocean and chomp your way to the top of the food chain but avoid enemies. A fast-paced addictive action game mixed with realistic sound and exciting music even in Part 1 which is free.


iStunt 2 HD - Insane Hills (18.2 MB), balance the snowboarder by tilting your iPad and hit the slopes for some serious shredding and performing incredible stunts in this fun and fast moving game, with awesome music and beautiful sceneries.


Critical Missions: SWAT Lite (63.1 MB), enjoy this fast paced 3D first-person shooter (FPS) game and play against customizable bots such as Terrorists and Zombies, with smooth and responsive touch controls, various weapons and multiple game modes, pre-installed and downloadable unique maps.


Best Free Physics Game for iPad

Angry Birds HD (47.4 MB), use the unique powers of angry birds to destroy the fortresses of pigs who stole their eggs. A challenging physics-based gameplay with multiple levels set in various episodes, needing logic, skill and force to solve. Advanced features require in-app purchases.


Angry Birds Rio HD (43.2 MB), a special edition that pairs the original game Angry Birds with unique twists based on the hit motion picture, Rio, containing 6 fantastic episodes with multiple levels to achieve and special hidden fruits to discover. Advanced features require in-app purchases.


Cut the Rope HD Free (105 MB), cut the ropes by swiping your fingers across them and feed candy to the creature Om Nom. It's not always simple as you might need to think outside the box in this game which combines realistic physics with precise touch controls and challenging levels.


Where's My Water? 2 (41.7 MB), dig trenches through the dirt and guide water through the pipes to the bathtub for Swampy to get squeaky clean in this popular physics-based Disney game that's fun, strong and engaging with multi levels in various chapters, suitable for all ages.


Best Free Simulation Game for iPad

Smurfs' Village (108 MB), combining elements of FarmVilla and Sim City, this app allows you to grow crops and build a new village with your own creativity for the Smurfs to call home. A popular and addictive farming simulation game to engage you for days and months without paying a cent unless you opt for speed-up credits.


ATC Mania (11.3 MB), draw lines to direct airplanes to runways and helicopters to helipads but avoid any mid-air collisions. A simple yet addictive ATC (Air Traffic Control) simulation game with three maps that can engage your interest and attention for hours. Ads appear upon game over.


Best Free Shoot 'Em Up for iPad

Boomblastica (31.8 MB), battle and blast your way through fierce and challenging enemies using unique weapons found across each level, with music changes on your moves. A new experience to enjoy in this game if you like an arcade video game like Space Invaders.


Best Free Running Game for iPad

Temple Run (19.5 MB), take the idol from the temple and see how far you can run away from its guardians who will chase you down the ancient temple walls and sheer cliffs. Easy to play—just swipe left or right to turn, up to jump, down to slide and tilt to run by the side to avoid obstacles and collect points to gain more power-ups from this addictive and endless running game.


Jetpack Joyride (19.0 MB), guide Barry to run around a secret lab as far as possible and to avoid obstacles such as lasers, electrified zappers and incoming missiles, while get him to pick up vehicles to drive along the path faster and collect coins to upgrade. One-touch controls, easy to play and yet equally challenging.


Best Free Match-2 Puzzle for iPad

Flow Free (3.3 MB), connect two dots in the same color with a pipe to form a flow, and complete a level by filling up the entire board with pipes without crossing or overlapping. Simple yet addictive, with different board sizes, multiple levels in the free-play mode, and various durations in the time-trial mode.


Trainyard Express (7.7 MB), lay down tracks to guide trains from their starting points to the stations matching in color, with skills needed for crossing over, merging trains and mixing colors as you try to solve more than 60 puzzles in this fun and addictive game good for all ages.


Best Free Match-3 Puzzle for iPad

Fire Ball (41.6 MB), shoot a new ball to match two or more rolling balls of the same colors and clear them before they spin into abyss, and gain access to more challenging levels in this fast paced and addictive match-3 puzzle game. You get the full version for free if you reach 59,999 points in exercise mode.


Candy Crush Saga (49.7 MB), crush candies by matching three or more of them and meet a target within limited moves for the next level in this popular addictive game, with more than 300 levels to win and free lives to get from Facebook friends. Advance features need in-app purchases.


Mr Giggle 2 HD Lite (15.5 MB), match 3 or 4 same-color tiles in Giggle shapes and collect enough points to get to the next levels. A simple, fun and addictive game to play, but not easy to win as your time is limited in all three game modes and with more colors to match in higher levels.


Best Free Jigsaw Puzzle and Creator for iPad

Jigsaw Jumble (19.5 MB), pre-installed with 50 high quality and attractive images, each with a choice of cutting into 25, 36 or 49 pieces, optional rotation, sound and music, hint and save features. Not enough puzzles? Select a photo from the Camera Roll to create one of your own. Ads supported.


Best Free Sliding Puzzle for iPad

Mouse (15.7 MB), help the mouse escape from the trap by sliding blocks and find the exit in a maze. A highly addictive game challenges your skill and patience, with many levels of puzzles to solve.


Best Free Word Game for iPad

Wordfeud (6.6 MB), play up to 30 separate word games simultaneously with your friends or against random opponents at your own pace using English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian or Danish dictionaries, with shuffle, swap, scoring tiles, chats and other features. Ads supported.


Words With Friends HD Free (13.6 MB), build words with your friends or a random opponent over the Internet, play up to 20 games simultaneously with the turn-based design, and stay in touch with friends and family with in-game chat messaging. Ads supported in the free version.


4 Pics 1 Word (49.0 MB), identify something in common in the four pictures shown and give your answer in one word in this easy-to-play addictive puzzle game, with multiple levels to unlock for free but a fast track requires in-app purchases.


Best Free Card Game for iPad

Solitaire (15.1 MB), play the most popular version of Solitaire with a slider to control the mix of random and winning deals to your liking—a winning deal is guaranteed to have a solution which can be shown to you. Other features include auto save, unlimited undo, hint and more.


FreeCell Free (5.1 MB), deal a FreeCell game from a random shuffle or select game by entering a seed number from the well-known one million deals using the same algorithm and seeds as in Windows. Most games are solvable but at varying degrees of difficulty.


Hearts Multiplayer HD (19.6 MB), test your moon-shooting skills against a computer with options for score and time limits, difficulty levels and allowing Jack of Diamonds, or play against real people over the Internet easily—just tap "Play Multiplayer" and the game starts automatically after 3 other players have joined in.


Best Free Computer Mahjong for iPad

Mahjong Towers Touch HD (75.1 MB), a Mahjong solitaire game based on simple skill—clear the board of tiles by matching identical pairs that are exposed and free to move left or right. Free features include 15 layouts in a standard tileset, dynamic undo, tile reveal and relaxing music.


Best Free Computer Chess for iPad (10.0 MB), play chess against a computer with adjustable strengths, explore a library of over 35,000 puzzles and choose the winning moves, or play online against real people with this premier chess app, featuring an intuitive menu system, various piece designs and color schemes, optional sound effects and email your game as PGN text.


Stockfish Chess (7.1 MB), a strong chess program with several play styles, book varieties, game modes and adjustable strengths at your choice, and supports for undo/redo moves by swiping, saving and loading games in PGN format, setting up board positions, different piece sets and color schemes.


Best Free Chinese Chess for iPad

Action Chinese Chess Free (22.5 MB), a well-designed Chinese chess to play against a computer engine with 10 difficulty levels, or play and pass with friends on the same device or via the Internet without the need to register. Other features include undo moves, hints, sound effects and auto saving games.


Best Free Music Game for iPad

Tap Tap Radiation (20.2 MB), tap the targets on your screen to the beats of music and score points for accuracy and timing—an addictive game in four difficulty levels, mixed with your musical tastes with more than 30 free tracks to choose from, but premium tracks are at a price.


Best Free Sudoku for iPad

Sudoku Joy (3.9 MB), keep your brain sharp or pass your free time by playing this well-designed Sudoku game, with tutorials, undo/redo, pencil marks, hints and solver, save and resume games. It comes with 16 difficulty levels but you can use the app to create a puzzle yourself or scan one from books or newspaper using the built-in camera. Ad supported.


Best Free Reversi for iPad

Reversi HD * (17.7 MB), a minute to learn—take your turns to place a disc to sandwich one or more lines of your opponent's discs then they become yours—but a lifetime to master. Try this game app designed with quality graphics, optional music and sound effects, adjustable difficulty level, undo, auto save and resume functions. Ad supported.


Best Free Backgammon for iPad

Backgammon Gold (23.4 MB), bear off your checkers and win this popular board game with 2 game variations, 2 board designs, several difficulty levels and 4 tournaments against the computer, 2 players mode, undo function, save and reload game. Ad supported.


Best Free Pinball for iPad

Pinball HD Collection (213 MB), save and beat your high scores by manipulating metal balls on a pinball table designed with realistic physics, 3D graphic, music and sound effects, camera settings and more. The Wild West table is free but others require in-app purchases.


Best Free Air Hockey for iPad

Air Hockey Gold (17.1 MB), play a computer opponent with a choice of six levels, or get a friend and grab your mallet to see who dominates the air hockey table in 2-player mode. Be the first to score 7 points to win the game with an option for 1 or 2 pucks. Ad supported.


Best Free Breakout Game for iPad

Breakout Boost (13.4 MB), move your paddle left and right, let the ball bounce up to destroy all the bricks and reach the next level in this easy-to-play breakout game, offering 5 levels free, various ball types, controllable speed, auto save and resume games.


Best Free Billiards and Pool Game for iPad

Pool Break Lite (8.2 MB), enjoy realistic snooker and pool games against the computer or simply pass-n-play with a friend, with immersive 3D graphic design and user settings. Regular carrom and crokinole are included but no online play is supported in the free version.


Best Free Casual Game for iPad

Talking Ben the Dog (71.1 MB), a popular fun game to cheer you up for a good moment—talk to Ben who repeats everything you say with a funny voice, press buttons to make him eat, drink or belch, or press the phone button and have a conversation with him. Try also other variations such as Talking Tom Cat.


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by Greatbloke (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 10:53  (74070)

Best free web browser. Terra. I've tried Safari, Atom, iChromy and I maybe one other, Terra is the winner for me.

by Sheumais (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 11:44  (74071)

I use Opera Mini as my browser, Gorillacam for photos, Tweetdeck for Twitter and probably most used, Eurosport's free app for sports news.

by crescentbch (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 12:27  (74074)

Flipboard is the best. Its the kind of app I bought the iPad for -- to flip through my Google Reader rss feeds just like a magazine. Browse, and maybe read the full article. Or flag it to read in-depth later. The layout of the pages makes all worthwhile. By the way, some of my Google Reader feeds are pics only, so the Flipboard has lots of eye candy!

by Hugh Nonymous (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 12:44  (74075)

Funny, I was just browsing iPhone apps a few days ago.. and frankly most of them are crap. Even ones that I (and others) used to like (like WeatherBug) have gotten updates that have wrecked them.

I also use the Drudgereport app for quick headline updates.

by Lesam (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 12:48  (74077)

Tunein Radio: Tune in to 1000s of radio stations and podcasts.
Many other features

by Jojo Yee on 21. June 2011 - 12:58  (74081)

Thanks Crescentbch, Flipboard is pretty good.

by Mark A (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 13:05  (74082)

Why would you want an iPad app?

by EducatingArchie (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 13:09  (74083)

Best free TV player with 70 channels including UK's BBC & ITV (offers may vary with location) Teleboy TV. Best on wi-fi

by DuidelikeDave (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 13:26  (74084)

Teamviewer is free for personal use remote desktop client for Windows. Not sure for other platforms. You can use it to access your desktop from your couch with your iPad. I've even used the iPhone version over 3g and it was still workable.

by Ed Armstrong (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 13:41  (74085)

My comment is for iPhone Apps:

Fox News

by RAubry (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 13:44  (74086)

I used to use Flipboard a lot, and then I discovered Zite! Make your own magazine/feed. Pretty slick.

by vesman (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 13:50  (74088)

I think this is a great topic that could use a lot more attention, First of all I have two top favorite web browsers Bing is by far the best one.

as far as free most of the free ones with an exception of the ones mentioned above they are pretty useless still looking for good free ones I'm sure the more apps they make for the iPad the better and more free ones they have.

by nirwana (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 13:51  (74089)

I wondered why I could not find Terra in the App Store, but it appears to be iPad-only (and I was using an iPhone to look for this app).

by Anupam on 21. June 2011 - 14:44  (74092)

This is a freeware site, and the above article also is about free apps on iPad. Therefore, please mention free apps only. I have edited out the parts about commercial software. Any such mentions will be deleted in future too.

by Ramjee (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 14:48  (74093)

I have been using it for chatting and talk...It integrates your windows live, google talk, yahoo, aol and other accounts. You can talk with online gtalk pals.

by RAubry (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 14:56  (74094)

My most-used iPad app is Wikipanion. It brings up a fast access to Wikipedia, and you can set the preferences (in the settings area, not in the app) for the keyboard to come up by default, all ready to enter text in the search field. Fast, fast, fast, and good looking. I've had the iPad since it launched, and I've probably used Wikipanion more than any other app. (OK, the other apps are Weatherbug and Kindle for the iPad.)

by John Thompson (Devon, United Kingdom) (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 15:19  (74096)

I request that your choices indicate those that are compatible with iTouch. Some of us haven't move on to iPad (yet!). Thank you for a terrific selection of resources.

by Anonymous1 (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 16:02  (74100)

Quite safely you can assume that if the apps can run on iPhone, they can also run on iPod touch unless they're related to phone features.

by David R (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 16:08  (74101)

Best free news app for my iPod Touch 4th gen is the Official Drudge Report.
Best free cartoon is Dilbert.
Best free shooter is Overkill.
Best free card game is Solitaire Deluxe.

by Geert on 21. June 2011 - 17:42  (74104)

Never seen such a silly comment...

by Geert on 21. June 2011 - 17:47  (74105)

Great to see that this site is also going to pay attention to iPad apps.
For those of us using LastPass as their password manager, LastPass Tab is a must. It's (yet another) tabbed browser with LastPass integration. Works as expected.

by Morc (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 19:39  (74113)

Just checked and DukePen is a paid app ($1.99!). Can you please update the list to reflect that. Meanwhile I'll continue my search for a handwriting app on the iPad.


by MidnightCowboy on 21. June 2011 - 20:18  (74115)

So what would be your answer? :)

by Lynpy (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 21:25  (74123)

Wordfeud is my most used app since having an iPad. I have made several aquaitenances from around the world too whilst playing this word-making game.

by aich (not verified) on 21. June 2011 - 21:55  (74126)

Two free iphone apps I use all the time are:

ALARM - very high functionality alarm program; covers all my needs from wake-up to sleep and all sort of nag/repeat capabilities.

EMAILME - simple quick program to send email to yourself with reminders, notes, articles, etc. pasted in message. If you like to use your email inbox to control and follow-up on tasks then you may find this useful. I also use to handle followup items in my inbox.


by michwoo (not verified) on 22. June 2011 - 2:06  (74134)

Free Apps I actually use on my iPad (most require you to be online):

Skype - (online) use the iPad to make calls

Remote Desktop Lite - (online) good enough to do the job (used on Windows Vista, 2003, and 2008). Touchscreen remote control of servers is great - no mouse lag.

Teamviewer - (online) remote control parents/friends computers when they break stuff.

Shazam for iPad - (online) identify song playing on radio etc

Dragon Dictation - (online) voice to text

AppShopper - (online) this is why I also have lots of paid apps that I got free, has free/price change searches (they have a web site as well but the app is easier).

Pocket Weather AU HD Lite - (online) the current weather and the weeks weather forecast (Free version for Australia only) - I am sure there are lots of alternatives.

Beatwave - cute, fun, simple, music making app

Sudoku Joy - awesome Sudoku app - has brilliant hint and tutorial options

700 Solitaire Games Free for iPad - limited subset (12) of the 700 but it is a very good app

Stupid but they will always make people laugh:
Atomic Fart FREE
Talking Tom Cat for iPad

by Jojo Yee on 22. June 2011 - 3:04  (74136)

Thanks Morc for the info. Unfortunately it turned commercial after my review and now removed from the list.

by Jojo Yee on 23. June 2011 - 2:58  (74213)

Thanks Geert for mentioning LastPass Tab Browser, added and grouped under Password Manager, though it doubles up as a web browser.

by Jojo Yee on 23. June 2011 - 8:36  (74238)

Good suggestion John. A plus sign is added next to a product icon in the list if the app is also compatible with iPhone and iPod touch.

by Jojo Yee on 23. June 2011 - 13:48  (74253)

Thanks RAubry for mentioning Wikipanion. It's now in the list.