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

Chess.com (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 tejas789 on 7. January 2013 - 1:04  (104282)

Hi,
I just came across this site and found very useful. Thanks for keeping good work and sharing the apps list categorically.
I am looking for apps to manage the files/apps/cookies on my new ipad. (to keep my ipad clean from the junk files and know which apps is consuming how much space).
Appreciate your support in advance.

by ihsxpoys on 3. May 2013 - 14:08  (107444)

I am little surprised that you are missing Wunderlist as a ToDo app. It is fantastic. It is web based and cross platform. Works on all my devices and computers. It also has a beautiful iPad interface.

Another app you seemed to forget about is [edited: commercial app]. This is now my preferred method for blogging.

Oh, yeah and Splashtop for remote control in computers.

Browsers to consider - Mercury Browser is fantastic. Finally Puffin Browser allows flash.

by cognus on 6. August 2013 - 20:09  (109940)

FileApp? you gotta be kidding. compare this pig to ES File Explorer for android. the latter is a useful app.
FileMaster is a little better than FileApp, but neither are very good.

if anyone smarter knows of a REAL file management app, cross-device, cross-platform, for iPAD, please suggest to the Editors!

by Jojo Yee on 7. August 2013 - 1:41  (109942)

Unfortunately Cognus this is restricted by the iOS which is known as a walled garden and doesn't allow complete access to the filesystem like the Android OS. Moreover, the iOS confines each app to working within a restricted sandbox where it has complete control over its files. Due to this, not a file manager for iOS will work the same way as a file manager for Android. See also: Apple and the file system

by cognus on 7. August 2013 - 20:48  (109960)

The review crew might dig a little harder. FileMaster is superior to FileApp in several very obvious ways, one being it needs no special wads of software to be installed on the other devices & its a LITTLE more intuitive and pretty fast. Both are unimaginative vs the best 3 in the Droid field and its not strictly an issue of closed/open. An unrooted 'droid has limitations also. The IOS-centric dev seems to think that users only need very narrowly-limited networking, the default being to a Cloud service. IMHO that's a mistaken view. The 'droid dev community treats "all of the above" as potential sharing partners; LAN, WAN, Cloud, NFC, et al. and uses a term approach to connectivity: if you have credentials, you can drive the action from the handheld

by dolan on 11. August 2013 - 18:39  (110066)

Stanza is not currently available for the U.S. market. I couldn't find the app in the App Store. When trying to get to the app through the link above, I was given the message about it not being available in the U.S. Thanks, nonetheless, for the many helpful recommendations.

by picabloo on 31. October 2013 - 15:24  (111914)

I think this should be broken down into more categories. Best iPad apps is too general. There should be top puzzle games, top action games, top utility apps, top fitness apps etc.

by Jojo Yee on 1. November 2013 - 0:15  (111923)

A good suggestion picabloo. Click a page number and you will find more categories listed on other pages.

by Baskarjo on 24. November 2013 - 13:33  (112508)

Coast browser, simply the best...

by Frankieandme on 3. December 2013 - 6:44  (112727)

Words with friends
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by O_m_r_4eva on 31. January 2014 - 23:01  (114111)

I totally agree I got into an online debate of how ipad apps need more vraitey and different catoriges to find stuff like top puzzles and brain teasers it's stupid how the whole thing is set up!

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