Next up, we have Jetpack Joyride (free, but you are lured into making in-app purchases). This game falls under the simple "hold the button down to fly over obstacles" genre. Generally speaking, I'm not really interested in this type of game, but the thing about Jetpack Joyride is that it's strangely addictive.
A scene from Jetpack Joyride.
Also, the various background scenes help keep you captivated. You tell yourself that you will stop after you've fought your way through the current challenge, but then you find yourself saying, "Perhaps just one more."
My next offering is Star Legends (free, but you are lured into making in-app purchases). This is a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, which means you link up with other players to fight various aliens, space pirates, and evil-minded corporations.
A scene from Star Legends.
I'm not particularly fond of MMOs, but I'm always prepared to make an exception for something that proudly stands out from the crowd, and Star Legends certainly does that.
Returning to the more familiar territory of single-player games, we have NyxQuest HD ($0.99). As usual, the imagery sucked me into this little beauty. The graphics are presented in a hand-drawn style that is strangely captivating. The action takes place on an ancient Greek-themed Earth that has been devastated by an argument between the gods.
A scene from NyxQuest HD.
You control a winged minor deity called Nyx, who is trying to track down a mortal man called Icarus. This is a more casual game than some of the others of this ilk; the action isn't too intense, and the puzzles you have to solve aren't so complex as to leave you wailing in frustration. One really nice touch is the way in which Nyx is presented as a small character, which makes the surrounding buildings and landscapes seem all the more impressive. It also helps you see a lot more of what's going on around you.
As far as I'm concerned, I've saved the best for last. I am, of course, talking about my all-time favorite iPad game, Machinarium ($4.99). The hand-drawn graphics of this game simply defy description, but they leave me drooling with the desire to be able to draw like this myself.
A scene from Machinarium.
In this game, our task is to guide a little robot called Josef through a city that's populated by a variety of mechanical creatures (and at least one cat). On the way, we have to solve a bunch of diverse puzzles and brain teasers. To be honest, nothing I can say about this game can do it justice. I am in total awe of its creators, and its current asking price of $4.99 is an absolute steal when you consider the countless hours of enjoyment (and frustration) you will have feasting your eyes on the various scenes and solving the numerous puzzles.
So there you have it. The above offerings are indubitably, indisputably, unarguably, and irrefutably the top eight iPad games of all time -- unless you would care to argue with me.
Picking the best of anything like this is so subjective. What do you think? Are you a game player? (Even if you feel you aren't, I would challenge you to download Monument Valley, play just one level, and then walk away without being tempted to take a peek at level 2.) If you are a game player, what do you think of my choices? Do you like these games, or would you select others?
— Max Maxfield, Editor of All Things Fun & Interesting