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The best games for your new iPad tablet

We pick our favourite free and paid games to install on your new iPad.

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Santa brought you a shiny new iPad for Christmas did he? Not sure which games to download to your new iOS device? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Below are our iOS gaming top picks with 5 free games and 5 paid games from a variety of genres to get you started. Just search for the titles on the App Store if you want to install them. Don’t worry if nothing takes your fancy as there are thousands more to choose from on the App Store. Be aware that many games also feature optional in-app purchases (especially free games).

Free Games

Candy Crush Saga

Go on a sweet adventure through the Candy Kingdom in the most addictive match-3 puzzler around.

candy crush saga

Crossy Road

Take on an incredibly addictive re-imagining of the classic Frogger in this endless hopper.

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crossy road

FIFA 16 Ultimate Team

An impressive mobile version of the most popular console football game.

Fifa 16 Ultimate Team

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

World of Warcraft meets Trading Card Game in this addictive Card Battler from Blizzard.


Minion Rush

An endless runner featuring the hilarious Minions from Despicable Me.

minion rush

Paid Games

Halo: Spartan Bundle – £5.99

The popular franchise re-imagined as a top-down shooter.

spartan bundle

Lara Croft GO – £1.49

Tomb Raider with a twist. This is a fantastic turn-based puzzle-adventure.

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lara croft go

Minecraft: Pocket Edition – £4.99

Take Minecraft with you where ever you go. This is essential.


Monument Valley – £2.99

Gorgeously designed puzzler that makes great use of optical illusions.

monument valley

XCOM: Enemy Within – £3.99

The console smash-hit on your iPad is perfect for strategy fans.

xcom enemy within

Got some recommendations yourself? Let everyone know in the comments below!

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