Arcade games are fun no matter how old you are. These things can get boring occasionally but give it a few minutes or hours of pause and then you’re back at it again. That’s how amazing arcade games are.
Some of the best iPad arcade games are Angry Birds and Temple Run. Yeah, add Fruit Ninja to that list but then, there’s also a bunch of other games that you might have missed: games from the past that had you glued to your computer.
Best iPad Arcade Games in 2020
#1. Asphalt 8: Airborne
For gaming aficionados, the “Asphalt” has long been a major name. What makes Asphalt 8: Airborne so lethal is the combination of high-speed racing and enticing arcade gaming. So, if you think that your game-play is craving for fast-paced gaming, it would be worth giving a chance.
One notable feature of this online arcade racing game for iOS is the huge roster of speed machines like Lamborghini, McLaren, Bugatti, Ferrari, Ducati, and more. So, it doesn’t matter which racing machine attracts your penchant, you will always have something exciting to try out.
Not to mention, the over 50 tracks where you would enjoy racing for hours. And if you like testing your racing skill and winning competitions, you can take part in over 400 career events and grab plenty of rewards.
What about trying out an intriguing arcade puzzle game? There is a lot to like in Scale as it has an interesting gameplay that may seem pretty simple but once you get into the groove, you would enjoy every bit of it.
So, how to get a good hang of this addictive arcade puzzle for iPad? Well, all you have to do is simply cut and shrink the board by smartly placing the slicers at the right spot. Keep in mind, you will end up losing your life if you touch the balls before the cut is completed.
Put your best efforts to score big, grab the coveted diamond and rule the leader board like a true champ. And oh, don’t forget to invite your gaming buddies to compete with you as well!
#3. Pac-Man Lite
Ah! Pac-Man can never get old. That’s why you find that Pac-Man Lite is one of the most popular iPad arcade games ever. Gobble up the pac-dots before the monsters gobble you up!
You need to guide PAC-MAN through the mazes and eat off all the dots to advance to the next stage. To stay ahead of the pack, go your all out for maximum scores and higher levels.
You will get an extra life at 10.000 points!
#4. Street Fighter IV CE
Karate Champ was surely the early mover in the fighting genre, but the momentum was sparked after the release of Street Fighter. This game took multiplayer fighting to the next level. You can choose from 32 different characters to start your fight with the opponent.
With the support of WiFi, you can start to fight with a real player anywhere in the world. The game has improved graphics compared to the retro version, but it is still 2D with almost identical graphics to what we used to play as kids.
#5. Nyan Cat: Lost In Space
The guy who created Nyan Cat said the game was “Awesome!” so you know what kind of an arcade game this really is. Besides, the four and a half stars do justify its claim.
With this game, you get to play with a celebrated flying cat. Eat ice-cream, drink milk and jump onto platforms. Make sure to avoid angry dogs. While playing the game, collect as many coins as possible to buy attractive items.
Select from multiple game modes, where you will play with Nyan Cat’s evil foe Tac Nayn. Make the best use of power-ups like rockets, bubbles to help you thwart your enemies.
#6. Crazy Taxi Classic
This is one of my favorites, played it as a kid and still playing it as an adult. Find the ride and drive them to their destination as early as possible. It doesn’t matter whether you bump or crash into an obstacle, the rider will pay you the fare based on the speed you take them to their destination.
It is always fun to play this game and getting that nostalgic feeling along with a sense of getting older! The best part is that it is entirely free, but with ads. You can make an in-app purchase to remove the advertisements.
#7. Golden Axe Classics
Stop the Prince of Darkness from conquering the world. Use your swords and magic spells; do whatever it takes to stop the prince. This is one of the classic games with a story plot so addictive. The iOS version of the game includes everything that you may have played in the past.
Top of that, you can save your game anytime and resume playing from where you left. This too is free with ad-supported, but you have an option of in-app purchase and remove the ads.
#8. Sonic the Hedgehog Classic
Kids these days very well know the Temple Run game. But only we understand the real fun of playing Sonic the Hedgehog Classic. It was one of the first game that had fast-moving graphics along with somewhat 3D touch.
The same experience is back with this game for iPad and iPhone. Skipping the features part as most of us know what this game is all about. To test its performance, I thought to give a try for five minutes; ended up playing for an hour. It’s that addictive. On top of that, it is entirely free-to-play.
#9. Dragon’s Lair HD
Should you wish to indulge yourself with some classic arcade games, go for Dragon’s Lair HD. To me, the best part about this is a bit of challenging gameplay that demands some learning curve upfront. But, I promise once you go past that learning phase, you might end up liking it more than your favorites.
Speaking of the gameplay, you’ve got to use the direction pad intelligently to guide the “Dirk the Daring” in the right direction. And, you need to get the most out of your sword to eliminate all the evils coming your way. Beware, the Evil Wizard Mordroc is keeping a close watch on your every action so you need to tactically plan your way forward.
#10. 1942 MOBILE
This is yet another classic arcade game from CAPCOM. 1942 Mobile offers exciting top-down shooter experience.
The game has two modes. While the casual mode is for the folks who want the game to be less challenging, the classic mode is for the ones who want the play to be extremely challenging.
Go your all out to destroy your enemies and collect power-ups as you shoot down your enemy planes. Along the way, make sure to remain safe and dodge your opponents. Put your best effort to accomplish 100% kill rate!
There are so many real-like graphics games available today, but these retro games have our emotions attached to it. Some of the games like Street Fighter also have memories playing with our friend, that may no longer be in contact. All this games drag us through the memory lane and allow us to live those moments again.
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- Best Racing Games for iPhone and iPad
- Best Space Shooting Games for iPhone and iPad
- Best Endless Running Games for iPhone and iPad
- Best MMORPG for iPhone and iPad
Which from the list is your favorite? Did we miss any vintage gem on the list? Shout it out in the comments and we will update the post. By the way, do connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, make sure to download our iOS app on your iPhone and iPad.