by Jim Lynch

iPad Pro: 16 gorgeous games

Nov 15, 2015
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Get 16 games that look terrific on the iPad Pro's screen

Apple’s new iPad Pro is now available, and it’s already proving to be a terrific experience for iOS gamers. The iPad Pro comes with a super-fast A9X processor and 4 GB of RAM. When you combine them with a fantastic 12.9-inch Retina screen you have an amazing gaming tablet that lets you see games in all their glory.

In this roundup I’ve compiled a list of sixteen gorgeous games that will let you have tons of fun playing on your iPad Pro [ Find it on Amazon *What’s this?* ]. These games really show off the power of the iPad Pro’s hardware and show why it’s such a powerful tablet.

Each of the games I’ve included contain snippets of their official descriptions in the app store. To read more or to get the game, just click or tap through to the app store. You can also read reviews by other users and see the star rating of the game on its app store page.

Some of the games I’ve included are free to play and offer in-app purchases. Others require an up-front purchase price. Where appropriate I have included the purchase price of the game in the link to the app store.


Shadowmatic is an imagination-stirring puzzle where you rotate abstract objects in a spotlight to find recognizable silhouettes in projected shadows, relevant to the surrounding environment.

The game combines stunning visuals with relaxing and captivating gameplay.

On your journey to discover the right solution you will stumble upon many unexpected and infinitely varied silhouettes.

The game features 10 rooms, each flavored with unique concept, atmosphere, and music.

Get Shadowmatic for $2.99 in the iOS App Store


Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved

Experience the full evolution of the award-winning Geometry Wars franchise and battle through waves of enemies on 3D grids in this frenetic arcade shooter!

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved includes all of the great content & features from Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions and more:

Over 100 total levels including 2 exclusive bonus levels for iPhone, iPad, and iPod5

– Classic arcade levels inspired by franchise heritage

– 15 3D grids and 12 battle modes including Pacifism, King, Claustrophobia

– 6 unique companion drones including Attack, Collect, Ram, Snipe, Defend, and Sweep

– 5 devastating super abilities including Homing, Black Hole, Turret, and Detonator

– “Hardcore” mode for Geometry Wars purists with no drones or supers and a separate leader board

– Compete with friends and other players on global leaderboards for every level in the game

– Metal support with stunning, console-quality graphics

– Dual and single-stick touch control configurations

– MFI controller support

– Use iCloud to save your progress and pick up where you left off across iPhone, iPad and/or iPod devices

Get Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved for $9.99 in the iOS App Store

Geometry Wars 3

Broken Age

Broken Age is a family friendly, hand-animated, puzzle-filled adventure game with an all-star cast, including Elijah Wood, Jack Black and Masasa Moyo.

Funded by a record breaking crowdfunding campaign and designed by industry legend Tim Schafer, Broken Age is a timeless coming-of-age story of barfing trees and talking spoons.

Vella Tartine and Shay Volta are two teenagers in strangely similar situations, but radically different worlds. The player can freely switch between their stories, helping them take control of their own lives, and dealing with the unexpected adventures that follow.

Get Broken Age for $9.99 in the iOS App Store

Broken Age

The Room Three

The eagerly awaited sequel to the BAFTA award winning ‘The Room’ (Apple Game of the Year 2012) and ‘The Room Two’ (App Store Best of 2013-14) is finally here. Welcome to The Room Three, a physical puzzle game within a beautifully tactile world. Lured to a remote island, you must draw upon all your puzzle-solving ability to navigate a series of trials devised by a mysterious figure known only as “The Craftsman”.

Easy to begin yet hard to put down, enjoy a unique mix of intriguing puzzles with a simple user interface.

A tactile experience so natural you can almost feel the surface of each object.

Pose yourself in a variety of stunning new environments, each spanning multiple areas.

Get The Room Three for $4.99 in the iOS App Store

The Room Three

Horizon Chase – World Tour

Horizon Chase is a racing game inspired in the great hits of the 80’s and 90’s: Out Run, Lotus Turbo Challenge, Top Gear (SNES), Rush, among others. Each curve and each lap in Horizon Chase recreates classic arcade gameplay and offers you unbound speed limits of fun. Full throttle on and enjoy!

Horizon Chase brings back the graphic context of the 16-bit generation and creates a style that is inspired in the past without letting go of its contemporaneity. The apparent polygon and secondary color aesthetic accentuate the visual beauty of the game, resulting in a unique and harmonic atmosphere. You’ll feel the retro soul of the game on a completely modern body.

Horizon Chase is a race around the world. With each new cup you’ll pilot your car through extraordinary places, watching the sun setting, facing rain, snow, volcanic ashes and even severe sandstorms. Be it day or night each track takes place in beautiful postcards from across the world.

Get Horizon Chase – World Tour for $2.99 in the iOS App Store

Horizon Chase

Lumino City

Lumino City is a wonderful puzzle adventure crafted entirely by hand out of paper, card, miniature lights, and motors.

Through this gorgeous environment weaves a clever, charming and puzzling adventure. Lumi’s grandfather, the caretaker of Lumino City, has been kidnapped. To find him, you must explore the city and figure out the fascinating mechanisms that power this unique world.

Winner of numerous international awards, including the BAFTA for Artistic Achievement alongside nominations for Innovation and Best British Game, Lumino City now finds its home on the App Store as the perfect tactile experience for iPhone and iPad.

Lumino City has an estimated 8 – 10 hours of gameplay and no In-App Purchases.

Get Lumino City for $4.99 in the iOS App Store

Lumino City

Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey

Years in development and featuring the talents of legends including Final Fantasy writer Kazushige Nojima and composer Hitoshi Sakimoto, ZODIAC: ORCANON ODYSSEY is the first instalment in an ambitious full-scale JRPG series. ZODIAC’s rich game world, compelling storyline, gorgeous visuals and memorable soundtrack are going to set a new benchmark for the best RPG experience on mobile.

Set off on an epic journey to discover the hidden truths of Orcanon and the secrets of your own past. Experience a captivating story that you will live and re-live and want to share with your friends. Discover vast new lands and fantastic creatures, meet terrifying foes and unforgettable allies.

Breath-taking graphics and enthralling music will sweep you through a world created on an epic scale, from the Terran Lands to the Scorched Realm, from the Wetlands to the Wind Country, each inhabited by its own extraordinary race.

Embark on exciting quests, exploring the world and discovering its secrets. Battle new enemies and discover hidden treasures while gaining new powers and abilities. Collect hundreds of weapons and valuables and craft them to make them your own. Conquer Orcanon alone, or take on its challenges with your friends!

Get Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey for $8.99 in the iOS App Store


Agent A

You play as Agent A, your mission (should you choose to accept) is to infiltrate the secret hideout of Ruby La Rouge and apprehend or neutralise the target.

Uncover a stylish 60s themed world full of retro futuristic contraptions, hidden gizmos, gadgets and clever logic based puzzles. But do be warned… Ruby La Rouge is no spy to be taken lightly! Explore a labyrinth of perplexing puzzles in this quirky game of cat and mouse that’ll have you wondering whether you’re the cat… or the mouse!!

Notice something strange or out of place? Making mental notes and observations (like a good secret agent) will aid you in solving tricky puzzles later on. As you explore Rubys secret hideout, collecting objects and using them cleverly is crucial in unlocking a trail of puzzles leading you ever closer to your target!

Are you clever enough to outsmart Ruby? Slip into the exciting world of espionage with Agent A now!

Get Agent A for $2.99 in the iOS App Store

Agent A


Outplay real opponents in this deep, uncompromising real-time MOBA. Fight with lightning-fast controls using powerful heroes. Destroy the enemy Vain crystal and claim glory! Watch the preview video now to see actual gameplay of 3-vs-3 multiplayer battles. (Yeah, it really looks like the screenshots.)

– Dive into a complete MOBA by developers formerly at Riot & Blizzard.

– Immerse yourself in a stunning world with ultra-high fidelity graphics.

– Play with precision controls that amplify your skill.

– Blaze through fast-paced, 20-minute matches.

– Explore immense variety and flexibility in item builds for each hero.

– True laning, ganking/objective-taking and teamfighting phases.

– Party up with friends or watch matches in spectator mode.

– Collect cards and trade them in for three tiers of hero skins!

– New heroes and features coming regularly.

Get Vainglory in the iOS App Store


Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Immerse yourself in the touching story of four unsung heroes swept up by World War 1 in this unique interactive graphic novel that combines action, puzzles and adventure.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a 4-part, episodic game inspired by letters from World War 1. Additional episodes are available as multipack or individual in-app purchases.

Move into action and help your heroes survive the Great War by solving puzzles or sneaking through enemy lines. Lost in a maze of trenches, play each of these characters and help a young German soldier find his love! All of them will be helped by their faithful canine companion, Walt.

This fictitious story takes you back to famous WW1 locations, revisiting historical battles on the Western Front, such as the Battle of the Marne or the Battle of the Somme! In partnership with Apocalypse World War 1 and the Mission Centenaire 14-18, learn more about the Great War through historical articles and share them with friends.

Get Valiant Hearts: The Great War in the iOS App Store

Valiant Hearts

MARVEL Contest of Champions

Iron Man vs. Captain America! Hulk vs. Wolverine! Drax vs. Deadpool! The greatest battles in Marvel history are in your hands! The greedy Elder of the Universe known as The Collector has summoned you to a brawl of epic proportions against a line-up of vile villains including Thanos, Kang the Conqueror, and many more! Experience the ultimate free-to-play fighting game on your mobile device…Contest of Champions!

– Assemble a mighty team of heroes and villains (choosing Champions such as: Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Storm, Star-Lord, Gamora, Spider-Man, Deadpool, Magneto and Winter Soldier)

– Embark on quests to defeat Kang and Thanos and face the challenge of a mysterious new super powerful cosmic competitor, ultimately to prevent the total destruction of The Marvel Universe

– Improve your team’s offense and defense with multiple Mastery trees

– Collect, level up, and manage your teams of heroes and villains wisely to receive synergy bonuses based upon team affiliation and relationships taken from the pages of Marvel Comics

– Pairing up Black Panther and Storm or Cyclops and Wolverine for bonuses, or making a team of Guardians of the Galaxy for a team affiliation bonus

– The more powerful the Champion, the better their stats, abilities and special moves will be

Get MARVEL Contest of Champions in the iOS App Store

MARVEL Contest of Champions

Lara Croft GO

Lara Croft GO is a turn based puzzle-adventure set in a long-forgotten world. Explore the ruins of an ancient civilization, discover well-kept secrets and face deadly challenges as you uncover the myth of the Queen of Venom.

– Experience lush visuals and a captivating soundtrack

– Navigate using simple swipe-to-move controls

– Fight menacing enemies, overcome dangerous obstacles and escape deadly traps

– Solve more than 75 puzzles split into 5 chapters

– Collect ancient relics and unlock new outfits for Lara

Following the award-winning Hitman GO, Square Enix Montréal brings yet another beloved franchise to mobile with this unique take on the iconic heroine’s adventures.

Get Lara Croft GO for $4.99 in the iOS App Store

Lara Croft GO

Monument Valley

In Monument Valley you will manipulate impossible architecture and guide a silent princess through a stunningly beautiful world.

Monument Valley is a surreal exploration through fantastical architecture and impossible geometry. Guide the silent princess Ida through mysterious monuments, uncovering hidden paths, unfolding optical illusions and outsmarting the enigmatic Crow People.

Inspired by minimalist 3D design, optical illusions and palaces and temples from around the world, every monument is a unique, hand-crafted world to explore.

Twist and drag to reshape the world and help Ida to explore. Designed to be easy for everyone to pick up, enjoy and complete.

Get Monument Valley for $3.99 in the iOS App Store

Monument Valley

Fallout Shelter

Fallout Shelter puts you in control of a state-of-the-art underground Vault from Vault-Tec. Build the perfect Vault, keep your Dwellers happy, and protect them from the dangers of the Wasteland.

Create a brighter future…underground! Select from a variety of modern-day rooms to turn an excavation beneath 2,000 feet of bedrock into the very picture of Vault Life.

Get to know your Dwellers and lead them to happiness. Find their ideal jobs and watch them flourish. Provide them with outfits, weapons, and training to improve their abilities.

A well-run Vault requires a variety of Dwellers with a mix of skills. Build a Radio Room to attract new Dwellers. Or, take an active role in their personal lives; play matchmaker and watch the sparks fly!

Get Fallout Shelter in the iOS App Store

Fallout Shelter


Tengami is an atmospheric adventure game set inside a Japanese pop-up book. Fold and slide the beautifully crafted paper world to solve puzzles and discover secrets.

Go on a serene journey through Japan of ancient fairy tales brought to life through striking visuals, unique gameplay and haunting music. Experience dark forests, abandoned shrines and tranquil mountain waterfalls as you seek to uncover the secret behind the lone dying cherry tree.

Not a book, but a game inside a pop-up book. Tengami plays like nothing else before it. Reach directly into the world to flip, fold and slide parts of the world to delve deeper into your mysterious journey.

Tengami’s world is built as an authentically folding three dimensional pop-up book with an all new technology created just for this game. Everything seen in the game could be recreated in real-life with just paper, scissors and glue.

Get Tengami for $4.99 in the iOS App Store


Year Walk

In the old days man tried to catch a glimpse of the future in the strangest of ways.

Experience the ancient Swedish phenomena of year walking through a different kind of first person adventure that blurs the line between two and three dimensions as well as reality and the supernatural.

Venture out into the dark woods where strange creatures roam, on a vision quest set in 19th century Sweden. Solve cryptic puzzles, touch and listen in your search to foresee the future and finally discover if your loved one will love you back.

Mysteries and clues await everywhere in Year Walk, but to fully understand the events that took place on that cold New Year’s Eve, you will have to delve deeper than the adventure and lose yourself between fact and fiction.

Get Year Walk for $3.99 in the iOS App Store

Year Walk

The iPad Pro brings out the beauty in games

And there you have it, sixteen truly gorgeous games for the iPad Pro. Each of these games has a distinct visual style that really shines on the iPad Pro’s big screen in a way that wasn’t really possible with earlier iPads.

The iPad Pro has given iOS gamers an entirely new option for taking their gaming to another level. The screenshots included in this roundup are just a taste of what these games will look like on the iPad Pro. Happy gaming!

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