Get 16 games that sound terrific on the iPad Pro's speakers
Eye on Apple
By Jim Lynch, CIO
Apple has finally released the iPad Pro, and one of the best things about it is that it has four speakers. The speakers have been machined directly into the iPad Pro’s unibody enclosure, and this gives the speakers up to 61 percent more volume. This can result in a wider frequency range and up to 3 times more output than older iPads.
The iPad Pro’s speakers are also intelligent. They know when you have your iPad Pro in landscape or portrait view, and will adjust their sound accordingly regardless of which way you hold your device.
Audiophiles will really enjoy the difference in sound between the iPad Pro and earlier generations of the iPad. No other iPad has four, intelligent speakers that can output so much high quality sound.
But what good is such great audio hardware without awesome games that take advantage of it? In this roundup I’ve included 16 games that will make great use of the iPad Pro’s speakers and sound system. Your ears will savor the sound while you play each of these games on your iPad Pro.
I’ve included a brief snippet from the official description, along with a screenshot and a link to the game in the app store. Click through to read user reviews and see star ratings for each game.
Note that some games are free to play and offer in-app purchases. Others require an up-front purchase price. Where appropriate I have integrated the purchase price into the link to the game in the app store.
Bean Dreams is an action-packed platformer from the dream team that brought you Duet and Bean’s Quest.
Its deceptively simple interface keeps you in complete control while all-new game features, gorgeous retina graphics, funky music and 60 stages will bounce you to new heights!
Over 70 hand-crafted stages await you across 13 unique dreamy worlds. Every world has a specific, gorgeous art-style and soundtrack from acclaimed composer Flashygoodness.
Using beautiful graphical effects we subtly enhance the visuals and push the pixel retina limits of the latest devices while intelligently easing everything back for earlier devices. The result is a consistent 60 frames per second that’s crucial for the best gaming experience. Supports iPhone 3GS, iPad 1st generation, iPod 3rd generation and above.
Guitar Hero Live puts you on stage rocking reactive live-action crowds. Guitar Hero Live is all about the dream of becoming a rock star. You will play with REAL band members, playing to REAL crowds, with REAL reactions to your performance. Play well and the crowd will love you! Play poorly and your fans will turn on you!
GHTV is the world’s first playable music video network that lets you play along to official music videos and more! Jump into one of the GHTV channels anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and get rocking!
Buy the all new iOS GUITAR CONTROLLER BUNDLE to gain access to a huge library of Guitar Hero Live and GHTV songs as well as the brand new re-invented 6 button BLE guitar controller. The new controller makes the game easier for beginners and adds new levels of challenge for expert players!
A peaceful narrative experience, in which the only objective is to satisfy your curiosity.
Explore an ocean dream world, in which time passes even when you are not there, visit forgotten islands and piece together memories – some even existing beyond the screen of your device.
“It’s an experience that’s entirely about the narrative, but one uniquely built for smartphones and tablets. The peaceful visuals, the wonderful music, the sharp writing, and the simple interactive toys all go towards creating an atmosphere and telling a story.” – The Verge
“… you can easily wander for hours through The Sailor’s Dream making music, playing it not like a game, but as an instrument … If you are looking for a space to contemplate, a place to linger, a path to walk in patient consideration, you will find yourself at home in The Sailor’s Dream for quite some time.” – Kill Screen
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is an exploratory action adventure with an emphasis on audiovisual style. Traverse a mythic little realm, use a sword to do battle & evoke sworcery to solve mystical musical mysteries.
Co-operate with friends via Twitter, experience a videogame world that is affected by moon phases & help a wandering warrior monk complete her woeful errand.
S:S&S EP features an album’s worth of original music by noted composer Jim Guthrie as well as artwork & designs by Superbrothers Inc, crafted & engineered by videogame wizards at Capy in Toronto, Canada. For more details, feel free to stop by http://swordandsworcery.com
Above the placid ivory snow lies a sleepy mountain village, brimming with the promise of adventure.
Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins.
Along the way you’ll rescue runaway llamas, grind rooftops, leap over terrifying chasms and outwit the mountain elders – all while braving the ever changing elements and passage of time upon the mountain.
Original music and handcrafted audio for an ambient and immersive experience (headphones recommended!)
Last Voyage is a cosmic adventure through space and mind in 10 unique chapters. Go through psychedelic portals, solve abstract puzzles, explore grand minimal forms or race against the stars. A science-fiction experience unlike any other game.
A cinematic game with stunning movie-like graphics, each chapter is visually unique and explores an original concept with completely new game mechanics.
60+ minutes of original soundtrack to heighten your sense of wonder. The soundtrack features a variety of genres and has been tailored to every movement on the screen. Best experienced with headphones.
Last Voyage is a game about space that is not about spaceships but rather what lies beyond our culture and technology. A game where you don’t master a single task but rather explore a range of concepts. As a result, the levels are sometimes mysterious, and other times very direct. Sometimes completely still, and other times moving at the speed of light. While these chapters form a continuous narrative, you are constantly surprised with new ways to interact as you seamlessly transition from one chapter to another.
Embark on your own epic journey in this critically acclaimed tactical RPG, where your strategic choices directly affect your personal story, as well as the outcome of conflicts encountered during your struggle for survival in this Viking inspired tale.
A 2D fantasy realm inspired by Norse mythology – immerse yourself in beautifully hand drawn combat sequences and animations, accompanied by an evocative score from Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory.
Player choice that drives your own narrative – every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect on the outcome as your story unfolds.
Over 25 playable characters each with unique personalities – embark on your journey with a variety of characters from 7 different classes, each with unique abilities and upgrade options to fit your play style.
Take a surreal journey through an otherworldly dimension, move in harmony with sound and music and smash everything in your path! This experience requires focus, concentration, and timing to not only travel as far as you can, but also break the beautiful glass objects that stand in your way.
Smash your way through a beautiful futuristic dimension, smashing obstacles and targets in your path and experiencing the best destruction physics on mobile devices.
Musically synchronized gameplay: music and audio effects change to suit each stage, obstacles move to each new tune.
Over 50 different rooms with 11 different graphic styles, and realistic glass-breaking mechanics in every stage.
Prune is a love letter to trees. A game about the beauty and joy of cultivation.
With a swipe of a finger, grow and shape your tree into the sunlight while avoiding the dangers of a hostile world. Bring life to a forgotten landscape and uncover a story hidden deep beneath the soil.
Meditative music and sound design for you to zen out to.
Originally based on an experimental tree generation script, Joel McDonald carefully crafted Prune to perfection over the course of a year. Kyle Preston joined in to add his unique musical signature and sound effects.
Meet Thomas, a curious rectangle, and help him unravel the mysteries of his existence in a wonderfully strange world. Experience 100 levels of award-winning platform gameplay and take part in an emotional story narrated by Danny Wallace.
Experience the BAFTA winning, million selling game from creator Mike Bithell, now an Universal app available for iPad (iPad 2 minimum), iPhone (iPhone 4 minimum, iPhone 4S & newer recommended) and iPod Touch (iPod Touch 5 minimum)!
In This War Of Mine you do not play as an elite soldier, rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger from snipers and hostile scavengers. The game provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle.
The pace of This War of Mine is imposed by the day and night cycle. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout: crafting, trading and taking care of your survivors. At night, take one of your civilians on a mission to scavenge through a set of unique locations for items that will help you stay alive.
Make life-and-death decisions driven by your conscience. Try to protect everybody from your shelter or sacrifice some of them for longer-term survival. During war, there are no good or bad decisions; there is only survival. The sooner you realize that, the better.
Your survival is dependent on protecting two vessels – they are devices in sync, a dance and song between two entities tethered together in symbiosis. Feel edge of your seat terror where the world around you becomes quiet and numb as all that matters is the game living between your palms — that is Duet.
Experience nine chapters of deceptive narrative and nerve-twisting gameplay. Unlock the bonus Survival chapter for endless score chasing delight. Replay any stage to perfect your movements and unlock over 25 Game Center achievements. This is a game that will test you.
With air tight controls and gameplay that’s tuned to perfection Duet provides the perfect balance between challenge and pure gaming satisfaction. Touch either side of the screen to twist your vessels and avoid everything in your path. Remember: even that which begins simple can end complex.
An outstanding handcrafted soundtrack by Melbourne composer and Gotye multi-instrumentalist Tim Shiel. Nine unique and mesmerizingly beautiful compositions ensure an immersive experience for you at every step of your journey, complemented by full in-game vocal narration by Jojo Petrina.
A strategic driving game from the award-winning maker’s of Smash Hit. Does not Commute is a temporal paradox in which you have no one to blame but yourself. What starts out as a relaxing commute in a small town of the 1970’s quickly devolves into traffic chaos with hot dog trucks, sports cars, school buses and dozens of other vehicles. You drive them all. Plan ahead. Don’t be late.
In this small town, discover the characters and their secrets – what world-changing experiment is inventive dentist Dr Charles Schneider hiding? Will Mr Baker quit his job in advertising? What is that strange mask on Mrs Griffin’s face? Will Mr Mayfield’s peculiar obsession with Yorkshire Terriers take over his life?
Does Not Commute is playable at no cost and free from ads. An optional premium upgrade is available through a one-time in-app purchase that will enable the ability to continue from checkpoints.
Harmony 3 is a puzzle game of beautiful color and captivating music, unified in perfect harmony.
New chapters feature 120 exquisite levels, each handcrafted to aesthetic perfection. Your objective is to strategically rearrange blocks to reassemble each palette to its correct order.
Color palettes subtly morph before your eyes. Gameplay elements fade and dance to beautiful music. With a rapidly increasing difficulty level, har•mo•ny 3 will delight your eyes and ears while stimulating your brain in a relaxing, near-hypnotic experience. You simply have to experience it to believe it.
Treat your ears to nearly two full hours of some of the most beautiful music you will ever hear. har•mo•ny 3 is an encore presentation featuring some of the most-loved music from the sequel while adding 6 new, unreleased tracks featured only in the game.
And there you have it, sixteen games for the iPad Pro that offer some amazing sound experiences. Apple did a terrific job in taking sound in the iPad Pro to a whole new level, and now you can savor it in each of the games in this roundup.
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