Saturday, September 1, 2012

Because my time is valuable…

At least that is what I tell myself. And also how I camouflage my borderline phobia about crowds and long lines so I don't have to go to movies on weekends or Disneyland in the summer.

Anyway, we have FOUR iPads! No, not a typo, one, two three, FOUR. It happened by accident, and it totally freaks me out sometimes which is a feeling I use to survive the iPad invasion: as long as I have a little fear, it means I still have have a choice.

You know that expression "everything they want, and nothing that they need" about spoiled kids? Well, that sums up how I feel about technology a lot of the time despite the fact that we are easily a grade A certifiable techno family. We try to balance this by having a lot of conversations here about being producers as well as consumers. In fact, being a "good" consumer will make you a better producer. You can't live under a rock and then come out one day with a piece of tin foil and tell everyone it's gold.

We watch TV, but we're kind of vintage geeks. We watch a lot of stuff from the 80's. Even the old Ghostbusters cartoon applies more imagination and subtle use of humor and language than the crack addict cartoons being produced today (although we LOVE Mighty B). If you haven't seen the first few seasons of Rosanne in a while, go get them. It's like group therapy that spans all space and time. And Twin Peaks! Like thirty seconds in you go "Wha?!" and your face just stays that way for an hour.

And don’t forget the movies! Back to the Future, the Dark Crystal, the original Star Wars, Roy Rogers, Disney Princesses, Gumby and our new most favorite thing ever: A Town Called Panic.

But that is not what I came here to talk about. I came to talk about iPad GAMES. Because all the top ten lists I have found are Lame. Capital L. I know this because I happen to have excellent taste in games. Board games, electronic console games, pc games, and I was pleased to find out, iPad games in particular. I like beautiful puzzles and the art, the movement of a game, the story, strategy and problem solving. These games probably aren’t free. I’ve gone the free route, but that thing about my time being valuable? I would rather spend $2.99 on something that was brilliant and fun for an hour, then 20 hours on something that was pretty good and free.

Some of these games are oldies converted for the iPad, new indie productions, or never-let-you-down goodies for the whole family. 

If you don't like things to be awesome, you probably won't appreciate this list, but if you are a fan spending your down time well, then you have come to the right place. In no particular order:

The Act



Seventh Guest




Puzzle Agent One and Two


Angry Birds


Drawn Series


Tiny Bang Story

The Tiny Bang Story [FINAL]



You Don't Know Jack


Yahtzee Adventures


Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure




Erin said...

I need a follow-up to this with the best iPad games for kids. I'm horrible at picking those out. Really, really horrible.

Alissa Rae King said...

Oobie Space Adventures! Seriously, Norah will thank you with hours of silence :)