The iPad games are live on iTunes now — more than 700 of them. We may not have an iPad, but it doesn't mean we are not excited about the following (sorta expensive) games:
Geometry Wars Touch ($10)
Official Description: "Geometry Wars: Touch utilizes higher graphics and faster processing to enhance the game experience and immerse players deeper into non-stop shooter pandemonium... In addition to the six original Geometry Wars gameplay modes: Deadline, King, Evolved, Pacifism, Wave and Sequence, Geometry Wars: Touch for iPad will feature a brand new, adrenaline-filled mode - Titans! - exclusively for iPad."
Why The Excitement?: The Geometry Wars games are about as easy to play as Space Invaders, throwbacks to the days of blasting alien spaceships in the name of earning high scores. Plus, GW games always looked good in that Tron-future kind of way.
Any Reason To Worry?: No mention of multiplayer, which the game this is based on, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, had. No mention of networked leaderboards, which made Geometry Wars so addictive. And... no mention of how you control a game on a touch-panel device, a key detail considering that the Xbox GW games utilized two analog sticks, one for moving, one for shooting.
Civilization: Revolution ($13)
Official Description: "Updated and optimized for the iPad's 1024x768 resolution, Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution is an enhanced version of the iPhone iteration of the console-friendly Civilization game. The iPad version has all the features of the iPhone one, as well as an exclusive new World/Scenario Creator that allows players to create hundreds of new scenarios and game types. "
Why The Excitement?: Since the Nintendo DS was released, people have been asking for more touch-based strategy games. Hey, getting that with one of the best strategic world-building series of all time on a screen the size of the iPad's isn't bad.
Any Reason To Worry?: It's a port of an existing iPhone game, so...
Plants Vs. Zombies HD ($10)
Official Description: "The iPad version of PopCap Games' game of the year award-winning strategy game adds multi-touch gameplay with up to 11 simultaneous touch points to challenge every finger and an additional extremity. Plants Vs. Zombies HD comes with 18 mini-games, including the iPad-only game "Buttered Popcorn." 50 levels, 49 types of plants, 26 zombie types and now an undisclosed number of iPad specific achievements."
Why The Excitement?: Either you love zombies and therefore will love a proven, excellent tower defense game involving them... or you hate zombies and therefore will enjoy destroying them with plants, ensuring they never make it to the opposite side of your iPad screen.
Any Reason To Worry? : No. This iPad game may be another upscaled iPhone game, but it worked so well on that platform that it felt as if it was made for it. No panicking here.
Official Description: "The iPad seems like it's been tailor made for classic board games, and it doesn't get much more classic than Scrabble. Scrabble for the iPad features all the joy and wonder of the classic word scrabble game, with the ability to play alone or with friends via Facebook or the new Party Play mode. You can even download a Scrabble Tile Rack app to your iPhone and use it to flick tiles from your iPhone to your iPad."
Why The Excitement?: Early iPad reviewers loved this game and loved the idea of using their iPhones to "hold" their pieces in a multiplayer game.