This armchair gamer doesn't only have an iPad, he or she has all the time in the world. They are retired—in their golden years. Instead of just taking up golf, they've also taken up the iPad.

In between visits with their grandkids, evening strolls, and cable news, these folks pick up their iPad and dabble and fiddle.

So what do you get those silver-haired gamers?


Leather iPad 2 Magnetic Cases

Cover the iPad 2 in 100 percent leather. The Pielframa cases, handmade in Spain, come in an array of colorful colors (pink, gold, and orange) as well as classics shades like brown and black. It closes via magnets.

($160 online.)


Fling ($20)

The issue with the iPad is and has been touch controls. Swiping isn't the end-all, be-all. The suction cupped add-on adds some tactile control to hardware that sometimes desperately needs it so. The Fling comes in three colors, "Ice", "Ultraviolet", and "Ninja". Yes, Ninja.

($15.96 for a single; $23.96 for a two-pack.)


Scrabble for iPad

Finally, a Scrabble game designed, if the game's title didn't clue you in, for the iPad, complete with HD graphics. When the Facebook login is working (ungh), challenge you friends. And remember that, yes, "za" and "qi" are words.

($9.99 on iTunes.)


iTunes Gifts

Don't want to gift specific games? Don't know what to give? That's what gift cards are for, and iTunes has them in denominations of $15, $25, and $50.



A MAME cabinet housing for the iPad. Simply slide an iPad into the cabinet housing, and it connects via Bluetooth. Atari's Greatest Hits app is required for use, and the complete 99 game pack is $10. The iCade started out as an April Fool's Day joke, but it's anything but. Kotaku's Brian Crecente said the iCade "nails" the look and feel of old school arcade cabinets.


($59.99 online.)


Sid Meier's Pirates

Sid Meier's classic pirate-strategy game gets the iPad treatment, with new touch-based controls. The game is iPad-only, taking advantage of the hardware's bigger screen. Explore, get booty, go on adventures and talk to yourself like a pirate. Arr!

($4.99 on iTunes.)

(Top photo: Susan Montoya Bryan | AP)

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