43 iPad apps that will rock your accelerometers off

There’s definitely no drought in the iTunes app store today, as companies push their latest creations out in to a magical new world created by Apple, consumers anticipate the arrival of their multi-touch tablet.   Will it be as mystical as Steve says it will be? Or will it be as confusing as Letterman found it to be, hardly.  But with all these apps coming out from the best software companies around, you can surely expect it to be something worth looking at.  We’re kicking off the launch of the iPad with these 43 apps for you to peruse, some may appeal to you, some for the kids, but either way there’s an app that will suit you.

Creative Apps

Autodesk SketchBook Pro
The Autodesk SketchBook Pro App for iPad combines high-quality digital pencils, pens, markers and airbrushes with a Multi-Touch gesture-based user interface, enabling users to create everything from quick sketches to high-quality artwork. Geared for both occasional doodlers and professional illustrators, SketchBook Pro transforms the iPad into the ultimate digital sketchbook. Using the same paint engine as its desktop and mobile counterparts, the new SketchBook Pro App for iPad delivers a complete set of sketching and painting tools through a streamlined and intuitive user interface.
$7.99
Download from iTunes

TabToolkit for iPad
Far more advanced than basic sheet music viewers that simply display PDF or image files, TabToolkit dynamically renders music notation in different sizes and formats (i.e., standard and/or tablature notation), enables multi-track audio playback with tempo control and effects (e.g., guitar bends and slides), and much more. TabToolkit for iPad is perfect for musicians who want to learn and enjoy playing their favorite songs on guitar, keyboard, drums and other instruments.
$9.99
Download from iTunes

News Apps

Dailymotion iPad App
The new Dailymotion iPad App includes the main website’s 14 themed channels such as Music, Film & TV, Funny and Sports & Extreme and high-quality video for the device’s larger screen size. The user-friendly interface gives viewers the ability to browse and search from a library of over 13 million videos while simultaneously playing videos. The application also facilitates discovery of the latest viral hits and sharing with friends through popular social networking tools. Future versions of the app will include HD video and the ability to view Dailymotion content on TV via a video cable.
Free
Download from iTunes

New York Times Editors’ Choice app
Offering a selection of the latest news, business and technology news, opinion and features chosen by Times editors that can be downloaded automatically to iPad. The Editors’ Choice app delivers two pages of content with the top eight to ten articles in latest news, business, technology, opinion and feature sections from The Times with accompanying videos and photo slideshows.
Free
Download from iTunes

Communication

IM+
Enjoy Skype functionality on your iPad! Pure voice quality, no extra delays. Call and chat with your Skype contacts. Cost-effective calls to any landline or mobile number.
$9.99
Download from iTunes

Truphone iPad application
The Truphone iPad application offers customers free calling to other Truphone and Google Talk users when connected over Wi-Fi, and international calling to mobile phones and landlines for as low as 5 cents a minute. Truphone also offers an unlimited calling plan and free voicemail.
Free
Download from iTunes

Games

Amazon: Hidden Expedition on Apple iPad

Amazon: Hidden Expedition
The app offers players a new take on the hidden object game genre by allowing two players to compete against each other on a single iPad. Amazon: Hidden Expedition takes advantage of iPad’s generous screen size and innovative Multi-Touch user interface by offering two modes of play: split-screen with mirror images for head-to-head gameplay or full-screen for individual and collaborative gameplay.
$9.99
Download from iTunes

CastleCraft
CastleCraft, Freeverse’s first massively multiplayer online game, is a city building strategy title in which players wage war against hundreds of others for realm domination. Players will follow three different quest lines, form alliances and train up to 16 different types of military, resource and technology units. With the ability to battle against friends and other players worldwide, chat in realtime and watch their gorgeous city expand under intricate day-night cycles with dynamic particle effects, CastleCraft is an unrivaled, must-have title.
Free
Download from iTunes

Command & Conquer Red Alert
With more than 30 million units sold across the Command & Conquer franchise, Command & Conquer Red Alert optimizes iPad’s Multi-Touch controls, large screen and high-fidelity graphics to create an expansive experience. Three-finger, Multi-Touch controls let players select and maneuver their armies, manage inventory and make maximum use of camera zooming to navigate battlefields with photorealistic visuals. Players command units across a wide variety of maps and levels with different environmental conditions which add more layers of strategic depth. Players can challenge friends in Head-to-Head multiplayer mode via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth between iPad and iPhone devices.
$12.99
Download from iTunes

Diner Dash: Grilling Green App
Diner Dash: Grilling Green incorporates Multi-Touch gesture-enabled features that allow players to cook and serve simultaneously by utilizing the game’s innovative new “Touch Cooker 3000,” a gesture-based cooktop that enables players to chop, stir, pinch and flip menu orders.
$4.99
Download from iTunes

ESPN Pinball on Apple iPad

ESPN Pinball on iPad
ESPN Pinball offers a new twist on classic arcade gameplay. ESPN Pinball is packed with features including minigames, unique basketball sound effects and play by play voiceover by ESPN SportsCenter host Jay Harris.
$3.99
Download from iTunes

Flick Fishing HD
From studio Strange Flavour, is the wildly popular fishing game with real flick-motion casting. The iPad version boasts an all-new iPad-specific casting method, more than nine beautiful locations and tons of varying fish to reel in. Freeverse’s Flick Fishing HD ships with all In App Purchases unlocked, including the new Fishing Pro pack and MegaGuide to reveal all hidden quests and tricks for landing the biggest fish!
$2.99
Download from iTunes

Mirror’s Edge
EA’s award-winning action adventure game, Mirror’s Edge, debuts on iPad with a graphically rich, addictive experience, and 14 nail-biting levels of unrivalled 3D action. Unique to iPad is a multiplayer feature which utilizes a split-screen interface, letting players battle against each other face to face in two thrilling modes. Exciting gameplay has players running on walls, sliding down ramps and leaping between rooftops as they out-maneuver enemies in pursuit of their mission.
$12.99
Download from iTunes

NBA Hotshot HD
The officially licensed arcade-style hoop-sinking game, will be available for players to rack up points and earn awards in two modes of play: time-racing and high score earning. The iPad version includes more basketballs to unlock, a WNBA themed machine and a more engrossing, higher definition 3D environment.
$2.99
Download from iTunes

Need for Speed SHIFT on Apple iPad

Need for Speed SHIFT
The award-winning leader in the racing genre, Need for Speed SHIFT races to the App Store with exclusive features, multiplayer capability, 18 unique tracks and a variety of race modes. Players can feel the adrenaline rush of an immersive experience when they choose from 28 of the fastest, hottest cars and enjoy physics-based 3D graphics optimized for iPad. New driving controls include the addition of visual accelerator and brake pedals, manual shifting, and a rearview mirror to see who’s coming from behind. The most visceral, aggressive simulation racing game on iPad will make hearts pound!
$14.99
Download from iTunes

Sam & Max Episode 1: The Penal Zone for iPad
The app is the first game in a new Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse series and has been specifically developed for iPad. In addition to all the comic mayhem and sleuthing that comes with Sam & Max games, the development team has added a number of Multi-Touch features to take advantage of the unique experience available on iPad.
$9.99
Download from iTunes

Scrabble on Apple iPad

Scrabble
SCRABBLE for iPad spells F-U-N! EA Mobile has created fans’ favorite crossword game, with a fresh interface uniquely designed for iPad that lets players pass ‘n’ play or go solo, in portrait or landscape mode. Social and multiplayer capabilities also enable players to challenge friends on Facebook, or through a local Wi-Fi network. In the all new “Party Play” mode, up to four iPhone or iPod touch players can connect their devices to be used as private tile racks and seamlessly play their words onto the iPad “game board” with a simple flick. And for newcomers, the exclusive “Teacher Feature” shows players the best word choice for the previous play.
$9.99
Download from iTunes

Sherlock Holmes Mysteries for iPad
In Sherlock Holmes Mysteries for iPad, players follow clues through the gritty side of the 1890’s Victorian London where, along with Dr. Watson, Sherlock uses his keen wit and winning charm to prove a man is innocent of murder. Leveraging the powerful platform of the Apple iPad and its 1024×768 screen resolution, players will be treated to breathtaking graphics through 11 immersive 3-D environments as they work to solve the case.
$2.99
Download from iTunes

Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution
Updated and optimized for the iPad’s large screen and includes an enhanced user interface that improves the fidelity of world map tiles, leader portraits and icons; and offers a broader view of the world map, enabling increased vision and strategy for tactical gameplay.
$12.99
Download from iTunes

Sims3
The Sims has turned 10! So join our year-long anniversary celebration with the #1 BEST-SELLING GAME for 2009 on the App Store. Long live The Sims!
$6.99
Download from iTunes

Tetris
Celebrating 25 years and more than 100 million paid downloads, the world famous Tetris game launches on iPad with all-new, high resolution graphics and exclusive features including highly anticipated D-Pad controls which give players the option to play the way they want and stay in control of the game. The iPad version also introduces an all-new “Endless” mode for the ultimate extension in game play. Tetris is a must have for any iPad user.
$7.99
Download from iTunes

Warpgate
The highly anticipated space exploration game Warpgate offers a vast universe of over 35 star-systems to explore in 172 different starships with over 100 main quests. Groundbreaking graphics, fluid controls and endless non-quest missions mean there is no limit to the adventure. Perfect for the Apple iPad’s large, detailed screen and intuitive touch controls, Warpgate promises to be an amazingly immersive experience.
$7.99
Download from iTunes

We Rule
We Rule lets players command whimsical kingdoms full of castles, farms and loyal citizens. Rulers must oversee crop harvests, collect taxes and trade with neighboring realms via the social connectivity of the Plus+ Network. Wise kings will also act as city planners and landscapers, and build, grow and craft their own social microcosms. We Rule for iPad expands the kingdom view and puts more power at the fingertips of the player with picture in picture functions for drag and drop functionality.
Free
Download from iTunes

Sports

Baseball Gameplan
Available today on the iPhone and iPod touch, and April 3rd on the new iPad, will provide 15-30 second tips and 30-60 second drills for baseball players on high-definition, multi-angle videos. Baseball Gameplan will help players with fundamentals, hitting, infield, outfield, pitching and catching. The app is targeted for Little Leaguers to high school players, along with their parents and coaches.
$4.99
Download from iTunes

ESPN ScoreCenter XL
ESPN introduces ScoreCenter XL, the ultimate game companion experience for the iPad. The original, award-winning ESPN ScoreCenter app for iPhone and iPod touch devices — downloaded more than 5 million times since it first launched in June — has been optimized for the iPad’s interface and enhanced with new, premium features. These include live play-by-play, video highlights, game summaries and statistics, box scores and standings. In addition, ESPN ScoreCenter XL offers personalized news and video on “myTeams,” and the leading headlines and highlights of the day available through “Top Events.”
$4.99
Download from iTunes

Golfplan with Paul Zinger
Legendary PGA Tour professional Paul Azinger partners with the maker of Apple’s No. 1 Golf app, Golfshot: Golf GPS, to create the first universal instructional golf application based on actual golfers’ stats. Golfplan, available April 1st or 2nd on the iPhone and iPod touch, and April 3rd on the new iPad, will automatically identify areas that need improvement in a golfer’s game and generate individualized practice plans to address those needs.
$7.99
Download from iTunes

Video and Entertainment

ABC Player App
The ABC Player app extends the reach of ABC.com’s full episode player onto the iPad. iPad users will have the ability to watch free, ad-supported episodes from approximately 20 popular ABC series through a wi-fi connection. The application will also allow iPad users to purchase downloads of episodes via the iTunes store.
Free
Download from iTunes

Yahoo! Entertainment App
The app provides consumers with a brand new experience for the way they live, consume and enjoy content. People are able to explore entertainment content, television listings, videos, news and more – through an elegant and immersive experience that only Yahoo! can provide.
Free
Download from iTunes

Childrens

FamilyFun Craft Finder on iPad
The Disney FamilyFun Craft Finder App provides instant access to FamilyFun’s library of great craft ideas for the whole family. The iPad version features includes more crafts and full-size pictures. Whether you’re looking to make a Carryall Castle or a Pipe Cleaner Penguins, you’ll find ideas for any occasion or season.
Free
Download from iTunes

Fairies Fly on Apple iPad

Fairies Fly on iPad
Fly with the Fairies and discover a world of adventure and fun like never before! Enhanced with visually stunning graphics and new art just for the iPad, this magical game captures the excitement of the changing seasons in a place called Pixie Hollow.
$7.99
Download from iTunes

Jelly Car 2 on Apple iPad

JellyCar 2 on iPad
The sequel to one of last year’s top games, JellyCar 2 comes fully loaded with more than 30 levels, power-ups, new Two-Player Modes: Tether and Race. Jelly Car is the hit driving platform game developed by Walaber. The game is about driving a squishy car through squishy worlds to reach the exit.
$2.99
Download from iTunes

Phineas and Ferb on Apple iPad

Phineas and Ferb Arcade on iPad
Inspired by Disney Channel and DXD’s #1 animated program for kids 6-11 comes Phineas and Ferb Arcade. Play with your favorite characters in three simple, silly mini games: win the surfing trophy in Cowabunga Candance, test your secret agent skills in Agent P’s Hideout, and build a mountain in S’no Problem!
$2.99
Download from iTunes

Toy Story Read-Along
Explore TOY STORY in a while NEW way with this interactive Toy Story Read-Along App. Hear the story read aloud; record your own narration; sing along to music videos; paint a picture; play a game; or sit back and read!
Free
Download from iTunes

Toy Story 2 on Apple iPad

Toy Story 2 Read-Along
Same features as the first continued to Toy Story 2.
$8.99
Download from iTunes

Utilities

Citrix Receiver on Apple iPad

Citrix Receiver
The Citrix Receiver App for iPad makes it easy for iPad owners to take a virtual office with them anywhere they go by providing secure access to all of their corporate applications and documents.
Free
Download from iTunes

Dragon Dictation
With the newest addition to the Dragon Dictation family, iPad users can take advantage of the power of Dragon NaturallySpeaking to speak their email messages. The app also includes a new Dragon Dictation Notes feature that lets users speak and save drafts of documents, emails, to-do lists, social media status updates, and more.
Free
Download from iTunes

eBay for iPad
The eBay for iPad app delivers a dramatically different, visually compelling shopping experience to browse the vast selection of products available on eBay, the world’s largest online marketplace.
Free
Download from iTunes

GoToMeeting
GoToMeeting for iPad is an easy-to-use, secure, cost-effective and fast way to meet, demonstrate products and collaborate online. It’s free to attend meetings, takes seconds to join and offers unlimited toll-based or free VoIP audio options. All you need to join a meeting using iPad is an Internet connection and the GoToMeeting app.
Free
Download from iTunes

OmniGraphSketcher
OmniGraphSketcher combines the quantitative power of data plotting with the ease of touchscreen drawing. OmniGraphSketcher helps people make elegant and precise graphs in seconds, whether from specific data to report or a concept to explain. It lets users create lines and data points, draw curves, and shade in important areas as easily as though they were using a basic drawing program, and they can add new data or change existing information simply by touching their graph.
$14.99
Download from iTunes

OmniGraffle
OmniGraffle makes quick work of creating a diagram, process chart, page layout, website wireframe, or graphic design. Use simple Multi-Touch gestures and OmniGraffle to draw shapes, drag in objects, and style everything until it’s just right. OmniGraffle keeps lines connected to shapes even when they’re moved, and includes smart guides, automatic layout, and a full set of built-in stencils, with the ability to download thousands more.
$49.99
Download from iTunes

Roambi on Apple iPad

Roambi App
The new app leverages the unique capabilities of iPad and enables companies of all sizes to transform business reports and data into interactive mobile dashboards that give on-the-go executives convenient, up-to-the-minute information, and provide the clarity and insight needed for smart decision making and impromptu presentations – anytime, anywhere.
Free
Download from iTunes

SugarSync
SugarSync’s iPad app, a single application optimized for the iPad, Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, enables instant remote access to all of a user’s data – making it extremely easy and convenient to view files and photos, stream an entire library of music, and share files with colleagues and friends.
Free
Download from iTunes

Wyse PocketCloud
Wyse PocketCloud has also been enhanced with more than 20 new features and improvements for existing iPhone users, including VMware View 4 support, enhanced user experience via the new Wyse Touch Pointer and additional audio features.
$29.99
Download from iTunes


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2 Comments

  1. Sunesoft says:

    Great list of interesting apps. But how about making a list of apps that actually use the accelerometer in creative new ways.

  2. Peter says:

    The Marvel Comics app is great too! It has about 5 or 6 free comics and each comic is about $2

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