iPad Games (and Apps) Catch All

rabbit wrote:
UCRC wrote:

Anybody using VNC/remote desktop on iPad? Is there a big difference in speed between various apps?

I LIVE on LogMeIn Ignition. There's almost no comparison in terms of ease of use and speed. Not free though.

I'd be curious to hear how you use this. I have it, and while it is good in a pinch, I would find it hard to use in the same way I use GoToMy PC (from a different PC).

Ignition is great, performs well -- only downside is no audio. I use it for most of my remote control, in particular over 3G and away from home. For when I want to connect to something on my machine with audio (e.g. a Flash video, Dosbox game, whatever) I've used Splashtop Remote and Remote HD. Splashtop Remote has a bit better performance, Remote HD has more features.

I have iteleport and it works quite well. Haven't had a lot of reason to use it though.

If you missed iDOS (DOSBox based emulator) in the fall after it was pulled from the AppStore, it is back and the backdoor for loading games is still there. This is great news for me as I was craving the chance to play Ultima on the iPad for a trip recently but didn't want to bother with jailbreaking. A week late for the trip, but now I'm set for the next one.

Yeah, I've downloaded it yesterday, now I'm waiting to get back home and try few things. Thought of running Betrayal at Krondor or early 90s adventure games is super-exciting.

Is there VNC/remote desktop that supports audio? I'm a total noob.

Team viewer does, though the video performance was pretty hokey when last I tried. I think that Splashtop only works within the wireless network, but it does so very well. iTeleport is on sale today, $9.99 from $24.99

Splashtop will do it over 3G as well (I think, but haven't tested it). Remote HD as well, although setting up the audio was a little funkier.

Edit: I can confirm, Splashtop does audio just fine over 3G.

sheared wrote:
rabbit wrote:
UCRC wrote:

Anybody using VNC/remote desktop on iPad? Is there a big difference in speed between various apps?

I LIVE on LogMeIn Ignition. There's almost no comparison in terms of ease of use and speed. Not free though.

I'd be curious to hear how you use this. I have it, and while it is good in a pinch, I would find it hard to use in the same way I use GoToMy PC (from a different PC).

iTap RDP. Hands down if you want to just use remote desktop without installing extra stuff on your target machine.

Might as well subscribe.

RDP is a good way to go if you're running an RDP enabled OS (version of Windows with it). Doesn't help with a Mac or Win 7 Home Premium.

I use LMI on the iPad and my laptop to control my server, my pinball cabinet, and my mame cabinet, including booting those machines from the road, doing maintainence on them, cuing up things like video conversions and big downloads. On a decent connection, you can even test whether, for instance, new MAME roms work.

rabbit wrote:

I use LMI on the iPad and my laptop to control my server, my pinball cabinet, and my mame cabinet, including booting those machines from the road, doing maintainence on them, cuing up things like video conversions and big downloads. On a decent connection, you can even test whether, for instance, new MAME roms work.

So you're saying it's worth the $30 pricetag? I use LMI PC-to-PC, but I balked a bit at that.

I have been using Screens on my ipad. http://edovia.com/screens
It's universal (big plus) and it seems to have actually thought out some usage scenarios in the way it presents the keyboard and hotkeys.
also its less expensive , as far as the remote desktop programs go.

Buy World of Goo for .99!!!

In other news....

A game went on sale this weekend that I've been watching. Metal Brigade Tactics.

I played the tutorial mission, and it seems like a nice Mech TBS. I immediately thought of the classic Crescent Hawks Revenge, though I'm sure that's just because every 2D sprite mech game makes me think of that game I looks like you have a set of Mechs and pilots to manage through the campaign, with RPG elements in the way of skills and Mech upgrades.

Anyway, it's 1.99 right now, down from 7.99 I believe. Seems like a nice one to pickup on the cheap if you're into this kind of thing.

Oh yes, it's iPad only.

mateofalcone wrote:

Buy World of Goo for .99!!!

I bought World of Goo for 1 cent. 99 cents sounds like such a horrible deal.

I've bought it for 4 Euros two weeks ago, it's worth it, though. It's my girlfriend's favourite iPad game now, it's really useful in process of converting her into gamer

So while my iPad has been only used to check my AH sales in the WoW Armory app, listen to podcasts to doze off at night and read a few webpages while having an audience at the Throne of Solitude, I am looking into iPad gaming once more. The reason being is me going to the great republic of China for the next week, where net access will probably be limited or non-existant. And although 32GB are nothing to ignore, my repository of Cowboy Bebop and Fringe episodes only lasts so long.

Any good tips on what to pick up and what should last me about a week of 2-4 hours per night? I have a couple of free ones on the device already, plus PvZ, Angry Birds, Cogs, 100 Rogues, Mirror's Edge and some other puzzlers or tower defense games.

I am currently eyeing:
- Civ Rev
- Carcassone - never played the board game (yeah, get the torches and pitchforks), but the CC guys enabled me enough to be interested
- Battle for Wesnoth HD
- Broken Sword series
- Infinity Blade
- Puzzle Quest 2
- The Settlers HD
- Osmos - although I definitely like the vibe and idea, I feel I already have too many gimmicky games (in the sense of "omg, so rad when played with a touchscreen")
- (Dead Space) - never played it on the PC, but I am somewhat faint-hearted and playing horror at night may show some unwanted synergy with my jetlag

The alternative would be gaming on my laptop. Although that would finally be a reason to get Minecraft, I figure it won't be any good without access to online tutorials or wikis (much like Dwarf Fortress was). And the offline capable stuff on my Steam account has either been played through or will take a high two-digit number of hours to play.

All input welcome.

There's a nice TBS game on sale right now for $2. I mentioned it before in the iPhone thread, but now it's universal AND on sale. I've like what I've played so far. It's The Pantheon Cycle: Shrouded Aspect

Civ Rev. Seriously, I have played that game more than any other. I have had nights where my 50" HDTV and PS3 went unused because I needed "just one more turn*" to kick the enemy out of my back yard, or get that last piece of research before I started to build my great colonization space ship, or to complete that world bank, etc. It is not as deep as the real Civilization, but on the portable platform, it is just perfect.

*and by "just one more turn" we all know that I needed 4 more hours and no sleep.

I picked up Garage Band today to see how it would work with my guitar, and I'm blown away. I've tried some other programs like Amplitube (Free version), and I wasn't impressed. Most of them seem to be very limited recording apps, or decent amp replacements with 100 different in-app purchases for new virtual equipment.

I've used GB on my mac for years for tinkering around with sound, and I had a chance to use Logic Pro. I've been wanting this on my iPad forever, and they've delivered a terrific implementation.

The virtual instruments sound fantastic, the inclusion of a tuner/metronome/10 other tools I haven't found yet....its a ridiculous amount of awesome for $5.

If you're a guitar player, consider picking it up along with something like this Guitar Bud and enjoy a great portable practice amp/recorder.

Consider me enabled on Garage Band then!

Garage Band may be the coolest thing ever on the iPad. Holy freaking h*ll is it sweet. My kids are never going to give up the iPad now.

Honestly, I'm shocked it's only $4.99. I could have easily seen them charge $20+ for it.

Enablers! All of you! (Downloading in background ;))

btw: there's a huge (free) update to infinity blade out there

Does iPad worms have online multplayer?

Add European War 2 for iPad at $.99. If you're a fan of Risk/AA style games, it's easily worth a buck.

Slumberland wrote:

Does iPad worms have online multplayer?

It seems like it does after a quick search, but only with other iPad users. The iPhone version doesn't seem to be compatible. This is based on a user's review:

Hakan Yildizay wrote:

Thanks for updating Worms HD (I am a ipad user). But I can't play with my friend who downloaded Worms in his iPhone. Did you consider this problem? Worms HD and Worms do no not see each other with bluetooth. It would be better if iphone and ipad user can play peer-to-peer.

What can you do in GarageBand if you don't play a musical instrument? Are there still other fun things you can do with it?

I bought one of the refurb iPad's from apple, and it arrives today. I was impressed that they give you the full 1 year warranty, a new case/bezel (whatever you call the shell of the unit) and a brand new battery.

For games so far, I have downloaded Tower Madness, Real Solotaire, Worms HD, Angry Birds (free version, to see what all the fuss is), and Psychoban HD. I'm thinking heavily of getting Civ Rev, and maybe Carcassonne.