And talking of old apps that we still think are worth recommending, the only game we’re going to recommend on this list is
Osmos ($4.99). Oh, there are much more traditionally pretty games available for the iPad—
Asphalt 8: Airborne (free, with in-app purchase), say—and stalwart arcade titles like the perennially entertaining
Plants vs. Zombies (free, with in-app purchase), but Osmos gets the nod in part because it’s a game that would be rubbish on PC or console, and partly just because it’s entirely lovely, with a wonderful soundtrack.
In it, you’re a floating mote whose only job is to absorb other motes and so grow bigger, but avoid being consumed by those bigger than you. You move by tapping the screen opposite to the direction you want to travel in, which causes you to expel a bit of yourself to propel you forward. If it sounds a bit nerdy and Newtonian, well, yes, we guess it is at one level, but it’s also a sweet and marvelous game you can spend hours in, sunk into an armchair with your iPad.