Playing Arcade Games on iPad

Yes, the time of the 'arcade' is past. We're not likely to go out with a pocket full of coins and play arcade games IN an arcade anymore. Sure there are a few about, but we've got several arcades just here on the table... now called iPad devices!

"What's an Arcade game, Dad?" my sons ask.  Should I explain it, or will it be like explaining an 8-track tape or the stuff you used to put in cameras... film, wasn't it called?

Yes, the time of the 'arcade' is past. We're not likely to go out with a pocket full of coins and play arcade games IN an arcade anymore.  Sure there are a few about, but we've got several arcades just here on the table... now called iPad devices!  

The style of arcade gaming is still alive and well, and many of the all-time great Arcade Games are available on your iPad or iPad mini (sometimes your iPhone too). 

We've included the ones we find are still fun and good quality, as quite a few arcade games were better in our memory than in the remakes.  The great benefit is that you don't have to feed your iPad coin after coin, but the downside is that you may miss the joystick! 

These iPad Games Apps are some of our favourite Arcade Games we'd recommend. Some of them from way-back, some made newly for iPad.

Latest 10 Recommended iPad / iPad Mini Arcade Games


Well loved fast action child friendly Tower Defence game with upgrades, power ups, special agents and thousands of balloons for enemies!!!


Toddler touch and watch app that is beautiful, creative and totally fun!


Fast Action Arcade style game for older kids and adults that's totally unique...control the giant space crab and stop the invaders!


Fast action Aussie game where you need to control the cargo trains into the right stations...avoiding a crash!


Great space shooting arcade game that's fast action, high definition and a lot of furious fun for older kids (and adults!)


Engaging space-based fast action strategy game. Control your fleet and expand your empire across the reaches of space.


Tilt the iPad to dodge the red dots...sounds easy... BUT IS NOT!


Take control of docking the boats in this fun game of every increasing difficulty.


Challenging arcade space game with explosive action fun.


Fast action strategy game with many challenging levels!


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