It’s unclear if Apple realized it was essentially creating a whole new gaming platform when it came up with third-party applications for iOS devices, but that is exactly what has happened. As with the iPhone and iPod Touch before it, the iPad has been flooded with games, and we’re here to help you sort through the thousands of games to help you figure out which ones are really worth bothering to download.

This time we’re bringing you a mixture of action games to get your adrenaline pumping as you fight to survive, or try your hand at straining your mind with some strategy.

Please note that developers do change pricing on their apps from time to time, and while these were all free at the time this was written, do double check the price before clicking download.

All links will take you to the iTunes page for more information and a link to download the app.

Top 5 Free iPad Action Games


Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter LE: The worst thing about the dinosaurs dying out?  We never got to hunt them!  Well, this game changes all that by letting you gear up with multiple weapons and go on a hunt for everything from the docile herbivores up to the man eating carnivores.

Gun Bros: The Freakishly Rugged Advanced Genetics Galactic Enforcement Division (AKA F.R.A.G.G.E.D) is trying to take down T.O.O.L. and needs your help.  Load up and head out to fight the enemies, invite friends in via Game Center and even gain experience if someone else uses your “Bro”.

Hero Project for iPad: You’re a rookie superhero being trained by the 12 members of the Parliament of Heroes.  Create your hero from hundreds of options and go on real-time adventures to defeat the bad guys over running the city.

Modern Combat: Sandstorm HD FREE: Fight your way through enemies in this first person shooter set in modern time combat.

Shoot to Kill HD: You’re trapped in a protective pentagram, and surrounded by demons.  The only thing you can do is start unleashing a wide array of weapons at them.  Get special weapons, re-energize in the ray of light and try to stay alive.

Top 5 Free iPad Strategy Games

Lux Touch

Adventure Bay for iPad: Build up your island paradise to attract tourists, assemble a crew to set sail and look for treasure, unlock exclusives and more.

Aqueduct 101: Try to build a working aqueduct system while being stymied by walls, conveyor belts and more obstacles.

FarmVille: We’re not quite sure many people would qualify FarmVille as “strategy”, but Zynga, the company behind the game, does.  TechnoBuffalo doesn’t believe in promoting addictive drugs, but yet, here’s FarmVille on one of our lists.  You can access your current Facebook farm so you can play any time, or create a whole new farm to see what all the hoopla is about.

Lux Touch: Lux Touch is a game of world conquest … that only slightly resembles a certain famous board game of world conquest.  If you’re a fan of “Risk”, you’ll love this game.

Tap Reed HD: Populate your reef with fish and grow it, try to get them to fall in love and other fun activities.

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