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Magic 2013, Roman Backgammon, and GoNinja are the highest-reviewed iPad games of Q2 2012

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Magic 2013, Roman Backgammon, and GoNinja are the highest-reviewed iPad games of Q2 2012
Seeking inspiration from public game companies' announcements of financial sales numbers every three months, the iPad Quality Index (iPad Qi) publishes its own quarterly figures.

But, instead of assaulting your ears and eyes with talk of operating profit, the iPad Quality Index quarterly round-up ranks the top 20 best-reviewed iPad games that were released during the period April 1st - June 30th, 2012.

Simple as that.

As for the reviews themselves, the iPad Quality Index boasts over 100,000 of them from the world's leading online sources, including 148Apps, Slide To Play, Pocket Gamer, and AppSpy.

Cards on the table

You might be forgiven for thinking that in this high-definition world of Retina displays and cover-based shooters, the humble card game would no longer hold any interest among mobile gamers.

However, the iPad Qi listings tell a different story, with the latest instalment of Wizards of the Coast's genre-defining Magic: The Gathering fantasy card battling series, Magic 2013, for example, finishing #1 in our Q2 2012 chart.

Working initially from 120 cards, you must attempt to defeat your opponents by casting spells, utilising artefacts, and summoning monstrous creatures, unlocking new cards as you go.

Earning no fewer than four 10/10 scores from well-respected iOS critics, Magic 2013 finds itself sitting atop our iPad Q2 2012 chart with a handsome Qi rating of 9.3.

Rome rises

Another title which proves classic card games and boardgames have a place in this modern digital world is eoz games's Roman Backgammon - which just so happens to be the second entry in this quarterly round-up.

Going back to the boardgame's ancient beginnings, Roman Backgammon presents you with a slightly tweaked, subtly simplified version of the well-known tabletop time-killer.

Its attractive mosaic visuals and intuitive interface have earned it critical acclaim. So much so, in fact, that the game has acquired a superb 9.4 Qi rating.

Moonlight Shadow

Representing the endless-runner genre in third place on this quarterly round-up, meanwhile, comes the bloodthirsty vengeance sim GoNinja.

Your master has been killed, and - as is always the way with these things - you must avenge his passing by wiping out the clan responsible for his murder. Yep, all 50,000 of them.

It's a gruesome quest, but one that has resonated with iPad game reviewers across the planet, helping it to secure an extremely honourable 9.3 iPad Qi rating.

Honourable mentions

Other iPad games of note to surface on the App Store during the last quarter include the charming puzzle-platformer LostWinds 2, handsome aquatic strategy sequel Squids Wild West, and Ayopa's inventive match-three puzzler Light Byte.

iPad Quality Index's Top 20 games of Q2 2012




Methodology #1

To qualify for an iPad Quality Index rating, a game must have received three or more reviews from the 60+ sites that feed into iPad Qi's database.

Methodology #2

In the event of a 'tie', titles are separated in the first instance by number of reviews - the higher the total, the better.

Should the number of reviews also be identical, the iPad Quality Index rating comes back into play, for while we only display the average score to one decimal place, the list is generated to further significant figures.

You can always keep up to date with the hottest-reviewed iPad games at the iPad Quality Index.


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Enchanted from a young age by colour, motion, and sound, James divides his time between obsessing over all things digital and lamenting the death of VHS. He looks forward to a future where machines rule the earth and all political disputes are solved via one round of rock-paper-scissors.

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