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7 must-have retro-style games for the iPad

Are you a retro gamer who still loves the 8-bit feel? If so, then you need to download these games for your iPad immediately! More than just retro, they're also extremely fun.
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League of Evil

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League of Evil is an insanely fun game where you try to make your way through various levels as quickly as you can. If you're familiar with Super Meat Boy or you love the old Super Mario Bros. games, you will definitely love this game.

App Store Link: League of Evil

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Guardian Saga

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Put simply, if you're an NES RPG fan who loved the Dragon Warrior series, this game is a must-buy for you. All the classic NES RPG mechanics are present in this exclusive iPad-only game.

App Store Link: Guardian Saga

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Mos Speedrun

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Mos Speedrun is a ridiculously fun game where, like League of Evil, you try to make your way through each level as quickly as possible. Where it differs from League of Evil in the speed-running component is that each world has a time trial level. The time for each of those levels is stored and shared in Game Center, so you find yourself competing against not just yourself, but others around the world! In this aspect, to shave off milliseconds can make the difference between 100th place and 10th place. This is currently my favorite retro-style game on the iPad!

App Store Link: Mos Speedrun

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Dragon Fantasy

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Everything I said about Guardian Saga also applies to Dragon fantasy. When I was a kid, Dragon Warrior, Ultima, and Final Fantasy were my three favorite RPG titles. This is a welcomed throwback to those days, so if the screen shot above has you feeling sweet, sweet RPG nostalgia, then don't hesitate, and go download this game now. It's worth every cent!

App Store Link: Dragon Fantasy

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Super Mega Worm

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Have you ever seen the movie Tremors? Of course you have! This game basically makes you the equivalent to the giant creature in Tremors, except you can fly out of the ground. Your objective? To kill animals, people, and destroy machinery. But don't feel bad, because with people making comments like, "I promise I'll never cheat on my wife again!", you feel justified in laying down some mega worm justice!

App Store Link: Super Mega Worm

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One Button Bob

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This game hasn't been upscaled for the iPad (yet), but that's okay since blowing it up 2X gives it even more of an 8-bit retro feel. In One Button Bob, all you do is touch the screen to make Bob perform an action that's necessary to complete each board. It starts of slow at first, but picks up quite quickly from there. And you see that 5 in the upper left-hand corner of the screen shot? That's a counter for how many times you touch the screen. If you're competitive, you want that number to be as low as possible so you can outrank everyone else that's playing this game. Overall, a fun recommendation!

App Store Link: One Button Bob

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Super Pixel Ball

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Super Pixel Ball is one of those games that you can pick up, play for a short period of time (or long period of time, for that matter), and come back to over and over again. There's survival mode, vs. computer mode, and vs. human opponent mode. The competition doesn't really get steep until you play someone else, but that's also when you start having the most fun. It can get a little repetitive once you nail the mechanics of the game and beat the computer 100 to -3 (yes, that's possible), but that's only if you're competitive like me. Overall, a fun game!

App Store Link: Super Pixel Ball

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iCADE

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This isn't a game, but it's worth a "bonus" mention, for sure.

What began as an April fools prank by ThinkGeek eventually became a reality once people really wanted one. The iCADE is a mini arcade cabinet that you rest your iPad on and play iCADE-compatible games on via bluetooth (so your iPad doesn't actually plug into anything). It's a bit steep at $79.99 right now, but if you're a retro gaming junkie who would love to have an affordable arcade cabinet-of-sorts, check out the compatible game list and purchasing info from the link below!

Where to buy: ThinkGeek

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