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The anti-boredom iPad app collection

It's not all about Angry Birds.

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Name: Atari's Greatest Hits

Developer: Atari

Price: Free

Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. iOS 3.0 or later.

Step back and relive classic, simple gaming -- once found in arcades through the 70's and 80's. This app is for Atari fans - bringing back original games including asteroids and centipede to a mobile format. 

The app mimics the controls of the original arcade favorites, and it's had a lot of positive reviews from the retro gaming community. The application is free but if you want a wide range of games, you can either buy bundles of 25 for $0.99, or all the games currently available for $9.99.

For multiplayer games, a Bluetooth connection is used, and any in-app purchases will unlock games across any linked devices. For hardcore retro gamers, you can also purchase a joystick for use with your iPad.

Source: App store

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Name: iReddit

Developer: Condé Nast Digital

Price: Free

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. iOS 3.1 or later.

Reddit is user-generated content submission service -- from news articles and images to questions and debates. Through the application you can explore the latest submissions by category or keyword, and scan "subreddits", vote, comment or share content through email and social media. 

It's not necessarily the most serious news aggregator out there -- but it certainly can keep boredom at bay for a few hours.

Source: App store

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Name: Air Hockey Gold

Developer: Acceleroto

Price: Free

Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. iOS 3.1 or later.

As simple a concept as Air Hockey is, out of all the free games I've played, I find this the most addictive. The classic game can be played solo or multiplayer on an iPad, and difficulty ranges from "Kiddie" to "Insane".

You can also choose to play with either one or two pucks. 

Source: App store

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Name: StumbleUpon!

Developer: StumbleUpon

Price: Free

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. iOS 4.0 or later.

If you're not sure what you'd like to read, why not flick through user-generated content on a random basis?

StumbleUpon is a web service that allows individuals to 'flick' through submitted content from across the web. This includes photos, video, website pages and news articles. You can also search for items through a search box or over 500 separated 'interest' topics. 

The application, available on both iPhone and iPad, has a clean interface which makes scanning through content simple and quick.

Source: App store

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Name: Talking Tom Cat

Developer: Out Fit 7

Price: Free

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. iOS 3.0 or later.

Perhaps one of the most procrastination-suited applications available in the market, "Talking Tom Cat" is just that. An interactive, animated pet cat that will react in different ways if you pet him, poke him or grab his tail. If you talk to the cat, it will repeat everything back to you in an odd voice. 

If you're on the road and happen to have children, send a pre-recorded message to them spoken by Tom to keep their spirits up -- upload to Facebook, social media or send by email. 

Source: App store

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Name: Ninja Chicken

Developer: Kongzhong

Price: Free

Compatibility: Compatible with iPad. iOS 3.2 or later.

In the same light-hearted manner as Angry Birds, Ninja Chicken is a multiplayer-enabled gaming app that revolves around finger-based gestures to prevent your 'ninja chickens' from ending up in the grips of robots and evil pigs. They need to hit their correct 'ninja zones' or it's game over.

This game is easy to learn and fairly addictive. It currently includes two different stages and a number of difficulty levels to choose from. 

Source: App store

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Name: Words With Friends

Developer: Zynga

Price: £1.99 (approx $4)

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. iOS 4.0 or later.

A popular app, Words With Friends can allow you to keep in touch and play games with friends all over the world. It is built on a very simple premise: turn-based gaming (which can extend to multiple, ongoing competitions between different friends) in order to build up your wordscore. 

Over 20 million people have used this app, and it is available in paid or free versions (advert supported). Scores and games can be shared across social media sites. You can play up to 20 games and chat simultaneously -- one way to burn time at the airport. 

 

Source: App store

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Name: Plants vs. Zombies HD

Developer: PopCap

Price: $6.99

Compatibility: Compatible with iPad. iOS 3.2 or later.

The ultimate aim of this game is to prevent zombies from entering your home through different levels -- and it is addictive. As you continue through the game, the zombies transform from semi-harmless to notoriously difficult. In order to defend yourself, you have to use plants -- and you must decide how many to plant, how to protect them from a zombie onslaught, and which ones to use for each level. 

 

Source: App store

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Name: iBall3D

Developer: StoneTrip

Price: Free

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. iOS 2.1 or later.

The classic game "Labyrinth" has been remade into the Ball3D app. You pass levels by guiding a ball from one location to another -- using the orientation feature on your iPad. Just as in Labyrinth, you need to avoid the holes in order to win. 

Once a level is complete, you can choose to send your score to the global game servers to raise your world ranking. The initial, free version contains 3 maps and 3 gaming modes -- with a total of 9 challenges.

 

Source: App store

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Name: Pocket Metaverse Pro

Developer: Pocket Metaverse

Price: $4.99

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. iOS 3.0 or later.

This isn't an app for everyone, but in the 'sims' style, you can enter a virtual world - or your 'second life'. 

This app is the mobile client to access the metaverse world, where a world map, teleporting system and uploaded avatars that represent users of the platform. 

Launched by Linden labs in 2003, the 'metaverse' or 'SL' is almost completely user-created. There are millions of users, and on average, 60,000 are online at the same time. It includes a wide range of features -- from live music, roleplaying, shopping or even getting it on with another avatar. 

 

Source: App store

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Name: The Onion Tablet

Developer: The Onion

Price: Free

Compatibility: Compatible with iPad. iOS 4.2 or later.

The Onion -- a beautifully satirical and irreverent alternative to general media. With a fanbase of millions and broadcasts, radio, apps and books, catching up on the latest amusing takes on worldly news will certainly stave off boredom for an hour or two. 

TheOnion.com now averages 40 million page views and roughly 7.5 million unique visitors per month, and its application allows users to view content updates in real-time.

Source: App store

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Name: GodFinger All-Stars

Developer: ngmoco

Price: Free

Compatibility: Compatible with iPad. iOS 3.2 or later.

A free game app, God finger All-stars allows a user to take on the role of 'God'. You are in control of your own planet and can 'mold it in your image'. Earn money, buy objects, earn followers and level up as a deity. You are also in control of natural events and weather conditions such as rain, floods, sun and fire. If you choose to use these powers and smite your planet, then you need to give yourself time before your 'mana' rebuilds -- which can be made faster if followers worship you at various shrines.

Source: App store

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Name: Pocket Pond

Developer: TriggerWave

Price: Free

Compatibility: Compatible with iPad. iOS 3.2 or later.

This $2.99 app beautifully replicates the motion and movement of water in a pond, where a player can then grab a 'fishing rod' and get the catch of the day. When you play the fishing game, any movement by your fingers on screen result in water rippling effects. To cast and hook, you need to jerk your iPad like a normal fishing rod.

There are a number of ponds and sound effects to choose from. It does, however, drain battery life like there's no tomorrow -- so if you have anything more important to do, you may want to limit your time playing in the pond. With the latest upgrade, you can also ply with interactive frogs.

Source: App store

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Name: Dolphin Browser for iPad

Developer: MoboTap Inc.

Price: Free

Compatibility: Compatible with iPad. iOS 4.0 or later.

With over 10 million downloads under its belt, the Dolphin browser is an excellent alternative to the standard Safari Internet browsing system. This is a great and very simple browser for those on the go, which was made specifically for touch-screen devices. It is fast to load and without advertisements.

Source: App store

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Name: Blackjack Free

Developer: Haolan Qin

Price: Free

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. iOS 4.0 or later.

Card games have always been a common favorite to pass the time. Blackjack HD is a low-power consuming game app that offers Blackjack and virtual chips for card game lovers.

Source: App store

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Name: Dragon Dictation

Developer: Nuance Communications

Price: Free

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. iOS 4.0 or later.

Sometimes the emails have piled up, or you need to finish a report in rapid time. If you're traveling and need your hands for something else, using an accurate dictation system can be a fast way to get back up to speed. Dragon Dictation is one of the more popular examples of dictation apps currently on the market. Many reviews of both the app and computer software comment on its high accuracy rate, and it works best if you speak slowly and annunciate your speech properly.

Dictated messages can be sent as SMS, emails or text copied through its clipboard feature. However, the app can be used for more than simply dictating texts or emails. It can also be linked with your social media accounts -- such as Facebook or Twitter -- and you can dictate a status update on-the-go. Dragon Dictation supports a number of global languages. To use the app, you must be connected via a 3G or WiFi connection.

Source: App store

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Name: Netflix

Developer: Netflix

Price: Free

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. iOS 4.0 or later.

The Netflix app is free to download, and runs on a monthly, flat-rate subscription service. It runs on Microsoft's Silverlight to stream movies to your browser, and the resulting movies are a good resolution on iPads. Television shows and films are available, and more is uploaded on a regular basis.

One thing to check is whether you have a monthly bandwidth cap, and especially if you're on roaming.

Source: App store

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Name: Lonely Planet Magazine

Developer: Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd

Price: £3.99 ($6.39)

Compatibility: iPad. iOS 4.3 or later.

For the traveler, the Lonely Planet magazine is an interesting way to spend a few idle hours. An alternative to the Lonely Planet advisor application, the magazine subscription app collects stories from around the world and includes contributions from photographers and travel experts.

The app also includes image galleries, map functionality and tip searches.

 

Source: App store

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Name: Pandora Radio

Developer: Pandora Media

Price: Free

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. iOS 3.0 or later.

Pandora radio is a popular, free application that creates radio lists based on your personal tastes. Through your input of likes and dislikes, a custom 'station' is created - with similar artists recommended by its global audience. 

It is also available in a pro version - Pandora One - which removes the advert-supported feature and allows custom skins. 

 

Source: App store

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