The best iPad Pro games for 2022

Even the best video game consoles don’t offer the same combination of freedom and power as the iPad Pro. In addition to the massive library of available titles (many of which you can download in just a few minutes), you get a big, beautiful screen with excellent touch controls and the ability to play anywhere, at any time. The best iPad Pro games leverage all these advantages, letting players enjoy awesome games on the go, usually at a fraction of the price that console and PC titles cost.

The nearly unlimited library of games comes with a caveat, though — it’s hard to hack through all the rough to find the diamonds. If you’re gaming on an iPad Pro, you will want to check out graphically impressive titles that maximize your screen’s real estate and take advantage of the Retina display. If you’re looking for suggestions, you’ve come to the right place — here are our picks for the best games to play on your iPad Pro. You may also want to check out our favorite iPhone games.

Papers, Please ($5)

Glory to Arstotzka! You’re an immigration inspector in the border town of Grestin, in the communist state of Arstotzka, and your job is to check papers, take fingerprints, and search the throngs passing through the border to uncover spies, terrorists, and smugglers among the visitors and immigrants. Who will you allow to enter? Who will be turned away? And who will you arrest? This critically acclaimed, award-winning dystopian thriller is strangely addictive, painting a dark, fascinating tale of morality versus progress. Play the full game on iPad Pro, set over 31 days and with 20 different endings, as well as unlockable multitouch support to inspect paperwork faster. Papers, please!

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Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

If you’re missing watching Henry Cavill grunt and slay monsters as Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher on Netflix, let this fill your time until season 3 drops in 2023. Hardcore Gwent fans are no strangers to the PC version, but now you can get your fill on your iPad Pro — and it’s every bit as eye-catching. Hand-drawn art and stunning visual effects breathe new life into every PvP duel, and there’s no shortage of challenges thanks to the new Arena mode that Geralt of Rivia himself would relish. You can choose from a variety of other modes, too, from classic to seasonal.

It’s free to play Gwent, but a word of warning — you may see little of the light of day as you toil to build a deck you can be proud of and collect cards to gain spells and special abilities. If you’re up for the challenge, then you’ll find Gwent: The Witcher Card Game easy to get into and hard to master — and it makes for a satisfying morning commute or a sweet time-sink whenever you have some time to spare.

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Very Little Nightmares ($7)

If you’ve played the original Little Nightmares games on Steam or console before, you’ll notice that this prequel puzzle adventure game is set in the same universe, with lots of intricate puzzles to solve. You play as a little girl in a yellow jacket, trapped in a spooky mansion called The Nest. Everything in the mansion is out to see you dead, and you must get to safety, avoiding enemies and solving puzzles to piece together The Nest’s dark secrets. Equal parts cute and creepy, Very Little Nightmares looks its best on the iPad Pro.

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The Gardens Between ($5)

This highly-rated puzzle game is a must if you love puzzles — but it’s so much more than just a puzzle game. With a bittersweet story, magical moments, creative touches, and gorgeous graphics, The Gardens Between looks best on iPad Pro. Best friends Arina and Frendt fall into a world of dreamlike garden islands where objects from their childhood are hidden. Together, they must set off on an emotional journey to examine the significance of their friendship. Cause and effect are malleable in The Gardens Between, and you must manipulate time to solve puzzles and reach each island’s apex. There are no in-app purchases or ads to distract you from this beautiful game — just a one-time purchase, and it’s yours to play.

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Alto’s Odyssey ($5)

A sunset scene from Alto's Odyssey on iPad Pro.

The follow-up to 2015’s Alto’s Adventure, Alto’s Odyssey sees Alto endlessly sandboarding through the desert. Explore beautiful, varied landscapes ranging from vast dunes to temples and canyons, unlock six unique characters with their own attributes and abilities, and complete 180 goals. The one-touch trick controls are easy to learn but a challenge to master, and chaining together combos is some of the most fun you’ll have on your iPad. Dynamic lighting, weather effects, and an original soundtrack round out one of the most stunning games around. Just want to relax? With Zen Mode, there are no coins, goals, or scores — just you, the endless desert, and a serene soundtrack.

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Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition ($5)

Don't Starve: Pocket Edition on iPad Pro.

The popular wilderness survival game now comes to iPad! You play as Wilson, an intrepid gentleman scientist who has awoken in a strange wilderness. Your goal? Utilize the environment and fend off dangerous creatures, then escape and find your way home. Starting with nothing, you’ll gather resources, craft items and structures, farm, fight monsters, and hunt for food. The dark, whimsical graphics and randomly generated new worlds mean you’ll never tire of starting over in Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition.

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Bastion (Free/$5)

Bastion on iPad Pro.

Bastion is one of those games that sticks with you long after the end credits roll. The hand-painted artwork, critically-acclaimed score of original music, and deep, fulfilling story make it a really memorable experience. It’s great to play on the iPad Pro thanks to touch controls created for iOS, and there are over 40 hand-painted environments to explore as you discover what happened during the Calamity, a catastrophe that decimated the world. Combat is fast-paced and action-packed as you take on new beasts roaming the planet, with a choice of more than 10 unique upgradeable weapons to wield, and varied difficulty settings are available to suit all levels of player and gameplay styles. You can play the start of the game for free — a great way to get a feel for it — after which it costs $5 to unlock the full game, and it’s definitely worth the price of entry.

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Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact characters.

Genshin Impact was arguably one of the most-played games of last year, and for good reason. For one, the game is gorgeous, with its JRPG-style art direction, but the game also has an addicting gameplay loop, loads of collectible fully-voiced characters, and a lengthy story with tons of side content.

Genshin Impact is available on every platform imaginable, but it’s particularly enjoyable on the iPad Pro. The larger and higher-quality screen lets the animation pop, and the beefed-up processors ensure the game always runs smoothly. Players can either use the touch controls or a controller.

If you haven’t given Genshin Impact a chance yet, you’re really missing out.

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Magic the Gathering: Arena

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Fans of Magic the Gathering: Arena have been patiently waiting for a mobile release of the game for some time, and iOS and Mac users had to wait longer than their counterparts to get the game. But at long last, it is here, and it was well worth the wait.

Arena is a mobile version of the popular strategy collectible trading card game. The game has solid animations as well as lengthy and informative tutorials. These tutorials cover the basics of the game as well as the ins and outs of the various deck colors players can use. That makes Arena a great starting place for people new to the game. Combine that with digital card packs that line up with the physical releases and an active online community, and Arena is shaping up to be a game people will play for a long time to come.

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League of Legends: Wild Rift

A character from League of Legends: Wild Rift.

League of Legends popularized the MOBA genre on PC and helped push esports into the mainstream. Now players can enjoy the game as their favorite champions in Wild Rift, a version of the game built from the ground up for mobile. While a lot of the controls have been streamlined for touch controls, Wild Rift is very much the game fans know and love. Players can unlock new champions and compete in ranked matches to test their skills against other top players.

The game is free to play, just like the PC version. Players can use in-app purchases to unlock champions faster and get unique skins, but it certainly isn’t a pay-to-win game. Whether you’re a League veteran or new to the game, Wild Rift is a great time that is all the better on the iPad Pro.

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Divinity: Original Sin II ($25)

A character and card from Divinity: Original Sin II.

With the power of the A12Z chip and now the M1 in the latest iPad Pros, ports of popular PC and console titles are becoming more common. Probably the most impressive of these is Divinity: Original Sin II. The Divinity series helped re-popularize the isometric RPG genre, with this sequel improving on the already impressive original game.

Players can explore a vast and open world with a branching narrative system. There is enough content here to make every playthrough a wholly different experience. The game only works on the latest iPad Pro models (2018 and newer), and as such, it can push the graphics to the very limit.

There are also multiple ways to play the game. Players can use touch controls, a Bluetooth controller, and even a mouse and keyboard. Although it’s by far the most expensive game on our list, Divinity: Original Sin II is a landmark game that’s a must-play, and having it on the iPad Pro will fundamentally change mobile gaming for a long time to come.

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The Oregon Trail

A scene from The Oregon Trail with snowy mountains.

Apple Arcade may have been a bit barebones when it first rolled out, but Apple is steadily fleshing out its catalog with a list of great games. The Oregon Trail is a remake of the classic educational title, and it more or less maintains the same core mechanics but updates the game to be more lively and modern.

The game has a lovely and distinctive art direction, which makes the game’s perilous journeys across the American West all the more exciting to play. There’s also plenty of mini-games and content to keep players returning. It’s a treat for fans of the original or younger kids being introduced to the series for the first time.

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Grid Autosport ($10)

Grid Autosport screenshot on iPad Pro.

There are plenty of racing games available for iOS, but there aren’t any quite like Grid Autosport. For one, the game has absolutely stunning visuals, with some of the most realistically rendered vehicles ever seen on a mobile platform. The game features 100 cars and 100 circuits, so there is an absolute ton of content for users to explore and master.

The game also has a robust amount of customization for the controls. Players can use tilt controls or touch inputs, and they can fine-tune everything to make the game precisely how they want it to be. If you’re looking for a realistic racing sim with some arcade-like fun, Grid Autosport is a must for you.

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Oxenfree best iPad Pro games

Also available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox, and Android, Oxenfree is a game for those who like a good supernatural mystery — and the sequel, Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals, is coming next year. With a bit of an ’80s Stranger Things vibe going on, a haunting synth-pop soundtrack, and gorgeous visuals, each decision you make and every conversation you have in the game changes the lives of you and your friends. You play as Alex, a rebellious teenager attending an overnight party on a creepy old island with her stepbrother, Jonas. The night takes a turn for the worse when you and your friends accidentally open a ghostly gate that releases ominous creatures and sets a strange series of events in motion. You can choose to play in touchscreen or controller mode, depending on your preference. The game looks great on the iPad’s large screen, and you’re likely to find yourself listening to the soundtrack on Spotify long after the end credits roll.

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Call of Duty: Mobile

Call of Duty: Mobile for iPad Pro.

If you’re missing playing Fortnite on your iPad since its removal from the Apple store then Call of Duty: Mobile is well worth playing. This free-to-play mobile version includes multiplayer maps from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Black Ops. Team up with friends in the 100-player Battle Royale deathmatch, take on your enemies in a sniper-vs.-sniper battle, and compete for top place in Ranked Mode. With dozens of characters, outfits, and weapons to unlock, there’s plenty to keep you entertained, and there are new seasons released regularly with events, modes, and maps.

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Hyper Light Drifter ($5)

Hyper Light Drifter on iPad Pro showing gameplay.

Travel deep into the lands of Buried Time, collecting forgotten knowledge, broken histories, and lost technologies along the way as you fight to cure your mysterious illness in Hyper Light Drifter. This award-winning action-adventure RPG has a nostalgic vibe reminiscent of 16-bit classics, with gorgeous art, a beautiful original soundtrack composed by Disasterpeace, and a vast world to explore. Easy to get into, difficult to master, the game lets the player figure things out as they go — which makes for a real challenge at times. You can play using the touchscreen or — as we’d recommend — use a controller. Either way, it’s an immersive experience that is hard to step away from once you start playing.

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Star Traders: Frontiers ($7)

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Take on the role of a starship captain, put a crew together, and carve a path through a war-torn galaxy full of opportunity and threat. This epic space RPG allows you to play as a pirate, merchant, explorer, smuggler, or something else entirely — there are 26 potential careers. You can fully customize your ship and crew — with over 350 upgrades to choose from — but they’ll change as you make decisions in the game. The open universe is there to be explored and there are all sorts of stories waiting to unfold. Will you ally with a specific faction, or try to walk your own path? This is a deep, addictive sci-fi game that you can really get your teeth into.

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Civilization VI ($10)

Civilization VI gameplay on the iPad Pro.

Who would have imagined that we would ever see the grandaddy of deep turn-based strategy on a mobile device? But here it is in all its complex glory. The game challenges you to shepherd your fledgling civilization from a single village to a globe-dominating nation. Exploration, city building, research, trade, religion, and war — Civilization VI has it all. Impressively, most of the features that grace the full PC game are present and correct in this port, though there is no online multiplayer option. You can try it out for free for 60 turns, which we strongly recommend you do, particularly if you’re not familiar with the franchise. You may balk at the full $10 price, but it’s no exaggeration to suggest that this game will hungrily devour hundreds of hours of your time.

Read our full Civilization VI review

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PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile on iPad Pro.

Ready for some shooting mayhem on your iPad Pro? Parachute onto a remote island and duke it out with 99 other players to see who can survive this Battle Royale and secure ultimate bragging rights. There is plenty of loot to scavenge, boatloads of weaponry, and vehicles galore. Get tooled up, hunt your enemies mercilessly, and try not to get killed. The controls take some getting used to and there are some simplifications to make it playable on a tablet or phone, but make no mistake, this is PUBG all the way. The iPad Pro makes the most of the visuals and sound, with the extra screen real estate boosting your chances of picking out enemies in the landscape and putting them down.

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Monument Valley 2 ($4)

Monument Valley 2 screenshots on iPad Pro.

The first Monument Valley blew players away with its MC Escher-style optical illusion puzzles, all of which were set against gorgeous, colorful backgrounds. Excellent sound design and smooth, mind-twisting animations provided the perfect vehicle for a brief 10-level story that followed a silent princess through a series of ever-evolving geometric worlds. The sequel brings back the puzzle-based gameplay and adds several new elements, like a new playable character and tools like light and water that you’ll use to navigate the game’s 14 levels. Art design is more varied this time around, too, and the graphics are better than ever — perfect for showing off your iPad Pro.

Read our full Monument Valley 2 review

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Oceanhorn ($7)

Oceanhorn game on iPad Pro showing character exploring a town.

If you want to play a Legend of Zelda game on the fly, you’ll have to shell out $300 or so for a Nintendo Switch. Luckily, there are similar games out there, and Oceanhorn is among the best. Players control a young man who sets out to find his father, who has been lost after heading to find the Oceanhorn, a mystical beast that resides in the sea. Gameplay is quite similar to the Zelda games — namely, The Wind Waker — as you’ll complete small puzzles to receive loot, collect hearts to replenish lost HP, and drop bombs to uncover hidden paths. Combat is simple yet enjoyable — and not a chore, which is all too common on touchscreen devices — and exploration is absolutely exhilarating, especially while sailing. If you enjoy the game, you might want to check out Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, which is also excellent.

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Asphalt 9: Legends

Asphalt 9: Legends on iPad Pro live 8-player multiplayer showdowns.

The newest version of this thrilling racing game, Asphalt 9: Legends takes you to over 80 tracks in real-world locations and puts you behind the wheel of countless sports cars. Legends starts you in Career mode and once you complete over 60 seasons and 800 races you can become a real legend. Also, for the first time in the Asphalt series, you can create your own private races in Club Race Mode. Challenge your friends to see who is truly the best. Recently added cars include the super exclusive Bugatti La Voiture Noire and Apollo IE — and you can now race in the Wild West in Nevada, with 12 new tracks to master. Like most games of this caliber, Legends takes a lot of storage, so, if your iPad is already pretty full, you may want to clear some room.

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SimCity BuildIt

SimCity Buildit screenshot on iPad Pro.

SimCity BuildIt has been around on iOS for a while, and although it’s playable on the iPhone, it has always been more enjoyable on the iPad. Now, the iPad Pro’s large screen takes it that step further, particularly because the game’s control system is all about pinching, zooming, and rotating highly detailed 3D buildings. Fans of the SimCity series should enjoy building massive metropolitan centers, and the game keeps things fresh by introducing new requirements — such as fire departments, police stations, and city utility services — without which your town has no hope of survival. The graphics are stellar, with lots of little touches that’ll surprise and impress you. Keep your wits, though — there are also plenty of in-app purchases.

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Hitman Go ($5)

Hitman Go screenshot on iPad Pro.

You’d think making a mobile game for a AAA franchise sounds like a cash grab (cough, cough, Final Fantasy), but Hitman Go does it right because it keeps the core of the game’s strategy alive. Hitman Go strips the expansive set pieces, convoluted plot, and action over strategy gameplay that’s plagued some recent Hitman games, and brings it down to a literal board game. Like a board game, you take one turn at a time as you try and sneak past guards and kill your target. Even with its minimalist approach, Hitman Go looks great, and it immerses you just like a big-budget Hitman game would. The game shares a lot of similarities with indie favorite Hotline Miami in the sense that you have to learn from your mistakes, so there’s a lot of replaying of the same level over and over again. That doesn’t sound fun to some, but it’s definitely rewarding to see your hard work pay off once you succeed.

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The Room: Old Sins ($5)

The Room: Old Sins screenshot on iPad Pro.

Whether you’re a longtime fan of The Room series or a complete newbie to the franchise, The Room: Old Sins is a must-have for iPad Pro owners. In this first-person tangible journey with stimulating puzzles, you are commissioned to help solve the mystery of why the aspiring engineer and his wife suddenly disappeared and start by hunting down precious artifacts. Learn disturbing secrets and follow cryptic clues as you attempt to unravel the mysteries that lie within Waldegrave Manor. The striking 3D puzzle experience is paired with an eerie soundtrack and compelling sound effects. 

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