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iPad Mum's Video Game Arcade Flashback from the '80s
After school on a Friday all the teenagers from the surrounding schools would head into town. The town was Coleraine, Northern Ireland and the year was 1980. At the bottom of Bridge Street, there was a cafe' and its basement was THE video game arcade, and by far the coolest place to go to socialise. Everyone was there!
Once inside the small dimly lit room the feeling was that you were safe inside a sanctified teenager's 'cave' filled with like minded souls grouped together with friends. This was one special place, and though we may all have been from different backgrounds, we all were connected... in the Arcade.
What was the connection?
Space Invaders, PacMan and Phoenix.... at least these were the ones I played most often, seemed to gather groups of friends together to cheer eachother on.
When not playing, we sat together grouped around small glass arcade tabletops comparing schools (there were several schools in town) and video game scores!
There was no division in this special place, only friendliness and camaraderie.
I realise that having this 'safe' space to interact with people of a similar age made the cultural situation less confronting, and brought us all together to blast the little digital creatures that ran around the screens.
I loved to play these games... and now that I have my own iPad I realise I still do! It's a good way to engage my mind and relieve a bit of mental stress. It's relaxing and challenging.
iPad makes it easier to 'have a quick game' of what I want, when I can! I'm a mother of three home-schooled children, after all!
No longer do I have to head to a dark cave to play, (although I'd happily take a trip back down memory lane to relive those magical moments), but I now have a choice of hundreds of games to capture my imagination - and to challenge my mind right here on my iPad, wherever I go.
Now, all I need is the time to play them!
Here's a list of MY Favourite iPad Games (and a few other non-games I like) - or at least the ones I've written reviews about! Looking at my iPad now I can see a few that have to be added... but I'm still playing them!
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iPad Mum's Favourite iPad Apps:
Brilliant mystery 'Who did it?' game offering single and collaborative play! Up to four players can help to find the missing ring!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Stephen Hawkings intuitive educational app explains the principles that control our universe and facilitates learning via experimentation.Read more on the iTunes Store:
A beautiful, colourful, environmentally conscious games app created with crochet.Read more on the iTunes Store:
Good value and great selection of retro arcade games, that will challenge you in different ways, based on the Wreck it Ralph movie!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Fast action Aussie game where you need to control the cargo trains into the right stations...avoiding a crash!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Group your images beautifully and artistically using this fluid and flexible app with hundreds of possibilities!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Designing made easy - Make posters, postcards, photographs with text in this easy to use, well designed app, it's the one you've been waiting for!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Excellent easy to use word game to find the synonym, the word that has a similar meaning, for adults and older children.Read more on the iTunes Store:
Hypnosis to aid relaxation and peaceful sleep that really works plus more tips on de-stressing and self hypnosis.Read more on the iTunes Store:
The best iPad Tower Defence game now has a part 2...challenging battles, heroes, upgrades, power ups, towers, enemies of all sorts...Frontiers has it all!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Excellent new way to play chess against a chess champion opponent who amends their skill level to match yours after each game.Read more on the iTunes Store:
Great space shooting arcade game that's fast action, high definition and a lot of furious fun for older kids (and adults!)Read more on the iTunes Store:
Excellent and hilariously funny word game. Laugh while learning about verbs, nouns, adjectives and creating silly stories!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Excellent book creator App for book writing, story telling, diary and memoirs. It's easy to use and versatile, perfect for toddlers upwards!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Learn how to massage with this excellently designed, comprehensive app featuring both techniques and full routines.Read more on the iTunes Store:
Your personal, informative, interactive yoga class made easy and portable!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Everything you need to know about the human body at your fingertips...or should I say your distal phalanges.Read more on the iTunes Store:
Excellent, easy to use animation studio with shapes, great educational and fun App for children of all ages.Read more on the iTunes Store:
This is one of our favourite drawing and colouring Apps for all ages!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Word solitaire, if you love Scrabble you will adore this game. It's clever, fun and challenging to the maximum.Read more on the iTunes Store:
Excellent drawing App with a playback feature that allows you to watch how you created your picture stage by stage.Read more on the iTunes Store:
The European Southern Observatory presents 100 images from the Hubble Space Telescope.Read more on the iTunes Store:
National Geographic has a few apps that are great, but for geography-fans this one is tops.Read more on the iTunes Store:
Perfect to re-discover the real spirit of Christmas and the importance of generosity, cheerfulness and the joy of being alive! A Classic Novel.Read more on the iTunes Store:
Just when I thought it was difficult to replace Excel... I discovered Numbers!Read more on the iTunes Store:
This app is fabulous covering all aspects of learning to tell the time. it suits beginners through to advanced. Well thought out with every possible variation and beautifully illustrated with excellent features - top class App in every way!Read more on the iTunes Store:
A wonderful app filled with great quality graphics to make your own pages and albums - fun for all the family!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Simply the BEST YouTube App for iPad! Ideal for homeschool!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Seriously awesome, making your own stop-motion movies is now possible!Read more on the iTunes Store:
You really need to keep your wits about you to manage your bee farm!Read more on the iTunes Store:
An interactive particle app that responds to your touch creating delightfuly colourful and visually stunning images.Read more on the iTunes Store:
Create fabulous photographic montages in seconds with this awesome iPad photo framing App!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Fast action strategy cat and mouse game with challenging levels.Read more on the iTunes Store:
Take control of docking the boats in this fun game of every increasing difficulty.Read more on the iTunes Store:
One of our favourite computer games NOW for iPad! Still great! Wahoo!!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Challenging arcade space game with explosive action fun.Read more on the iTunes Store:
Fast action strategy game with many challenging levels!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Yes, MahJong - but on the iPad. This version rocks!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Creative and unique strategy simulation game providing hours of gameplay!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Unique strategy sim providing hours of entertaining gameplay!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Watching leading speakers from around the globe give presentations on their areas of expertise all for free!Read more on the iTunes Store:
Brilliant way of making movies right on your iPad!Read more on the iTunes Store:
This more stimulating version of the classic 'three in a row game'Read more on the iTunes Store:
This Chess app makes learning to play chess easy and improving your game fun!Read more on the iTunes Store: