The iPad Pro is a great gaming device, but finding the right games in the over-crowded AppStore can prove quite a challenge. Below you’ll find the result of many hours of searching for great console-quality games. These games are all one-time-purchase and don’t depend on in-app-purchases. The only games with in-app-purchases in this list are games that offer the first part of the game for free and unlock the full game after an IAP, so still a one-time-purchase.
Obviously these games will work on a normal iPad as well. Most of them will even run on an iPhone.
Since Thimbleweed Park is from the makers of the epic classic Monkey Island games, expectations were high for this game. I was not disappointed. The game is very well designed, has the right amount of humor and a great story. Absolute must have.
Grid autosport is as good as it gets for a racing game on the iPad Pro. The only thing I turned off right away was the deadzone in the steering. (Settings -> Grid Autosport).
In Tropico you are the ruler of a small island. You can choose to put the people first, or you can choose to focus on your swiss bank account. It’s a city builder with a twist. Hilarious at times, and at the same time a very well designed, desktop-class city builder for your shiny iPad Pro
In this game you are a border official. The only thing you have to do is check the papers of people passing the border. Although this might seem boring (and maybe it is), the game is so great at setting the right atmosphere that it really lets you experience the socialist soviet union era.
Explore planets to find your past in this beautiful low-poly game. Resembles No Man Sky a bit but is a great game in it’s own right.
Kingdom: New Lands
Kingdom: New Lands is a twist on a tower defense game. Explore, build and conquer.
Stardew Valley is both a farming and adventure game. Discover the secrets of Stardew Valley. It’s a very popular game on many platforms.
Built your transport empire in this exceptionally good port of the classic desktop version. Guaranteed to keep you busy for many hours.
A very sinister and beautiful game where you are a young boy trying to make your way through hostile environments. One mistake and you will be shot, drop dead, or get killed in another creative and horrible way. First part can be played for free. One time In-App-Purchase unlocks full game.
Death Road to Canada
Fight your way through this randomly generated action-RPG roadtrip.
Sky: Children of the Light
Soar through beautiful reals and meet people from around the world in this excellent multiplayer game.
Hyper Light Drifter
Polished slash ’em up with 120fps gameplay and MFI controller support on iPad Pro. A must have.
1980’s horror themed game where you play a group of teenagers in a terrifying adventure.
You Must Build A Boat
Very addictive ‘match-three’ game. Takes some time to learn, but then you won’t be able to stop.
Very well designed platform game.
Explore the world in this beautiful action adventure.
Milkmaid of the Milky Way
Another great game for fans of Monkey Island like games. This game takes place in 1920’s Norway, where things get strange when a massive ship descents from the skies.
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