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The Games Afoot Again

The Games Afoot Again
by Gary Woods

I've never been much for computer games. For about 15 years the only games I've played are the various incarnations of Myst. Nobody dies in those things and they have some interesting puzzles. But now with the iPad I've stepped up to the plate and gotten a few games for those idle hours.

The first one I got was the one that was shown at the iPad debut called Real Racing HD. Voted the Best App Ever in 2009 this game features racing in 45 countries, you can race side by side with somebody else and amazingly the iPad really kind of feels like a steering wheel in your hand. Every now and then I'll fire this up and do some 3 lap races. So far I'm definitely not on the circuit or challenging anybody in the cloud.

Another quick diversion is Lets' Golf HD. This game has 4 different courses in exotic locales, it features 4 customizable characters and you can have multi-player games online and via local Wi-Fi. You can adjust the skill levels, compete in tournaments or just play a few holes.

Both the last 2 games were in the $10 range but I've also got a couple of freebies. Harbor Master has been around for a while and just got moved over to the iPad. You try to dock and unload various ships without having other boats in the harbor crash into each other. And of course, there's Solitaire which never looked so good as it does on the iPad. There are a lot of different options and there's a pay version without the ads but they don't bother me and sometimes I even check out what they're selling.

Finally, my wife's favorite is Words With Friends. This little jewel has you competing head to head with up to 10 different people simultaneously. You can chat back and forth and generally have a great time with this scrabble like game. Well that's it for me for right now; I'm always on the lookout for more fun ways to waste time.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc