It was another great year for iPad apps, but only a few could make our list of the best free and paid apps of the year.
Here are the top 10 paid apps for your iPad. This list consists of apps and games that have been released in 2014.
The AppAdvice Paid iPad App Of 2014:
Monument Valley, $3.99, released March 12, Universal
This amazing game is an Apple Design Award winner and our favorite paid iPad app of 2014. In Monument Valley, you move through a beautiful world made up of “fantastical architecture and impossible geometry.” Along the way, you’ll guide the silent princess Ida as she outsmarts the Crow People.
Pixelmator, $9.99, released Oct. 23, iPad only
Long a favorite on Mac desktops, Pixelmator offers many of the tools found in Adobe Illustrator, but at a fraction of the cost. Could Pixelmator for iPhone be far behind?
80 Days, $4.99, released July 15, Universal
Featuring art by Jaume Illustration, a script by Meg Jayanth, and original music by Laurence Chapman, 80 Days is an interactive adventure game that changs every time you play. The game is one of the biggest surprises to hit the App Store this year.
Broken Age, $4.99, released June 11, iPad only
This point-and-click adventure game got its start through a Kickstarter project in February 2012 under the name “Double Fine Adventure.” It’s Tim Schafer’s first graphic adventure in 16 years.
Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, released Nov. 20, Universal
One of the most popular and distinctive games in the App Store received a sequel in 2014. Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 features a new cast of characters, but the same type of fun for kids and adults alike.
Leo’s Fortune, $0.99, released April 9, Universal
Gold has been stolen in this challenging platform adventure game. Your goal is to find Leo’s Fortune as you maneuver through beautiful worlds full of peril.
Nighty Night Circus – Bedtime story for kids, $2.99, released Nov. 4, Universal
The sequel to the Apple App of the Year 2012, Nighty Night!, features eight interactive animals to help put your child to sleep.
OmniFocus 2 for iPad, $29.99, released Sept. 17, iPad only
OmniFocus 2 for iPhone was one of our top apps of 2013. The new iPad version deserves similar billing.
With flexible viewing options, location-awareness, and on-the-fly task entry from just about anywhere, OmniFocus for iPad is a proven system that helps you better manage everything in your busy life.
Thomas Was Alone, $2.99, released May 9, Universal
First launched for iPad in May, Thomas Was Alone is an acclaimed geometric platformer that was originally released as a Flash-based browser game in 2010. It was developed by Surgeon Simulator creator Bossa Studios. If you’re looking for something a little bit different, Thomas Was Alone is the title to get.
Toca Nature, $2.99, released Nov. 13, Universal
Like other Toca Boca titles, Toca Nature serves as a sandbox for children’s creativity. Here, kids can shape their own nature reserve and watch it grow and develop. It also features a number of fun animals, like foxes and bears, which are sure to please younger gamers.
On Friday, we published our list of the best free iPad apps of 2014. On Tuesday, Dec. 30, and Wednesday, Dec. 31, we’ll take a look at our favorite iPhone titles. Until then, happy holidays.