Our list of the best free iPad apps of 2015 includes plenty of games, two adult coloring books, and much more. Did your favorite apps make our list?
The AppAdvice free iPad App of 2015
Fallout Shelter, released June 9, Universal
Your job as the Overseer in Fallout Shelter sounds simple enough: “build the perfect Vault, keep your Dwellers happy, and protect them from the dangers of the Wasteland.” What could go wrong?
Long popular with console gamers, Fallout Shelter is our free iPad app of the year. And thanks to expected app updates, we think it will remain popular into 2016.
Hyper: Best Videos Daily, released Aug. 25, iPad only
This video magazine offers awesome content selected daily by a team of award-winning filmmakers. Featuring an interface that is concise and simple to use, Hyper: Best Videos Daily proves that news apps are still relevant on Apple’s less popular mobile device.
Colorfy, released July 8, iPhone/iPod touch and iPad
Stressed people turned to adult coloring books in 2015. For digital artists, one of the best was Colorfy. Compatible with Apple Pencil, the freemium app is “the secret against anxiety.”
Copied, released Oct. 28, iPhone/iPod touch and iPad
This full-featured clipboard manager makes it easy to save text, links, and images that you’ve copied from any app. Quickly access your saved clippings from the Notification Center or using the Copied keyboard. Copy them back to your clipboard in their original format or in a variety of different formats with templates.
Does not Commute, released March 5, Universal
An Apple 2015 Design Award Winner, Does not Commute features incredible graphics and driving challenges. Watch for trees and buildings and there’s no telling where the next turn will take you.
HBO Now, released April 6, Universal
Cutting the cord finally became a reality in 2015. For the first time, one could get HBO without also having a cable or satellite subscription. Other a la carte services soon followed including Showtime Anytime.
How Many Saturdays?, released Nov. 12, iPad only
Life is full of events, big and small. This unique app tells you how many of these events are ahead for you before the grim reaper arrives.
Among the questions answered: “How many cat lifetimes until you die? How many blue moons? How much space junk has fallen to earth since you were born, and how many breaths have you taken?”
Pigment, released Dec. 17, iPhone/iPod touch and iPad
Similar to Colorfy, Pigment features 200+ hand-curated, professionally drawn illustrations, eight different kinds of pencils, markers and brushes, and an unlimited number of colors.
The app itself is easy to navigate, the designs are beautiful and fun to color, and the tools are rather extensive, giving us a lot of different methods and options for completing a design.
Rayman Adventures, released Dec. 3, Universal
The latest Rayman platformer game features a brand new character — or rather, a new set of characters called the Incrediballs. Rayman, the eponymous limbless character remains, however.
Wondermall, released Jan. 29, iPhone/iPod touch and iPad
Shopping online has never been easier thanks to Wondermall. The free app for iPad brings the mall to you, allowing you to browse, shop, and get great deals from 100+ top brand stores.
Did we miss something? What was your favorite free iPad app of the year?
We’ve already published the Best Apple Watch apps of 2015 and the Best Apple TV apps of 2015. The top 10 paid iPad apps list arrives on Dec. 30. On Tuesday, Dec. 29, and Thursday, Dec. 31, we’ll take a look at our favorite free and paid iPhone titles, respectively. Until then, happy holidays.