Epic Citadel - Five iPad titles that are revolutionizing mobile gaming

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Epic Citadel - Five iPad titles that are revolutionizing mobile gamingWhat it's about: Not so much a game as a teaser of games to come, Epic Citadel grants players free rein to move about a mysterious cathedral and the kingdom that surrounds it. Multiple touch controls navigate you across the virtual world--look up, down and all around, taking in a parade of sights rendered with remarkable realism and detail. It sounds simple (and it is), but the sheer beauty and complexity of the graphics transport players to a different place. Epic created the free demo as a way to prime the pump for the full game, which is to be released later this year.

Why it's cool: Powered by Unreal Engine 3, the same game engine behind titles developed for console platforms like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Epic Citadel sets a new visual standard for iPad graphics and special effects. From cobblestone roads to sheer marble surfaces, each component of the virtual land is depicted with tactile precision--lens flares, shadows and real-time reflections add further drama and nuance, creating an experience that's both realistic and otherworldly.

How much it costs: Free

Link: Epic Citadel (Epic Games)

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