BAREFOOT WORLD ATLAS (£5.49)
This app is ostensibly an educational tool for children, although it’s so much fun it’s probably wasted on them. It features a 3D globe you can scroll around, discovering cities, historical sights and interesting facts about the world. It makes great use of the retina screen, with crisp, vivid colours as well as excellent use of sound. Children will benefit particularly from the audio recording of the information. A great example of what the new iPad is capable of.
SOLAR WALK (£1.99)
Another great educational tool that will wow adults as much as younger users. Solar Walk lets you scroll and pinch your way around the galaxy. The graphics are astonishing and you can call up information on each celestial body. But the best function is the ability to scroll through time, watching the planets whizz by on their seemingly endless cycles. If you didn’t get what you wished for in the Budget, this will remind you that in a few millennia, none of it will matter very much.
WAKING MARS (£2.49)
This is a simple game that somehow adds up to far more than the sum of its parts. You’re an explorer searching through the undiscovered caverns of Mars, where you come across various new kinds of flora and fauna. The addictive gameplay involves developing alien ecosystems by planting seens, which allows you to progress further into the Martian landscape. The graphics are sharp and the interface is perfect for a casual but immersive iPad gaming experience.