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N.B.: This page is ONLY for games released for the traditional click-wheel iPod, retronymed the iPod Classic. For iOS-based games, please visit the iPhone platform page.

Overview

The Apple iPod is a popular MP3 player that also saw the release of a few games. It was never intended as a real gaming platform but due to it's incredible popularity, hackers put homebrewed games on it, and eventually Apple released a proper games section in the iTunes Store. iPod games are not available at retail, only as digital downloads, and they are linked to the specific device once they are purchased. iPod games cannot be shared or transferred. No external controller is available for the Apple iPod, and most games made use of the clickwheel using innovative, and often considered lacking, control schemes. All iPod games were available for $4.99 each from iTunes.

History of Games

The Apple iPod first generation included Brick as a built in game, a simple breakout clone that was playable while listening to music. Originally it was an easter egg on the device, but in later firmware updates it was added to the menu. The fifth generation clickwheel iPod devices shipped with 3 more built in games: Parachute, Music Quiz, and Solitaire. Parachute is similar to Missile Command, in which the player controls a turret at the bottom of the screen and shoots incoming paratroopers. Music Quiz is a game that plays a clip of music from the iPod's library and asks the player a question about it. Solitaire is a portable version of the popular card game. The sixth generation iPod and newer iPod Nanos ship with Vortex, iQuiz and Klondike. In September 2006, Apple launched iTunes 7, and added the game store for clickwheel iPods fifth generation and up. Touch-screen iPods have an entirely different application store. iTunes 7 launched with Bejeweled, Cubis 2, Mahjong, Mini Golf, Pac-Man, Tetris, Texas Hold 'Em, Vortex and Zuma all for $4.99 each.

iPod History

iPod "Classic" 2001 - Present

Generations:

  • One: 2001, 5 and 10 GB
  • Two: 2002, 10 and 20 GB
  • Three: 2003, 10, 15, 20, 30 and 40 GB
  • Four: 2004, 20 and 40 GB
  • Five: 2005, 30, 60 and 80 GB
  • Six: 2007, 80 and 160 GB
  • Six (Refresh): 2008, 120 GB (80 and 160 GB Models discontinued)
  • Six (Refresh 2): 2009, 160 GB (120 Slim body) (120 GB discontinued)

iPod Mini 2004 - 2005

Generations:

  • One: 2004, 4 GB
  • Two: 2005, 4 and 6 GB

iPod Shuffle 2005 - Present (no screen)

GenerationYears ReleasedStorage (GB)
One20050.5, 1
Two2006, 2007, 20081, 2
Three20092, 4
Four20102

iPod Nano 2005 - Present (use IPOD platform for iPod Classic compatible games)

GenerationYearStorage (GB)RAM (MB)Display
One20051, 2, 432176x132 @ 151ppi
Two20062, 4, 832176x132 @ 151ppi
Three20074, 832320x240 @ 204ppi
Four20088, 1632240x320 @ 204ppi
Five20098, 1664240x376 @ 204ppi
Six20108, 1664240x240 @ 220ppi

iPod Touch 2007 - Present (use IPHN platform for iOS compatible App Store games)

GenerationYearStorage (GB)iOS versionsRAM (MB)Display
One20078, 16, 321.1 – 3.1.3128480x320 @ 162ppi
Two20088, 16, 322.1.1 – 4.2.1128480x320 @ 162ppi
Three200932, 643.1.1 – 4.2.1256480x320 @ 162ppi
Four20108, 32, 644.1 – 4.2.1256960x640 @ 326ppi

Notable Games

While the iPod gained develop support from popular developers such as NAMCO, Square Enix, Sega, EA, and Hudson, the game library remained rather small. With the debut of the newer iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, development for iPod Classic has all but ceased. No iPod Classic SDK is currently available to developers, and all iPod games have been delisted from iTunes.

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