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IPod Click Wheel Games were weird - Billiam

iPod Games, also referred to as iPod Click Wheel Games in iTunes, is a feature added with an iPod firmware 1.2 enhancement for the 5th-generation iPod on September 12, 2006. It was announced at Apple Computer's "It's Showtime" event by CEO Steve Jobs. Games were made available for US$4.99 from the iTunes Store and designed specifically to be used with the iPod's controls. The games are stored as .ipg files.[1][2] These were replaced in functionality by iOS apps from the Apple App Store.

Certain games, such as PAC-MAN and Tetris have been criticized for awkward controls through the Click Wheel as an input device.[3]

List of Click Wheel games[]


Vortex for the iPod classic and 3rd-generation nano.

iPods that supported Click Wheel games from the iTunes Store came pre-installed with iQuiz, Klondike, and Vortex.

Launch titles[]

The launch lineup of games on the iTunes Store included:

  • Bejeweled - A puzzle game where you have to match gems.
  • Cubis 2 - A puzzle game which is played by sliding blocks.
  • Mahjong - A game based on the popular Chinese board game.
  • Mini Golf - A mini golf game played from a top down view.
  • PAC-MAN - A remake of the arcade classic which involves the PAC-MAN character eating pellets while avoiding ghosts.
  • Tetris - A remake of the classic game where the objective is to get lines of blocks.
  • Texas Hold'em - A shared-card poker game.
  • Zuma - A game where the objective is to create lines of coloured balls by elimating others.

Additional titles[]

  • Asphalt 4: Elite Racing
  • Backgammon
  • Block Breaker Deluxe
  • Bomberman
  • Brain Challenge
  • Bubble Bash
  • Cake Mania 3
  • Chalkboard Sports Baseball
  • Chess
  • Chinese Checkers
  • Crystal Defenders
  • CSI: Miami
  • Lode Runner
  • Lost: The Game
  • Monopoly
  • Ms. PAC-MAN
  • Musika
  • Mystery Mansion Pinball
  • Naval Battle
  • Peggle
  • Phase
  • Pirates: Aegir’s Fire
  • Pole Position: Remix
  • Real Soccer 2009
  • Reversi
  • Royal Solitaire
  • Scrabble
  • The Sims Bowling
  • The Sims DJ
  • The Sims Pool
  • Slyder Adventures
  • Song Summoner
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • SPORE Origins
  • Star Trigon
  • Sudoku
  • Tamagotchi: ‘Round the World
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • UNO
  • Wonder Blocks
  • Yahtzee[4]


The rise in popularity of the iOS-based iPod touch and iPhone caused older iPod models to decline in sales. By the end of September 2011, sales of all Click Wheel-based iPod games were discontinued by Apple.[5]


  1. Apple Announces iTunes 7 with Amazing New Features, Apple Computer. 2006-09-12.
  2. How To Download Discontinued iPod Click Wheel Games by Jay Frank Wilson, MethodShop. 2012-01-28.
  3. Review: Pac-Man for iPod, Peter Cohen, Macworld, 2006-09-26
  4. Complete List Of iPod Click Wheel Games by Jay Frank Wilson, MethodShop. 2009-04-15.
  5. Apple removes click-wheel games from iTunes as iPod classic lives its last days by Neil Hughes, AppleInsider. 2011-09-30.

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