iPod Games is a feature added along with the iPod 5G on 12 September 2006. It was announced at Apple's "It's Showtime" event by CEO Steve Jobs. Games were made available for $4.99 from the iTunes Store and designed specifically to be used with the iPod's controls. Currently iPod Games are only available for use with 5G iPods, and they are the only items that can be downloaded from the iTunes store which cannot be used from within iTunes. It has been replaced by Apps. They are stored as .ipg files.
Certain games, such as PAC-MAN and Tetris have been criticized for awkward controls.
The launch line-up consisted of 9 games which were:
- 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.
- Vortex - A circular 3D breakout type game.
- Zuma - A game where the objective is to create lines of coloured balls by elimating others.
Additional games included:
- Lost: The Game
- Ms. Pacman
- Royal Solitaire
- The Sims Bowling
- Sonic the Hedgehog