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iOS Rage Shootout: iPod 3G vs iPhone 4 vs iPad

If you have an iOS-enabled device and you like games, you should check out Rage Mutant Bash TV for the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

While iOS games generally lean on the more casual side of gaming, Rage is a little different thanks to it coming from id Software. For one, it's one helluva tech demo to show off to people.

John Carmack says that the A4 chip inside the latest generation of iOS devices is better than the previous generation Xbox and even the current Wii, but is still quite a ways away from the Xbox 360 or PS3. Still, Carmack says that even a game like Rage: Mutant Bash TV isn't even close to maxing out what the A4 chip can do.

We reviewed Rage last week just after it released, and our opinions haven't changed – it's a great fun and it's a good value at $1.99 for the HD version meant for iPad, iPhone 4 and the fourth generation iPod touch. There is a $0.99 SD version for the iPhone 3GS and the third generation iPod touch, however, that contains lower resolution assets that are made for the older displays.

Of course, anyone running one of the newer Retina Display devices or the iPad can purchase the $0.99 version too if they are on the budget. Carmack revealed that sales of the $1.99 version are far outpacing that of the SD version, but we still wanted to compare how the game looks across multiple platforms.

Check out the screen comparisons below:

iPod touch third-generation

iPod touch third-generation

iPhone 4

iPhone 4

iPad

iPad

Overall the look and feel of Rage: Mutant Bash TV is consistent regardless of platform, though the higher resolution textures really show through on the iPad version – even when compared to the iPhone 4. That said, it's worth paying just more than double for the HD version if you have a compatible device since it's only another dollar.