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Age of Empires worked, but we couldn't click on much thanks to the way controls had been mapped.

That said, our hands-on time was spent with a pre-release app, and this could easily be fixed either now at full release or with a subsequent update. In fact, one area surprised us, and that was the expectation of slow downs, which were only present when the network itself seemed to suffer from congestion.

Overall, it’s an impressive little service, and one that actually in some ways feels like the only really good example we’ve seen for owning an iPad with a mobile access, as it essentially brings a work computer to any iPad in any place where there’s a mobile connection available.

Parallels Access is available now for the iPad on the App Store, with the required Parallels User Agent software running on Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8 (supported by 10.9 when it launches), as well as a beta version running on Windows 7 and Windows 8.