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Old January 5 2014, 10:02 AM   #1
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Tablet games that aren't awful?

I finally took the leap and got myself a Galaxy Tab 3. I've quite enjoyed it, but after hearing that smartphone and tablet gaming is the "wave of the future" I've been pretty dissapointed with what I've found so far. No I don't want any crappy "pay for extra ammo, weapons, etc" I just want a playable game that doesn't suck. Particularly tower defense, which I'm quite fond of.

I'm going on a road trip in a couple of weeks so would be quite interested in any good game suggestions. Preferably ones that I can pay for outright and not be nagged to buy extra stars, or coins, or whatever just to progress.
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Old January 5 2014, 11:00 AM   #2
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Re: Tablet games that aren't awful?

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[...]hearing that smartphone and tablet gaming is the "wave of the future" I've been pretty dissapointed with what I've found so far.
I tend to find that almost all waves of the future are far from it.
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Old January 5 2014, 08:55 PM   #3
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Re: Tablet games that aren't awful?

I've recently got a Galaxy Tab 3 as well after upgrading from a Tab 7.0 Plus that was having issues, and like you, I haven't really found any good games for it. A lot of tablet games use timer-based gameplay and often require an internet connection (for checking on the latest deals they can try to sell you) which isn't always feasable if you're on the road and can only use wifi. That said, I use my tablet more for utility apps than for gaming.
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Old January 5 2014, 08:57 PM   #4
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Re: Tablet games that aren't awful?

Is Oceanhorn not available for android? Deus Ex?
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Old January 5 2014, 09:08 PM   #5
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Re: Tablet games that aren't awful?

Maybe look for some board game apps? Other than that, I'd recommend installing an emulator for your favourite retro system. 99% of mobile games are horrible and the remaining 1% never rise above mediocre.
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Old January 5 2014, 09:18 PM   #6
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Re: Tablet games that aren't awful?

I agree with the board game suggestion. I've been enjoying the iOS version of Ticket to Ride recently.
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Old January 5 2014, 09:44 PM   #7
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Re: Tablet games that aren't awful?

My favorite games for my iPad are Real Solitaire and Dariusburst.
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Old January 5 2014, 09:49 PM   #8
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Re: Tablet games that aren't awful?

Hmm, maybe thats the problem. All the good tablet games are Apple exclusives.
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Old January 5 2014, 10:02 PM   #9
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Re: Tablet games that aren't awful?

I play Solitaire Classic more than anything else on my Android-based device - it has one ad when you fire it up and a banner ad that doesn't interfere with the game area, and that's it, so not bad. Other than it, every once in a while I will fire up one of the free versions of the Angry Birds games. There IS a little advertising but it isn't obnoxious, and there's a lot of fun gameplay available in the free versions without upgrading to paid ones.

I'll be glad when MiniCiv (an Android port of the game Civilization) is ready, but it is still at Alpha. Or at least I think I'll be glad - but really, playing something that takes that long to finish a game doesn't fit the profile of how I game with my device. Usually I just pull something up while I'm waiting on something else to happen that I can quit out of without feeling too invested.
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Old January 5 2014, 10:21 PM   #10
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Re: Tablet games that aren't awful?

Depends what you consider awful I suppose.
I've got a Tab 2 10.1, and found these games quite good, none are tower defense though:
Riptide GP 1 and 2 (a bluetooth controller like icontrolpad works great with them)
Plague Inc.
Tesla's Electric Mist 1,2,3
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Vector
New Orbit
Steambirds
Destroy Gunners
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Old January 6 2014, 02:28 AM   #11
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Re: Tablet games that aren't awful?

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Hmm, maybe thats the problem. All the good tablet games are Apple exclusives.
iOS does have a much better selection of games than Android.
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Old January 6 2014, 02:30 AM   #12
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Re: Tablet games that aren't awful?

Cutter John wrote: View Post
Hmm, maybe thats the problem. All the good tablet games are Apple exclusives.
Well, Ticket to Ride is Available on Android devices apparently:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...der.tt.android

Maybe that means there are others worth searching for.
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Old January 6 2014, 06:05 AM   #13
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Re: Tablet games that aren't awful?

Thanks for the titles Wildstar and Owain. I'll look for those.

So far I've gotten a game thats just called Tower Defense, another TD game based on Night of the Living Dead, and a space adventure called Galaxy on Fire 2. I like GoF, even though its a bit glitchy, and the touchscreen joystick makes me want to punch a baby.
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Old January 6 2014, 06:46 AM   #14
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GoF looks cool. Like the old Elite game.
I hope it can use a bluetooth controller, I hate onscreen controls.
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Old January 7 2014, 09:18 AM   #15
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Re: Tablet games that aren't awful?

Ticket to Ride isn't really my thing I'm afraid. Not really into online gaming.

Having played similar Flash games, I grabbed Plague Inc. last night for $2. It's an enjoyable game, even though I've yet to win a level. Even broke down and bought the Zombie virus expansion. Yes, it has a bunch of "add this special bonus for only $.99!" nonsense, but at least it isn't too intrusive.

Tesla's Electric Mist is downloaded and ready to be tried out.

Destroy Gunners was total BS. When I started the game, all I got was a "You need a _______ account to play" pop up, with no actual link as to how to actually get one. So "Delete".

I'll be checking out some of the others on Wildstars list.
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