Except for some word games, I’ve never cared much for gaming on my phone, and I had no plans to do much different with a tablet, but ever since I actually got one, I’ve been using the hell out of it for gaming. It’s been about 5 weeks now since I took delivery of my first tablet, the 8.4” Samsung Tab S, and I thought I’d share a list of the games I’ve enjoyed the most so far. Some or all of these games may be very familiar to many of you already, but I’d love to hear more recommendations from those with similar tastes.
The Silent Age (Android and iOS)
I got lucky and stumbled upon this game soon after getting my tablet and it’s by far my favorite. With the help of a time travel device, you will play a janitor as the reluctant hero slowly coming to terms that the fate of the world rests upon his success in this adventure. Enjoy the lovely and clean artwork, the low key, atmospheric soundtrack, and various sci-fi references (Simpson’s, Half Life, and wait for it — Back to the Future).
This game is available in two episodes, but unlike a lot of games that are released in installments these days, often with many agonizing months in between, the second episode completes this game; depending on your experience, that could be a good or a bad thing (I think it’s good, but would love another similar game from the same developers).
The Wolf Among Us (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360)
It seems every time I fire up this game, something comes along to interrupt my gameplay within the first few minutes. So even though I haven’t spent much time with this one yet, I love the graphics, story, and gameplay I’ve experienced so far. The method used during the action/fight scenes was unexpected and quite appropriate for the tablet platform.
Wizard’s Choice Vol. 1
A D&D style text adventure with occasional static images. In this RPG you don’t get to create your character (see title?), but you do get dynamic stats for health, manna, gold, and morale. I haven’t finished this first volume yet, but I’ve been enjoying the story and Choose Your Own Adventure-ish elements.
The Room (Android and iOS)
Superb graphics and sound effects. Basically object manipulation with a Lovecraftian backstory.
The Room Two (Android and iOS)
More of the same great stuff as in the first Room. Room Two has a bit more of a spookier edge to it.
Machinarium (Android, iOS, Windows, OS X, Linux)
This challenging gem has been around for a while now, as I recall playing the PC demo a few years ago. Taking another crack at it on my tablet and I think I’m already stuck in exactly the same place.
Smash Hit (Android and iOS)
Seriously, Smash Hit is like the video game equivalent of stomping on bubble wrap. Ascend through the levels by smashing glass objects to a soundtrack of ambient music. Very satisfying.
Aces of the Luftwaffe (Android and iOS)
If you were a fan of the classic arcade games 1942 and 1943: The Battle of Midway, I suspect you’ll enjoy Aces.
Zombie Roadkill (Android)
You have two methods to get your zombie hoard killing fix with this game: 1) shooting mode, where you roll into a town in an armored vehicle and take out the zombies from a fixed position, or 2) a highway mode, where you drive your armored vehicle down the highway taking out as many zombies as possible while avoiding other obstacles.