Who says only console gaming satisfies the soul? Here are some for phones and tablet games to get the juices flowing.
You’ve probably heard of Angry Birds. Yep. Rovio's blockbuster smartphone game about annoyed avians being catapulted into the air at their porcine antagonists has been downloaded over 15 million times, and has been catapulted, excuse the pun, into popular culture. Angry Birds is the poster child of the new touch gaming revolution. It's the game everyone has played.
You probably haven't heard of Shadowgun.
And yet, Madfinger’s incredibly gorgeous third-person shooter is one of the most significant games released for smartphones last year—one that silently heralds the beginning of a major gaming revolution.
Today's smartphones and tablets, powered by increasingly capable processors, have emerged as serious contenders in the gaming arena. iOS and Android devices are now a bonafide gaming platform—and a serious threat to the established Nintendo and Sony handheld systems, at least in terms of sheer numbers.
And, while games like Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja and Cut TheRope have spearheaded the rise of casual games on phones and tablets, the hardcore gamers still cling to their PS Vita and 3DS systems because they have been unable to find truly hardcore gaming experiences on their tablets.
However, this scenario is changing pretty rapidly. Consider the following examples.
A third-person cover shooter with eye-popping graphics, Shadowgun could be the game that finally makes hardcore gamers take to smartphone and tablet gaming. It's like playing Gears of War on your phone.
Emissary of War (Android / iOS)
This superb hack-n-slash is like a funnier, lighter version of Diablo—without losing the addictiveness. The clever touch controls make killing things more fun than ever.
Samurai 2 (iOS/Android)
A stunningly beautiful third-person chop-em-up with amazing eel-shaded 3D graphics. Slicing enemies into two has never looked better. One of the absolute best action games on a phone or tablet.
Myth Defense 2 (Android)
While tower defense games are fairly common on phones and tablets, Myth Defense 2 shines through as the most hardcore and challenging of the lot. An absolute gem—not for the weak.
Infinity Blade 2 (iOS)
The undoubted champion of mobile graphical powerhouse games, Infinity Blade 2 is truly a sight to behold. There are console games that don't look this good.