Last year there were an estimated 2.5 billion gamers across the globe. To put that into perspective, that’s 34% of the world population! Those figures have risen phenomenally in the past decade and it’s largely down to the number of people playing games on their phones and tablets, rather than traditional consoles.
If console gaming isn’t for you and you don’t like looking down at the small screen of your mobile phone, you’ve come to the right place. Below is our list of the 5 best games that you should be playing on your tablet now.
26 years ago, brothers, Paul and Oliver Collyer released Championship Manager ‘93 to the masses. Despite featuring a small database and none of the mod cons of games today, the game was a tremendous success and went on to develop a cult following of fans.
Following an argument with the licensing company, the creators of the game renamed it Football Manager and moved to work with Sports Interactive and Sega. Since then the game has gone from strength-to-strength and even made its debut as a handheld game.
Initially, the game was only playable on devices such as the PSP, but it can now be downloaded and enjoyed on mobile and tablet. If you’re as passionate about Football Manager as other fans but can’t justify spending all your time playing the game on PC, the tablet version is for you.
The handheld database is smaller and the user controls are more simplistic, allowing you a more enjoyable playing experience in which you won’t get bogged down in training drills and foreign scouting missions.
Poker is one of the most popular games in the world and is enjoyed by millions of players worldwide. Before the advent of the internet, poker games were usually confined to the glitzy halls of Las Vegas or dingy backstreet basements.
The company behind this app was one of the first to recognize the potential of the internet and thus, heavily invested in online poker technology. The result is a stunning app that is streets ahead of its competitors.
If you enjoy playing online poker games, you’ll love 888 Poker on your tablet. There are plenty of choices available, ensuring all levels of players are catered for, as well as more fast-paced games for players who haven’t got much time on their hands.
Every once in awhile a freemium game comes along that is suddenly the talk of the world like Candy Crush and Pokemon Go. One game that should have had that amount of recognition but hasn’t is Alto’s Odyssey.
The game is pretty simple, your character skies down an ever-increasingly difficult range of slopes and has to make jumps to win coins and progress. Unlike many other freemium games, this title’s developers have actually invested in the design and graphics of the game.
Alto’s Odyssey is also incredibly addictive. You can compete against your friends or simply try and better your own high-score, either way, you’ll be playing for way longer than you expected.
If you want to, you can purchase extra skins and aesthetic items to augment your gaming experience. However, if you choose to play for free you’ll notice little difference in your experience from a paying player, making it our favourite type of freemium game.
This game was released in 2015 but still remains hugely popular with gamers thanks to its premise and execution. The game centers on the ever-popular theme of the world apocalypse, with you being tasked with building a fallout shelter for survivors and rebuilding the planet.
Initially, you’ll have to focus on the basics of simply building a durable shelter and sourcing food and water for the survivors. However, over time you’ll move onto more sizeable tasks like expanding your community and fending off warring tribes of survivors.
This style of game has been done plenty of times before, but it doesn’t make Fallot Shelter any less playable. The developers have done everything in their power to make this a hit-game that you’ll simply love.
Minecraft Pocket Edition
If you like the idea of Fallout Shelter but feel that it lacks a certain level of detail then you may want to spend $7 downloading this game. Minecraft was first released in 2011 on PC and has gone on to become a global phenomenon.
Not only was Minecraft popular with players but it was also heralded by some industry experts as one of the ‘most influential and popular video games of all-time.’ One of the many reasons for the success of the game is its attention to detail.
Players can build their own communities, towns and cities, focusing on every minute detail, so much so that many players have even recreated world monuments in their own gaming environment.
The tablet app is obviously lower on detail than its PC counterpart but there is still plenty to enjoy in both survival and creative mode.
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