Tablets are excellent devices for mobile games. Their larger screen sizes allow you to enjoy the graphics more. It also lets developers spread out the controls for an easier, better feel. Android tablets aren’t the most popular devices in the world. Many developers are making games that play in portrait mode and make more sense on phones. However, there are some games that are just plain better on tablets. Here are the best Android tablet games!
Alto’s Odyssey is one of the best runners of 2018. It features simple, but beautiful graphics, easy game play and mechanics, and a simple premise. You ski down a hit while making massive jumps and avoiding obstacles. Players collect coins along the way to unlock stuff in the in-game store. The game also has 180 goals to complete, various levels to play through, and even small extras like dynamic lighting and weather. It’s easily one of the best infinite runners of all time and its landscape mode orientation makes it even better on tablets than it does on phones. The game is freemium, but you probably won’t even notice. Most of the in-game purchases are for cosmetics anyway.
Beamdog is a developer on Google Play. They specialize in porting old PC games to Android. Beamdog currently have five titles out right now. They are Baldur’s Gate I and II, Icewind Dale, Neverwinter Nights, Seige of Dragonspear, and Planescape: Torment EE. All six games have similar mechanics. They are massive, hardcore RPGs with tons of skills, bad guys, dungeons, loot, and long stories. The UI is often cramped on even larger phones. Thus, tablets really are the best devices for these games. They run for $9.99 for the full game. There are also optional in-app purchases for stuff like voice packs and other customizations.
Bridge Constructor Portal is one of the newer Android games. It works perfectly well on phones. However, the larger size of the tablet screen makes pinpoint movement easier for this game. It features a bunch of levels, elements of both Portal and Bridge Constructor games, and Google Play Games support. It’s plays a little hard into the fan service of the Portal universe. However, it’s still a rock solid puzzle game. It’s also a pay-once game with no additional in-app purchases or advertisements.
Crashlands is an adventure game with a lot of other elements. You’ll have to level up your character like an RPG, craft and build things, engage in combat with bad guys, and a lot more. It’s a huge game with tons to do. There is also a story line involving an intergalactic trucker and a bad guy trying to destroy the world. It’s a ton of fun, has full-fledged cloud saving and there’s cross-platform support. It was our pick for the best game released in 2016 for a reason. It’s one of the better tablet games as well.
The Escapists is a puzzle-sandbox game. Players escape from prison by doing a bunch of stuff. You can tunnel out, disguise yourself as one of the guards, escape through the air conditioning ducts, or any one of a number of other ways. The game features six prison scenarios to play along with some fairly aggressive AI components. Fellow prisoners will beat you up and guards will find reasons to ransack your cell to look for contraband. It even has some RPG elements as well. The UI and landscape mode play style make it absolutely outstanding on tablets if you enjoy these types of games.
Kingdom Rush Vengeance is the latest game in a series of popular tower defense titles. This plays like a classic tower defense game. You build towers and send out heroes to defeat the bad guys before they reach the end of the level. There are a bunch of levels, towers, and heroes to play with along with many, many upgrades as well as boss fights. The UI is just fine on a phone. However, all the bad guys can make everything feel cluttered and tablets help it feel less so. Almost any tower defense game would be good for tablets, including popular ones like Bloons TD 5 and others.
Minecraft dropped the Pocket Edition moniker in 2017. It’s not the full-fledged version of the game. That means it’s playable with Xbox One and PC versions of the game as well. We recommend this one for tablets because of all of the controls. There is a ton to do in Minecraft, including explore, craft, build, and do other stuff. Microsoft sells servers at a monthly cost in case you don’t want to make your own. Additionally, the mobile version is cheaper than the console or PC versions. In any case, it’s one of the excellent Android tablet games.
Pocket City is a city building simulator similar to Sim City. That’s a rough sentence to say out loud. Anyway, this is a fairly basic city sim. You build various types of buildings, roads, and utilities to make your town run smoothly. It features weather disasters along with positive things like parties that make your city feel alive. Players progressively unlock more land, more buildings, and more stuff as they play. The free version is just the base game. The premium version includes more features, a dedicated sandbox mode, and no advertising. This is a surprisingly good Sim City style game and we love that it isn’t a freemium game. You can also play in either landscape or portrait mode.
République is a room-escape puzzle game. Your goal is to play as a hacker who helps a girl escape her captors. It’s an entertaining stealth game with pretty decent graphics and an in-depth, engaging storyline to top things off. You’ll also be able to find and make various tools to help you along the way. It’s an episodic adventure so you’ll have to buy the final four episodes separately as in-app purchases, but the first episode is only a couple of bucks. It also received a massive update in late 2018 with a ton of bug fixes and some new content.
Returner 77 is a woefully underrated game. It’s a puzzle game with sci-fi story elements and a fun premise. You are one of a handful of survivors after an alien attack. You must solve a variety of puzzles to complete the game and hopefully rebuild humanity. It features surprisingly great graphics, good controls, and a satisfying game play style. Obviously, playing on a tablet gives you more space to enjoy the graphics and solve the puzzles. The game goes for $4.99 with no in-app purchases It’s not the most unique, but it is a solid, fun game.
Riptide GP: Renegade is probably the best racing game out right now. The story starts with a racer who gets banned from the GP circuit for breaking the rules. You play as that person as you race to regain your glory. The game comes with some of the better graphics that you’ll see. There is also a campaign, online multiplayer, and various race types that you can play with. It also comes with support for split-screen multiplayer, hardware controller support, and more. It’s one of the tablet games worth a look.
Rollercoaster Tycoon Classic is the original game remastered for mobile. Your goal is to pick a scenario and build a theme park based on that scenario’s specifications. You win or lose depending on if you can do that. The game is an immense sim and there are dozens of hours of game play. Plus, playing on a tablet really helps with things like rollercoaster design. You can also pick up the game’s DLC as in-app purchases if you so choose. It’s one of the newer tablet games, but it’s already one of the best.
Square Enix is one of the best game developers on mobile. They have a vast collection of tablet games that range from console ports to made-for-mobile titles. You can find eight Final Fantasy games, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Adventures of Mana, Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider II, Chaos Rings 3, and many other great titles. Most of them play perfectly fine on a phone, but having a tablet really helps the experience shine. The prices vary from freemium to over $20, so there is a little something there no matter what you’re into. Their latest big release was Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, an excellent addition to your tablet games lineup. Square Enix has freemium games as well such as Final Fantasy Brave Exvius or Final Fantasy Record Keeper. However, those are best suited for phones, not tablets.
This War of Mine was one of the undisputed champions of 2015. It’s a horror-survival game where you must survive a war that’s happening around you. This causes you to make some pretty brutal decisions when it comes to who gets to live and who gets to die. You can also craft various items, manage your shelter, and you get a totally randomized cast of characters every time you start. It’s a dark game, but it’s also really good. The only downside is that it’s one of the more expensive tablet games.
Tsuro is a board game port for Android. It plays a lot like Ticket to Ride and other similar games. Players take turns creating paths on the game board. The player wins if they get the longest path and the most points. Tsuro is excellent on tablets for a couple of reasons. The first is that it features game play with up to eight players on the same device. Bigger screens make for better multi-person gaming experiences. The second is, like most board games, Tsuro can get a little cramped on smaller screens. Pandemic and Ticket to Ride are also excellent local multiplayer board game ports on Android that would play well on your tablet.
If we missed any great Android tablet games, tell us about them in the comments!