Tablet gaming has been on the rise for a good while now, but with the release of the Xperia Tablet S, gamers have finally got a device that they can really get their teeth into. Launching with a slew of compatible games comprising the cream of the crop of the Google Play Store, and with an Nvidia® Tegra® 3 processor ticking away under the hood, and Android 4.0.3, the Xperia Tablet S is the perfect device for gamers on the go. While PlayStation Mobile will be included too, to whet your appetite ahead of the launch, here are five blistering Android games that show off just what the tablet can do.
A staggeringly beautiful platform game that plays with light and shade, Oscura is an adventure unlike any other. You play the steward of a lighthouse that has for aeons kept the forces of darkness at bay. When the lamp breaks, it’s your job to traverse the nightmarish outside world, avoiding globular beasts that can kill you with a single touch, dodging spikes and spinning cogs, and collecting the glowing chunks of the lamp in order to repair the lighthouse before it’s too late.
EA’s terrifying mobile version of the console smash hit, Dead Space features some of the most gruesome creatures ever committed to pixel and code. A gory survival horror with controls optimised for touch screen devices, the game is set three years after the original, and sees you playing an all new character, the mysterious Vandal. He’s sent to commit acts worthy of his name by the Church of Unitology, but it doesn’t take too long for the Necromorphs to appear and the blood and gibbets to start flowing.
A flight simulator that recreates the glory days of the dog fight, Sky Gamblers: Rise of Glory is a tough but rewarding World War One shooter that sees you taking control of a series of rickety biplanes, and attempting to restore order to the skies of Europe. Once you get a hang of the controls, there’s a brilliant, deep game of aerial combat here, ringing with the rattle of machine gun fire and the roar of propellers.
Gameloft’s official game of this summer’s superhero blockbuster, The Amazing Spiderman lets you don Peter Parker’s red and blue unitard for an adventure through the skyline of Manhattan. Drawing heavily on the likes of Arkham Asylum, The Amazing Spiderman is part street level brawler, part breathtaking swing through the man-made canyons of New York City. The game manages to capture the exhilharation of being a spider-powered hero perfectly, with each leap off a skyscraper eliciting an internal “woo hoo”.
If you prefer your gaming a little more retro, then R-Type is the perfect antidote to polygons and extra dimensions. A gloriously difficult 2D shooter that set the standard for carnage in the 16bit era, this touchscreen remake is every bit as furiously action packed as the original. With giant bosses, huge lasers, and a sci-fi heritage that takes in everything from Aliens to Star Wars, R-Type is a shooter fan’s dream.