If you want the best gaming experience on Android, then you'll want to play on an Android tablet. Playing certain games on a phone just doesn't compare to playing them on a larger display. But which Play Store titles are most suited to tablets? Find out below in our list of the best Android tablet games.
If you haven’t heard of Minecraft by now, you must have been living under a rock. Or a block. Minecraft is the smash hit game from Mojang, which focuses on letting you build. Build what, exactly? Almost anything.
Minecraft provides a huge sandbox for you to play in. You mine blocks to gather materials, craft items, create huge structures, dig caves and fight off zombies. The number of possibilities available in its procedurally generated worlds is endless. Check out some of the most impressive creations ever made in the PC version at the link.
Minecraft is ideally played on a larger device because it requires lots of item management and swapping between materials in your inventory, and this can be done far more precisely on a tablet than on a smartphone.
Agar.io is a deceptively simple game. You play as a cell that must grow bigger by eating things smaller than it. It’s easy... for a while. As you increase in size you become slower and become a target for larger players looking to gobble you up.
Agar.io is all about trying to get to, and stay at, the top of the leaderboard by being the biggest cell. As of the latest update, the functionality has been extended to include experience points, stat-tracking and premium skins, providing a richer experience now than when it first topped the Play Store charts.
Agar.io requires you to be aware of what is all around you. Don’t squander your opportunities for success by playing on a small display and blocking up half of your display; move this one onto a tablet.
Scribblenauts remix isn’t exactly new, but it remains one of the best Android tablet games. Scribblenauts Remix is a puzzle game that relies on your ingenuity to succeed. In each stage, you are presented with a goal, which can only be reached by creating items. What's unique about Scribblenauts is that these items are created by writing their name.
For example: need to get from one piece of land to another? Write “boat” or “dingy” or even “unicorn” and the item will be dropped in front of you for your character to use.
Scribblenauts is still the best example of this type of game to date. It won’t recognize every single noun in the world, it does know thousands, and it’s perfectly suited to tablets because it requires a lot of typing.
Some say playing a board game on a tablet is a crime, and as a board game fan, I tend to agree, but there are exceptions to this rule. Playing a board games on Android is a great way to test drive a game before you purchase a physical copy because they are far cheaper than the real thing.
Ticket to Ride and Catan are good examples of this, but I highly recommend Talisman for a deeper game experience. Some people argue that it's purely a roll-and-move board game and that it doesn’t require much strategy, but that's up for debate. What I can say with some certainty, however, is that it's a blast to play, with the 'dice with death' part being particularly nerve-racking.
Hit me up in the comments or Twitter if you want to argue about how good Talisman is.
What tablet list would be complete without a racing game? Asphalt Nitro is the newest Gameloft title in the long-running Asphalt series and, as the name suggests, it provides some high-octane fun.
Racing games are great on tablets because, you get to hold the tablet like a steering wheel – which is always fun – and because you get to really appreciate the often-unappreciated backgrounds and scenery.
If you’re looking for the most well-rounded racing game currently on Android, this could be it.
These are the games that I consider essential for your Android tablet, but this list covers just a few of the thousands of cool games that are optimized for tablets, and I’m sure everyone has their favorites. What are yours? Lets us know in the comments below.