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Best Tablet Games for iOS and Android

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The combination of powerful specs and large, high-resolution touch screens make tablets great for gaming. As a result, there’s a variety of excellent titles that take full advantage of Android and iOS slates. From puzzles to card games, first person shooters to intricate war games and everything in between, here are some of our favorite tablet games.

Vainglory (Android, iOS) (Free)

A MOBA game in the vein of Dota 2 or League of Legends, Vainglory takes the same, team-based gameplay experience to touch screen devices with nary a compromise in complexity and required skill. Players take their pick from a roster of heroes and engage in three-on-three battles in an attempt to destroy the Vain, which sits at the core of the enemy base. Vainglory might not be the first attempt at a mobile MOBA, but it does a great job with its slick graphics and touch screen-friendly controls.

Clash Royale (Android, iOS) (Free)

Supercell’s Clash Royal features an interesting mix of tower defense and lane pushing gameplay, all within tight 3-minute rounds. Players must carefully balance offense and defense, and with the quick play rounds, a single mistake can swing an entire match. That said, the game is free to play, so expect some grindyness as you slog through matches in order to earn reward chests (which you must also wait to unlock), unless you shell out cash for premium currency.

The Room 3 (Android, iOS) ($4.99)

The Room 3 builds on the success of previous installments, providing gamers with a series of challenging puzzles and satisfyingly tactile controls. Players must unravel a series of increasingly complex puzzles as they seek to unearth the secrets of The Null and the mysterious Craftsman. The game’s hallmark is its use of touch screen controls, with swipes, taps, and gestures intuitively manipulating puzzle elements, giving the game a very natural, immersive feel. New additions to the series include a ‘hub’ area called Grey Holm with a series of ongoing puzzles, as well as a branching ending that depends on how well you solve the game’s mysteries.

Prune is a relaxing, minimalist puzzle game that draws heavily from the Japanese art of bonsai. Players need to carefully cultivate a growing plant, deftly pruning stray branches and taking advantage of the environment and obstacles. If everything works out well, your plant gets enough light, and you’re rewarded with an elegant bonsai tree with fresh blossoms swaying in the wind. The game’s stark, minimalist aesthetic is joy to behold, and the game has a screen capture function built in, allowing you to save particularly elegant or strange blooms to your camera roll.

In a similar vein, touchscreen puzzle Tengami has players diving into an puzzle adventure inspired by Japanese folklore and the art of origami or paper folding. Taking the form of a pop-up book, Tengami has players exploring a folded paper world, complete with sliding elements, fold-out sections, and other cunning pop-up elements that are incorporated into the various puzzles that you must navigate through. It’s an audiovisual joy for the senses, and its only real flaw is that it’s not an incredibly long experience.

Lara Croft GO (Android, iOS) ($1.99) 

Lara Croft GO reimagines the classic action platformer Tomb Raider as a turn-based puzzle board game. Guide Lara Croft through ancient ruins in search of forgotten treasures and to unravel the mystery behind the Queen of Venom. Numerous animations and audio effects provide a pulp adventure feel, all while retaining the GO series’ challenging puzzle gameplay.

Table Tennis Touch (Android, iOS) ($0.99)

Table Tennis Touch takes the high-intensity game of pingpong and translates it adroitly into a mobile-friendly form. Players take control of the paddles with swipes, engaging in high-speed rallies against a variety of opponents. Players can engage in a Career mode, have at it in Quick Play games or unlock a variety of challenging minigames in Arcade mode. Table Tennis Touch looks and plays great, and with a multiplayer mode in the works, it’s only going to get better.

Alto’s Adventure (Android, iOS) ($3.99)

A relaxing infinite runner in the vein of Canabalt, Velocity, and Ski Free, Alto’s Adventure has you chasing down escaped llamas by snowboarding through the mountainside. Along the way, you have to avoid perils like rocks, fires, and chasms, while picking up coins and scoring points for tricks. While it’s standard infinite runner fare, the game’s clean, simple design and low stress presentation that makes it so endearing and almost oxymoronic: a relaxing action game.

Her Story (iPad) ($4.99)

Are you a fan of crime and investigative pieces such as Serial and Making a Murderer? Well, here’s an interesting game for you budding Sherlocks out there. Sam Barlow’s Her Story has you doing the detective work and piecing together a mystery surrounding a woman being interviewed about her missing husband. Armed only with a mothballed computer and an antique police database, you must search through the files for short video clips of the woman’s seven police interviews to unravel the whole story. To say more would spoil the experience.

Implosion: Never Lose Hope (Android, iOS)($9.99)

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