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recommendation needed: cool game for android tablet (nexus 7)

 
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I know next to nothing about computer games. I play a bit of Starcraft 2 on my Mac, but nothing else but solitare.

I've seen folks using smartphones and tablets as pretty cool controllers for games on the screen. The games use the gyros and position sensors so when you tilt the tablet, you can zoom from place to place.

I want to buy a cool game like that. I have no idea even what to search for.

Help/suggestions?
 
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I have barely more experience than you when it comes to games, but do check out Temple Run 2. It's free, and while I'm sure there are games out there that make more use of the sensors, it's a nice start.

And if you want to make really good use of those sensors, while putting your programming skills to use at the same time, as well as having some fun, get a Sphero. Wherever I've shown up with it we've had a good time.
 
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That's a tough question to answer. Sooo many different styles of games. There are few that would be similar to StarCarft (RTS's in general) but none come to mind that take full advantage of tablet features. Not sure any RTS really needs to. They are all just point and click.

Could you give an idea of other styles of games you enjoy? Racing, fighting, rpg, etc?
 
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Gregg Bolinger wrote: Racing, fighting, rpg, etc?



I'm guessing that the racing or flying or flying fighting games can show off the sensors.

I can say what else I like since I'm just not in that space at all. My daughter is, she says that nothing on Android counts as a game because you need a proper controller. Sigh.
 
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Pat Farrell wrote: she says that nothing on Android counts as a game because you need a proper controller. Sigh.


Which does she consider a 'proper' controller?
 
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Temple Run, Temple Run 2, Angry Birds
 
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One of my Android favs is "Pew Pew". It's like Asteroids on Steroids. Great fun!
 
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OK, now that some have been named, I tried angry birds, and plants vs zombies and neither of them kept me interested for more than a couple of minutes.

Back in the arcade days, I loved Missile Command
 
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Are you looking for casual games, puzzles, fast action games, or first person shooters?

Personally, I like casual, thinking games, and puzzles. I don't like games that rely on fast reflexes to beat the clock. I'm too old for that crap. I'm giving my family a "Wii U" for Christmas. I suspect my 6 year old granddaughter is going to clean my clock at Mario.
 
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J. Kevin Robbins wrote:Are you looking for casual games, puzzles, fast action games, or first person shooters?



I don't know enough about games to even know how to answer this. I do not have the reflexes of an 18 year old raised on Mario. I'm old and never was that fast.

From what I've seen watching others play FPS, they seem to rely upon amazing reflexes and reaction times, which I don't think I'd be any good at. But I'd never tried one.
 
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Casual games are slow paced and require thinking and planning. Think of The Sims. You might design a city or farm, build businesses, raise crops, etc. These games can go on for months, even years without ever actually ending. Your city just gets bigger.

For puzzles, think crosswords, Sudoku, Mah Jong, and a popular genre called "hidden objects" where you try to locate the objects in a busy scene.

Fast action games are anything where you are trying to beat the clock such as racing games, Mario-type and so on. I dislike these because of their reliance on fast reflexes and hand-eye coordination.

Finally, the FPS games. These are good for blowing off steam, other than that, I find them mostly redundant and boring, and again too much reliance on speed. I can only shoot so many zombies before I get bored.

I'll check my tablet when I get home. I know I spend a lot of time playing MegaPolis and The Tribez, but there are a couple of others whose names escape me at the moment. Two of them are about raising and cross-breeding monsters and dragons.
 
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Pat Farrell wrote:Back in the arcade days, I loved Missile Command

...which is available in many versions on the google play store.
 
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fred rosenberger wrote:

Pat Farrell wrote:Back in the arcade days, I loved Missile Command

...which is available in many versions on the google play store.




I installed the first one returned, and it doesn't take advantage of the sensors. I want to show off how cool the Nexus 7 is.
 
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