Tablets make great productivity tools when you need to get work done on the run — but they also equally well suited to gaming. In recent years, the chipsets that power these games have come along in leaps and bounds, making it possible to enjoy console-level gaming in gorgeous 3D environments. Here are five of the best looking games to show off your new tablet with, ranging from sprawling fantasy RPGs to beautiful platformers.
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You can't have a list like this without explosions. Thankfully, Modern Combat 5: Blackout has got buckets on 'em. As it's name implies, the game is a shameless clone of Modern Warfare, complete with FPS multiplayer, a cinematic single-player mode and the ability to unlock new guns. If you're after mindless action, few apps do it better. Don't even think about playing this one on a phone — it fully demands the 'big screen' experience.
Fallout 4 is one of the hottest games this Christmas season. If you don't have roughly 400 hours to spare, try this bite-sized puzzler instead. Fallout Shelter charges you with building and maintaining a fallout shelter following a nuclear war — everything from water and electricity to happiness and procreation needs to be carefully managed. It's a cute, additive game that benefits from a wonderfully retro 1950s-style design. Watching your vault dwellers go about their subterranean lives on a 1080p tablet is oddly soothing. (Well, until the Deathclaws show up, anyway.) If you're going to play Fallout Shelter, a tablet is definitely the way to go — trying to micro-manage a teeming underground metropolis on your phone is an exercise in frustration.
Badland is a 2D platformer that looks quite unlike anything else on Android or iOS. The player guides a furry critter called Clony through a meticulously rendered woodland beset with traps and robotic nasties. The game uses stunning lighting effects to convey the passage of time — it's easily one of the most beautiful apps you'll ever play on a tablet.
Game Of Thrones is a six-part video game series that takes its cues from HBO's TV adaptation. It follows the trials and tribulations of House Forrester, a Northern family loyal to the Starks. The game does a great job of capturing the look and feel of the TV show (albeit in cartoon form) form, with several actors lending their voices and likenesses, including Natalie Dormer (Daenerys), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Lena Headey (Cercie) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow). The game looks suitably epic on a widescreen tablet, with plenty of battles and iconic landmarks to enthrall the player.
There are a multitude of great car racing apps for tablets, but few are as visually impressive as Real Racing 3. As the third game in the series, Real Racing 3 provides a finely-tuned racing experience for rev heads: in all, there are fifteen licensed tracks and 153 officially licensed cars from 27 manufacturers. Just be mindful of in-game purchases — approach it like a sports car collector and only buy the models you really love!