A million, billion games will hit tablets in the coming year. Some of them will even be good. But which ones?
There’s no way to know for sure, but I’m definitely looking forward to finding out about these 20.
This Escher-esque puzzle game seems like it’s going to be a mind-bender. Luckily we’ll get to stare at all that beautiful art while our minds are being warped. ETA: Q1 2014
Final Fantasy VI
Before Final Fantasy VII, there was Final Fantasy VI (duh). Many consider it to be the best FF game, and one of the best RPGs of the RPG-rich Super Nintendo era. It took a while, but Square Enix is finally bringing it to tablets. ETA: winter 2014.
FTL: Advanced Edition
The “Advanced Edition” of FTL: Faster Than Light promises to add a ton of new content, including a brand new alien race, to this complex and addictive PC strategy game. ETA: early 2014.
Tales from the Borderlands
After the success of The Walking Dead, Telltale Games can do whatever it wants. And what it wants is apparently to partner up with 2K to make a story-driven Borderlands game that will appear on tablets this year. ETA: 2014.
Death Road to Canada
Rocketcat is one of my favorite mobile and tablet game developers. Their genius dates all the way back to Hook Quest, but the permadeath zombie road trip called Death Road to Canada looks just as fresh. It also has dogs driving cars, so yeah. ETA: Q1 2014
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
If there’s one thing Blizzard understands it’s making games that you can’t put down. I’m a little scared for the card-battling game Hearthstone to finally arrive on tablets. ETA: second half of 2014.
Jonathan Blow achieved indie fame thanks to Braid, and we’ve been waiting for The Witness ever since. This island exploration game evokes the classic Myst, though I’m sure there’s more to it than that. Hopefully we’ll find out this year. ETA: 2014
Supposedly Team Meat is still working on the iPad version of Super Meat Boy. But in the meantime they’ve been making this cat collection simulator. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for now. ETA: 2014
The Kickstarter that started them all. Tim Schafer and Double Fine’s Broken Age started small, but it broke records on the crowd-funding site and now expectations are high. Rightfully so, I hope. ETA: January 2014 (Act 1)
I for one am not yet sick of the paper aesthetic previously used by games like Tearaway and Strata. Tengami looks like Superbrothers, but made of Origami. ETA: 2014 (hopefully)
Agents of Storm
Agents of Storm had the distinct honor of being shown off during Spike TV and Geoff Keighley’s “VGX” show in December. Alan Wake developer Remedy called it “reverse tower defense.” ETA: 2014
Super Nintendo-style 16-bit graphics have long been a desirable aesthetic, and in the indie platformer/hack-n-slash/RPG-lite the old school homage extends to the gameplay as well. I dig the Castlevania vibe. ETA: 2014 (“soon”)
There are few things more frustrating than getting all the way through a Trials level just to biff a jump right at the end—and yet it’s impossible to put down. This sequel should be no different. It’s already been “soft launched” in Canada and Finland, so expect it out soon. ETA: 2014
The Franz Kafka Video Game
Do you like Franz Kafka? How about video games? This is exactly what it sounds like. If nothing else it will be something different. ETA: 2014
This ninja game looks promising, mostly for its fluid combat and platforming mechanics. ETA: February 2014
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath
The Oddworld series has been stagnating for some time, but I’m always down for a classic. Stranger’s Wrath is a cult favorite, and for good reason. ETA: 2014.
Electronic Super Joy
This indie platformer should be just as good on tablets as it is in PC. ETA: 2014
Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon
The original, Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, was an early mobile favorite thanks to its gorgeous backgrounds and unique mechanics. Playing as a spider is certainly unusual, but I think it will work just as well in the sequel. ETA: Spring 2014
Wadjet Eye Games does one thing, and it does it well: making story-driven pixel art adventure games. I’m looking forward most to Resonance, but Wadjet Eye’s Dave Gilbert promises the Blackwell series will arrive first. ETA: 2014 (hopefully)
Game of Thrones
Yeah, Telltale can definitely do whatever it wants at this point. ETA: 2014