Best New Tablet Games: Be a Hero of Dragon Age, assassinate pirates, and discover 'The Wolf Among Us'

by Mike Rougeau

December 6 2013

It was a big week for tablet games, but we've narrowed it down to ten new releases to get excited about.

With dozens of new tablet game releases every week, it can be daunting to try to determine which ones are worth your time. It wasn't easy this week, but we narrowed it down to ten suggestions.

A few really big names came out this week: Assassin's Creed Pirates is a swashbuckling adventure from Ubisoft, while Dragon Age Heroes takes the series in a new direction with a free-to-play hero collection game. Meanwhile The Wolf Among Us, from The Walking Dead makers Telltale Games, is a story- and character-driven adventure based on the Fables comics.

You may have heard of Skulls of the Shogun if you follow gaming in general, as it made a splash (of cartoony blood) on Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox 360 earlier this year. Now the charming strategy game has been released on iOS, and iPad users have one fewer reason to be jealous of their Microsoft-loving counterparts.

The Double Dragon Trilogy combines three old school brawler games into one package for iOS and Android, while Space Hulk brings the classic Warhammer 40K board game to tablet screens. Tank Domination focuses on tank customization and real-time multiplayer combat, and Wurdy is like the multiplayer board game Taboo, but looser and cheaper.

Finally, continue?9876543210 and Pretentious Game are the artsy titles of the week, with equal helpings of smug self-awareness and well-designed puzzles.

Flip through the slideshow below for more on each new game. Their descriptions are taken from their App Store pages.

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  • 1 Heroes of Dragon Age
    Slide 1

    "COLLECT THE HEROES. BECOME A LEGEND! Build a party of famous warriors and epic monsters from Dragon Age lore. Battle other players in strategic, CCG-inspired 3D combat. Fight bosses on engaging quests from the award-winning, dark fantasy RPG games."

  • 2 Assassin's Creed Pirates
    Slide 2
    Assassin's Creed Pirates

    "Become one of the most feared pirates of the Caribbean in this exclusive Assassin's Creed adventure on smartphones and tablets! Play as Alonzo Batilla, a young and ambitious captain, a pirate eager to take on the fiercest of enemies... Break all the rules, challenge empires and make your own fortune!"

  • 3 The Wolf Among Us
    Slide 3
    The Wolf Among Us

    "From the makers of the 2012 Game of the Year: The Walking Dead, comes a gritty, violent and mature thriller based on the award-winning Fables comic books (DC Comics/Vertigo). As Bigby Wolf - THE big bad wolf - you will discover that a brutal, bloody murder is just a taste of things to come in a game series where your every decision can have enormous consequences. An evolution of Telltale's ground-breaking choice and consequence game mechanics will ensure the player learns that even as Bigby Wolf, Sheriff of Fabletown, life in the big bad city is bloody, terrifying and dangerous."

  • 4 Double Dragon Trilogy
    Slide 4

    "A groundbreaking, uber-popular game upon its arcade debut in 1987, Double Dragon is the undisputed godfather of co-op beat ‘em all! Enter Double Dragon Trilogy, a compilation specially optimized for mobiles and which includes all three installments of the beloved arcade series: Double Dragon, Double Dragon 2: The Revenge, and Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone. The first one begins with Billy and his brother Jimmy, two martial arts experts, in a mission to rescue Billy's girlfriend, Marian, who’s been kidnapped by the Black Shadows Gang. All your favorite moves are here: punches, kicks, elbows, knees, head-butts and an assortment of not-exactly-street-legal weapons. Battle your way through all 3 titles and bask in the greatness of one of the ‘80s most popular arcade games!"

  • 5 Wurdy
    Slide 5

    "Wurdy is the NEW fast and frantic party game - you have 60 seconds to describe as many words as you can to your friends! There's just one catch - you can't rhyme, mime, or spell them out! Tired of bland family gatherings, endless small talk at cocktail parties, or just another night at the pub? Get your Wurdy on! It's the 'always with you' sure-fire antidote for the social blahs."

  • 6 Tank Domination
    Slide 6
    Tank Domination

    "Tank Domination is a free-to-play MMO action game for mobile devices that throws you into the thick of modern armored vehicle combat!"

  • 7 Space Hulk
    Slide 7

    "Get the original board game experience with this digital version of the iconic game. Space Hulk is a difficult, yet rewarding, tactical turn-based game set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe. "This digital version of the board game features a single player campaign, set in a beautiful 3D environment, and comes with cross platform multiplayer functionality, which recreates the classic claustrophobic board game experience."

  • 8 continue?9876543210
    Slide 8

    "You are a dead, failed video game character wandering through the recesses of the Random Access Memory, trying to find peace in the final moments of your existence before being deleted forever...but forget that. The real story is that Continue? is an existential metaphor that explores the finite nature of existence and the beauty and tyranny of our desires within it. It's a bit like Sword & Sworcery, but with more action and weirdness."

  • 9 Skulls of the Shogun
    Slide 9

    "Crush your enemies and eat their skulls! Skulls of the Shogun is a fast-paced turn-based strategy game, supercharged with fighting-game flare and double-stuffed with a serious sense of humor! Enter the Samurai Afterlife and join forces with undead warriors, magical monks, and mighty mustachioed samurai generals!"

  • 10 Pretentious Game
    Slide 10
    Pretentious Game

    "Is Pretentious Game an overwhelming experience with a touching message or just a too pretentious game? You be the judge. Have you ever realized how words are important? And how they can drive our emotions? Enjoy the uncluttered and peculiar aesthetics of Pretentious Game and plunge wholeheartedly into a poetic and deep story. Follow the adventures of a blue square passionately in love with his pink sweetheart, and help him bring his feelings to light. Read between the lines of Pretentious Game to progress through the story, and let your feelings overcome you…"


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