Best New Tablet Games: Go Angry Birds, gangster's paradise, and may the force be LEGO

by Mike Rougeau

December 13 2013

Isn't it about time to start holiday shopping (for yourself)? Here are ten new tablet games to check out.

With dozens of new tablet game releases every week, it can be daunting to try to determine which ones are worth your time. It's never easy, but yet again we narrowed it down to ten suggestions.

The biggest game of the week is none other than Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, a long-awaited port of what's arguably the best GTA game ever. It's been enhanced for iPads, and despite the premium price you can hardly go wrong with this one.

That wasn't the only big franchise to get a new entry this week though; Angry Birds Go! graced the Apple App Store as well, not to mention the Google Play marketplace. A kart racer in true Mario Kart spirit, Go! is the Angry Birds series' biggest departure yet.

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga crams all six films into one LEGO-fied package, though you'll be coughing up cash for in-app purchases if you want to play them all. And Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a worthy port of a classic Sega game.

The release of The Room 2 is big news for avid mobile gamers who loved the first entry in the mystery/puzzle series. And Sushi Snake is a fun twist on a classic game that some of you old-timers might remember playing on early mobile phones.

Ski Safari: Adventure Time looks fun despite being a licensed game, and Adventure Time is totally not just for kids FYI. Meanwhile Tale Tapper: Paddy's Quest is a cute little stealth game that unfortunately has nothing to do with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Finally, Icycle and Cyro are two indie games that deserve mention despite not quite making it onto last week's list.

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

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Mike Rougeau is the editor of TabTimes Games. He's based in Los Angeles.

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  • 1 Angry Birds Go!
    Slide 1

    "Welcome to downhill racing on Piggy Island! Feel the rush as you fling those freewheeling birds and piggies down the track at breakneck speed – with plenty of twists and turns in a thrilling race to the finish line! But beware! Look out for hazardous roads, mischievous opponents riding your tail and special powers to put the race leader behind the pack. Plus, go from soapbox car to supercar by upgrading your ride! Ready…Set…Angry Birds Go!"

  • 2 Sushi Snake
    Slide 2
    Sushi Snake

    "Sushi Snake is a minimalist puzzle game where your only objective is to eat all of the food."

  • 3 Ski Safari: Adventure Time
    Slide 3
    Ski Safari: Adventure Time

    "Adventure Time meets Ski Safari! Shred the slopes of Ooo with Finn and his friends in this endlessly fun downhill adventure."

  • 4 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    Slide 4

    "Rockstar Games brings its biggest release to mobile yet with a vast open-world covering the state of San Andreas and its three major cities – Los Santos, San Fierro and Las Venturas – with enhanced visual fidelity and over 70 hours of gameplay."

  • 5 The Room 2
    Slide 5

    "Welcome to The Room Two, a physical puzzler, wrapped in a mystery game, inside a beautifully tactile 3D world. The much anticipated sequel to ‘The Room’, Apple’s Game of the Year 2012 and recipient of a BAFTA award, is here at last. Follow a trail of cryptic letters from an enigmatic scientist known only as "AS" into a compelling world of mystery and exploration."

  • 6 LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
    Slide 6
    LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

    "LEGO® Star Wars™: The Complete Saga is available on iOS for the first time! Experience the epic adventures of Star Wars™, from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace to Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, through the fun and whimsical world of LEGO."

  • 7 Tale Tapper: Paddy's Quest
    Slide 7
    Tale Tapper

    "Tale Tapper: Paddy’s Quest is an adventure game that combines stealth and platform game elements to create a fast-paced gameplay experience that will progressively test the players’ reflex skills while demanding smart decisions to avoid enemies. You play as Paddy, helping him to sneak into the King’s Castle to recover his gold which was stolen by The Fool. Immerse yourself in this intriguing world, discover its secrets and don't get caught!"

  • 8 Sonic the Hedgehog 2
    Slide 8
    Sonic the Hedgehog 2

    "One of the greatest adventures of all time re-mastered for mobile devices! Speed back in time and discover the game that first united Sonic the Hedgehog with his amazing flying sidekick Miles “Tails” Prower. Run through high speed levels packed with enemies and hazards as you zoom along loop de loops in your mission to destroy the devious Dr. Eggman. This definitive version has been fully built from the ground up for mobile devices, featuring re-mastered graphics and audio, and all new game content."

  • 9 Icycle: On Thin Ice
    Slide 9
    Icycle: On Thin Ice

    "Ever kissed a fish? Games and art become one in the masterfully crafted and visually stunning Icycle: On Thin Ice. Play as the cold naked hero Dennis, and pedal, jump and glide through each beautiful but deadly post-apocalyptic frozen wonderland."

  • 10 Cyro
    Slide 10

    "Help the cyro people build a bridge to the planet they admire. Two tiny cyro workers grab a bar, keep it rotating, and want to be led through all kinds of mazes."


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