Best New Tablet Games: Walk with the dead, raid some tombs, and cut a rope (or two)

by Mike Rougeau

December 20 2013

It's the last week before Apple's App Store closes down for the holidays, and the tablet games are out in full force. Here are ten to consider as stocking stuffers.

There are a couple highlight again this week, but the big one is undoubtedly another Telltale Games release: the first episode of The Walking Dead season 2. The Walking Dead season 1 won countless awards in 2012, and fans have been waiting for the story to continue ever since.

Another one fans have been waiting for is Cut the Rope 2, the sequel to a physics-based puzzle game that the developers claim sold more than 400 million downloads worldwide.

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

Republique is a stylish-looking stealth game with a healthy dose of hype behind it, and Colossatron is a new game from Halfbrick, the developers of the popular Jetpack Joyride. It should prove a gas.

The Shadow Sun is a large-scale RPG (think mobile Skyrim maybe?) with some big-name developers behind it, While Empire Deluxe Mobile Edition is a classic strategy game brought to life on tablets for the first time.

And don't forget Tomb Raider, a full-fledged port of the entire original PlayStation game for just $.99.

Atomic+ is a twitchy game that looks like it has more to do with science than it really does, Island of the Lizard King is an interactive game book from a long-running series, and The Way Home is an arcade game with a time travel twist.

And don't forget that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas launched for Android tablets this week—though you might want to think twice before buying it.

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  • 1 The Walking Dead Season 2, episode 1
    Slide 1
    The Walking Dead: The Game - Season 2

    "The sequel to 2012's Game of the Year continues the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned by the undead apocalypse. Left to fend for herself, she has been forced to learn how to survive in an unforgiving world. But what can an ordinary child do to stay alive when the living can be just as bad – and sometimes worse – than the dead? Experience what it’s like to play as Clementine, meet new survivors, explore new locations and make gruesome decisions in this five-part game series of choice and consequence."

  • 2 Cut the Rope 2
    Slide 2

    "Familiar to play, yet challenging to master, Cut the Rope 2 brings fresh challenges and unanticipated obstacles to the candy crunching, physics-based phenomenon that has delighted millions of players around the world! If you like Cut the Rope, you’ll love Cut the Rope 2!"

  • 3 Atomic+
    Slide 3

    "Atomic+ is a simple, fast-paced action game where you avoid bullets and survive for the longest time while collecting squares to achieve the highest score. The game features three different control modes (auto, manual, control) with two different difficulties (normal, hardcore). Inspired by Super Hexagon and Super Crate Box."

  • 4 Colossatron: Massive World Threat
    Slide 4
    Colossatron: Massive World Threat

    "Take charge of a giant robotic snake and smash through cities with ease as you fight to create the most fearsome weapon of all time. Your objective is simple: DESTROY EVERYTHING! Build and shape Colossatron to overcome the formidable forces of General Moustache and his military units. Battles will intensify quickly as tanks, boom trucks and even aerial bombers swarm Colossatron in seemingly overwhelming numbers."

  • 5 Republique
    Slide 5

    "Intense, thrilling, and topical, RÉPUBLIQUE is a stealth-action game that explores the perils of government surveillance in the Internet Age. You receive a desperate call from Hope, a mysterious woman trapped inside an oppressive totalitarian state. By hacking into the nation's elaborate surveillance network and taking control, you guide Hope through a web of danger and deception across five thrilling episodes. (Purchase future episodes with the discounted Season Pass.) Challenging puzzles and complex strategy are offset by the simplicity of the game's “One Touch” controls, developed over two years by industry veterans (Metal Gear Solid 4, Halo 4, F.E.A.R., Black & White 2, SOCOM)."

  • 6 Empire Deluxe Mobile Edition
    Slide 6
    Empire Deluxe Mobile Edition

    "Empire Deluxe Mobile Edition – The classic strategy war game is now entering its fifth decade. The Empire series has been played by many generations on many platforms. Now, are you ready to conquer countless worlds? Empire Deluxe Mobile Edition is a game for the mobile generation. In this turn based strategy game, explore a randomly generated world, expand to capture and exploit cities, encounter enemy units and exterminate them."

  • 7 The Shadow Sun
    Slide 7
    The Shadow Sun

    "The groundbreaking Western RPG iOS gamers have been waiting for! Created by the developer of Neverwinter Nights 2: Mysteries of Westgate and the former BioWare producer of Baldur's Gate 2: Throne of Bhaal. With The Shadow Sun, Ossian Studios brings together all its expertise from working with Dungeons & Dragons and The Witcher in order to create a deep, story-driven RPG experience for iOS. Prepare yourself for visceral real-time combat, a gorgeously detailed world to adventure in, complex characters to interact with, and an epic tale of an ancient city held within the grip of a mysterious plague. Enter a world that has felt an alien touch upon its sun. An ever-increasing shadow that creeps across the sun's brilliant face, with consequences that are only now becoming horrifically apparent..."

  • 8 The Way Home: Incredible Time Travel Arcade Adventure
    Slide 8
    The Way Home: Incredible Time Travel Arcade Adventure

    "Jump in time from one person to the next in an attempt to get back home. Set things right and discover the story of the person you are in to jump again. Will the next jump take you back home? You are part of a time traveling experiment that went a little… kaka. Now you are bouncing around in time, ending up in the bodies and lives of different people. Set things right in their lives in order to jump in time again. A game about time travel, adventures, great stories and great fast gameplay!"

  • 9 Tomb Raider 1
    Slide 9
    Tomb Raider 1

    "We’re going back to where it all began for one of the most famous video game characters of all time – Lara Croft – with the release of her very first adventure! That’s right, Tomb Raider I is now available for your iPad and iPhone in all its original (and challenging!) glory."

  • 10 Fighting Fantasy: Island of the Lizard King
    Slide 10
    Fighting Fantasy: Island of the Lizard King

    "The world famous Fighting Fantasy interactive gamebook series continues! Ian Livingstone and Tin Man Games present Island of the Lizard King! You can relive the adventures on Fire Island on your phone or tablet, lovingly updated for digital devices. Presented in full colour with realistic physics-based dice rolling for battles, auto-mapping, an auto-updated adventure sheet and stat keeping."


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