Best New Tablet Games: jet cars and stunts, grim detectives, and 'Candy Crush' hits the farm

by Mike Rougeau

January 3 2014

The first week back from the holidays is a slow one, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it.

It wasn't difficult to pick ten games to showcase this week, since these ten are basically all that came out during the holidays and the few days since.

Highlights include Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, a Mario Kart-alike starring some blue badger, and Jet Car Stunts 2, a sequel of colorful, death-defying stunt driving.

Also of note are Feed Me Oil 2, a physics-puzzling sequel, Lyne, an attractive puzzler about connecting shapes, and the intriguing mystery of Detective Grimoire.

Oh, and then there's Farm Heroes Saga, of course. If you like Candy Crush, well—just don't say I didn't warn you.

Eternity Warriors 3 and Loot Hero should scratch that grinding itch for any RPG fans out there, while Pill Popper is a puzzle game with a dystopian story.

Finally, Cold Alley hit Windows 8 tablets over the holiday—but based on the early reviews it seems buying it right now might be like jumping out of a fighter jet without a chute.

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  • 1 Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
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    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

    "Race as Sonic and a host of legendary All-Stars and prepare to transform! Speed across land, sea and air in a high velocity battle to the finish line, as your amazing transformable vehicle changes from car to boat to plane mid-race. Racing on mobile will never be the same again!"

  • 2 Jet Car Stunts 2
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    Jet Car Stunts 2

    "Sequel to the award winning Jet Car Stunts. WARNING: This game will challenge you."

  • 3 Feed Me Oil 2
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    Feed Me Oil 2

    "Channel oil into the gaping jaws of surreal living worlds in Feed Me Oil 2, the sequel to the groundbreaking and genre-defining Feed Me Oil."

  • 4 Eternity Warriors 3
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    Eternity Warriors 3

    "As the last Demon Tower fell, the people of Northern Udar cheered their new hero. Their cheers, however, were short lived. Corrupted by demon magic, the last of the great Dragons unleashed a horrible evil upon the world by unsealing the Eternity Sword. Mawzok'Kahl, Lord of Hell, self-proclaimed Heir to the World, sets his sights on the kingdoms of Udar. And as suddenly as it came, it seems as though peace in Northern Udar has once again been snuffed out. Northern Udar is in need of a hero once more, more now than ever! Every man, woman and child depends on it, they depend... on you."

  • 5 Lyne
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    "Deceptively simple. Infinitely complex. LYNE is a minimalist puzzle game that will knot your brain as it calms your soul. Connect the shapes. Fill the board. Lose yourself in the interflowing paths of LYNE."

  • 6 Loot Hero
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    "A legendary Dragon is haunting the lands. Towns are set ablaze, and its magic power resurrects the evil creatures of the world. A hero is needed to travel to the corners of the lands and slay the beast to restore peace. RPG grind-fest! Run, Battle ever harder enemies, Collect XP and Loot, Buy better equipment, Level Up, Do it all over again!"

  • 7 Cold Alley
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    "THE NEXT GENERATION OF AIR COMBAT GAMING IS HERE! With an extensive single player campaign and a huge set of skirmish modes, the non-stop action will keep you on the edge of your seat! Travel back in time to experience the unwritten history of covert operations. Master over a dozen models of aircraft as you take part in the race for jet fighter domination."

  • 8 Detective Grimoire
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    "Solve puzzles, collect clues, explore the swamp, interrogate suspects... and uncover the mystery! Detective Grimoire is a charming and mysterious adventure, featuring a variety of strange and unique interactions with the bizarre residents of the swamp, a compelling and challenging murder mystery to solve, and an original award nominated soundtrack."

  • 9 Pill Popper
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    "The arcade puzzler with mood-altering side effects! Welcome to the Mood Moderation Ministry, Doctor! Here you will be tasked with the vital mission of treating patients for emotional disorders, such as "happiness." With the help of your quick-thinking and our endless supply of Mood Mod Pills, you can help rehabilitate them into productive "neutral" members of society. But beware the potency of the pills! They won't only affect the patient they are administered to, but also all of the patients in contact with them, which can end up having explosive results..."

  • 10 Farm Heroes Saga
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    "From the makers of the hit game Candy Crush Saga, comes Farm Heroes Saga! Switch and match the collectable cropsies in this fantastic adventure. Join forces with the Farm Heroes to stop Rancid the Raccoon from spoiling the precious farm lands. Switch and match three or more adorable cropsies to drive Rancid away for good! A farmtastic adventure filled with mixed fruit madness! Scrummy!"


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