Best New Tablet Games: the Duke returns, Joe gets dangerous, and a double dose of Windows games

by Mike Rougeau

January 10 2014

Even the insanity of CES 2014 couldn't stop these tablet game developers from doing their thing.

Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project, a shooter with a blend of styles that was originally released in 2002, may be the most recognizable new tablet game released this week. But that doesn't mean it's the best.

That honor may go to Joe Danger Infinity, the endless follow-up in Hello Games' fun physics-based mobile series.

And Windows 8 tablets got not one, but two new releases this week (sort of): the brand new Microsoft-approved puzzle game Throne Together, and the terrifying first-person runner Into the Dead, which was previously released on other platforms but only just came to Windows 8 tablets.

Besides that, simian.interface is a stylish-looking abstract puzzle game, Rail Racing is another driving game from the developers of the fun Reckless Racing, and RoboCop is a decent-looking licensed game that ties into the film being released in February.

Castle Doombad is another "reverse tower defense" game. Archangel is a Diablo-alike. And Battle Supremacy is a WWII-era tank battle game.

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  • 1 Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project
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    Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project
    $1.99

    "Originally released to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Duke Nukem in 2002, Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project blends together the best elements of Duke Nukem 3D and the best 2D sidescrolling of the first two games in the series, Duke Nukem and Duke Nukem II."

     
  • 2 simian.interface
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    simian.interface
    $.99

    "simian.interface is an abstract spatial puzzle game for simian participants of all ages and ability levels. There are no time limits, no explicit rules, and very simple controls. Inspired by tabletop puzzles, modern art, and cognitive psychological experiments, simian.interface presents challenges which must be solved using pattern recognition, intuition, and experimentation."

     
  • 3 Into the Dead
    Slide 3

    "In a world overrun with the Dead, you have survived… but for how long? Into the Dead throws you into the gruesome world of the zombie apocalypse where there are no second chances. Do what you have to in order to stay alive, keep moving as fast as you can, and protect yourself by any means necessary. When the Dead are rising, run!"

     
  • 4 Joe Danger Infinity
    Slide 4
    Joe Danger Infinity
    $2.99

    "The World’s Most Determined Motorbike Stuntman has been shrunk down into a tiny world with hundreds of new levels! Defy death with dozens of new vehicles! There’s motorbikes, cars, airplanes… even a tank and a runaway firework! Fight remote control helicopters, dodge snooker balls and use a block of cheese to ramp over bowls of soup!"

     
  • 5 Rail Racing
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    Rail Racing
    $.99

    "Grab your throttle and get ready for some mobile miniature mayhem! Rail Racing is a fantastically fun-filled slot car racing game from the publishers of Reckless Racing, Raging Thunder 2, Tank Riders and many other mobile best-sellers. Race across fifty twisting tracks spanning a toy-riddled kid's room, a messy garage, a sun-drenched backyard, a darkened kitchen and a dusty attic."

     
  • 6 Throne Together
    Slide 6
    Throne Together
    free

    "Place blocks to build castles for your royal clients and please the Castle Inspector in this addicting block-based puzzle game. Build wisely or risk being 'overthrone' as the kingdom's premiere architect! With your dragon assistant Fidget, place doors, windows, gargoyles and more as per your royal client's specifications! But be careful – clumsy positioning and uneven weight will make your masterful castle crumble to the ground!"

     
  • 7 RoboCop
    Slide 7

    "Welcome to the official game of RoboCop the movie. In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy, a loving husband, father and good cop is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. Join the OmniCorp program to become RoboCop, the ultimate law enforcement officer! Battle human crooks, robot enemies and learn how to defend the citizens from the corrupt streets of Detroit. Start your training now!"

     
  • 8 Castle Doombad
    Slide 8

    "Dr. Lord Evilstein has kidnapped a princess, and now his evil lair is crawling with do-gooders. In this reverse spin on tower defense it’s your job to defend your home turf from heroes trying to save the day. View your domain from a side-view perspective, placing traps and unleash minions on your unwitting foes to protect the fortress. Touch and drag up and down on the tower to navigate floors. Across three chapters and 45 levels you’ll outwit intruders that attempt to invade your castle from all sides—ladders allowing them entrance on higher floors, underground drills to start on dungeon floors closer to your fair maiden. Keep the princess safely in your clutches and send those heroes cryin’ back to momma."

     
  • 9 Archangel
    Slide 9

    "The forces of evil are mobilizing in defiance of heavenly rule. As an Archangel your task is not merely to halt their rise – you must inflict a justice so brutal and uncompromising that none will ever again defy the will of Heaven. Black Tower Studios and Unity Games conjure visceral action tailored for touch in this epic clash between good and evil."

     
  • 10 Battle Supremacy
    Slide 10
    Battle Supremacy
    $4.99

    "Unleash the full power of your iOS device in Battle Supremacy, a WWII tank game with thrilling gameplay and showoff-worthy visuals. Explore a fully-interactive open world never before seen on mobile devices, and do it by land, air or sea. Feast your eyes on amazing landscapes and landmarks: entire forests teeming with wildlife, sprawling real-world cities with tunnels and bridges, overrun by tanks, trains, warships; there are even fish in the water! The gameplay is so immersive and engaging that destroying a target can feel like winning the battle, but really it’s just the beginning…"

     


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