Don’t miss these six tablet ports of classic and soon-to-be-classic PC games.
You’ve been playing PC games for years, but you finally decided to take the plunge and pick up an iPad Air or Nexus 7. You’ve started checking out some of the more popular games, but you still hunger for an experience more like those of your first love, the PC. Don’t panic—check out these remakes, ports, and tablet incarnations of some of your favorite series to get your fix.
While this refreshed Baldur’s Gate isn’t quite as perfect as everyone had hoped, it’s still Baldur’s Gate, still one of the games that introduced gamers to the awesomeness of Bioware, and it’s still excellent. Just make sure you save often—this game’s brutal. (Current App Store Rating: 4 Stars)
Some of the games on this list are remakes of older games and others are toned-down versions of their PC counterparts. But XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a straight port of 2012’s PC release. Set in the same sort of world as The X-Files and other 90s UFO conspiracy fiction, XCOM puts you in charge of the agency that stands between the aliens and the naive citizens of Earth. You of course go to battle against the aliens directly in the game’s turn-based sequences, but you also must manage your agency as well to work out your strategy against the invasion. Both sections of the game are well-suited to touch, and it’s great to see an uncompromised PC release on tablets. (Current App Store Rating: 3.5 stars)
There was a time when LucasArts was known for things other than mostly-bad Star Wars games. They used to be the reigning king of the comedic adventure game, and the biggest jewel in the crown was Monkey Island. A couple years back, the first two Monkey Island games made their way onto modern devices, tablets included, with new art and voice acting. For classic adventure game-style gameplay, not much can equal Monkey Island. (Current App Store Rating: 4 stars)
Monkey Island isn’t the only adventure game that’s made its way to tablets. One of the more interesting but unsung heroes of the genre—at least in America—is Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars. Whether you played the original or not, this is one of the best adventure games around and there’s even some mostly-good new content in the form of new puzzles, dialogue, and story sequences. (Current App Store Rating: 4.5 stars)
It’s pretty tough to talk about PC gaming these days without mentioning Minecraft, and the same goes in the tablet world where it still sits in the first five of the App Store’s Top Grossing list. While not quite as fleshed out as its PC counterpart, the game offers all of the exploration and creative fun of the original. (Current App Store Rating: 4.5 stars)
Set for release in early 2014, FTL is the only game on this list that hasn’t hit the market yet. Fans describe the game as sort of a space-strategy “roguelike.” What that means is lots of options, no set path, and brutal difficulty. The game seems perfectly suited to touch, and the developer is overhauling the interface to make it even better. (Release Date: Early 2014)