Windows is not tied to PCs anymore. Since Windows 10 made its way to smartphones, tablets, 2-in-1s, laptops, and more, it has become even more popular than before. This also means that games have changed. Casual mobile games can now be played on Windows tablets, but the screen is bigger than that of a smartphone.
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We’ve put together a list of some of the best Windows tablet games. Obviously, a Windows 10 tablet with enough power can run any full PC game, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. We will instead list touch-based games that are fun without a keyboard, mouse, or controller. There are other posts that talk about the best PC games, but this one is all about mobile gaming.
Should we get going?
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Even though it came out in 2004, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is still very popular, especially now that it can be played on mobile phones. Drugs, gangs, violence, prostitution, and all the other bad things you can think of are all part of the story. It has an open world where you can do whatever you want. And if you are from California or Nevada, you will know where some of the places are right away.
Halo: Spartan Assault
Twin-stick shooters, like Halo: Spartan Assault, have always worked well on touch screens because you move with your left thumb and aim/shoot with your right. And even though it’s portable, it still feels like the Halo you know and love. The familiar enemies, weapons, and vehicles, as well as the slick production, help a lot. Plus, if you have the Xbox One version, you can sync your progress with it.
Asphalt 8: Airborne
With eight games, Asphalt is one of the most popular racing games for tablets and phones. Airborne is free on some platforms, and even though it costs $1.99 on Windows 8, it’s well worth it for the high-quality racing action.
Does Fruit Ninja really need any explanation? It’s one of the oldest touch-screen games out there. Cut the fruit, try to make combos, and avoid the bombs, and try not to waste too many hours at a time.
Pinball FX2 is the best game for fans of pinball who want to play on a Windows 8 tablet. Prepare to spend some money, though, because it only comes with one free table. You’ll have to buy the rest separately, even if you already bought them on Xbox 360.
Sonic Dash could be a good choice if you want a fast-paced, endless runner-style game. Sonic is a famous hedgehog who has been around since the days of the Sega Genesis game console. Sonic has changed a lot since then, and Sonic Dash is one of the most popular and fun games in the series.
Like most endless runner games, this one is controlled by gestures, and there are a lot of power-ups to collect or buy from the game’s store.
As you move through the endless course, you have to collect rings, beat up enemies, and fight bosses. There are also red stars to find and earn, which will let you play as Knuckles, Tails, and Shadow, among others.
In Sonic Dash, your endless runner course is broken up into pieces, which is another nice thing about it. This gives you a moment to catch your breath and gives you a chance to earn bonus points by imitating Sonic’s moves as he jumps from one stage to the next.
Overall, Sonic Dash is a fun game that you can play on your Windows Phone or on a Windows 8 device with a bigger screen. Both are free, but there is no way to keep your game progress in sync between the two.
Hungry Shark Evolution
It’s just fun to play Hungry Shark. The Windows Phone version lets you play on the go, while the Windows 8 version shows more detail about the fish, fishermen, swimmers, and other things your shark will eat.
The game is pretty easy. You play a shark that swims around the ocean and eats everything it sees. Your shark will grow as it eats, but if it doesn’t get enough to eat, it will go belly up and the game will be over.
Even though these are some of the best Windows games, they aren’t the only ones out there. There are lots of fun, high-quality games in the Windows Store.
There’s nothing bad going on if we missed your favourite Windows game that you can play on a tablet or any other Windows device. Just put your suggestion in the comments below. Also, if you’ve played any of these or other Windows games, don’t forget to rate them in the Windows Store. It is the best way to let the developer know what you think.
Dragon Mania Legends
I recently looked at the version of this city builder game for Windows Phone and thought it was a fun game. When you play Dragon Mania Legends on a tablet, you can see the finer details of the graphics, and because you can sync your progress between devices, you won’t miss a step if you switch between them.
Dragon Mania Legends is, in a nutshell, a city builder and time management game where you breed dragons, build your kingdom, and fight Vikings and their dragons. The game is a good mix of battles and time-management tasks. The game has great graphics, and it can be hard to put down. If you connect your Windows Phone and Windows 8 to Facebook, your games can be played at the same time on both.
Skulls of Shogun
There are other ways to play this popular strategy game, but the touch-screen version on Windows tablets may be the best one. Play as a Samurai general who has just died and tell your other dead soldiers to take over the underworld.