Windows is no longer bound to PCs. The #1 computer operating system has gotten even more popular after Windows 10 made its way to smartphones, tablets, 2-in-1s, laptops, and more. This also means gaming has taken another turn. Windows tablet users can now enjoy casual mobile gaming, but with a screen larger than a smartphone’s.
We’ve put together a list of some of the best games available for Windows tablets. Of course, a powerful enough Windows 10 tablet can run any full PC title, but that’s not what we’re focusing on here. Instead, we will be listing touch-based games that don’t need a keyboard, mouse or controller to be fun. There are other lists for the best PC games around, this post is all about gaming on-the-go.
Shall we get started?
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Though released back in 2004, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas continues to be a hit, especially since it was ported to mobile devices. The story takes you through an adventure revolving around drugs, gangs, violence, prostitution, and all the bad things you can think of. It has an open world in which you can also mess around freely. And if you are from the California/Nevada side of the States, you will easily recognize some of the locations.
Halo: Spartan Assault
Twin-stick shooters, in which you move with your left thumb and aim/shoot with your right, have always been a good fit on touch screens — and Halo: Spartan Assault is no exception. And even in this portable format, it still feels like the Halo you know and love. The classic enemies, weapons, and vehicles help, as does the glittery production. Plus you can sync progress with the Xbox One version, if you have it.
Asphalt 8: Airborne
With eight entries, Asphalt is one of the most prolific tablet and mobile racing series. Airborne is free to play on some platforms, and although it costs $1.99 on Windows 8, the high-quality racing action is well worth it.
Does anything really need to be said about Fruit Ninja? It’s about as classic as touch-screen games get. Slice the fruit, aim for combos, and avoid the bombs — and try not to waste too many hours at a time.
For the pinball fans out there, Pinball FX2 is certainly the best option on Windows 8 tablets. Be prepared to shell out some cash, though, as it only comes with one free table and you’ll have to buy the rest individually — even if you’ve already purchased them on Xbox 360.
Star Wars: Tiny Death Star
The Tiny series marches on with the licensed title Tiny Death Star. If you’ve played Tiny Tower, Pocket Planes, Pocket Trains, or even Pocket Frogs, then you know that Tiny Death Star is extremely simple — and sickeningly difficult to put down. Plus, Star Wars!
Microsoft Solitaire Collection
You absolutely can’t go wrong with Solitaire. It’s a must for Windows machines, and thankfully that’s one tradition Microsoft didn’t change with Windows 10. The Windows 10 version features five different types of solitaire, customizable themes, and even achievements.
Windows Phone gamers loved The Harvest when it debuted on Windows Phone 7, and though it’s yet to hit WP8, it has arrived in the Windows 10 app store. Think of it as something like a high-quality blend of Diablo and MechWarrior.
Final Fantasy III
The Final Fantasy series is known for offering some of the best RPG titles in existence, rivalled by very few franchises. There aren’t many of these available for Windows mobile devices, but Final Fantasy III is, and it also happens to be a favorite among fans.
Its abundance of characters and side quests make it a very versatile game. Not to mention a level of meta building and plot twists you won’t believe. It’s expensive, but any Final Fantasy fan will tell you it’s worth every penny and more.
D00M is a port from the original Doom title that is credited for being one of the main FPS pioneers. It had 3D graphics, third-dimension spatiality, and networked multi-player gameplay in a time when those features were unheard of. If you like the idea of shooting through hoards of demons to survive, go ahead and download this game. You will have loads of fun.
Whoever thought building would be so fun? Minecraft has been praised by all kinds of gamers and critics. It is available for Windows mobile devices, including your tablets. Build a cabin… or a castle. All from the comfort of your couch.
March of Empires: War of Lords
You can be a King, Czar or Sultan. The strategy game will have you building a city and ruling it to become stronger. Build your army to defend your people from neighboring (or far off) enemies.
Civilization Revolution drops you in an unexplored land as the first settler. The goal is to create a successful city that thrives off its surroundings. You have to be smart with resources and lead your people to become a strong civilization and defend yourself from enemies.
Call of Duty: Heroes
The Call of Duty franchise is known for its FPS titles, but the Heroes iteration approaches things from a different perspective. This is a strategy game in which you command a whole army. But don’t worry, everything is based on the series, so you will feel right at home.
Modern Combat 5
Now, if you do want a first-person shooting game, we recommend Modern Combat 5. Create a squad and face off with other online players. The solo campaign is always there for those who prefer saving the world on their own and seeing how the story unfolds.
War Planet Online: Global Conquest
Earth is facing an all-out war and you are one of the many generals seeking world domination. Build your base and face others in a global assault in this MMO strategy game.
Iron Blade: Medieval Legends
This action RPG will have you battling foes in a medieval land full of ancient prophecies and demons. Darkness is emerging and you need to join other players to fight evil forces. Sword and magic find a perfect combination in this game. Do you have what it takes?
This award-winning game has been praised for its charming and amazingly designed environment. Its graphics are unique and the story full of emotion, even if not a single word is spoken. Take a trip into a fantasy land in this adventure game with a focus on solving challenging puzzles.
Skulls of Shogun
This well-loved strategy game is available on other platforms, but the touch-screen version found on Windows tablets may be the best version available. Play as a recently deceased Samurai general and command your equally dead followers to take over the underworld.
Robotek is an odd little turn-based combat game. It seems at first as though there’s more chance involved than strategy, but if you take the time to learn how to use its slots-based system, you’ll realize there’s plenty of skill involved as well.
And that’s it for this list of our 20 favorite Windows tablet games around. Do you have any others you would like to recommend? Sound off in the comments!