Nexus 7: Top 5 games for your new tablet

July 17, 2012
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It's here! Google's hotly anticipated first production tablet, the Nexus 7 is finally landing in users hands this week (and late last week too.) Now that you've got an impressive 7-inch tablet with a powerful NVIDIA quad-core processor under the hood we figured you'd like to know of a few games worth checking out. Here's some of our absolute favorites that work great on the Nexus 7.

First up we'll have to start with Angry Birds -- just kidding! Being a powerful quad-core tablet you'll surely want to enjoy some of the added benefits of NVIDIA Tegra 3 enhanced "THD games" such as SHADOWGUN and Dead Trigger, both by MadFinger Games, as well as many other classics. We decided to add a few different game types in here to hopefully hit most users style. From casual gaming to hardcore first person shooters. These are all awesome games, but are in no particular order.

Dead Trigger

Dead Trigger is the latest and greatest in the mobile gaming world for first person shooters. And is categorized as an arcade-style zombie shooter. From the same developers as SHADOWGUN (which also makes this list) you'll surely love the graphics, gameplay, level of details, and general storyline. Released only a few weeks ago we've given it a quick hands-on and you'll want to check it out right on the Nexus 7.

Dead Trigger THD on Nexus 7
Dead Trigger Play Store link [NVIDIA Tegra Zone]

Temple Run

Following that awesome but bloody FPS game above, we wanted to calm things down with a casual game the entire family can enjoy. That my friends, is Temple Run. Being one of the biggest games available on both iOS and Android, this had to make the cut purely for being so awesome. It is extremely addictive, has been downloaded millions and millions of times, and can waste away hours of fun on that brand spanking new Nexus 7 of yours.
Temple Run Play Store Link

The Amazing Spider-Man

Next is another semi-casual game from the popular developers Gameloft. They've released a Spider-Man game before (well over a year ago) but this brand new version is called "The Amazing Spider-Man." Which nicely coincides with the latest blockbuster movie. It has some stunning graphics, impressive gameplay and physics, as well as a full open-world environment for you to be a web-slinger Peter Parker style.
Amazing Spider-Man Play Store Link

Riptide GP

Next is Riptide GP which has been available for some time already, but never gets old. This grand prix water racing arcade game reminds me of my PS2 days, and will keep you busy for hours and probably makes your arms sore. With stunning graphics (that look even better on Tegra 3 devices) supercharged jet ski's and 12 futuristic water race courses this had to make the cut too. I enjoy this game, and so will everyone's kids -- but then you'll have to give up your tablet for hours on end. I highly recommend this for casual yet competitive fun.
Riptide GP Play Store Link [NVIDIA Tegra Zone]

SHADOWGUN

Last but certainly not least is SHADOWGUN, which is also from the developer Madfinger Games who made Dead Trigger. SHADOWGUN has been at the top of the list for must-buy Android games since being released last year. It even won the NVIDIA Tegra Zone award for best game. It runs great on all devices, but looks even better on the Tegra 3-powered Nexus 7. It has some of the best touchscreen controls available, stunning levels of details (especially with water) and will take you a solid 7-8 hours to finish. With enhanced physics, dynamic lighting, and detailed textures this game is worth getting just to show off to your friends and family. We've reviewed it plenty of times and it is also a must buy for any Android fan -- especially those with NVIDIA Tegra 2 and 3 devices.
SHADOWGUN THD Play Store Link [NVIDIA Tegra Zone]

We have only just scratched the surface here with awesome games for our Android fans. The Nexus 7 runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean so not all apps have been updated with compatibility. We know this is coming in the comments, so here's a few more honorary mentions of great games you should also check out: Grand Theft Auto III, Dark Meadows, N.O.V.A. 3, Asphalt 6, Minecraft Pocket Edition, Sonic the Hedgehog Ep II, Defense Zone HD, NFL Flick QB, and last but not least get the Android Community App.

Enjoy that new Nexus 7, drop us a comment or two below with more game ideas, and have fun!

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  • Furious Smith

    Wow…these are the 5 best games for tablets?…lol…

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      No these are good games that I enjoy that also are working great on the newest 7-inch tablet that is running the latest version of Android. So not all games are completely compatible yet (but most are).

      Thanks though

      • Furious Smith

        You enjoy Shadowgun? Really? I can understand the zombie game, even though I stopped playing it after a few hours…but shadowgun???…

      • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

        What was wrong with Shadowgun? Once you get used to the controls it was pretty impressive.

      • Furious Smith

        Its very very repetitive…Maybe I expected to much from a game I paid quite but too much for…but yeah…

      • http://twitter.com/psyOPs_ psy/OPs

        should’ve bought it for 10c when there was that sale around christmas :) shadowgun is definately one of the better touchscreen games out at the moment

      • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

        Very true @fforblack:disqus it was a little expensive. I’m glad MadFinger made Dead Trigger free.

  • JotaDePicas

    Hey! Nice games. Really great post!

  • http://twitter.com/Szondikapitany Ádám

    Fart app, another fart app, oh gameloft fart app. Cool

    • Ben Kapferer

      0/0 troll

  • http://www.bestiphone5apps.us/ Sara

    It’s not the best game in the world, gameplay-wise, but it’s graphically
    awesome and the gameplay is good enough, not much worse than GoW in
    singleplayer, which was overhyped and repetitive to begin with.

  • James Bauernfeind

    Sweet, look to play on my new Nexus7

  • James Bauernfeind

    Sweet, look to play on my new Nexus7

  • Kolongi Hodge

    Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is awesome on here.

  • Kolongi Hodge

    Need for Speed Hot Pursuit is awesome on here.

  • http://twitter.com/aquadudeforce james ganage✒✧

    guys check out arcane legends now thats a game!

  • Farhah Jannath

    Its just boys games I already got more awesome games

  • Farhah Jannath

    Duh

  • Farhah Jannath

    I say 0/10