5 top games for your tablet, reviewed

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Games for tablets have the potential to keep you occupied for hours on end, or just for a few minutes at a time. That’s the beauty of mobile gaming – no matter what kind of gamer you are, there’s always something to tickle your fancy.

Below are five games we’re loving at the moment, and which come highly recommended:

Republique

République

iOS
First episode free, then R59.99 each or R189.99 for all 5 episodes

A young woman, Faith, is trapped inside an unnamed totalitarian state that’s wired to the hilt with cameras and surveillance equipment, and it’s up to you to hack into those systems remotely and guide her to freedom. Faith’s journey to freedom consists of five nail-biting episodes that combine voyeurism with stealth mechanics and survival horror elements to create a truly unique game for iPhones and iPads.

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box] “Clever, sneaky puzzler for the thinking gamer[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Get it from Apple’s iTunes store. [/symple_box]

Device6

Device 6

iOS
R49.99

Device 6 blends text-based adventure with a novella with a puzzle game to bring you a truly one-of-a-kind game that will stay with you long after the last puzzle has been solved. You “play” Anna, a woman who wakes up in a tower with no recollection of how she got there, and using your smarts and the game’s brilliantly simple interface, you must find out what’s going on by reading, listening and solving puzzles.

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box] “Beautiful, but like nothing you’ve ever played before[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Get it from Apple’s iTunes store. [/symple_box]

XCOM for iPad

XCOM Enemy Unknown

iOS/Android
R119.99

The brilliant re-imagining of the classic XCOM turn-based series from the 90s has come to iPads and iPhones. You’ll need to use your tactical brain and management skills to repel alien invaders by managing your base, recruiting soldiers and conducting research in between nail-biting turn-based combat missions that pit your soldiers against the aliens. XCOM is expensive, but worth every cent.

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box] “Brilliant, touch-friendly strategy comes to mobile”[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Get it from Apple’s iTunes store, Google Play [/symple_box]

Pitfall

Pitfall!

Android/iOS
Free with in-app purchases

The classic pit-jumping, rope-swinging, crocodile-avoiding action from the original Pitfall! is back in this modern-day re-imagining from Activision. Sort of. Pitfall! borrows quite heavily from modern mobile games and is less a faithful adaptation of the original with new visuals than it is an “endless runner” in the same vein as Temple Run, complete with in-app purchases. Still, it’s quite fun and doesn’t have to cost you anything.

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box] “Endless runner with a retro flavour[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Get it from iTunesGoogle Play [/symple_box]

Kiwanuka

Kiwanuka

iOS/Android
R24.99

Kiwanuka is a puzzler with Lemmings-esque gameplay that will slowly absorb you into its strange little world. Kiwanuka is beautiful, colourful, simple and challenging, all at the same time. You have one goal – to guide the lost citizens (let’s call them Kiwanukans?) to freedom. But first, you’ll have to save them from triangular prisons by controlling a magic staff which points a magic path of lightning. It sounds kinda weird… and it is.

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box] “A somewhat strange but addictive puzzler[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Get it from  iTunes, Google Play. [/symple_box]

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.

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