What could I possibly have under the hood? My creds deck? A ton of other presentations? QuickOffice documents? Well. There’s that. But 80% of my iPad mini has ….
As an owner of a PC, a Playstation Vita and a 2nd gen iPad, the iPad mini is becoming my go-to choice for portable gaming. I never expected cutting a few inches away from my 10″ 2nd gen tablet to make a huge difference. And we haven’t even started talking about LTE.
Ever since the big change in my lifestyle, gaming took a slight backseat — PC gaming that is. And for the most part, I find those 10-15 minute intervals while digesting lunch, commuting, or waiting inside an ante-room convenient for a quick round of games.
I’m a huge Star Trek fan and Bridge Commander for the PC didn’t quite cut it for me. Quintet is living the dream of manning a station within a starship bridge and performing menial yet essential functions, that, coordinated with the rest of your friends makes for a very rewarding experience.
In this screenshot, I’m in engineering (have a look at the chat bubble at lower center) and having a ball!
Zombie Apocalypse meets SIM City. Sort of. In this turn based game, survivors set out to reclaim and rebuild a city that has been ravaged by the Infestation. As acting Mayor of the city, you can send survivors out to hunt zombies, gather food and supplies and reclaim territories while balancing the wavering morale and confidence of your constituents.
If you’re a fan of X-Com (which is also out on iOS), Warhammer Quest is the definite turn-based strategy game built for the iPad. This game hails back from the cardboard era of board games and has been remastered into the digital age for iOS. I’ve clocked in a total of 20++ hours and all of these were from the stolen moments of 5 minutes a piece. Warhammer Quest is turn-based action at its best.
War of the Zombie
I found out about this game from my cousin who, like me was a big X-Com and Syndicate fan. Yes, these were games from my high school years and some brilliant folk put these two nostalgic concepts together to bring the real time isometric battle elements of Syndicate with the top-down micromanagement of X-Com. It works brilliantly on the touch screen. Also, it has zombies.
Not an app per se, Conclave is a turn-based dungeon sim that runs on really good HTML from your browser. So the way it works is friends get to take their turns to cast their moves on the board and you get sent an email when the round is over, signaling your turn at the board. It’s super fun and super convenient as it will literally take less than 2 minutes to make your move.
A bunch of these games — like Conclave and Quintet rely on Internet to get things done so the fact that the iPad mini comes with LTE is a big deal. I’m able to get 25-40Mbps in places I frequent including BF Homes, Alabang, Makati CBD and many areas around Bonifacio Global City.
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