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8 Classic Video Games Begging For Tablet Versions

Serious gamers have been left out of the casual-game tablet app market. These well-loved games deserve a reboot for the tablet.
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Starflight
How many games released in 1986 still have their own active fan forums? Starflight does. People keep lovingly recreating it for each ensuing operating system. The first computer game that really created a Star Trek-style space exploration vibe, the game was so expansive for its time that it actually held an entire universe to explore by ship and landing vehicle. Starflight was a game so far ahead of its time that adult me still pines to play the game I played as a kid. I honestly remember trade routes from the game more than 25 years later. The best thing going for Starflight as a tablet reboot is that the Star Trek aesthetic that informed the early version has grown through Star Trek: The Next Generation to include the tablet. Those of us growing up through Starflight and ST:TNG feel right at home with the idea of running an entire starship from a touch screen. A tablet reboot with new graphics but the same vibe would feel like a natural evolution of our childhood.
(Image: Starflight Resource Pages)

Starflight
How many games released in 1986 still have their own active fan forums? Starflight does. People keep lovingly recreating it for each ensuing operating system. The first computer game that really created a Star Trek-style space exploration vibe, the game was so expansive for its time that it actually held an entire universe to explore by ship and landing vehicle. Starflight was a game so far ahead of its time that adult me still pines to play the game I played as a kid. I honestly remember trade routes from the game more than 25 years later. The best thing going for Starflight as a tablet reboot is that the Star Trek aesthetic that informed the early version has grown through Star Trek: The Next Generation to include the tablet. Those of us growing up through Starflight and ST:TNG feel right at home with the idea of running an entire starship from a touch screen. A tablet reboot with new graphics but the same vibe would feel like a natural evolution of our childhood.

(Image: Starflight Resource Pages)

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vnewman2
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12/11/2014 | 6:35:17 PM
Re: Classic Video Games Begging For Tablet Versions
@Pedro - I was a big Duke Nukem fan so that's my vote.  

I wonder if the Logitech Powershall iPhone controller really works?  Has anyone had occasion to try it?  Seems like a good start.
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12/1/2014 | 2:31:37 AM
Re: old games
@BillB031 I do hope to see Quake I and Quake II  in the future as in my books it classic and classic should stay alive one way or other...
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12/1/2014 | 2:29:17 AM
Re: Classic Video Games Begging For Tablet Versions
@Dave... agreed, but this days everyone puting only upgraded consules on the market... I do not see anything new on Xbox One if compared side by side with xbox 360... same ps3 vs ps4 -just better video card... but nothing new... or anything to rave about....
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11/20/2014 | 10:33:32 AM
Get a sturdy case and a few more games
David, if you are worrying about 'throwing the controller' get a good sturdy case like an otter box or something else with good shock absorption.

I agree completely that there are more than a few good games that could have a following if they put them on the tablet.  I personally love your choices.

Here are a few more just looking around my dusty game cds;

Arcanum: a fantasy/steam punk solo player rpg

Neverwinter nights: As I remember this rgp had the capability of writing scripts to make your own adventures which could be a useful feature for a tablet game

Freedom force - superhero adventures anyone

Grim fandango - day of the dead meets a mystery, Why can't i resist playing a skeleton in a suit?
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11/12/2014 | 9:59:35 AM
Re: Classic Video Games Begging For Tablet Versions
@ david. I was thinking more about games that are very simple and single player which can be translated into tablets.  There are some really nice super Nintendo games, specially the shooting games. I think are really a perfect match for the tablet environment. I played a fighting game on a tablet; it just isn't the same as having the controller in your hand.
David Wagner
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11/11/2014 | 11:32:26 AM
Re: Classic Video Games Begging For Tablet Versions
@zerox203- No Nintendo bashing intended. They make great games. They just make lousy selling consoles. I just think when you do one thing well and one thing poorly, find a strategy to do the thing you do well and make money at it. 
David Wagner
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11/11/2014 | 11:30:02 AM
Re: Classic Video Games Begging For Tablet Versions
@Pedro- Bomberman! I loved that game. Not sure it translates for multi-player on tablet, but I'd sure like to see someone try. 
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11/11/2014 | 11:28:20 AM
Re: Some of my past favorites
@dw_ship- I know cheaper versions of Myst are big onthe tablet. This is a perfect example of where tablet land grabs have meant low quality for existing genres. Hidden Object and Puzzle RPGs like Myst abound. I know of no classic on the tablet though. That probably has to do with the model. I'm not sure how to do freemium hidden object games. 
BillB031
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11/11/2014 | 11:08:59 AM
Re: old games
Lol David,  that was referred to as "spawn pad camping".  You could set the server to auto-kill someone who didn't move from an area for a period of time, thus discouraging camping!  But still, camping and sniping other players from a high perch on a wall, or from a dark corner was quite fun!!
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11/11/2014 | 11:00:32 AM
Re: old games
Bilbo31- I have a lot of nostalgia for Quake. I remember when I discovered the lame trick where you sit next to a spawn point with the rocket launcher and shoot people as they appear. They died and you survived and took their stuff. It was lame, but I didn't know it. I was new to the genre. Growth of a newbie. :)
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