Top 5 games for your new Nexus 7

You might have heard that a lot of folks have been able to get their hands on the Nexus 7 today. Of course, not everyone who ordered and is waiting was able, and that's caused a bit of a ruckus, but we're certain that everyone will be getting their greasy fingerprints on the N7 in short order. After you marvel at the Googly-goodness, and sign into it, it's time to fill the less-than-ample storage with apps. If you've not used a Tegra 3 device before, I'm going to tell you that games need to be part of that. If you have used a T3-powered phone or tablet, you know where I'm coming from. This thing was built to play awesome games on. Trust me.

But since we can't just load every cool game and their hundreds and hundreds of megabytes worth of files, you need to be a bit choosy. I'm here to help. I spend more time playing games on my Android tablet than a grown man should, but rather than feel guilty about it I am going to put my slacker-powers to good use and give you my top five games to install right now on your Nexus 7. Hit the break and have a look.

Riptide GP

Racing a jet-ski with real world physics, insane jumps and stunts, and amazing graphics is what you've got here. There are plenty of newer games in the Google Play store, but to me, Riptide GP is still the funnest of them all. You cruise through the various tracks, and notice the high-quality reflections and game tiles, then hit the turbo-boost to get one of the best speed effects ever on a handheld. It's enough to justify the purchase of a T3 device on its own, and on the Nexus 7 it's great to play. Grab it from Google Play for $1.99


Another great game that proves oldies can be goodies. Over 50 planes to unlock, gorgeous backgrounds, and great (that means simple on a touchscreen) controls make MiniSquadron! a must have. You're a crack pilot in the dogfight or your life, with a seemingly endless supply of foes. Fly through them, keeping yourself away from the hazards on the ground, and take them out with your weapons -- before they do the same to you. A really cool touch is local Wifi multiplayer mode, so you can have all this fun with a friend or family member. Gamers need friends IRL! Grab it from Google Play for $2.99.

Plants vs. Zombies

Braaaiiiins! The popular PC game from PopCap is a joy to play on the Nexus 7, and a great way to break the fast pace of some of the others on my list. Protect your yard from the hoard of undead, by strategically planting flowers to kill them. Any game where flowers and veggies shoot to kill gets an A in my book, and the mini-games that go along with the story line make this one another must have. Download from Google Play for $2.99

Shadowgun THD

It's simply the best shooter ever made for Android, and the Tegra 3 version makes it even better. You play as Bruce Willis John Slade, and you're the galaxy's best bounty hunter. Your quarry is Dr. Edgar Simon, who happens to have an army of mutants and cyborgs at his disposal. Work your way through his fortress, and marvel at the console quality textures and game physics. Forget quadrant, this is the benchmark that matters for the T3 -- it passes the kicks-ass test on every level. Find it in Google Play for $4.99.


If you're looking for a physics-based puzzler, and Angry Birds just isn't cutting any longer, have a look at Sprinkle. A water cannon mounted on a crane is your weapon, and your duty is to drown the fires before the homes are set ablaze. the water physics are near perfect, and as a bonus this one plays really well on any high-end Android device -- so you can install it on your phone as well. It gets more challenging as things progress, and you'll spend plenty of time figuring it all out -- and loving every minute of it. As a bonus, it's on sale in Google Play for just $0.99

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.