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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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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. 
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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. 
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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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