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By Esotic, Junior Member on 4th October 2013, 03:10 AM
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When I first got my Nook HD+ I wasn't sure which games would run well. I finally sat down to try out all the games I had acquired on my various gmail accounts.

Caveats - I did not (usually) play the entire game. Mostly I was just running through the first 15 minutes to test basic compatibility. "Runs well" only means that I did not notice any performance problems, it is not a guarantee that you will enjoy the game play mechanics.

3D Bowling - Runs Well
Age of Zombies - Runs Well
Angry Birds - Runs Well
Angry Birds Space - Runs Well
Anomaly Korea - Runs Well. I think there may be some framerate dropping during heavy fighting in later levels, but I do not remember it degrading my enjoyment of the game, which I did play all the way through and enjoyed.
Apparatus - Runs well
Asphalt 7 - Runs with slow frame rates, long load times, controls seem laggy
Air Attack HD - Runs Well
Broken Sword - Runs Well
Chess by AI Factory - Runs Well
Cordy - Runs Well. Good platforming game.
Cut The Rope Experiments - Runs Well
Deadtrigger - Runs well
Doodle Jump - Runs well
Dungeon Defenders Second Wave - Runs well. Controls seemed difficult at times.
Epic Citadel - Not a game, but a cool tech demo that runs well.
FieldRunners HD - Can't access bottom row of game grid to drop armaments, which is a shame. I played through most of this title on my old Atrix 4G.
Flick Soccor - Runs Well
Grand Theft Auto 3 - The options allow you to decrease the draw distance and "resolution". The defaults work ok but scaling back on the quality will increase the framerate.
Great Little War Game - some loading lag, does not affect gameplay.
Gun Fu Stickman Edition - Runs Well
Guns 'n' Glory - Runs Well
Ionage - Runs well
Iron Man 3 - Lots of lag in menus. App crashed during action.
Landrule - a little laggy, but game plays ok
Minecraft PE - Runs Well
Mini Motor Racing - Runs Well
Max Payne - Runs Well
MX Moto - Runs Well
Nun Attack - Runs Well
NOVA 3 - Campaign framerate seems a little low (in the 20s?), but is playable. Did not try multiplayer.
OnLive - This works, but I was only spectating, which still feels like living in the future.
Raging Thunder - Runs well. Graphics aren't fancy, but action seemed smooth.
Rebuild - Runs well. Turn based zombie strategy.
Roll in the Hole - slight delays on loading, but otherwise runs well
Samurai Vengeance - Runs Well
Sentinel 3 - Runs well. I've played this for hours and still enjoy it.
Shadowgun Deadzone - I didn't notice any framerate problems, but the on screen controls were difficult to use. This would be more fun with a gamepad.
Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery - Runs ok, some stutter in the music
Sympthony Of Eternity - Runs Well
Tank Riders - Runs Well
Word of Goo - Runs well
Vector - Runs Well
Zenonia - Runs well, controls were confusing

I was surprised that games like GTA3 and Max Payne were totally playable, but holding a tablet and using onscreen controls for an action game can get tiring. I mostly enjoyed things like tower defense where you can pause the action or not interact with the screen constantly. If I was going to play something like GTA I'd probably stick with my PS3 or PC for that.

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Dave\Esotic
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11th October 2013, 05:22 PM |#2  
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i don't think you ever have to worry about existing games not running well on the nook hd/hd+. BUT some compatibilty issues can arrise since the games have not been optimized with these devices (and for some reason games published by EA (dead space, mass effect) come up as "incompatible"). For example, Broken Sword 2 has a weird screen bug where the screen does not accept input where you're touching i.e. if you want to interact with an object you need to tap slightly above the icon which is annoying but the game is still playable. note that this only happens on the stock nook not custom roms. but i wasn't really surprised at how well anything ran since its running a pretty snazzy cpu/gpu. dead trigger runs on ultra settings just fine and when paired with a bluetooth controller (i.e. a wiimote or dualshock 3) it's a blast to play. playstation emulators worked great as did some of the newer ds ones. google needs to really just come out with an offical google play controller and include support right in the sdk.
15th October 2013, 08:12 PM |#3  
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I spent some time attempting to pair several different DualShock 3 controllers with my Nook HD+ and finally gave up. Is there anything special to get that working?

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15th October 2013, 11:46 PM |#4  
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Wanted to add that Asphalt 8: Airborne, Aliens vs Predator and Modern Combat 4 also run very well on this device, bot stock and cm 10.1.
Also a great cheap controller is the gamestop bluetooth controller. Picked it up at my local gamestop and it works with games like shadowgun and dead trigger. Pretty good deal for just $10. Just go to gamestop and search tablet controller and it'll pop up.
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Ravensword runs like a champion for me. The intro lags buts that's a part of. Teaching you the game.

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1st December 2013, 05:44 PM |#6  
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Originally Posted by boomboxcity

Wanted to add that Asphalt 8: Airborne, Aliens vs Predator and Modern Combat 4 also run very well on this device, bot stock and cm 10.1.
Also a great cheap controller is the gamestop bluetooth controller. Picked it up at my local gamestop and it works with games like shadowgun and dead trigger. Pretty good deal for just $10. Just go to gamestop and search tablet controller and it'll pop up.

does it work on modern combat?
4th December 2013, 08:18 AM |#7  
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Originally Posted by gotbass

does it work on modern combat?

The controller does not work correctly with modern combat

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