I’m currently in the midst of writing four-game reviews, trying to defeat one last Divine Beast and waiting to take on Ganon in Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. I’m doing all of this while trying to get my normal day-to-day work taken care of. As I’ve mentioned with my Nintendo Switch review, when I play large scale games I want to lose myself in the game. I don’t pick up the Switch like I would a tablet. When I’m feeling overwhelmed I take a step back, retreat to my couch and plop myself down with a mobile game to put my mind at ease. It’s my version of Yoga*.
Last week I gave an overview of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. A tablet designed with gamers and entertainment junkies in mind. With its long lasting battery, light body, and wonderful HDR-ready screen it’s perfect for sneaking in some much-needed gaming time to break away from the real world without losing yourself for hours.
It’s important to me and my well being to stop for a moment and use gaming as a form of mediation. With so many things going on in my head it’s a way for me to relax for short periods of time. The more beautiful and colorful a game the more peaceful I become. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has a superior video and audio to that delivers an immersive experience transporting me away from the real world for as long as I need.
I’m going to get technical here, so if you just want to know the games I use to relax then take full advantage of the medium and skip on ahead. I have to geek out here for a moment.
I use tablets for primarily 3 things, gaming, watching Plex or Netflix and reading. The 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is a thing of beauty. It’s 2,048 x 1,536 resolution gives it a 4:3 aspect ratio and has a Super AMOLED Screen for higher contrast and more vivid colors; this tablet was made for videos and games. When I recommend TVs I always suggest going for an HDR-ready model because it makes a massive difference in gaming too.
HDR, in a nutshell, allows the display a wider range of colors with brighter highlights and perceived deeper blacks while safeguarding details across mid-tones when all three elements are on screen. This allows for a more ‘true to life’ presentation that more closely replicates what the human eye is capable of seeing.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 also has four speakers tuned by AKG for a crystal clear, full sound. It’s loud enough to match my TV and it’s great for immersion. If I don’t have to wear headphones I’m not going plug them in. The speakers also have a cool new feature that uses the accelerometer to understand how you’re holding the tablet. It then adjusts the audio output to make sure the left and right speakers are tuned to deliver balanced surround sound in either portrait or landscape orientation. You can notice the difference if you place the tablet in your palm and spin it around.
I can’t mention AKG without thinking back to the classic 1985 music video “Party All The Time” by Eddie Murphy that features the AKG K240 headphones quite prominently. Honestly, this song and video still rule 32 years later.
Hopefully, you learned something you can impress your friends and family with. If not you can impress them with these games.
A game about growing and caring for succulents in real time. I’ve tried taking care of plants in real life but always end up screwing them up. With Viridi you get friendly reminders to check on your virtual plants. It’s an extremely simple game, but the luscious hand-drawn inspired graphics make this game extremely easy on the eyes.
This game is as mindless as they come but incredibly soothing. Players use their fingers as a brush to smear paint, swirl water, and brush the Milky Way any which way they desire. If you tilt your tablet the liquid will run and splash across the screen. This game is highly recommended in the autism community as a good form of stimulation. The only thing missing in this game is good sound design, unfortunately.
Contre Jour deserves to be played with the sound up. Your goal is to guide Petit, a quirky little fly with one large eye, on a journey to save a rose. The game is black and white with colorful pops of color. Think of it like Sin City for children. It’s a fairly lengthy mobile experience with 100 unique levels and 300 collectible items and is well worth the low price.
This is one of the best mobile games I’ve ever experienced. It’s absolutely stunning. It’s really hard to put down and great for nights you can’t sleep and plane rides. It’s a simple puzzle game that puts you in control of a princess (opposed to always having to save one) as you make your way through M.C. Escher-esque castles and ruins. It’s a wonderful game and I highly recommend it. It’s a bit pricey but it’s easy to see why once you start playing.
Mobile games work best when they aren’t overly complicated and Dots & Co is the perfect way to take a load off. It’s a beautiful visual journey that has you solving puzzles with the help of a magical companion. It starts out simple and eases you into more complex puzzles as you go. It’s colorful and addictive.
Happy gaming my friends. What games do you play to de-stress? Let me on in the comments below or on Twitter.
I hope I’m selling you on the beauty and simplicity of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. if you’d like to check out the device for yourself please click this link – http://bit.ly/2nN8kHD
*My mom is a Yoga Teacher of 20+ years and would kill me if she read this. Sorry mom! Have you got my birthday wish list yet?
Review Disclaimer: This coverage was carried out using a tablet provided by Samsung Canada.