Rules of App Action: The 10 Best Action Games for the GALAXY Note II

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OK, we all know the Samsung GALAXY Note II can help you make the most of your real life. But there’s more to life than reality, right? That’s why the slimline body of the GALAXY Note II contains a powerful quad-core processor and an HD Super AMOLED screen that take action games (and your gaming skills) to the limit – and beyond! Here’s our pick of the best action games around for the GALAXY Note II…

The Bard's Tale
 

The Bard's Tale

£1.85 Buy it here

Originally a hit on the Sony PlayStation, The Bard's Tale now plays like a dream on the GALAXY Note II.

Fans of Diablo will recognise the isometric 3D style and hack'n'slash gameplay, but with added humour, as you guide the titular antihero on his quest to save a princess.

It’s a genuinely funny game, with some clever digs at gaming clichés, a top-quality voice cast (including Princess Bride star Cary Elwes, among others), and even some musical numbers – including a bizarre zombie dance-off!

This is a genuinely tricky action RPG with enough content to keep you playing for weeks, especially on the higher difficulty settings.
 


Grand Theft Auto 3
 

Grand Theft Auto 3

£3.84 Buy it here

This is a near-perfect conversion of the controversial console and PC classic that actually improves on the original in some areas.

You have complete freedom as you guide vengeful hoodlum Claude around the massive open world of Liberty City, completing criminal missions as part of the game's main plot – or simply stealing cars and taking out rival gang members as you carve out your very own life of crime!

The controls work beautifully on the Note II's larger screen, and the quad-core processor comes into its own with the glorious 3D graphics.
 


Dead Space
 

Dead Space

£4.75 Buy it here

The original Dead Space on PS3 is a dark, twisted piece of survival horror set on a derelict spaceship crawling with zombie-like 'necromorphs'. Amazingly, this mobile version manages to cram in almost every feature of the original, and marries them to an all-new plot.

Making excellent use of subtle lighting and eerie sound effects to elicit its jumpy brand of horror, the game's main innovation sees you dismembering your opponents in order to defeat them, rather than just shooting them in their hideous heads.

This makes the game ideal for the Note II, as guiding your weapon with your fingertips feels far more natural than using a gamepad controller – and a heck of a lot more satisfying when the limbs really start to fly!
 


Shadowgun
 

Shadowgun

£3.75 Buy it here

Gears of War fans will love this graphically intensive tactical shooter, which lifts Gears' cover mechanic wholesale and adapts it for the Note II screen with stunning results.

Your reflexes will be tested to the limit as you take on the role of a hardened mercenary battling hordes of genetic mutants, and the highly polished gameplay makes a perfect partner for the Note II’s advanced processing power.
 


Dead Trigger
 

Dead Trigger

Free Get it here

This first-person, mission-based zombie shoot-em-up boasts console-quality graphics and a huge array of weapons you can buy in-game.

There’s no messing around, as you are immediately dropped into a nightmarish, post-apocalyptic world and forced to defend yourself against wave after wave of the undead! Armed with only your wits (OK, your wits and a lot of heavy weapons), you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more full-on free gaming experience.
 


Minecraft Pocket Edition
 

Minecraft Pocket Edition

£4.99 Buy it here

Having already conquered the PC and Xbox 360, Minecraft is now available as a ‘Pocket Edition’ so mobile gamers can see what all the fuss is about.

An open-world 'sandbox' game where you mine minerals and craft tools and weapons to fight off zombies, Minecraft is well suited to the Note II’s large screen, and the quad-core processor can run its highest detail settings without even breaking a sweat.

This Pocket Edition is still in beta, but there is already an enormous number of things you can do, from smelting iron to planting crops. New features are coming soon, ensuring that Minecraft will drain your free time for many months to come.
 


Temple Run
 

Temple Run

Free Get it here

The best of the current crop of ‘endless runner’ games casts you in the role of intrepid explorer, on the run from demonic monkeys after stealing the idol from a jungle temple!

Being chased down a never-ending pathway of broken ruins and slippery rocks might not sound like fun, but it’s unbelievably addictive, thanks to its simple and intuitive controls and well-timed rewards that will keep you fleeing for as long as your reflexes hold out!
 


Fruit Ninja
 

Fruit Ninja

£0.76 Buy it here

Fruit Ninja might not sound very interesting at first (it basically involves chopping fruit as it flies across the screen), but the simple touchscreen mechanic hides a fiendishly addictive and likeable game.

Rewards are earned by flexing your slicing skills in a certain order or within a time limit, while other bonuses can only be unlocked by deliberately losing in a specific way. Between levels, a serene sensei dispenses advice and silly proverbs, with the whole thing ideally suited to the Note II's expansive screen.
 


Whale Trail Frenzy
 

Whale Trail Frenzy

£0.76 Buy it here

Whale Trail Frenzy has the simplest controls possible. Touching the screen sends Willow the Whale flying upwards, not touching the screen lets him freefall from the sky.

Did we say sky? Yes we did. For reasons never adequately explained, Willow flies through a psychedelic cloudscape, collecting bubbles to keep him aloft and avoiding evil thunderclouds.

The whole affair is worryingly moreish, with secret levels waiting to be found and a suitably jolly soundtrack by Super Furry Animals frontman, Gruff Rhys. There’s even a full music video bundled as an extra feature!
 


Spirit HD
 

Spirit HD

£1.99 Buy it here

Hard to describe, yet easy to grasp on the Note II screen, Spirit HD puts you in charge of a spacecraft that makes energy vortices with a loop of its short-lived exhaust trail.

Move quickly to make a vortex and suck in your enemies (of which there are many), to advance through levels of increasing complexity and ingenuity.

The game has a pulsing soundtrack that helps get you into the flowing movements you need, and the unique control scheme quickly becomes intuitive.