11 Android games on the HP Touchpad – video

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The HP TouchPad is a pretty powerful tablet with a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor and a 9.7 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display. Games look great on the tablet — but unfortunately there aren’t really all that many high quality games available for the webOS operating system that comes with the TouchPad.

That’s where Android comes in. This week the CyanogenMod team released the first public build of Android for the TouchPad, and while it’s still a little rough around the edges, the CyanogenMod software lets you use the Google Android Market to install thousands of games on HP’s tablets.

Some games work better than others.

I took 11 games for a test drive this afternoon, and while some perform flawlessly on the TouchPad, others refuse to run at all, or look funny on the tablet’s 1024 x 768 pixel screen. The display may be the same size and resolution as the screens on the Apple iPad and iPad 2, but it’s an unusual shape and size for an Android device.

These are the 10 games I tested, by grabbing some popular free apps and a few of my favorite Android games.

  1. Angry Birds – This game plays perfectly and looks great on the TouchPad.
  2. Asphalt 5 Free – Once you get past the splash screen for this racing game, a message tells you the game’s not supported.
  3. Destinia – This RPG looks pretty good, but the graphics are more pixelated on the TouchPad’s large display than on a smartphone.
  4. Dungeon Defenders - The graphics look amazing and gameplay is very smooth on this action/RPG game, but the edge of the screen is cut off a bit.
  5. Fieldrunners HD – The graphics look great in this tower defense game, and the frame rate is excellent.
  6. Guitar Hero 5 Demo – This music/rhythm game plays… but only in a small window that doesn’t fill the screen.
  7. Pinball Deluxe – This pinball game works nicely in portrait mode, but shows black bars along the sides.
  8. Robo Defense – Robo Defense plays well in full screen mode, but it’s not quite as pretty as Fieldrunners HD.
  9. TurboFly 3D – The accelerometer doesn’t currently work, but if you use on-screen controls this racing game looks great.
  10. Wixel Lite – This Boggle-like word search game is playable, but the word grid is confined to a tiny, phone-sized window.
  11. Zenonia 3 – This game looks at least as good on the TouchPad’s large screen as on a smartphone display — although the RPG’s graphics have an 8-bit look and feel that can’t match Dungeon Defenders or some other games.

There are many more games available for Android which are capable of running on the HP TouchPad. But I was impressed that of the first 11 games I downloaded, only one title simply wouldn’t run on the tablet.

I was able to get Asphalt 5 to run on the TouchPad by running the “Spare Parts” app on the tablet, unchecking the “compatibility mode” option and rebooting. But there was a problem that caused the game to only display on a portion of the screen — and the game thought I was pressing the touchscreen about 3 or 4 inches higher than I was actually tapping — so the game was still pretty much unplayable.

Most of the other games were playable — even if a few had graphics quirks. Not a single game felt slow, and some looked absolutely stellar on the HP TouchPad.

I also found that ScummVM works, as do several classic game console emulators.

Update: The folks at the RootzWiki forum have started to compile a much longer list of Android games that work on the HP TouchPad. For the most part the list of games that work appears to be much longer than the list of incompatible games.

  • http://www.reviewhorizon.com/ soricon

    neat, thanks for the list. And if you want to put your TouchPad to good use, this is the tutorial to install CyanogenMod as well…
    http://reviewhorizon.com/2011/10/how-to-install-cyanogenmod-on-hp-touchpad/

  • David Marquez

    Nice article! Is the reason why some of those games don’t fit the screen properly that they were not designed for honeycomb?

    • Jonwall

      i think the issue is there are almost no tablets for android that use a 4:3 ratio for the display, if there are even any at all. So pinball thinks its filling a 1280×800 display but the touchpad extends farther on the sides giving black bars. And then the dungeon defenders just over extends the display rather than scaling with bars. Its really similar to watching standard def on an hd tv, you can watch it with bars or you can zoom in to fill the screen but some of it gets cut off

  • chapelhillice

    This thing will rock in a few months with Ice Cream Sandwich.

  • Andrew Lee

    Touchpad already rocks with webOS.  Some of these games are already natively available [e.g., Angry Birds (vanilla, Rio, & Seasons), Asphalt 6, Guitar Hero 5 Full].  And there are native games that are comparable to the others on this list.

    BTW, Dosbox and ScummVM already rock on the Touchpad.  Check it out

  • Guest

    Hmmm, Asphalt 5 is not working (error: “your device cannot support asphalt 5″) and the same thing is valid for Let’s Golf 3 HD. Can it maybe be the result of the Missing App Android Market update i’ve done? Anybody an idea?

    • http://www.liliputing.com Brad Linder

      Nope, the app just doesn’t work on the HP TouchPad at this point.

      You can sort of run it by unchecking “compatibility mode” in the “Spare Parts” app and rebooting. That will allow Asphalt 5 to run… but it’s pretty much unplayable. 

  • Anonymous

    Another great game that looks nice on the tablet is Battleheart. Definitely worth a peek if you haven’t played it before. However, I don’t think there is a free demo. :(

  • Jacker

    Use the app chainfire3d lets you play just about every game. I’m running nvida HD Tera games crazy good on my tp