Android Quality Index

Top 5 Tegra-Optimised Games on Android

Best ways to make the most of your Tegra phone on Android

If you've bought a decent Android phone at some point over the past year or two, there's a pretty good chance it runs on a Tegra chip. Nvidia's second- and third-generation mobile processors are undoubtedly the most popular on the platform, you see.

It should come as no surprise, then, that a handful of graphically rich Android games have taken particular advantage of this Tegra hardware to boost their visual appeal yet further. These games have fancy lighting effects, sharp textures, and other clever visual tricks that make our eyes happy.

But, are they any fun to play? A fair few of them are, so let's consider the Top 5 Tegra-optimised games on Android.

Most of these games WILL play on non-Tegra phones - they just don't look as nice.

Riptide GP is from the same creative team behind Shine Runner, and it sports the same amazing 3D engine and Tegra-enhanced water effects. This is a straight-up jet ski-racing game, though, with twisty courses and carefully positioned jumps. Riptide GP's quickly become the go-to game for those who want to show off their Tegra-equipped smartphone.
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8.6
Before the abovementioned Granny Smith, Mediocre made an impression with Sprinkle. It's a physics-based puzzler in which you manipulate objects with a whopping great water cannon. Suffice it to say, its stunning water physics and detailed graphics are greatly enhanced on Tegra devices.
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8.3
In this quirky action-platformer, you control a roller-skating nan as she chases down an apple thief. You must jump, slide, and somersault your way through each roller coaster-like level. Again, the 3D visuals are sharp as standard, but owners of a Tegra 3 device get additional breakable scenery, as well as lovely grass, flowers, and dust particles.
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8.2
Power through swamps and rivers in this stunning arcade racer from Vector Unit. The sheer pace and the destructible environments make this feel like a console game. Shine Runner is a gorgeous 3D racer as it is, then, but if you own a quad-core Tegra 3 device, you'll also be treated to some amazingly realistic water effects.
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8.1
This faithful conversion of the PC and console classic Max Payne brings all that third-person bullet time action to your Android - and you can even hook up a gamepad to get the full effect. Tegra 3 handsets gain additional lighting and texture effects, resulting in the most faithful smartphone version of Max Payne yet.
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7.5
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