By Ryan Scott | 09-22-2012 | 12:30PM
Not to imply that we're without quality games on Android, some games just belong on the platform -- and, for whatever reason, we're just not getting them. In any case, that hasn't stopped me from wanting my awesome games. Here are a few more that (as the headline suggests) really ought to be on Android.
Blizzard Entertainment (PC, 2012)
So, this one probably seems just a little bit crazy, but just imagine Diablo III -- or some kind of mildly pared-down version of Blizzard's arguably awesome action-role-plating game -- on your Android tablet. Hold a finger on the screen to move, tap to attack enemies with one hand, and tap spell icons with the other hand. I haven't quite worked out how this might work at the higher difficulty levels... but this game's got to fit on a tablet somehow. I figure, if Blizzard's ever to make a big splash on mobile platforms, Diablo is undoubtedly the franchise to do it with.
Final Fantasy Dimensions
Square Enix (iOS, 2012)
The common thread for a few of the games here is "Dammit, this is already on iOS, so where the heck is our Android version already?" This applies times infinity to Final Fantasy Dimensions, which dropped for Apple's devices in the U.S. last month, as well as both iOS and Android in its native Japan -- with 100% radio silence from their PR department on when we might see it for Android worldwide. To this, I can only say "What the heck, Square Enix?" I'm especially hot for this one because it's a brand-new, full-fledged, multi-chapter Final Fantasy role-playing game, fashioned in the style of the series' beloved 16-bit entries (AKA a breath of fresh air after the past decade of mediocre post-Final Fantasy X entries).
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
Capcom (DS, 2011)
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is another game that's been out on iOS for months (February 2012, to be precise), yet it somehow hasn't made its way to Android. It debuted as a Nintendo DS game in 2011, and starred a spectral Sherlock named Sissel, who bends time and possesses environmental objects to protect innocents from gruesome deaths. Each level is basically one big puzzle where you tap items to interact with them, making Ghost Trick perfect for a touchscreen interface. It's also the brainchild of Capcom's Shu Takumi, the man behind my other favorite mystery-centric game series, Ace Attorney.
WB Interactive (iOS, 2011)
Another shoo-in for mobile platforms, the three-game-strong Scribblenauts series debuted on iOS last year with Scribblenauts Remix, which quickly took the iTunes App Store by storm. For those unfamiliar with Scribblenauts, it's a game that lets you do just about anything. You're dropped into a hazard-filled area and challenged to make your way to the obligatory MacGuffin (in this case, a star-shaped prize called a Starite) unscathed. At your disposal is... pretty much whatever your imagination can produce. Type in a word, and the game does its best to approximate your intentions. Just don't do what Penny Arcade did.
Telltale's Adventure Games
Telltale Games (PC, Ongoing)
Yes, somehow Telltale Games has brought its Tales of Monkey Island, Back to the Future, and The Walking Dead episodic adventure games to iOS (as well as every other gaming platform under the sun), but not to Android. Did everyone miss the memo about Android handily outpacing iOS as the mobile operating system of choice? In any case, Telltale's considerable suite of fantastic point-and-click adventure games -- dating back to 2006's long-awaited Sam & Max saga would look just great on anyone's Android device.