If you have a Galaxy Note 9 and want to put its water-cooled Snapdragon 845 processor and gorgeous 6.4-inch, 2960 x 4000 display to the test, these are the games to try out. Whether graphically or computationally intensive, the apps on this list all push the ceiling of what's achievable for a mobile game.
All game genres are represented here, from shooters and platformers to fighting and racing games. So, no matter what your mobile gaming preference, there's a title here that'll enable you to have a blast on your Note 9 while also seeing just what Samsung's latest and greatest is capable of.
As (arguably) the prettiest mobile game on the market, Asphalt 9: Legends just might be the definitive way to test the graphical mettle of your Galaxy Note 9. Featuring epic car destruction, insane courses and ludicrous speeds, this game is more than just eye candy, though — it's a fun time-killer in its own right. And it even has a special "touch-drive" control scheme, so young players who aren't equipped for the responsibilities of driving can take the wheel without difficulty.
As an online-only multiplayer racing title with some very pretty graphics, Sonic Forces: Speed Battle demands a decent amount of horsepower just to run — unless, of course, you've got an ultra-powerful Note 9 lying around. With the Note 9, you can effortlessly enjoy the crispest visuals at an equally desirable frame rate, meaning you can see Sonic the Hedgehog, Jet the Hawk, Chaos (the water monster) and Big the Cat race each other to the finish lines of Sky Sanctuary and Green Hill in unprecedented visual fidelity.
If you like your coffee hot and open-world games filled with planes, trains and gangs, no mobile experience will give it to you like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Featuring the usual crime-fueled, high-octane shenanigans of Grand Theft Auto, San Andreas brings the lawless experience to Android with no pulled punches. However, if you want to experience the game as closely to its console counterpart as the original developers intended, the Note 9's large screen and horsepower will get you one step closer than most other mobile devices.
Considering this is a port of Fortnite's console and PC release, expect it to tear lesser phones apart. If you have a Galaxy Note 9, though, odds are you'll be able to maintain decent frame rates while enjoying 100-person matches on a large map with all graphical settings at the max. Plus, if you're playing it on a Note 9, you'll get this super-sick, hyper-deluxe cosmic Galaxy skin to show off exactly what special breed of gamer you are.
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a demanding game, and given its highly competitive nature, every extra frame per second your phone's hardware can squeeze out will help give you the edge in combat. You'll need extra horsepower to keep this app running at a serviceable pace, especially if you want all the additional graphical bells and whistles turned on when facing off against 99 opponents across a massive map in a battle to the death.
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Minecraft's not much of a looker, but it's not the graphics that make this virtual Lego pit technologically demanding. It's the game's emphasis on infinite worlds limited only by your imagination… as well as your phone's hardware. In the case of the Galaxy Note 9, expect the phone to improve just about every facet of the game, keeping your frame rate silky smooth as you enjoy incredible draw distances across vast, CPU-taxing maps while cross-playing with friends on Xbox.
Mild stuttering and frame drops are to be expected no matter what platform you play a Telltale game on, but without strong hardware those little tech hiccups can turn into deal-breakers. Thanks to the Note 9, however, you can enjoy Telltale's adventures largely as the developer intended.
When picking a Telltale game for your Note 9, I recommend The Wolf Among Us, as it remains the publisher's most original, thematically bold game to date. Shoving characters like The Big Bad Wolf, Snow White and The Little Mermaid into a Christopher Nolan-esque universe, TWAU is a just-dark-enough, intriguing take on everyone's favorite childhood fables.