We really missed the control pad, so when Samsung revealed its Bluetooth-enabled wireless Game Pad alongside the GALAXY S4, we were pleased to hear the comeback of SEGA's finest hero was one of the first games to be optimised for the forthcoming device. Once the Game Pad hits stores you'll be able to hold Down, and furiously tap 'Spin' until you are blue in the face – a bit like Sonic himself, really.
Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour
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The presence of a 1.9 GHz Quad-Core CPU and an Adreno 320 GPU, along with that beautifully expansive, full HD Super AMOLED screen, ensures the Samsung GALAXY S4 is the most capable gaming smartphone on the planet.
One place you'll really feel that extra graphical rendering power and those high-def visuals is in the fast-paced first-person-shooter (FPS) genre. Gameloft knew this and ensured its top title, Modern Combat 4, was perfectly primed for the GALAXY S4's extra power.
It's basically as close to the immersive, action-packed, immaculately detailed console FPS games as it's possible to get on a mobile device. Baudouin Corman told us: "The Samsung GALAXY S4 is a great gaming device! The Full HD screen and Quad-Core processor are just a couple of the features that allow Gameloft to deliver cutting-edge gaming experiences."
Feed Me Oil
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Like EA and Gameloft, publisher Chillingo was another company quick to announce a raft of updates to its most popular titles in order to make the most of the Samsung GALAXY S4.
Ed Rumley told us: "Feed Me Oil is one of our most popular games, and it made perfect sense to get our best products ready for such a popular device. Some of that optimisation was making sure the games supported the new resolution, but we're aware that development is rarely simple.
"More often than not there are kinks to work out, but we were sure that it would be worth the time and effort. If you go and play our games that are optimised for the S4 now, I think you'll agree that they look and run brilliantly."
We couldn't agree more. In this physics-based puzzler, it's up to you to sate the hunger of weird and wonderful oil-obsessed creatures by guiding the crude stuff into their mouths from a broken pipe. There are a host of elaborate levels where you'll make use of fans, send the oil floating across canals and more, and before long you'll be a dab-hand at creating machines of your own.
The game's developer Alexander Ilin, of Holy Water Games, adds: "The S4 has a very bright, precise and large screen. Its great hardware also makes it possible to run FMO with more complex oil physics."
Rayman Jungle Run
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Undoubtedly one of the finest games available for mobile devices today, Rayman Jungle Run's rich, colourful and varied world is at its most enjoyable on the GALAXY S4.
Unlike some high-profile games, Ubisoft's mobile edition of its timeless platformer is perfectly optimised for touchscreen gaming. Rayman starts running the moment you enter the level and doesn't stop until he's either home or dead, and you can breeze through the fast-paced levels with fluent taps, prods, swipes and holds.
Watch out for those Land of the Dead levels though. They're tougher than a £2 steak!