A big reason why many people don’t want to buy an Android phone is the lack of good games for this operating system. Of course, there are a lot of simple arcade games that can be quite entertaining, but nothing compares to a good 3D game experience, especially when it’s on a portable device.
Currently, only the iPhone has a selection of great 3D games (including Need for Speed, one of the most visually appealing games for a smartphone). Windows Mobile dropped the ball a long time ago, and the games available for it are old, designed for small screens and with very bad looking graphics.
Android is a relatively new OS, and it’s only natural that we wait a few years before great games start to be ported. But there are already a lot of great games available, and they’re very, very good. Thanks to its Linux core, Android is also able to play a lot of great 3D games made for Linux, and makes porting of a lot of games very easy.
Here are some of the most amazing 3D games for the Android that have the potential to make your Sony PlayStation Portable obsolete.
This is a great First Person Shooter, with beautiful, console-quality graphics that will keep you entertained for quite a while. The story and characters are interesting, and the controls are more than adequate. A drawback would be the lag and low quality on older Android devices like the G1, but that’s the hardware’s fault. On a Droid or a Nexus One, it is fast and great-looking. It also supports multiplayer, if you want to have a death match between yourself and other Android phone owners. It costs 3 euro (about $4.50), and it’s a great investment.
An amazing arcade flight simulator and shooter that puts you in the pilot seat of some of the most well known World War 2 planes. You can freely fly around and unleash hell on your enemies (planes, ships, submarines and bases) with an impressive arsenal of weapons (especially for a mobile device game). This game reminded me of Pacific Warriors – a great desktop game with the same story. I never got tired of it, and Armageddon Squadron quite accurately recreated the same atmosphere. It’s amazing how fast time flies by as you fly .
This series of games (there are 2 of them now – Raging Thunder 1 and 2) are a great alternative for Need for Speed, and if you ever played it on the iPhone, you’ll know that it’s quite hard to match. The quality is great, racing is fun and the controls are very accurate – it’s got all you need to enjoy it to the maximum. If you like racing games and own an Android device, Raging Thunder is definitely for you (at least until Need for Speed for Android is released .
How about fast water racing on futuristic boats at extremely high speeds? Android can do that, too! Wave Blazer is basically Raging Thunder on water. You can race, jump hops and compete with other players via multiplayer – a very fun game to play, indeed. The only drawback could be your battery, as it will deplete a lot faster than usual but that is true of all games on a mobile device.
Quake 3 Arena
And now, something special. I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent a lot of my childhood playing this game with other via LAN and alone with AI opponents. When I first saw it, I thought it was the most beautiful game ever created (at the time it really was). I still have the CD somewhere, and I’m sure many of you have it, too. If so, you can relatively easily install it on you Android device. Yes, the full Quake 3 Arena game on a smartphone! It takes a bit of work and you gotta have a powerful enough device (at least a Droid) with a keyboard (remember, it was made for desktop computers), but once you’ve got it running, you can wander around on all of those maps, shooting opponents and reminiscing about your past. Plus, it’s a great way to surprise and start a conversation with other people of the same age .
This is just the tip of the iceberg for Android 3D games. The year of 2010 promises to deliver a few dozen more, even better games for any Android device (there are a lot of already announced games, among which are Project Chronos and Need for Speed). The only thing you need to remember is to buy a powerful enough device (at least a 600Mhz processor, minimum 256MB RAM and a fast class 4 or 6 SD card – Motorola Droid, Devour and Google Nexus One are suitable for this) to be able to fully enjoy them.