Android isn’t the first mobile OS that you think about when it comes to games. Yes, there were a lot of problems in the beginning and absolutely no support for 3D acceleration or any video codecs in the first version of the OS, but in less than a year, everything has changed and now, Android can easily compete with the iPhone and Windows Phone 7 when it comes to gaming and graphic applications. Just take a look at the cool android games listed below to see what the latest versions of Android (2.2 and 2.3) are capable of and what sort of games you can expect in the near future (there will be dozens of releases in the following months):
This is First Person Shooter game that puts you in control of your own Mech and lets you shoot invading aliens to the content of your heart. You can also move around with your Mech, but most of the times, you’ll be doing the shooting. You get a lot of weapons and upgrades, and the multiple campaigns and achievements you can unlock can keep you entertained for hours.
This is an amazing Role Playing Game from Gameloft, which is known for creating some of the best iPhone games on the market. Dungeon Hunter has great 3D graphics (which require a powerful smartphone with 3D acceleration to work – a HTC Dream or Magic won’t cut it!), good controls and a very interesting gameplay, which will leave you wanting for more. The game is very replayable, and it’s completely worth the $7 they ask for it.
Yet another great RPG from another company that used to focus their efforts exclusively on iPhone games, Crusade of Destiny from DvideArts is one of the most popular games for the OS to date. It was the first of its kind for Android, and it still can hold its own against any competitors, despite the slightly outdated graphics. There are a lot of quests in the game, and multiple ways to accomplish them. You can spend hours fighting, exploring, getting items and experience, and much more. The controls are great for a touch screen and feel very natural. The game is practically a must have if you like good RPG and strategies.
Light Racer 3D is a great game for any smartphone and especially for people who liked the Tron movie (I also expect it to see an increase in downloads after then second Tron movie comes out . The graphics are great, the controls aren’t bad either, and you get to race some very fast light cycles in a very unique way – perfect for spending your free time!
Need for Speed has been the most popular racing simulator for quite a while on desktop computers and recently, the iPhone and iPad devices. EA sure took a while before releasing this Android version, but it was worth the wait. Now you can play a great racing game with high quality 3D graphics, lots of great cars and tracks and great sounds and controls. A true must have for any racing games lover and Android smartphone.
Android is a great operating system for mobile devices and it’s getting better and better at games and other graphics applications. 2011 will see a lot of beautiful 3D games coming out for this OS, and they will definitely hold their own against iPhone and Windows Phone 7 games, which are currently held in high regard by gamers and developers worldwide as the best smartphone platforms for mobile gaming.
If you have tried playing games on Android before (like, a few months ago), you’ll definitely be surprised when you see the progress it’s made since then: the quality of both graphics, sound and gameplay have increased immensely, and the games listed above are living proof of that. Check them out when you get the chance!