Oct 01 AT 2:04 AM Taylor Wimberly 51 Comments

James Cameron’s Avatar now (un)available for Android

Leave it up to Gameloft to release another awesome Android game that no one knows about and is impossible to download. If you want to try your luck (and test your frustration) head over to Gameloft’s Android store and you might be able to install their latest game, James Cameron’s Avatar.

I wish I could tell you how the game plays, but I’ve been unable to even download it on any of my Android phones. Gameloft’s Android titles are always top notch, but the online store just flat out sucks and hardly ever works.

As with most Gameloft HD titles, a high-end Android phone is required. I only suggest playing these games on a Galaxy S, Droid 2, Droid X, or G2.

We wish Gameloft would end their feud with Google and just place these games on the Android Market (now available in 29 countries!) like they do with iPhone games on Apple’s App Store, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

So anyways, good luck getting this thing installed. If you manage to pull it off, please let me know the magic trick.

Update: So after an hour of banging my head on the wall I somehow got Avatar loaded on my Epic 4G. The game demo looks pretty cool, but it won’t let me purchase the full version and I’ve tried billing to the carrier, two credit cards, and PayPal. I love you Gameloft. ;)

Via: Twitter

Source: Gameloft

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  • http://Website LipGloss712

    Did you forget about the EVO? I have 2 gameloft games from their website and plan on getting more.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Yeah actually the EVO and Incredible have the Atmel maXTouch sensor which works well with these multitouch games, but the Adreno 200 GPU found in the first-gen Snapdragon kinda stutters on some of these games. They are playable, but it’s just hard for me to game on an older phone after playing with the Galaxy S.

      p.s. sorry for calling your evo old :)

  • http://Website LipGloss712

    Haha its all good. I still love my EVO.

    Can’t even try to dl it. Says its unavailable or some crap. Took a while to see the sandstorm one so who knows if this is the same case.

  • http://Website Shatterpane

    I downloaded it just fine on my Vibrant. No magic trick that I’m aware of. I am on Wi-Fi; idk if that would make a difference or not…

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Did you just enter your phone number and you received a txt? It would not work on my Sprint or T-Mobile line. I even tried my Google Voice number and no go. :(

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Ok after some hackery I got it loaded on my Epic 4G. I finally got a text to go through my T-Mobile number then I forwared that to my Epic. Game downloaded, installed, and now running.

  • http://Website Dennis

    NO! I am disappointed. As a pro-Android blog, you would do well to not advertise or highlight faux companies like Gameloft that push for a broken Android experience. They can take their games and shove it up their a** for all I care. I’m not buy jack from their store. If it’s not in the market, then forget it. Profit mongering d-bags.

  • jivemaster

    Seriously, gameloft can cut the crap and get onto the market. Even EA is on the market now, and they were the first whingers about it. What’s their problem?!?!? Digital rights management can be added to games on the market (like Pacman Championship has), so they can still be protected and be on the market. I’d be surprised how many sales they’ve made since this stupid pull away from the market business decision. I say continue to boycott them until they get their act together.

  • Rubbinz

    If it’s not in the Market, I’m not gonna touch it.

  • http://Website foresterr

    Actually, thanks to their store, I was happily playing one of these titles about a month ago, while I’m still waiting for the paid Market to become available in my country (not much longer though). So, I can’t really sympathize with all the boycott proposals.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I’m not sure if you understood what I’m saying. I think Gameloft is awesome and I love their games. They have every right to try and run their own store so people in other countries can purchase their apps, but I have no clue why they refuse to upload these games to the official Market so more people can access them (like AT&T customers).

      More opportunities for customers to purchase = more sales for Gameloft

  • http://Website Max

    Can you publish an article on the future of Android gaming?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Sure. What do you want to know?

      • http://Website Max

        Hi. I notice that you post articles on different sections of Android like processors, screens etc but you rarely talk about gaming. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing because you might not be a gaming aficionado but I like portable games a lot. I notice that Android gaming doesn’t have a lot going despite huge processors being released so if you can give more insight?

        • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

          I hear you. There honestly hasn’t been much exciting to talk about this year, but that is going to change soon. I’ll write a big article about Unity3D, Open Feint, Tegra 2, Google Games, and everything else that is coming next year.

  • http://Website maxi pad

    They said high-end phone. The HTC EVO is alittle behind in their eyes.

  • http://Website Adam

    Worked first time for me :]

  • http://Website Micah

    Doesn’t matter how good the game is from gameloft. I’m boycotting them and have been since their whole drm issue. I don’t support companies that don’t support it’s customers. Until their games are in the marketplace, I won’t buy from them.

  • http://droidandroidgames.com/ AndroidGames

    Wow I should try that game, too bad I don’t have a phone you suggested, it’s time to get one.
    As for their own store, yea that sucks, imagine if every developer with few titles (Glu,EA etc.) will make their own store, then we will need a store where you will be able to download stores lol.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Hah that’s funny but it won’t happen on Google’s store. It is against the Android Market ToS to distribute a competing app store.

  • http://Website Cheetah

    Not available for the Nexus ONE … oh, how I loved the old days, when devices weren’t considered outdated after less than 12 months on the market.

    • http://Website Sergio

      It’s not developers fault because of poor GPU inside the qualcomm soc-enabled devices. Thanks to HTC & Qualcomm.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      You can still install it on a Nexus One. Just pick a different phone from the drop-down box and enter your phone number.

      • http://Website bmszabo

        How do You do that?? If I try to fool Gameloft with a different model name I receive an sms with their wapshop link, which says ”sorry this game is not available for your phone. To access all HD game demos available for your HTC GOOGLE NEXUS ONE, enter Gameloft store”..
        Do You have a workaround for this?
        Thanks.

        • http://Website Droiddawg

          Use the link, and in the App store pick your phone from the dropdown. I got the same msg on my Droid, but managed to d/l from the app store page.

          • http://Website bmszabo

            Thanks; works like a charm! N1 replaced with Galaxy S on download page; game downloaded, works just perfect!

  • http://Website MeatRocket

    GameLoft has really pissed me off with their distribution strategy. I don’t boycott GameLoft per se, I just download every one of their cracked games I can. They’ll get my money when they get with the program and enter the market and stop being douchebags. In the meantime, all of their cracked games play really nicely for free on my Galaxy S.

  • http://Website chad

    I think apple is giving special deals to gameloft and many other developers for making their android games suck.

    This is very likely the reason because why else would gameloft make their games suck?

    Also, apple was able to get att to maker they android phones totally suck by prohibiting non market downloads.

    • http://Website chad

      In the last paragraph, I meant to say “Apple got AT&T to make their android phones suck” instead of “maker they”

  • http://Website Stephon #5

    Avatar Plays very well with Vibrant. Golf fans download the “Lets Golf” game… best golf game I have played on a smartphone so far. Where is EA Tiger Woods on Android?

  • http://Website deeb215

    I do agree with most on boycotting this company. They need to have a better solution. The market is improving with gaming, and they will be left in the dust sooner than later with the new tablet craze to come! If they are so anal about putting the actual games on the market, make a gameloft market app for the android market or something…come on!

  • http://Website reddragon72

    I actually snagged this game the first time it was available and it works fine on the Vibrant. But as far as the companies odd way of dishing out games I agree that they should put them in the market, but at the same time I must remind everyone that Android is an open system and that includes where you can purchase games. I do realize that companies like ATT and Motorola like to shut out other ways to install apps, and that may be great, but this also kills the openess of Android. Imagine if the only place you could buy PC games from was Steam or MS Games, wouldn’t that just tick you all off.

  • http://Website Phillip

    So I still haven’t gotten a game from them for my Droid X. I stick to the market. Mostly because I’ve already upgraded my phone once and don’t want to deal with keeping track of how to get my stuff back… But I also don’t want to encourage people to do stupid things like this.

  • http://Website Mariano

    Works great on my Milestone OC to 900Mhz en CyanogenMOD!!! Full version!!! Yeah!

  • http://Website Jeremy

    I managed to download the demo with no problems, but they lost me at the permissions screen. Why does a game need to be able to do pretty much everything to my phone, including send SMS, query my contacts, etc?

    No way. I wonder if it would be possible to have line-item Ack/Nack on each permission?

  • http://Website Xallies

    Im boycotting till they are on android and the funny thing is i am a appoholic in some sense. Not that bad, but i do have over 100 paid apps.

    • http://Website JCC

      You think 100 apps is a lot? At last count I had over 375!

  • http://Website Ryan McKay

    I wish Gameloft would come out and say what they specifically don’t like about the android market enough to publish their own store. So far any answer they’ve given has been pretty vague and I can’t fathom the reason myself. If they would come out and say specifically what they dislike about the market, there is a good chance Google may make adjustments, if they keep it to themselves, how is anyone to know?

  • http://Website kevin

    just downloaded it works fine on my evo especially after update high end games work better than ever, no slow down or shutter.

  • http://johndrinkwater.name/ John Drinkwater

    Eugh, I just visited their site to see how long-winded the process is, and after giving them contact details, postal code and phone model, it informed me it’s not available for mine yet. Awesome.
    … they really dont want Android users playing their games.

  • http://Noprices... Jim Davis

    I don’t like that they don’t advertise their game prices on the site. Just that they have a “free trial”. I would like to know how much the full version would cost before I bother going through their messed up download process.

  • http://Website JGarrido

    Pretty lame, it apparently detects I’m on T-Mobile, and then tells me that ‘there are no available games for my mobile’ – I’m on a G2 *blank stare*

  • http://Website Moirin

    Works just fine on my EPIC phone. :D

    When buying the game, where did the problem start? The process worked fairly smoothly for me, so I’m wondering where the difference lies. :/

  • http://Website kenny

    I have a evo and it downloaded jus fine for me….. Idk y but I’ve had no issues so far

  • http://Website don

    I have them all except for Avatar. They run like 60fps on Vibrant.

  • http://Website Alaska

    All these games run on Galaxy S just fine. I guess because of the same processor in iphone and Galaxy S. Galaxy S GPU is newer and much faster version of iphone’s GPU also.

  • http://Website mannayr

    I might try one of Gameloft’s games once they get their head out of their a** and publish their titles on the Market!

  • http://devzaik@gmail.com d m khan

    Out standing

  • http://bsss.co.in naresh

    Readytoplay

  • http://adi adi
  1. LipGloss712Guest 5 years ago

    Did you forget about the EVO? I have 2 gameloft games from their website and plan on getting more.

    • Yeah actually the EVO and Incredible have the Atmel maXTouch sensor which works well with these multitouch games, but the Adreno 200 GPU found in the first-gen Snapdragon kinda stutters on some of these games. They are playable, but it’s just hard for me to game on an older phone after playing with the Galaxy S.

      p.s. sorry for calling your evo old :)

  2. LipGloss712Guest 5 years ago

    Haha its all good. I still love my EVO.

    Can’t even try to dl it. Says its unavailable or some crap. Took a while to see the sandstorm one so who knows if this is the same case.

  3. ShatterpaneGuest 5 years ago

    I downloaded it just fine on my Vibrant. No magic trick that I’m aware of. I am on Wi-Fi; idk if that would make a difference or not…

  4. DennisGuest 5 years ago

    NO! I am disappointed. As a pro-Android blog, you would do well to not advertise or highlight faux companies like Gameloft that push for a broken Android experience. They can take their games and shove it up their a** for all I care. I’m not buy jack from their store. If it’s not in the market, then forget it. Profit mongering d-bags.

  5. Seriously, gameloft can cut the crap and get onto the market. Even EA is on the market now, and they were the first whingers about it. What’s their problem?!?!? Digital rights management can be added to games on the market (like Pacman Championship has), so they can still be protected and be on the market. I’d be surprised how many sales they’ve made since this stupid pull away from the market business decision. I say continue to boycott them until they get their act together.

  6. If it’s not in the Market, I’m not gonna touch it.

  7. foresterrGuest 5 years ago

    Actually, thanks to their store, I was happily playing one of these titles about a month ago, while I’m still waiting for the paid Market to become available in my country (not much longer though). So, I can’t really sympathize with all the boycott proposals.

    • I’m not sure if you understood what I’m saying. I think Gameloft is awesome and I love their games. They have every right to try and run their own store so people in other countries can purchase their apps, but I have no clue why they refuse to upload these games to the official Market so more people can access them (like AT&T customers).

      More opportunities for customers to purchase = more sales for Gameloft

  8. MaxGuest 5 years ago

    Can you publish an article on the future of Android gaming?

    • Sure. What do you want to know?

      • MaxGuest 5 years ago

        Hi. I notice that you post articles on different sections of Android like processors, screens etc but you rarely talk about gaming. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing because you might not be a gaming aficionado but I like portable games a lot. I notice that Android gaming doesn’t have a lot going despite huge processors being released so if you can give more insight?

        • I hear you. There honestly hasn’t been much exciting to talk about this year, but that is going to change soon. I’ll write a big article about Unity3D, Open Feint, Tegra 2, Google Games, and everything else that is coming next year.

  9. maxi padGuest 5 years ago

    They said high-end phone. The HTC EVO is alittle behind in their eyes.

  10. AdamGuest 5 years ago

    Worked first time for me :]

  11. MicahGuest 5 years ago

    Doesn’t matter how good the game is from gameloft. I’m boycotting them and have been since their whole drm issue. I don’t support companies that don’t support it’s customers. Until their games are in the marketplace, I won’t buy from them.

  12. Wow I should try that game, too bad I don’t have a phone you suggested, it’s time to get one.
    As for their own store, yea that sucks, imagine if every developer with few titles (Glu,EA etc.) will make their own store, then we will need a store where you will be able to download stores lol.

  13. CheetahGuest 5 years ago

    Not available for the Nexus ONE … oh, how I loved the old days, when devices weren’t considered outdated after less than 12 months on the market.

    • SergioGuest 5 years ago

      It’s not developers fault because of poor GPU inside the qualcomm soc-enabled devices. Thanks to HTC & Qualcomm.

    • You can still install it on a Nexus One. Just pick a different phone from the drop-down box and enter your phone number.

      • bmszaboGuest 5 years ago

        How do You do that?? If I try to fool Gameloft with a different model name I receive an sms with their wapshop link, which says ”sorry this game is not available for your phone. To access all HD game demos available for your HTC GOOGLE NEXUS ONE, enter Gameloft store”..
        Do You have a workaround for this?
        Thanks.

        • DroiddawgGuest 5 years ago

          Use the link, and in the App store pick your phone from the dropdown. I got the same msg on my Droid, but managed to d/l from the app store page.

          • bmszaboGuest 5 years ago

            Thanks; works like a charm! N1 replaced with Galaxy S on download page; game downloaded, works just perfect!

  14. MeatRocketGuest 5 years ago

    GameLoft has really pissed me off with their distribution strategy. I don’t boycott GameLoft per se, I just download every one of their cracked games I can. They’ll get my money when they get with the program and enter the market and stop being douchebags. In the meantime, all of their cracked games play really nicely for free on my Galaxy S.

  15. chadGuest 5 years ago

    I think apple is giving special deals to gameloft and many other developers for making their android games suck.

    This is very likely the reason because why else would gameloft make their games suck?

    Also, apple was able to get att to maker they android phones totally suck by prohibiting non market downloads.

    • chadGuest 5 years ago

      In the last paragraph, I meant to say “Apple got AT&T to make their android phones suck” instead of “maker they”

  16. Stephon #5Guest 5 years ago

    Avatar Plays very well with Vibrant. Golf fans download the “Lets Golf” game… best golf game I have played on a smartphone so far. Where is EA Tiger Woods on Android?

  17. deeb215Guest 5 years ago

    I do agree with most on boycotting this company. They need to have a better solution. The market is improving with gaming, and they will be left in the dust sooner than later with the new tablet craze to come! If they are so anal about putting the actual games on the market, make a gameloft market app for the android market or something…come on!

  18. reddragon72Guest 5 years ago

    I actually snagged this game the first time it was available and it works fine on the Vibrant. But as far as the companies odd way of dishing out games I agree that they should put them in the market, but at the same time I must remind everyone that Android is an open system and that includes where you can purchase games. I do realize that companies like ATT and Motorola like to shut out other ways to install apps, and that may be great, but this also kills the openess of Android. Imagine if the only place you could buy PC games from was Steam or MS Games, wouldn’t that just tick you all off.

  19. PhillipGuest 5 years ago

    So I still haven’t gotten a game from them for my Droid X. I stick to the market. Mostly because I’ve already upgraded my phone once and don’t want to deal with keeping track of how to get my stuff back… But I also don’t want to encourage people to do stupid things like this.

  20. MarianoGuest 5 years ago

    Works great on my Milestone OC to 900Mhz en CyanogenMOD!!! Full version!!! Yeah!

  21. JeremyGuest 5 years ago

    I managed to download the demo with no problems, but they lost me at the permissions screen. Why does a game need to be able to do pretty much everything to my phone, including send SMS, query my contacts, etc?

    No way. I wonder if it would be possible to have line-item Ack/Nack on each permission?

  22. XalliesGuest 5 years ago

    Im boycotting till they are on android and the funny thing is i am a appoholic in some sense. Not that bad, but i do have over 100 paid apps.

  23. Ryan McKayGuest 5 years ago

    I wish Gameloft would come out and say what they specifically don’t like about the android market enough to publish their own store. So far any answer they’ve given has been pretty vague and I can’t fathom the reason myself. If they would come out and say specifically what they dislike about the market, there is a good chance Google may make adjustments, if they keep it to themselves, how is anyone to know?

  24. kevinGuest 5 years ago

    just downloaded it works fine on my evo especially after update high end games work better than ever, no slow down or shutter.

  25. John DrinkwaterGuest 5 years ago

    Eugh, I just visited their site to see how long-winded the process is, and after giving them contact details, postal code and phone model, it informed me it’s not available for mine yet. Awesome.
    … they really dont want Android users playing their games.

  26. Jim DavisGuest 5 years ago

    I don’t like that they don’t advertise their game prices on the site. Just that they have a “free trial”. I would like to know how much the full version would cost before I bother going through their messed up download process.

  27. JGarridoGuest 5 years ago

    Pretty lame, it apparently detects I’m on T-Mobile, and then tells me that ‘there are no available games for my mobile’ – I’m on a G2 *blank stare*

  28. MoirinGuest 5 years ago

    Works just fine on my EPIC phone. :D

    When buying the game, where did the problem start? The process worked fairly smoothly for me, so I’m wondering where the difference lies. :/

  29. kennyGuest 5 years ago

    I have a evo and it downloaded jus fine for me….. Idk y but I’ve had no issues so far

  30. donGuest 5 years ago

    I have them all except for Avatar. They run like 60fps on Vibrant.

  31. AlaskaGuest 5 years ago

    All these games run on Galaxy S just fine. I guess because of the same processor in iphone and Galaxy S. Galaxy S GPU is newer and much faster version of iphone’s GPU also.

  32. mannayrGuest 4 years ago

    I might try one of Gameloft’s games once they get their head out of their a** and publish their titles on the Market!

  33. d m khanGuest 4 years ago

    Out standing

  34. nareshGuest 4 years ago

    Readytoplay