Dec 11 AT 2:21 AM Taylor Wimberly 36 Comments

3 reasons I just gave Gameloft my $15

Gameloft has the best lineup of 3D games for Android, but most people don’t know it because they have decided not to sell them in the official Android Market. Instead users must purchase them from the Gameloft Store, which has been a major pain in the past.

Every Friday I send tweets to @Gameloft to let them know how much we love their games, in hopes they will produce more titles for Android. Recently there had been a lull in new releases, so I was surprised today when I found out that three new games were available since I last checked. Recent additions include Brother in Arms 2, Fishing Kings, and Lets Golf! 2.

The last time I tried to buy Avatar from Gameloft, I wasted so much time and got so frustrated that I just gave up. The same thing happened last week when Gameloft was offering Dungeon Hunter for free. Either my purchase would not go through or the game was not available for my phone (T-Mobile G2).

I didn’t expect any of these new games would work, but I was shocked when I was able to purchase all three ($4.99 per title) and they actually installed on the first try. I still have major gripes with their online store (three of my previous purchases are no longer available for download and I’m not buying them again), but these new games are awesome and I think the $5 is worth it as long as your phone is supported.

Check out the highlights from these three new Gameloft games that I will be playing all weekend. I have no idea which phones support which games, but the easiest way to download Gameloft games is to access their Android site directly from your phone browser. A Gameloft account and credit card is required to purchase each game.

Hopefully the recent updates to the Android Market will encourage Gameloft to bring more of these title over to the official Google store, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Brother in Arms 2

Highlights include:

  • Battle across 5 locations: Pacific, Normandy, North Africa, Germany, Sicily.
  • Challenge up to 5 friends on five multiplayer maps.
  • Pilot 3 vehicles including the tank, off-road vehicle or glider, or gun down enemies from the vehicle or tank turret
  • A wide range of realistic weapons: machine guns, bazookas, sniper rifles, flamethrowers and more.
  • Compelling cinematic moments with more interaction between you and your squad members
  • Stunning graphics and authentic settings inspired by real life battlefields from WWII.

Modern Combat 2 was my favorite Gameloft game so far and Brother in Arms 2 brings back all that great first person shooter action I’ve been craving. The graphics look great compared with the current crop of top games and Gameloft has made the controls work well on the small screen. There are tons of weapons to choose from, cut scenes with voice-overs, multiple vehicles to drive, and you can even play multiplayer matches with five of your friends.

Fishing Kings

Highlights include:

  • 15 beautiful 3D fishing spots from around the world, including saltwater fishing in the Bahamas.
  • Catch over 30 species of fish depending on your location, including bass, piranha and marlin
  • The underwater camera puts you in the heart of the action as you struggle to reel in the big one!
  • Gameplay provides a true-to-life fishing experience with plenty of real fishing options and tactics
  • Open up your tackle box to access a wide range of gear to catch the right fish in the right location
  • Unlock achievements in your Gameloft LIVE! profile, show off your best scores on the dedicated website and vie for the title of Best Fisher

If you were a fan of Glu Mobile’s Deer Hunter 3D, then Fishing Kings is a must buy game. This is easily the best fishing game I have played for Android or any mobile device. The game starts you off slowing and teaches you how to catch fish, then gradually increases the difficulty level with new challenges that require you to fish in different spots and target new fish with the lures you unlock. Again the graphics are some of the best that Android has to offer and there is a ton of replay value with over 30 types of fish to catch.

Let’s Golf! 2

Highlights include:

  • Select from 8 fun 3D characters that you can customize with unlocked caps, clothes and golf balls.
  • Watch your character gain experience with each game & unleash special powers like rewinding time.
  • Play 108 holes in 6 far-out spots like an Aztec Jungle, a winter wonderland in Greenland & a wild African Safari.
  • See how you rate against the world with the online leaderboard, or challenge friends in multiplayer.
  • Take on the new Career mode or just have fun with a variety of new challenges.
  • Connect to Gameloft LIVE! and unlock various achievements for being the best on the course.

Let’s Golf! 2 is one of the first sequels that Gameloft has done on Android, so hopefully this is a sign of more to come (N.O.V.A. 2 please?!). Create your own custom character, golf on over 108 holes across 6 courses, and face off against your friends in multiplayer mode. This is the best golf game I’ve ever played on Android and the controls are easy enough that I think non-golf fans will also find it enjoyable.

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Source: Gameloft

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  • TMCraver

    It’s a little to late now but when i tried to download Dungeon Hunter it wasn’t available for the Mytouch4G either, but i hit the device selection tab and just clicked HTC Desire and it downloaded. The game is awesome i’ll probably by one or two when i have the funds.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Yeah I never understand that either. You can normally pick a different phone model and get the game to download, but they don’t always work.

  • http://Website AdamJ

    Maybe the new 15 min return policy will encourage Gameloft to start using the market?

  • jjl84

    These companies (Gameloft, EA, etc) really boggle my mind. They could have some of the greatest games in the world, but having their own purchasing system really turns me off due to some of the reasons you (Taylor) have mentioned. I want to be able to get a refund if the game sucks, I don’t want to give yet another company my information, and I hate worrying about how I will get updates or reinstall a game if I flash a new ROM.

    Seems like the slight decrease in margins on the games would be offset by the huge exposure on the Android Market. I say boycott these companies until they start putting their apps on the Android Market; the last thing we need is another area for Android haters to claim there is fragmentation.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      I think Gameloft will fully embrace the Android Market soon. They were just using their leverage to get Google to make the needed changes that they have been asking for. Neither company will comment on the situation, but I bet they have been in negotiations for a long time.

      • jjl84

        Yeah I really hope they start to realize the potential of the Market. I just got the demo of Madden ’11 on my DX, but until EA allows me the option to purchase it through the Market, I won’t be buying it; simply to send a message to these companies that we want to use our Market to purchase games/apps. I don’t want to give them the idea that I’m willing to have accounts on multiple websites in order to make purchases. So hopefully you’re right and we’ll start seeing a change in their Android Market policies.

        As a side note, I recommend that everyone else email these companies (as I am doing) and let them know that we want their games, but we won’t buy them until they are on the Market.

  • http://Website volapyk

    Good thing that more GameLoft Android titles are showing up but I dont really want to use their shop. The chances of me buying their games will increase the day they make their titles available through Android Market like everyone else. Until then there are plenty of other games that I can buy, install and enjoy. Only a few taps away…

  • http://Website Mark

    No Android Market. NO purchase from me. That’s my policy.

    • http://Website Sleighty

      Agree once on the market I will buy! Dont trust this company!!

  • http://Website Micah

    Yet, there’s only 1 reason needed on why I WON’T give gameloft my money. No android market support.

  • pechano

    I really am a fan of android, but there is something wrong here. These games look absolutely terrible. The tech 5 and unreal engine running on the iOS devices look like a PS3 compared to these Wii like graphics.

    Are they honestly proud of this? I thought the bar was raised when Epic showed their tech demo on the iPhone 4 months ago.

    Why do gameloft still produce games that look like they did many years ago on the playstation 1?

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s always good to see developement happening for android, but not having it available on market and essentially using last generation graphics just gives android a bad reputation.

    Or at least the laughing stock of every iPhone user in the world…

    • http://Website dipset

      you realize that all those youtube videos are from the ipod/iphone versions of these games…

      • pechano

        Yes I do realize that. But I don’t see how it changes anything at all. It only means that gameloft also offers crappy graphics for the iOS devices aswell as android! The absolute best looking android games look like mediocre iOS games that some scammer quickly cooked up in order to use the momentum of the actual PC/console release title to sell some copies. Sell copies at a high price that are not transferable and probably not refundable either.

        All, or most, of the gameloft games have roots in some huge PC/console title and I cannot think of another reason for that than simply using the buzz and hype surrounding the real games in order to lure people into buying some half-baked crap.

        Assassins creed
        Brothers in arms

        This was not my original point though, but it is also something I find immensely fail about Gameloft and their marketing model.

  • http://Website Steve

    I recently took advantage of gameloft uk’s buy one get one free offer. The issues I had were
    1) Games had to be purchased over 3G, ie not wifi. The first game I got I got over wifi.
    2) you had to go back to the site visa their link from the blog to get the free game.

    So I tweeted my problems @gameloft_uk & the guys there were great at helping me out (even gave me the free game I was trying to get the first time. However I still can’t redownload some of the games & their main support seems unable to help.

    Having said all that the games are excellent & @pechano, have some of the best graphics currently available on android.

    • http://Website Pechano

      Idd about the graphics. They are probably the best available on android, I am just wondering why we don’t deserve the same ambition the iOs devices get. The best we have to offer looks like something rendered on a first generation iphone imo. That is just not good enough.
      I will always choose android over ios, because I think it’s just a matter of time before we outdo them at everything.
      Right now though, we shouldn’t be that proud.
      Hopefully the next generation with dual core and more powerful gpus should make android an extremely interesting platform for developers of games and apps.
      John carmack said that he was porting tech 5 to android, which is awesome, so we know the android graphics revolution is coming with both hardware and software changing radically next year.

  • http://Website thehaggis

    Holy Crap is their website purchasing annoying. Wouldn’t let me buy anything when picking Verizon, had to trick it and use T-mobile. Great Games, Horrible Purchasing.

    • daveloft

      Yeah the website on the desktop is annoying to use. No reason to ask what carrier your using. I suggest just going to on your phone, the process is simple. It detects your network, location and phone and shows you what games are compatible. You can pay by SMS through the carrier or by credit card.

  • daveloft

    I’m not a big fan of the distribution model but I love the games. There is no better collection of 3D games on Android anywhere else period. Not buying them because there not on the market is just hurting yourself.

    Anytime I’ve had issues I fired off an email or called their 1-800 number and they have always taken care of me. Usually with a free game for the one I was trying to buy. When I switched to the Galaxy S they gave me new copies of every game.

    The best news is they have 4 more games coming.

    Shrek Kart

    GT Racing: Motor Academy HD
    Guitar Rock Tour 2 HD
    Real Golf 2011 HD

    I can’t wait to get more Gameloft games and hope they release Asphalt 6 and NOVA 2 early next year.

  • http://Website dreamdirepriest

    I am using N1 running CM 6.1 stable version. I tried to go to their store but only saw few games. I did not see brothers in arms game. I navigated to their site thru android browser.

    Ofcourse I went there to check it out not to buy as others are doing I will boycott their method of purchase until they support android market. In fact I have bought their asphalt game from the android market.

    • daveloft

      That’s hilarious. You won’t buy their games till their on the Android market and the one game that is on the market you won’t buy either. Your contradicting yourself.

      The more people buy their game from the Android store might increase the chance that they bring the rest of their games to the market.

      Unfortunately the N1 has a slow GPU and it’s an issue with 3D games. The web store will only show games that are qualified to run well on your device.

      • http://Website Usman

        Can you read? He said he DID buy Asphalt from the Market.

        • daveloft

          I could have sworn it said I hadn’t, my mistake.

  • http://Website j greene

    I cant find “Brothers in arms 2″ I looked on there site on my phone and from my computer dont see it???

    • http://Website J Greene

      on there site they only list it for Pre, iphone & ipod touch and ipad???

    • daveloft

      They haven’t updated theor desktop site yet.

      If it’s not on the mobile site for you it’s probably not available for your model.

      What phone do you have?

  • Richie

    Gameloft is bringing a new paradigm to mobile gaming… All I wish for is the Android Market to add the paypal functionality. I hate paying via credit card…

    Thats the sole reason I cannot buy apps on my phone :(

    Seeing those awesome videos makes me drool.. I hope they add the paypal feature soon!

  • rvirga

    A long time ago, I bought Asphalt 5 from the Android Market, since it was the only good game from Gameloft available there, and I had heard horror stories from people who had bought games directly from their site. Recently I got a new phone, and I found out I couldn’t carry Asphalt over because those thiefs changed their name from “Gameloft SA” to just “Gameloft”, and probably obtained a new vendor ID as well. So now if I want Asphalt 5 on my new phone my only option is to buy it all over again. The point of this story is: even if Gameloft should decide to publish all their games on the Market, don’t underestimate their ability to game the system to screw you over.

  • http://Website archboy69

    While I do like their games…it is a total scam with your $5 dollars compared to what the market allows..such as updating (bugs), allowing to install on other phone if you change and support is terrible.

    I’ve tried a couple of their games…dungeon hunter and hero of sparta. Its basically the same genre re-hashed…but it constantly give a strange FC or the game would just FC while playing on my N1. Good thing the Dungeon Hunter was free but unplayable with the constantly FC. I un-installed it within 5 minutes of game play. In the Market, I would have gotten a refund for such even with the new 15 minute. While they may produce ‘excellent’ games the lack of all the above mention is no acceptable for me. So I avoid them like the plague until they wise up put their games in the market they aren’t getting another dime out of me.

  • http://Website steve

    Its extremely likely that Gameloft created their own android store to make Apple happy.

    The last year, all the games released to Android that were also on iOS have had something bad about them. The majority of them have had features missing, or a lot of bugs in them. Some of the games cost more on Android, such as Madden.

    Since all iOS have to be approved by Apple before they’re released to the app store, I think Apple told those developers that they would give them a good incentive to make their iOS apps better, such as a lower fee or free advertizing in the app store.

    Gameloft didn’t want to make their apps suck, and so its very likely that they decided to make the purchasing part suck instead.

    By doing this, Gameloft was able to make Apple happy without having their games suck.

    In recent months, there has been a lot more Android apps that are just as good as their iOS apps, such as Fruit Nijna. I think this is a sign that less and less developers are agreeing to make their android apps worse.

    I hope that when the dual-core phones are released next spring, Gameloft and others make their Android games just as good as their iOS games!!!

    • http://Website Adam of Troy

      I don’t think anyone’s making their apps worse on purpose. I do think, however, that more time and resources are being spent on iphones games. But not because of a conspiracy with apple, only because apple was first and therefore it’s market has had more time to develop. Historically gameloft (along with other developers) have just made more money there…

      As for gameloft and ea not using the android store… It nets them (gameloft and ea) another 30% to cut the android store out of it. I’m sure they’d try the same thing on apple (gameloft and ea releasing their own games on their own) if steve jobs would let them…

      In order for those developers to join the android store they’re gonna have to think they’ll at least get their 30% back in volume, not to mention give up their own really sweet (and consumer screwing) return policies…

      Right now they’re 800lbs. gorillas, and acting like it.

      • http://Website Steve

        I still think Apple is behind this.

        Apple is also able to make the AT&T android phones suck. We all know that Apple was the one that got AT&T to block all non-market downloads and AT&T is extremely slow at upgrading their phone’s os.

        If Apple is able to get AT&T to make their android phones sucks, they also got the app developers to make their apps suck.

  • IHTCEvo

    I have dungeon hunter and it works fine on the htc evo.

  • http://Website tiny

    Makes no sense to me that i am on an android site but the iphone game trailer is what you must watch to get an idea if you want the game or not the iphone shit does not belong here on and android site

  • http://Website xZeDgEx

    Not sure if I will buy anymore games off these guys until they are on the market. I recently found out when you purchase a game on one phone, if you switch phones you have to purchase it again… WTF It makes it quite obvious why they don’t put their games on the market if thats the case.

  • http://Website zedklind

    I dled dungeon hunters on my vibrant yesterday and it plays well but I haven’t had an option to pay yet..

  • http://Website mikeyDroid

    I’m not happy at all with gameloft. I saw this post and couldn’t help but respond. Ill be brief; played let’s golf 2 on an ipad, loved it.. bought it for my moto droid……

    Starters.. the game doesn’t run for shit. Load times are absurd and game play isn’t possible. I’m pissed the release it for a phone that apparently can’t handle it.

    The real issue… they triple charged my card buying the game which forced a hold / fradulent charges on my debit card. After three emails, I haven’t received a single response in about a week.

    Gameloft has zero credibility with me and id expect a company as large as them to be able to handle such a simple task.

    That’s all I have to say… love their attempt but clearly they’re not on the market for a reason. Its that simple.