Jul 26 AT 4:53 PM Sean Riley 34 Comments

GT Racing: Motor Academy hits the Android Market for free


Anyone that has been reading Android and Me for awhile now is aware that we have a somewhat tempestuous relationship with Gameloft. They were staunch holdouts on the Android Market for quite some time, and their less-than-customer-friendly direct purchase model wasn’t exactly endearing them to anyone.

With that said, they seem to have turned over a new leaf in the past few months. The company has been releasing quite a bit of their catalog into the Market. Their games are often a little on the pricey side ($4.99-$6.99), but not unreasonable considering they usually feature quite a bit of depth and polish.

This brings me to their newest release, GT Racing: Motor Academy. As you can probably surmise, it’s a racing game in the style of Gran Turismo. Early reviews in the Market are mostly positive. One notable exception is the lone written review that simply says, “Sucks.” Chances are if you’re a fan of racing games, it’ll be worth your while to at least take it for a spin. This game is following in the footsteps of the recently released Green Farm and comes to you completely free of charge.

Before you start composing a song about the benevolence of the new Gameloft, be aware the game features that evil temptress the in-app purchase. For prices ranging from $2.99 – $99.99 you can snap yourself up some XP, credits and/or cash to vault deep into the game without breaking a sweat. If you’re strong of will, simply plug along and you’ll eventually unlock everything. But a recent study from Flurry Analytics shows that companies are probably right to bank on users taking the easy route; users spend an average of $14 per transaction on these freemium games.

I’ve bought a healthy number of apps and games through the Market, but I can’t recall making any in-app purchases yet. Have any of you given it a shot? If so, what got you to break out your wallet?

Update:¬†Sorry about that guys, many of you have pointed out that the app is not available on your device. They have a list of compatible phones in the description if you follow the Market link below, but if you have the Sensation, Evo 3d, or any tablet I can tell you right now it isn’t going to work.


Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • thel0nerang3r

    On some games, you have to purchase items to progress. Such as “Gun Bros”, using the “earned upgrades” only get’s you through the 1st episode. To continue, you either need to play the same level 50 times to earn enough credits. It seems that’s the hook. You can spend several hours to get one upgrade, or pay the $2 to $5 to progress. Then you hit the same wall and the cycle repeats

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I think I’m the sort that would just stop playing if I hit a wall like that, but I can definitely see how you could get sucked into shelling out some cash if you are enjoying the game and just want to keep playing. Obviously it’s a solid money making strategy and whatever helps developers make cash without subjecting us to wall to wall ads, I’m looking at you Scrabble, is good for the whole Android ecosystem.


    I would have given it a spin but no compatible with tablets/xoom or sensation 4g. Fail Gameloft, fail. As far as in app purchases I have only made one. On robotek, I was addicted.. LOL

    • BiGMERF

      Forgot to add I will stick with Asphalt six

    • thel0nerang3r

      the tablet issue is a chicken and egg problem. Only a few apps are compatible (and some of the ones that are render odd). As a customer, it’s hard to justify purchase if many apps wont work properly. As a developer, it’s hard to justify the time to only target a few users.

      • BiGMERF

        so which came first? Chicken or egg?

        • RockinEvo

          Damn thats a hard question anyone want to throw me a friggin life line

        • simon

          The egg

    • Fla3D

      Just FYI, its now working great in samsung galaxy tab 10.1.

  • Freddy

    Doesn’t show up in Sensation -_-

  • SliestDragon

    The only in-app purchase I’ve made was when I bought Dropsnap when it first came out. Worked flawlessly, and even after he dropped the in-app purchase for market purchases, the app still remembers that I paid in-app. Not sure if I’d pay inside a game though…

  • j

    i did it a few times. laziness I guess, like #1 said.
    don’t like it though, I prefer to just pay the price it costs in market.

  • http://www.nexsoftware.net Justin Shapcott

    It always amazes me how much people are willing to drop into games like this.

  • Dave K

    Doesn’t work on the Evo 3D. Weak.

    • http://www.giquegear.com GiqueGEAR_Todd

      @Dave K – Thanks, you saved me the time and frustration. :-)

  • thaghost

    Haven’t made any in-app purchases yet. Downloading on my g2x now.

    Can’t download on galaxy tab 7, smh. Can’t use tablet apps…can’t use phone apps. What is this thing? Oh yeah, its my extra large mobile hot spot with a browser, lol.

  • Genjinaro

    No dice on the EVO 3D, damn.

  • theetrueyoshi

    Nothing beats the old school Midnight Club 3 Dub Edition

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      That game was awesome, if only Playstation had a phone that they could release their old titles on that would be sweet. Oh wait they do and the only thing available is Crash Bandicoot? Sad panda.


    NFS Is not shabby either

  • heeros

    Is anyone else having a problem where you can see the app, your phone is listed as compatible, but you have no download button?

  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    Installed on my Nexus S and G2x. Game runs great and I love that it’s free. I really need to spend some more time with the career mode before I decide if I like it.

    • Interpol91

      Runs smoothly on the Epic. Dang, now I have one more thing to distract me during my summer course.

    • thel0nerang3r

      I installed it on my Nexus S. The brake pedal requires a couple of presses before it reads and the steering is horrible… either i can go straight or make sharp turns. How did it run for you?

    • Richard Yarrell

      I can’t wait till more games come out for my dualcore monsters. Hopefully Qualcomm will come strong with there’s soon. Meanwhile I download games from Amazon app store as well as app brian and gameloft. I also try to download some android market games otherwise I am in waiting mode.

  • Dan

    Downloaded for the G2 and………its works!

  • http://www.androidappreviewsource.com Android App Reviews

    It’s really not that big of a deal to purchase apps directly from their website instead of the Android Market. Like them or not, Gameloft has some of the highest quality games in the mobile app markets/stores period. If it takes going to their website to purchase their high quality apps instead of conveniently in the market then so be it.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Their website has definitely gotten better, it was not always easy or convenient to use and it was near impossible to keep your games if you got a new phone.

      Really my larger problem with it is simply that having to go to multiple markets to find the best apps makes for a somewhat broken experience, but obviously that isn’t Gameloft’s problem.

  • http://Note Uncemister

    Looks outstanding but I’m one of those few that never play games on my phone or tablet

  • http://www.wearekash.com G-Team

    This game looks and feels great on my Incredible S. I was taken aback by the quality of, what is essentially, a free game. I’m pretty busy these days and generally only ever dip in and out of game play (give or take a train journey’s worth of trying to top my Fruit Ninja score). The in-game purchase model suites me perfectly because I haven’t yet found a game good enough to tempt me in to buying… but they’re getting close.

    On just playing around with GT Racing during a snatched 10 minutes the quality of this title was obvious. The developers have really put some time and effort in to, not only the look and feel, but the handling of the multitude vehicles offered your way within the first 5 sections of your grade C license. That’s right, this game has a license system similar in form to Grand Tourisimo’s. And that’s not all it borrows from the iconic racing series with weighty, simulation steering and real world cars. It also features the racing line familiar to Forza players.

    It looks like there is plenty of free content to keep me occupied within the small windows I actually get to play with my phone. I’m usually fielding Facebook messages, emails, gmails, gtalk, Skype calls, tweets, not to mention texts and calls. All stratified between spending time with my family, running my business and doing much of the stuff I do on my phone on my desktop at work.

    I can understand how people with more time and inclination will spend in-game if they enjoy the experience enough. As the players enjoyment of a game increases, so too will their willingness to pay for additional content.

    It win, win for everyone because developers are motivated to produce more and more engaging games because better content equals better revenue. And gamers, hardcore and casual alike, get genuinely high quality free stuff. If this game gets any better then maybe it will entice me away from iReader, Pulse, Arseblog, XDA and Tweetdeck long enough to make me spend.

  • Simon

    I would love it if I could.get gt racer on my xperia play

  • Alex

    Can someone explain why this game is not available on Sensation XE? One of the fastest and most powerful phones on the market can’t run this? Why?

  • zed

    Dude you can run it on a tablet, im running it on a nook tablet running cm7

  • Leslie Riopel

    It’$ Fun unless you Don’t want to pay *Drops savings account money being saved for a Prius (Not the in-game one)*. It’s also a ancient version, not the cool stuff like the Paradigms and new cars like from the iPod version which is too small. I hope your rich… Now back to endlessly looking for Real Racing 3 Gold hacks.