Oct 06 AT 10:09 AM Anthony Domanico 17 Comments

Shadowgun brings console-quality gaming to Android


As a gamer, I have been somewhat disappointed to date with the lack of high-caliber games available on the Android platform. Sure, we have runaway successes such as Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, and Cut the Rope, but unless you’ve managed to get your hands on a console emulator before Google removed the bulk of them from the Android market, console-quality games have been missing from our devices that are certainly capable of them.

Enter Shadowgun. Shadowgun is a third person shooter that can graphically match some of the games we’ve seen hit the current generation gaming consoles (Xbox 360, PS3). In short, the graphics on Shadowgun are simly beautiful, and they render very well on Tegra-powered tablets and even smartphones. Between myself, Clark, and Taylor, we have played Shadowgun on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, an ASUS Transformer, and a Motorola Photon 4G. Regardless of which device on which we played Shadowgun, the gameplay was smooth even in the heat of some pretty intense firefights.

Though we were only given access to three levels, that proved to be enough for me to get a good feel of the game. Overall, the game is simply phenomenal, and I enjoyed pretending to be a badass machine gunner for a while.

Those of you expecting the game to be easy, it isn’t. I found myself seriously struggling to get past the big boss in level 2 while in the game’s hard mode (you can chose easy, medium, or hard), and had to reach out to Clark and Taylor for some tips. For the hardcore gamer, Shadowgun will easily become the game to have on Android, and is quite frankly a steal at $4.99.

You can check out our hands on video with Shadowgun below.

Final Thoughts

Shadowgun is the first of the next-generation games to launch on the Android platform, and graphically rivals what we’ve seen on the current generation gaming consoles. If you’re an avid gamer, the time where games that make you proud to own an Android device is here.

Shadowgun is expected to launch in the next few weeks, exclusively to Tegra devices for $4.99. If you enjoy gaming at all, you will owe it to yourself to spend the $5.

We’ll have a full review for you once we get our hands on the full release.

Anthony loves all things technology, from hardware to apps and games. You can connect with him via Google+ or Twitter by clicking one of the fancy doo-dads above.

    Most Tweeted This Week

  • ben dover

    I’m exited for this one! I don’t mind paying $5 for a quality game!

  • Roger

    Why only tegra2? One of the reasons I bought a dual core phone is to play great games and apparently I have to buy a device with a specific dual core chip to do that. Evo3d

    • ben dover

      with google switching to OMAP for it’s reference hardware, this should help put an end to tegra2 only games.

      • metafor

        Not likely. nVidia’s buying their way into exclusives to make their platform more appealing. Kinda underhanded but not unheard of.

    • Crickerman

      This is why chainfire 3d is such an amazing app :-P … not sure if the adreno 220 on the evo 3d can cut these 3d graphics though…

      • Ben Gildenstein

        If the iPhone 4 with PowerVR SGX535 can run this game, then you better believe that they Adreno 220 can handle it. The Adreno 220 should actually handle it noticeably better than the Tegra 2. The 220 has among the strongest shader units in any mobile GPU.

        • Richard Yarrell

          Trust me the EVO 3D handles this game with ease Adreno 220 GPU runs through this

        • metafor

          3rd best behind iPad2 and Exynos, but still, better than Tegra 2, I agree.

  • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

    As great as this game looks, this only reminds me that controls are HORRIBLE for more than casual gaming on smartphones tablets. That looks like it would cramp your hand after a while.

    • ME

      Bluetooth console controllers work with Android now, ie: PS3 controller

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      Yep, just use a PS3 controller.

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

      I played through all three levels without noticing much hand fatigue.

  • jon

    If you seriously liked games you would not call that a first person shooter but a third person. Kthxbye

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      Ugh, yes, my bad. I effed that one up and didn’t notice before I hit the publish button.

      But seriously:

      Douchey comment…is douchey.

  • Nathan

    I really hate exclusive content because it feels unfair to me and other buyer who have to choice between either a badass phone that doesn’t support it to a lesser phone that does. (Nexus verse LG G2X) but then again I could get that app after I root my phone that let me play it on a different device but I just don’t feel like going the extra mile for it tho. :-/

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      It could end up being like Riptide, which will be coming to all android devices.

  • AJ Davis

    9mm was a great Android game. Especially the multi player