Welcome to our new column Android Gaming Weekly, where we recap all the new releases and highlights every Wednesday. We post small bits throughout the week related to Android games, but readers have requested a condensed summary that makes it easier to keep up with all the latest news. Read on for this week’s best in Android gaming.
Battlefield coming to Android tablets
Early this week on the NVIDIA Tegra Zone blog, I read an article with Electronic Arts talking about a tablet version of Battlefield 3 coming to Android. The article has now been pulled down, so maybe the jumped the gun on this. EA Mobile has been increasing their efforts on Android games, so it’s not surprising to hear that more titles are on the way. Keep an eye out for more info soon.
Update: A reader pointed out that the Android game might have been canned already. Battlefield 3: Aftershock was released for iOS, but the game was pulled down after people complained about it. According to Vox Games, EA has “decided to remove Battlefield 3: Aftershock from the App Store and are currently re-evaluating the app in response to the consumer feedback we’ve received.”
Gangstar Rio now available in Google Play Store
This one has been a long time coming, but Gameloft finally released Gangstar Rio for Android. We have been kind of annoyed with all the freemium apps from Gameloft, so it’s nice to see a paid title again. This crime-based game runs $6.99, but it offers over 60 varied missions to complete, which is hours worth of gameplay. It also supports the Galaxy Nexus, so I’m downloading it right now!
Men in Black 3 coming to Android in May
Gameloft announced last week that they would be releasing a mobile game based on the upcoming movie Men in Black 3. The movie debuts May 25th, and the game should be available around that time.
“Gameloft is ecstatic to have the chance to team with Sony Pictures Consumer Products in working with such a successful franchise as Men in Black on the Men in Black 3 mobile game,” said Karine Kaiser VP Marketing and Licensing for Gameloft. “We see this as a great opportunity to provide a new and immersive way to engage with the films’ iconic characters and distinctive universe.”
You never know what kind of game you will get from a movie license, but Gameloft did a pretty good job with The Adventures of Tintin.
The King of Fighters briefly appears in Google Play Store
The King of Fighters, a classic fighting series from SNK Playmore, briefly appeared in the Google Play Store this week with a price of $4.99. Old-school gamers were excited to see the release, but it’s no longer available. When it was still listed, the game only worked on the Xperia Play, Xperia Arc HD, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Hopefully the game comes back soon with support for more devices. If SNK uploads it with the same package name, you should be able to grab it from the link below, when it’s available.
SoulCraft beta now free to play for all
This week developer MobileBits expanded their open beta of SoulCraft to include more devices. The game was previously available as a Tegra exclusive, but it now works on a wide variety of devices (including the Galaxy Nexus). I tested out an early beta a month ago and grew board with it, but they have continued to update it with new features during this open beta period. Check out SoulCraftGame.com for more details.
Update: We just found on the Tegra Zone blog that MobileBits has released a new China level that is exclusive to the Tegra version of the SoulCraft beta. “The new location China is the most beautiful location yet,” says Karsten Wysk, CEO of MobileBits, “and of course it looks best on Tegra powered devices.” Grab it from the link below.
Sega serves up Virtua Tennis Challenge for Xperia Play
This week Sega released Virtua Tennis Challenge for $4.99, but it’s only available on the Xperia Play. That’s too bad because this game makes tennis look awesome and the average score from early reviews is 4.8. Sega has been releasing more titles for Android, so we hope Virtua Tennis supports additional devices soon.
Infect your friends with Patient Zero
This week someone sent in a tip for a new game that sounded so weird I just had to share it. Patient Zero by EgonDev describes itself as a “virtual pandemic simulator where you get to infect real players.” Infections get transferred by players coming within proximity of each other in the real world and other players infected with your virus will carry it and infect more players. The game only has 5,000 installs, but it’s got an average review score of 4.4 so you might find some enjoyment with it.
Flashout 3D to bring futuristic racing to Android
Watching the teaser video might give you a seizure, but we love fast-paced racing games and Flashout 3D looks to deliver the goods. The game promises gorgeous visuals, an interactive equalizer (music affects graphics), powerful weapons, dozens of levels, and online multiplayer mode to challenge your friends. Look for the game to arrive sometime in Q2.
Battleloot Adventure now available Android
Are you a fan of RPGs? Battleloot Adventure is coming soon to Android for free, so you might want take note. This turn-based RPG is already available on iOS, but the developer just let us know it’s arriving in the Google Play Store next month. The game features 8 big headed characters, 10 maps, 60+ quests, and 200+ pieces of gear.
Update: The game is now live in Google Play Store.
Top 2 Games I’m currently playing
Trial Extreme 2: I never played the original, but this sequel is awesome! Trial Extreme 2 places you on a dirt bike where you must negotiate hundreds of obstacles including ramps, jumbo tires, rocks, planks and more. It starts off easy, but the levels get increasingly hard and I promise you will fail a lot. There are over 36 levels, so I keep coming back trying to finish them off. The paid version is well worth the $1.99 asking price, but there is a free version available if you want to try it out at no cost.
Temple Run: I know it’s been around on iOS for a long time, but this game already has me addicted. The controls are stupid simple (swipe up, down, left, and right), but there is something about the quick gameplay that keeps me coming back to beet my high score. It truly is a game that every should enjoy, at least for a couple minutes.
What Android games are you playing?
Find any great new Android games this week? Share your favorites in the comments below so we can check them out.