Oct 11 AT 2:18 PM Taylor Wimberly 24 Comments

Public beta of Shadowgun: Deadzone now available for free on Google Play


Want to test out the next great shooter for Android? MadFinger Games just released their public beta for Shadowgun: Deadzone, a game that has been in the making for over a year. We first got our hands on it back in January at CES, and we are glad to finally play it again.

This version of the beat includes two game modes (deathmatch and zone control), four characters, two maps, seven weapons, and eight gadgets. Deadzone is available only for those with Tegra 3 devices, but it works on most of the popular devices like the Nexus 7, HTC One X, and Transformer Prime.

Madfinger Games notes that the game will only get better when the final version is released. “Please understand that as this is a Beta Version, there are a lot of missing features and content. The purpose of the Beta Version is to polish network code and the basic gameplay experience, as well as to resolve bugs. Also, please note that we are operating on a limited number of servers at the moment, so please don’t get upset if you experience a short wait.”

NVIDIA says that the final version of the game should be released for Android and iOS in the coming weeks.

Marek Rabas, Madfinger CEO, explained why the Beta version is available only for Tegra 3 device owners:  “With the Beta Test we wanted to achieve results that could best help us.  By working closely with the NVIDIA team and the Tegra 3 technology itself, we are able to Beta test Shadowgun: Deadzone very efficiently which will help us provide an amazing gaming experience at launch.”

I’m installing it on my ASUS Transformer Prime right now, so grab the beta and come frag me.


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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Bah, I hate this “Tegra-only” exclusivity crap. Just like carrier exclusives – why do people make it so hard for me to become their customer???

    • JS_215

      Because games are pushing the limits of what phones can do. So you need a real powerful device to run this type of game, hence the Tegra 3 processor.

      • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

        You’re telling me that my Galaxy S III isn’t powerful? Sorry but no, that’s not what this is about.

        It’s mostly about nVidia paying off game developers to limit the game to only function with specific proprietary drivers in place. There even used to be a hack (back on Gingerbread) to force Tegra-only games to work on any device. The end result was the game ran very well if you had a powerful device.

      • evisu

        Sorry but that it’s just pure bullshit. They only make it for their own brand. Nothing else. It’s the same on PC side(this game is meant to played on nvidia) etc. With hacks you can play Tegra games on non-Tegra phones.

  • oddball

    Works with my tegra 2 Asus transformer

  • JS_215

    Looks pretty neat. Sadly I was never really into mobile gaming, but then again I have a 2 year old device…

  • Nathan D.

    Sweet, I’m going to go play this on my tablet later today.

  • DroidRoca

    I installed it and played a quick game on ma tegra 3 tablet…and its very promising looking forward to playing a lil bit more tonight. You can also add friends I will post mine OnpointG3 FYI I aim for the head better use that roll feature lol

  • alexanderharri3

    Hopefully prime comes back from RMA before this is over….

  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    Wow I’ve been playing with a Logitech F710 controller on the Prime. It almost feels like I’m cheating. Or maybe it’s all those years of playing Unreal Tournament coming back to me.

    • Spencer Armstrong

      I was playing with a 360 controller on my Nexus 7 and felt the same way hah.

  • Mix

    I sure hope my Blackberry Bold can run this!

    Heck I can search stuff on Google in under 2 minutes with this badboy!

    • Mix

      Guess I forgot to add the tags to my post above :p

      • Mix

        I actually added /sarcasm tags above and they are now gone, crazy indeed!

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  • RobBull75

    It let me download on my Xoom

  • theviper21

    Does this support gamepads natively?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly


  • RobBull75

    Well, I could download and install this on my Xoom. As soon as I launch the game, though, I get a message saying that only Tegra 3 is supported.

  • Josh

    The post here says that it’s a first person shooter, but from the video it looks to be third person. Can anybody clarify that?

    • SGB101

      First person. But you can follow other peeps and watch them in 3rd person cam style.

  • SGB101

    Looks great on the One X. Sadly I’m really bad at it.

  • microsurgery

    Amazing game!