Android Games Catch-All

I guess now we know why it wasn't on the Android Market.

Androideroids! (say that 3 times fast)

http://www.talkandroid.com/4219-andr...

Also wrt Dungeon Hunter, according to their support apparently there is an "issue" with their HD versions of their games. No sign of the refund I've asked for yet.

Switchbreak wrote:

I guess now we know why it wasn't on the Android Market.

heh, Well I thought gameloft were supposed to be pretty well known and reputable.

My iPhone toting brethren talked me into buying Uniwar, which is multiplayer compatible with the iPhone version. It is a turn based strategy game similar to Advance Wars. Multiplayer only although it does have some sort of bot option but still takes a while for the turns to take place.

Lots of fun beating up on your friends in 30 second increments throughout the day.

Only downside is it costs $4.99 on the droid market and is $.99 for iPhone users... wtf!!?! Still, I feel I've gotten my money's worth already.

I want an Android Phone. And after that, I will want games. That is all

Unknown Soldier wrote:

My iPhone toting brethren talked me into buying Uniwar, which is multiplayer compatible with the iPhone version. It is a turn based strategy game similar to Advance Wars. Multiplayer only although it does have some sort of bot option but still takes a while for the turns to take place.

Lots of fun beating up on your friends in 30 second increments throughout the day.

Only downside is it costs $4.99 on the droid market and is $.99 for iPhone users... wtf!!?! Still, I feel I've gotten my money's worth already.

Graarg, the most recent comment (on 6/23) says it's not working for the EVO. Hopefully they will fix it.

My friend introduced this to me over the past weekend. It's a neat 2D somewhat-Tactical Turn based marble knocking game. But it has a leaderboard and matchmaking system that really works.

Cestos

http://www.appbrain.com/app/com.chickenbrickstudios.cestos_full#

It's free and I've seen it working on EVO and Droid.

Quote stolen from here

You could be forgiven for looking at this article about Android games and come to the conclusion that we're obsessed with playing with balls. Cestos is the second ball-based game in this roundup, but with good reason. The first thing that strikes us is how incredibly awesome it is to have a mobile phone game that works online. That's right, Cestos is a multiplayer Android game--so you'll need a mobile Web connection to fire it up, but it finds opponents automatically.

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The second thing that's awesome about this game is it's got absolutely no tactics associated with it whatsoever. If you plan the move you're about to make, you over-think things. In fact, it's so fast you'll feel like the sort of person who stands in the milk aisle at Sainsbury's trying to decide if you want skimmed or semi-skimmed for 20 minutes and then another 15 trying to work out if you want organic or not.

The best tactic with this game is to ping the little balls around the screen as aggressively as possible and hope none of yours fall down the holes. You see, a ball dropping down the hole is the end of the road for that particular ball, and if it's your last ball, the end of your game. The idea is, quite simply, to be the last player with a ball on the platform. To spice things up, when a ball comes to a stop, it drops a mine. As you can imagine, rolling over one of these pieces of explosive excreta will seriously alter your trajectory, potentially ending the game for you.

The online play worked really well, with no noticeable lag, although the tension can become a little wearing after a while. Still, it's brilliant being able to beat real human beings and keep your balls safe and sound for as long as possible.

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Yoyoson wrote:

[Cestos]

That is really neat. At dinner last night we ended up playing it most of the time we were there and I think my girlfriend got into it more than I did. Once I check out the friend system I'll post my info here.

General Crespin wrote:
Yoyoson wrote:

[Cestos]

That is really neat. At dinner last night we ended up playing it most of the time we were there and I think my girlfriend got into it more than I did. Once I check out the friend system I'll post my info here.

What he said. That's really neat stuff, thanks for posting it.

How do you guys deal with space? I'm constantly out of space and almost nothing is updated to allow for installation on the SD card. Even Google Earth won't install to SD card. Since it was the biggest thing on my N1 I got rid of it. Still don't have much room, though.

Abducted is sort of like doodle jump on the iphone. Fun, simple vertical platformer.

EvilHomer3k wrote:

How do you guys deal with space? I'm constantly out of space and almost nothing is updated to allow for installation on the SD card.

Heh, I try not to install too much and just hang on until 2.2 comes to the my phone. (2.2 allows installing programs to SD)

Michael wrote:
EvilHomer3k wrote:

How do you guys deal with space? I'm constantly out of space and almost nothing is updated to allow for installation on the SD card.

Heh, I try not to install too much and just hang on until 2.2 comes to the my phone. (2.2 allows installing programs to SD)

Only if the developers enable it. Most games are not enabled, yet. For example, Google Earth, does not enable installation to the SD card. (I've got an N1 with 2.2.) GE is over 20 meg. I don't see how gaming can truly take a big leap until we can install to the SD card. Many of the best iPhone games are 100+ meg.

EvilHomer3k wrote:

How do you guys deal with space? I'm constantly out of space and almost nothing is updated to allow for installation on the SD card. Even Google Earth won't install to SD card. Since it was the biggest thing on my N1 I got rid of it. Still don't have much room, though.

Abducted is sort of like doodle jump on the iphone. Fun, simple vertical platformer.

Doodle Jump is actually on Android now as well.

Yup. But last I checked it wasn't on 2.2 yet. A lot of good games aren't updated to 2.2, yet.

Has anyone played a decent turn-based strategy game a la the Battleisle games or Shining Force? Or even, god forbid, a Civilization clone?

I actually quite enjoy Robo Defense. It's got a fairly large number of upgrades for your units and achievements that keep it interesting. It's totally changed my bus ride to and from work.

Yup. But last I checked it wasn't on 2.2 yet. A lot of good games aren't updated to 2.2, yet.

Yeah, cause only the Nexus has 2.2 so far!

Just picked up a Droid Aria yesterday so... subscribed. Need to check out a few of these.

Doodle Jump has been updated and is available on 2.2 now. $3.49. Worth trying if you like Doodle Jump is Abduction. Similar concept. Cute graphics, and kid mode so you can't fall. There's a free demo as well.
http://www.appbrain.com/app/au.com.phil

Also of note is that you can install apps from the AppBrain site now.

Tetris and Bejeweled are on sale for $1.99.

http://www.appbrain.com/app/ca.jamda...

http://www.appbrain.com/app/ca.jamda...

Age of Conquest is a Risk-like game that is pretty fun. There are versions for different continents. I got the North American version. You can create towers, fortify your armies, and purchase armies. It is one of those games where your initial location is pretty important. There is a campaign mode and random play. The AI is, unfortunately, is of the you vs the world type. It's still fun, though.

DanB wrote:

Also wrt Dungeon Hunter, according to their support apparently there is an "issue" with their HD versions of their games. No sign of the refund I've asked for yet.

For those of you following this sorry tale, I did ask for a refund again (on the 22nd) and they seemed to ignore that. Then on Friday evening they sent yet another link for the game. On installation it did work this time. So, they didn't do what I asked but I did eventually get a working game so that's a thing. I presume this means that gameloft's android 2.x games are now working.

As for the Game; Dungeon Hunter is pretty dull, very simple RPG, dungeon/loot-crawler. The way the touch screen controls are implemented mean that there's not a lot of scope for anything interesting within the combat mechanics, all you're doing is grinding xp until you've levelled enough to kill the next boss then rinse and repeat. Lacks the charm of something like Zenonia. I'll complete it because it's nice enough as an idle timewaster for commuting but I doubt I'll go back to do it with the other character classes.

e2a: The worst thing about Dungeon Hunter is the appalling load times. Rubbish.

unntrlaffinity wrote:

Has anyone played a decent turn-based strategy game a la the Battleisle games or Shining Force? Or even, god forbid, a Civilization clone?

Someone really needs to port Freeciv to Android -- that could be a real killer app.

I've only had the phone for a week and a half, but I'm addicted to Robo Defense. I went through a big tower defense phase and escaped it, but this one is simple and fast-paced enough that it really works well on the mobile platform. Also, Abduction. How can you not love a game with bouncing cows chasing after aliens?

Try Tower Raiders - it's a much better tower defense game than Robo Defense. The Gold version has more than paid for itself just while sitting on the toilet. Wish the guy would come out with some more bonus maps though, it's been quite a while since he updated.

waiting for my Incredible in the mail...so I'll lurk a bit.

pneuman wrote:
unntrlaffinity wrote:

Has anyone played a decent turn-based strategy game a la the Battleisle games or Shining Force? Or even, god forbid, a Civilization clone?

Someone really needs to port Freeciv to Android -- that could be a real killer app.

Yup, I'd love to see a port of Wesnoth too.

Personally, I'm glad to see EA getting into the android business. Big developers generally produce quality games that help to improve the overall quality of the competition.

How are people dealing with storage space? I have numerous games I have uninstalled not because they weren't fun but because I'm out of space. The annoying part for me is that I'm on 2.2 so if developers allow it I can move the games to the sd card. Glu's World Series of Poker is over 20 meg and I can't move the damn thing to the SD card.

Alchemy just got a nice update adding graphics. I am feeling a strong compulsion to spend a while playing that again.

EvilHomer3k wrote:

Personally, I'm glad to see EA getting into the android business. Big developers generally produce quality games that help to improve the overall quality of the competition.

How are people dealing with storage space? I have numerous games I have uninstalled not because they weren't fun but because I'm out of space. The annoying part for me is that I'm on 2.2 so if developers allow it I can move the games to the sd card. Glu's World Series of Poker is over 20 meg and I can't move the damn thing to the SD card. :-x

I have to say, anything I'm not actually using I uninstall so I've not found it an issue. That said I still have Raging Thunder 2, Mechanics Touch, Flight Director, Sky Force II, Drop 7, Speed X 3D and Dungeon Hunter installed.

The whole SD card installation for games though is in the most part irrelevant. Media assets take up the most space and even in Android 2.1 and below apps can write to and therefore reference assests on the SD card, all that needs to be installed in the phone storage is the core runtime for the game. Both Raging Thunder and Dungeon Hunter store the bulk of their application on the SD card of my 2.1 phone (between them they have about 200Megs worth of data on my SD card).

If a game has a large amount of art assets and it's stored on the internal memory then that is just lazy programming.

(that said I am running a 16GB SD card)

My SD card is nowhere near full (16gig) but my internal memory is. I think the Nexus One only has 512 meg of internal storage to start. I've got 20meg left. The Evo has 1gig and I think the Incredible has 8 gig. My sd card has 13gig free.