Review: Gameloft Series of Games

Posted: August 25, 2010 in Apps
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It’s no secret there is a grey cloud lingering over the world of gaming on Android.  Tonight I ran across a few articles promoting a company that was now offering their games on a try before you buy basis. That company is GameLoft.  These guys have games on just about every device and platform imaginable if you check out their website.

We’ll obviously be focusing on the Android games here, but really any device, console, PC…you can find these guys leaving their mark somewhere.

So how come these games aren’t at the top of App Brain?  Or have 100,000+ downloads in the Android Market.  Well simple really.  They consciously decided that they weren’t going to distribute games in the market.  I don’t have any inside information on this, but I’m willing to bet since they sell across so many platforms this makes it easy to distribute all their content through their own website.

So now to the games!

Asphalt 5 – Asphalt 5 is a racing game.  You get to race around using the accelerometer to steer (or I’m assuming controls on the screen if not, as it kept showing “accelerometer:On”)  I admit playing these on my Droid X is really nice because of the big screen, but it ran incredibly smooth as well.  I actually liked it better than Need For Speed that came pre-loaded on my phone, although the graphics in Need For Speed are slightly better. That doesn’t make these graphics bad at all though. They’re very above par, and more than anything you’ve seen on a Droid 1 if that’s what you’re rocking these days. It accelerates on its own, and there’s a brake pedal on the lower left corner of the screen.  Then a NOS icon on the right for some boost, with a map in the upper left.  There are icons around the map that let you build up your boost and you can tap it to give yourself about a 3-4 second boost on the car I was using in the demo.  This game offers tuning and customization in the full version for your cars, and honestly is just a really fun and great racer.  This game could easily be worth $10-$15 but they sell it for a mere $4.99, and for that price, its like getting a mini arcade version of Forza Motorsport on your phone.  More than worth it, and a lot of fun.  Check it out!

Gangstar – This is their Grand Theft Auto clone.  Although I hate to directly call it out like that, it is what it is.  And that doesn’t make it bad. You start off in the city, with your typical main character. You start the game by immediately being told to steal a car, so you can imagine where this game leads. To great fun!  The graphics again are way above average, plays incredibly smooth on my Droid X, and seems to have a lot of depth (again playing the demo though so I can’t back that up, but I’d be shocked if it suddenly fell flat after what I played.) The controls are simple and easy to use. You have a virtual thumb stick in the lower left to move around, and a cross-hair button in the lower right to shoot or throw a punch.  If you get near a vehicle another icon appears above your cross-hair icon to enter, as well as stays there if you do get it so you can exit a vehicle.  Once in a vehicle is plays like a racing game.  A gas and brake pedal appear on the lower left and right corners of the screen.  You then use those and your accelerometer to control the car.  All in all, the little I played made me eagerly wanting to play more.  Again, this one is a steal at $4.99.

Lets Golf! – I’m sure you can guess what this game is about.  It’s a mini-golf game, that looks amazing on your phone.  You can pick from different characters and customize them in the full version.  This uses the typical curved meter to tap a button when you reach the power you want, than tap again to line up the accuracy in the meter and it takes the shot.  There’s also and advanced mode where you actually swipe along the curved meter to control the power and aim of your shot.  It’s a lot of fun, but a lot harder than the “classic” method.  There are tons of courses and holes to play, 72 in all in the full version, and it incorporates some nice features like wind speed, as well as after you take the shot, you can spin your ball while in the air to control where it will go when it touches down.  All in all this is your straight forward mini-golf game, that looks stunning on a phone, and plays equally as great.  A must buy for any mini-golf/arcade game fans. Another $4.99 title.

Nova – Here’s GameLoft’s take on a sci-fi shooter.  I was very skeptical loading this one up as I’ve been extremely disappointed with any shooters on Android so far.  I have to admit, I was (mostly) pleasantly surprised.  The game looks great, and runs smooth.  The controls are simple and straight forward.  You get a virtual thumb stick in the lower left to move and strafe, and then drag on the screen to aim.  Then there’s a button in the lower right to tap to fire.  Alternatively you can have two thumb sticks in the lower corners, for movement and aiming and then tap the screen to fire if you’d like.  I had to turn the sensitivity way down to play the game, but I attribute that to just not being familiar with shooters on a phone with virtual thumb sticks yet.  The game flows and controls extremely well, and seems to offer a lot of depth and variety for a FPS.  The story line seemed to be a little lacking, but at least there was actual voice acting and not just sub titles.  It is still a better story then you’ll find on any other FPS on Android, so take that for what it is.  My biggest gripe with this one, is that I personally like inverted Y axis controls on my shooters, and this game doesn’t offer that as an option, so I had an added learning curve to boot.  I still highly enjoyed it, and would recommend it to any sci-fi shooter fans.  Again, only $4.99.

Tom Clancy’s Hawx – This is the mobile counterpart to the console versions of the same game.  After playing the other games from GameLoft, I expected this to have good graphics and run smooth, and it does.  It’s definitely worthy of living up to a console counterpart, and I was blown away with how smooth it actually ran.  Probably one of the smoothest game I tested from them.  This also features two cool control options.  You can either use the accelerometer to control the pitch and yaw of the plane or put up a virtual thumb stick.  I tried both ways, and both are highly enjoyable.  I wouldn’t say one is easier than the other, as both take a little practice, but it’s nice to have the option.  One thing I will say is it was hard to do something other than manuever while using the accelerometer (like fire a weapon) because your phone is turned awkwardly so it’s somewhat difficult to also find and press on-screen buttons while doing that.  Difficult, but not impossible.  I’d imagine if you played enough, you wouldn’t have to look at the screen as much to know where certain buttons are.  So all in all, this is another fantastic game from game loft.  As I’m sure you guessed, you can snag this one for $4.99 as well.

I think these are the Android games people would enjoy if they’re any kind of gamer.  They show Android can be a true gaming platform and there is a market for it.  Also note they offer a total of 11 games right now, not just the 5 I tried out. So head on over to GameLoft, and check out there list of games for Android! I know I’m about to buy 2 or 3 of them!

Please note these only work on “HD” devices, which is a pretty good sized list, but just so you know up front, these are only supported on the following phones:   HTC Incredible, HTC Desire, HTC EVO 4G, Google Nexus One, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Samsung Vibrant, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, Motorola Motoroi, Motorola Milestone and coming soon to the Samsung Epic 4G and the Motorola Droid 2. (via Androinica)

Enjoy!

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