The modern day app store has changed smartphones as we thought we knew them. Android market and iOS app store each have several hundred thousand great applications that many couldn’t imagine their lives without. However for Android, games seem to have stood still until recently. Changing is on the horizon however, especially with the release of social gaming networks like OpenFeint and recent flood of iOS games coming to Android.
VDC (Verizon Developer Community) Conference just ended and we happen to attend it looking for any little tidbits of information that we could find. While not expecting anything groundbreaking at VDCC we did however dig up some juicy information regarding a few items. One of which was right in the opening session on the first day.
Recently we broke news about a job listing over at Sony Playstation for a Senior Server Engineer and had one of the requirements listed as “Experience in Mobile Development, Specifically Android a plus”. Well it seems that after we broke the story and word spread to numerous sites, Sony got wind and has changed the actual job listing!
Are you trying to develop a game by yourself or with a small group of people but don’t have the $1500-3000 for that sweet commercial developer kit you’ve been wanting. Well there are some alternatives and one is the newly released Corona Game Edition SDK by Ansca Mobile which offers cross-platform game development including for Android.
Polarbit are known for their great 3D games for Android which including Raging Thunder 1 and 2, Toon Warz, and Fuzzies. Their latest release, with partner Fabrication Games, breaks away from their standard action 3D game mold and brings a puzzle game to Android instead. This is a matching 3 (or more) of the same object puzzle game with a pirate theme.
MiniSquadron and FruitNinja’s are two brand new games available on the Android market that are the first to come with OpenFeint support. The application downloads and then fails to install without an error code. FruitNinja and MiniSquadron now default to the SD card on install, causing the applications to fail to install on many users phones running froyo 2.2. Google has officially responded by opening a thread on it’s support page acknowledging the issue.
JellyBalls by Hyperbees Trailer/Gameplay Video
One of the few games we have been betas testing was a title from publisher Hyperbees called JellyBalls. Developed by DragonMind, JellyBalls is a new take on the classic color matching game. Sporting slick graphics and animations, multiple game modes and Scoreloop, this game just got released onto the market and luckily for you, it’s 10x more addictive then the classic.
The hits keep on rolling it seems as every day lately you find an iOS developer has brought their game over to Android as well. This time it is yet another extremely popular iOS game called Hungry Shark by developer Future Games of London or FGOL for short. This is a great game where you are a shark and your job is to eat…everything…alive.
This isn’t entirely new news nor is it anything groundbreaking since EA has been involved with deploying some of their games onto the Android platform so not a huge need to post about it right away. In case you haven’t read this already on one of the many other Android sites reporting on this bit of info, it seems EA is ready to make a strong solid commitment to Android.