Recently GetJar raised $11 million in funding and along with this comes news of their business model being tweaked. Some of the money will be put into expanding the company with new offices and business infrastructure. One of the major changes will be coming in the form of paid applications for Android and, more specifically, a big push for paid game downloads.
Android game developers are getting more and more tools at their disposal when it comes to game creation and game engines. Right on the heels of Unity3D’s pre-sale announcement in which they are giving away a free Nexus One to the first 500 pre-orders comes another announcement this time from DX Studio which has their newest version coming with Android support.
With the success of Baseball Superstars 2008 and 2009, Gamevil has just released the newest addition to this line of games, Baseball Superstar 2010. This game has a whole lot more to offer then it’s previous namesakes such as 6 different modes of gameplay, more customizable options and asynchronous multiplayer so you can play against your friends now.
Unity3D recently announced that pre-sales are going on for their Android version of their great 3D engine. Game developers who are still on the border as to whether or not they want to make the jump to Android or, if you already are developing for Android making the jump to Unity 3D, have a little more incentive now. Unity3D will give the first 500 Unity Pro for Android pre-sale orders a free Nexus One.
NetHack is a port from the old dungeon exploration game of the same name by Fredrik Franstrom. This is a rogue-like RPG game that is a step up from the old school MUD or Text based RPGs that used to be real popular. NetHack offers up a large RPG in a small file size thanks in part to the dungeon and everything in it being rendered using text symbols.
Tower Defense games have always been popular whether played on your PC or on your mobile phone. With this popularity there comes many variants and differently themed tower defense games. Android itself has numerous different tower defense games such as Bubble Defense, Robo Defense, Tower Raiders and now there is Eskimo Tower Defense.
Social Gaming Network, or SGN for short, just recently announced that they have raised an additional $2 million dollars in second round funding. While good funding is great to hear about where developers are concerned, SGN has been focused a long time on high quality iPhone/iPad/iPod multiplayer gaming. They now plan to release titles for Android devices.
Hyperbees developed the widely popular tunnel racing game, SpeedX 3D, and have been hard at work on their new title which just dropped onto the Android market called Prism 3D. In this game you tilt your device to move the bouncing beach ball along the tiles, collecting points and finishing each stage by getting the ball to the checkered flag tiles.
If there isn’t enough traffic control games on the Android market already, here is another one for you to play called Gridlock, developed by No Patience Software. Like all traffic control games that deal with street traffic, the object of the game is to stop and start cars in the hopes that they don’t smash into each other. Too many crashes = game over.
When we first started one of the very first stories we posted was about a game in beta phase called Runes. This is a 3D MMORPG for Android phones which features just about everything you would find in an MMORPG but designed for playing on your phone. Since then we’ve kept our eye on it watching it develop over time and recently Runes went into a Beta III phase.