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June 15, 2010

Gaming on the Desire


For the longest time Android smartphones have never been popular for their gaming capabilities. This could either be because the hardware/software was not good enough or the simple fact that not many developers were concentrating on the Android market. That has since changed thankfully with  popular developers such as Gameloft, Polarbit, and Com2US making their appearance in the Android Market.

Not only do they bring in great games to the Android but some of them are even in 3D! Yes you read that right, 3D gaming is now possible on the Android !! Here’s where the awesome screen on the Desire and 1GHz snapdragon processor can really shine. Although it doesn’t have a dedicated 3D GPU, it doesn’t mean it’s not fast enough to handle some of the newest 3D games out there. Here are some of the different type of cool 3D games that are available for the Desire.

1. Homerun Battle 3D Free

Surprise surprise its the same game from the iPhone ported over to the Android platform. iPhone and Desire owners can now slug it out on the field. It’s the exact same game with the same features and multi-player options. Talk about leveling the playing field 😀 I like !! Okay I must admit I’ve tried a few runs of the game and was really interested in the multi player so despite being a rookie I tried my luck and got my bottom handed over to me on a silver plater !! LOL What I really liked about the multiplayer mode is the window on the top right that shows how well/bad your opponent is doing but at times it can get kind of distracting especially when he’s getting 4-5 home runs in a row.

Main screen

Main screen

Game type

Game Type - Matchup for online play

Looking for opponent

Looking for opponent

Found someone

Found someone

It's not a homerun

It's not a homerun

Yes I lost

Yes I lost

2. Raging Thunder II

Raging Thunder II

Raging Thunder II

Raging Thunder II

Petrolheads would love getting their hands on this game. Raging Thunder 2 is now available on the Android and yes this is yet another game ported over from the iPhone. So that means once again iPhone and Android gamers can go head to head in the multiplayer mode.

Use the thumbs for the boost and brake

Use the thumbs for the boost and brake

Racing on the Great Wall

Racing on the Great Wall

The game takes you through a range of breathtaking scenes which includes snow-covered mountains, the Great Wall, tropical beaches, abandoned temples and various other places around the world.

The car is control via the accelerometer which takes some getting used to. Thankfully it’s not too sensitive unlike some other games and once you get the hang of it you’ll be racing for first place against the computer cars. A must have if you’re into racing, hopefully Need for Speed Shift comes soon.

3. Toon Warz

First thing that came to mind when the game finished loading is Doom, yes the very first installment of Doom. This FPS on the Android definitely brought back some fond memories as you begin the tutorial and strafe your way around looking for baddies. This game also supports multi point touch and it’s a good thing too because you’ll have to use your left thumb to do the strafing and your right thumb to look around at a certain direction.

Toon Warz

Toon Warz

On screen controls

On screen controls

Luckily the crosshair automatically locks on to the nearest enemy and all you have to do is shoot or else you’ll get all finger tied trying to do everything at once. The slack thing about the game is there’s no mid level checkpoint, so if you die almost towards the end of the level it’s back to the beginning for you. The multiplayer option is an awesome way to ensure you don’t get bored of the game anytime soon. Overall a good start to having FPS games on the Android.

4. Winds of Steel

If you’re into WWII war planes this is the game for you. Not only do you get to fly 12 famous Pacific fighters and bombers, you also get to fight it out at places like Pearl Harbor and even in Tokyo. It’s 3D scenes are pretty realistic and its always buzzing with aircrafts,ships and enemies firing at you adding a little chaos to it which is the way it should be.

Just like most games on the Android the plane is controlled via the accelerometer. Tilting the phone left or right turns to the plane in the desired direction and tilting forward or back makes the plane dive or climb. When you steer hard to the left or right hard enough a roll button appears and a loop button if you pull up hard. This makes dodging enemy fire more interesting and often saves you from ending up at the bottom of the ocean in dogfights. Though it’s no where near a proper flight sim, it’s nice to see developers injecting an element of realism into Android games.

Choose your campaign

Choose your campaign

Winds of Steel

Winds of Steel

Attack the enemy

Attack the enemy

5. Iron Sight

The objective of the game couldn’t be any simpler, destroy the enemy before the enemy destroys you ! You’ll be attacking with large and varied range of weapons and powerups: homing missiles, artillery, satellite suppor, cluster missiles and much more. It reminds me so much of Mechwarrior for the PC except this is a turn based game very much like Worms. There’s some glitches when accessing the menu but everything seems fine in the game itself. Doesn’t really have spectacular graphics though.

Some weird artifacts on the right

Some weird artifacts on the right

In game controls

In game controls

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5 Comments »

  1. Wicked!! Great screen shots, and nice writeup.

    I need an Android!

    Comment by Julian Si — June 17, 2010 @ 5:56 pm | Reply

  2. I don’t usually play games on my phone but this is definitely worth a try!

    Comment by Eelaine — June 17, 2010 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

  3. Julian
    Thanks, the Desire definitely has an awesome screen and gaming is one of the best way to show it off 🙂

    Eelaine,
    Wait till you try, you’ll be hooked on it for hours .. so wanna try ?? 😀

    Comment by yoga — June 18, 2010 @ 9:35 am | Reply

  4. seems like u love this phone more instead…looks like an awesome phone 🙂

    Comment by Surekha — June 19, 2010 @ 10:34 pm | Reply

    • It is an awesome phone and Android platform is really maturing nicely 😀

      Comment by yoga — July 5, 2010 @ 11:52 am | Reply


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