Sonic the Hedgehog 4, Episode II to Android, we were happier than a hedgehog in a hot dog stand - then a little miffed that the company had apparently completely passed over Android for part I, despite releasing it for every other platform including iOS. That small oversight has been corrected today, as Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 has been released in the Android Market. You can pick it up now for $3.99.
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Angry Birds has become the breakout star of the mobile gaming world, thanks mostly to its simple premise and addictive gameplay (though some rather shameless marketing hasn't hurt). But next to the likes of Shadowgun, it can't help but look a little... flat. In a recent press event Nvidia's mobile content vice president Neil Trevett spent some time speculating on Rovio's cash cow, and how the developer might be leveraging more recent mobile gaming technology for better graphics and physics.
ShadowGun. Temple Run. Sonic 4. Do all of these dazzling 3D masterpieces leave you longing for a simpler era in mobile gaming? Do you get a warm, fuzzy feeling every time you see a movie where the hero's "top of the line" cell phone uses a black and white screen? Then you're the perfect audience for Snake '97. Forget all these fancy sprites and polygons, toss the touchscreen controls, and bask in the timeless story of dots and a line that loves to eat them. It's a free download in the Android Market.
XDA. They've released an Android version of the perennial tactical shooter, and it's already surprisingly complete. If you are somehow ignorant of Counter-Strike, it's one of the most popular first-person shooter games in the world. Based on the engine in the original Half-Life PC game, it first appeared as a free download way back in 1999. The game is deceptively simple: join either the counter-terrorist or terrorist squad, equip your soldier, then fight it out in deathmatch or other modes. Players that perform well and/or survive to the next round keep their equipment and get more cash for upgrades. Players that die... don't. Thanks to its accurate weapon portrayals, speed and immense player community, Counter-Strike has remained incredibly popular even as more modern games have outpaced it in graphics. [youtube _JOwY5hT5ko] The Android version is a modification based on Counter-Strike 1.6 and running on the Unity 3D game engine. Two download versions exist at present: version 5o for Android 2.0+ ARM 6 devices, and 6i for phones and tablets with ARM 7 processors running Android 2.3 or above. According to the developers, there are more than 600 players online at the moment. Naturally the game is still in the beta phase, but the developers are welcoming bug reports and other feedback. [via Droid Gamers]
Resident Evil 4 is now available on Android. If you live in LG's home territory of South Korea. And you have an LG phone with access to their proprietary U+ Market. And it uses an LTE radio. And you've got about five bucks you're not particularly fond of. Android gamers, try to contain your joy.
Minecraft has become an addiction on par with Angry Birds. The game debuted on Android as a Sony Xperia Play exclusive back in August, then a general Android Market release in October. Between then and now, Micecraft Pocket Edition has racked up an incredible 700,000 downloads across the Android and iPhone platforms.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play owners can join in the fun. The sequel will include new cars and tracks, plus enhanced visuals and character customization.
Modern Warfare 3 for a couple of months now, and Activision's promised Android tie-in is now available in the Android Market. The Call of Duty ELITE app ties into the Activision service of the same name, allowing players to remotely access statistics and player loadouts. It's not a stand-alone game - for that, you'd be better off trying the Modern Combat series of "inspired" Android shooters.
Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play has been the only real solution for those who crave hardware controls. But the dearth of physical controls may be at an end, thanks to gaming accessory company SteelSeries. Known for their mice, mousepads and keyboards, the company is branching out into Android with its Ion Bluetooth controller. A few others have tried, but the Ion looks like the best option yet for serious gaming.