Old school, new school love for Android games

by Kristen Nicole

Games have taken over the mobile market, and that’s becoming all the more evident on Android. From a steady stream of new releases, to platform support bringing in hoards of titles to publish, the growth of Android’s gaming sector has taken on a life of its own. Its influence on Android’s industry can be felt in a number of ways, as we explore below.

Old school lovin’

Tanks! has come to Android, bringing an old-school look and feel to this classic game. Staying true to the original vector style, the ‘80s graphics seem more enthralling on a crisp smartphone screen. Seek out enemy tanks before you’re attacked, plotting your strategy and maneuvering around the most basic of 3D objects.

Another throwback theme game is headed to Android. Appropriately named KamiCrazy Retro (video), the lemmings-style game will have a distinctly old-school feel. You’ll get five worlds to explore, each featuring 60 levels for your creatures to escape from. Gain bonus points for expedient strategies—an option not often given for these types of platform games.

New school diggin’

As Angry Birds takes over the Android Market, many players find themselves in the predicament of having to share a phone. Spouses, in particular, spat over who gets the next turn, and who really beat the top score. An update to Angry Aviary lets you create multiple Angry Birds accounts, without digging into your phone’s root access. Let the flying frights battle on!

OpenFeint has also driven a great deal of growth around Android gaming, and it’s keeping momentum with a third wave of title releases. Happy Island, Flick Kick Football, Dot 3 and Bonecruncher Soccer will all have their place within the OpenFeint platform, enabling multiplayer sessions across devices, leaderboards and more.