Old games made new again on Android

by Kristen Nicole

Retro-fitting games

With the Android platform becoming more inclusive of high-end gaming features, there’s plenty of title releases to look forward to this year. Minecraft is one of these anticipated games, with plans for a mobile launch in 2011. While its PC version is still in beta, a mobile take on Minecraft would rapidly extend its gameplay. This sandbox-style game features retro graphics, and requires a bit of imagination and creativity for impressive constructs.

New releases

If the waiting game isn’t your idea of a good time, EA’s weekend release of Bejeweled 2 delivers instant gratification. EA Mobile has finally launched an official version of its popular Bejeweled game on the Android Market, marking another top notch title from the publisher. EA (ERTS) has been slower to develop games for Android, though it remains an early and interested supporter of Google’s (GOOG) mobile platform.

Another timely release is Golf Battle 3D, bringing cross-platform game play to Android players.  Compete in real-time with other golfers, tracking scores and taking names. There’s a mini market involved in this game, with additional clubs you can purchase with points you’ve earned over time. Improve your swing and your club collection to see how far you can advance in this multiplayer game.

Gamers’ submarket

Submarkets continue to gain in popularity, especially for social and mobile gaming. Playandroid has launched a game discovery portal just for Android games, offering a search and marketing tool for players and developers. This is yet another alternative to Android’s actual Market, which has recently launched a full web version with improved search functions. AndroidApps.com, however, is still my favorite discovery portal for mobile apps and games.