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Exclusive game space on Android belongs to platforms

by Kristen Nicole

Platforms own exclusive game space

While Android’s game selection has really taken off in the past few months, it's still nowhere near the level found in Apple’s (AAPL) iTunes App Store, which is why the iPhone and iPod Touch have managed to become top gaming devices across the board. The absence of Android exclusive games is one reason discussed by Daring Fireball founder John Gruber.

A number of platforms are beginning to flourish, and we hear constant word of high-profile developer intentions around upcoming Android releases, but the likes of EA (ERTS) and Gameloft have yet to demonstrate large and dedicated portfolios. That’s why enthusiastic releases such as Angry Birds are so striking, and exclusive game releases through platform portals like GetJar (which is how Angry Birds first landed on Android) are so successful.

Gamblers and quests

Full Tilt Poker has launched an Android-specific release, with real money tables and endless rounds to join or watch. Don’t want to risk real dough? Spend the lot with play money, until you get your skills up. This highly interactive, multiplayer game requires Flash, so gamers with later-release Android models are the lucky winners.

Having just mentioned Zenonia in a travel games roundup, I’m also excited to see news of the upcoming Zenonia 2. Gamevil highlights the major features included in the title update, with new maps and classes, varied difficulty settings, more character customization, and an improved user interface.