Gaming in the Android world is still this sort of amorphous blob. It hasn’t really taken shape. We know it’s fun, and it gets better every day, but it’s still unclear as to how Android as a gaming platform will work. Keep in mind, game developers would want to compare this kind of mobile gaming platform with concrete systems like the PSP or the Nintendo DS systems, and right now they don’t exactly add up, but at the same time Android offers something extra. It’s confusing to think about out loud, but there are companies who are dedicated to exploring it. One of those companies is Open Feint.
For those unaware, Open Feint allows the somewhat unique opportunity to incorporate “the social” into our games. Similar to home based gaming platforms, achievements and scores are all stored and saved to your account, and a leaderboard system in in place for the competitive types. The games that use it so far have seen increases in use, and the increase in popularity has caused Open Feint to dive into Android with some brand new titles and an upcoming update!
There’s no denying that we love Open Feint, and it’s use in a game will increase use. The guys from HyperBees noted a “39% increase in Speedx 3D sales and a 9% increase in sales across other titles”. Increases like that get noticed, and with that notice comes new games as more developers get brave enough to explore the new. Open Feint is announcing integration and launch of 12 new titles today, as well as an upcoming release of their next update. Launch Titles include:
- Flick Kick Football (PikPok)
- Dot 3(TM) (ustwo)
- Cows Don’t Fly
- Prism 3D and JellyBalls (HyperBees)
- Dynamo Kid (OrangePixel)
- Abduction! (Psym Mobile)
- Bonecruncher Soccer (Distinctive Developments)
- Pocket Racing (Measured Software)
- Egggz (SmartPix Games)
- Chopper Control (The Game Boss)
- Happy Island (CrowdStar)
The 1.1 update to Open Feint will include new integration with Facebook Connect, making it even easier to pair up with your other Android buddies to beat them in your favorite game. If you don’t already have Open Feint, go grab it today!
About Aurora Feint, Inc:Aurora Feint Inc’s software development kit, OpenFeint, allows game publishers to implement services which enable mobile social gaming. With over 45 million registered users and a presence on over 3,400 games, OpenFeint is the largest mobile social gaming ecosystem for iOS devices and Android. Aurora Feint is backed by DeNA Inc., Intel Capital, and The9.