It’s hard to believe it’s been a full year since the birth of the NVIDIA TegraZone. After one year, it now has 38 high-caliber games, a four star rating in the Google Play Store, and over 3.5 million installs. Remember, these games are optimized for Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 devices, including the newest tablet from ASUS, the Transformer Pad TF300. Asus is redefining the future of mobile computing devices with the launch of the new Transformer Pad featuring the NVIDIA Tegra 3, the world’s only quad-core mobile processor with a 5th battery-saver core. Running the latest Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the ASUS Transformer Pad is a value packed tablet with multi-color style and productivity with expandability when connected to the mobile dock. With a 1.2MP front and 8MP rear auto-focus camera with large F/2.2 aperture and exclusive office software, staying connected and productive has never been easier.
To celebrate the one year anniversary of the TegraZone, NVIDIA is hosting the 1st annual Players Choice Awards sponsored by ASUS. They’re asking all game players to vote on their favorite TegrzZone game in three categories: Best Gameplay, Best Graphics, and Overall Fun. The winners will be announced on June 6 at a special event at E3 in Los Angeles.
To make it worth your while, NVIDIA and ASUS have teamed up to award seven Transformer Pad prize packs over the next few weeks. The prize packs includes a Transformer Pad TF300, a keyboard dock, a Logitech game controller, and a Jambox speaker.
All you need to do is decide what your favorite TegraZone game is for each of the three categories and vote for it at NVIDIA’s Players Choice Awards site. Once you vote, you’re automatically entered for a chance to win one of seven Transformer Pad prize packs.
There’s even more good news: Thanks to ASUS and NVIDIA, Talk Android has additional prize packs to give out to three lucky readers. We will post a different contest each week for the next three weeks, and all you have to do is comment and tell us your favorite games. It couldn’t be simpler right? Hit one of the links below to head over to NVIDIA’s Player Choice Award site and look for our contest post shortly.
Even though I can’t win one of these amazing prize packs I figured now would be a great opportunity to let you guys know which game is my ultimate favorite. Demolition Inc. is by far the most frequented game on my Transformer Prime, and once I start playing it, I have a hard time putting it down. The game doesn’t have the best graphics out of all the games listed below, but it’s the gameplay that keeps me coming back for more.
Based on a demolition theme, you travel around to different worlds (levels) and use various tools to complete as much destruction as you can. The more destruction you can create, the more points you get. I mean, how fun does that sound? You begin the game with oil slicks and glue, and have to manipulate moving traffic into the surrounding buildings (Yes, your goal is to bring all the buildings to the ground so that you can plant more trees). From there, you earn tools such as exploding cows, a giant wrecking ball, and the awesomely destructive “earthquake bomb.” You can eventually get the ability to remotely control cars so that you can drive them straight into buildings and even off ramp into various structures! Awesome!
Now don’t go thinking this game is a simple and destructive walk in the park. As the game goes on you will definitely need to form a strategy because if you don’t bring everything to the ground before you run out of tools, you will have to start the level over. Demolition Inc. is almost a puzzle game in that way and one that I find highly addictive. So if creating your own path of demolition through various levels sounds like your cup of tea, then I highly suggest you check out Demolition Inc. for Tegra 3 devices. You can find the game’s description and download link in the following list.
Seriously though, there are so many great games in the TegraZone, it’s hard to decide on your favorite. Here’s a complete rundown of all the games. I’m sure there are some that you haven’t tried, so I encourage you to take a look at the list and pick at least one or two new games to try this week.
Big Top THD
Ever wanted to run away and join the circus? Well now you can! Big Top THD has been developed specifically to utilize the NVIDIA® Tegra® family of mobile processors. Practice your skills at high diving, plate spinning, juggling, knife throwing, you even get to throw custard pies at the clowns! Lots of levels and lots of laughs with this awesome looking circus game. You get beautiful animation, vibrant characters and smooth frame rates on Tegra 2 powered devices, whilst owners of the powerful new Tegra 3 powered tablets and phones will see additional effects, such as real-time shadow generation and advanced per pixel lighting. It’s all the fun of the circus in your hand!
NVISION is a FREE app for your Tegra-powered TABLET that highlights the coolest entertainment across Gaming (including Android, PC and console), Movies, Gadgets, and Technology with an eye toward cutting-edge graphics. Updated daily with in-depth stories and hi-def video, NVISION covers the spectrum of digital entertainment through features on the newest games and effects-driven movies to articles detailing how visual technology is redefining entertainment. In addition, we’ll bring you roundups of the Android Apps that will make your life a little easier, detailed looks at the hottest gadgets, and must-read stories on innovative technology that affects your digital life. And it’s free. Actually, really, genuinely, free.
Arma II: Firing Range THD
Game developer Bohemia Interactive relied on the power of the NVIDIA® Tegra® processor to deliver the award-winning Arma II PC video game visuals to mobile devices without sacrificing quality. By using the same high-resolution textures used in the PC game and high polygon weapon models, Arma II: Firing Range THD is the ultimate firing range simulation.
Pick a weapon from dozens available. Examine it within an interactive 3D preview and study its specs – or try it out immediately! Several highly detailed firing ranges with different game modes wait for you to show your best. Compete with other players in online leaderboards. Unlock all the achievements.
Auralux is an abstract, essentialized, and simplified real-time strategy game. But don’t let the minimalistic graphics fool you. This game is full of complexity and strategy!
You command only one type of unit and have only one type of order to give those units. You and your opponents start the game with precisely equal resources. Quick reflexes will get you nowhere. The only path to victory is through clever strategy.
Auralux features a slow, floating feel and vibrant minimalistic graphics. The entire game pulses to the rhythm of ambient music, and the player’s actions evoke sounds that smoothly coalesce into melody.
This game is designed to provide a relaxing, cerebral experience. Every choice matters, and only the best strategies will succeed.
Providing the richest combination of video effects including dynamic self-shadowing, high-resolution textures, and more detailed stadiums than any other mobile version, Backbreaker THD was ported by IdeaWorks using their Airplay SDK and is an enhanced version developed specifically to be played on NVIDIA® Tegra® -powered mobile devices.
Backbreaker THD also maintains a silky smooth frame rate no matter what’s being thrown on screen while providing an intense, arcade football experience.
Sprint, juke and spin past waves of oncoming defenders, racking up score multipliers on your way to the endzone! Backbreaker features bone-crunching tackles, a stunning 3D stadium, and multi-angle instant replays.
Bang Bang Racing
Bang Bang Racing THD delivers a home console racing experience by employing NVIDIA® PhysX® technology for real-time dynamic vehicle physics. The game has also been optimized for NVIDIA® Tegra® to keep the race moving along at a blistering 60 frames per second.
Bang Bang Racing THD is a fun, action-packed racing game that has cool visuals and pumped-up sports cars. But underneath its playful exterior, it has the pumping heart of a true racing game. Real-time physics allow for finesse and control – drifting through corners and clipping every apex delivers huge player satisfaction. The game also features a unique control system perfect for mobile devices allowing you to simply point where you want the car to go, as if you are drawing a racing line for the car to follow.
Dark Meadow: The Pact
By maximizing the graphic and gameplay horsepower of the Unreal Engine 3, The Dark Meadow by Phosphor Games Studio delivers a stunning first-person, action/adventure game where players fight to escape a dark fairytale world filled with fantastical creatures bent on destroying them.
Navigate Mike’s UFO over the cities of Earth, from one brain-teasing level to the next, while you unleash comedic chaos – make cars drive into high-rise towers and watch them collapse, or use exploding cows to bring entire rows of houses tumbling down!
Demolition Inc. THD. uses real physics so that destruction isn’t predetermined and every time you play will be a unique experience!
Dungen Defenders: Second Wave
In an original hybrid of two hot genres: Tower Defense and cooperative online Action-RPG, Dungeon Defenders puts players in the role of one of four distinctive hero classes, tasked with fending off hordes of invading beasties by strategically summoning a variety of Defenses & Traps throughout their castle.
Eden to Geeeen
Eden to GREEEEN is optimized for Tegra-based devices and features high resolution textures, the highest quality shaders, tons of on-screen characters and beautiful effects galore.
Alien machines from another planet have come to steal the natural resources of Eden. They’ve all but destroyed the beautiful settings of Eden and there are only a small handful of plants, flowers and trees still alive. Euphoria, the natural energy of Eden needed for life to survive is dwindling fast.
But now it’s PAYBACK time!!
Rise against the machines and restore Eden to its once beautiful vistas! Increase Euphoria by planting flowers. As Euphoria increases, nature will be restored and you’ll be able to plant more and better plants that will allow you to launch an all-out counter-attack and win the war against the machines.
Fruit Ninja THD
It was specifically designed and developed to take advantage of the processing power of your NVIDIA® Tegra® -based mobile device and offers an unmatched graphically-rich experience that can’t be found in any other mobile version.
Swipe your finger across the screen to deliciously slash and splatter fruit like a true ninja warrior. Be careful of bombs – they are explosive to touch and will put a swift end to your juicy adventure! This Tegra-enhanced version also allows for there to be more onscreen fruit at a time without having to sacrifice frame rate!
Fruit Ninja THD is the messiest and most satisfying fruit game ever and uses OpenFeint, so players can unlock achievements and shoot for the top of the global leaderboards while racking up OpenFeint points!
Galaxy on Fire 2 THD
Galaxy on Fire 2 THD has been heavily optimized to utilize the eight-core rendering power of Tegra’s GeForce GPU, bringing console-gaming quality to mobile devices. All meshes have been re-created from scratch as if they were to be used for a proper console game and new details have been added to the design of each of the over 30 spaceships and 100 space stations. Also the space background images as well as all planets have been carefully re-painted at 2048 x 2048 pixels resolution. Compared to the iPad version, the game now features four times higher texture sizes on all in-game textures and four times higher polygon count on its spaceships, space stations, jump gates and asteroids. Furthermore, Galaxy on Fire 2™ THD features sophisticated OpenGL ES 2.0 specular and displacement shaders on all in-game assets.
The epic sci-fi action trader is available free to download from the Tegra Zone app on the Android Market and can be played for unlimited time offering full functionality within the first solar system. To access the whole galaxy with over 20 solar systems and to complete the six to ten hours, fully voice acted storyline, players have to unlock the game via in-app purchase for $ 14.99.
You’ll find charm and menace of the midway in Glowball: Tegra 3. . . an interactive demo created to showcase the power of the NVIDIA® Tegra 3® chip. Tegra 3 runs effortlessly at top speed; efficiently delivering the power needed for nuanced and complex 3D graphics. The Glowball: Tegra 3 environment is rich in geometric complexity, texture detail, and graphic effects and could not have been built with previous generation hardware. All four cores are kept busy with PhysX® collisions, multiple cloth simulations, particle effects, and dynamic scene lighting. Step right up, folks.There are two levels in the demo; Carnival and Sea Floor. In each case, tilt the tablet to maneuver the ball around the different environment. Be careful where you go and what you hit as some things will undoubtedly hit back. For the Carnival level you’ll need to trigger the jack-in-the-boxes in proper sequence, without any missteps, and the maniacal clown will give you an escape route. For the Sea Floor level, simply collect four keys, available from the treasure chests located around the maze, and you’ll be able to leave through the sunken pirate ship. Use the minimap to help find your way around the maze.
Guerilla Bob THD
Dive into the Story Campaign where Guerrilla Bob fights through dangerous canyons, steep deserts and dreadful towns. Alternatively, engage in Survival Mode where endless enemies come at Bob from all directions in a closed arena environment. There are extra difficulty modes for players who think they’re an expert!
Guerrilla Bob THD offers stunning visuals, cross-platform multiplayer, an arsenal of kick-ass weaponry, unique enemies, explosive ammunition and non-stop humor.
Hamilton’sGreat Adventure THD
Progress through 60+ levels set in four unique and visually stunning environments. Immerse yourself into the fantastical storyline filled with extravagant escapades and memorable characters. Join in on the fun as Hamilton’s Great Adventure delivers an exhilarating experience of exceptional family entertainment!
Hardwood Backgammon THD
Designed specifically for NVIDIA® Tegra® devices, Hardwood Backgammon THD breathes new life into your favorite classic board game by incorporating high-resolution textures, dynamic lighting, and real-time shadows. Enjoy a game by yourself of play online against people from around the globe.
Hardwood Solitaire IV
Hardwood Solitaire IV offers a flurry of beautiful solitaire games. Escape from your day with more than 100 exciting solitaire games to play. You can enjoy favorite solitaire games like Klondike, Spider, FreeCell, Pyramid, Yukon, and a whole lot more, including original solitaire games you won’t find anywhere else!
Use your device’s camera to bring your world right into Hardwood Solitaire and use that image as the game background. You can also apply photo filter effects to stylize the camera image.
History™ Great Battles Medieval
Great Battles Medieval is a unique blend of Real-Time Strategy and Role-playing that allows you to develop your army; gaining experience, abilities and equipment to customize your troops.
This is the Hundred Years War. Each man must stand tall. Each man’s mettle will be tested. But amongst all men there are leaders, there are those who will not be cowed. Can you be that leader? In this epic strategy RPG you will lead your army through the greatest of medieval wars and make history live again.
Hockey Nations 2011 THD
Pick your team from 18 international teams or play as your favorite team from anywhere around the world by customizing any of the 40 available city teams. Jam-packed with hockey action across 6 game modes from practice to World League, Hockey Nations 2011 THD will turn any puckhead into an international ice warrior.
Jet Tailfin Racers THD
Mass Effect 3 Live Wallpaper
Are you excited to take Earth back in Mass Effect 3? NVIDIA and BioWare have teamed up to bring you the best Mass Effect 3 experience on PC. In anticipation of playing the game themselves, NVIDIA designers developed this live wallpaper and made it available on Google Play.
Mass Effect 3 is like a Hollywood blockbuster where you get to be the lead actor and director in the beginning, middle, and end of an all-out war to take Earth back. How you wage this war is entirely up to you. Mass Effect 3 delivers ground breaking interactive storytelling, adrenaline pumping gameplay, and integrated co-op multiplayer. Mass Effect 3, in stores now.
Experience everything. Sacrifice nothing. Gear up with GeForce GTX.
Meltdown on Mars THD
Meltdown on Mars THD is an action tower-defense style game where the player has to defend himself using turrets, barricades and his own weapons. The game is divided into waves and within each wave the player is attacked by more and more difficult groups of aliens. Can you survive the meltdown?
Monster Madness: Grave Danger THD
Life in suburbia for four teenagers just took a turn for the worse because in a world where brain-hungry zombies run rampant, nothing’s the way it used to be! Take on wave after wave of staggering zombies and foul creatures with upgradeable weapons; power-up accessory items and vehicular combat without ever dropping your framerate. Explore 5 massive and detailed environments in this top-down shooter full of panic-inducing pleasure! It’s up to you to purge the world of the undead in a blast of Unreal® Engine 3 powered arcade exhilaration! You’ll be lucky to survive, but if you do, you’ll save the ‘burbs from a fate worse than un-death.
My First TRAINZ Set
Get the creative juices flowing as you build winding tracks up, around and through real life rooms in a house! Sit back and take in the view as you watch trains steam around your masterpiece. You can even interact with different industries to pickup and drop off passengers and inventory.
My First TRAINZ Set brings the joy of model train building to touch devices in a format that is kid-friendly, creative and fun
Pinball HD for Tegra
Note: Phone or tablet needs to have internet access when first run or you may receive an error message.
Princess Punt THD
Renaissance Blood THD
Rev up your supercharged jet ski and take a wild ride through twisting canals and rivers, futuristic cityscapes, and mysterious research facilities. Skill, stunts, and speed will be your best allies as you grab massive air off huge waves, kick out death-defying tricks, and boost your jet ski to victory across a dynamic, ever-changing torrent of foam and spray.
Samurai II: Vengeance THD
The Tegra 3-optimized version of SHADOWGUN features console-quality water, enhanced rag-doll physics, particle effects, enhanced shaders and dynamic textures. These are only possible using Tegra 3′s multi-core capabilities, and they make for a truly immersive and realistic gaming experience.
The year is 2350, and corrupt intergalactic corporations are the rule of law, hiring bounty hunters and mercs to do their bidding. The best of the best are known as SHADOWGUNS.
SHADOWGUN (Tegra 3) puts you into the role of John Slade, the galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunter. Your mission: hunt down Dr. Edgar Simon, maniacal genius and leader of his own mutant army. Infiltrate Dr. Simon’s mountain fortress and fight his personal guard of cyborgs, battle droids, and genetically-enhanced humanoids. Using state-of-the-art weaponry, ships, and the assistance of S.A.R.A.—Slade’s personal android assistant—SHADOWGUN (Tegra 3) combines intense tactical combat with 3rd person action.
The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim – Live Wallpaper
Trainz Simulator THD
Build and operate the railroad of your dreams.
We are pleased to give each and every Android Tablet user the opportunity to have Trainz at your fingertips. With Trainz custom built input system to get the most out of the touch functionality you’ll find driving Trains, laying tracks, creating layouts and completing scheduled tasks a breeze. Trainz Simulator THD is packed full of content, routes and sessions to give you the best Train experience on any mobile platform. Trainz Simulator THD is a world first for Android!
Trainz Simulator THD includes everything you need to build and operate your own dream railroad. You can build a fun layout in minutes, faithfully recreate a railroad from days gone by or develop a fully fledged prototypical route; the choice is yours.
The game will allow players to interact as the pilots of ships in a vast, persistent single-universe alongside PC, Mac, and Linux players. Users may build their characters in any direction they desire, becoming rich captains of industry, military heroes, or outlaws. A fast-paced, realtime “twitch” style combat model gives intense action, coupled with the backdrop of RPG gameplay in a massive online galaxy.
Three major player factions form a delicate balance of power, with several NPC sub-factions creating situations of economic struggle, political intrigue and conflict. The completely persistent universe and detailed storyline add to the depth of immersion, resulting in a unique online
Zen Pinball THD
Grand Theft Auto III
Rockstar Games celebrates the 10th anniversary of one of the most influential games of all time. The critically acclaimed blockbuster Grand Theft Auto III comes to mobile devices, bringing to life the dark and seedy underworld of Liberty City. With a massive and diverse open world, a wild cast of characters from every walk of life and the freedom to explore at will, Grand Theft Auto III puts the dark, intriguing and ruthless world of crime at your fingertips.
With stellar voice acting, a darkly comic storyline, a stunning soundtrack and revolutionary open-world gameplay, Grand Theft Auto III is the game that defined the open world genre for a generation.