A recent study by Research2Guidance looked at 26 app categories in the Android Market to see which was most profitable. Despite the fact that one quarter of all Android apps downloaded are games, weather apps showed themselves to be by far the biggest earners for their developers. On average, the weather app has made its developer $21,000! Business and productivity apps were the closest contenders while multimedia and comic book apps made almost no return. Well developers, it looks like Android users are more interested in using their phone as a tool than an entertainment device.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy S II, you’re in luck because Gameloft’s Asphalt 6: Adrenaline is available for free in the Samsung Apps Store. We have no idea if this is for a limited time so don’t fall asleep on this one.
Asphalt 6: Adrenaline is the latest version of the Asphalt series, and this is the WCG (World Cyber Games) version. You will even have the WCG car to drive. The game is compatible with the international (I9100) as well as Korean versions of Galaxy S II.
Update: Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY owners can also download it for free.
Today marks the launch of EA’s free version of Tetris on the Android Market. While a paid version has been readily available for some time now, the free version is no different from that, save for the fact that it is ad-supported. It features all of the great visuals, famous music, and a difficult marathon mode that fans will appreciate. Gameplay is exactly as you know and love, though modified (well, I might add) for the touch interface. Give it a try, and let us know what you think.
The Gameloft Club has been enjoyed by U.S. users for several months, but it it time for the UK to get a little love as it just became available. The membership allows you to download a game for £0.99 per week, which is a savings of 66% off the standalone prices. Also, when you register for the first time, you will be able to get a bonus game.
To celebrate the launch, they are giving away a brand new LG Optimus 3D. All you have to do is register by midnight tonight, and you will automatically be entered into the drawing.
Full press release after the break:
Upon seeing today’s Amazon Free App of the day, I was instantly taken back to time where taxes, mortgages and working a hard 40 hours per week meant playing til the sun went down. Frogger, an instant classic since the day it was written has made its way to the Android platform in style. The Atari classic can be snatched up as today’s featured free Amazon app. This is not a mock up of the original application, it’s the real deal manufactured by Konami. The game and play is virtually identical to the original. And just as the original, you’ll have to dodge speeding cars and trucks, hop on logs and turtle backs, all to reach the riverbank without becoming road splat. There are slide controls available for fluid movement in addition to being able to just tap, no need for joysticks in this day and age. Carry the female frogs to safety and earn bonus points as you eat flies on your way there. And unlike the original, the developers added a “Phantom Phroggie” mode.
An interesting twist in this version is Phantom Mode, which guides you during the game by showing the route you took in your best game. In regular mode, you can post your high scores online and see who the top guns are with OpenFeint. Happy hopping!
So, what are you waiting for? Did we mention it’s free? If you’re not currently rocking Amazon’s App Store, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link. Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings—>Applications on your Android device. Hit the break for a few screen shots for reminiscing.
If you have a NVIDIA Tegra-powered mobile device and want to find the best games to reach the full potential of the that Tegra mobile processor, the NVIDIA Tegra Zone app is a must-have. To the delight of many, NVIDIA has now announced the launch of their new Tegra Zone website to give you access to the latest game news, reviews and release information right from your laptop or desktop too. You’ll also find high-resolution game screenshots, HD gameplay videos, game developer interviews, a community forum and the ability to share your favorite apps through your social networks.
In a comment aimed at game developers, they added that “with over 250,000 Android games in the Android Market, it can be a challenge to get your game noticed” and go on the direct these developers to their ‘Zone In’ section for an opportunity to have their games listed on the Tegra Zone site.
Tell us what you think of their new site. To the developers out there, how do you feel about the exposure the site may offer?
You put together your game with two legs, a yellow plastic vertically placed board with slots and holes in it. Then pick up either a red or black disc depending on who called which first. Get four in a row and score! That is a general description of a game called Connect Four.
Now here’s a game developed by XDA member Goddchen with the same concept. Only difference is it’s played on your Android phone. This will be a fun game for those of you who had a thing for Connect Four. I know I enjoyed it as a kid, and enjoy it now when I get the chance to set it up and play with my kids.
This game ‘Four in a row’ offers multiplayer online gaming. You can create a game and challenge friends, join a game from a list in the ‘Lobby’ or check out the ‘Profile’ link which will give you a grid of options such as, a community, your profile, an inbox, online games, achievements, coins and more. Check out the screen shots below for some eye candy, then head on over to the XDA thread for a bit more information. Leave some feedback for the developer and if you like the game hit the thanks button to show it.
Halloween, Freddy Krueger, Night Of, the Living Dead, and Android – what doesn’t belong in this list? If you said Android, think again. Thanks to the game development studio In-Fusio, they are all coming to Android in the form of games that will be available on the Android Market later this year (no word on pricing just yet).
In-Fusion has been making games for quite some time and are finally gearing up to jump into the Android scene with three games based on the horror movies above. Additionally , instead of only having one game re-skinned with different themes, each horror classic will be a different type of game as well:
- Halloween will arrive as a 3D pinball game.
- Freddy Krueger, of Nightmare on Elm Street fame, will arrive as a wall breaker game (essentially an Arkanoid type of game).
- Night of the Living Dead will show up as a tower defense game which seems like a logical genre considering the movie on which it is based.
Unfortunately, that is about as much as we know right now as In-Fusio is keeping quiet regarding any other details. Keep checking back as we will make sure to post any updates we receive on this trio of horror movie themed games.
Remember playing card games growing up? You know, before we had video games and cell phones, before we all had lives and worked?
Well, so does Gameloft, and they are actively seeking to mash up the two generations into one with their latest release, UNO. UNO has always held a soft spot in my heart – it’s challenging, unpredictable, and games are relatively short and easy to pick up. It’s a great party game and Gameloft hopes to bring the same experience to the masses via online play, tournament play, and more. My only gripe is its lack of hot-seat games, which seems like a huge overlook on Gameloft’s part. Check it out at the link below and tell us how you like it.
We all love a good arcade game, and that’s what Amazon is offering as today’s free app. This game by developer Woo Games, brings you an armored robot that you control to fight off enemies. There are plenty of weapons, enemies to fight through, and a quite challenging 18 levels of game play. As you blow away your enemies you gain achievements and progress, using the touchpad or optical joystick.
In FRG Deluxe you can choose to fight in a death match with up to eight players. Also included is online play, where you browse through game lists and join in on the battles. As you progress, improve those skills and record your scores, you can compare you stats on one of the largest mobile social gaming networks out there, OpenFeint.
Today only, you can get this game free through the Amazon App Store. At a regular price of $3.00 in the Amazon App Store and in the Android Market, this would be a great time to buy if you feel that mobile gaming bug coming on.