Nvidia’s TegraZone app previously only made sense for Tegra-powered devices, but today’s update opens the app up for all Android users. Not all of the games within the app may be compatible, but you can now at least download the app to check. In addition, the app’s UI has been slightly tweaked to add filter controls, and the ability to restrict your list to only show games with controller support, which is useful for Shield owners. The full list of changes:
- Supports Google Play Game Services – achievements for downloading games, submitting reviews/ratings, and spreading the word about TegraZone games
- Uses Google+ login to personalize your TegraZone experience
- TegraZone Collections will allow highlighting of special interest groups of games by feature, genre, or publisher
- Support for NVIDIA SHIELD and MadCatz MOJO
- Enabled for users of non-Tegra devices so they can learn about Tegra and great Android games
- Minor bug fixes
You can find a download link past the break.
In celebration of the launch of Microsoft’s new Surface RT tablet, NVIDIA is holding a sweepstakes in which it intends to give away several Tegra-powered devices each week. Among the prizes is a new Jambox portable speaker, a Micrsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet and the ASUS-manufactured Vivo Tab RT. Entering the contest isn’t complicated. Just like the company’s Facebook page and you’ll be automatically entered.
Source: NVIDIA (Facebook)
Let just call today National Tegra day because two games were just released in the TegraZone. We already told you about the first one, Razor Salvation, and now a little about SUMIONI Demon Arts THD from ACQUIRE Corporation. In this game you play the role of the Ink Demon named Agura who is summoned to save Japan from doom. Your finger becomes the brush and you will perform various ink attacks by drawing directly on the touch screen. So ink is your primary weapon and in order to beat your enemies you will need to draw platforms to get Agura in the right position to get the bad buy.
The folks who brought you Siegecraft has a new game in town. Blowfish Studios just released Razor Salvation in the Google Play Store and TegraZone. In this game you take over as commander of the drop-ship “Salvation”, and your task is to rescue the Earth’s inhabitants and assist the EDSF defense effort. Razor Salvation is actually the first installment in a series and it’s based on the story of the Xenos and why they have invaded Earth. As always, you can expect special enhancements for the Tegra 3, which include destructible buildings.
Two TegraZone games launched today. We already wrote about the first one, The Bard’s Tale, and the second one is Fort Courage. Fort Courage is a free-to-play 3D adventure. The premise is that you’re bored at school and you fall asleep in class (that never happened to me). Naturally you’re going to dream about something right? No it’s not girls. You happen to dream up hiding in a fort deep within a dinosaur jungle, sneaking into a forbidden monster lab, and hacking into a robot factory on the surface of mars.
It’s up to you and a friend to keep the enemies out of your fort. In order to do that you will have an arsenal of toy weapons and power ups to choose from. At the bottom of the screen are the two main characters within their fort, and a series of enemies will come at you. The controls are very simple. For the left character, you simply tap on the screen where you want his shots to go. For the right character, you drag and release. You start with one weapon each and you need to earn coins so that you can purchase new weapons or upgrade existing ones. Of course, just like any free-to-play game, you can also purchase more coins for cold hard cash. The game ends when the enemies get into your fort.
A cool new game is available for Tegra devices and it’s called Auralux, from Wardrum Studios. Some of you might be familiar with it since it has been available for the PC for a while now. If you aren’t, let me first say that this isn’t going to blow you away with mind blowing graphics, but trust me it will give you hours of fun. It’s a minimalist real-time strategy game in which it’s all about taking over other planets for total domination. Sounds pretty hyper doesn’t it? Actually the game is supposed to be a “relaxing cerebral experience” with soothing music.
How it works is this, you start with one type of unit upon one planet and your goal is to send your units (or particles as I like to call it) to other neighboring planets with the hope of taking them over. There’s competition though as two other units will try to do the same thing. Each opponent is represented by color, and each opponent starts the game with the exact amount of resources so it’s all about your strategy. This is my type of game: uncomplicated with tremendous gameplay.
The results are in for NVIDIA‘s first annual Players Choice Awards. NVIDIA tallied fan votes for games in the following categories: Best Graphics, Best Gameplay and Best Overall. Many great games were available to choose from, including Dark Meadow, Shadowgun THD, Grand Theft Auto III, Riptide GP, Soulcraft THD and more.
Some tough choices, but the fans have spoken. It was almost a clean sweep by Rockstar.
Best Graphics - Shadowgun THD
With its water, damage, aging, and particle effects, Shadowgun THD had little competition in the Best Graphics category.
Best Gameplay - Grand Theft Auto III
GTA III and Shadowgun THD were battling it out in this category, but thanks to full-on game controller support, Rockstar’s game came out ahead.
Best Overall - Grand Theft Auto III
Again, GTA III and Shadowgun THD came to blows for Best Overall. With full 3D stereo on Tegra devices that support 3D, plus the previously mentioned game controller support, GTA III took the crown as Best Overall Game.
Congrats to all two winners!
E3 just kicked off a few minutes ago and our friends at NVIDIA are showcasing 5 big time TegraZone games at their booth. All five are Tegra 3-optimized, which make them console-like quality. The first is Dead Trigger (pictured above), which we told you about last week. It’s a First Person Shooter and it’s your job to take down all the zombies. The Tegra 3-optimized version provides effects like enhanced water, specular lighting, volumetric fog and ragdoll physics. It should be available by the end of this month.
Today, Sega released the Android version of Sonic 4 Episode II exclusively for Tegra 3 devices so I decided to get up early so I could get my Hedgehog on. After playing Episode 1 and totally getting hooked, I was stoked to see what the new THD episode had in store for Android gaming. As I expected, Sega hit this one out of the park. In combination with the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, Sonic 4 Episode II is a complete blast from the past and well worth the $6.99 it costs in the Google Play Store. It even rivals the original game as it was played on the Sega game console.
If you are anything like me, you played Sonic the Hedgehog in your parents basement for hours on end when you were little and you will take any excuse you can get to relive those days of pure, unadulterated enjoyment. To give you an idea of what you can expect from Sega’s newest Android release, I put together a little demo video of the game in action. Before you go running off to check out the video I also wanted to remind you about our series of NVIDIA contests we are holding. We are giving away 3 separate prize packs over the period of 3 weeks and today is the cut-off for our first giveaway. This week’s prize pack consists of an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a wireless controller from Logitech, and a Jambox speaker. The contest ends tonight at 11:59 EST so be sure to get your entry in soon, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite TegraZone games in the Players Choice Awards. NVIDIA and ASUS are giving away seven of these same Transformer Prize Packs. All you have to do is vote for your favorites TegraZone games for three categorie (Best Gameplay, Best Graphics, and Overall Fun) and you will be automatically entered into the contest.
Okay… now you can go ahead and jump past the break to check out our demo video of the new Sonic game. :-)
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.