Those of you that have been around Android since the beginning will likely remember the Android Developer Challenges. They were app development contests sponsored by Google back in the early days when Android did not exactly have a bountiful supply of apps. Well one of the finalists in the second of those contests was Door 6 with their 3D space flight game Atmosphere: Trainer which they later refined into the tunnel racer Vacuum which is still available in Google Play and I will personally attest can be highly addictive.
Well the guys at Door 6 have continued to work in a similar vein since then and are now ready to take the wraps off their latest creation which they are calling simply “Atmo.” While you can see the fingerprints of those earlier titles on this one it is an enormous leap forward from either of those games and the team has even bigger plans for the title going forward. Door 6 sees the focus on pushing out tons of casual games to see what can grab users attention as an unfortunate trend in mobile gaming and prefers to concentrate on delivering higher quality titles with the kind of depth that a traditional gamer expects.
When it launches in Google Play early next week, their new game Atmo puts the player again in the cockpit of a spaceship (now armed with lasers) and pits them against other players in a real-time multiplayer game of capture the flag. You start on opposite ends and must raid the other side blowing up capsules hunting for their “flag” which must then be returned to your goal without getting yourself blown to bits. You receive 30 points for capturing the flag and 2 points for each kill.
As I said, this is just the beginning of what Door 6 has in mind for the game. The first features they will be looking to add on are a ranking system to allow players to level up, achievement rewards and easy game pairing with Facebook friends. Further down the line they will be opening up the world for players to explore and will be adding an economy to enable users to customize and enhance their ships with new features ranging from additional thrusters to autonomous drones and more.
Also worth noting, despite our natural Android leanings, is that the game will be available on both Android and iOS and players from either platform will be able to face off against one another. Door 6 developed the game engine that they are using in-house and may in fact look to license that out at some juncture.
I’m sure you are chomping at the bit to hear about the contest at this point so I’ll get to that already. The guys at Door 6 were interested in having some folks check out the game early and give them some feedback on it. To that goal we have the link to the apk for the full game below for you to download and try out.
To motivate you all a bit they are offering up a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 for the player with the highest score by 11:59 PM on Sunday night that has also left feedback on the game in the comments on this post. While we didn’t do our own review of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 it is an excellent smaller form factor tablet that delivers a full Android 4.0 experience in a package that is similar to the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet.
Two final notes regarding the rules for the contest. The contest is for U.S. residents only and in order to keep your high score running from one game session to the next you will need to use the Facebook login that pops up at the initial screen.
Here’s a few links to the apk and if you have any questions the developers should be popping in and out of here all weekend to try to answer them for you as possible.