Gameloft recently announced that they would be unrolling a subscription service in the UK called ‘Gameloft Club’. The idea is that you fork out £0.99 a week, and in return you get to download the full version of one of their games. You get to choose the game you download, but is it worth it?
It strikes me as odd that Gameloft tries to avoid using the Android Market. Only five or six of their games are on there; the rest have to be sought out and downloaded from their website. This means that finding end-user reviews and ratings of the games is very awkward. The only indication you have about whether or not a game is any good is the screenshots or artwork Gameloft provide. And you know what they say: never judge a book by its cover.
Is it worth shelling out 99 pence a week, even when you may not want another game at that time, or there is nothing that you fancy? If you are a heavy gamer then I suppose it might be a good deal. Most of Gameloft’s paid games are just under £5, meaning you are getting the game for 1/5th of its normal cost. However, they have not got an endless repository of games (right now they have 40). This means that in about a year you’ll have run out of games – unless they continue to be developed once a week, which seems unlikely.
Apparently the ‘Gameloft Club’ has been available in the US for some time. The deal there is that you pay $7 a month and can download two games. This is the same price as the UK deal, but only offers half the game allowance.
Good Gameloft Games
While mentioning Gameloft, it seems like a good idea to list some of the games which I think are pretty good. You can find all of Gameloft’s Android Market games here. The entire collection on their website can be found here.
This game is pretty good fun. It is a first person shooter, slightly resembling Halo. The idea of the game is that you are a member of the Near Orbital Vanguard Alliance, and have to shoot up the invading enemies. Classic game formula, and outstanding graphics.
Price: $6.95 Requires: a moderately powerful device Market Link:N.O.V.A. 2 – HD
I got this a month ago just to try it out. This game is great fun and operates through tilting the phone to steer, tapping and holding to accelerate and so on. The graphics are good and the depth of customisation and challenges are good (you have to pass tests to reach new career paths).
Price: Free Requires: A moderately powerful device Market Link:GT Racing
I haven’t played this myself but have heard and read that it is very good. The aim of the game is to build a little town and keep it safe from enemies. A bit like Age Of Empires. I understand there was a PC version which came first, and was a big success, so you may already know whether or not this is a good bet.
Yes, FarmVille, I know you are thinking it. Bear with me though. While this is pretty much Zynga’s Farmville in every conceivable way, there are two big differences. Firstly there is no Facebook linkage or online integration whatsoever; your farm is local to your phone. Secondly, they don’t poke you for money every five minutes. Yes, you do have to pay if you want in-game content quickly, but this doesn’t stop you enjoying the game. I am not a huge virtual-farming fan myself, but this seems to be one of the better games available.