August 24, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Gameloft makes incredible games, but not a lot of people know that because the company has decided against distributing its newer high-quality games in the Android Market. Further complicating matters is the bad will that the company earned when customers discovered that games purchased through the company were only available to install one time on one device, with no exceptions (Gameloft has since reversed this policy and allows multiple installs on one device).
In what looks like an effort to earn back some good will and remind gamers that it has some of the best titles they’re going to see, Gameloft has instituted a “Try before you buy” program. Anyone with a capable device, the benchmark is typically a 1 GHz processor, can navigate to Gameloft.com and their phone will be redirected to a page listing titles available for trial. You can also visit www.gameloft.com/android-hd-games on your computer.
There are 11 games to test, ranging from high-intensity first-person shooters to expansive adventure games like Hero of Sparta and Gangstar. View the full list of games at the Gameloft site. The following phones are supported:
HTC Incredible, HTC Desire, HTC EVO 4G, Google Nexus One, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Samsung Vibrant, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, Motorola Motoroi, Motorola Milestone and coming soon to the Samsung Epic 4G and the Motorola Droid 2.
It would probably much easier for Gameloft to just distribute these apps in the Android Market but the company has made a conscious decision to sell its wares directly to consumers. This will at least make it easier for people interested in the games but hesitant to fork over cash without the protections afforded to them in the Market.