I know a lot of you folks out there like games. I like them, too, and it's a big part of the reason I'm a fan of what NVIDIA has brought to Android with their Tegra chipsets. When you build the hardware and help developers optimize their software for it, you get something that works great, looks great, and is a load of fun. It's the reason that companies like Apple can have games and apps that perform so well without having great hardware specs.
NVIDIA powered devices, especially ones with the new Tegra 3 chip, have great specs. They also have optimized software available for them, through the Market or places like the Tegra Zone. When you mix the two together, they really shine.
Tonight, NVIDIA has set the bar a bit higher and is bringing a new set of Tegra optimized games to Market -- Sonic 4: Episode II, Golden Arrow THD, Dark Kingdom THD, Eden to GREEEEN THD, and Hamilton's Great Adventure THD. Hit the break to have a preview of each of them.
Sonic 4: Episode II
Everyone loves Sonic. He's back, and the folks at Sega say that the Tegra 3 version runs every bit as good as it ever did on a Sega Genesis. Run through all new levels, collect all those rings, and beat Dr. Eggman in 720p. Check out the video clip:
Golden Arrow THD
This combat game will be free to play, and there's co-operative as well as head-to-head gaming. The graphics look beautiful, the environment is rich, and it looks like a really exciting time for all. Expect it sometime this year, with a special version for Tegra 3 devices.
Dark Kingdom THD
Dark Kingdom THD uses the NVIDIA PhysX engine to provide realistic physics and particle effects. It's a very high quality RPG with over 450 player skills, destructible objects and a great plot. Check the video:
Eden to GREEEEN THD
In this freemium game, alien machines have come to destroy what's left of the planet Eden. Fight back with flowers and other plants to recapture the planet. There's 20 different high resolution maps, and more will be available as app purchases. Here's a video:
Hamilton’s Great Adventure THD
In this puzzle game, adapted from from Bitsquid’s DirectX 11 engine, you and your sidekick Sasha the bird have to solve puzzles and challenges to work your way through over 60 levels. Tegra 3 scaling optimizations and the engine conversion make this one rival the experience you'd get from the PC version.