I’ve decided to check what is the current situation with games specially made for the new 3D-capable Android-based smartphones such as the LG Optimus 3D and HTC Evo 3D that continue to generate a lot of buzz as they are becoming available on more and more markets worldwide. So I’ve went to Gameloft’s website to check what games they have made for these devices and more specifically what 3D titles are available. Why Gameloft, well, because they are one of the most active game developers that is focusing on making stereoscopic 3D games for 3D capable mobile devices. But you should also know that it is still hard to find stereoscopic 3D games for these devices if you go directly on the Android market with the reason for that being the fact that 3D in games is mostly used when referring to have offering 3D graphics and not stereoscopic 3D support. So finding stereoscopic 3D games for a 3D-capable smartphone is still something that might not be as easy as it seems…
HTC EVO 3D is still lagging a bit behind the Optimus 3D from LG as there are fewer games available for it, and we’ll have to wait and see if they will quickly pick up the pace, especially since Samsung is expected to soon join the race for 3D-capable smartphones as well. At the moment Gameloft has a total of six stereoscopic 3D games for the HTC Evo 3D smartphone, these are: Asphalt 6: Adrenaline 3D, Assassin’s Creed – Altaïr’s Chronicles 3D, GT Racing: Motor Academy 3D, Let’s Golf! 2 3D, N.O.V.A. Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance 3D, Spider-Man: Total Mayhem 3D. Furthermore you can also find Angry Bots 3D for HTC Evo 3D on the Android Market, available as a free demo and only for the HTC as it requires Android 2.3.3.
As I’ve mentioned LG is a bit ahead with 3D-capable applications for the Optimus 3D smartphone, but they have a bit strange policy in distributing the apps through different places. Gameloft has the most 3D games in one place, but even some of their titles are only available through the LG World’s 3D Zone (for some regions) and I couldn’t easily find any game on the Android Market that supports the phone’s 3D display. The 3D games that the LG Optimus 3D P920 smartphone currently has available (maybe not in all regions) on Gameloft’s site are 11 in total and these are: Assassin’s Creed – Altaïr’s Chronicles 3D, Dungeon Hunter 2 3D, Eternal Legacy 3D, Fishing Kings 3D, James Cameron’s Avatar 3D, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus 3D, Real Soccer 2011 3D, Shadow Guardian 3D, Shrek Kart 3D, Spider-Man: Total Mayhem 3D, Star Battalion 3D. That is of course on top of the few 3D titles you get preloaded on the phone. Furthermore you can find the free Archercraft S3D game on LG World’s website as well as some of the Gameloft’s games that you can also get from Gameloft directly.
As per some requests I made some stereoscopic 3D screenshots from a mobile stereo 3D game and more specifically the game Asphalt 6: Adrenaline 3D by Gameloft on the LG Optimus 3D smartphone. The screenshots are with three different 3D volume levels – minimum, medium and maximum as all of Gameloft’s stereoscopic 3D games have a slider for user control of the three-dimensional depth. Click on the image to see the full resolution Side by Side pair, the screenshots are with half horizontal resolution (squashed). The first 3D screenshot with minimum depth you see above is making the game pretty much look the same as in 2D mode, so instead of minimal depth you better switch to 2D mode and enjoy the game in full resolution.
For taking the screenshots on the LG Optimus 3D smartphone I’ve used the free Android application called ShootMe that worked pretty well and was able to capture stereoscopic 3D screenshots without serious issues, although not all went perfect with all screenshots. The above 3D screenshot is with the default medium 3D depth level that is supposed to work well for most people, even if they are new to mobile stereo 3D gaming.
The third screenshot is with the maximum 3D depth level and it provides stronger feeling of volume, so you should not start with it generally if you are new to stereo 3D as you may get tired quickly, get dizzy or a headache. I have taken a few more screenshots from the games bundled with the LG Optimus 3D smartphone – Asphalt 6 3D, Let’s Golf! 2 3D and NOVA 3D, you will can download them from the link below. As you will notice due to the reduced horizontal resolution in stereo 3D mode the straight lines inside games and the sharpness of details may not be great when you are looking at the screenshots on your PC, but they do look much better on the autostereoscopic 3D screen of a 3D-capable mobile phone.
Mobile stereoscopic 3D gaming is still something quite new, but the interest is there and is growing partly due to the Nintendo’s 3DS portable console and partly due to the fact that having a 3D-capable smartphone may be more convenient than just a portable game console (all-in-one devices seem more attractive). And with 3D-capable smartphones such as LG’s Optimus 3D and HTC EVO 3D already available on the market it is no wonder that game developers are working in order to provide stereoscopic 3D games for these Android-based devices. Still the games that support stereoscopic 3D mode are not that much, but there are a couple of them available already from Gameloft and some of them are bundled with 3D smartphones. However promotional stereo 3D trailers for these games are as hard to find as promotional stereoscopic 3D movie trailers… did I say promotional here? Anyway, here are a few stereoscopic 3D trailers for games that are bundled with the LG Optimus 3D P920 and that I was able to find on the device I was testing. You can watch them on YouTube 3D or download them in MP4 format (Side by Side, half horizontal resolution), so that you can get an idea on what to expect from stereoscopic 3D gaming on a 3D-enabled smartphone…
Asphalt 6: Adrenaline 3D Game Trailer
Get your adrenaline pumping for the newest edition of the Asphalt series. Discover 42 cars & bikes from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ducati and other world-class manufacturers. Build a collection in your 3D garage that you can explore using the touch screen, then tune your vehicle & customize it with decals before tearing up the streets of L.A., Tokyo, the Bahamas & other beautiful locations, each rendered in HD. You’ll be driving against tough opponents in 11 different leagues with 55 events plus Online/Local Multiplayer for up to 6 players.
If you’re looking for a faster, more colorful and fun golf experience, Let’s Golf! 2 is just the game to liven things up! Pick from 8 colorful and customizable 3D characters, each with their own special power, then travel to 6 exotic and wild locations to play 108 holes in more detailed locations than ever. And for the first time on Android, you can play multiplayer golf with your friends online or locally.
Join the fight for mankind’s survival against the aggressive aliens known as Judgers in this revolutionary sci-fi FPS. With Earth no longer able to sustain life, huge artificial satellites called “near-orbitals” were constructed for people to live on. To protect themselves, the near-orbitals banded together to form N.O.V.A., the Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance. Against his will, retired marine hero Kal Wardin is forcefully returned to active duty to prevent mankind’s annihilation.