Thursday, July 7, 2011

NVidia Tegra2 optimised games overview

NVidia Tegra2 is one of the most advanced SoC on the market and it introduces extended processing power, which allows developers to build more advanced applications for it.
The place, where you can easily find those dedicated apps is Tegra Zone. At the time of writing there are more than 10 games available for download - in this article I'll present you a few of them.

Fruit Ninja THD

Fruit Ninja is a very popular game among Android and iOS users. The goal is to slice as many fruits as you can while avoiding touching bombs. As a fan of Fruit Ninja, I was curious to check out the Tegra HD version.
Like in the standard version, there are 3 game modes: classic, zen and arcade mode. There is also multiplayer mode, which allows to play with opponent in split screen mode.
The differences appear, when we start playing. The textures are reacher, fruits are looking much better and there are shades behind all objects.
The price which is paid for all these eye-candy details, is that fruits fly a little bit slower than they do in standard version, but it's nothing disturbing, you can only see that when you compare the games very closely.
Overall the gaming quality is really good, graphics quality is stunning and gameplay is just as involving as in classic version.

My rate: 4,5 / 6

Guerilla Bob THD

Guerilla Bob is one of the best looking shooter game available for Android. The plot is simple - you are a mercenary, who is looking for a revange, and is killing everything which is preventing him from reaching the goal. While this might sound like nothing special, I am sure that you will be impressed after first contact with thit title.
Catchy, cartoon-stlye graphics are keeping us company in every part of the game. Texture quality is really good and watching them is a real pleasure. Animations are very fluid and the game doesn't get choppy in any moment.
There are various weapons you are able to use - they differ in terms of fire range, speed and power. You must fight against few types of enemies, each level finishes with special boss.
I really recommend this game to all shooter-lovers, the rest of you may find it cool, but not so involving in long time usage.

My rate: 4 / 6

Pinball HD for Tegra

There is no doubt that this is one of my favourite Tegra2 games. The idea is really simple - it's just a pinball. But it's the overall excellence which makes it better than any other Android game of this type.
You can choose from 3 different table styles: Wild West, The Deep and Jungle Style. You can say that this amount isn't really big, but I found it just enough - none of these styles is same. Every one of them gives you different look and experience - you can't get bored easily.
The tables are nicely designed, delivered soundtrack is matching very good to the chosen style. During the game we are able watch top-notch animations which are displayed smoothly.
The gameplay is not complicated, but very relaxing. For me Pinball HD is quite addictive game and I choose to play it whenever I have some spare time. It's definetely worth trying - I'm sure you'll love it!

My rate: 5 / 6

Riptide GP 

I'm definetely not a big fan of racing games, but this one I play quite often. Why? First of all it's really good made, with care about every detail. The point is to finish the race first, using water scooter. You can select one of few tracks, vehicles and difficulty levels.
Shame is, that the amount of tracks is not as big as it should be. You can get bored after some time and that is the only drawback of Riptide GP.
Gameplay itself is not boring at all and can bring you a few hours of fun. I'm sure that if you like this kind of games, Riptide GP will be perfect for you.

My rate: 3,5 / 6

Samurai II: Vengeance
Ever wanted to become samurai warior? Now you have that opportunity :)
Samurai II: Vengeance is a sequel of Samurai: Way of the Warrior (which is iOS only) and tells a story of Japanese warior who is trying to fulfill his quest.
The plot is not bad, but it's definetely not the strongest part of this game. For me the main advantage are stunning fights with various opponents. They are very fast, and special combo moves make them even faster.
The graphics are very characteristic, manga stylized. Everything is very detailed and looks beautiful.
But for me that isn't kind of game, which I can play for hours. I don't mean it's not fun, but there are some better titles in the Market.

My rate: 4 / 6

These are the games which I tested the longest, but it doesn't mean that there are no better games for Tegra2. Hit Tegra Zone to check them all - I'm sure you will find something cool!
Which Tegra2 game you like the most? Share in comment section!

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