What good is four-to-five cores if you're not going to crank out some high-quality games to go along with it? That's the question NVIDIA had to ask itself. Thankfully, we're getting the answer in the form of some brand new quad-core-optimized games coming to the Tegra Zone. Perhaps the most recognizable name on the list is Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

In a follow up to Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, available on the Market now, the sequel is bringing a new set of effects and updated graphics to the classic console games. NVIDIA says the new game will run on Tegra 3 devices cranking out up to 720p HD resolution.

Additionally, the game will bring back Tails, fulfilling his usual sidekick role alongside his big blue buddy. True to the original Genesis version of the game, you can even play a co-op mode with a friend controlling Tails. Episode I was already a fun game, so we're looking forward to seeing this new version and arguing with our friends who gets to be Sonic and who has to be the immortal sidekick.


Golden Arrow

golden arrow

Arriving for the first time on Tegra 3 devices, Golden Arrow is an action adventure game. We're promised "higher-resolution textures, high dynamic range lighting, soft shadows" along with "lens flares, explosions, and fires galore." Yup, this description was definitely written by NVIDIA. Still, if there's any Michel Bay fans out there who are looking to get the same thrill from their mobile gaming, NVIDIA is coming for you.

Dark Kingdom

Transporting from the PS3 to the mobile gaming circuit is Dark Kingdom, a role-playing game. In the game, the player is trying to find the his missing father at the tower of the gods. You collect spirit and rune stones to upgrade weapons, armor and skills. It's no Skyrim, but the world looks pretty fascinating. If you're looking for some more graphics processing buzzwords, this game even advertises some rag-doll physics. Fancy!


Built on the Unreal Engine, Eden to GREEEEN pits you "against alien machines from another planet" (so we can conclude "alien" doesn't mean "immigrant" here) who are trying to steal Eden's natural resources. It's up to you to save Euphoria, the natural energy of Eden. This totally original story comes with the descriptor "freemium", so we can probably count on some sort of in-app purchases, but NVIDIA promises Eden to GREEEEN won't "skimp on the gaming experience." Fingers crossed.

Hamilton's Great Adventure

The last of the new games NVIDIA is announcing for their Tegra 3 devices, Hamilton's Great Adventure is a strategy/puzzle game that actually seems mildly reminiscent of some of the newer 3D Super Mario games. NVIDIA even claims that the "fully dynamic levels" will "rival what you'd experience on the PC version of the game." The game has been adapted from Bitsquid's DirectX 11 engine.

The Tegra Zone app is always adding new games, but it's nice to get a peek behind the curtain and see all the work that's being done to bring large-scale PC and platform games to Android. As a platform, Android has the potential to turn into a really solid gaming system, if only developers will support it. NVIDIA is doing its part to ensure that developers make their way over to the Google garden. I, for one, couldn't be happier about this trend.

Source: NVIDIA

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oVe1ZlyrrQ&feature=player_embedded marshall camp

    It has to be Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II! I grew up on Sonic!

  • Etienne B

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4 for me as well, it's been one of my favorite games for years and I can't wait to play it again!

  • stalemate

    I want to see what the Unreal engine can do on a Tegra device with "Eden to GREEEEN THD". =)

  • Ian

    Eden kinda looks like a Toy Story RTS. I think it could be interesting.

  • Felix

    I'd go with Dark Kingdom. Seems to be one of the more serious games. Can't stand all that casual stuff.

  • Josh

    For me it has to be Golden Arrow. Even though there's no description the graphics look to be the best of the bunch.

  • Hairo

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, A good platformer is always good :)

  • http://androidpolice Chas Benham

    Sonic Hedgehog 4, by far

  • Mauricio Rodriguez

    Sonic ofcourse! it is a classic character and one of my favorites since I was a child, and see him on Android make me proud.

  • http://go.to/Vastelaovend Ron Hameleers

    In Holland, police have a slogan: the police is your best friend. That would go for Android police ;-)

    Golden Arrow definitely features most appealing graphics.


  • Kevin

    Golden Arrow looks the coolest. I'm excited for the tablets and how they will one day compete with consoles. I honesty play on my phone more then my xbox.

  • Aaron

    Sonic episode is gonna be great. Episode one is really fun. The graphics are great, gameplay is awesome, plus its controller friendly!!!

  • Daniel Richardson

    I'm definitely voting for Dark Kingdom. I spent hours and hours playing the Diablo series on my desktop and this looks like those... but better.

  • http://www.newegg.com Bradford Martin
  • rdk

    sonic episode 2 has my vote ..sonic its a clasic

  • RaVage

    My preferance go to Hamilton's Great Adventure" because that is the kind of games I love : puzzle and strategy... We need to think to feel human...

  • Bogdan Spataru

    Golden Arrow all the way, slicing and dicing my enemies with the full power of tegra 3

  • asep mulyana

    Aku sangat suka permainan GOLDEN ARROW
    tangtangan buatku

  • Alexander

    I liked the new Sonic game. It reminds me my childhood, so, i'm very glad to see this masterpiece of videogame in new transformation.

  • LeeR

    Sonic with you all the time, absolutely amazing!
    Thank you so much for finally developing this classic.

  • https://plus.google.com/112562624243055818615 Sean

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II looks good! Sega's not going to be killing of him for a while!

  • oggy059

    Sonic is my choice, one of the best classic adventure game I've ever played.Already bought Episode 1 & gonna have a blast with Episode 2 if I got the Asus Transformer Prime!!

  • Dredon

    I would have to go with Dark Kingdom. Having a Diablo-esque game on a mobile device would be awesome!

  • https://twitter.com/#!/adamygriffith Adam G.

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II - As a child of the 90's and a Sega owner I was a Sonic fanatic through and through!

    Hope I win!

  • rick s

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4 episode II sonic has always rocked since his creation

  • Benjamin Baruk

    I love all the upcoming THD games,but if I had to pick just one from the list,it would have to be "Dark Kingdom" I love Tegra3 and love to see what a great job they do "Transforming" an awseome ps3 game to a very powerful tablet! Thank You!

  • Tyederian

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II is definitely the most interesting. I am very interested in the performance of this port with the power of Tegra 3!

  • http://leatherforge.com Rhett Lowe

    I doo love a good puzzle game, but I have to say that sonic game look spectacular. I would love to play it and I have many friends that would love it as well.

  • vanessa Ouellet

    I'd play sonic in a heartbeat, game looks awesome, nice graphics, and heck it's Sonic, this cant be a bad game!!

  • Chris Ouch

    "Hamilton's Great Adventure" - Platform puzzle games are always a blast to play and would work well on this tablet. This game looks to be similar to the game "ilomilo" which I thoroughly enjoyed

  • http://www.pipedreamscenter.com Arthur

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II would be game for my bizzy mind. My pick for hours of mindless strategy.

  • Vinayak.R.Nair

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II looks way cool, Brings back memories of the good old gaming days...

  • Matthew Wargarbalton

    Eden to GREEEEN, definitely. It looks like a tower defence game and I love those on portable devices. Be nice to have solid one to play with.

  • Kevin Baker

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4 because Sonic games are the best!!! It brings the memories of early Sonic innovation.

  • Rafael

    Golden Arrow,definitely. Action adventure games with good graphics are rare in android. Keep the good work!.

  • Rob Jones

    I'd have to say Golden Arrow because the graphics look really good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/index.php?eu=wLJ49zTZdmc_kBoUI4wKUQ#!/profile.php?id=1280289646 Timothy Roberts

    I think I could get into Hamilton's Great Adventure, looks like a fun, fast paced game!

  • Yurni Wati Mukhtar

    I like sonic from the first time and I like Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II too. Amazing

  • Yurni Wati Mukhtar

    I like Sonic from the first time. That why I choose Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II. Amazing

  • Yurni Wati Mukhtar

    I like sonic from the first time. That is why I choose Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II. Amazing

  • Yurni Wati Mukhtar

    I like Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II than the others. Amazing

  • Yurni Wati Mukhtar

    I like Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II than the others. Beutiful

  • Victor Barada

    Golden Arrow is the one I'd love to play on the Asus Transformer Prime!!!

  • Daniel

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4 for me as well, it's been one of my favorite games for years and I can't wait to play it on a new Tablett!

  • Mario Greene

    Golden Arrow by far.... looks awesome!

  • Mark_450

    Hamilton's Great Adventure..reminds me of Zapper

  • telson

    Sonic is the perfect game for an up and coming platform that has to compete against Apple. Nostalgic enough to interest older gamers with the potential for some impressive graphic effects with motion blurring and high speed scrolling.

  • http://www.wifimundo.com Glen Torregiani

    As much as I hate to go along with conventional wisdom, Sonic the Hedgehog cleans up. A new take on an old classic is always welcome - especailly one as fun, fast and kick-@ss as Sonic. Can´t Wait!!!

  • Pam shallow

    Hamiltons great adventure. I cut my teeth on super Mario.

  • Robert Bradley

    Really looking forward to Dark Kingdom. Can't wait for a proper Diablo-style RPG game to finally come to Android!

  • Rudi R

    Hamilton's great adventure looks crazy. i'd love to play it on the transformer prime!

  • Ashish Bagaddeo

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II... I am waiting...

  • Mark Tran

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II sonic has always rocked!!!

  • Aidar Iljasov

    I like Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II,because it my first game and i want play it on NVIDIA tablet !

  • paulsansics

    Dark Kingdom takes the cake for me. i find the lack of RPG's on android dissapointing.

  • Paul

    Dark Kingdom looks nice. if it has both good graphics and RPG elements i'll try it.

  • quos

    Dark Kingdom seems to be my top pick. I'd love to play good hack'n'slash on my android device.