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.

  • Wayne

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

    Played this game on PC and PSP platforms before and was hooked because of the graphics that were so real and fascinating. Now there is a version for Android tegra 3 that can match up to the PC and ps3 standards plus touch, and it's running 720p on a 10.1 inch screen! Hopefully it would give me the chance to recall those fun times!

  • Aaron

    My favourite is definitely Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II. I love the Sonic and I think this game is a good addition to a solid series.

  • Pritish

    Sonic All the Way.....cause nothing beats going back to those childhood memories!!!!!!!!

  • Nick

    Golden Arrow looks pretty cool. Gothic meets Android? Cool.

  • Ron McFarland

    Sonic will never disappoint.

  • Chun Ling Ho

    SONIIIIIC!! WOOOOHOOO!!! How can you go wrong??

  • sbrady

    I like the sonic 4. I also like my transformer tf101.

  • Ruben

    Golden Arrow

    I think this game is going to be awesome just by looking at the gameplay. I always have loved action adventure games.

  • makaveli

    sonic for the win...

  • Simon.K

    These games are are made for Asus machines, and Asus machines only. Grafiks are A+

  • Simon.K

    NVidia and Asus since many years an undefetable team.

  • Cory K

    Sonic episode 2 definitely. Sonic has many memories in my life from a little kid. From the new music from Crush 40 to the new 3D graphics sonic is getting better and better.

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

    I'm really pumped for a lot of these, but I've gotta say. I'm really looking forward to an NVIDIA powered Sonic 4: Episode 2. It looks gorgeous.

  • justin111

    sonic looks cool

  • Emilio

    Dark Kingdom because Android NEEDS more good RPG games. Heck, there need to be more good mobile RPG games in general.

  • Marv

    My fav Golden Arrow

  • Robert

    Dark Kingdom!

    the role playing game looks fun. also the graphics look pretty good.

  • Jon

    Sonic the hedgehog 4 is the one Im looking forward to. will make me feel young again!

  • Raymond Justo

    Interested in the "Hamilton's Great Adventure", looks like my entire family would love this game. Nice graphic..excellent !

  • Luis B.

    Sonic is a nostalgic game. I loved sonic generations and I played iPhone version look forward to ep2

  • Tyler H

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

    Sonic has always been such a great series, and bringing it with me on the go will be fantastic.

  • Daniel

    Sonic, gotta love the classics.

  • Robert Hagelberg

    I chose Hilton's Great Adventure for its action-filled mazes as well as the level of expertise needed in order to successfully complete each level. The graphics are amazing and the overall design of he game drew me in immediately. Can't wait to play on my new Transformer Prime!!!

  • Toan Truong

    Dark Kingdom
    Time for Action !
    love to kill,to get spirit and upgrade Skill

  • Márton Pataki

    Eden to Greeeen. Like Plants vs. Zombies with less zombies more tractors and much better gaphics.

  • Limock

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

    nothing beats a classic

  • Aleksandr

    Hamilton's Great Adventure seems very funny, wonderful graphics and animation.Love the adventure

  • Steve

    Hamilton's Great Adventure: Like puzzle games exercise the brain. Looks like I could spend hours playing it.

  • http://www.maemo.ro liviu george

    Hamilton's Great Adventure looks very interesting, and the Prime is the best tablet on the market right now.Asus keeps doing a good job.

  • cvdvds

    Dark Kingdom.
    I love role-playing games and this even seems kind of playable on a touchscreen. Looks like it also has great graphics and smooth gameplay.

  • Graham Hale

    The Golden arrow shows the best in Nvidia bringing console graphics to a phone/tablet what a cool game

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000066156169&ref=tn_tnmn Alex

    Golden Arrow!!!The Best!!!

  • Tapio

    Hamilton's Great Adventure.

    Love the complex setting and the obvious skills needed. Although all the other contenders would also interest me and the kids.

  • Sergey

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I

    A wonderful game with a pleasant sound. Good timekiller - what could be better?

  • pavel

    Hamilton's Great Adventure

    This game will capture the hearts of many fans of puzzle games.
    I already want to play in Hamilton's Great Adventure :)

  • james conger

    Golden Arrow looks like the way to go. RPG with what looks like incredible graphics (like we'd expect anything less from ASUS!!) Looks like I could lose myself for hours playing what is undoubtedly the best tablet on the market. Ipad?? 8 billion apps (poetic license) while I'll use maybe 100--who cares?? GIVE ME MY TRANSFORMER!!!

  • Robert

    Sonic is the Best but i wanna try all new Games - of course, on my new Transformer Primes :)

  • http://www.the-epoch.eu/ Fabian

    Sonic!!! Never had a Sony product to play this cool game! Now I`ll win a Transformer Prime at Android Police and first thing I`ll do is bying this game in the Google Play Store!!! Yeah, yeah

  • Lyan

    Dark Kingdom:
    I'm a fan of those kind of games. The graphics look so nice and it would be awesome to have the chance of playing it on the most amazing tablet ever!

  • http://www.theradarcinema.com Nick

    Sonic the Hedgehog! That takes me back...

  • http://www.arzbhatia.com Arz Bhatia

    I vote for the Golden Arrow.. Even though I cannot try out these games as I don't have a Tegra device and would love one :D

    Yeah so, Golden Arrow looks the best out of all, the graphics are amazing :)

  • http://derekamengual.tumblr.com Derek

    Sonic the Hedgehog! Can't beat a classic, just hearing SEGA is music to the ears.

  • Dan

    Sonig the Hedgehog. Relive my Megadrive days!

  • Suslov Alexander

    Dark Kingdom

    Dark Kingdom because Android NEEDS more good RPG games. In RPG greatly expanded graphics capabilities nvidia tegra.

  • Marc

    I choose Golden Arrow.

    Looks like an awesome adventure game with fantastic graphics.

  • Randy

    Sonic.....generations of fun.

  • Adam

    Have to go with Sonic ftw!!! Old school gaming rocks. Not too much story or controls, just pick it up and play.

  • pgbod

    Sonic would be my choice! Been a big fan since playing the originals on my neighbors sega genesis. Looks like a great mobile game!

  • Nivk

    Dark Kingdom looks interesting, I just like role-playing games!

  • Wraitholyth

    "Golden Arrow"
    Because it reminds me of Dragon Age and I would very much like to see something like that on a tablet.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Keith Martin

    "Eden to GREEEEN"
    Finally a game that matches how I feel about those other "Hoein' the fields" sims..
    I love it when the big ol sunflowers go all Feed me Seymore....HA

  • http://vk.com/andreev_a_y CoCTaB

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
    A series of Sonic's most popular game in the world. Beautiful and dramatic dynamics and thousands of fans.

  • borja

    Definitely I'd choose Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Ep 2, even being a fan of role and adventure-type games, I'm completely seduced by the idea to play again such a classic full of childhood memories as it is Sonic, but this time in quad-core!

  • VA1

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I for sure. I grew up with it and it would be nice to take it on the go!

  • tyrone

    I would pick sonic 4. Dude it's sonic. need i really say more. i have been playing sonic since i was 6 years old.

  • alberto valdez

    My wife has one...NOW I WANT ONE

  • http://None Jaiman

    Sonic is awesome!

  • Vivek

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

    Follow up to the classic game, I am pretty sure it will be great on the ASUS Transformer Prime with the Tegra 3 processor. I really really want one!

  • http://None Paul Klissas

    For the love of all that's holy for once let me win something!

  • Calin Inescu

    Sonic is great.

  • Scott McConnell

    Eden to Greeeen

    Great graphic's, cool concept. Seems like a killer game!

  • Intikhab Ahmad

    I just love the flow of the game.. Sonic all the way!!!

  • http://www.briphotography.com Cromagnus

    Dark Kingdom looks absolutely awesome! I'm a sucker for a good dungeon crawler, and to be able to take it with me would be all the sweeter on a transformer Prime.

  • Ronald

    Dark Kingdom trailer. Fan of RPGs, not so much for platformers

  • Michael

    Nostalgia factor alone I would have to go with the Sonic, but as far as showing off the power and graphics capabilities of the Tegra 3 powered devices... Looks like I am definitely going with Golden Arrow! Game looks sexy.

  • xetaray

    Hamilton's Great Adventure

    It seems like an interesting design for a game.

  • thecrark

    I chose Sonic. The "comic mischief" made me giggle. I love the fresh take on an old school game. Winner.

  • R. Lovass

    Eden to GREEEEN

    I think it has a good graphic quality and hope has a good gameplay too. But all 5 games look perfect!

  • Jim

    I'm looking forward to hamilton's great adventure.

  • Marcus Tillman

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4 looks amazing.

  • Victor Reyes

    Sonic all the way...reminds me of my sega genesis..i remember wishing i could play it at school...love it..

  • Richie

    Sonic the Hedgehog looks great. really looking forward to the hands-on for that.

  • Tom

    Dark Kingdom appeals most to me - having said that all look great.

  • Tom Evans

    Dark Kingdom is the best

  • Eddy

    Golden Arrow
    Can waitnfornthis title looks like it'll be awesome

  • mastermind26

    Sonic Ep. II. Is this even fair to the rest????

  • Draconas

    Dark Kingdom is definitely my most eagerly anticipated game. A decent looking RPG on Android with fire, swords and a lobster-crab thing. What's not to like?

  • alexey

    Definitely Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II. I love the Sonic and I think this game is a good addition to a solid series.

  • Steve

    I choose Golden Arrow.

    I havent played an action/adventure game on my smartphone yet. This looks like a great looking game to give mobile adventure games a shot!

  • Ian Martin

    Golden Arrow looks like something I would enjoy. I am always looking for that kind of game.

  • Bojan

    Sonic! AAAAH! So many childhood memories from that one!

    That's definitely my favorite of the bunch!

  • mibsta

    Sonic the Hedgehog - what else. Very curious how that will be on such a modern device running with a quad-core CPU. Last time I've played Sonic was on the Genesis :-)

  • Rune Idland

    Dark Kingdom, just liked role playing games.

  • Jason Thiele

    Sonic The Hedgehog looks awesome! Cant wait to get my hands on this Tegra 3 smoothness.

  • m1st0

    Lets go for Sonic! on a Tegra 3. Pick this one!

  • Marijke

    Hamilton's G.A. looks very cool to me!
    Cant wait to play this game!

  • Laurence Matthew

    Sonic The Hedgehog is my all-time favorite for the speed and graphics

  • Laurence Matthew

    Sonic! AAAAH! So many childhood memories from that one!

  • Max Mohr

    I'm in for Sonic part II. it'll be like living in a world where the game gear won the portable wars.

  • Vedsouvan

    It's the Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II for sure , I love this game can't get enough of it.

  • Tommy Lin

    Sonic !!!!! Would love to have an update version of Sonic in Tablet. This way, would be able to play it anywhere, anything!!

  • lyroboss

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

    For the unforgettable moments spent in my childhood playing this game.

  • Daniel R

    Sonic 4 Always was a sucker for some sonic actions! Graphics look great!

  • Kunle Ayekoti

    i chose Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II as i am a long time sonic fan so any sonic game that comes out has to be played lool

  • Nymul

    OMG, Sonic is back and better than ever!

  • Itsjustaday

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II looks just absolutely brilliant :)
    It seems to be fast paced, fun packed and a nice tribute to the old sonic days.

  • John

    Never been a Sonic fan. Golden Arrow looks promising though! More adventure for tablets can only be good. :-)

  • John T Spruill Jr

    I love sonic! I also love to win. Tegra 3 rocks!

  • Patrick Gill

    Golden Arrow looks sweet... Any game using Tegra 3 rocks...

  • Chi Fong

    Definitely looking forward to the "Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II." Brings back memories - I remember back in elementary school we had a bunch of Sonic games installed on the school library's computers (lol) and a lot of us would go to the library during lunch time...to game ;D

  • Jacquey Bradford

    My favorite upcoming Tegre 3 game is Dark Kingdom... the moves lighting and gameplay looks like a game I would enjoy playing.

  • Miles

    Dark Kingdom looks like the one I'd plump for, getting to old for Sonic:P

  • Matiss

    I choose Hamilton's Great Adventure, because I liked how it looks and I think the gameplay was exciting.

  • Donna L.

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, because Episode I was awesome and I'm looking forward to this sequel!

  • http://t0ny.org Tony

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

    Looks great. I've been a fan since playing it on my Genesis.

  • nick a.

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II because I had so much fun playing Episode !.

  • http://none jeffery

    Hamiltons Adventure i would have to say seems like the best of the bunch in the aspect that it is a 3D platformer that looks like it has some huge potential in the gaming world. I have been a huge fan of Mario and this looks right up its alley. U got my vote now. Tegre keep up the great work cant wait to see what else is lined up!

  • Marjorie L.

    Golden Arrow because I like lots of action and adventures.

  • vldepot

    Sonic, of course.

  • Alex Cabrera

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
    I remember when used to play it!

  • Paul Waters

    Honestly, none of the games blew me away!!

  • Kyle Toler

    sonic the hedgehog hands down, its about time they bring it back. Sonic was always my fav game growing up (better than mario) so im so happy i can play it again...on my brand new 64gb transformer prime.

  • Frugal

    Sonic 4 for sure. The kids and I love playing the Sonic games. Can't wait for this one to come out.

  • Douglas Orlowski

    Much as I like games like Dark Kingdom, they pale next to games like the upcoming Diablo III or Torchlight 2. Now if those could be ported over... (I can dream can't I?)...

  • Sylvain Patry

    I vote for dark kingdom the game looks dark, intense and graphics looks awesome.
    Plus i like slash things and magic!!! looks like diablo, one of my favorite game ever!!!

  • Mike Brickl

    Sonic. For sure. Sonic has always been a quality game with great gameplay mechanics. I am excited to play it on Transformer Prime!!

  • Dave L

    Sonic....sweeet, always good to play.

  • Kevin H

    Golden Arrow looks pretty sweet, like most games for Tegra.

  • Anthony Tan

    Sonic, can't wait for Episode 2!

  • Bob R

    Sonic 4-2 bring on the fun, save me from going over to the dark side.

  • Greg

    Gotta go for the "old school" Sonic 4. Many good memories of playing Sonic back in the day. Looks like this will bring the "old school" to the "new school" Tegra 3!

  • Brian L

    I'd pick Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II. This game reminds me of all the good old Sonic titles since Sega Genesis, not to mention the addictive gameplay (IMO). :)

  • Dennis slangen

    Sonicthe Hedgehog 4: Episode II is awsome for tegra3 wish i had a t3 tablet

  • djuri

    Eden to GREEEEN. Looks pretty good, like the idea and looking forward to good strategy.

  • Vadim

    Sonicthe Hedgehog 4: Episode II 'cause I love playing with dynamic gameplay.

  • ric

    Dark kingdom, it looks to have a decent story you can't just rush through. It looks like a good amount of Polish went into it. Mad props to the devs

  • Megan

    I wish I could go against the majority, but I just HAVE to go with Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II. Sonic & Tails are the best combo in gaming history (yes, even better than Mario & Luigi). I've loved Sonic since I was a 6th grader, playing on my Sega all day and all night.

  • Kirsten

    Hamilton's Great Adventure looks AMAZING. It looks like a game people of many ages could play and the graphics look great!

  • James

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

    Other than Atari games the first game I remember playing constantly was Sonic Hedgehog. I used to visit my friends house to play Sonic until I got my own Sega.

    Watching that clip for 1min made me want my own Tegra 3 device to continue playing that game and relive that childhood of a spinning blue hedgehog and golden rings.

  • Phan Horng Wai

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II !!!

    Nothing but the Tegra 3 power can bring the speed paced classic adventure back to life again. Faster than anything without a single lag.

    I need my childhood experience again, only on Android.

    Thanks Tegra. Tegra 3.

  • Per

    Eden to GREEEEN. Definitely looks like a lot of fun and it's refreshing; not like the other rehashed stuff. Like the music too :)

  • Kim Fisker

    Dark Kingdom looks like a good rpg game.. wouldnt mind wasting a couple of hours playing that.

  • Mathias

    Hamilton's Great Adventure sure looks great :-)

  • troy

    Golden Arrow
    I would have to say that one has me wanting to play. Big diablo fan and this game reminds me of that series. Bring it on Prime.

  • maysn

    All of these are looking great. Wish I could play tegra3 games. Only have an tegra2 tab :(

  • Jan Stube

    My favourite definately is the puzze game. Hammiltons Great Advenure looks addicing :)
    Will give it a try

  • Dani

    Golden Arrow
    Action-Aventure game with very promising graphics

  • Andrew

    Wow, really nice games, but gameplay, music, variety of zone of "Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II" is the best!

    Always loved this game, especially Spin Dash and Rolling Attack:)

  • Davis

    Hamilton's Great Adventure. It's so funny!

  • Cesar

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II is my favorite without any doubts, i can remember those days with my psone and the original Sonic, what a great time it was.

  • paolo

    Wow these all look amazing but Sonic is classic game play at its finest.

  • gurningchimp

    For me Sonic 4 is most anticipated. Love that spiky blue ball of speed!

  • Kängi

    Sonic of cause. Because it let me jump back in the good old console times... :)

  • Aldin Brkič

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

    Its an old school classic, which i loved back in the day and still do :)

  • Glynn Yadao

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4 FTW! blazing with deatils...

  • Canrith

    Golden Arrow: stylish, great game, lots of fun, could get addicted to it.

  • Jon

    It's gotta be "Hamilton's Great Adventure". Like Mario for grown ups :-)

  • Chris G

    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

    I would go with Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II. that game looks awesome.

  • John Brookshire

    Idecided to choose Sonic the Hedgehog. It's a cool game,good graphics and,my kids love it!

  • John Brookshire

    I ecided to choose Sonic the Hedgehog. It's a cool game,good graphics and,my kids love it!