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We were originally told that Rigonauts would be out on Android last Spring, but it has just now dropped. If you were waiting on this title, there is yet another barrier to entry. Rigonauts is a Verizon exclusive for two weeks, after which it will be available on other carriers. The kind of ARM chip in your device will also figure into your enjoyment of this game. Aren't exclusivity deals grand?

Rigonauts is essentially a strategy building game where you have to construct a fighting machine capable of turning back the bad guys in each of 30 unique levels. The graphics are really interesting, and it appears to have a great sense of humor. This is also one of the increasingly rare top-tier games that charges you a flat fee up front with no in-app purchases.

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The game is being called "Snapdragon-optimized" but we're not completely sure if that means only Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips. I have a Nexus on Verizon and cannot download the game. The HTC Thunderbolt (a Snapdragon phone) is eligible, though. This makes me lean toward this being a Snapdragon-only game, just like all those Tegra-only titles. That would make it rare indeed. If you're one of the lucky few that can buy it, it looks neat from a distance.

[Qualcomm]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • hyperbolic

    Finally! :)

  • http://twitter.com/Darkmyth_pt Darkmyth PT

    this is really hard on pc

  • Jays2Kings

    Both my Droid X (on ICS) and Galaxy Nexus are unsupported, maybe Verizon forgot their Galaxy Nexus is now on JB.

    • hyperbolic

      Install Chaifire 3d and get Qualacom drivers it will work.

  • Zaatour36

    not compatible on my GSIII international nor Nexus 7 :'(

    • aiden9

      "Rigonauts is a Verizon exclusive for two weeks, after which it will be available on other carriers."

      Exclusivity deal, of course it'll be listed as not compatible.

      • Zaatour36

        I'm so spaced out, didn't even notice that

      • hyperbolic

        Chainfire 3d does it!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Did you read the post? It says it's a Verizon/Snapdragon exclusive for 2 weeks.

      • Zaatour36

        again, sorry, just saw the video and got carried away.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Sorry, I email-replied right away but Disqus was lagging by many hours (they did resolve it since), so it got posted way late.

  • UniBroW

    Cancelling my Sprint contract so I can have this puppy early.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      lol. now that's a dedicated fan!

  • Dan r. Maor

    My Sensation has Snapdragon, and it is not supported. Odd.

  • Himmat Singh

    nVidia exclusive games and content are a fair deal, because nVidia actually helps the game developers in the development process by offering round the clock support. Tegra 3 may not be the best chip, but nVidia provides full support to developers so they can harness the best out of it.

    But this title makes me a fair bit suspect. Surely neither Verizon nor Qualcomm assisted in the game development process. Hence, the exclusive deal was bought, not earned, which in my opinion serves no purpose really.

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  • http://twitter.com/Rajliv02 Rajliv

    How can they benefit from "verizon exclusive" games? I mean seriously, do they think anyone is going to switch carriers because they have to wait more for a game?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

      Gaining mindshare for Verizon.

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