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Back in 2008, a little game called The Conduit landed on the Wii, and plenty of gamers held it as an example that the console's non-standard control system was up to the twitchy task of first-person shooter gameplay. The Conduit HD is now available for Android as well, hoping to prove not only that the platform is viable for high-end gaming, but that the hardware is also capable of replicating console visuals.

At the moment, the game is only available for Tegra 2 and 3 devices, and the free download requires a $4.99 in-app purchase (or two easy payments of $2.99!) to unlock the full game.

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The story behind The Conduit HD is a relatively familiar one: aliens invade Washington DC, and it's your job to repel them with a mix of extraterrestrial tech and good old-fashioned American lead. There's also some interesting gameplay components like the omnipotent All Seeing Eye, which reveals hidden objects and secret areas across the nine missions. But the real draw, as in the original, is high-end graphics and customizable controls. The former will depend on your hardware (with Tegra 3 obviously taking pride of place) but the latter applies to everyone: on-screen controls can be tweaked to your liking. There's also support for the Gamestop Bluetooth controller, and hopefully a few more to boot. 

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Five bucks for a game that commanded $50 just four short years ago is commendable, and while The Conduit didn't set the world on fire, it managed to secure more than its fair share of fans. If you're rocking NVIDIA hardware, it's worth a shot.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • ProductFRED

    I think what this actually does is prove how bad the Wii was in terms of capabilities lol.

    • Kevin Aaronson

      :)

    • RitishOemraw

      Not really, more like how about non-nintendo games were on the wii.
      Metroid Prime 3 looked better than this and it was on the wii

    • Demetrius

      High Voltage really screwed the pooch on this game when they developed it. It had subpar graphics for what they wanted and an inconsistent frame rate.

  • Sapko82

    Has anyone ever been stunned by HD Graphics? I have yet to experience this.

    • Xpgamer7

      Play Uncharted 2 or 3. Don't watch any videos beforehand. Best advice I can give you on being stunned.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KofiAA Friday Appiah

    The graphics are pretty normal, but more than average. I'm able to play using my sixaxis. It crashed during the first level though.

  • Xpgamer7

    Actually people generally thought Meh or strongly disliked it. The graphics looked surprisingly great at the time but the controls weren't...the best even with all the customization and effort. Also FPSes like CoD and Red Steel(which has a bad rap due to over hype) showed the console capable of FPS beforehand. This was more a graphics fight.

  • http://twitter.com/robinashe Robin Ashe

    The bigger thing with Tegra exclusivity for it is that the Ouya has a good chance of getting a number of console ports as well as original titles (and it competes with the Wii directly on price).

  • Slighter

    Both my phone and tablet are Tegra 2, both incompatible, what did I miss? JB reqs?

    • Himmat Singh

      Tegra 3 mate.

      • Slighter

        that may be the case ace but the piece says "At the moment, the game is only available for Tegra 2 and 3 devices"

        • Himmat Singh

          Well, then they AP guys have made a slight oversight I guess. I can confirm it is Tegra 3-only at the moment.

  • RyanB1

    How do the IAPs work with this game? Do I retain them if I do a hard reset or upgrade my device, or well I have to buy them again?

    • mgamerz

      Are they one time upgrade items? Or a one off like ad free?

      • RyanB1

        No idea. I just don't want to have buy the levels twice.

        • mgamerz

          If they are levels they would have to be managed purchases. You can't consume a level and then have to pay for it again. This isn't EA.

          • RyanB1

            Thanks. Is there a way to be sure though?

          • mgamerz

            No. But it wouldn't make sense to have to buy levels over and over again. Managed is one off, unmanaged are ones that are consumed. Unless they are charging per play it'd have to be managed.

            Sadly Google doesn't make it easy to see the distinction.

  • mgamerz

    Idk, the conduit for the Wii was pretty terrible...

  • atlouiedog

    The Conduit was the thing that was supposed to prove the Wii could do a FPS like the other consoles. It didn't. Is the Android port supposed to prove that a mobile FPS can be as good as a Wii FPS?

  • http://www.ebog.me/ ebog

    It can be classified into 18 + game.