Back in the early 1990s, Shaquille O'Neal was one of the largest players in the NBA, and the country could not get enough of him. He released a few albums, starred in a few movies, and even appeared in his own fighting game for the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo. That title, Shaq Fu, released to instantaneous infamy. When ShaqDown appeared in Google Play back in January, it ended the nearly two decade long wait for proof that Shaq could indeed star in a decent action game. Several months later, One Spear Entertainment is now temporarily making ShaqDown available for free.

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ShaqDown features a striking art style depicting Shaq slaying hordes of zombies with his superhuman strength. The game only has three stages, so don't expect too much content. I personally got my fill just by watching the trailer. Seriously, check it out. The intro alone is worth it.

We're curious how One Spear Entertainment intends to make this deal available only temporarily. Apps in the Play Store are able to transition from paid to free, but not the other way around. If the developer wants to return ShaqDown to its original 99 cent price point, they will have to either remove it from the Play Store and re-submit it (at the risk of pissing off customers who have bought the current version of the app) or make the full game available in the future as an in-app purchase. Either way, there's nothing to lose by grabbing the game while it's still free.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Roberto Giunta

    Huh? How can a game be free and then turn into a paid game again? I thought that doesn't work and what is free can't become paid again?

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

      That's kind of what half of the post and the title are asking.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

        OK, Artem, but on an unrelated note, how can a free game become paid again?

        • Nick3030

          that's what the 2nd paragraph (out of 2) talks about.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris


            Umm... are you sure? I see three paragraphs. But while I have your attention, might you be able to tell me how a free game can become paid again?

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

            Are you serious?

            Nope, you're not.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Genjinaro Genjinaro

    Ahh Shaq Fu... All I can remember about it was: that game hurt the hell out of my hands & special moves were a b**ch to pull off.
    The cat chick & the robot guy were my main two.

  • Simon Belmont

    I noticed this went free three or four days ago. I wondered the same thing about how it'd be able to go back to being paid because of the Google Play Store's policy.

    On that note, is this game any fun? I might give it a try when I get a free moment.

    • flosserelli

      I see what you did there.

      • Simon Belmont

        What did I do there? Haha.

        I wasn't trying to be funny. I was actually curious.

        • marcusmaximus04

          I think he/she is referring to "when I get a free moment."

          • Dart

            Perhaps. It wasn't really funny though.

            I could see why Simon asked. It was pretty vague.

  • Matthew Fry

    I admit the artwork looks pretty cool...