Gaming on Xperia – Part 1

Posted On: Monday, December 29, 2008

Before I even got my hands on Xperia, I had downloaded tons of windows mobile games and applications to test out on the device. No surprise when most of the games did not run or caused problems or ran in VGA leaving part of the screen showing the previous window (usually the Games Folder or the Today Panel or something like that) which obviously didn’t sit well with the gaming experience.

But with time, things are starting to brighten up as more apps and games are beginning to support the WVGA resolution as well as those games that still run in VGA but in full-screen (i.e. part of the screen is black).

So… here is Part 1 of a series – that goes through the games that I have successfully run on the device. Please note that though there are games such as Syberia, Tomb Raider, and Return to Mysterious Island that run without any lags or killing the mobile performance, I won’t be mentioning these games as they only work in VGA resolution (non-Full screen).

 

The Gameloft Collection (Java based games)

 

Gameloft, at this moment, offers 12 games that are compatible with Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. These include my favorites:

  • Abracadaball - An addictive aim-and-shoot puzzle that lets you escape to a magical universe, full of enchantments.
  • Block Breaker Deluxe - Get ready for a frenzy of block breaking action and discover a fun and original universe through the countless levels of Block Breaker Deluxe!
  • Bubble Bash - Take off for Bubble Island! Burst bubbles and make your way through the 100 levels of this surprising puzzle game.

To get a full list of X1 compatible JAVA games, visit http://www.gameloft.com/.

 

Windows Mobile Games

 

Xperia comes with its own set of 4 games pre-installed on the device, including; Astraware Sudoku, Bejeweled 2, Bubble Breaker, and Solitaire. But for us mobile users it is always about what more you can get on the device rather than what is already pre-installed. So… without further delay, here are the windows mobile games that I have installed on my Xperia that support full WVGA resolution:

 

* – These games are not actually WVGA but cover the entire screen none-the-less with the game’s menubar at the bottom and the mobile taskbar at the top.

 

And the following is a list of games that work in VGA resolution in full-screen (i.e. with the remaining portion of the screen blacked out), thus totally playable on the Xperia.

 

That is all for now. Though the list of full WVGA compatible games is very small at this point, but hopefully we will see more and more releases really soon. But to be honest, i haven’t really searched for more WVGA games since I installed ScummVM on Xperia and downloaded games for it. :)

I will post Part 2 of ‘Gaming on Xperia’ once I get my hands on more compatible games.


 

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