Mobile gaming network OpenFeint is pushing aggressively into Android, as the OS becomes the leading smartphone platform among mobile subscribers in the U.S. this year.
In four months, the company says it’s added 215 games to its Android network, up from 100 back in November. It’s also adding 14 new Android titles today.
Openfeint is a gaming network — when developers integrate it into their titles, their players can compare scores on a leaderboard or find new apps that their friends are using. Between the company’s iOS and Android’s efforts, the company says it now reaches 73 million users.
The push into Android makes sense not just because of platform’s growing reach, but because iOS already has Apple’s GameCenter. It’s a natural (although very basic) social space for gamers that would slow traction for third-party competitors.
Android, in contrast, doesn’t have a natural incumbent. Because of this, it’s attracted a number of players like Papaya Mobile and Scoreloop. Of course, the Android variant Facebook is reportedly working on may have social or gaming features that would crowd out second or third-tier players, so it’s important to grab market share now.
OpenFeint’s new games this month include:
- Can Knockdown by Poland’s Infinite Dreams (has between 500,000 and 1 million installs)
- Doodle Bowling by GameResort (has between 100,000 and 500,000 installs)
- Grave Defense Silver Free by Ukraine’s Art of Bytes (has between 50,000 and 100,000 installs)
- Guerrilla Bob by Romania’s Angry Mob Games (has between 10,000 and 50,000 installs)
- Meganoid by the Netherland’s Orange Pixel (has between 100,000 and 500,000 installs)
- Ninja Rush Deluxe by China’s Feelingtouch Inc. (has between 100,000 and 500,000 installs)
- Pyxidis by London-based Hyperbees Ltd. (has between 5,000 and 10,000 installs)
- Return Zero (BETA) from Portugal’s We came from Mars (has between 5,000 and 10,000 installs)
- Snail Mail from Bothell, Washington’s Sandlot Games (has between 100 and 500 installs)
- Speedx 3D free&full, also from London’s Hyperbees Ltd. (has between 500,000 and 1 million installs)
- Stellar Escape from Sweden’s Orange Agenda (has between 500 and 1,000 installs)
- Stupid Zombies, also from GameResort (with 500,000 and 1 million installs)
- World Series of Poker Hold’em Legend from San Francisco’s Glu (with between 500,000 and 1 million installs)
- Tank Hero from Clapfoot Games (with 1 million and 5 million installs)