Google Play Games
Track gaming achievements and share them with friends
Google Play Games is Google's answer to the iPhone's "Game Center"; it allows users to easily track their progress in games and compare it to their friends' progress.
Google Play Games was a very necessary addition to the Android game family. It establishes a universal baseline for gameplay and comes complete with achievements, levels, high scores, and more. It makes the Android feel a lot more like a gaming community platform rather than a bunch of isolated apps to play alone. Unfortunately, this was a little bit late to the gaming ring. Apple's Game Center was so successful because it was included with iOS by default.
There's no argument that Google Play Games is a sturdy piece of software. Reviews are generally positive, and there are no known major bugs. However, because it's not included by default, many players aren't aware that it exists or do not care enough to install it. Additionally, it's not automatically integrated in games due to the Android app store's decentralized nature. If more players would join the system, Google Play Games would make for a very fun, universal experience.
In short, this app is a great concept and executed well. Players can easily access their stats and compare them to other players. The achievements feature is especially interesting and makes it feel almost like a console gaming experience. Nonetheless, most players would agree that what makes any multiplayer gaming platform is the player count. Google Play Games just doesn't have the player count, but there's no doubt it will eventually amass many more players.
- Gives Android a community gaming experience
- Outstanding achievement unlock system
- Not a high enough player count
- Not integrated into Android OS by default
- Bug fixes and other improvements
Potentially dangerous permissions
- GET_ACCOUNTS: Allows access to the list of accounts in the Accounts Service.
- VIBRATE: Allows access to the vibrator.