updated 06:00 pm EST, Tue January 3, 2012
Actual gameplay may look like 8-bit GameBoy play
Many Android phone owners are accusing mobile gaming provider Gameloft of using a bait-and-switch scam with its new The Adventures of Tintin HD game. Many users who have downloaded the game claim that it is rendering in 2D and not 3D as advertised ($0.99, Android Market). The problem mainly appears to be affecting gamers running the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Android OS.
Android gamers who have purchased the game first must download a 20MB file and then install a 970MB update with the in-game files. Once installed, many users are finding that the game play is "Gameboy Color 2D pixelated" and not HD and 3D. The limited Android 4.0 choices mostly limit the scope to Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners, or Nexus S users who have updated their phones to the latest Android OS. There are also some Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and HTC Flyer owners who also are experiencing the same degraded graphics while playing the game on their Android Gingerbread and Honeycomb devices.
Gameloft does include a caveat in its app description that the "graphics and content of the game may vary according to the phone model." However, that warning is not visible unless the reader clicks on the "MORE" icon to expand the game's description on the Android Market webpage.
Gameloft is offering The Adventures of Tintin HD as part of a limited time 24-hour promo during which all of its Android games are priced at 99 cents. Individuals playing the game on iPhones have not reported any similar 3D rendering problems ($5, App Store). Gameloft does not have any warning for iPhone owners about 3D play quality. [via The Next Web]
Screenshots from downloaded game
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Android Market webpage ("LESS" view)
Gameloft advisory (only visible when description is expanded using "MORE" icon)