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Google made a lot of big moves to impress Android game developers at the I/O developer conference in San Francisco yesterday. One of its most interesting new products is an Xbox Live-like network that provides cross-platform multiplayer, achievements, and cloud saves for mobile titles called Google Play game services.
This suite of tools launched immediately after Google officially revealed it during its keynote presentation. In fact, some developers already updated their games with full support for Google Play game services.
We’ve gone ahead and collected 10 games available now on Google Play that use the new features. Check ’em out below:
Super Stickman Golf 2: Free
Noodlecake Studios’ 2D arcade golf title gets expanded multiplayer support on Android with the implementation of Google Play game services. The developer added a new multiplayer mode along with achievements, leaderboards, and cloud saves.
Riptide GP: $1.99
Google worked closely with developer Vector Unit to get it on board early for these new Google Play features. The company added leaderboards, achievements, and cloud saves to its popular water-based racing title.
Shine Runner: 99 cents
This is another Vector Unit app. The arcadey smuggling game features the same support for leaderboards, achievements, and cloud saving.
Beach Buggy Blitz: Free
One more Vector Unit app has Play game services support. The company once again added leaderboards, achievements, and cloud saving.
Osmos HD: $2.99
Hemisphere Games’ beloved tablet title, Osmos HD, gets multiplayer powered by Google Play. The studio added local and online multiplayer with friends or with random match-making. It is also introducing 19 new achievements.
Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour: $6.99
Developer Gameloft completely reworked its multiplayer service to work with Google’s new tools. Now players can sign in with Google+ and use that for matchmaking and cloud saves in the first-person shooter.
Studio HandyGames implemented Google Play game services into its medieval city-building title yesterday. Players can now sign in with Google+ to access online leaderboards and 61 in-game achievements.
Farm Invasion USA: Free
HandyGames also added the new features to its 2D alien-crushing title. Gamers can now check leaderboards and achievements for this app as well.
Rocket Island: Free
HandyGames also has some new features for its steampunk hex-based puzzle game. The studio added leaderboards and achievements to the game.
Campus Life: Free
Developer Pocket Gems is using Google Play game services to add leaderboards to its Campus Life sorority simulation title.