January 12, 2011 | by Michael Heller
I’ve been working on this story for a couple hours now, because I don’t want it to be just another repackaged press release, but the trouble is that Extent doesn’t seem to exist outside of their own website. Googling various phrases like: “Extent GameTanium”, “Extent onDemand”, or “Extent Play Anywhere”, all come up with news stories from various sites, most of which I’ve never heard of, which all link back to the Extent homepage. Apparently, Extent has been providing onDemand games to Verizon since 2005, but the company is barely a footnote on the Verizon page.
That said, the lineup of onDemand games through Verizon is pretty large, although only about 100 of those 1,500 games will be available on Android. The quality of the games is also a little suspect. The best games on the Verizon service (Prince of Persia, Assassin’s Creed, Tomb Raider) likely won’t make the jump to Android. But, there are a number of others (Plants vs. Zombies, Bejeweled, World of Goo) that would be nice to see. Overall, the service has partnerships with Konami, Ubisoft, and PopCap, but the majority of the games don’t look all that great (anyone excited for Horsez, or Murder, She Wrote? Actually, I would play Murder, She Wrote…)
The Extent Play Anywhere service is touting itself as the “only native Android subscription in the world.” But, the interesting thing about the service is the cross-platform features. Not only will your one subscription allow you to access and play games across platforms, but it will also save your game state to allow you to resume a game between devices with your position and score intact.
Again, it really depends on what games they bring to Android, but it could be pretty interesting.