July 13, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Spending $5.99 in Google Play will get you a handful of quality Android games. That same $5.99 will get you over 100 games provided you’re willing to spend that amount of money each month.
Verizon has launched a service gives customers unlimited access to dozens of games for a monthly subscription fee of $5.99. Those who buy into the GameTanium service can then play more than 100 Android games designed for the phone, or take advantage of over 50 titles that are also compatible with tablets.
You may recall GameTanium as a “Netflix for Android games” that I wrote about in July 2011. At the time, GameTanium had only 75 games with plans to increase to 200 by the end of the year. Extent, the company that created GameTanium, failed to cross that threshold, but the company did succeed in its mission to get carrier partners. Verizon Wireless, the second largest carrier in the U.S., signing opens gaming subscription up to millions of potential subscribers.
I still have reservations about how effective this strategy might be because GameTanium will sink or swim on the quality of its games. Customers cancel their Netflix subscriptions when they begin to feel like it doesn’t have enough new and interesting content, and the same will happen here. While Radiant, EVAC, Fruit Ninja, and World of Goo are great games, it will take a lot more titles to warrant spending $5.99 per month.
GameTanium requires a Verizon subscription and device. A free three-day trial will be offered along with the app.