GameStore promises Android users over 400 ad free games without in app purchases, with the promise that games are playable offline for a flat monthly fee. Here is what the service delivers.
GameStore is a subscription service, so if you want to use the service, you will need to sign up for the service on the official website. As part of a launch promo, new users can try the service for 30 days before being charged the 4.99€ monthly subscription fee. The trial will be reduced to 15 days and the price will go up to 7.99€ in February. After signing up, you will be asked to download the app, you can either do it directly on your phone or tablet, or you can download it on your PC and transfer it to your device. GameStore is not available on Google Play, and users who want to try out the service will need to enable installs from unknown sources in their device’s options menu.
After installing the application, you will now have access to the promised 400+ games. Users can either search or browse different categories to find their next game. The process is a bit slow, but largely works as expected. Upon trying to install your first app you will be asked to log into your GameStore account, and then you will be able to play whatever games you wish. Everything installed and played smoothly while testing out the app. Users should be aware that this is a service that has just launched and they might encounter bugs or errors during their time with the app. While browsing the store it is not difficult to find apps that have incorrect developers listed.
GameStore has a selection of premium games from several notable publisher. That includes Square Enix Montreal titles like Hitman: GO, Tomb Raider 1, Headsup Games titles like Bridge Constructor Playground, and Toby: The Secret Mine, Namco-Bandai’s Pac-Man CE DX and Capcom’s mobile Mega Man titles.
As with the video offering of Netflix, users should not expect the latest and greatest games to be part of this subscription service. They should also not expect a great deal of variety at this time. While there are certainly a number of notable publishers working with snakebyte, that number is relatively small. Users will see older titles from Headsup, Square-Enix, and DotEmu pop up repeatedly.
Notable publishers include:
- Square Enix Montreal (Think Hitman and Tomb Raider, not Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest)
- Bandai Namco
- Headsup Games
- Cartoon Network
While GameStore has a plenty of premium titles, a large portion of the lineup at this time is made up of ad-free versions of free to play titles. That includes popular games like Subway Surfers, King of Thieves, and Pac-Man Kart Rally.
GameStore’s game library is a mix of older titles from well known developers and publishers, some lesser known games, and low quality titles. Alongside games like Subway Surfers you might see generic titles like 3D Jungle Run, Chef Ninja, or Jetpack Hamster. Even one of the games users are likely to see when booting up the store, Call of Duty Black Ops, is an old mobile 2D shooter from Glu that has not aged well.
While a library of over 400 titles might sound like a lot, it is less impressive when broken down by category and once low quality titles are removed. Among the 400+ games are only a few role-playing games and no shooters to speak of outside of two Call of Duty titles from Glu that everyone has forgotten about.
What GameStore does offer is quite a few runners, a number of puzzle games including the excellent World of Goo, and a surprisingly rich selection of platformers.
Is GameStore worth the 4.99€ (or 7.99€) subscription fee?
For the price, you get a moderate selection of older premium titles and ad free versions of other games. Some of the games offered, like Square-Enix’s GO series, are excellent. However, almost all of the games offered are older titles that many will have played in the past. Moreover, many of the games offered were previously available in Humble Mobile Bundles or on sale on Google Play at greatly reduced prices.
If you are new to Android gaming and want to try out some premium titles that are a cut above many of the free to play games that get all of the attention, then giving GameStore a try might be worth your time and money. If you already have a good catalog of premium Android games, it’s unlikely that the current selection will have much to offer.