Guest Blog: Oil Rush 3D Strategy Offers Gamers a PC Experience on Mobile

Wednesday 4/17/13 11:24am
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Posted By Manish Sirdeshmukh
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Denis Shergin, CEO of UNIGINE Corp., shares his thoughts on developing their game, Oil Rush, to take full advantage of Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors with Adreno™ GPU.

UNIGINE Corp. has recently released a naval strategy 3D game called Oil Rush for Android mobile devices. For a limited period of time, the Android version of Oil Rush will only be made available by UNIGINE for download and use on Android devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Pro, Prime and upcoming Snapdragon 600 and 800 processors from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Oil Rush for Android is based on the proprietary multi-platform UNIGINE Engine, developed by UNIGINE Corp., while Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X versions of the game were released in January 2012. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting, in a world where nuclear war has melted the ice caps, changing the face of the planet forever. Oil Rush features the original gameplay focused on group control and global-scale decisions. Players can capture, upgrade, and defend floating production platforms while pumping the black gold by oil rigs to feed oil-hungry armies. The game was developed with touchscreen controls in mind, so adapting its user interface to mobile devices was easy. 

Now we, UNIGINE, would like to share our development experience with these chips.

When porting the game to Android, we were very glad to initially be working with Snapdragon powered devices because of their higher-end specs. One of the distinguishing features of Snapdragon processors with integrated Adreno GPUs is its unified shader architecture which helps enable an easy transfer of PC shaders to mobile space. Moreover, Snapdragon processors offer an incredible amount of raw performance, enough to deliver a dynamic 3D strategy game with hundreds of objects on screen at once. Thus, we have been able to bring PC depth of gameplay to smartphones and tablets. Porting of the UNIGINE Engine itself was also extremely rapid due to Qualcomm Technologies’ OpenGLES API implementation for certain Snapdragon processors. By being one of the first to officially support OpenGL ES 3.0 APIs, Qualcomm Technologies just made it even easier for developers like us to bring our PC games to mobile.

We have already received a lot of positive feedback regarding Oil Rush from gamers and game industry press saying they have never seen such stunning graphics on mobile devices alongside a well-thought out balance between gameplay depth and ease of controls. If you are a happy owner of an Android smartphone or tablet with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Pro, or Prime processor, you can get a spectacular new mobile gaming experience by playing Oil Rush yourself.