Amazon Eyes Apple’s Game Center; Announces Game Circle to Compete

Lately, there were many speculations about Amazon coming up with new Kindle Fire tablets and a smartphone. All the speculations have become more alive after the announcement of Game Circle – Amazon’s very own Gaming Platform similar to Apple’s Game Center.

Kindle Fire has been one of Amazon’s best innovations till date and the choice of millions of eReaders across the world for reading eBooks and enjoying digital content. Now with Game Circle, Kindle Lovers will have one more reason to get involved in its contents. The gaming service promises to have created a new set of services for keeping users more engaged and immersed in games.

Game Circle as a gaming service:

Just like Apple’s Game Center, Game Circle service will be an online multiplayer social gaming network and therefore will allow the users to invite friends, start multiplayer games, track achievements and compare score on the leaderboard. So, in a way, Amazon’s service clearly draws cues from Apple’s Game Center.

One unique feature that has been added to the service and is the only feature not found in Game Center is cloud syncing. Using this feature user will be able to pause a game on a device and continue it on another device without any issues.

The first supported title in Amazon’s Game Circle is the Indiana Jones-inspired Temple Run. The game is all about performing tiresomely long task of escaping from man-eating-zombie-monkeys, while avoiding cliffs and fiery obstacles along the way.

The new game service helps players to better experience their games mainly through 3 key features. They are,

1. Achievements:

The feature allows players to track all earned trophies, hard-earned coins, badges, and more without losing their gaming experience. They can choose to receive in-game messages to keep track of accolades earned in real-time. If not, they can  pause for a while and view an achievements summary to check earned collections and determine what achievements are still required, before returning to gameplay.

2. Leaderboards:

GameCircle leaderboards provide an in-game view of score comparison information and percentile ranking, allowing players to quickly and easily check standings against top players or competitors.

3. Sync:

Sync automatically saves a player’s in-game progress to the cloud and allows them to resume from where they last left off. No need to worry about losing progress, scores or achievements as all data is securely stored in the cloud.

So far, Amazon’s Game Circle has received extremely positive feedback from Game Developers. In short, it’s off to a good start! Game developers can sign up for access to the GameCircle APIs here. To find Kindle Fire Games that are now using Game Circle service, visit Amazon Game Circle Games and for more information on GameCircle, visit here.