Hooked Launches Critic’s Choice Section Featuring Recommendations from Android Rundown

Hooked Launches Critic’s Choice Section Featuring Recommendations from Android Rundown

Apr 17, 2012

Hooked, the Android app for discovering new games to play, has launched a new section for helping users find curated entries about interesting games for Android. This new section is the Critic’s Choice section, which brings together recommendations from several Android review sites in the Android community together to recommend the best games for the platform.

We here at Android Rundown are proud to announce that we will contributing to this section. Each week, our preferred games will show up in the app, starting with the launch of the section today in the app. This will hopefully help users of Hooked find interesting new games to play, especially as we pride ourselves on covering some of the more interesting games on the Android OS.

Our reviews and news will still be here, of course, but now special additional recommendations supplementing our reviews will be appearing in Hooked. The app, featuring Critic’s Choice selections, is available now for free from Google Play.

Hooked Brings Game Recommendations to Android Users

Hooked Brings Game Recommendations to Android Users

Nov 11, 2011

In the world of Android, game discovery is a pain. Even for those in the media, with their ears to the ground for the latest titles coming out, finding the latest quality titles is extremely difficult. There’s so many titles, and many of the media sites cover primarily hardware. There’s less of a media community surrounding Android game coverage than there is in the iOS community. Hooked is here to help users find games to play.

The app automatically scours the user’s phone to find the games they have installed on there. By simply giving a thumbs up or down to a game, this helps to curate a list of recommendations from other titles. This is partially based on other users’ recommendations, which are also viewable from within the app. This kind of service would be difficult to implement on iOS, due to the way that Hooked collects the data of what games a user has installed, so this will likely be Android-exclusive, or at least would be very different on another platform, similar to Heyzap’s iOS implementation.

This serves in many ways as a Pandora equivalent for games, especially with the simple thumbs up and down mechanic for rating games. It’s a bit simplistic, and lacks the kind of nuance that some users like myself would prefer, but it means it’s time to make some tough decisions, Carter. There isn’t an option yet to change votes, so choose wisely.

This is a service with potential; as mentioned, Android app discovery is a problem, and any attempt to help solve it, to help unearth those hidden gems is a plus. That this happen via a user recommendation service only seems appropriate. The success of apps is often based primarily on what users like, and finding some way to harness that information is the key to success. Hooked is now available from the Android Market.