We should rename the site to “Gamedroid” considering how much gaming-related news we’re posting lately! This time, it’s to report that Quake 3 (a classic first-person shooter that made its claim to fame on the PC) has been ported to the Nexus One. Named Kwaak 3, the game’s port has existed for Android mobiles for a while now, with the Motorola Droid getting its treatment of classic gaming bliss, but now the Nexus One is happy to join the party.
Apparently, the main thing that was keeping this port back was the lack of hardware controls on the Nexus One. Thankfully, though, ingenuity paid off in the end (as it often does) and what you get is a pretty smooth Quake experience on a mobile phone. In the YouTube video description, the uploader states any lag is due to the video’s sub-par quality, but I didn’t even really notice much lag to begin with.
Even with how cool it is, it doesn’t seem like the most intuitive control scheme – volume rocker “up” enables you to move forward, which is weird considering you have to play the game in landscape mode. Additionally, volume rocker “down” provides the all-so-important “jump” mechanic, while the trackball acts as the aiming utility (with the need to click it in to shoot). Perhaps they’ll be able enable some of the touch-sensitive menu controls down the line, but nevertheless, it’s a port worth checking out.