Ski Safari update brings cloud game saves via Google Play Games

Ski Safari for Android

It was back in May during Google’s Nexus 7 (2013)/Chromecast event that the internet giant took the wraps off Android 4.3 and Google Play Games. A new set of APIs for developers, Google Play Games allowed game makers to incorporate new features like multiplayer matchups, leaderboards, trophies and achievements, and best of all: the backing up of game saves to the cloud.

The single most convenient feature of Google Play Games, we were hyped at the idea of taking our game progress with us as we moved from our smartphones to our tablets, the only problem is months down the road, we’ve yet to see game developers take advantage game save backups.

Ski Safari Google Play Games cloud game save backup

Today, developer Defiant Development has updated Ski Safari — an old Phandroid favorite — adding Google Play Games integration, most notably cloud backups. Simply sign in with your Google+ account, and your game progress will be synced online, allowing you to pick up where you left off on your tablet, or future Android device. Pure. Freakin’. Genius.

Download: Ski Safari on Google Play

We couldn’t be more excited about this feature and are excited to finally see more Android developers implementing cloud game saves into their games. Noticed any other games now using this feature? Shout ‘em out in the comments, we’d love to invest our time and money into them.

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  • catpunt

    argh this would have been awesome like a year ago when i got every achievement… oh well time to start over :)

  • pr1nyc1

    They finally updated this game. Took em long enough

  • Brando

    Riptide GP2 has the cloud save via Google, which is nice. Any consensus as why other games have not adopted such a great “cloud save” method?

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Laziness? No clue but it really frosts my weenie. Especially when it’s 40+ hour long games like Final Fantasy :/

      • Brando

        No doubt, I was stunned when Dead Trigger 2 came out not utilizing Google Play Games cloud save. Here’s to hoping developers see how clean the Google cloud save method works within the actual game.

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    The vast majority of games will probably never support cloud saves across devices, or even the old google backup service, so I’ll continue to rely on being rooted + TitaniumBackup for a long time to come.

  • Barry D.

    This is good to know. Beach Buggy Blitz and PBA Bowling (or whatever it’s called) both have cloud save games. More games need them.

  • Jameson Keller

    Clash of Clans

  • acr21

    We just added GPGS cloud saves, achievements and leaderboards to 2DMX Motocross. Was a pretty easy implementation.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.acr21.mx.android.beta

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  • Shaftway

    Plants vs. Zombies 2 and Asphalt 8 use them (but Asphalt 8’s is painful and buggy).

  • Gladiator_Posse

    Glad to finally see an update to Ski Safari, however I opened up the new version to check out the new slope only to find it locked and my whole game data reset. All those coins…all those high scores…it’s a tragedy. :P