Google Play Now Features Instant Games in Addition to Instant Apps

March 21, 2018, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google launched Instant Apps last year to let users enjoy native app experience without having to install the entire app in their device. With developments going ahead in the right direction with regard to Instant Apps, Google has opened a new chapter by adding support for Instant Games in the Play Store.

Users can now head to Google Play and try out a select bunch of games without having them installed. Certainly, you won’t be able to try out the entire game, as Google’s Instant Games is limited to a maximum size of 10 MB. Developers won’t be barred of rolling out the entire content of the game through Instant Apps, provided they are able to limit the entire game resources within the said size limit.

Currently, the project is in closed beta, and every developer is not having access to the Instant Game tools offered by Google. Still, you can experience how non-installed gaming works on smartphone with a few games like Clash Royale, Words with Friends 2, Bubble Witch 3 Saga, Panda Pop and a few other titles from Jam City, MZ, Hothead and Playtika.

Games with lesser resources could make the most of Instant Games by letting players experience more than just a single level. The same size restriction could however put games with bigger resources in a mess.

Take the instance of Final Fantasy X: A New Empire, which is now available for trial in Google Play. The gaming experience is limited to collecting ten gold coins, and that doesn’t give you even the slightest idea about the gameplay. This very restriction could make the whole idea of Instant Gaming pointless to big games. We can expect Google to find a way around, as the project is still in the closed beta phase as of now.

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