4 games that work with the new iPhones' 3D Touch

4 games that work with the new iPhones' 3D Touch
Only time will tell whether the many years spent in researching and developing the 3D Touch panel glued together to the new iPhone 6s' and iPhone 6s Plus' displays was worth it. On paper, and from what we've seen already, it is.

The main idea is this: the touchscreen can now tell light and hard taps apart, and then offer a layer of extra functionality with apps and throughout iOS 9. For the most part, however, this functionality is currently limited to just built-in apps, who will either allow you to 'peek' a level deeper (like preview an e-mail) or grant access to shortcuts if you hard press on their icon on your homescreen.

But that's only part of the promise of 3D Touch, the other being gaming. Everybody knows this: controls in many complex mobile games are a bit clunky and off-putting. With 3D Touch, however, game developers will have yet another layer to assign functionality to. Unfortunately, the list of games that already offer such functionality is still pretty short, with the majority of them simply having attached shortcuts to their icons — like to start a quick game in a specific mode, or some such.

Below, we've outlined a few games that are already making full use of 3D Touch. As  you'll notice, the list is rather barebones, so we're guessing that the dozens of game studios are still working on making 3D Touch count instead of rushing to market with an under-cooked implementation. Let's hope we're right, for we need some more 3D Touch action, and now!

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iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
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  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6s Plus
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  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
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  • Storage 128 GB
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22 Comments

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

And they say the features is started by Android, none of their apps have that... Try harder to convinced consumers next time Google's keyboard warriors

5. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

yes, please anybody enlighten me how long press could replace this kind of functionality.

9. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Long press can't but good coding can. A capacitive screen can determine how big is the touch made with your finger and a "stronger" touch means a bigger print. So this functionality can be replicated to some extent. I think that apple's integrationto the OS is a better achievement than the 3D touch tech itself

12. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Care to develop something to prove this?

14. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

that is not what I do for a living... and also I don't need to prove myself to you... Anyway some Palm Rejection tech works in a similar fashion to what I stated... detecting a "larger than usual" touch that can be dismissed... in this case, the touch can be use for something else... My guess would be that is not as accurate.

18. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Anyone can talk out of their ass!

19. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

I meant to also add that your idea requires greater touch area than 3D Touch because all 3D Touch requires is pressure. Pressing a small button wouldn't work with your idea.

21. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Lol.... I was just trying to make a blind fan, see beyond his apple-wall... anyway I already have better gaming controls with my Sony Xperia.... it's called Compatibility with my PS3 DualShock... You can't beat that using 3D Touch. I also 3D printed a clip for my phone to use on top of the controller. So I am good to go. I agree with Shocky here...3D Touch is something I would probably turn off if I had it.

20. Shocky unregistered

No reason to use it and adds nothing to the games. If I had a choice of controls I would definitely turn 3d touch off.

2. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Google sux too much.stock android is just handicapped in comparison to touchwiz. If it was all about samsung, we'd have force touch in the galaxy s7. Look at the fingerprint scaner. Sammy introduced it right after the iphone, yet we still have tons of android flagships without this feature in 2015. Google and the other manufacturers are holding android back. True story.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah TW bring tons more feature than stock android, thats why TW is much heavier and many people love stock android.. (and samsung really need to focus developing OS tizen for their flagship, so they can fully optimize it, faster update and bug fixes and add new feature without waiting google release new API) tons of android flagship without fingerprint scanner in 2015? really? o.O

7. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Lg g4 or htc one m9 just to name a few.

3. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

AG Drive using Force touch is great :D SO HAPPY its living up to the hype.

4. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

multiple units selection is a clever implementation of 3D Touch.

8. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

This 3d touch technology will open a whole new possibilities for apple devices , awesome im curious to see what developers can do with it

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's growing.

11. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

There are about 100+ mainstream apps using force touch as of yesterday. Definitely more than 4 games. PA is slacking compared to the rest of the 'journalism' world, as always. You want good news, visit 9to5google, 9to5mac, idownloadblog, reddit.com/r/android, reddit.com/r/apple, reddit.com/r/technology, to name a few of the best sources.

13. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Androidpolice and Androidcentral are the best for Android news imo. PA miss so much news which everyone else gets

15. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

These are great sites, but I personally love the Android subreddit. It has HANDS DOWN THE BEST Android community, and news from all great sites. Great discussions and amazing support. Hands down the best imho. Try it out :) !

16. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Oh I use that too! It's awesome over there haha. I mean for actual news websites with reporters, reviews and all that stuff, those two are great sources :]

17. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

Without a doubt!! I love Androidcentral :)

22. Spoeket

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 23, 2015

As of today, there are actually many games that includes 3D Touch. However, there are still pretty few 3D touch exclusive games. To name some of them: "ForceRing", "Circles Forever", "underpressure_". Even though these games are minimalistic, they show some innovation and some of them are pretty addictive. When the big players start making games that are based around 3D Touch, not just a neat good-to-have feature, I think we are in for a treat.

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