“ Directory and download service of mobile Java games and applications by independent developers. „
When I got my mobile I wanted to put more onto it. I had the basic games with nokia but they got boring, so I looked around and found get jar. .jar is a type of files which workds with the 40 seies of Nokia, and most others.
It's great as unlike others it just lets you download the file on to your PC to send to your phone how ever you want, eg: bluetooth, transfer on memory card, phone USB lead. Which are all free ways of doing it.
You can get all sorts of software such as, messengers, sms services, adult things..., java games, photo application and much more.
These files can be searched for if you want something specific or you can just browse by catogrey. To make sure that your phone will work with the files, instead of just trying it and failing, you can give you phone make and it will just show file for phone that are compatible.
When browsing you do get all the adverts while your looking, but again it's free so the ads pay for everything you download.
Ring, Ring. Does your mobile get boring and have the same old stuff on it? Do you want to add more to your phone? Ringtones? Themes? Wall papers? Application?
You can get all sorts. I mainly use it for the applications and I have translators on my phone, I also have loads of games, which I now have about 150 games from get jar.
You can select your phone make and model and it will bring up compatable software for you. You can then search for the software by name or use the menu to go through what they have.
When going through the software, it does come up with advert inbetween some software details, you do get a picture for most of them tho, which is good.
Also you have to sift through everything you don't want and all the rubbish. There are pages to go through of software, so it may take some time, and then if you go back later you need to find the page again.
It's all free tho and you can download it and then put it from your PC to your mobile, so you don't have to pay for mobile download fees.
Customising and downloading your mobile phone can be such an expensive hobby, often outweighing the expense of using the phone itself. Games are my weakness and with mobile phone games costing up to £4 each, this particular weakness could have turned out to be a costly one. However, never one to pay for something if it can be found for free I scoured the net for a free mobile games site that would not require Bluetooth (as my Siemens SL55 has not got that feature). I found several but many required subscription or carried hidden charges. Sites such as Gamemobile.uk offered free games but at the cost of persistent and random text message spamming. Was there nowhere that offered a no strings attached service? Fortunately, after much searching I did stumble across GetJar.com, a website that offers entirely free wap downloads with no subscription required.
www.GetJar.com sounds too good to be true. A website offering free mobile games downloadable straight to your mobile via wap is unique in a highly competitive market were subscription fees are almost always a must. At the very least you can expect registration as a member so your inbox can get spammed. GetJar.com requires none of the above and is an entirely free service. The site maintains itself via sponsorship from mobile phone game developers and a small selection of premium games and ringtones. However, these games and tones are set so far out of the way they are almost unnoticeable on site and never intrude on the free content in any way.
The site itself is clearly set out on a white background with an easily navigated menu system along the left hand side enabling access to all the games on offer. Fonts are clear and crisp in blue and black and the site has a professional, yet minimalistic look with a refreshing lack of any advertisements be they banner or pop ups. GetJar.com caters for all phones with Java and wap capability as well as the PDA market. Anyone with a phone bought in the last few years should find games suitable for their handset. Whatever your phone there are games here for you. Navigation is made easy by the use of a device filter which lists the majority of popular mobile phones including the almost entire Nokia, Siemens and Sony Ericssion series. Selecting your phone filters all the games that should be compatible with your phone. Even better however is that even if your phone is not listed, (my daughter has a Virgin Lobster which is not listed) there is the option to filter by platform allowing you to choose between Java, Symbian, Pocket PC or Palm. Selecting Java shows a list of all games that should be compatible with every Java enabled phone. The device filter works very well and lists all the games available for the brand of phone selected. An added bonus is that when the filter is selected the games files suitable for your particular phone are highlighted, including a quick download ID number which when you access the wap site, allows you to download the game in question without the need to browse across the platforms.
Browsing through the games is a simple process and there are literally hundreds to choose from. Fortunately, rather than rooting through numerous pages to find a particular game, GetJar.com makes good use of a search function and menu split into game genres including action, adventure, puzzle and strategy. This enables me to jump to a list of various games in a genre I like or type in a game that may have several clones such as Tetris or Mario . Browsing the games is simplicity itself and a nice feature is the option to give a mark out of ten and comment on each game stating whether it works when downloaded to your particular handset and giving a few sentences on the game itself. This allows me as a browser to decide whether a game is any good or even if it is likely to work on my phone at all. As the majority of these games are written and published by independent programmers they are often by no means flawless but the community on GetJar.com seems an honest one and I have yet to download a highly rated game that is not playable.
I have already mentioned that the majority of games are by independent programmers and developers and this does mean there is massive variations in quality. Some games are very slow, work sporadically or are riddled with bugs whereas others are better than many commercially available mobile games. For example, there is a remarkably faithful conversion of Super Mario, Asteroids and a near flawless conversion of Tetris available. Again community comments help judge this best and perhaps having a look at the version number is advisable as later versions have often had the bugs ironed out. Also, there is the odd demo game hidden among the true freebies which may not be highlighted. The majority of the games are accompanied though by screenshots and descriptions which are refreshingly honest despite being written by the developer themselves. GetJar.com seems to be a site created by gamers, for gamers with the emphasis on developing good software programmes for the mobile phone using public while allowing up and coming developers a place to ply their trade, get some genuine feedback and a reputation. This is perhaps best demonstrated by the option to register as a beta tester for the games on site providing feedback via questionnaires. This allows you as a member to get hold of the newest games first while helping the developer iron out bugs and improve their game before release on site. Although I have largely spoken about the games as that is the part that interest me, the site also has applications available for download including email clients, Instant Messengers and even a phone version of google earth! A lot of those are demo versions but are still worth a look.
GetJar.com navigates quickly for a site with so much content and does not seem to suffer from any downtime. The only problem I have had is that some games seem to fall into several categories either due to poor filtering or indecision by the administrators. You may also find that some games despite, the filtering system, refuse to work on your handset. However, this is a small niggle at what is an otherwise superb mobile games resource. Downloading a game could not be simpler. Go on www.GetJar.com at your desktop computer, pick some games, write down the codes and then access wap.GetJar.com via your web browser on your mobile (type the address into your bookmarks section in your phone). Type in a code and accept the download. All free other than however much your network charges for wap access (on Virgin it is 30 pence for a day with no limits).
As I have already said GetJar.com is a great site and unique in providing an entirely free downloading service for mobile games. The site is professional in design and navigation and the service supplied is invaluable to mobile gamers everywhere. One for the bookmarks of all mobile phones users.