Amazon unveiled GameCircle on Wednesday, a new feature for the Kindle Fire that fits in perfectly as another must-have for any mobile platform: Gaming leaderboards and achievements. Achievements will keep tabs on user progress, and all the trophies, treasures, badges and awards they've earned in various games.
Gamers can "pause a game, view an achievements summary, determine what badges are still needed or desired, and then return to gameplay," Amazon said. With leaderboards, gamers can see how their achievements stack up against other players, including score comparison information and percentile ranking.
Finally, much like e-books and music on Amazon's platform, games on GameCircle will be stored in the cloud and synced across devices. The function allows users to save in-game progress to the cloud and pick up where they left off after restoring their tablet or switching to a different device. This could be a possible indicator that the online retailer is getting ready to roll out its own smartphone or at least expand its mobile device offerings.
The new APIs also make it easier for game developers to create games for the Kindle Fire because it eliminates the need to make in-game leaderboards or achievements.
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