With the iOS 4.1 update that added Game Center out in the wild today, we're seeing an avalanche of new updates for older games that are utilizing these new features. Previously we've only seen games that received achievements and leaderboards, but now it seems that three games from Pangea Software are the first to offer real-time multiplayer. Here is the information for each game provided in the press release from Pangea:

Nanosaur 2, $3.99 Nanosaur 2 is a 3D action-adventure game where you pilot a time traveling pteradactyl from the future.  Previously, Nanosaur 2 was just a single player game, but new in version 2.0 are six new levels and three new multiplayer modes including Capture the Eggs, Battle, and Race.  Thanks to iOS 4.1, users with Game Center enabled devices can now play against each other by inviting friends or using Auto-Match to play against people around the world.  In Capture the Eggs mode players are on teams, and they have to retrieve all of their team’s dinosaur eggs before the other team.  Battle mode, on the other hand, is pure excitement as players collect weapons and blast each other out of the sky.  The race mode also involves a lot of heat seeking missiles, blasters, and cluster grenades, but your primary goal is to race around a track.  Up to four players can play together in Nanosaur 2, and the game uses the Voice Chat feature of iOS so you can smack-talk your opponents while you unleash a barrage of firepower on them.

Cro-Mag Rally, $3.99 Cro-Mag Rally is Pangea Software’s caveman racing game where you race primitive vehicles such as the Bone Buggy, Geode Cruiser, Logmobile, etc. around prehistoric and ancient racetracks.  The new 2.0 version of Cro-Mag Rally now supports multiplayer networked racing thanks to Game Center, so up to four players can race against each other using any of the vehicles in the game.  Additionally, version 2.0 is now a Universal Binary app so it runs on the iPhone / iPod Touch and the iPad.

Enigmo, $1.99 Enigmo is one of the all-time best selling iPhone games with well over a million units sold, and it is the winner of an Apple Design Award for Best iPhone Game.  Enigmo is a physics based game where you try to direct flowing streams of liquids to solve puzzles.  Version 4.0 of Enigmo adds a new multiplayer mode where up to 3 players can compete to solve puzzles.  Like Nanosaur 2 and Cro-Mag Rally, Enigmo also supports Voice Chat.

We've had a chance to try out these new multiplayer features and are really happy with the results. Connecting into an online game is incredibly simple as you can choose to search out a game against random people or very easily invite one of your Game Center friends. The voice chat also works really well, and trash talking while racing against forum moderator Zincous in Cro-Mag Rally was a ton of fun indeed. Voices are clear and there is a mute button if you get tired of hearing how badly you are getting beaten by your opponent.

We didn't experience any lag while playing, but this could be due to Game Center being so new, and it will be interesting to see how the experience holds up in the coming weeks as more and more games get online multiplayer. As of right now, the Game Center integration in these three titles breaths new life into the experience, and they are definitely worth checking out for the multiplayer and voice chat functionality. We'll be anxiously awaiting to see what other titles receive the Game Center online multiplayer treatment down the line.

  • PeterM11

    I didn't even realize Game Center was going to support multiplayer stuff.... is it on Apple's servers?? I'm confused.

  • PeterM11

    I didn't even realize Game Center was going to support multiplayer stuff.... is it on Apple's servers?? I'm confused.

  • dumas1000

    That's the only reason for Game Center's existence. Where have you been. Sure, Game Center offers a universal achievement system as well, but there are so many casual games out there that in my opinion an overall Game Center achievement gamerscore will essentially be meaningless, just like with Open Feint. The future potential for the multiplayer portion of Game Center, however, is something to salivate over.

    • Yrogerg212

      The point of achievements is to compare them to friends. My friend and I are having a challenge to see who can get the most Flight Control achievements. Game Center makes this easier because I don't want an OpenFeint account and he doesn't want a Plus+ account etc. There is no Game Center gamerscore... Not sure what you are talking about here.

  • dumas1000

    That's the only reason for Game Center's existence. Where have you been. Sure, Game Center offers a universal achievement system as well, but there are so many casual games out there that in my opinion an overall Game Center achievement gamerscore will essentially be meaningless, just like with Open Feint. The future potential for the multiplayer portion of Game Center, however, is something to salivate over.

    • Yrogerg212

      The point of achievements is to compare them to friends. My friend and I are having a challenge to see who can get the most Flight Control achievements. Game Center makes this easier because I don't want an OpenFeint account and he doesn't want a Plus+ account etc. There is no Game Center gamerscore... Not sure what you are talking about here.

  • Brandon

    Does anyone know any other game centre games?

  • Brandon

    Does anyone know any other game centre games?

  • Stryder

    I was pretty shocked when CroMag multiplayer had in game voice chat. I knew it was a feature, but forgot about it until I was playing.

    Game Center is a very, very welcome feature. It will only be better when it's on the iPad. This is iOS's version of XBOX Live.

  • Stryder

    I was pretty shocked when CroMag multiplayer had in game voice chat. I knew it was a feature, but forgot about it until I was playing.

    Game Center is a very, very welcome feature. It will only be better when it's on the iPad. This is iOS's version of XBOX Live.

  • jovy23

    I got gro-mag rally and nanosaur 2 and the multiplayer is a great feature. But choosing 4 players for Auto-Match takes a loooong time and doesnt seem to be working well mostly 2 player multiplayer works fine.

  • jovy23

    I got gro-mag rally and nanosaur 2 and the multiplayer is a great feature. But choosing 4 players for Auto-Match takes a loooong time and doesnt seem to be working well mostly 2 player multiplayer works fine.

  • Adams Immersive

    Good to see games supporting both Game Center AND another system (since not everyone can use GC).

  • Adams Immersive

    Good to see games supporting both Game Center AND another system (since not everyone can use GC).

  • JCat

    Oh, and although not from Pangea - I might add that DinoSmash is hopping with people! Loving GameCenter's potential!

  • JCat

    Oh, and although not from Pangea - I might add that DinoSmash is hopping with people! Loving GameCenter's potential!

  • http://www.generationstarwars.com John Hood

    Excellent news. Hopefully other third-party publishers will update their apps with Game Centre goodness soon! This has terrific potential within the mobile gaming and social media space. Feel free to add me as johnhood :)

  • http://www.generationstarwars.com John Hood

    Excellent news. Hopefully other third-party publishers will update their apps with Game Centre goodness soon! This has terrific potential within the mobile gaming and social media space. Feel free to add me as johnhood :)

  • Slothy

    Played all of these over multiplayer last night and it was awesome. Not too many gamers aboard yet, but it made all of pangea's games feel new again, especially nanosaur. I'm not surprised they were the first ones aboard as they always seem to work closely with apple hardware. They were one of the first game companies on the app store and the first to support retina display and now the first for multiplayer over game center. Although I wish it would track your win and loss ratio.

  • Slothy

    Played all of these over multiplayer last night and it was awesome. Not too many gamers aboard yet, but it made all of pangea's games feel new again, especially nanosaur. I'm not surprised they were the first ones aboard as they always seem to work closely with apple hardware. They were one of the first game companies on the app store and the first to support retina display and now the first for multiplayer over game center. Although I wish it would track your win and loss ratio.

  • Bala81285

    Icopter classic support game center multi playerhttp://itunes.apple.com/us/app/icopter-classic/id301409454?mt=8

  • savysoda

    Eenies at War Gunbound Style GameCenter Multiplayer MMO!
    http://www.savysoda.com/eenies

  • Jjamieuk

    gamecenter has voice chat y cant gameloft live have it aswell that would be great playing modern combat 2 with voice chat or add chat lobby who agrees?????