Quake 3 on Android – Droid / Milestone has the power

Days after I get Quake 2 running on Android, Quake 3 pops up on the 14th anniversary of qtest. Perfect marketing timing if this was an official iD release but alas its a hack from the community. Check out http://code.google.com/p/kwaak3/ for full details on the project. Its quite simple to get running, and also works on the G1 and probably a few other Android devices.

Simply install http://kwaak3.googlecode.com/files/kwaak3.apk to your Droid/G1 or other Android device. Create a directory named ‘quake3’ in the root of your micro SD card and another directory within this called ‘baseq3’. Dig out your old Quake 3 CD, or download the demo on your PC. Look in the install directory within the baseq3 folder, find and copy the pak0.pk3 to your newly created baseq3 directory on your SD card. Then download the latest Q3 patch 1.32 and pull the pak1.pk3 to pak8.pk3 files out and copy those over to the same baseq3 directory on your SD card. Put your SD card back in your Android phone, load up the newly installed kwaak3 and enjoy.

Be prepared to be zapped back in time as the opening screen loads, all it took was the 4 crashes out of the speaker and I was filled with nostalgia. Memories of the good ol’days came rushing back, Barrysworld leagues and ISDN, hpb’s and Voodoo 3’s. It runs surprisingly well, not as smooth as Quake 2 does but this is/was a much more advanced engine. More proof the Droid is a capable gaming platform! The graphics are all there, the mirror effect in the opening level, even the view in the portal works. The frame rate is quite low, but playable. Controls are not the best as you can see from my attempts at taking out a bot below, albeit single handed.

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  1. #1 by sein on February 26, 2010 - 1:06 pm

    That looks totally awesome and also slightly unplayable. Half of me is jealous that this doesn’t work on my keyboardless Nexus One, but the other half of me wonders how exactly I’d play it even if it did work. I think the trackball would be totally awesome, one screen touch zone for walk forward and another for shoot – I could see that working but for the lack of strafe.

    Quake 1 – I love that game, wish there was a port for that 🙂

  2. #2 by Lc on February 26, 2010 - 1:12 pm

    Yea I can’t see this being a regularly played game, more of a tech show off when people ask what can your phone do? Although im sure with practise, and 2 hands, I could get the hang of it, but the droid ‘dpad’ is terrible, why it didnt get a trackball I dont know!

  3. #3 by Diego on February 27, 2010 - 6:16 pm

    Any of versiona of Q3 that I Downloaded include pak7.pk3 and pak8.pk3… 🙁

    some Link?

    sorry my english ^^ Thanks!

  4. #4 by Lc on February 27, 2010 - 6:23 pm

    Make sure you download this patch for quake 3. Patch 1.32 which can be found here
    Install that and it will give you the extra .pak files you are missing.

  5. #5 by Cialis on March 10, 2010 - 8:12 am

    fDEXYK Excellent article, I will take note. Many thanks for the story!

  6. #6 by Lc on March 13, 2010 - 12:56 am

    glad you enjoyed it.

  7. #7 by Alextrem on July 20, 2010 - 9:20 am

    Sooper Cool Mate , it Worked , Your the best!

  8. #8 by Lc on July 20, 2010 - 9:32 am

    Thanks, glad to help!

  9. #9 by MarciuZx on September 7, 2010 - 12:57 pm

    This is awesome! But it sucks that I have keyboardless sony ericsson x10 and it dosent have multi-click, but if you could make something for movement without keyboard it would be awesome

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