I’ve been getting some of our less technically-inclined readers emailing me asking “how do I download mobile games from my AT&T BlackBerry?” It seemed like too easy of a question to answer so I’ve been avoiding it but there is no such thing as a stupid question and I’ll happily respond.
For this how-to, I’m using an AT&T BlackBerry Bold courtesy of Research in Motion (RIM). The first thing you’ll notice about the Bold is that it has 6 icons on the lower section of the screen. From that list you have (or at least on my Bold): messages, email, address book, calendar, MEdia Net and media.
You’re now going to select MEdia NEt. Once selected, you should see a yellow “AT&T World Phone” screen pop up and if your radio is off, you’ll get a message prompting you to turn on the radio. Select OK if this is the case.
Now you’re on the AT&T carrier deck. You’ll notice some links such as “Add Email to Your Homepage” but skip all of that. Also, skip the “My Links” section and scroll down to “Categories.” From there, in option 2, you’ll see “Tones, Games, Apps” which is where you want to be. Click on it.
This will take you to another screen where you are now presented with ‘HOT girls”, ringtones, games, cool tools/apps, videos, color graphics etc. Click on “Games.” It has a little controller icon beside it.
Here is something you should know about the games section. The “Featured Games” are not actually the best games they have to offer, nor are the “Most Popular.” This is the oldest scam in carrier history. Companies like EA pay to have their games featured in the Most Popular section and it has nothing to do with total downloads. When looking for a good game, you should always consult online. For your information, here are just a few great games for BlackBerry:
Once you click on a game (I’ve chosen Solitaire Legends), you’ll be presented with purchase options, preview/info, share with a friend, game recommendations and more info. Click into the purchase options.
For Solitaire Legends, you can get the “Unlimited Purchase” of the game sent to your AT&T bill for $7.99. This is a little expensive considering you can buy it from Bplay.com for $4.99 (see above link), but I guess you’re paying for the convenience.
Some of the other payment options include Monthly Subscription, MyMEdia Club and Tone Card. These apply to various forms of content you can get off the deck and the MyMEdia Club is where you can join a community and get discounts.
Happy gaming folks!