Amazon GameCircle Adds Badges, LeaderBoards, and More to Kindle Fire Apps

Amazon was rumored to be working on enhancements for their appstore a few weeks back and today that rumor came true. Amazon has just announced GameCircle, their new set of services designed to make it easier for developers to create more engaging gaming experiences.

They’re offering developers the chance to add 3 new features to their games, and one in particular has me very interested. The badges and leaderboards are nice, yes, but those are features that developers have been adding to games for some time now. No, my main interest is in the saved games option.

Amazon is now going to let game developers back up the status of your game (score, stats, prizes won, levels played) to the cloud. This means that you can play a single copy of a game across several Android devices. And if one dies, you’ll be able to continue your game on its replacement.

That might not seem like such a big deal, but it’s a feature that I’m not sure is offered anywhere else, and it’s one I’ve wanted for the longest time. I might be alone in this, but I like to switch between devices. It would be great to take my games with me.