Some video games you play over and over again. Others you might play for a few hours until you complete a quest, and then you never load the games again. Those are the sort of games that you might want to consider renting rather than buying outright. While companies have been offering rentals for PC and console games for a while, WildTangent and T-Mobile have just launched the first major game rental service for Android.

The WildTangent platform lets you play games for 24 hours for prices as low as 25 cents. You can also play for a fwe hous for free after watching a video advertisement.

Some of the most popular Android games cost just a buck or two, which makes a rental service seem a little silly. But honestly, mobile gamers can be cheap. While console gamers regularly plunk down $40 or $50 to pick up the latest title, the Android Market is littered with people complaining about high prices when developers decide to charge more than $4.99 for a game.

Right now there are only a few dozen titles available through the WildTangent app. But a few big name games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Guitar Hero 6, Fruit Ninja, and Doodle Jump are included.

In order to try out the service you’ll need to be a T-Mobile USA customer. If you fit the bill, just text “GetWild” to 6255 from your phne to get a download link.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...