I love platforms like Backloggery and Raptr, but I’ve always held on to the idea that it would be perfect if you could track your game catalog on a mobile device. I’ve long searched for a feasible platform that I could use while whisking away my time on my mobile device or tablet. Unfortunately, there are a lot of options in Google Play most of which seem to fall short. Game Keeper Library Tracker is a simple Android application that allows you to manage your video game collection right on your device.
What is it and what does it do
Game Keeper Library Tracker is a digital catalog for your video game collection. Just like the Backloggery, Steam and Raptr you can specify game progress, thus allowing you to track your game backlog. If you’re a gamer this will help you get some kind of rhythm down, or at the very least it will help you organize your goals and achievements that you wish to accomplish.
- Allows you to log your entire video game collection, including consoles and retro titles
- You can keep track of what games you completed or haven’t finished
- You can create a wishlist of games you want to purchase
- You can import or export game library information
- The fullscreen ads and prompts to purchase the premium version are a bit much, and they pop-up quite often
- Uses 45MB of RAM, likely because of the ad platform
- No option to scan game profiles for existing information, you have to manually add all games
One of the most obvious things that collectors do is take inventory on their stock. In some form or another, this allows them to identify what they already have, and what they need to complete a collection. If you’re an active gamer like me, you probably have a pretty decent sized backlog of games both digital and physical. Normally, I jump around from game to game like crazy, but having an organized log allows me to focus on milestones and goals. No, it’s not always about the accomplishments, a lot of times I still just play for fun but that’s hardly the point.
With Game Keeper, you can log the games you own which are separated by console. The beauty of this app is that you can also see just how much your game collection is worth. If you have a lot of rare retro titles, then this app will certainly help you keep track of your library’s net worth.
There are two pretty sizeable obstacles that you will constantly run into while using it. The UI, mechanics and general design can be a bit underwhelming at times. Though it uses a Holo themed interface, I found the layout and visual style to be a bit unattractive.
Also, this app is ad heavy. I’m talking ads everywhere, even fullscreen ads occasionally pop up. After taking your screen hostage with a fullscreen ad, the app will also remind you that the nuisance is gone in the premium version. If you’re going to use the app for any extended amount of time, I would recommend just going the premium route.
There are three tiers offered:
- $0.99- Ads removed
- $1.99- Ads removed, Support for automatic prices, Aupport for automatic eBay search (we’ll get to that)
- $4.99- All of the above
You have to manually add games and consoles one at a time, and you also have to input all the details pertaining to each entry. If you have a large catalog, this will quickly seem like more of a chore than a hobby. Then again, even on the Backloggery and similar platforms, you still have to manually add games. You can browse through pre-existing entries to speed things up a little bit, but the integrated catalog is hardly comprehensive.
It would be nice if apps like this could scan your Steam library, Gamertag or online profile to see what games you’ve played in the past. Yes, that information is all readily available so I don’t see why the feature couldn’t be implemented at some point in time.
Games that have been added to your catalog can be viewed in a list, or by box art. You can upload your own box art by choosing a photo from the local gallery. In the premium version you can also look up game prices, and find eBay listings but this feature is locked in the free version.
All in all, there’s not much to it. You just record your game collection with the app and keep track of game progress by marking them with labels like “unfinished” or “complete”.
For reference, Game Keeper uses nearly 45MB of RAM while running.
Conclusion and download link
Game Keeper Library Tracker is an Android application that will help you organize and log your personal video game catalog. The UI is pretty mediocre, even though it uses the Android Holo theme layout and there are ads everywhere, but that doesn’t change the fact that’s it definitely useful. Games are separated by console, and you can upload your own box art for viewing. You can even mark games as “completed” or “unfinished” which means you can monitor a backlog of titles if necessary. As a gamer, my backlog just continues to grow and grow so that’s a crucial feature in my book.
Overall, if you’re looking for an app that will allow you to keep track of your game collection this is a reasonable option. Just keep in mind: this app is not not light on resources at all; in fact it’s kind of a hog at 45MB of RAM usage.
Price: Free, $0.99 to remove ads
Version reviewed: 1.1.3
Requires: Android 2.2 and up
Download size: 3.8MB