Category: Windows Phone

Journey with me through the Windows Phone Preview Program and my experiences with the Games Hub for Xbox Live and all the goodies on the OS.

Stunts, Pirates and Monsters oh my!

No we’re not going to take a stroll down the yellow brick road but Windows Phone has its own little journey that it is continuing on with stunts, pirates and monsters … oh my!  Over the last few weeks Xbox Live on Windows Phone has seen the release of iStunt 2, Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution, Sid Meier’s Pirates! and Monster Island.  There’s something for all ranges of genre freaks out there.

iStunt 2 is a decent enough physics game centered around you and your snowboard.  I must admit that I’ve really enjoyed it if for no other reason than looking like a complete weirdo sitting on the train tossing and turning my phone.

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Ms. Splosion Man busting loose on Windows Phone and more

Ms. Splosion Man is one of my favorite XBOX Live arcade titles.  Who would’ve thought having a character whose only ability is to explode could be so much fun?  Obviously, Twisted Pixel Graphics thought so and has made this game and other titles like the original Splosion Man and Comic Jumper successful titles for Twisted Pixel. Well, Twisted Pixel is taking Ms. Splosion Man off the leash and expanding her gameplay to the PC, Windows Phone 7, iPhone, and iPad. 

“We are extremely excited to work with Twisted Pixel in bringing splosions to mobile devices,” says Iron Galaxy C.E.Bro, Dave Lang. “Ms. Splosion Man has really deep gameplay that is born from deceptively simple controls, so it’s a great game on any platform.”

The PC version will include 50 single player levels and 50 co-op levels for up to four players locally or online, ghost replays, achievements and unlockables like “2 Girls, One Controller mode” will be available as well. The iPhone and the iPad versions will offer up unique yet familiar gameplay experiences that will be different from the console version.

“This will be our first mobile game, and only our second Steam game,” explains Twisted Pixel’s Michael Wilford. “But it’s very important to us that we have great content on these high-end platforms, so these new versions are being painstakingly crafted to be as awesome as possible. We’re planning a lot of post-launch updates and support to make sure we get it right.”

Ms Splosion Man looks to reek havoc on Steam, Games for Windows, Windows Phone 7, iPhone and iPad this summer.  Check out the recent trailer below.

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Windows Phone ramping up its Xbox Live games

Xbox Live on Windows Phone has been hit or miss since Microsoft ushered in the mobile Xbox Live era.  It has been a long road to make the games on Windows Phone appealing beyond the simple fact that they offer up easy Achievements (mostly).  Over the last month or so Microsoft has really pushed out quite a few games worth the $2.99 price beyond easy cheevos.

I figured I’d give a breakdown of the few that caught my eye that I think fans of Xbox Live on Windows Phone should check out.  It all starts with the dead and ends with chickens that apparently can’t fly.  Read on my ninjas.

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Doodle God better than ever on Windows Phone!

I haven’t been a fan of older titles coming to Xbox Live on Nokia Windows Phone recently.  Let’s face it they’ve picked some duds.  But that’s not the case with JoyBits’ Doodle God and its Windows Phone exclusive Quest challenges.  The game is simple and yet so complex at the same time.  All you do is try your hand at creation.  You are playing God and creating life, food, chaos, religion and more.  There are 4 basic elements that you start with and you must turn those into hundreds of different creations.  It’s nothing more than dragging (or clicking) two items together to see what they create.

Sound boring?   Actually, it couldn’t be any further from boring with this game.  I’ve been playing it nonstop just trying to create more and more.  I still smile the first time I managed to create a Vampire from mixing a human with blood.

Visually it won’t win any awards but it works for the simple way this game just sucks you in.  It has a simple palette of elements with cool colors and icons.  The icons are the best part!  The storyboard and commentary is also quite hilarious.  Try dragging a bunch of elements together repeatedly and listen to what the game says.  It’s pretty funny.

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Halo Waypoint coming to mobile devices

Well it looks like you’ll be able to take your Halo with you on the go soon.  On December 10, Halo Waypoint will be available for Windows Phone, iPhones and Android devices alike for free.  It’ll come with the usual stats, challenges and rankings flare alongside a cool little companion called ATLAS.

ATLAS (Assisted Tactical Assault System) will be a real-time guidance system for the maps and terrain of Halo: Reach multiplayer matches.  You’ll get all of the goodies while you’re playing the game too so it’s pretty impressive.  I don’t know how feasible it’ll be to play and reference your mobile device but hey .. it’s coming.

The one bragging point that Windows Phone owners will have is that ATLAS will be free for them whereas it’ll cost $4.99 for Android and iOS owners.

Read more about the Halo Waypoint and ATLAS mobile droppings here.