Update: As part of the Microsoft Publisher sale, a total of six games are on sale this week! Full list after the break.
On Xbox 360, the Xbox Live Spring Sale has just concluded. Starting later today, a selection of Microsoft Studios XBLA sales will go on sale. On the Windows Phone front, the big EA games sale took place during the same time as the 360’s Spring Sale. You’ll remember the EA sale as the one that took a bunch of crazily overpriced games like The Sims 3 and marked them down to just angrily overpriced. It’s good to own a Nokia phone, where the EA exclusives sell for much more reasonable prices.
Coinciding with the XBLA Microsoft Studios sale, it looks like we’re getting another Xbox game sale on Windows Phone! The sale titles include Gerbil Physics, ilomilo, and Zombies on the Phone, and three more games. Plus Gameloft’s Earthworm Jim just got a permanent price drop. More details after the break!
The Microsoft Studios Sale includes six games, all of which work well with Windows Phone 7 and 8. The sale lasts through April 8th. Check out this article for XBLA and Windows 8 sale details.
Gerbil Physics from Pencel Games
If you’re going to buy a physics puzzle game, it might as well be the cutest one! In this quirky title, the nefarious Toad King has captured a kingdom of gerbils in tiny spheres and blocks. To free them, you’ll use bombs and other tools to knock each level’s rodent population down beneath the goal line and into freedom. The Achievements are reasonably easy, too.
ilomilo from Southend Interactive
This early release remains one of the most impressive Windows Phone 7 games, mostly because it captures almost the entire XBLA ilomilo experience (sans co-op and some extras) in mobile form. Ilomilo is a no failure game in which players switch between the two protagonists and try to help them reunite across twisting, gravity-defying levels. The controls work perfectly with a touch screen and the whoel thing is endlessly pretty and charming. Fairly easy Achievements too, if you use a guide.
Zombies on the Phone from Ska Studios
One of the few top-down twin-stick shooters in the Xbox Windows Phone lineup, this game began life as an Xbox 360 indie title. The phone version adds two extra modes (Endless Zombies and Time Viking) that help make up for the general lack of variety. Zombies on the Phone touts some seriously trippy visuals and an eccentric sense of humor. However, the touch-screen controls aren’t the best and a few of the Achievements are annoyingly hard. Still, lots of gamers swear by this one.
Three more games on sale!
When this article first went live, only three games appeared to be on sale. Microsoft has now informed us that a total of six games are on sale from now until April 8th. The additional sale games are:
- geoDefense - Regular Price: $2.99 - Sale Price: 99 cents – Review - Store Link
- Hydro Thunder GO - Regular Price: $4.99 - Sale Price: $2.99 – Review - Store Link
- Rocket Riot - Regular Price: $4.99 - Sale Price: $2.99 – Review - Store Link
Earthworm Jim price drop
Before Gameloft wowed us with impressive and fully featured 3D games like Asphalt 7, the publisher bestowed Windows Phone 7 with this slightly unimpressive launch title. The actual Earthworm Jim platforming game is something of an acquired taste but still a silly and enjoyable experience. The phone game’s virtual controls drop the ball though, as they are quite poorly positioned on the screen. Tough and time consuming Achievements too. Check out our review for more details than you can shake a worm at.
Still, now that Earthworm Jim has permanently dropped from $4.99 to 99 cents, those problems seem much more bearable! Bargain hunters rocking Windows Phone 7 or 8 can find it here on the Windows Phone Store. Don’t let Psycrow and Queen Slug-for-a-Butt win! Thanks to Omar Alvarez for the tip!