Doodle Jump has had a presence in the Windows Phone Store for some time and a few weeks ago, the Windows Phone game recently received a facelift. The Doodler has gone rogue and taken on the role of Batman with the release of Doodle Jump DC.
Game play follows suit as the original but has you facing a variety of Batman's archenemies. Power-ups are also Batman themed with batarangs, batcopters and a bat jetpack.
Available for low-memory Windows Phones, Doodle Jump DC is an enjoyable time waster of a game and the new DC Comics theme is a nice refresh of the original. While the game has been out for a bit, we thought it was worth taking a closer look.
Last year, Microsoft announced that it would be building data centers in India to serve Azure and Office 365 customers locally. The Redmond giant has commissioned three "hyper-scale" data centers that will launch by the end of the year.
Microsoft is all set to unveil its first authorised reseller store in the Philippines on June 27.
The store will be located at the Cyberzone in SM City North EDSA mall in Manila. To commemorate the occasion, Microsoft is giving away Coloud Boom headphones and speakers, 11000mAh power bank and a SIM card to the first 100 customers purchasing either a Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia 640 XL, or Lumia 540. Subsequent 200 customers will receive a discount of 1000 Philippine Peso ($22) along with a smart SIM that comes with unlimited data and 400 text messages (valid for 10 days).
Rocksteady's highly-anticipated PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight didn't go the way the developer intended, with the game littered with launch-day bugs and a framerate lock of 30fps, leaving many gamers with high-end video cards with a sub-par experience.
The developer's response for limiting the game to 30fps was to "deliver an experience on par with the current generation of gaming platforms," a statement that did not resonate with gamers. The title recevied overwhelmingly negative reviews on Steam, with 67 percent of the 8,500 reviews citing performance issues. Features that were available on the PlayStation 4, such as rain shaders and Ambient Occlusion, were found to be missing from the PC port, which incensed gamers even further.
According to a report out of Russian tech blog Siliconrus, Windows Phone sales in Russia for the first five months of 2015 have increased by 106% over the same period last year, pushing Windows Phone to the second place spot for sales in that time frame.
Oh dear. Destiny developer Bungie have found themselves in a bit of bother this week, courtesy of a combination of criminal DLC practices and arrogant comments.
Edit: Bungie have since responded to the backlash, scroll down for more.
DLC continues to be a hotly debated topic, and Destiny has deservedly taken the spotlight over the past few days on this thorny issue.
The upcoming Destiny expansion The Taken King asks veterans to pay $40 for the privilege. The game includes a new raid, new sub-classes and a whole lot of new content. If you're a fan, you might be able to justify the price. For people who haven't yet journeyed into Bungie's plot-shy loot-fest they can pick up the base game, all previous DLC and The Taken King for just $60. You might imagine that this has slighted a few fans.
Windows 10 Mobile build 10136 may have just released to WIndows Insiders a week ago, but we're already getting a peek at what's coming down the line in future builds. Thanks to the folks at MSMobile.pl, some screenshots of Windows 10 Mobile build 10149 have leaked, revealing some minor tweaks and a welcome change in Microsoft Edge.
The popular music app Shazam got updated today for Windows Phone to version 4.4. The update adds a few notable features, including a News Feed so users can get info on the many music artists they might have "Shazamed" in the past.
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Microsoft continues to open new locations for its large retail stores in North America. The official Microsoft Store Facebook page was updated today with news on three openings that are happening soon. However, we still don't have any word on when the company's big flagship store, currently under construction in New York City, will open its doors.
Clash of Clans has been one of the most popular mobile games in the world for the last couple of years. Seeing as how Windows Phone still doesn't have Clash after all this time, it's up to other game publishers to pick up the slack. Gameloft, one of the largest publishers of Windows Phone games, already has a fair Clash clone called Age of Sparta.
Today, Gameloft has released another game in that mold called Siegefall. This one tasks players with building a fantasy kingdom, training armies, and doing battle across a campaign and against other players. Siegefall mixes things up a bit by giving players direct control of their powerful hero characters during battle.
Read on for quick Siegefall impressions and our exclusive hands-on video with Mandy Paez from Gameloft!
If you're a Bing Rewards member in the market for a laptop on the cheap, Microsoft has a deal you may be interested in. On the Microsoft Store, Bing Rewards members can score a Dell 15 i3 for just $300, or 50 percent off.
Gameloft has been busy today with new game launches and updates. That includes the fantasy "hack and slash" RPG Dungeon Hunter 5, which had added Xbox Live support for both Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 versions.
In early May, Microsoft held their annual Build conference to talk about Windows 10, development tools, and the future. HoloLens and Microsoft's holographic computing initiative was one of the main features with some attendees getting into the Holographic Academy experience.
I wrote about the Holographic Academy, our introduction to the tools to write apps for HoloLens and my experience back then. This Holographic Academy was impressive because not only is HoloLens real but developers can start making apps for it using tools they already own today.
People Can Fly, the Poland-based developer which was acquired by Epic Games in 2012 and renamed Epic Games Poland, is now an independent studio once again under its original name. People Can Fly has also acquired the Bulletstorm game franchise, which it co-developed with Epic Games for Xbox 360, Windows PC, and PlayStation 3 platforms in 2011.
The days of strict smartphone spec for spec battles have passed. The war of ecosystems is the new battleground.
With Microsoft's ecosystem boldly boasting its presence on rival platforms through a proliferation of cross-platform apps, Redmond's mobile devices need a differentiator. Such a differentiator would allow Microsoft devices to showcase the synergy of products and services within the ecosystem in a way the same products on other platforms cannot. Enter Continuum.
"Imagine the effect this can have on mobile first countries where individuals can be as productive with the phone they're buying if they can't buy a full PC," – Belfiore, Build 2015
Continuum for the phone was one of the most exciting announcements from Microsoft's Build Conference. As we know, Continuum on tablets and hybrids allows the Windows OS to switch between the traditional desktop environment and the touch-friendly Modern UI, depending on the hardware configuration.
If a device like the Microsoft Surface is connected to a keyboard, for example, the user is presented with the familiar desktop environment. Disconnecting the keyboard to use it as a tablet prompts the touch-friendly Modern UI. That was the extent of our understanding of Microsoft's Continuum before Build. Joe Belfiore, Corporate VP of Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, changed that when he announced Continuum for the phone.
Nothing hurts worse for fans than when a popular property's creator sits on the property instead of using it. Quite often the IP creator has no say in the franchise's future and has left the company in the years since its inception. That's the whole reason Yooka-Laylee, the upcoming spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie exists – because Microsoft and Rare haven't made a new 3D platformer in years.
The same applies to Capcom's Mega Man series (although the publisher at least announced Mega Man Legacy Collection just before E3). As such, the series' creator Keiji Inafune (who is also working on Recore) has teamed up with Japanese developer Comcept (with Deep Silver publishing) to create the upcoming Mighty No. 9 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows, and other platforms. Mighty No. 9 is a 2.5D action-platformer starring a robot who gains powers from the bosses he defeats, much like the Mega Man games of yore.
We interviewed Mighty No. 9 producer Yu "Nick" Yu at E3 2015. Read on for our full preview with interview and gameplay video!
A rep for the Hipstamatic photography company has confirmed to a Windows Central reader they have no plans to update their two Hipstamatic Oggl apps they have made for Windows Phone. The apps themselves have not been updated in over a year.
While Starbucks is no closer to launching an official app for Windows Phone, there are a few third-party apps available for the OS to help users find their nearest place to get their coffee on. One of our favorites is Starbucks Locator, and it received a small but useful update this week that adds search filtering features.