Windows Phone Central's Game Roundup
Windows Phone Central's Roundup of New+Rising Games

Sure... you can use your Windows Phone for checking email, making phone calls, taking pictures, and other productive activities. But it's also a great device to play games on.

Couldn't really come up with a good theme for this week's Windows Phone Central Roundup so I decided to pick a few games from the New+Rising list over at the Windows Phone Store.

No rhyme or reason as to which titles made it to the roundup and if you've stumbled across a new Windows Phone game you'd like to recommend, sound off in the comments.

PenguinAirborne

PenguinAirborne (free): PenguinAirborne is a racing game of sorts that involves skydiving. You compete against four other penguins to see can reach the ground the quickest without going splat.

As you fall, you can tilt your Windows Phone left or right to try to catch bonus items as you plummet to earth. Last to hit the ground gets a bomb dropped on them, ending the game for that penguin. Survive all five rounds, you get promoted and move on to the next level.

PenguinAirborne isn't a feature rich game but it's still a nice way to pass the time with. PenguinAirborn is a free, ad supported game for your Windows Phone that you can land here in the Windows Phone Store.

Egg Man Rally

Egg Man Rally (trial/$.99): Egg Man Rally is a Windows Phone game that will test your speed and balance. You are racing a buggy across a hilly course, maintaining balance and avoid bouncing your egg out of the buggy. Balance is maintained by forward and reverse, on-screen controls.

You can modify your buggy suspension and weight balance to better the odds. The game spans race courses in eight Countries and each Country has six courses. Egg Man Rally also has online leaderboards through Scoreloop.

Again, not many features to this game but Egg Man Rally has nice graphics, fun game play, challenging physics and is nice addition to the Windows Phone gaming library.

There is a trial version available with the full version of Egg Man Rally running $.99. You can find Egg Man Rally here at the Windows Phone Store.

Fingerball Free

Fingerball Free (free): Fingerball wasn't exactly what I expected but it's ends up being a simple game that has an odd addictive quality to it. Gameplay is about as simple as it can get. Tap the ball to bounce it in the air and keep tapping it to keep it airborne. If the ball hits the ground, game over.

There are six different scenes to compete in and six different difficulty levels (harder the difficulty, the smaller the ball). Each tap earns you a point and naturally you try to earn as many points as possible.  The game sounds easy but it's more challenging than you would think.

Fingerball has online leaderboards and if you achieve the high score, you'll earn a champions cup. When someone tops your score, you lose the cup.

Fingerball is a free, ad-supported game that you can find here at the Windows Phone Store.

Sparks

Sparks (free): Sparks is an interesting puzzle type game for your Windows Phone where you have to guide a light through a maze of tunnels while avoiding various enemies. Along the way your light or spark needs to light torches (black little lighthouses scattered about) and can collect floating shards to regain health.

A virtual joystick in the bottom left of the screen is used to guide your light. A combat joystick sits in the bottom right to give your light a burst of speed to destroy your enemies. Sparks is a minimalistic type of game that has it's fair share of challenges. It is a multi-level game and not a bad way to pass the time with.

Sparks is a free, ad-supported game that you can find here at the Windows Phone Store.

Obsessive Collecting Disorder

Obsessive Collecting Disorder (free): Obsessive Collecting Disorder is a multi-level platform game for your Windows Phone. You have to guide your character through a maze of dangers, collecting coins along the way. Collect all the coins and you're transported to the next, more challenging level.

Left and right movement is controlled by tilting your Windows Phone. The more you tilt, the faster the little stick figure goes. When you're ready to jump, just tap the screen.

Obsessive Collecting Disorder has seventy levels spread across seven stages. The only downside to this is that if you leave the game, you have to start each Stage at the first level. Some of the levels can be tough so it sucks to have to replay them instead of resuming where you left off at.  It reminds me a little of Shift 2 but will less of a puzzle solving element.

Obsessive Collecting Disorder is a free, ad-supported game and you can find it here in the Windows Phone Store.


Again, no rhyme or reason behind selecting these games from the New and Rising section of the Windows Phone Store. I did begin to try Trick Shot Bowling, which looks like an interesting game, but it kept crashing right after the start screen.

Of the bunch, Egg Man Rally was the most enjoyable but each game wouldn't be a bad way to pass the time with. If you've spotted a New+Rising game that you would recommend, jump on board and speak up in the comments.