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3 years ago

Corona - Review

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Corona - Review

While puzzles games may be the easiest genre of game to develop, resulting in hundreds of them clogging up the Marketplace, 2D shooters (aka shoot-em-ups or shmups) are pretty common as well. Simple shooters with procedurally-generated levels and generic, lifeless backgrounds are a dime a dozen. While these games are fun in small doses, it’s easy to become apathetic toward them given their sheer numbers, generic designs, and how little content they really contain. That makes Finnish developer Kajak Games’ Corona all the more impressive. It packs all the content and personality of a real arcade shoot-em-up into an exclusive Windows Phone game at a fraction of the cost.

Fly past the break to see exclusive Corona concept art and, of course, our full review.

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3 years ago

Fight Game: Rivals - Review

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Fight Game: Rivals - Review

The last few years have seen a revival of the fighting game genre, thanks in no small part to Capcom’s Street Fighter IV. That game even made the trip to iPhone intact, with simplified touch screen controls keeping the portable version fun and playable. Since Street Fighter IV hasn’t been ported to Windows Phone yet, the platform is wide open for a fighter.

Enter Fight Game: Rivals from Dutch developer Khaeon GameStudio. Rivals takes an entirely different approach to touch-screen fighting, replacing a virtual stick and buttons with turn-based strategy and minigames. It’s a clever approach, though the gameplay itself lacks variety.

Jump kick past the break for our full review.

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3 years ago

IonBallEX - Review

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IonBallEX - Review

The Atari classic Breakout may have started the brick-breaking genre, but Taito’s Arkanoid took it to the next level, adding enemies and powerups into the mix. Enter indie developer IronSun Studios, whose IonBallEX draws liberal inspiration from Arkanoid while adding a few unique twists.

Before we get to the nuts and bolts, a history lesson: IonBallEX (a title which could seriously use one or two spaces) is the Xbox Live sequel to the original IonBall, which debuted as an indie game on Windows Phone (see our review). It then migrated to Xbox 360, also as an indie game. The only Xbox Live brick-breaking competition on Windows Phone is the abysmal 3D Brick Breaker Revolution (review), so IonBallEX is automatically the best game of its type by default. Thankfully it’s actually pretty good.

Slide past the break for our full review.

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3 years ago

Sudoku - Review

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Sudoku - Review

Sudoku, which comes from developer Babaroga and publisher Microsoft, is one of the first two free ad-supported games for Xbox Live. It’s currently available in the US only, though it will likely debut in lands afar eventually as well. There are a ton of different sudoku games on Windows Phone already. This version is certainly not definitive, but it’s a pretty good way to get some free Achievements.

Head past the break for our full review.

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3 years ago

More Brain Exercise - Review

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More Brain Exercise - Review

When Nintendo’s Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! debuted on the DS in 2006, it jump started the brain training sub-genre. Based on the theories of neuroscientist Dr. Ryūta Kawashima and featuring his image, Brain Age contained a variety of minigames and puzzles aimed at ‘exercising’ the brain and thus (supposedly) improving mental functions. It also included the single best videogame version of sudoku that I’ve ever played. Brain Age’s runaway sales success inspired many imitators, including mobile Xbox Live titles Brain Challenge from Gameloft and More Brain Exercise from Namco Bandai Games. More Brain Exercise is the closer of the two to Brain Age’s fantastic design, but unfortunately it’s a pretty poor copy.

Head past the break for our full review, brainy readers.

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3 years ago

Enigmo - Review

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Enigmo - Review

iBlast Moki may have been the first Xbox Live physics puzzler on Windows Phone, but the genre itself goes much farther back. Take, for example, Enigmo, a game that Austin-based Pangaea Software originally published on personal computers in 2003. The puzzler met with huge success at the time, and has since been ported to a variety of platforms as well as spawning a sequel. The Windows Phone port of Enigmo comes from fellow Austin developer Chaotic Moon Studios. It’s a no-frills port, but the cerebral gameplay holds up quite well.

Splash past the break for our full review.

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3 years ago

Train Trouble - Review

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3 years ago

Snake - Review

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Snake - Review

XIMAD is offering Snake over at the Windows Phone Marketplace with is yet another variation of the classic snake game. The game of snake has gone a long way since the days of the monochrome version that was on so many Nokia bar phones.

The game premise hasn't changed a bit. You guide your snake around the screen collecting gems and artifacts while avoiding obstacles. The game has two modes, Arcade and Challenge. The Arcade Mode has you score points to work your way through multiple levels.  Each level has a required number of gems to collect in order to advance to the next level.  The further you advance, the more challenging the levels become.

The Challenge Mode is more of a free-style game that has you competing for a high score.  The more gems you collect, the longer the snake becomes.  The longer your snake becomes, the more challenging maneuvers become.

More after the break.

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3 years ago

Crazy Horses Match Maker - Review

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: August 29-4, 2011

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It's another weekend over so here's your Windows Phone summary. This week we've had the Mobile Nations Monday brief, Mobile Nations podcast, WPCentral Podcast episode 124 and a developer interview with Ronny Gydar of Trine's Hangman. Our Dave Blake has also compiled the top discussions happening over at our forum.

We were at HTC event in London on Thursday, check out our summary, our hands on videos of the Radar and Titan, special episode 124.5 of the WPCentral Podcast and the official product pages. Check out the rest of the summary after the quick break.

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3 years ago

HTC Radar appears on the radar

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HTC Radar appears on the radar

We've seen ads for the HTC Titan and Radar over at Amazon.com's UK site and now we are seeing the HTC Radar make an appearance on the UK mobile phone site, IntoMobilePhones. While there isn't an out of contract price listed for the Radar, the monthly rental is running 26.88 Pounds (about $44 U.S.). The out of contract price, while not listed, has been reported to be $568 U.S on the Amazon.com listing.

The interesting part of the advertisement is the availability date. The Radar is currently being offered as a pre-order with stock expected around September 20th.

If true, the Radar will be available long before the "first of October" date we heard at the London unveiling. There is a double asterix after the date which likely means "give or take a few weeks" just in case supplies are delayed.

source: intomobilephones  Thanks goes out to Ross for tipping us on this!

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3 years ago

Transhub lands down under in the Marketplace

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Transhub is a public transportation app for your Windows Phone designed to help you get around Sydney, Australia. Transhub delivers time schedules for buses, rails, and ferries to your Windows Phone and helps you plan your routes.

Key features include:

Multiple Journey Options: Transhub will provide multiple accurately planned journeys to resolve your public transportation emergencies (missed the bus, rails running late, etc.).

Complete, Accurate and Up-to-date Database: Transhub provides complete access to all of Sydney's public transport timetable information. The data is sourced from the official public transport website.

GPS Travel Tracking: With real-time GPS updates of your current location, you can follow the journey plan map that will indicate each stop along your travels.

Personalization: Transhub will allow you to save your favorite journeys, searches and locations to allow quick and easy access.

Transhub looks like a very useful app for those living and traveling to Sydney. There is a seven day trial version available for Transhub with the full version running $3.99. You can download Transhub here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

Oh, WPCentral would like to extend a hearty congrats to Transhub for being awarded the 2011 Spotlight Award from Microsoft during the 2011 Tech.Ed Conference in Australia.

Thanks goes out to Alex for tipping us on this!

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3 years ago

Navigon for Windows Phone demoed at IFA 2011

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The other day we reported the news that NAVIGON is bringing their navigation app to the Windows Phone platform. Now we get to see a sneak peak of the NAVIGON app in action courtesy of the IFA 2011 consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany.

The app looks feature rich and just down right nice.  NAVIGON's features include on-board maps, spoken turn-by-turn directions, visual lane guidance, live traffic information, automatic rerouting, and Reality Scanner, which provides an instant and effortless way of identifying nearby destinations while on foot.

Pricing for NAVIGON is being reported at $79.99 Euros (about $114). While the price may give you pause, in looking at the iPhone equivalent, NAVIGON for Europe runs $119 while NAVIGON for the US runs $49.99 with regional versions running $29.99. So the pricing point is in line with NAVIGON's other platforms.

No specifics on a release date beyond what we already know which is "later this year".

source: insomnia.gr via: wmpu

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3 years ago

Gchat Google Talk client for Mango phones now available

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One thing that is lacking on Microsoft's Windows Phone is some solid Google apps. Sure we have IM+, but not everyone is in love with that IM system nor the price. Gchat, which supports Google Talk and only Google Talk, is now available in the Marketplace for Mango enabled phones. And our first impression? It's pretty awesome. Here's why:

  • Push notifications for messages
  • Pinning any of your contacts as a secondary tile, with independent unread message count.
  • Off-the-record conversations, with special and delicate handling.

It's looks to be fast (app is

The app is free and looks to be ad free, so if you have a Mango phone and need Google Talk, you'll want to give it a shot as this looks very promising. Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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