3 years ago
I Love Katamari's price shrinks even as its Katamari ball grows
Last week, the tilt-controlled Xbox Live game Super Monkey Ball received a nice price drop. Today a game with similar (but better) controls just dropped its price too: I Love Katamari from Namco. It’s down from $6.99 to the far fairer $4.99.
I Love Katamari is the mobile version of the Katamari Damacy series. Players control the tiny Prince of the Cosmos and his sticky Katamari ball. The goal is to roll up various objects into the ball, from small things like gum packets and books to giant objects like cars and planes. It’s a quirky good time. Players will need to play four different game modes on each of I Love Katamari’s 6 varied levels in order to earn all the Achievements, including a crazy 110 point Achievement for rolling up every single item in the game.
Sega’s Super Monkey Ball is frustratingly hard due to utterly abysmal tilt controls. I Love Katamari’s tilt controls aren’t perfect, but they are far more manageable. As I say in our review though, it is still a fairly challenging game due to strict time limits on some levels. With practice, most players should be able to roll their way to end of the game.
I Love Katamari is now $4.99 and there is a free trial. We've been told this is a temporary price drop, so don't wait too long to try it. Roll it up here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Verizon bringing in the Trophy on May 26th [Rumor]
I'm sure some (if not most) of the people eagerly awaiting this device are wandering if it's an elaborate plot by Verizon to (for some strange reason I can't quite think of) laugh at their customers in the continued torment that seems to be present. On the other hand, things could just be seriously messed up, and when have carriers ever got something right?
Wireless Vet, an active member on our forums, has received word from a HTC representative that the release date they're looking at is in fact - May 26th.
HTC rep says May 26 release date.
Rep states the phone just finished its official testing yesterday.
Our advice? Don't get your hopes up too much, we've followed the plethora of rumours and this should be taken lightly. Let's not forget the rumoured 19th date too, so if tomorrow doesn't display any sign of the HTC Trophy, then perhaps we have another week to run through. We'll keep you posted should anymore news show up.
Head on over to our forums to join the discussion.
3 years ago
Hydro Thunder Go coming on May 25. Full 6 Weeks of Must-Have Games schedule revealed
Windows Phone gamers have been anxiously awaiting the start of the 6 Weeks of Must Have Games promotion. It was initially thought to begin in April, but then we learned it had been pushed back to an unspecified date. Shortly thereafter at MIX 2011, Joe Belfiore announced that Angry Birds would come out on May 25, so everyone assumed that the Must-haves would roll out then.
As it turns out, May 25 does indeed mark the start of the 6 Weeks of Must Have Games. But Angry Birds won’t be next week’s Xbox Live release after all. Instead, that honor goes to Hydro Thunder Go, the only Windows Phone-exclusive title in the Must-Have lineup. Leading with the strongest title is a smart idea, as Hydro Thunder Go has some great buzz surrounding it. Hydro Thunder Go will launch on May 25 at the very fair price of $4.99.
But that’s not all! We’ve got the full Xbox Live release schedule for the next 6 weeks, including prices and screenshots. Head past the jump for the exciting details.
3 years ago
IM+ beta update: we're close! Flory IM pulled from the Marketplace?
For those waiting with bated breath for IM+...err, you still have to wait awhile. The gooder news (yeah, we just said that) is it's getting closer and it sounds like they are nearly ready to take the wraps off their multi-client IM app for Windows Phone 7:
"Folks, we know it's been a long wait. We are working hard and doing our best to release the beta of IM+ for WP7 asap. And it is almost here. We expect the first beta within 2 weeks timeframe, however ETA may vary.
Please note that due to technical and legal structure of Marketplace the beta will only be available for registered developers devices. We'll be back with updates on beta release shortly. Thank you for understanding."
Okay, you know the rule: we hate when companies constantly delay things, but we forgive them when they keep us abreast of their inner happenings. So you have your stay, ShapeServices. Now lets just hope they deliver a solid product. Our bet is that they will.
On a related note: Flory IM is no longer available in the U.S. Marketplace. We're working on finding out why.
Source: IM+ Facebook; Thanks, Alan P., for the heads up
3 years ago
Samsung Omnia 7 updates back on
Seems as though everything is back on after we mentioned the patch Samsung released yesturday for their Omnia 7, which addressed the issue with devices not being able to update. Microsoft have confirmed in a blog post that the Samsung Omnia 7 handsets will begin receiving either NoDo or 7392 (dependant on whichever stage you're at) in stages, but unfortunately no word has been said on the Focus.
If you haven't recevied any error on your Omnia 7 with updating to 7392 from NoDo (code: 801812C1) then you will not need to use the Samsung patch, just update as you usually would via Zune or Windows Phone 7 Connector. So, fantastic news all around, right? We'll keep you all up-to-date with anything we receive for Focus handsets.
3 years ago
Windows Phone shows up on TV's 'Castle'...again [Video]
Looks like our favorite mobile OS has, once again, made a quite conspicuous appearance on that hit show 'Castle'. Flashing back, it was only like 2 weeks ago since the last sighting (and then way back in November). On the episode airing May 16th, Castle decides to use his Samsung Focus (though carrier and name are blocked) to snap a photo of some evidence for safe keeping. He then quickly creates an email and promptly sends it to his partners (nice use of Outlook there too).
Overall, we dig these little placements as hopefully it'll sink in eventually with the greater viewing public. Plus, Nathan Fillion rocks. Thanks, @benalewis, for the heads up!
3 years ago
SuperTube with 720P streaming hits v1.5, keeps getting better
If you're a big YouTube user than either Lazy Worm (review coming up) or SuperTube (see video review) are your best choices. SuperTube just hit v1.5 today and brings a bunch of new features (as well as updates from previous versions). The app has the ability to stream and/or download any YouTube video for later viewing and allows 720P HQ playback, which as you can see from the screenshots above, is really high resolution. Surprisingly, there is no stutter during playback due to the new optimized video player.
Sure, there's a few spelling errors e.g. "buffing" instead of "buffering" and v1.5 actually reads v1.4 in the About Page, but in terms of style, function and ability, the app is up there with the top (it currently has 4.5 stars in the Marketplace). The app fetches for $1.29 (trial is available) and there is a free, ad version as well.
We have the entire changelog after the break.
3 years ago
16MP HTC Bresson Windows Phone for T-Mobile?
Call it a merger of rumors, but Pocketnow.com is claiming that the HTC Bresson is the same device in that HTC commercial, the one that mentions a 16MP camera and shows clearly a Windows Phone-design. Combined with the leaked T-Mobile roadmap from ThisIsMyNext (the ex-Engadget team's new gig) which mentions the 'Bresson' for a post-September release (hello 'Mango') and you have yourselves a nice flagship phone.
Though the rest of the specs are unknown, as is the final design (though this is clearly influenced by the Nexus One + Desire S, which we really like), you can bet besides a 16MP camera (really?) the next gen Qualcomm chipset, 800x480 resolution and probably a boatload of memory.
Could Windows Phone 7.5 really be the big moment, the big push that we've all be waiting for? Big hardware, big new OS features and some street-cred? We sure think so.
Side note: People in photography know who is Bresson is, but for the rest.
Source: Pocketnow, ThisIsMyNext
3 years ago
AdDuplex gives app monetization option [Developers]
We've covered AdDuplex before, the unique app promotion system by Alan Mendelevich gives developers a quick way to get their app advertised without costing a cent. Now, Mendelevich has taken the system a bit further by adding a mixed-model to the bag, starting in June, that allows devs to make money off of their submissions:
You just specify that you want to monetize your app in the settings. You can choose what percentage of your exchange balance you want to monetize. The system will automatically serve commercial ads to your application up to the specified percentage of your impressions. All unsold inventory will return to your exchange balance and you’ll get free advertising for it as you do now.
Here is an example. Let’s say your current exchange ratio is 0.8 and you specify that you want to monetize up to 50% of your exchange balance. In this case, if you serve, say, 1000 impressions per day, 400 will go into the exchange program as before (you will get 400 impressions of your ad), 200 will go to AdDuplex and up to 400 will be filled with commercial ads. If, for example, there’s only enough commercial ad inventory to fill 300 of these spots the remaining 100 will go back into your exchange balance and you will get 500 impressions of your ad instead of 400.
Although we hate the maths, we do like the idea of devs profiting off of their creations and we're glad to see another option for them to take advantage of. You can read more on the whole option right here at the AdDuplex Blog.
3 years ago
Whoa, OMG: Our Manic Game is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week
The Xbox Live Deal of the Week program appears to be slowly making its way through all of the Windows Phone launch titles, temporarily knocking one or two dollars off of each game. The latest game to get the discount is OMG: Our Manic Game from Arkedo Studios. It’s on sale for $1.99, down from $2.99. Oh my gosh!
OMG is a vertically-scrolling shooter featuring neon-colored vector graphics. The player’s ship constantly fires, while tapping enemies makes them become manic and unleash a hail of extra fire. The game has got both Infinite and 5 Minute modes to blast through. Our OMG review notes that it’s a bit light on content (as with many launch titles) but still plenty of fun. The gameplay is a little too plain for me, but if you’re into shooters, it’s currently the only Xbox Live game in town.
OMG is on sale for $1.99 for like, one week only. You can totally get it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace!
3 years ago
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is now champion of the Marketplace
I was understandably excited when we learned that Pac-Man Championship Edition DX was coming to Xbox Live this week. After a week of anxious anticipation, it’s finally available on the Marketplace!
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is the mobile port of the 2010 console sequel to Pac-Man. It’s a huge upgrade over the original, with multiple selectable visual and audio styles, three distinct mazes (down from the console version’s 9 mazes, but still a fun assortment), and copious game modes. These include 3- and 5-minute Score Attacks, Ghost Combo, and more than 10 different time trials.
The goal isn’t just to eat dots any more – players bait ghosts into following them, creating huge chains of enemies that can be cleared with a trusty power pellet. Whenever a fruit is eaten, a new arrangement of dots and ghosts appear in the maze. It’s all about earning as many points as you can within each mode’s time limit, and the game’s online Leaderboards look very good so far.
The mobile version of Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is currently exclusive to Windows Phone, so don’t confuse it with the regular Championship Edition that’s available on iOS. Even though I’ve only played it for a short time tonight, I can easily say that it eclipses the original Pac-Man and is actually one of the best Xbox Live games so far. It even has easy Achievements to boot!
Pac-Championship Edition DX costs $6.99 and has a free trial. Chomp it up here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.
One more thing… If you’re wondering how to unlock the second maze, Manhattan, try scoring over 150,000 points on Championship II’s Score Attack(3 min.) mode.
3 years ago
Verizon Trophy: Another Unicorn Sighting?
The Verizon Trophy release is rumored to be just around the corner. While at times the Verizon Windows Phone has felt more like a unicorn than reality, we've learned of another sighting.
A Central New Jersey Ebay Classified ad is listing the Verizon Trophy for $395 or best offer (cash only). The Trophy is advertised as having a clean ESN, ready to be activated on any Verizon line.
There is no mention as to where or how the seller (an unregistered user) acquired the phone but there are a few pictures of the Trophy that lends a little credence to the add. Still, as with other ads of this nature, caveat emptor (buyer beware) is a good philosophy to follow.
Nonetheless, hopefully this is a good sign that the Verizon Trophy will become reality soon.
Thanks goes out to Byron for the tip!
3 years ago
Samsung release Omnia 7 patch
Samsung has just come out with a new patch for their Omnia 7 product to make updating to 7392 (or NoDo) a reality without fail - or so it seems. We're (as of now) unsure whether the Focus will receive a similar patch from the manufacturer, but at least this is a sign of progress behind the closed doors. Also, Microsoft has not yet given word on when Samsung devices will begin to receive the May update.
Since this patch is for devices that have failed to update to the May security build, we would recommend that everyone who hasn't actually attempted to update in the first place not to use this patch unless the update to build 7392 failed with the error: 801812C1.
Source: Samsung,via: WMPU, Monsmartphone
3 years ago
The big Windows Phone 7.5 consumer-features list (so far)
First we saw the big MIX11 stuff for developers, promising new tools, experiences, options and APIs for them. Now it's our turn, the consumers. This is more a refresh/warm up to tomorrow's big 'VIP Preview' of Windows Phone 7.5 (we'll be there). There we're expecting to see all below confirmed (and demoed) as well as even more features that we haven't learned about yet.
The list is long and growing and though Microsoft has been criticized for its updates in the past, this looks to be much more than what Apple or Google include in there single big updates. In fact, Ballmer said there would be more than 500 new features in Mango, which undoubtedly contains all the APIs too. So take a gander and hunker down as the next six-months will be a long wait for this Mango goodness.
Anyways, hit the break for the big list.
3 years ago
More Windows Phone 7.5 features: SmartDJ & disable camera sound
On Sunday, when the Windows Phone Dev Podcast aired, co-hosts Ryan & Travis Lowdermilk mentioned they had a few more screen leaked shots of Windows Phone 7.5 aka 'Mango'. However, instead of just releasing them, they wanted to verify and go over them a bit.
Flash forward to today and they've posted new pics depicting two new features which should make folks happy:
Smart DJ - Found on the ol' Zune HD, it's described as thus "If you have a Zune Pass, you'll hear a mix of music from your collection and from the Zune catalog if you're near a known wireless network. Otherwise, if you don't have a Zune Pass or if you aren't near a known wireless network, the Smart DJ mix will just include songs from your own music collection.". Basically it rivals iTunes Genius and is something us Zune'ers have been wanting for awhile. (For a good 'versus' article, see Gounce's iTunes vs Zune piece).
Disable the camera shutter sound - pretty self explanatory, we can finally disable the ever so loud (and annoying) camera shutter noise. Hooray for spy shots!
Combine with all the other features we've heard so far, Windows Phone 7.5 seems to be going a long way in fixing/augmenting the OS in all the right ways.
Source: Windows Phone Dev Podcast
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