With all the excitement over Tetris Blitz releasing on Windows Phone 8 last week, we almost missed that a couple of former Nokia Windows Phone exclusives have now become available to all Windows Phone users. Perish the thought!
The games are Dream Track Nation and Tiny Plane, both from PowPow Games. They clock in at $2.99 apiece and run on both Windows Phone 7 and 8 hardware. More Xbox Windows Phone games is always a good thing, but the low production values of these titles might temper excitement a bit…
Head past the break for details, Store links, and a full list of the remaining Nokia exclusive Xbox games!
Dream Track Nation (Windows Phone 7 or 8)
Price: $2.99 – 23 MB – Store Link
Dream Track Nation is a two-dimensional, physics-based stunt racing game. Players drive left or right by touching the edges of the screen, while tilting the phone rotates the vehicle. Courses include such locations as Texas the Moon and feature huge winding loops and lots of opportunities for air time.
The game has two modes of play: time trial – a race to finish the level quickly, and star hunt – in which players must collect stars before crossing the finish line. There’s also a track editor with online course sharing.
On the downside, Dream Track Nation’s physics and tilt controls are terrible. Vehicles often flip and float around the track with very little rhyme or reason. The tracks themselves aren’t too hard, but the loose gameplay really limits the overall fun factor. See our review for the whole story.
Tiny Plane (Windows Phone 7 or 8)
Price: $2.99 – MB – Store Link
Want a low rent, harder, and more expensive version of Jetpack Joyride? Tiny Plane is basically an endless runner, only with flying. Pilots will steer by tapping the left and right edges of the screen to angle their plane’s noses. Planes need to be refueled periodically, which can be accomplished by landing on runways.
Tiny Plane does have the addictive coin collection mechanic that these games often feature, but coins can only be spent on new planes. There are no optional missions to complete, making it hard to stay interested for very long. It’s a challenging game too, as certain obstacles are all but unavoidable. See our review for more details.
Nokia exclusives update: current exclusives
Here’s the full list of Nokia exclusives.
- DaVinci Pinball - Released: April 23, 2013
- FIFA 13 - Released: July 8, 2013
- Mass Effect: Infiltrator - Released: May 22, 2013
- Monopoly Millionaire - Released: April 23, 2013
- NBA Jam - Released: May 22, 2013
- Real Racing 2 - Released: May 22, 2013
- Storm in a Teacup - Released: April 3, 2013
- Tiger Woods 12 - Released: May 22, 2013
- Vampire Rush - Released: April 3, 2013