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Windows Phone Xbox Live Review: Breeze

Breeze Lead

While it’s tough for indie games to get noticed on Xbox 360, several of them have found new life as Xbox Live titles on Windows Phone. Breeze is the latest game to make the jump. Developed almost entirely by one person – Rob Hutchinson of Null City Software, Breeze doesn't quite share the scale of most other Xbox Live games. Thankfully it’s a free (and ad-supported) game, and should go over well with a wide variety of gamers.

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Windows Phone Game Review: ByeByeBrain

ByeByeBrain

Yes... it's another zombie, tower defense game for your Windows Phone. But don't be too discouraged. ByeByeBrain is a wonderfully animated addition to our zombie/tower defense game line up.

Armed with five different, upgradable, volunteers to defend your city from the invading horde of zombies, the game takes on the typical tower defense goal. Prevent the hordes from passing from one side of your Windows Phone screen to the other. As you wipe out the zombies you earn cash and for each zombie that survives your onslaught, you loose a life (you only get twenty of them).

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Windows Phone App Review: Timelapse Pro

Timelapse Pro for Windows Phone

Found a nice time lapse photography app for your Windows Phone the other day. Timelapse Pro is available over at the Windows Phone Marketplace for a steal of a price ($.99).

What makes Timelapse Pro a really nice photography app for your Windows Phone is the settings menu (more on this in a second). In a nutshell, Timelapse Pro takes control over your camera and captures an image at pre-determined intervals. The photos are then compiled into a video for some neat time lapse images.

Timelapse Pro's interface is fairly simple. You have one page to work from with a three dot menu that pulls up options to access the settings, read some tips/tricks, and view the About screen.

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Windows Phone Xbox Live Review: MiniSquadron

MiniSquadron Lead

For the longest time, Rise of Glory was the only aerial combat game in the mobile Xbox Live lineup. Not a bad game, but the relatively complex tilt controls and sterile atmosphere kept me out of the pilot seat. A year later, MiniSquadron finally touched down on the Marketplace. Both games feature mid-air dogfighting - and still they couldn’t be more different. Created by indie developer Supermono and ported by Fat Pebble, MiniSquadron is simple, silly, and incredibly addictive. Even steep challenge and rampant glitchiness can’t keep it down.

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Windows Phone App Review: Nokia's ESPN App

Nokia ESPN App

Nokia will be offering several exclusive apps for their Lumia Windows Phone lineup. One such app is the ESPN App. We mentioned it in the Lumia 710 review and now we'll take a closer look at things.

The app is broken down into three panoramic pages that cover scores, videos, news and ESPN social feeds for all your favorite sports leagues. A fifth page is present to allow you switch between sports leagues and covers the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, NCAA Basketball and Football, Soccer, Formula 1, Cricket and Rugby.

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Windows Phone Review: T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710

T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710

Nokia has had a good amount of success with the European launch of the Nokia Lumia 800 and has hopes that success continues as the company begins its push into the North American market. The first Nokia Windows Phone for the U.S. Market is the Nokia Lumia 710, that is now available over at T-Mobile.

The Lumia 710 is a compact, entry level Windows Phone that sports a 3.7" screen that is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass. The latest Windows Phone feels solidly built and comfortable in the hand.

As with other second generation Windows Phones, the Lumia 710 is designed more for a specific audience and may not appeal to everyone.  Some will find the 8gb of storage limiting and the missing front-facing camera disappointing. It may not suit your fancy but the Nokia Lumia 710 is a very good Windows Phone and a nice entry level model. It represents Nokia very well as their first U.S. Windows Phone.

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Windows Phone Xbox Live Review: Ghostscape

Ghostscape Lead

Adventure games were once a thriving genre, filled with absolute classics from LucasArts, Sierra, and others. These days, they exist in much smaller number, but they do keep coming thanks to TellTale games and the occasional indie developer. Ghostscape is a product of the latter. Originating as free flash game on Kongregate, Microsoft eventually picked it up as a mobile Xbox Live title. The development staff doubled from one to two people, and that brings us to this non-free version of Ghostscape. It retains a strong low budget indie vibe that will likely scare off mainstream players, but adventure fans will want to give the game a look.

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Windows Phone App Review: Pano

Pano for Windows Phone

Second generation HTC Windows Phone (Titan and Radar) owners have a panoramic setting in their camera app to let them stitch together three images to create a wide, panoramic image. But what about other Window Phone models? Enter the Windows Phone app Pano.

Pano was recently released over at the Windows Phone Marketplace that will allow you to stitch together up to sixteen images to create a massively huge panorama.  Pano has had a decent amount of success over on the iPhone and based on what we've seen, should be just as successful with Windows Phone users as well.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Crazy Survival

Crazy Survival is a successful Blackberry title that has crossed over to the Windows Phone platform. Crazy Survival is a fast paced, rather simple game for your Windows Phone but don't let the simplicity fool you.  This Windows Phone game can be a handful.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Bubble Popper XXL

Bubble Popper XXL

Bubble Popper XXL isn't your bubble popping game for your Windows Phone. Sure, you have to pop bubbles of two or more of the same style to gain points but there's a little more to it with Bubble Popper XXL.

Bubble Popper XXL is a multi-level game that calls upon you to remove a certain number of bubbles in a limited number of moves per level. You've got a few bonus bubbles to help you along the way and even with the help, Bubble Popper XXL can be somewhat of a challenge.

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Clingo Car Mount

One "must have" accessory for my Windows Phone is a good car cradle or mount.  These mounts come in handy when you need to keep an eye on your Windows Phone (e.g. navigation) without running the risk of the phone sliding across your dash or bouncing off the passenger seat.  The Clingo line of car mounts take on this task from a unique approach.

Most car cradles use tension arms to hold your Windows Phone into place. Clingo uses a sticky pad to hold things in place. The green sticky pad reminds me of green slime that sticks to everything.  The question is whether or not this green sticky pad will hold your Windows Phone in place.

Clingo offers their car mount in three versions. There is the Universal Podium that is more for home or office use, a Universal Hands Free that sticks to the windshield or dash of your car, and Universal Vent Mount that clips on to your car's air vents.  We took the Universal Hands-Free model out for a test drive to see how well Clingo held things into place and handled the open road.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Word Puzzle

Word Puzzle

Word Puzzle is another boggle styled word game for your Windows Phone that follows in the footsteps of similar games such as Word Arena and Wordrix. Word Puzzle presents you with either a 4x4 or 5x5 grid of letters that you have to create words from.  The 4x4 grid is challenging enough but if you really want a challenge, the larger 5x5 puzzle can really be humbling.

You create words by dragging your finger from letter to letter (moving left, right, up, down or diagonally). When you're done creating the word, just lift your touch and the word is registered and you earn points.  Instead of playing simulataneously against others trying to solve the same puzzle, Word Puzzle has you competing against the clock (two minute rounds) for the highest score.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Ninja Shooter

Ninja Shooter for Windows Phone

Ninja Shooter is a simple, yet challenging Windows Phone game that is brought to us by XIMAD. Ninja Shooter continues the never ending conflict between Pandas and Ninjas.

Ninja Shooter joins other XIMAD games such as Pandas vs. Ninjas, Ninja Breakout and Kung Fu Tic, Tac, Toe. Ninja Shooter is a nicely animated game for your Windows Phone and includes a local leaderboard and three game speeds.

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Windows Phone Game Review: MagicBalls

MagicBalls is a fast paced Windows Phone game that will test your powers of observation and reaction time. It's a fun game to pass the time with but does take a few tries to get the hang of.

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Windows Phone App Review: Vadret

Vadret for Windows Phone

"Vadret" is Swedish for "weather" (which I've probably mispronounced terribly) and Vadret is a simple but nicely laid out weather app for your Windows Phone. It gives you quick and easy access to your basic weather conditions and forecasts for up to five of your favorite worldwide locations.

When you first launch Vadret you are prompted to go to the Settings Menu where you will choose your cities, establish the general layout of the app, how you want your live tiles to look, and which of the eleven backgrounds you want to use.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Word Mints

Word Mints for Windows Phone

For those who are longing for more Windows Phone word games, we've got a dandy for you. Word Mints is a "find a word" type game that is integrated with your Facebook account. Word Mints is a tournament oriented game where you race the clock and play against other players to see who can create the most words from a six random letters. There is a lot to Word Mints including daily contests, achievements, and your own Facebook styled wall.

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Windows Phone Game Review: HoloPhone 3D

HoloPhone 3D

Here's a neat app for your Windows Phone. HoloPhone 3D combines games and interactive displays to bring a decent 3D experience to the Windows Phone.

Key features include:

  • 24 interactive hologram experiences
  • Stunning 3D graphics rendered in silky smooth 30 fps
  • Amazing physics environments with full multi-touch support
  • 10 marble maze mini-game levels with scores and ratings
  • New 'Asteroid Attack' mini-game - imagine "Fruit Ninja meets Asteroids in 3D"

A recent update to HoloPhone 3D also adds an interactive winter snow globe into the mix just in time for the Holidays.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Rummycomb

RummyComb for Windows Phone

Rummycomb is a Bejeweled inspired game for your Windows Phone that was recently updated to version 1.2. The update brings a Christmas theme to the game and resolved a few issues the game was experiencing.

You face a hexagonal grid of various objects and your job is to find matching suits of these objects based on suit or color. You build connections of three or more objects to earn points.  Rummycomb has three game modes and a handful of themes to keep things interesting.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Running Dude

Running Dude

Here's a challenging run, jump and shoot type game that will keep you on your toes. Running Dude is a retro styled game that has you running across a series of platforms to see how far you can make it before falling to your fate.

Running Dude is controlled by two buttons at the bottom sides of the screen. The right button controls your jump, the left controls your weapon. No need to worry about your running speed. It's automatic and set to fast.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Sleigh

Keeping with our Holiday Theme, Sleigh is a Windows Phone game that has you guiding Santa's sleigh through hill and dale to see how much hang time you can generate. Apparently, Santa's reindeers have gone missing and gifts have been scattered across the land.  You need to guide Santa up and down hills, catching air along the way and snatching up as many wayward gifts as possible.

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Windows Phone App Review: easyHeartRate

easyHeartRate for Windows Phone

We all know that our Windows Phones have tremendous capabilities but did you know that there's an app out there that turns your Windows Phone into a heart rate monitor? easyHeartRate is a Windows Phone app that uses your camera to measure your heart rate. easyHeartRate not only gives you a decent heart rate reading but you also have the ability to record and monitor your heart rate history, and calculate the various heart rate zones.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Flipper

Flipper

Flipper is an interesting game for your Windows Phone. It's a simple game where you flip triangles to create squares to earn points. It's an easy game to pick up on but challenging enough to keep your interests up.  

Flipper's menu has options to play the game, view your high score and submit your scores to an online leaderboard. You can also customize your player name as it appears on the leaderboard.  The game really has nothing to do with Gumby but at the time, I couldn't think of any other prop to use.

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