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Trail Buddy - Review

Trail Buddy is a location tracking application for your Windows Phone that can be used for hiking, biking, geocaching and other activities that require GPS and/or mapping. Trail Buddy's features include:

  • Create multiple trails with waypoints (aka points of interest) and tracks
  • Start, pause, stop track recording and view current location information on one easy-to-read page
  • View your location, waypoints and track on a map (accessing maps requires a good quality connection)
  • View accumulated stats at any time for the current trail
  • Pre-define waypoints or capture your current position along a trail - you can even set a waypoint from the map
  • Take pictures directly from the waypoint page

To see how well these features work out for Trail Buddy, take the jump past the break.

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Tap Shot - Review

Here's a fun game to pass the time with. Tap Shot is a finger tap shooting gallery for your Windows Phone that will test your reaction time and powers of observations. 

The goal of the game is simple. Tap the screen to shoot as many targets as they appear on the screen within thirty seconds, avoid tapping friendly targets and don't miss. The game has three levels of play to keep you challenged.  Take the jump past the break to read more about Tap Shot and catch our hands-on video.

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Steambirds - Review

Steambirds has come to the Windows Phone Marketplace and if you like air combat games, you're going to want to check it out. Steambirds is a turn based, multi-level aerial combat game.

The combat view is from above and game play has a methodical touch by taking on the enemy planes one move at a time. There are multiple weapons at your disposal and a handful of aerial maneuvers that can help you take out the enemy planes.

To learn more on Steambirds, fly on past the break.

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WordMix - Review

While it may make some groan, WordMix is another word game for your Windows Phone. Described as a "fun, free and challenging word puzzle game for all ages", WordMix isn't too shabby.

The goal is to create as many words as you can from six letters before the timer strikes zero. To advance to the next round of letters, you have to discover 75% of the words.

More after the break.

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Tanks are rolling into the Marketplace

Windows Phone games such as Alphajax and Words by Post are turn by turn word games that you play online. But what if you want a little more action in your online gaming? Say, a need to blow things up? Tanks might do the trick.

Tanks is a turn by turn combat game that you play online with the goal of capturing cities and wiping out your opponent. You'll need to register your email address with the game's server and once that's done, you're off to battle.

More after the break.

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Case-Mate Pop - Case Review

One of the challenges of using the Samsung Focus is finding a decent case for the Windows Phone. The smartphone case industry seems to be hesitant to flood the market with cases but every now and then you run across something decent.

Case Mate has been in the smartphone case business for some time now and is offering the Pop case for the Samsung Focus. The Pop is part rubber case and part hard shell case. It get's its name because it "pops" into place but how much pop does the Pop have? Follow the break to find out.

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Gelaskins - Review

We mentioned the Gelaskins last week, liked what we saw and ordered a pair. Gelaskins are adhesive, protective skins for your Windows Phones that comes in a wide assortment of patterns. You also have the ability to order custom skins using your images.

First, the ordering experience went smooth. We ordered a stock skin and a custom skin for the Samsung Focus. Creating the custom skin was simple using Gelaskin's online wizard. The order shipped within twenty-four hours of placing it and, shipping UPS ground, the full turn around was six days. Not too shabby considering the order involved a custom skin.

The order arrived packaged with the skins in cardboard envelope that was inside another cardboard envelope. Sturdy enough to significantly reduce the chances of the skins being bent or folded in transit.

To read about the fit and feel of Gelaskins, slide on past the break.

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IAGWH2 - Review

Every now and again we run across rather unique games for your Windows Phone. IAGWH2 is not only a unique game but it also has an equally unique title. It stands for "I am great with headlines 2" and is part puzzle game and part trivia game based on the news headlines of the day.

It reminded me of a game show you'd fine on NPR such as "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!" IAGWH2 is a simple, yet entertaining game and to find out more, you've gotta make the jump past the break.

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Fastball 2 - Review

Fastball 2 is not a baseball game for your Windows Phone. Instead it's a bouncy ball type of game where you have to guide your ball down a path, bouncing over obstacles.

Fastball 2 has 105 levels of play spread across three stages. The game also offers two themes, cartoon and futuristic (cartoon looks the best).

From the main menu you can access the game, options, and a help section. Options include sound and music on/off controls, your theme of choice and the difficulty level (easy, normal and hard). You may want to start off easy because the game can be rather challenging.

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Tank Battle - Review

The title of this Windows Phone game says it all; Tank Battle. Your goal is simple, destroy the enemy tanks. The battlefield is peppered with obstacles that not only hinder your movement but also acts as protection from enemy fire.

To see how big or tiny a blast Tank Battle can be, power your way past the break.

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Word Blast - Review

Okay... here's another word game for your Windows Phone. Word Blast is a scrabble-like game that allows you to compete against other users online or pass and play with someone in person.

Where AlphaJax, Words by Post and Spellit follow the Windows Phone Metro theme, Word Blast takes on a more traditional layered design. You have a main menu that gives you access to creating games, view games, view the leaderboard, and access your gaming options. From there you're sent to other menus to access more particular parts of the game.

More after the break.

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Words by Post - Review

We've covered our fair share of word games for the Windows Phone. Some may argue that there are way too many word games in the Marketplace.  But, word games are an easy way to pass the time and can be entertaining, challenging and competitive.

Words by Post is such a game. Sure, it's another scrabble type game but Words by Post expands your opponent base by jumping platforms.  Words by Post is compatible with the games iPhone and Android versions.

Among the scrabble-type games,  AlphaJax may be the front runner with its fantastic appearance and large player base.  But the cross platform feature definitely makes a case for Words by Post to be the top dog.

Head on past the break to see how Words by Post measures up.

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Basecamp - Review

Basecamp is a tracking app for your Windows Phone that should help you from loosing your way while your out hiking, climbing, surfing or whatever voodoo that you do while in the great outdoors. Basecamp helps you remember what to do at the fork in the trail as you head back to camp, where you parked your car, and will also remind you when to start heading back to camp.

The core function of Basecamp is to set a GPS coordinate for your base camp and help track yourself back when you venture out. Basecamp will also help you send out an SOS should you find yourself in trouble. To see how well Basecamp can tracks your steps, hit the break.

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Activity Roulette - Review

Having a hard time deciding what to do? There's a Windows Phone app to help you with that.

Activity Roulette is available over at the Marketplace to help you make those tough choices on dinner, recreational activities, movies, office pranks and more. Activity Roulette includes a series of preset topics that can be listed by popularity or newness. The topics include not only social activities but roulettes for more personal activities such as studying, doing your homework, and choosing a color.

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Monkey Mini Golf - Review

There simply is not enough golf games over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. But things are looking better with the release of Monkey Mini-Golf.

While it's a miniature golf game (nothing wrong with that but would it be so bad to have an 18 hole EA Sports golf game?), it has a certain appeal to it. Graphically, it reminds me a lot of the Donkey Kong games that hit later in that titles lifespan. The miniature golf holes do have a degree of challenge to them and gaming controls are simple, yet effective.

To read more on Monkey Mini Golf, ease on past the break.

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MustEatBrains - Review

At some point Zombies became popular and your Windows Phone isn't exempt from their influence. It wasn't long ago we first shared with you the latest game involving the undead, MustEatBrains. Since, we've had some time to spend some hands on time with the game and found it to be a mixed bag.

Graphically, the game is well presented. I like the hand-drawn, retro feel to the game. Animations are nice, game controls decent, and the plot simple. To learn more on the latest zombie game to hit the Marketplace, hit the break.

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Quask - Short Take

We present to you Quask from Skyboost. Quask is a question-answer app for your Windows Phone that responds to questions that are entered via the keyboard or submitted by voice. Quask will then try to answer your question audibly.

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