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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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Windows Phone Game Review: Robots from Mars

Robots from Mars

Here's a simple game for your Windows Phone that has a lot of potential but a decent amount of room for improvement. Robots from Mars is a 3D platformer styled game that has you controlling a robot across the Mars' countryside.

Along the way you have to use your rocket boosters to navigate over obstacles.  Your robot is also equipped with a weapon to help defend off any Martians that may appear.  The 3D graphics are nice and gives the game a little bit of a retro feel.  Robots from Mars is a decent game for your Windows Phone but still has some room for improvement.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Astro Flare

Astro Flare for your Windows Phone

Astro Flare is a space shooter game for your Windows Phone. It's a fast paced game with plenty of bad guys to blast into smithereens.

Astro Flare has six game modes, unlockable ships, and plenty of power ups to help you battle against pesky enemy ships. Astro Flare is also an OpenXLive game that gives you access to the OpenXLive leaderboards and social network. If you like action packed, space shooters you might want to take a look at Astro Flare.

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Windows Phone App Quick Look: Egg Timer

Egg Timer by MaginSoft is a handy application for your Windows Phone if your trying to boil an egg just right. The mango app is based on scientific methods and taps into your Windows Phone's GPS to calculate the time an egg needs to cook in order to reach your desired doneness.

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Windows Phone App Review: Sleep Bug

Sleep Bug

Sleep Bug is a Windows Phone health/fitness app that produces ambient scene music to help you relax and doze off to sleep. There are two versions available, Sleep Bug (free) and Sleep Bug Pro ($1.99). For the most part, both versions are essentially identical but Sleep Bug Pro has seven additional sound scenes or themes and Sleep Bug has only nine sound scenes and is ad supported.

The nine scenes that are available across the board include Beach, Music Box, River, Jungle, Weather, Horror, City, and Sci-Fi. Sleep Bug Pro adds Zen Garden, Forest, Train, Dreams, Outback, Airport and Underwater to the mix. Still not sure where Horror comes into play to help you relax and sleep.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Flying Tiles

Flying Tiles

Sometimes the simplest games are the most enjoyable. The Windows Phone game Flying Tiles qualifies for both. It is a Windows Phone game that is simple to play, has simple graphics, has a simple object and is most enjoyable to play.

The concept has a series of flying tiles racing across your Windows Phone screen. Your job is to catch the colored tiles and avoid the black tiles. The more tiles you catch, the more points you earn. Along the way you have bonus items that appear as question marks. The bonus items include slowing the tiles down, speeding them up, shrinking the size of your catcher, turning all tiles into color, and applying gravity to your catcher to pull the colored tiles to you.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Radiant

Radiant

If you like retro games you're going to get a kick out of the Windows Phone game Radiant. Radiant has enjoyed success on other platforms and based on playing the game for a few days, it should have similar success on the Windows Phone platform.

Radiant comes across as a combination between Space Invaders, Galaga, and Asteroids. Add the pixilated graphics and you get an 1980's arcade feel with Radiant (and that's not a bad thing).

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