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It’s always a good news/bad news situation when it comes to Xbox game compatibility and Windows Phone 8. Nearly every time a game gains compatibility, another title is discovered with incompatibility issues and subsequently pulled (see this article for the full incompatibility list). That story repeats itself again today: Turn N Run from MaxNick has finally received its Windows Phone 8 compatibility patch. Ghostscape from Psionic Games however, is now restricted to Windows Phone 7 devices.

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Back in January, WPCentral mentioned that Ghostscape would be receiving free ringtones in a future update. Just a couple of months later, that update has landed, and we’ve got the full details.

Ghostscape version 1.2 release notes:

  • Fast App Switching support
  • Framerate increased to 60 FPS (not that that makes much diff to a point and click puzzle game)
  • Resolution of room images has increased to show more detail
  • Live tiles added (one of five different images appears at random)
  • Five free ringtones added under ‘Help & Options’ menu (not available in Trial version)

That’s a fairly hefty batch of improvements. The ringtones are actually quite good and remind me of classic Amiga soundtracks. If you own Ghostscape, I highly recommend installing them. And if you haven’t picked the game up, perhaps these tones and tweaks will convince you to cross the threshold.

Ghostscape's creepy new Live tile images

Ghostscape is a first-person horror-themed adventure game. It’s short and has delightfully easy Achievements – see our review for more details.

Psionic Games’ Ghostscape costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Brave souls can get it here on the Marketplace.


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Windows Phone Xbox Live Review: Ghostscape

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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With all the news of new phones and 4G LTE speeds coming out of CES, let us not forget about the nearly as exciting world of Xbox Live game updates. After all, if you bought a buggy game, you’re probably worried more about getting it working right than upgrading to a new phone. On that note, Psionic Games has kindly provided information on the recent Ghostscape update.

Ghostscape version 1.1 release notes:

  • Fixed translation error in the Spanish build that was causing lockups
  • Issues with gameplay elements like orbs not appearing or resetting properly have been addressed

Before the update, items sometimes wouldn’t spawn or players wouldn’t get credit for finding all of the collectibles. Those problems should be a thing of the past, so now you can play through the game freely without fear of missing out on Achievements. WPCentral has also learned that the developers have another update in store which will add free ringtones and perhaps a few UI improvements.

Ghostscape is a first-person horror-themed adventure game. It’s short and has delightfully easy Achievements – see our review for more details..

Psionic Games’ Ghostscape costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Brave souls can get it here on the Marketplace.

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Shuffle Party isn’t the only Xbox Live release today. Psionic Games’ Ghostscape has also emerged from the crypts and onto the Marketplace.

Ghostscape is an old-school, first-person adventure game. Players enter a creepy haunted house, solve puzzles, and take photographs of ghosts to eliminate them. Along the way you’ll collect diary pages and piece together the house’s sordid history.

The Windows Phone version adds new puzzles, areas, and items to the original design. The Achievements mostly revolve around photographing everything in the game, but there’s also one for beating it in less than 20 minutes. Hope you like speed runs!

Ghostscape costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Pick it up here on the Marketplace… if you dare.

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It’s been a while since we learned about a mobile Xbox Live game’s release date more than a week in advance. Well, we can now mark November 30 on our calendars, as that’s when Ghostscape is coming to Windows Phone, according to the friendly and communicative developer, Psionic Games.

Ghostscape originated as a free flash game, which you can play right here on Kongregate. It is an old-school adventure game, played from a first-person perspective. Enter a creepy haunted house, solve puzzles, and take photographs of ghosts to eliminate them. Along the way you’ll collect diary pages and piece together the house’s sordid history. It was once the location of the Republican Convention. BOO! Just kidding.

The Windows Phone version adds new puzzles, areas, and items to the original design. The Achievements mostly revolve around photographing everything in the game, but there’s also one for beating it in less than 20 minutes. Hope you like speed runs!

Ghostscape comes to life on Wednesday, November 30. It will cost $2.99. 

ViaWP7 Connect

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