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After taking last week off to review Microsoft’s Xbox One console, I’m back with a look at a just-released indie game for Windows Phone 7 and 8. BigBot Audio Drop comes from Wisconsin-based indie developer BigBot Systems. Not only is it their first game, it’s also exclusive to Windows Phone.

BigBot Audio Drop blends traditional falling block gameplay with thumping electronic music and slick visuals. The gameplay and design are closely modeled after Lumines, an early PSP hit that later came to XBLA and other platforms. But Lumines never came to Windows Phone, so Audio Drop fills a nice gap in our favorite smartphone’s software lineup. It also comes in both paid and free versions, so it won’t break the bank.

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The developers of the Windows Phone game Pirates Assault have released a new game for our Windows Phone, Hamstas 'n Kitties.

Dagari Studios has developed a rather unique game that draws a little from Tetris, a little from Bejeweled and maybe a dash from Bubble Birds. With Hamstas 'n Kitties you are presented with a playing field with assorted colored hamsters. Your goal is to create combos of three or more of the same colored hamsters. The gathering of hamsters continue with a row of the furry critters dropping from the top of the screen periodically. If the collection of hamster's reaches the top of the screen, game over.

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Seeing as how we got no new Xbox release to enjoy last week, let’s turn our sights to the indie scene. That’s where Carbide Software has published a few titles such as Word Sleuth, which we reviewed a few months back. Their latest release Wizard’s Dungeon is a remake of a Blackberry game from 2011.

Remember how IonBallEX livened up a tried-and-true game design with a cyberpunk setting? Well, Wizard’s Dungeon is a smaller scale game but it boasts a similarly appealing fantasy theme. Players take on the role of a wizard who must match as many colored orbs as possible before they reach the bottom of the screen and crush his life out. Talk about high stakes!

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Windows Phone Game Review: Word Sleuth

Word Sleuth is a Find-a-Word type puzzle game for your Windows Phone that dares you to find the 25,000+ words that are spread across 35 word categories. Word Sleuth adds a decent amount of customizations to give a very simple word puzzle a little pop.

You'll find Scoreloop integration for your leaderboards, customizable backgrounds, three difficulty levels, and four game modes to keep things interesting. If you like find-a-word type word puzzles, Word Sleuth is worth a try.

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Windows Phone Game Review: Tiny Bee

Tiny Bee is a fun time waster of a game for your Windows Phone. For the lack of a better word, it's a slider game much like Rainbow Rapture. Instead of navigating a rainbow, you're sending a tiny bee over hill and dale.

Tiny Bee has two gaming modes, Scoreloop integration, and a handful of achievements to pursue. Graphics and animations are nice, sound effects good and with three levels of difficulty Tiny Bee won't grow stale quick.

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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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In February, Scoreloop announced that they are bringing their cross-platform social gaming system to Windows Phone. We recently interviewed Scoreloop Product Marketing manager Raphael Weiner about the Windows Phone version’s status.

What is the current status of WP7 Scoreloop development?

Since we announced the Beta of our WP7 SDK back in February there's been a lot of interest from many developers using Scoreloop already who want to add WP7 to their roadmap. As it's a Beta there are some aspects of the Scoreloop platform that we haven't yet integrated, but developers can already use Scoreloop for leader boards, player profiles, challenges and achievements, all of which are cross-platform between WP7 versions and other platforms. So really, it's been a very positive start to our support for the WP7 OS.

What is the target launch date? 

We expect to launch the full SDK soon - most likely within a couple of months. Right now we are building as much feedback into the SDK and tools as we can.

Head past the jump for the full interview. 

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Pirate's Mind - Review

Puzzle games are a great fit for mobile gaming. They’re playable in short bursts and appeal to a wide audience. They’re also very easy to create, as every seemingly Indie developer and his brother has at least a couple of the Marketplace. Developer M80 games’ Pirate’s Mind manages to stand out from the crowd thanks to its unique game play and high-quality presentation.

Pirates are a greedy sort, spending much of their time thinking about treasure. So a pirate themed puzzle game must naturally revolve around collecting money. In Pirate’s Mind, the playing field consists of 30 coins. Every coin’s back looks identical, but there are actually three kinds of coins to match: bronze, silver, and gold. Matching coins works kind of like the card game Memory in that after flipping two coins, if they aren’t a match, those two coins will still be in the same place. Then you can flip a new, random coin and try to match it with the ones you’ve already seen.

Learn more of Pirate’s Mind’s secrets after the jump.

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