Tiki Towers for Windows Phone
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Tiki Towers is the second Xbox Windows Phone Deal of the Week this year

You’ve probably heard that Miniclip is offering four of its Xbox Windows Phone games for free right now. And as of last week, the Xbox Deal of the Week is back. So with a bunch of games gone free at the moment, does that mean we don’t get a new Deal of the Week today? Heck no it doesn’t!

This week’s deal game is another blast from the past, as it’s been on sale once before. But it’s actually a pretty awesome game that many players might have overlooked: Tiki Towers from Game House. Even better, the sale price is 99 cents this time, the cheapest Tiki Towers has ever been.

Now is the part where I remind you, our dear readers, that the Windows Phone Store doesn’t always update like clockwork. Sometimes price changes take time to go live. Case in point: I’m not seeing Tiki Towers on sale yet. But Microsoft assures us it will go on sale, and I believe them. So just be patient and check later tonight or Thursday; the sale will eventually go on.

Update: The sale is not scheduled to go live until Thursday for some reason. That explains it!

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Tiki Towers for Windows Phone

Tiki Towers is part of that scarcest of genres on Windows Phone, the physics puzzler. But don’t hold that against it; the gameplay is actually super fun and different from any other Xbox Windows Phone title. The object of each level is to help five hapless monkeys reach the exit safely. Left to their own devices, they’ll either fall to their deaths or simply get stuck and give up. Build bamboo towers for them to climb and they just might make it to the exit, if the tower doesn’t collapse first.

The gameplay is surprisingly intuitive and reasonable in the challenge department. A normal player could actually complete the whole thing without turning to YouTube videos or FAQs, which I can’t say for some of its brethren. The delightfully colorful art style and adorable monkey animations certainly don’t hurt either. On the downside, the Achievements can be a bit glitchy, but I didn’t run into any problems with them myself. Check out our full review for more details.

Tiki Towers is on sale for 99 cents for one week only. It runs on both Windows Phone 7 and 8. Get it here at the Windows Phone Store.

Tiki Towers 2 no more?

Tiki Towers for Windows Phone

Way back in April 2012, Game House announced that Tiki Towers 2: Monkey Republic would be coming to Windows Phone as an Xbox Live title (along with Sally’s Spa and Droplitz Delight). I was understandably excited, having loved the first game. Well now, it’s been a year and those other two games came out, but not Tiki Towers 2. Did the tower collapse like a stack of bananas?

Unfortunately, that looks to be the case. Game House was a very active early Xbox Windows Phone supporter, sort of the Miniclip of 2011-2012. But behind the scenes in 2012, something changed. A key Microsoft executive left the team and Microsoft’s commitment to Xbox on Windows Phone dwindled. Around the same time, so did Game House’s enthusiasm for the platform and the Xbox certification process in general.

The publisher hasn’t written off Windows Phone entirely, but not long ago they told us they don’t have any new projects in the works (including Tiki Towers 2). They recently ported one of the Delicious games to Windows 8 and RT (with another one on the way), but neither has Xbox features and neither is announced for Windows Phone.

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Tiki Towers is the second Xbox Windows Phone Deal of the Week this year

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I tried the game and it was pretty alright. 0.99 I might think about getting it. But with all these new few games recently I think im okay without it too..

There are way too many puzzle games and frankly, they are looking similar to me. I like the low price but I am out of this too.

Love this game and it's a great deal at $0.99, but it's very disappointing to hear about the behind-the-scenes issues with MS and XBL on Windows Phone. Hopefully the wonderful series of editorials you guys did earlier this year helped change things for the better (or at least send a message that a shakeup was/is needed).

Yes, it was a shame on Windows Phone 7, but now, the problem ist solved. I love the screesnshot ability :-) 

BTW what ever happened to Tiki Towers 2 for Windows Phone. Did you write an article on that Paul? If so I missed it!

Cheap/free games are great, but those wretched micro transactions are annoying. Terrified my kids might purchas without me knowing.

This game is quite fun, and its difficulty is very well balanced - something I value a lot. I bought it long ago, can't remember how much it was. And yes, its unfortunate we kinda lost GameHouse (though still pissed with Sally SPA glitched Achievement) but we now have Chillingo and Gameloft commitment. Not bad.

Might be a dumb question, but how do the QR codes work? Do I just snap a pic with my phone, or is there a section in the games app that allows you to scan the code and it takes you to the app?

I'm loving my lumia 920 now.free games,price drops and gameloft bringing top class games out (just brought modern combat 4,Spider-Man,dark knight rises,aphalt 7 and more) keep up the great work.and as always thank you for the heads up.

I've got them all and I have about 7 Gigs left. It's time for me to complete one othese games or I won't be able to grab NOVA 3!