Sometimes when the Xbox Windows Phone title updates rain, they pour. Today is one of those days, as three games from three different publishers just received the update treatment: Ubisoft’s Monster Burner, Halfbrick’s Jetpack Joyride, and Rovio’s Angry Birds Space (Windows Phone 8 version).
Title updates are almost always good news. But in the case of the Monster Burner update, some will consider it a mixed bag. Depending on how far along you are in the game, you might want to avoid it! Find out why after the break.
Monster Burner version 1.1
At launch, Monster Burner listed a total of four modes for players to unlock. Oddly, only Survival Mode could actually be purchased though. The other modes seemingly appeared on the purchase screen simply to taunt the player.
Well, the update finally makes all three extra modes available for purchase. They cost 25,000 coins apiece. I only had enough scratch in my virtual bank to try “Revenge of the Enchantress.” It plays a lot like Survival Mode – one long, fast moving stage. But it also overflows with princesses, the most dangerous “enemy” in the game. Shoot one by mistake and you’ll lose a unit of health. What’s more, these princesses appear out of nowhere, as if by magic.
That’s the good news. The bad news is the update also fixes the trick for easily repeating Gold Rush stages. As our “Super-fast coin trick” guide explained, this trick allowed players to repeat Gold Rush stages over and over simply by tapping the Back button after completing the stage. This allowed many players (including yours truly) to bypass the normal 6 hour time restriction on Gold Rush and earn money far faster than otherwise possible.
Post-update, pressing Back at the Gold Rush results screen just takes you back to the main menu. It’s a drag to see the exploit fixed, but also completely understandable. Ubisoft wants to sell players coin packages for Microsoft Points, and they can’t do so much of that if people are cheating!
If you’re inclined to finish Monster Burner’s Achievements in a hurry, I recommend avoiding the update for now. But if you’ve already purchased every upgrade in the game, you might as well grab it so that you can try the new modes. Don’t have the game? Read our review!
Monster Burner – Windows Phone 7 and 8 – 33 MB – 99 cents – Store Link
Jetpack Joyride version 1.1
Near as we can tell, this update consists solely of bug fixes. We’re aware of four bugs that have plagued this game since launch: loss of all coins, all store items temporarily unlocking, the player randomly becoming invisible, and the title screen menu popping up during gameplay (pictured above). Our review goes into more detail on some of these problems.
I would guess the update at least fixes the coin and title screen bugs, but we won’t know for sure until the community plays the updated game more. If you still experience one of the aforementioned issues after updating, let us know in the comments below.
Jetpack Joyride – Windows Phone 8 – 29 MB – FREE – Store Link
Angry Birds Space version 18.104.22.168
I’m not going to lie to you. I haven’t actually played Angry Birds Space, so I can’t say what has changed in this update. If you guys find any changes, speak up and we’ll update the article.
Update: According to reader KillAchievement, this update adds the new Pig Dipper set of levels and and a different song to the game!
Angry Birds Space – Windows Phone 8 – 19 MB – 99 cents – Store Link
Thanks to Josue Mendez for tipping us on Jetpack Joyride and Angry Birds Space!
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