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When Windows Phone 8 launched in November of last year, it soon become clear that certain Xbox Windows Phone 7 games were incompatible with the new OS. Microsoft’s immediate solution to the problem was to partially delist all of those games, removing their listings from the Windows Phone website. They did this without informing the developers of those games. After we published an article exposing the issue, the games eventually made it back to the web store with updated compatibility information.

We tell you all this because Microsoft has just made a similar but even more harmful maneuver. This week, no less than eleven Windows Phone 7 games were completely delisted from the Store. They can’t be redownloaded by people who purchased them. And several of the game’s developers were NOT informed by Microsoft of the issues leading to their removal or the removal itself. Read on for the full scoop!

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The first Gravity Guy starred a hero wrongfully imprisoned by his evil government for manipulating gravity. He broke out of prison, only to be endlessly pursued by a heartless Gravity Trooper. At the end of the game, Gravity Guy escapes to his freedom.

Gravity Guy 2 disappoints ever so slightly by comparison because all pretense of story is gone. Players control a now-helmetless Gravity Guy, but the cut scene bookends and evil pursuer have vanished. The store description says Guy has been captured and cloned (Miniclip also published this webpage to expand on the premise), but that doesn’t spill over into the game itself.

In fact, the first game’s story mode and local multiplayer are MIA as well. An endless runner doesn’t need these things to keep players entertained, but the lack of context and modes still represents a small step back in an otherwise much improved game. Still! Forget the missing bits, this one really is much better.

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Earlier today Miniclip dropped the price of their Windows 8 and RT versions of iStunt 2, Gravity Guy and Monster Island to free titles.

Miniclip has now added the Windows Phone 7.x/8 versions of these games to their free offer. The free offer on the Xbox Windows Phone titles is only for a limited time only. As an added bonus, the Xbox Live game Fragger is also a freebie.

So if you've been on the fence or just want to build up your Xbox Windows Phone gaming library, now's the time to act. Head past the break for all the links and QR Codes.

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Windows 8 and RT gamers recently survived a dangerous outbreak of gaming deals thanks to the Microsoft Studios Sale, which only just ended. But now, another rash of Xbox Windows 8 deals threatens players’ well being – if not their wallets. Miniclip has made three of its games free for a limited time only: iStunt 2, Monster Island, and Gravity Guy. Can your Windows 8 or RT device handle so many free games at once time? There’s only one way to find out…

These games all have In-App Purchases, so Miniclip stands to profit even when giving their titles away. But you can enjoy and complete most of them without spending a cent, except perhaps for the ultra-tough Gravity Guy.

Update: All three games plus Fragger are also free on Windows Phone this week!

Head past the break for download links and our game descriptions!

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Last year’s Windows Phone Xbox Live Black Friday Week Sale wasn’t terribly exciting, but it did put three games on sale at once, a quantity only equaled in the Countdown to 2012 Sale a month later. A lot has happened between then and now, and today Microsoft has really upped the ante. The 2012 Black Friday Week Sale is live and includes a whopping six discounted Xbox Windows Phone games!

Head past the break for sale details, game impressions, and Xbox 360 Black Friday news too.

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Windows Phone gamers may be busy with this week’s new Xbox Live release, Chickens Can’t Fly. But as I’ve told my friends, loved ones, and the people at the mental asylum, you can never have too many games. That’s why we should all give the Xbox Live Deal of the Week, Gravity Guy, a good looking over too. It’s on sale for $1.99.

Gravity Guy is a slick, fast-paced platformer in which the hero flips between floors and ceilings rather than jumping. See our review for more details. It packs a lot of content ever since the last update doubled the game’s length and added PDLC. The added bits feel like they were designed just to make you spend money on DLC though – they’re more frustrating than fun. Still, some people like a challenge!

Gravity Guy is on sale for $1.99 for one week only. Get it here on the Marketplace.

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When Gravity Guy launched last year, two of its Achievements were unavailable to players. This was not due to glitches but by design – quite unusual for an Xbox Live game. Fast forward to today and Gravity Guy’s version 1.1 update has arrived. It packs quite a lot for an update, including a few surprises.

Gravity Guy version 1.1 release notes:

  • Added Fast App Switching support
  • Added the Rescue chapter to Story Mode (29 new levels)
  • Added paid DLCs:
    Slowdowns: Slows down the game for 90 seconds. It's like "bullet time"

The paid DLC (PDLC) is the big news here. Gravity Guy has officially become the first third-party Xbox Live game to offer PDLC, a bit ahead of Bug Village and Zombies!!!. Players automatically get three free Slowdowns, which can be used by tapping the new icon in the top-left corner of the screen. Slowdowns typically last for about one and a half levels – if the player doesn’t make any mistakes. Use up your free Slowdowns and it costs 160 Microsoft Points ($2) to buy a pack of 5 more.

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Gravity Guy - Review

There are many different approaches to adapting traditional genres to mobile platforms. Take platformers, for example. Sonic the Hedgehog 4 brings an Xbox 360 title to Windows Phone with touch-screen controls. I love the game, but some people either can’t or don’t want to adapt to touch-screen controls. Doodle Jump, designed purely for mobile phones, simply relies on tilt-control to steer its ever-jumping hero from platform to platform. Gravity Guy from Miniclip falls somewhere between the two extremes.

Flip past the break for our full review.

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Gravity Guy Secret Achievements, upcoming DLC revealed

Gravity Guy is famous for having one of the hardest Xbox Live Achievements on Windows Phone - “Perfect Run” – which requires players to beat the entire 30-level game in one go and without dying. But it also has two Secret Achievements, whose names and descriptions can’t be viewed within the game itself. Players have been trying everything from earning high scores to playing for extended hours in order to uncover those Achievements.

We’ve got good news and bad news for Gravity Guy owners. Head past the jump for the full story.

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Exclusive: Gravity Guy chapter 30 map

If you picked up Gravity Guy, you’ve probably realized that it’s a very challenging game by now. Story Mode consists of 30 checkpoints or levels, each one harder than the last. The final level is particularly challenging. It’s long and tough to memorize. That’s why we created a map!

View the Gravity Guy Chapter 30 map

Just follow the link, view the map and save the file. Then open it with an application like Windows Live PhotoGallery that can easily zoom and pan around the image. While playing the stage, pause as you get to a new section and familiarize yourself with the next few obstacles. Repeat each time you pass a section and you’ll complete the level in no time!

Beating Story Mode unlocks the “Amazing Run” Achievement for 20 GamerScore. We can’t help you much with “Perfect Run,” which appears to involve beating the game without dying. That would require a nigh-impossible combination of memorizing every single level and lightning fast, perfect reflexes to boot. Clearly Gravity Guy is not the game to buy if you want to earn all 200 GamerScore, though I do otherwise enjoy it.

Gravity Guy costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Get it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace. We’ll have a full review soon.

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Gravity Guy lands on the Marketplace [Xbox LIVE]

Ready for some serious platforming? Gravity Guy from Miniclip is now available in the Marketplace.

Gravity Guy is a game based entirely around playing with gravity. As the hero automatically runs from left to right, players must reverse gravity back and forth in order to help him make it past obstacles. The game quickly becomes challenging, requiring split-second reflexes and perhaps a touch of memorization in order to keep Gravity Guy from the graveyard. The urge to get just a bit farther pushes players on…

Not only is Gravity Guy a pretty game, with well-drawn characters and backgrounds containing a lot of depth, but it’s also multiplayer! Just not online. That’s right, Gravity Guy is one of the few mobile Xbox Live games to feature local multiplayer that isn’t a board game. Up to four players can participate simultaneously, tapping their respective corners of the screen in order to flip their individual heroes. Multiplayer might not be comfy, but it’s something.

Gravity Guy costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Hop over here (Zune link) to get it from the Marketplace.

Also, don't forget that Pocket God is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week. It's on sale for $1.99 and you can find it here.

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Gravity Guy flips onto Xbox Live on September 7

If turn-based fighting is too far off the beaten path for you, then perhaps next week’s Xbox Live release will be more to your taste. Gravity Guy is a nice, simple platformer from Miniclip.

In Gravity Guy, the titular dude automatically runs from left to right as he’s chased by a Stormtrooper lookalike. GG can’t jump like in traditional platformers, but tapping the screen flips the gravity. Thus players must quickly tap the screen, flipping the Guy back and forth in order to get him past obstacles and away from the enemy. It’s simple and challenging fun in a Doodle Jump sort of way.

The Xbox Live version of Gravity Guy rolls out on Wednesday, September 7 for $2.99. Want to try it out in advance? The original Flash version is free to play at Miniclip’s site.

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