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Glass half full: Nokia brings Xbox games Vampire Rush and Storm in a Teacup to Windows Phone

Ah, Chillingo. Where would Lumia owning gamers be without you? Just a couple of weeks ago, the indie-focused arm of Electronic Arts published a pair of new Nokia exclusive Xbox games: Dream Track Nation and Tiny Plane.  Those ports are a little rough, but the developer PowPowGames already has patches on the way. Besides, more Xbox games is always a good thing, especially after that drought we suffered at the beginning of the year.

Now Chillingo is back with two new Nokia exclusives for Windows Phone 7 and 8, each coming from a different developer. First up is the creatively named Storm in a Teacup from Cobra (makers of iBomber Defense), followed by Vampire Rush from Lithuanian developer A-Steroids. One game will be a hit, while the other seriously needs some work. Make your guesses about which is which and then head past the break to find out the answer!

Hot tea, frosty frame rate

Storm in a Teacup Credits Level for Windows Phone

With a name and concept like Storm in a Teacup, how could you go wrong? The game stars a little boy named Storm who hops around in a teacup through fanciful levels dreamed up by his brother Cloud. The childlike innocence and charming visuals should appeal to youngsters and even cranky old men like me who have long since lost their hearts to the blizzards and soot storms of life.

At least, the aesthetics would be appealing, if not for the frame rate. Remember how iBomber Defense was a pretty decent tower defense game, but the frame rate chugged like a frat boy on New Year’s Eve? Well, apparently Scottish developer/email ignorer Cobra Mobile has a less than perfect grasp on developing Windows Phone 7 software.

Storm in a Teacup for Windows Phone

Storm in a Teacup is graphically extremely simplistic – the backgrounds don’t even use parallax scrolling, which they sorely need. And yet the frame rate is somewhere in the 10-15 FPS range. It’s like Gameloft’s Amazing Spider-Man and Dark Knight Rises games, only nothing complex is even going on under the hood.

If you can get past the stuttering frame rate, Storm in a Teacup actually has good touch screen controls (much like Little Acorns) and seems to be an easy game overall. Storm in a Teacup costs $2.99 and is a 40 MB download on WP7/32 MB download on WP8. You can view its Store page here, but it can only be purchased from a Nokia phone.

It’s raining vampires

Vampire Rush for Windows Phone

Vampire Rush (which we all really want to type as Vampire Rain for some reason) from A-Steroids is a much more competent port. Players take on the role of Captain Greg, a foppish British swashbuckler. Only Greg can stand between the gates of the city and armies of the undead! If you ask me, games like this and Samurai vs. Zombies Defense are way too tough on the unholy forces of evil. Can’t we give peace a chance?

Nope, I guess not. And so the gameplay here mixes tower defense with hack-and-slash action. You run around as Greg, hunting down vampires and their kin on the map and swording them into oblivion. Sometimes they drop gold, which can then be used to build and upgrade turrets or purchase character upgrades.

Each level brings 10 waves of enemies for players to endure, making them kind of longish for mobile play. But the gameplay seems really strong so far (annoying bat enemies notwithstanding), so you probably won’t mind the time investment. Think of Vampire Rush as a much more exciting and polished version of Zombie Attack 2.

Vampire Rush costs $2.99 and is a 137 MB download on WP7/99 MB download on WP8. You can view its Store page here, but it can only be purchased from a Nokia phone.

Update: Both games are now available to all Windows Phone users.

Thanks to Captain Jey Si and First Officer Dario for the tip!

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

  • So this is it!!!
  • If only Dungeon Defenders was for WP... I could see it now.
  • You and me both man. Only game left that I want ported..
  • So I was promoted as a Captain. Aye! Chief :D
  • Yahoo!
  • Good one for both window phone 7 and 8
  • Hello Admin your wrong the game size of vampire rush is 137mb
  • Hmmm, says 99mb on my download...
  • 137MB on WinPho 7
  • Weird. It says 99 MB on the Store page when viewed from a web browser.
  • are you on WP8?
  • Oh sorry on window phone 7 its 137mb
  • Storm in a teacup is 40 MB on WinPho 7.8
  • Are WP8 apps smaller? That's makes a lot of sense..
  • very good but the prices in nokia exclusives must become 0.99 or 1.99
  • Nokia is already paying for the development of these games.
    In my opinion, Xbox games like these (though with bugs fixed) are worth the price.
  • Good news for the Nokia users.. Is there also good news for the other users? :P Or will there be no Xbox title this week?
  • There will be 2 non-Nokia Xbox releases this week. And it's a good news, bad news situation. Stay tuned!
  • Another Squeenix arse up?
  • No, but you're thinking in the right direction. That's all I'll say till I'm allowed to post the story. ;)
  • I'm looking forward reading that story.. ;) Aslong there is 1 decent title this week I'm satisfied.. :P Mobile gaming while in public transit rules.. (There's nothing else to do anyway.. ^^) Ahwell, I'll be patient.. :)
  • Amazing Alex and Ms. Splosion Man should be arriving today sometime! Unsure if both are WP8 only or not though!
  • Amazing Alex for WinPho 8
    Ms Splosion Man for WinPho 7
  • Vampire rush looks good
  • Nokia
  • More games the better. By the end of the year the app store should be rather good :D
  • What on earth is an "indie focused arm of EA"?
  • Chillingo. They are owned by EA and strictly publish indie games.
  • It's not really an indie game if it's published by EA.
  • EA is not an indie company, but the developers certainly are. It's not uncommon for indie devs to sign on with larger publishers in order to help market their games. Also, like PopCap, Chillingo was bought by EA but still largely retains its original identity.
  • I thought the definition of an indie game was one created and published independently of large publishing houses.
    I don't consider PopCap to be indie either, just 'casual'. (Which itself is a bad term, because I get minmax OCD in PvZ!!)
  • PopCap definitely isn't indie any more (having grown pretty large and then being bought up by EA). Nor is Chillingo itself indie. Chillingo does however publish indie games. The ownership and leadership of the studio is what earns it the indie designation. Once a small studio grows past a certain point or is bought out by a major publisher, it stops being indie.
  • Hmm, I thought the publisher came into it as well.
    What is the "certain point" of size?
  • There's no strict definition. But you can read this article - it falls in line with what I've been saying: Wikipedia indie games entry
  • Nokia is working both wp7 and wp8. But Microsoft is only working for wp8.
  • +10!!
  • These games are garbage
  • You shouldn't be so negative. :P
  • I just call it like I see it. Everyone always on Nokia jock strap, but their exclusive apps and games aren't all that great. Just saying.... Proud HTC 8x owner former owner of Lumia 900, Nokia n8, n900, e73, and 3650. I was a huge fan until these modern day fanboys jumped on the wagon.
  • Well, it's important to remember that not every game is meant for every player. We all have different tastes, and just because a game doesn't suit my taste or yours, that doesn't make it garbage. Also, I believe most of our readers would enjoy Vampire Rush; it's a pretty strong title. I do understand why Storm wouldn't appeal since it's an obviously bad port, but writing Vampire Rush off just seems picky.
  • slyjr you switched to a HTC 'cause you didn't like Nokia's exclusive games? You didn't mention that now you have the same wp games and apps your Nokia had but no Nokia exclusives? Logic?
  • I still own my N8. I am a Nokia fan. Just hate how y'all fan boys act like Nokia is the coming of Christ. I live in the US and the apps that get released aren't very useful here.
  • haters gonna hate
  • Stand down playboy. I done owned more smartphones in my life than u can imagine. Been in the game since 03. I have owned about 5 nokias, about 10 htcs, and a couple of samsungs. I show no loyalty to any brand or OS, but its something about windows phone that I can't escape. I got rid of a gorgeous unlocked Sony xperia p for my 8x. The 920 is nice, but very overrated. Especially the camera.
  • Even you own thousands of smartphone also does not matter. The thing is do not judge a game without try it. Appreciate developer work. Imagine someone call you work garbage even they do not know anything about it. Peace
  • If you're a proud owner of a 8x, why even comment? Or did Nokia do something to you? Or are you unhappy about HTC not offering ANYTHING with regards to exclusive apps?
  • What apps? The only useful ones is the drive app. I have 3 cars so transit is unnecessary although I do like the layout of it. Its like saying Samsung is the king of android so worship them. I like the WP8 experience as is I would prefer a nexus running vanilla android over a Samsung touchwiz device
  • U are judging the game while U didn't even play it .. Lol
  • No comments
  • These all are timed exclusives, right? I think mirrors edge is the only game that is available for other devices since it its exclusivity
  • Vampire Rush looks bad to me.  Not sure what to make of the other game yet.
  • Chaos Rings tomorrow guys. Get excited :)
  • Are you saying they're flipping the switch to wp8?
  • Maybe Verizon will give me my 928 soon so I can play !
  • Omg so many exclusive titles my next windows phone is deff a Nokia I wanted the 920 but had to settle for 8x cause no 920 on big red
  • Any word on a WP8 verison of Chaos Rings?