Glow Artisan brings some rather deep thinking to Xbox Live, with colour mixing, optional time limits, limited moves and one hundred puzzles to re-create. If you've got a touch of the obsessive in your puzzler genes, then Glow Artisan is going to keep you busy for a long time.
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Here's a great idea - take the basic Bing Maps and hijack them for calculating taxi journeys and estimating that ever-present worry about what a taxi will cost from A to B. It's only for Great Britain and I did note a pretty big caveat, but the amounts calculated to seem reasonable, based on real world fares. TaxiRoute GB is produced with polish and is certainly worth a 'trial' download.
ilomilo is a 3D puzzle game featuring the game's two main characters, ilo and milo. The problem is that they always seem to get separated, and they don't like this, so your job is to help them. This involves puzzling your way around a 3D maze using on-screen and accelerometer controls.
There are a lot of sharing options inside Windows Phone, but what if you don't run your online stuff on Twitter or Facebook? Many people, including myself, have our own blogs running the WordPress software, so the addition of a WordPress client to Windows Phone is a no-brainer download for many. It just misses the mark to make it feel awkward, but does enough things right to ensure it stays on my smartphone.
How do you get information onto your Windows Phone? Music, pictures and video are easy enough, but what about the smaller details? How about text you find online when on your deskbound computer? Or a handy website or information you need to get in a mobile? Well here comes Send to WP7 and it's wonderful.
I've often contended that mobile app stores are stocked with content that, to be frank, could do with some quality control. Happily, there are also a few applications which ride high above the rest, with interface that's nigh-on perfect and oozing class - International Snooker is one such, for Windows Phone, offering a genuinely realistic environment, a terrific interface and gameplay that's pitched just right.
It has always been the test of a computing platform, even mobile ones - is there a decent flight simulator? iOS and Android have X-Plane, Symbian has H.A.W.X. (which is a bit 'gamey', but still....), now Windows Phone has Infinite Flight. Even on 2010 hardware it offers decent performance and a thoroughly enjoyable (and fairly accurate) flight experience, from a Cessna up to the (recently mothballed!) Space Shuttle. Yes, there are a few gaps and glitches, but this is one heavyweight 'game' that's receiving regular updates, so I'm optimistic for future aerial excursions.
Smartphone loudspeakers are a mixed bunch, many are good enough while some make us wonder why manufacturers bothered to fit them in the first place. If you like to use your phone as a boombox, external speakers are definitely the way to go. However, some of them are so bulky or elaborate that they rather defeat the object of using a converged device. The XMI X-Mini II mini speakers might just offer a compromise of compactness versus quality and power. Read on for our review and photos.
You either know what the cryptic "PvZ" means when you search through the Window Marketplace, or you've never played Plants vs Zombies. If it's the former, then all you need to know is that the conversion for Windows Phone hasn't damaged any of the action. For everyone else with even an inch of gaming bone in their body, you want this one. Let me explain why...
Somewhere in every smartphone's app store is one application that shows just how powerful, useful and slick the built in UI of that handset is. Metro UI and Windows Phone now has that champion - it's the latest version of Foursquare (v2.7), with Mango support, live tiles, and more.