A little bit of a surprise this week, as an update was released to Twitter's Windows Phone client. It's been a long time coming, and with an update to the UI to bring it in line with the official client on other platforms, has the opportunity been taken to update the core functions of the app? Unfortunately not.
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Hexter is a great little strategy game for your Windows Phone. Based on capturing enemy pieces to either wipe them out or, more likely, end the game with the most territory, Hexter is fast moving, quick to play, and requires a significant amount of concentration while playing. That's probably why I like it.
Nokia have continued to show strong support for the Xbox Live brand, and it was nice to see Microsoft follow that with today's release of the classic Angry Birds Seasons. The Nokia-released Bejeweled Live Plus is another classic, and I've been drawn into the gem matching game once more over the last twenty four hours.
Jump Wheel is not a brand new game genre. While it mixes in a bit of a platform game, it still has most of its roots in the single key jumping game where the lead character cannot stop running. But with some smart level design and industrial graphics, Jump Wheel is a great time-waster of a game.
Let's be honest, there are a huge number of games out there that are inspired by Tetris. Some of them only tangentially so, others sail the 'tribute' line very close to the wind. I'm not sure where I would place Blugri's Boxes. It's obviously the game of disappearing lines, but it has power-ups, stronger blocks, and enough of a difference to be noticed. What I am sure about is that it's pretty addictive, and a little quirky.
Yes, your Windows Phone has OneNote, but it is rather overpowered in some circumstances. For me, I want a notebook that is there when you just need to get an idea or two down as quickly as possible, so it's easy to find that thought a few hours later. That's where third party notebooks come in, and I'm pleased with how useful the Moleskine Journal application is.
Last week's release of Koozac followed up the critically acclaimed Skulls of the Shogun on Xbox, and started to bring back some momentum to the release schedule of Xbox titles on Windows Phone. Unfortunately, the game itself is a bit of a damp squib.
If your smartphone has replaced the newspaper, you're probably looking for the best app to catch all information you can get. There are plenty of apps for Windows Phone for specific sources of news, such as BBC News Mobile and our own AAWP app, although there are not so many that collect news from numerous sources. Other platforms, for example, have Flipboard and Google Currents. Fuse is an app for Windows Phone that provides curated news feeds and presents them in an attractive, dare I say glossy, format for your reading pleasure.
As the huge South by Southwest conference approaches on the horizon (I'm flying out for the eighth time on March 6th), the growing influence of the 'off-schedule' unofficial parties and meetings cannot be avoided. Countless invitations and tickets to organise, and many of them using the web 2.0 ticketing service Eventbrite. Which is where Metrobrite comes in.
I've been a huge pinball fan in real life, which hopefully helps me appreciated the sterling job the developers have done with simulating a pinball table in Dr Pickaxe. The physics are downright perfect, the gameplay always interesting, plus mini-game/mini-tables extend the gameplay even further. Add in a generous 'trial' version and you've got a title that every Windows Phone gamer should have installed and (hopefully) bought.