Temple Run is a tricky game to review in one sense. It's a title most people will be familiar with, but it's the first time it's been available on Windows Phone. So all you need to say is that 'it plays as well as other version'. But in another sense, it means the focus can be on the more technical details and how the app delivers the experience, The good news is that Temple Run delivers in this area as well.
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Gameloft might be getting out the big graphical numbers on Xbox Live at the moment (with Asphalt 7, The Amazing Spiderman, and The Dark Knight Rises), but they've not lost their touch with causal games either. Shark Dash is another physics-based 'throw yourself around' title, but it has been developed with a light touch and a sense of humour.
Writing up the Lumia 620 is a strange feeling. Unlike the regular review process here at All About Windows Phone, where we pick up the review handset and write up our thoughts before presenting them to you fully formed, many of you will have been following my adventures (parts 1, 2, 3, and 4) with the Nokia Lumia 620 at SXSW. All that's left is the final reckoning.
After a few games of Marblie, you'll begin to wonder if you've played the game before, but can't quite place it. Then you'll realise you're still playing the game and enjoying it. So even if it is an old concept, it's a great implementation.
This isn't the first Yahtzee game on Windows Phone and it probably won't be the last - but it's definitely the most official, with Electronic Arts licensing the title from the official copyright holders. Which saves a lot of naming worries and means that Yahtzee here can be a no holds barred implementation of the classic dice strategy game. In fact, you get the full game plus a lot else, including one-on-one competition and a genuine Yahtzee rules enhancement, adding in extra (colour) elements. NB. At the time of writing, this is exclusive to Nokia-powered Windows Phones, though I'm sure its availability will be widened in future.
And we're back with the impressive XBox Live titles. Quietly arriving last week, Galactic Reign is a tactical combat game, where you have no control over the combat. Taking a higher up view, you set up your space fleets and send them off into battle. How did they got on? Well, you'll be able to sit back and watch the whole battle in a rendered video, just like your favourite space opera! And did I mention you'll be playing against your XBox Friends?
10tons have released Dragon Portals for Windows Phone, their take on the Match Three game. And, with a little bit of smart thinking and graphics, have created a game that genuinely delivers a fresh view on the genre.
Fresh from my pinball adventures in Dr Pickaxe, I headed into Monster Pinball HD on an adrenaline high. It's fair to say that I found tables aplenty, effects aplenty and always something interesting happening - yet somehow there wasn't the same sense of satisfying physicality in this alien-filled pinball extravaganza. Classifying this game as 'disappointing' would be doing it a disservice - Monster Pinball HD just didn't grab me as a great pinball title would have done.
Long time publisher of travel guide books Fodor's have brought out a series of digital versions of their guides for Windows Phone. Currently there are seven tourist destinations around the world (Austin, New York City, Paris, London, Rome, San Francisco, and Barcelona). As I'm spending this week at SXSW, I've been looking at the Austin version of the application.
When I first reviewed Farm Frenzy on Windows Phone, I found that the XBox Live title was very addictive, but it seemed to be missing a little something that kept me coming back. Well, six months later, on a whim I downloaded the app again, and it hooked me. Once I had burned through the levels, I was looking for more. And while it's not an XBox Live title, the 'sidequel' 'Pizza Party' is available as a standalone title in the Windows Store.