Many developers have attempted to bring 'collectible card game' style titles to gamers, and now it's the turn of Nex Game Studio to woo Windows Phone players. Summoner Call is the usual mix of wizards, spells, and creatures, shuffled together as players go head-to -head in magical combat. It's quick to play, but does that speed hide a fundamental gaming problem?
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So how do you start a review about yet another title in the 'Tower Defense' genre? Well you could point out just how similar all these games are, how they need a careful balance of resources and enemies to attack during each level, how everything should build on previous lessons learned on these levels, and there needs to be a strong visual design to make the title stand out. Or you could mention all of the above, and point out that Radiant Defense does it all.
Miniclip have a strong catalogue of Xbox Live titles and, if you look at the titles, there are certain things Miniclip like to do. They like to have a very simple game mechanic, they like to have a generous demo mode, they like to provide a few different ways of playing, and they like to provide a huge number of levels. But with Fling, there's a feeling that Miniclip are going through the motions, and that as a gamer I've done this all before.
Final Fantasy is a big name in gaming. It's one of the leading role playing game (RPG) franchises, which has been releasing new titles for the last twenty five years. With fourteen titles in the 'main' line and countless other compilations, spin-offs and off-shoots, the basic style of Final Fantasy is known the world over. Does the Xbox Live version of the game match up to the expectations?
Nokia is justifiably proud of its green credentials throughout the company, and its latest Windows Phone exclusive, Climate Mission 3D, wants to make sure that smartphone users are also aware of what they can do as individuals. But like any good lesson, it's far better to hide the education inside a game.
Seriously, Battleship? A flagship (pun intended) title on Xbox Live, in the three dollar price band? That game where you call out co-ordinates to see if your opponent has a ship there? Well, if they can turn it into a film, they can turn it into an Xbox Live premium title. But is it any good?
To be honest I'm not sure how I feel about MonstaFish. It's a collection of five mini-games (two of which are available in limited form in the trial version), and none of them would really stand alone as quality titles, even at the 99c/79p minimum level in the Marketplace. So bundling them together makes sense, even more so when the title itself pops up at the same 79p mark.
Look at that title. It has everything you need to get everyone interested. It mentions pirates and it mentions cats. Throw in one of the cutest possible icons, and you have a winner before people start playing the game. When they do, they're going to get an overload of cuteness.
Feeling more like a web-based Flash game than a full blown commercial title, GameHouse's Droplitz Delight has the Xbox Live branding, the lowest pricing band in Windows Marketplace, and a bundle of bight colours and simple gameplay. It's also the ultimate snack game, missing any attempts at longevity.
Following on from the success of the Xbox Live title geoDefense, geoDefense Swarm expands the concepts presented in the original title based around the 'tower defense' genre, and manages to improve on the original title without destroying the core concept.