You know the scene. It's an action movie and the hero is in traffic, speeding through by swerving violently from lane to lane, sometimes ever veering onto the opposite carriageway, against the traffic, amidst beeping horns and with a pulsing soundtrack. Well, perhaps not quite so dramatic, but it's roughly the aim here in Traffic Racer - you've seen lane-hopping driving games before, but never one that's this realistically rendered, I promise...
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Driving games have always held a fascination for gamers, especially on mobile devices. A good driving game keeps players coming back for more, shows off the graphical ability of a platform, and allows developers to prove just how good they are. It's also very easy to get everything wrong. Unfortunately AE GTO Racing falls into the latter category. It is utterly average in every respect, and that's no longer good enough for a Windows Phone game.
Poki is a Windows Phone client for the popular 'read it later' service Pocket (www.getpocket.com). Pocket allows you to bookmark content while reading on your computer. This could be in a web browser, or from a desk-bound Twitter and Facebook client, or from the various extensions and apps available to download. These links are synced with Pocket clients from the central server, and are able to be read at your leisure. Which is where Poki comes in.
And so, one month after iOS and Android, Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto : San Andreas arrives on Windows Phone. It's a stupidly big title, and Rockstar's vision in getting this on a mobile device should be commended. They've made all the code work, but does it still feel like a Grand Theft Auto (GTA) title?
Tower defense games are rather popular on smartphones. There's a lot of room to innovate new ideas, or to implement the classic ideas very well. Zero Defense focuses entirely on the latter angle, and this title shows that you can put together a great game by covering all the bases and not adding in anything stupid. This is tower defense as you would expect it, but done with enough style and passion to make it enjoyable.
Thousands of years ago, someone looked up in the night sky and created the constellations, joining up stars to make arbitrary shapes and implying that a 'w' was really a woman called Cassiopeia. Now you too can join up stars with 'Galaxy' on your Windows Phone, but you have to join up all the stars with a single line in order to pass through each level in this brightly coloured puzzle game from Magma Mobile.
Popular on iOS for years, Flower Garden - yes, yes, it's a simulation of growing flowers in plant pots - has now come to Windows Phone. Is it likely to satisfy your green fingers? Is its freemium nature likely to hit your wallet harder than an Autumn storm on your precious pots? I don my gardening gloves and investigate...
Get the cars through, don't cause an accident, and if all else fails, call up a B2 bomber. Managing the traffic in LA is as boring and as death-defying as it sounds, but here comes Traffic Frenzy to turn municipal management into a tasty little game.
Can you get the ball to the exit? It's a standard trope for puzzle games, but sometimes you find a little gem that draws you in. Let me introduce you to Super Smith Bros' little bundle of fun that uses the far seer physics engine and a pair of wicked minds to the puzzle genre. This is... Drawtopia.
In a sense, there's little point in reviewing something which everyone can grab for free anyway - but this is an official Microsoft Studios title, and this is Minesweeper, always one of my favourite casual 'logic' games, so it's worth a look through, if only to entice you to grab it now and try for yourself. Plus, it's Xbox Live-enabled, so you get to win some pretty easy gamer points - again, all for free.