Robot Unicorn Clone “Double Jumper” Leaps to Windows Phone

Robot Unicorn is a popular flash game from Adult Swim. The flash game became a hit almost immediately and even has a product line because of its popularity. The game “Double Jumper” by GSSoft, which is now available for Windows Phone, takes its cue from Robot Unicorn and brings them to mobile.

Like Robot Unicorn, Double Jumper is a side scrolling platformer and the object is to prolong gameplay without falling off the platforms scattered about on the playing field. Crashing into the edges, failing to land on a platform or hitting a mine will cause you to fall to the lowest level, resetting your gaps count.

You can find this title by searching for “Double Jumper” in the Zune PC software or on your Windows Phone.

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Tumbler Rolls on Windows Phone

I wanted to write-up a quick post to tell you guys about a game that I’ve been playing the last few days. It’s called Tumbler by Hub Labs LLC. It’s a free, cool little physics game that is unique, at least to me. Instead of trying to put the object of the game into my own words, here’s the developers description:

Tumbler is a fun original 2D physics game you won’t find on any other platform. The objective is to simply drag and flick the grass to rotate the log which will navigate Tumbler into the goal. The challenging part is the goal will be in random places, inside a Field goal, inside a mailbox, on top of a unicycle, on the bottom shelf of a set of chest of draws, inside a barrel, behind a whirly ball goal, inside a moving barrel, a basketball goal, inside a newspaper stand, and more fun random places. Flick, drag, sit back and watch Tumbler fly across the screen as you try to use the obstacles to your advantage and reach the goal before time runs out.

The controls took a fw attempts to get used to, but once you get the hang of them, it’s smooth sailing.

Tumbler is an interesting and challenging indie title for Windows Phone and I have been playing it non-stop for the past few days, so you guys may want to give it a download as well. You can find this free, ad-supported title for Windows Phone  by searching for “Tumbler” in the Zune PC software or on your Windows Phone.

You can visit Hub Labs LLC on the web at www.hublabs.comor on Twitter @HubLabsLLC.

The Majority of Windows Phone Users Have an Xbox LIVE Game

Microsoft mentioned along with the news about coming features and titles for Windows Phone that about 70 percent of Windows Phone users have downloaded an Xbox LIVE game for their device. It seems obvious, but when you consider that many business and casual users are not into games, let alone achievements and gamerscores, that’s a pretty good number.

Xbox LIVE integration is considered to be one of the standout features on Windows Phone and as it grows in mindshare and functionality, should attract more gamers to the platform. For new users to the Windows Phone platform, Microsoft usually releases one new Xbox LIVE-enabled title for Windows Phone each week on Wednesday and also discounts a current title on Wednesday for that week as well. I usually report on the new title each week and the “Deal of the Week” title will be featured in the Marketplace screen on your device, so be sure to keep an eye out of for the savings.

Source: Seattle Times

IonBallEX Xbox LIVE Game Available in the Marketplace

IonBallEX, indie title gone Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone, is now available in the Marketplace. IonballEX by Ironsun Studios is a twist on the original brickbreaker game and features 35 levels which will challenge and feature achievements and gamerscore upgrades. It’s exciting to see indie games get the chance to become Xbox LIVE games on Windows Phone. Here the Marketplace description:

IonBallEX is a modern twist on a classic Breakout style game, featuring an XP-based progression system and end-of-level bosses that are going to push you to the extreme, all delivered in a unique SteamPunk style. With 35 challenging levels, mind-bending features and awesome bosses; IonBallEX is the breakout game to “break” all others. See where you can get on the leaderboard, or unlock achievements like “Record Breaker” or “Wipeout”; the IonBallEX challenge is here.

This title can be found by searching for “IonBallEX” in the Zune PC software or on your Windows Phone. The title is $2.99 with a free trial.

Coming Windows Phone Games & Features Announced at Gamescon

It’s Gamescon time and Microsoft has taken this opportunity via their Windows Phone Blog to announce some new Xbox LIVE titles coming to the mobile platform as well as some additions to gaming that will add more features to Windows Phone gaming in the upcoming ‘Mango’ update which should release for Windows Phone very soon.

Microsoft announced some new features coming to Windows Phone gaming. The new features include:

  • Avatar Awardables: Like achievements—but wearable. Once unlocked, these items will automatically appear in your avatar closet and can be worn on your avatar’s sleeve as a badge of honor. “Chickens Can’t Fly,a forthcoming Xbox LIVE release, will be among the first titles to feature them.
  • Game Add-ons:In the Xbox LIVE title “Beards & Beaks,” players can purchase extra mushrooms and other items from within the game using Microsoft Points. In the months ahead, keep your eyes out for more titles in Marketplace that let you buy in-game add-ons and downloadable content like extra weapons or levels.
  • Parental Controls: The next release of Windows Phone gives parents more control of what content their child can access on Windows Phone, including M-rated (Mature) games. The first M-rated Windows Phone title,Splinter Cell: Conviction,” is scheduled to arrive in the Marketplace later this fall.
  • Fast Async: A new Xbox LIVE service coming this fall that improves gameplay for multiplayer, turn-by-turn (or asynchronous) Windows Phone games.

They have also announced a number of new Xbox LIVE titles coming soon to the platform. Here is the list of upcoming titles:

  • “Beards & Beaks: Cave Area” The turf war between gnomes and crows moves to the cave with 15 challenging new levels and where a new gnome ally and new enemies await.
  • “Bug Village” Build and nurture a colony of active ants and busy bees. Construct homes to attract playful bugs and direct them to the garden, where they can gather resources to expand your village. Small is beautiful in bug village.
  • “Burn the Rope”Burn as much rope as you can in this challenging puzzle game. The catch? Fire only burns upwards. So you’ll have to madly tilt and turn your phone to keep the flame alive.
  • “Chickens Can’t Fly” You’re a corporate scientist assigned to see what chickens are capable of, answering critical questions such as: Is there life after the butcher? Are chickens afraid of ghosts? Does frozen chicken get dizzy?

 

  • “Collapse!” The blockbusting, color-matching excitement of “Collapse!” returns with award-winning gameplay, all-new customizable characters, and fantastic new foes.
  • “Gravity Guy” In a world where gravity laws were broken, a brave guy was held captive for defying the rules. Not happy, he decided to escape. Your job: guide him through a world of impossible mazes, flipping gravity at will.
  • “Farm Frenzy 2” If you think the big city is crazy, wait until you get a load of country life. Manage a wild and wacky farm by growing grass, feeding chickens, collecting eggs and taking your produce to market.
  • “Fight Game Rivals” Become the king of kings among tournament fighters around the world. Enter different tournaments on distinct locations, earn credits and unlock devastating attacks and skills.
  • “IonballEX”  A modern twist on a classic Breakout-style game, all delivered in a unique steampunk style.
  • “Kinectimals Mobile” Play with, care for, and fall in love with your very own Kinectimal cub. The hit Xbox 360 game comes to Windows Phone.
  • “Mush” This puzzle platformer (and Windows Phone exclusive) gives you control over how your character feels. Change their emotions by drawing smiles and sad faces, and by rotating or shaking the phone.
  • “Orbital” An addictive puzzle game that challenges you to destroy as many orbs as possible.
  • “TextTwist 2” From Game House, creators of “Bounce Out” and “Collapse!”, comes a more cerebral challenge: How many words can you form in two-and-a-half minutes with a handful of random letters? Figure out the combination with the most letters and move to the next level.
  • “Toy Soldiers Boot Camp” Wage war on a tiny scale with four fun and addictive shooting gallery mini-games from “Toy Soldiers: Cold War”.

It’s great to see such a large list of expected titles. Hopefully we will start to see these game roll out very soon. For screenshots and a ton of extras on these titles, check out the Xbox Gamescon presskit.

 

 

Recent Xbox LIVE Games Removed Because of Expiring Licenses

Last week we found out that a few Xbox LIVE games (Fast & Furious, Star Wars: Cantina/Hoth) were removed mysteriously from the Windows Phone Marketplace without any reason as to why. We might have and answer as a tweet from @KarlStricker, a Microsoft employee who works on Xbox LIVE mobile gaming, notes that the games were removed because of an expiring game license. Here’s the tweet:

Fast & Furious, Star Wars: Cantina/Hoth were removed from the marketplace per request of the publishers as the game’s licenses had expired.

This is disturbing as the platform should be increasing in titles and not decreasing, but maybe they’ll renew the license and repost them with updates and fixes, especially in the case of Fast & Furious. Some users tweeted back at Karl to find out about users who’ve purchased the games and have had to do a hard reset or have a new device. Stay Tuned…

FastBall 2 Speeds to the Marketplace

FastBall 2 by Klik! Games is a title that has been on iOS for quite a while and is now on Windows Phone. Played by over 3 million people on multiple platforms, it falls under the category of “time-waster games” (that I love) and its quick gameplay and simple control scheme make it a good one.

The idea of the game is to get your rolling ball from one end of the level to the other by avoiding obstacles. You achieve this by using your only ability, which is to jump. As you roll, you will hit boosts to pickup speed and then some which will slow you down, drop you and lift you up to reach higher platforms. As you progress through each of the available 105 levels, the games picks up in speed and difficulty becoming very difficult, very fast. If you just cannot get by a level, you can use tokens, which you will achieve, to skip over levels. 

The visuals are well-done and are reminiscent of a level from games like Super Mario, except the gameplay is very different. There are two themes: cartoon and futuristic, which mix up the look and feel of the game just enough. The ball rolls smooth and the physics match the gameplay and speed perfectly.

Fastball 2 is a great little indie title for Windows Phone that many have found to be an excellent little time-waster. Best of all, it’s free. FastBall 2 is an ad-supported, free title and is available in the Marketplace by searching for “FastBall 2” in the Zune PC software or on your Windows Phone.