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#361 GLOCKGLOCK

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 02:44 PM

Well a Verizon HTC Trophy theme and some gamerpics appeared on the Xbox Live Mmarketplace today so I'm assuming that the rumored May 12th launch of Windows Phone 7 on Verizon might come true.

GamerPics: LINK

Theme: LINK

I'm not at my console now, but can anyone read the fine print on the theme? Is there a release date listed?

EDIT - Theme and GamerPics were taken down and are no longer available for download.

Edited by GLOCKGLOCK, 13 May 2011 - 07:20 PM.

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#362 Hoffer

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 02:45 PM

I think I paid $4.99 for Harvest. It is very possible I wasn't paying attention and paid $6.99 for it. No big deal if I did. $2 isn't going to bankrupt me. :)

#363 Traitorious

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 03:11 PM

After hemming and hawing over getting a new phone the past year, I finally broke down and got a Samsung Focus.

I could go through all the reviews and stuff, but that list is getting kinda long. So, what are some of the better WP7 games out there?

#364 eastx

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 03:31 PM

Traitorous, welcome to the fold!

I recommend The Harvest (on sale this week), Full House Poker, ilomilo, and Fable Coin Golf. But you should at least read all the reviews that are marked as written by me. :)

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#365 eastx

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 04:56 PM

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And next week's Xbox Live release is... pretty sweet!

Asteroids Deluxe review

And a new indie game of possible interest: Armor Valley

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#366 Traitorious

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 09:45 PM

Traitorous, welcome to the fold!

I recommend The Harvest (on sale this week), Full House Poker, ilomilo, and Fable Coin Golf. But you should at least read all the reviews that are marked as written by me. :)

Hah, I guess I could at least read those ;)

Since I'm new to this whole WP7 (and smartphones in general) thing, is there any link/difference between games that aren't "mini-game" counterparts (Fable Coin Golf) to the versions you can get on the 360?

Edited by Traitorious, 12 May 2011 - 10:00 PM.


#367 seanr1221

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 12:37 AM

Hmm..are you sure is packman DX and not just an iOS port of CE? Seems odd if it were a new game Namco would be so quiet about it. Regardless, it's expensive, but better than game room.

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#368 eastx

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 06:40 PM

Sean, they announced it as DX and the guy in charge of Microsoft's WP7 division tweeted my article, so hopefully it's accurate. It is indeed unusual for WP7 to get a game before iOS, though it could also launch on iOS the same day for all we know.

Traitorous, some games link to their Xbox 360 versions and some don't. The Game Room games (Centipede, Asteroids Deluxe, Pitfall!, & Lunar Lander) all share progress & Leaderboards directly between both versions, which is awesome. Full House Poker shares money and XP directly between both versions.

Gold earned in Fable Coin Golf transfers to Fable III, but that's it. Progress in Crackdown: Project Sunburst unlocks a few things in the Crackdown 2 DLC mode (like starting with helicopters).

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#369 eastx

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 07:02 AM

Hoffer, I finally tried the Harbor Master demo and it seems to play fine to me. I did notice that lines draw in an angular way rather than with smooth curves like in Flight Control. Is that the problem? If not, please tell me about it as specifically as possible. I want to discuss it with the programmer, but only if I can make a convincing argument.

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#370 seanr1221

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 12:30 AM

Really excited for Pac-man this week. To me it's more of a must have than sonic or geo defense :)

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#371 eastx

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 11:24 AM

It will be awesome! But it's no Plants vs Zombies. ;)

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#372 seanr1221

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 05:04 AM

What do you know, it's DX and it's up. DLing demo now.

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#373 eastx

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 03:53 PM

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Also, out now is...

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Pac-Man Championship Edition DX for $6.99. Not available on iPhone!

Finally, my latest review:

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Pitfall!

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#374 eastx

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 06:39 PM

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#375 Hoffer

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 06:52 PM

Hoffer, I finally tried the Harbor Master demo and it seems to play fine to me. I did notice that lines draw in an angular way rather than with smooth curves like in Flight Control. Is that the problem? If not, please tell me about it as specifically as possible. I want to discuss it with the programmer, but only if I can make a convincing argument.


The problem is the line you draw isn't what shows up on the screen after you lift your finger. The line is often a more sweeping line. This makes playing the game very hard when you've got a bunch of boats on the screen. It is very annoying to draw a path for a boat to miss another boat, and it doesn't follow that exact path and runs into the boat.

I tried playing the game on my iPhone and it works perfect there. I think I'm especially sensitive to this as I've spent hours and hours playing the game on my iPhone. It just doesn't play the same as on my iPhone and I hate it.

Another thing that the developers can't help is I hit the buttons on the bottom of my Focus all the time. This takes me to Bing, the home screen, etc... I probably do it once every couple minutes. This is probably the number one reason I gave up on the game.

#376 Hoffer

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 06:56 PM

What do you know, it's DX and it's up. DLing demo now.


Did you or anyon try Pac-Man DX yet? I downloaded it this morning, but didn't give it a try. I LOVED the Pac-Man Championship games on 360. I'm curious how the game plays with the phone controls. I don't think I'll be buying it at $7.

#377 seanr1221

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 07:10 PM

I love DX. Played it the entire way on the train today.

Can't wait for the must haves, but I'm sad to see Angry Birds pushed back.

#378 eastx

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 07:23 PM

Did you or anyon try Pac-Man DX yet? I downloaded it this morning, but didn't give it a try. I LOVED the Pac-Man Championship games on 360. I'm curious how the game plays with the phone controls. I don't think I'll be buying it at $7.


The controls are surprisingly good. It's sooo much easier than the original game. You swipe anywhere on the screen to turn, and an outward pinching motion launches bombs. If the ghosts even get near Pac-Man, the game goes into slow motion, giving you an increased opportunity to escape.

The only bad thing about the game is it's only got 3 mazes instead of the XBLA version's 9, and a few less visual styles (3 instead of whatever the original # was) to choose from. But it's super fun and easy to play, at any rate.

As for hitting the capacitive buttons, try putting a rubber band between the screen and the buttons to create a barrier for your fingers.

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#379 Hoffer

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 07:27 PM

The only bad thing about the game is it's only got 3 mazes instead of the XBLA version's 9, and a few less visual styles (3 instead of whatever the original # was) to choose from. But it's super fun and easy to play, at any rate.


I don't think I'd mind this. On DX on 360, I only played 2-3 maps more than once or twice anyway. I will play tonight for sure.

As for hitting the capacitive buttons, try putting a rubber band between the screen and the buttons to create a barrier for your fingers.


I tried putting tape over the buttons, but a rubber band sounds like it would work better.

#380 benjamouth

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 07:35 PM

OMG is worth a go at $1.99 IMO, I bought it at full price and I think its decent.

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#381 Hoffer

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 03:34 PM

I ended up picking up Pac-Man CE DX last night. The swiping does actually work pretty good for that game. I'm not able to do the bombs very well, but if you play the game correctly, you shouldn't need bombs.

I would almost say the achievements in the Pac-Man CE games are too easy. I've only got one left that I'm still trying to figure out how to get. Hopefully I'll have it tonight.

#382 seanr1221

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 10:57 AM

Did the DotW thread get nuked? I was searching for it but couldn't find it. Windows Phone, Phone DotW and even just DotW didn't turn it up...

Anyway, the DotW is Game Chest: Chess, Minesweeper and Sudoku for 1.99.

Hydro Thunder is pretty good. I couldn't get a hang of the tilt controls, but I'm really happy they included a virtual wheel for control.

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#383 Hoffer

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 11:12 AM

Did the DotW thread get nuked? I was searching for it but couldn't find it. Windows Phone, Phone DotW and even just DotW didn't turn it up...


http://www.cheapassg...ad.php?t=288845

edit: For some reason, I can't link to the entire thread, only the first post. In the top right, there is a link to the thread once you get there though.

#384 seanr1221

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 11:33 AM

Thanks! Dunno why I couldn't turn it up.

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#385 Hoffer

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 05:35 PM

Hydro Thunder has the same 2 quick achievements worth 70 points that the XBLA version had. The game plays decent enough I guess. I just set the throttle at full at the start and never touch it again. I like this kind of racing game better than the auto racing games on phones.

#386 eastx

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 06:12 PM

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#387 seanr1221

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:05 AM

So what's the deal with the "wifi too far away to connect" bug?

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#388 eastx

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 11:31 AM

I haven't seen that. Can you go into more detail?

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#389 Hoffer

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 05:04 PM

Picked up Doodle Jump this morning. I've owned the game on my iPhone for a long time. I realized after playing the game this morning that I actually never played the game before. So, I've had the game on my phone for maybe years and never tried it once.

#390 eastx

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 05:39 PM

At least you're in for a fresh experience, Hoffer! BTW, have you played Harbor Master since last week's update? I keep meaning to post an article about it...

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