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#1021 eastx

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 03:08 AM

Button controls (with tilt off) work pretty well. I'm still confused about acceleration, I don't need to hold an acceleration button or anything do I?


No, you just need to worry about the brake button (rarely), jumping (kinda rarely), and the item button.

About the sound, Pac-Man Kart Rally actually has different songs for each separate world. So while all 3 Pac-Man tracks share that same way-too-short tune, the other worlds have different and less repetitive music. I'll take Namco to task for the sound in my review, but it's less of an issue than the demo makes it seem.

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#1022 tylerh1701

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 05:48 AM

No, you just need to worry about the brake button (rarely), jumping (kinda rarely), and the item button.

About the sound, Pac-Man Kart Rally actually has different songs for each separate world. So while all 3 Pac-Man tracks share that same way-too-short tune, the other worlds have different and less repetitive music. I'll take Namco to task for the sound in my review, but it's less of an issue than the demo makes it seem.


K, that's what I thought. In game instructions seemed to indicate that there was an acceleration button, or I possibly misunderstood them. Thanks.

As for the sound, I thought the song was catchy, but I guess I would hate it after a while. However, I almost always play my WP7 on silent, so definitely not a major deal to me.

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#1023 tylerh1701

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:19 PM

What's the new game this week?

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#1024 MoCiWe

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:50 PM

I finally got my first Windows Phone yesterday and I'll definitely be watching this thread more now, and I'm gonna read through some of what's already here and on the wpcentral site to see what's all worth getting, so far I've just got a couple of the free things that they have on the store.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 12:55 AM

What's the new game this week?


Pocket God? $1.99?

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 01:07 AM

Pocket God? $1.99?


that could be the deal of the week but it's not the new game this week.

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#1027 tylerh1701

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 02:36 AM

Some game called Feed Me Oil just popped up (literally, like within the last 30 seconds) on the online marketplace.

Good news? It's only 99 cents!!!!! I would love to start seeing new releases come out at 99 cents!!!! Time to demo this bad boy. I may be a CAG, but I'll buy anything at 99 cents, no point in waiting for a possible 33 or 50 cent discount.

http://www.windowsph...12-085aaaa1b919

EDIT: Feed me oil is basically Enigmo, a little better and a nice hint system. Has 90 levels. Definitely not my favorite type of game, but for 99 cents I'm in. Also, apparently the iPhone version has a micro transaction hint based system so maybe this game does too, which would explain the cheap starting price.

EDIT2: Bought and played for about 30 minutes. Not too bad, controls MUCH better than Enigmo. Not noticing a microtransaction system with the hints either.

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#1028 tylerh1701

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 02:47 AM

I finally got my first Windows Phone yesterday and I'll definitely be watching this thread more now, and I'm gonna read through some of what's already here and on the wpcentral site to see what's all worth getting, so far I've just got a couple of the free things that they have on the store.


Welcome. If you're looking for Xbox Live titles, I'd recommend scanning the link below to see what's available. We've recently seen a lot of price drops down to $0.99, so I'd say demo a lot of those games and see if any of them are for you, most are pretty good.

Also, maybe demo The Harvest, today will be the last day it's on sale, but it's still $5. Pretty quality game though.

Finally, personal recommendations would be Plants vs Zombies, Farm Frenzy 2, Fruit Ninja, Gravity Guy, Hydro Thunder GO, ilomilo, IonBallEX, and Max & the Magic Marker.

Pocket God? $1.99?


Damn it, repeat sale! Good catch though. Not sure if I'd recommend Pocket God for $2. It's....ok.

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#1029 eastx

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:34 AM

I finally got my first Windows Phone yesterday and I'll definitely be watching this thread more now, and I'm gonna read through some of what's already here and on the wpcentral site to see what's all worth getting, so far I've just got a couple of the free things that they have on the store.


Welcome to the fold! Hope you enjoy our reviews and stuff. :)

BTW, next week's release will be 99 cents too. Our wallets are saved!

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#1030 FlamedLiquid

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:51 AM

Welcome to the fold! Hope you enjoy our reviews and stuff. :)

BTW, next week's release will be 99 cents too. Our wallets are saved!


what is next week's game? or do you just know its price somehow? lol

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#1031 eastx

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:53 AM

what is next week's game? or do you just know its price somehow? lol


Oh, it's a secret until... tomorrow-ish. Forgot to mention that.

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#1032 eastx

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 05:50 AM

Correction: May 23's release will be 99 cents. Don't have a price yet on May 16's release, geoDefense Swarm.

Also, I updated the OP and upcoming games list to be as accurate as possible. I wonder though: Do any of our regular readers actually check the front page?

Edited by eastx, 09 May 2012 - 06:46 AM.

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#1033 ZombieToast

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 07:55 AM

I don't know about Pocket God for $2... It's entertaining, but it's not really what I would call a game. Still, it can be fun for about 5 minutes at a time, which counts for something, I suppose. I'll have to think about this one.

I'm all over Feed Me Oil, though. I liked Enigmo, so I've had my eye on this one since it was announced. Based on the demo, I'm not sure if it's necessarily better than Enigmo, but it does seem to have more variety so far. Will be purchasing very soon.

#1034 cubeenigma

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:09 AM

im glad theres more and more for my backup phone! woot. keep em coming!

#1035 MoCiWe

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:34 AM

Welcome. If you're looking for Xbox Live titles, I'd recommend scanning the link below to see what's available. We've recently seen a lot of price drops down to $0.99, so I'd say demo a lot of those games and see if any of them are for you, most are pretty good.

Also, maybe demo The Harvest, today will be the last day it's on sale, but it's still $5. Pretty quality game though.

Finally, personal recommendations would be Plants vs Zombies, Farm Frenzy 2, Fruit Ninja, Gravity Guy, Hydro Thunder GO, ilomilo, IonBallEX, and Max & the Magic Marker.



Welcome to the fold! Hope you enjoy our reviews and stuff. :)

BTW, next week's release will be 99 cents too. Our wallets are saved!


Thanks for the welcomes! I was focusing mainly on Xbox Live titles but I have gotten a couple free ones that aren't, as long as they are fun I'll play them! I'll get the demos for the games that you listed and try them out. I'll also be keeping up with the reviews that I see come up on here and with all of these games starting to hit 99 cents I'll probably buy quite a few of them, seems like I got into this at a good time!

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#1036 ZombieToast

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 12:19 PM

Folks definitely seem to like The Harvest; I personally didn't find it very enjoyable at all. I will 100% second ilomilo, though. One of my favorite games ever. It's a lot better on the Xbox, but still great on the phone. And of course, Plants Vs. Zombies provides hours of mindless fun. I've played the hell out of that game on PC, Xbox 360, and DS and I plan on eventually doing it again on my phone.

Anyway...I too recently jumped on the bandwagon. I've had my Windows Phone for about a month now, I think, and I'm very pleased with it. The selection of games is lacking somewhat, but there are still some gems available. I know it sounds daunting, but I actually just went through the list on the first page in this thread and downloaded the demo of every single game (and wrote down which ones I liked and how much they cost). Found lots of goodies that way.

Oh, and be sure to check out the FREE Xbox Live games like Minesweeper, Wordament, and a few others. As far as free non-Live games go, I haven't played a whole lot, but I would recommend Call of Carlos, Incredible Circus, Monster Stack (1 and 2), and Zombeee.


EDIT: Ha! I just realized I made a PvZ pun!

#1037 tylerh1701

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 02:11 PM

Correction: May 23's release will be 99 cents. Don't have a price yet on May 16's release, geoDefense Swarm.

Also, I updated the OP and upcoming games list to be as accurate as possible. I wonder though: Do any of our regular readers actually check the front page?


I definitely refer to the previous DotW list that you maintain on there, I've used it several times, but not a lot of the other content. One option could be to wikify it if you're tired of maintaining it at the level you currently are now.

Also, EastX, are you still gonna reveal what May 23rd's 99 cent title is today on WPCentral?

EDIT: Also, found this quote from your GeoDefense Swarm preview interesting and funny. "It will also likely suffer from balance issues, but said issues didn’t keep its predecessor from winning many gamers’ hearts.". That's exactly how I feel too, the balance issues were so bad in the first one, I'm being very cautious about Swarm.

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#1038 chuckie88

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 02:30 PM

...I updated the OP and upcoming games list to be as accurate as possible. I wonder though: Do any of our regular readers actually check the front page?

I still check the front page from time to time. I don't have a windows phone myself but my wife does. When she wonders about a game she checks with me and I check with this thread. Keep up the good work!:D
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#1039 GLOCKGLOCK

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:36 PM

I actually didn't even notice the nice list you have in the OP until yesterday, but I do like the future release schedule and past releases all in one place like that.

Glad the release this week is 99 cents. That is an instant buy for me at that price point. Also good to see the group of games drop to that price point in the past month even though I had already purchased most of them. It did make picking up the Harvest last week at the 'sale' price of 4.99 a bit difficult but based on what I had read I still bought it, but haven't had a chance to play it yet.

I wish they would go back and do some permanent or temporary price reductions on some of the older games. No reason Guitar Hero should still be $6.99 almost 2 years after release.

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#1040 FlamedLiquid

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:11 PM

Harvest is alright. I wouldn't say it's spectacular or anything but it can be a good time killer. Hope we get some more rpgesque games.

As for games I'd recommend, aside from the free ones if course..ill list my top 10:

Angry Birds
Fruit Ninja
Full House Poker
Kinectimals
Lets Golf 2
Oregon Trail
Plants vs. Zombies
Sally's Salon
Sid Meirs Pirates
Uno

I also recommend ilomilo, Burn the Rope, Chickens Can't Fly, Guitar Hero 5, Monopoly, Parachute Panic, and Solitaire

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#1041 eastx

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 12:14 AM

I'm not tired of maintaining the OP and posts 2 and 3 of this thread. I just wanted to know if anyone's using them or aware of them. Glad some of you guys do look it over now and then. :) Besides, all three posts do need updating, which a Wikified first post wouldn't cover.

BTW, Microsoft has informed us that geoDefense Swarm will cost $2.99.

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#1042 tylerh1701

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 12:18 AM

I'm not tired of maintaining the OP and posts 2 and 3 of this thread. I just wanted to know if anyone's using them or aware of them. Glad some of you guys do look it over now and then. :) Besides, all three posts do need updating, which a Wikified first post wouldn't cover.

BTW, Microsoft has informed us that geoDefense Swarm will cost $2.99.


Oh, I didn't realize that you could only wikify the very first post. Yeah, that wouldn't be beneficial at all.

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#1043 FlamedLiquid

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 01:16 AM

I'm not tired of maintaining the OP and posts 2 and 3 of this thread. I just wanted to know if anyone's using them or aware of them. Glad some of you guys do look it over now and then. :) Besides, all three posts do need updating, which a Wikified first post wouldn't cover.

BTW, Microsoft has informed us that geoDefense Swarm will cost $2.99.


would it be possible to copy and paste tge stuff from the 2nd and 3rd post into the op? Maybe use spoiler tags so it doesn't take up as much room. Then anyone could add stuff yo any of the first 3 posts since all the info would be in the first post. Doesn't bother me. Just offering a suggestion.

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#1044 ZombieToast

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 03:54 AM

This thread is eastx's baby; he might not want to share!

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:20 AM

It might be worth noting that Monster Island has an update available, although I'm not sure what it entails.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:08 AM

For what it's worth I still check the first page of this thread.

Is it just me or does Feed Me Oil feel kind of like World of Goo? Which is awesome, not complaining, I was wishing WoG would show up in the Windows Phone marketplace and FMO has been a lot of fun so far (lol love the soundtrack too).

#1047 MastrMeatWad

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 01:43 PM

I finally got my first Windows Phone yesterday and I'll definitely be watching this thread more now, and I'm gonna read through some of what's already here and on the wpcentral site to see what's all worth getting, so far I've just got a couple of the free things that they have on the store.

Everyone mentioned some great games. Max & The magic Marker is super for .99 cents. Most of the .99 cent titles are well worth price of admission.

My Favorite Live titles include: Ilomilo, implode, hydro thunder, Max/Magic Marker, Orbital, Sally's Salon LE, Tentacles, and Wordament.

NON-Live titles that are a must check out include: Wordfeud! there is a large community because you play against wp7, ios, and android community. It has a trial version and is priced at 2.99. I have the trial but should purchase it with how often I play it against friends and my wife. The trial includes advertisments and I believe one board held back? Wordfeud also features toasts and a live tile which is very useful because it tells you when it is your turn and who played (you can play mutlitple games/people at the same time). I also enjoy taptitude (a ton of mini games and updated regularly), unite, cartridge (similar to 8-bit mario), chickens can dream (delisted?), and one of my favorite titles...DRAGON'S BLADE!!! If you have any fond memories of early final fantasy titles dragon's blade is a title to check out. Suvivalcraft is decent if you enjoy minecraft. Don't make fun but Clowning College is actually kind of fun too.

I also recommend AppFlow App Discovery. I found a few gems by using this application.

Welcome!!

Correction: May 23's release will be 99 cents. Don't have a price yet on May 16's release, geoDefense Swarm.

Also, I updated the OP and upcoming games list to be as accurate as possible. I wonder though: Do any of our regular readers actually check the front page?

Thanks Eastx. I do in fact check the front page for links to your reviews, new releases, etc.

BTW: I just realized Kinectimals and Beards and Beaks have live tiles. No real purpose, but still kind of cool. I love me some live tiles. :) I wish there was an application that gave live updates on news/scores for sports with toasts.

Monster Island must have fixed the achievement complaint because it is listed again.? I also purchased Feed Me oil because one, it is 99 cents and like Tyler's thinking a DOTW would only save me maybe 34 cents, so why not. If more games release at .99 cents I may never wait for DOTW again. :)

#1048 tylerh1701

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 02:25 PM

For what it's worth I still check the first page of this thread.

Is it just me or does Feed Me Oil feel kind of like World of Goo? Which is awesome, not complaining, I was wishing WoG would show up in the Windows Phone marketplace and FMO has been a lot of fun so far (lol love the soundtrack too).


Yeah, very World of Goo art style.

It might be worth noting that Monster Island has an update available, although I'm not sure what it entails.


Hopefully it fixed the achievement that required you to pay for DLC. If you own the game, you can go in and check. Nice to see it back on the marketplace, from the demo it felt pretty good.

EDIT: Oh, I can check in the demo. They did in fact change the Big Spender achievement to "Earn a total of 2500 coins and spend them in the Monster Island store!"

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#1049 MoCiWe

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 01:53 AM

Everyone mentioned some great games. Max & The magic Marker is super for .99 cents. Most of the .99 cent titles are well worth price of admission.

My Favorite Live titles include: Ilomilo, implode, hydro thunder, Max/Magic Marker, Orbital, Sally's Salon LE, Tentacles, and Wordament.

NON-Live titles that are a must check out include: Wordfeud! there is a large community because you play against wp7, ios, and android community. It has a trial version and is priced at 2.99. I have the trial but should purchase it with how often I play it against friends and my wife. The trial includes advertisments and I believe one board held back? Wordfeud also features toasts and a live tile which is very useful because it tells you when it is your turn and who played (you can play mutlitple games/people at the same time). I also enjoy taptitude (a ton of mini games and updated regularly), unite, cartridge (similar to 8-bit mario), chickens can dream (delisted?), and one of my favorite titles...DRAGON'S BLADE!!! If you have any fond memories of early final fantasy titles dragon's blade is a title to check out. Suvivalcraft is decent if you enjoy minecraft. Don't make fun but Clowning College is actually kind of fun too.

I also recommend AppFlow App Discovery. I found a few gems by using this application.

Welcome!!


Thanks for all of those suggestions! I already got Wordament and Dragon's Blade (this game is amazing, I love the "online" aspect and getting the stat boost/seeing other players in an old school rpg!). I'll check out the other titles you suggested, and as you said a lot of these 99 cent games are also tempting!

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#1050 FlamedLiquid

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 03:06 AM

May have to buy Monster Island now. Should probably finish up Fragger first though. Also getting sick of all these Angry Birds style games..... Implode is alright but can be pretty damn frustrating getting aplus ratings. Even following a guide there ate some I've tried multiple times just slightly moving the dynamite placement and would still get an A rating or fail.

Hoping Mirrors Edge and Battleship are fun. Just saw they released the achievement lists for those.

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