This week saw the release of the third “must have” game for Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7. The two previous games were Doodle Jump and Hydro Thunder Go. This week, we were graced with the awesome tower defense game geoDefense.
If you’re into tower defense games, geoDefense is definitely a must-have. If you’ve never played tower defense games (which I hadn’t before my buddy @alex from TheNextWeb told me to pick it up for the iPhone almost 2 years ago), this is a great place to start.
During Microsoft’s briefing this morning they announced a few different living room initiatives to put the Xbox at the center of everyone’s media experience. Chief among them? YouTube!
One big notable exclusion from today’s giant press conference is any changes to Xbox Live as a hardcore gaming platform. While Microsoft has gotten the service almost to perfection there are a still a few notable issues here and there. One of the big issue with Xbox Live is having to restore your saves, and gamer profiles. Soon, recovering your saves may only be a distant memory.
While I will be reviewing the new version of Doodle Jump (previously released on the iPhone, Android, Blackberry and more) for Windows Phone 7, I will also be spending a little time comparing it to Bubble Jump, a similar game available for free in the Marketplace.
Doodle Jump is the second part of the Must Have feature that Microsoft is running. Bubble Jump is a free game available in the Marketplace.
To start with, let’s take a look at some of the features of Doodle Jump:
Meanwhile, Bubble Jump has none of those features. It is an extremely simple game in which you try to guide the little furry guy in the bubble (apparently named Rutherford) further up into the air by popping little bubbles along the way.
This week saw the release of the first “must have” game on the Windows Phone 7 platform. The game is Hydro Thunder Go, a fast-paced racing game that puts you in the driver’s seat of a speedboat instead of the traditional racecar. Hydro Thunder itself should be a fairly well-known franchise at this point, having made its non-arcade debut on the Sega Dreamcast and then released in various forms for the N64, Gamecube, Playstation, PS2 and Xbox 360.
Today, the official Windows Phone blog announced that the “Must-Have Games” for Windows Phone 7 will be released on a weekly basis starting next week (May 25). The news is phenomenal for those of us looking for great, fun, high-quality games on our WP7 handsets; but it brings with it a bit of a major disappointment, as well.
During the MIX11 conference last month, it was reportedly announced (I didn’t watch the keynotes) that Angry Birds would be released for the platform on May 25. Every article I read on the subject reported it that way, and the official Windows Phone Support Twitter account apparently thought so, too. Sadly, Angry Birds is actually the last of the 6 “must-have” games that will be released; not seeing its debut on the platform until June 29.
We’ve heard rumors for a little under five or six months now that Microsoft might be phasing out the Zune brand in favor of renaming it services and aligning them with either Xbox or Zune, and while we have been indifferent on the matter thus far the fact that Microsoft is hiring a Business Manager for the “Xbox Live Music Marketplace” may send a few people to the it could happen side of things.