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Top Ten Windows Phone 7 launch games

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Now that the marketplace is officially open, and Windows Phone 7 handsets can be ordered, we are sure you are as excited as we were to see what this Xbox Live integrated gaming malarkey is all about.

Having trawled through the entire launch list, and spent many hours ‘working’ to find the best games, we narrowed it down to our favourite ten. It wasn’t easy as there are some very strong titles that deserve a mention in their own right, but ten was the limit.

Game on.

The Harvest
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Harvest is a hybrid of shooter and role-playing games, combining the fun of point and click real-time strategy movement with levelling up, upgradeable abilities and mech robot weaponry.

Costing £5.99, it may seem steep, but from what we have played, The Harvest is no five-minute wonder. On our HTC HD7 it runs like a dream, and even with multiple enemies on screen and our special move in full swing, it all glides along. Microsoft Game Studios has clearly put in a great deal of time and effort into its launch titles.

Without more time we can’t comment on the longevity, but there are two unlockable characters, 200 points of gamerscore achievements to unlock, plenty of upgrades and a world that has us hyped up over what Windows Phone 7 can do.

The Harvest is available now for £5.99 from the marketplace, and a trial version can be downloaded for free from the same place.

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Flight Control

If an iPhone gamer, Flight Control probably needs no introduction. Firemint’s drawing game has won it quite the following, and with good reason.

Drawing in planes and helicopters to land is strangely addictive, and incredibly frantic when loads of planes are flying all over your airspace. Quick reactions and a steady hand is key to becoming a successful flight controller.

Included are 10 aircraft, multiple airfields, and the same functions found in the iPhone version.

As this is the Windows Phone 7 version, and an Xbox Live mobile game, achievements can unlock 200 extra points of gamerscore, if you have the skills, and thanks to strict hardware stipulations, the touch screen sensitivity on the HD7 works like a dream.

Flight Control is available now for £3.99.

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Bejeweled Live

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Puzzle gamers, it’s your lucky day. Windows Phone 7 has the mighty Bejeweled Live to keep you happy. The idea is to match up coloured gems in a variety of different game modes.

To make things interesting, this is a brand new version for the platform. Whereas you could only move gems when the last group had landed, that is no longer the case, adding a more intense twist on the winning puzzle formula.

Once again, Xbox Live integration means you can compete against the world on online leaderboards and unlock achievements to increase your gamerscore thanks to the allocated 200.

Bejeweled Live is available now for £3.99

Star Wars: Battle for Hoth

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What gaming platform would be complete without the obligatory star wars game? We aren’t sure, it hasn’t happened. Not that it matters, as Star Wars: Battle for Hoth combines the sci-fi epic with tower defence goodness, which is fine by us.

Apparently rebel forces have been despatched to the ice planet of Hoth, and Darth Vader has ordered an assault on the planet’s Echo base, in particular, its power generator. The Rebellion’s only hope is to survive as long as they can so they can evacuate.

In steps you, 15 levels, two gameplay modes and star wars themed towers and defences you need to utilise to stop the onslaught of Darth Vader’s minions. If that isn’t enough, 200 gamerscore points can be earned by making your way through a variety of achievements.

THQ’s Star Wars: Battle for Hoth is out now, and costs £3.99.

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Rocket Riot

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A curious title, and another standout, original title for Windows Phone 7, Rocket Riot really is a riot involving rockets. The idea is to complete a variety of tasks, be it to destroy a certain number of enemies or score a few goals, in a 2D side-scrolling world.

As you can see, Rocket Riot has 3D visuals, even though you can only move on a 2D plane. Its 8-bit-inspired visuals look great, and when you watch destructible walls breaking into lots of squares, it’s immensely satisfying, not to mention a joy to control, thanks to the intuitive and responsive control system.

For that added spice, there are power-ups to find, ‘strange’ enemies, more colour than at a Dulux convention and the usual array of Xbox Live achievements you can complete to increase your gamerscore by an impressive 200 points.

Microsoft Game Studios’ Rocket Riot is available now from the Windows Marketplace for £5.49.

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The Sims 3

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The Sims 3 is hardly a favourite of ours, but there is no denying the significant following the genre has, and how it demonstrates Microsoft has got Electronic Arts on the Windows Phone 7 bandwagon.

To make this version special, you can compare your Sim with whatever your friends and players around the world can come up with. Ever wandered who makes the most money? Wonder no longer, thanks to online leaderboards.

As in other mobile The Sims games, you can customise your Sim, choose traits then invade other people’s homes and ensure you are always late for work. If a little more proactive and less childish, you can instead build up a career, make friends and climb the virtual social tree.

If you like The Sims, The Sims 3 will likely prove an essential purchase for your Windows Phone 7 handset, even if you have bought it multiple times and it costs £5.49.

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Glow Artisan

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Another puzzle game, and another shining example (ding), Powerhead Games’ Glow Artisan is another fine way to give your brain a bit of a workout, in this rebuilt Windows Phone 7 version.

You will be able to earn over 150 medals, a puzzle editor to make your own creations, and even the ability to take photos and give them the custom puzzle treatment. Puzzle-tastic.

Because this is a platform-specific version, high-resolution graphics have been included, as well as 7 new puzzles and Xbox Live integration for your gamerscore achievement needs.

Glow Artisan is available now for £3.99 on the Windows Phone 7 marketplace.

Twin Blades: The Reaping Vanguard

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Another iPhone game, but one we are glad to have on the platform, Twin Blades: The Reaping Vanguard is the embodiment of side-scrolling shooter action.

This Manga-infused Twin Blades outing has you defeating evil zombies (as opposed to the far less common ‘good’ zombie), in cemeteries, churches, city markets and just about anywhere they will follow.

Included are six weapons, such as the machinegun and explosive nukes, upgradeable skills for your character, an immersive storyline, and boss fights aplenty, not to mention 10 exclusive environments discoverable during the day or night.

Twin Blades: The Reaping Vanguard is available now for £2.49.

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The Revenants: Corridors of Souls

Sometimes a game just clicks with a player, and The Revenants: Corridors of Souls is one such game. The moment we started playing it, we wanted to finish it and set leaderboard scores anyone would be proud of.

Fusing a touch-based mechanic with spooky, atmospheric visuals and sound effects, Chaotic Moon Studios has created a game that requires you to draw around enemies, creating a void they are then sucked into. The more you do in one go, the more points you get.

Whilst this is hardly revolutionary, the style in which The Revenants: Corridors of Souls is presented makes it far more attractive. Completing a level takes you to another spooky room, which adds an exploratory feel to the proceedings.

We have to admit, when we first saw this title it was not love at first sight, but we are now finding it hard to not keep playing it, especially with its Xbox Live integration offering us the chance to obtain 200 more points towards our gamerscore.

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CarneyVale Showtime

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Another Xbox Live integrated title published by Microsoft Game Studios, CarneyVale Showtime is the work of Gambit, and comes from the Xbox 360 Indie game stable.

As the title suggests, carnival is the theme of the game, and the premise is to assume the role of Slinky – not the spring that never moved down the stairs, as it should – an acrobat who wants to become top of the circus world.

Rising up the ranks is done by somersaulting and performing other death-defying stunts in 15 complex arenas. Fired out of a cannon, you then make your way around by swinging around, collecting items and making your way to the top of the level to finish.

It’s one of those games you need to see in action, so don’t take our word for it, give the free trial a go and see what you think.

Achievement-hogs have no fear. As an Xbox Live title (thanks to having Microsoft Game Studio as its publisher), there are achievements to unlock, with points toward your Xbox Live gamerscore the reward.

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And the rest

  • 3D Brick Breaker Revolution (Digital Chocolate)
  • Age of Zombies (Halfbrick)
  • Armor Valley (Protégé Games)
  • Asphalt 5 (Gameloft)
  • Assassins Creed (Gameloft)
  • Bejeweled LIVE (PopCap)
  • Bloons TD (Digital Goldfish)
  • Brain Challenge (Gameloft)
  • Bubble Town 2 (i-Play)
  • Butterfly (Press Start Studio)
  • CarneyVale Showtime (MGS)
  • Castlevania (Konami)
  • Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst” (MGS)
  • De Blob Revolution (THQ)
  • Deal or No Deal 2010 (i-Play)
  • Earthworm Jim (Gameloft)
  • Fast & Furious 7 (i-Play)
  • Fight Game Rivals (Rough Cookie)
  • Finger Physics (Mobliss Inc.)
  • Flight Control (Namco Bandai)
  • Flowerz (Carbonated Games)
  • Frogger (Konami)
  • Fruit Ninja (Halfbrick)
  • Game Chest-Board (MGS)
  • Game Chest-Card (MGS)
  • Game Chest-Logic (MGS)
  • Game Chest-Solitaire (MGS)
  • GeoDefense (Critical Thought)
  • Ghostscape (Psionic)
  • Glow Artisan (Powerhead Games)
  • Glyder 2 (Glu Mobile)
  • Guitar Hero 5 (Glu Mobile)
  • Halo Waypoint (MGS)
  • Hexic Rush (Carbonated Games)
  • I Dig It (InMotion)
  • iBlast Moki (Godzilab)
  • ilomilo (MGS)
  • Implode XL (IUGO)
  • Iquarium (Infinite Dreams)
  • Jet Car Stunts (True Axis)
  • Let’s Golf 2 (Gameloft)
  • Little Wheel (One click dog)
  • Loondon (Flip N Tale)
  • Max and the Magic Marker (PressPlay)
  • Mini Squadron (Supermono Limited)
  • More Brain Exercise (Namco Bandai)
  • O.M.G. (Arkedo)
  • Puzzle Quest 2 (Namco Bandai)
  • Real Soccer 2 (Gameloft)
  • The Revenants (Chaotic Moon)
  • Rise of Glory (Revo Solutions)
  • Rocket Riot (Codeglue)
  • Splinter Cell Conviction (Gameloft)
  • Star Wars: Battle for Hoth (THQ)
  • Star Wars: Cantina (THQ)
  • Tetris (EA)
  • The Harvest (MGS)
  • The Oregon Trail (Gameloft)
  • Tower Bloxx NY (Digital Chocolate)
  • Twin Blades (Press Start Studio)
  • UNO (Gameloft)
  • “Women’s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet (i-Play)
  • Zombie Attack! (IUGO)
  • Zombies!!!! (Babaroga)


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