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Implode! Now Available for Windows Phone 7

This week’s Xbox LIVE enabled Windows Phone 7 release is Implode!, a new title from Iugo Entertainment. Available to download from the Zune Marketplace now, Implode! is a game that encourages tactically explosive action.

Though from the screenshots you might assume that this latest Windows Phone 7 release is yet another Angry Birds copy cat release, the truth is that Implode! is far from it.

Given a crudely drawn structure,the player is challenged with reducing it to rubble. Or more specifically, bringing it’s height below the preset requirement with a limited amount of explosives.

Featuring more than fifty stages and the chance to design your own explosive puzzles, Implode! is available now for just £2.29. Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest Xbox LIVE enabled releases for Windows Phone 7.


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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Windows Phone 7, Xbox Live


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Windows Phone 7 reaches 30,000 app milestone

It may have had some pretty major snags so far, but developers are still willing to rally behind Windows Phone 7.

No doubt Microsoft has been flexing its muscles with the countless developers it was worked with on Windows computer programs before, but nevertheless, the number of apps available for the company’s big push to the mobile market is impressive.

After just around eight months, there are now 30,000 apps in the Windows Phone marketplace, according to a post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog.

That puts it in line with the rate of app growth on the iPhone, way back in the day, and it signifies a rate of two times what Android saw in its first eight months on the market.

Where Windows Phone has the strongest potential and arguably the most unique competitive advantage is in gaming. Because of its integration with Xbox Live, players are able to socialize and connect with their mobile games on Windows Phone in a way that just simply isn’t possible on the iPhone or Android.

Microsoft will soon be releasing the huge, sweeping “Mango” update headed to Windows Phone, saying it could revolutionize the way the world interacts with their smartphones.

Among the changes are shying away from the traditional “download a million apps and use them independently” mindset, and instead incorporate all of the most popular apps into the software of the phone itself. So, wanna check movie times? How about that train schedule? What’s in my Netflix queue? Microsoft wants all of these kinds of questions to be answered in the same, universal navigation of the device.

That update is coming later this year, which could be a reason for why consumers are shying away from buying a Windows Phone device today.

But it’s not exactly like everything was smooth sailing before the update was announced. In fact, Microsoft had a devil of a time rolling out a very minor update at the beginning of 2011. It took months of delays, apologies, and unmet rollout promises before Microsoft was finally able to deliver that.

Additionally, the company completely failed on its marketing message, hitting on features that were already commonplace on Android and the iPhone, making Microsoft seem way out of touch, instead of focusing on what actually made WP7 unique and special.

All that being said, however, there is one other huge thing in Microsoft’s favor – the newly minted alliance with Nokia. By next year, there will be numerous new handsets from Nokia, which has faltered lately because of its rigid software but has always been admired for its design and manufacturing of hardware, running on Windows Phone software.

In other words, there are a lot of huge changes coming to Windows Phone, but the question on everyone’s mind is whether or not Microsoft has already sealed its own fate with its poor handling of the operating system so far. Only time will tell.


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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Microsoft, Windows Phone 7, WP7, Xbox Live


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Windows Phone 7 Update To Add IAP, Other Stuff

Windows Phone 7 has a serious amount of catching up to do both in market share and with apps if it wants to seriously compete with the iPhone and the App Store, but we’ve always seen the handheld as a promising contender. Part of that reason has to do with its Games Hub, which is essentially a mobile take on Xbox Live. It’s packed with promise, and Microsoft has continued to take the steps in the right direction. Today’s news is a good example of that: the next release of Windows Phone 7, Mango, will allow in-app purchases and add-on content. This is huge, as we all know free-to-play is a meaningful mobile model.

There’s more, of course. In the Fall-bound update, Microsoft will introduce badges that you can put on your avatar after earning certain achievements. Also, it’s bulking up its network support, cleaning up the UI in a significant way by introducing sensible views and blades, and it’s integrating a lot of Xbox Live “Extras” into the actual Hub. If you really want to dive into the nitty-gritty, this blog post and this earlier blog post on the Windows Phone Blog both break it all down pretty well, canned as it is.

In addition to the former stuff, Microsoft has also announced a bunch of new games slated to hit the platform within the next few months. Most of them are unknown to us, but if you have a 360 or a Kinect, these two brands might ring a bell: Toy Soldiers and Kinectimals. Yeah, mobile versions of these titles are coming. Can you hear me shrugging? I’m shrugging.

It strikes me as weird that we’re still in a wait and watch stance on Windows Phone 7 a year or so out of release, but the platform still doesn’t feel as robust as Microsoft wants it to be. Updates like this, though, are definitely a sign of solid progress.


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Posted by on August 19, 2011 in iPhone, Mango, Microsoft, Windows 7 Phone


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Windows Phone 7 gets new Xbox Live features and 14 new games

Microsoft previewed some new Xbox Live games and features for its Windows Phone 7 platform today at the annual Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany.

The announcements are part of the company’s plan to build enthusiasm for its mobile games — which are one of the best ways to show off its mobile platform — and the upcoming Mango release of the Windows Phone 7 software. Mango, which includes a major update for the phone software, is expected to debut in September.

It’s a small set of new features and titles, but the kind that Microsoft increasingly needs to make as it competes with rivals including Google (soon to be acquiring Motorola Mobility), Research in Motion, Nokia, Apple and Samsung in the mobile operating system market.

The new announcements include Xbox Live Avatar Awardables, which are wearable achievements for your Xbox Live avatar, or virtual character, which is visible on your phone. The first game to feature them will be the upcoming Chickens Can’t Fly.

There will also be game add-ons, such as the ability to purchase extra mushrooms and other goods in games such as Beards & Beaks. You will be able to buy more in-game add-ons and downloadable content such as extra weapons or levels in the coming months. That’s a critical feature to generate revenues for game developers.

Windows Phone will also have parental controls, where parents can set the content that kids can view. You can restrict a child from playing a mature-rated game such as the upcoming Splinter Cell Conviction game. And players will be able to do a Fast Async, which improves game play for multilayer turn-by-turn games.

Upcoming titles include Beards & Beaks: Cave Area; Bug Village (pictured); Burn the Rope; Collapse!; Chickens Can’t Fly; Gravity Guy; Farm Frenzy 2; Fight Game Rivals; IonballEX; Kinectimals Mobile; Mush; Orbital; TextTwist 2; and Toy Soldiers Boot Camp.



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Windows Phone 7 adds Sudoku and Minesweeper for free, discounts PES 2011

Microsoft is adding two classic games to Xbox LIVE for the Windows Phone 7 marketplace and, better yet, they are free. Konami’s PES 2011 – Pro Evolution Soccer also gets discounted as the Deal of the Week for the Windows-branded smartphone.

Minesweeper has been eating up time on Windows PCs for years but now it is on the Windows Phone 7 for free complete with achievements, powerups. It comes with two modes of play, Classic and Speed modes, and four levels of difficulty as players try to clear the minefield without setting one off.

No smartphone is complete without a game of Sudoku and Windows Phone 7 already has quite a few in its Marketplace. This is the first Xbox LIVE supported Sudoku game though with achievements and all the other LIVE niceties. Like Minesweeper, it comes with two modes of play, Classic and Lightning, plus unlockable powerups.

Meanwhile, the Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week for Windows is PES 2011 – Pro Evolution Soccer. Normally $4.99, this soccer sim is now $2.99 through Tuesday, August 16.


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Posted by on August 12, 2011 in Windows Phone 7, WP7


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SysAid Offers IT Helpdesk Application for Windows Phone 7

SysAid Technologies has announced a new IT helpdesk mobile application for Windows Phone (News – Alert) 7 (WP7).
Windows Phone 7 allows the users to easily sort, scan, and manage multiple accounts, plus edit Office documents on the go.

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Posted by on March 25, 2011 in WP7, Xbox Live


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Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 Live In The WP7 Marketplace

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 — aka PES 2011 — for Windows Phone 7 is up in the Marketplace for all you soccer fans out there that want to take your PC soccer-playing experience on your mobile. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in WP7, Xbox Live


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Windows Phone 7 hack brings multitasking to jailbroken devices

Windows Phone 7 has had a rocky path since it’s early release, and despite featuring a snazzy panel interface and integration for Xbox Live, it still misses a few vital additions in the form of copy/paste and multitasking. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Windows 7 Phone


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Full House Poker Now Available on Windows Phone 7 & Xbox 360

Microsoft Games  Studio’s Full House Poker is finally available for both Windows Phone 7 and Xbox 360, via the Zune Marketplace and Xbox LIVE Arcade respectively. The simultaneous launch of both versions of the game is a first for the Xbox LIVE network, as is the cross-platform compatibility offered by the game.
Players will test their Texas Hold ‘Em prowess in Standard Games and Tournaments against a variety of Full House Poker professionals. Each professional has unique skills and  weaknesses, and so players must watch them closely to learn how to take them down. Doing so will allow you to earn experience and level up to unlock new ways to customise your poker experience.
Players can reap the rewards of your poker play on both Windows Phone 7 and Xbox 360: build up your bankroll on your phone and that stack of chips will be waiting for you the next time you play Full House Poker on Xbox 360. Level up on Xbox 360, and get the respect you’ve earned the next time you play on your phone. Levels, XP, chips, stats, and unlockables are all shared across both devices.
Full House Poker is available now for Windows Phone 7 via the Zune Marketplace, priced at £2.49 ($2.99) and for Xbox 360 via the Xbox LIVE Arcade, priced at 800 Microsoft Points. Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest Xbox LIVE enabled releases for Windows Phone 7, and any future titles offering cross-platform compatibility.


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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Microsoft, Windows Phone


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