Now those guys from Xona Games must be really busy – while I´m waiting for Duality ZF they announced not only Decimation X2 for WP7, but now also Score Rush for XBLIG and WP7. And it looks a lot like Duality ZF with which the game shares it´s engine. Just the new tail seems new. And to top it all – under the video on YouTube there is a “Decimation X3 coming soon to XBLIG” comment from Matthew. And it sounds very promising!
Decimation X is one of my favorite Xbox games and a title you can come back to again and again. Now there is a second part coming and it looks a lot like the first – just for the Windows Phone 7. Sure there are some changes, but finally I think it´s more or less the same as the original. Call me mad, but I don´t think this is a bad thing. Actually it´s a title that I would get for sure for my WP7 if I had one.
Some blogs are a must-read for Indie Game developers and if you want to know if you should be flibitzing the wazoo the place to go is Shawn Hargreaves blog. Charles Cox is the Program Manager for the XNA Creators Club Online and they both are members of the XNA support team.
Channel9 talked with both of them about cummunity questions regarding XNA Game Studio, the CCO and other topics like…
- Game Development for Windows Phone 7
- XNA Game Studio and Silverlight – Games and Apps
- GPU Acceleration
- The History of XNA Game Studio
- .NET Garbage Collection Tips for XNA Game Studio
- Managed Code Performance Tips
- DirectX 11 or XNA Game Studio – Making the Choice
- Introducing Reach and HiDef Graphics Profiles
- Visual Basic in XNA Game Studio
- XAML and Event-Driven Programming in XNA Game Studio
It´s very interesting to watch and for additional informations you can visit Channel9 (if some of the links there don´t work it´s because the XNA website is down for maintanence).
These jumping games are in – but for a platform like Windows Phone 7 they seem to be perfect. Manouvering a character to hit small platforms using the tilt controls of a phone seemed near impossible to me though. I´m impressed with the video above showing “A Beanstalk Tale” from DiNoGames – not only has it quite good graphics for a small indie developer, it also shows how well the tilt controls work. That´s actually a game I would buy.
Windows Phone 7 is not yet available – so if you want to give gamers a shot at trying your game you have to use a different platform. Conveniently ck7studios choose Silverlight and that means most probably you can give their upcoming WP7 game a try here.
The demo got 5 levels, instead of touching your screen you will have to use the mouse. Gives you a good idea of how it works though … nice little game that would be perfect for some easy mobile gaming.
UeberGeekGames already published a couple of games, but the coming titles really take it to a new level. You might have seen their cool Avatar Land Trailer or the trailer for BulletAsylum, but at least the BulletAsylum trailer was a bit too small to show off the retro styled awesomeness of the game. The new gameplay scenes do a much better job of it I must say.
The trailer shows the Xbox360 version, but it will also come to the Windows Phone 7.
This seems to be a rather simple WP7 game coming from SmartyPantsGaming where you have to pick fruits thrown by monkeys while avoiding bombs. Simple games are often fun and I like that the video shows both the controls via tilting the phone and using touch screen. Since the games seems to get pretty fast in later stages at least the touch screen controls must work very well – too bad they don´t show how the tilt controls hold up on that level.
… or at least the Microsoft Employees are burying them in a fun fake funeral to the sounds of Micheal Jacksons Thriller to celebrate the “release to manufacturer” of Windows Phone 7 (that means that from now on they can start producing).
I do have some doubt that Windows Phone 7 will have that effect, but at least I´m sure there will be lots of zombie games thanks to the indie support of WP7 (the best reason to get one).
Sometimes I stumble over a game I never heard of before and wonder how could I have missed it?
In this case I really don´t know how – feels like I have seen it before somewhere though.
You got any idea where?
The video above is for the XBLA version and the screenshot below comes from the Windows Phone 7 version. Pretty cool I must say. Can´t wait to get my hands on it.
According to the developer blog the WP7 version will be a WP7 launch title while for the XBLA version only a release this year has been announced so far.
Microsoft is slowly starting their hundreds of millions dollar marketing campaign for Windows Phone 7 (go here for the first trailer) and game developers begin sharing interesting infos on the games coming to WP7.
There are some familiar names you might already know from the Xbox Live Indie Games scene. Like the french developer Arkedo – they will release “OMG – OUR MANIC GAME” for the WP7. Their game Pixel was my first video review and the first post on indienerds.com, a great platformer with extremely cute graphics that combine retro gameboy style with modern effects.
OMG looks like a shooter with a twist. You can tap on enemies so they will unleash their full bullet potential, making the game more difficult while also giving a lot more scorepoints. With real achievements for you gamertag and worldwide leaderboards this title is most certainly one of the most promising games within the WP7 collection of upcoming games.
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