Carcassonne, the tile based board game by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede, is making its debut on the Windows Phone. The game utilizes a turn-based system for players to create roads, cities, fields and monasteries. The bigger the area of each, the more points the player who claimed the area can score.
Cracking Sands is an off-road racing experience that is coming soon to the Windows Phone.
The game comes with several game modes.
Normal Race: Compete against six other racers to gain first prize.
Head of the Pack: You get points for staying in front for a set period of time. However, if someone takes the lead prior to the point being awarded, the timer is reset. The first person to get the required points wins.
Elimination: Try to be the last man standing where after a lap is complete the person to cross the finish line last is eliminated.
Time Trial: Race against the clock on the track you choose. You can race against friends or “ghost” times downloaded through Xbox Live.
You can see some shots of the game after the jump.
It all boils down to the OS’s visual design conventions. One could make the argument that iOS’s look is a bit more practical, keeping the battery info and clock always visible, but the consensus seems to be that apps on Windows Phone generally do look more beautiful. Check out the full gallery at Pocketnow and tell us what you think!
The official Skulls of the Shogun website has just linked a couple of very interesting videos from E3. First off, there is some new footage from the Windows Phone version! The game is supposed to be pretty much identical on all platforms, but there are obviously some differences, such as smaller source art, graphical performance tweaks and touch controls, as seen here:
Blugri, the developer of the app Sudoku, has come out with a new press release, announcing some slightly interesting things:
First off, Sudoku has been updated with the new “Kanji mode”, which allows players to play sudoku with kanji instead of the usual Arabic numbers. For those unaware, kanji is that intimidatingly complex looking Japanese writing script, originating from Chinese characters. One of the major hurdles in learning Japanese is getting to know all the common kanji—a task that might get a tiny bit easier with this new Sudoku update! You’ll learn numbers 1-9 in no time!
In another news, Blugri’s Boxes is among the finalists to win the App of the Year 2012 award, by MobileRevolution.be. Boxes is basically one of those Tetris-variation games, which isn’t really inherently a bad thing. Some features, like accelerometer control, sound quite nice. There’s just something about human psyche that really enjoys organizing falling blocks.
Check out the full press release and Sudoku introduction video after the jump.
You’re not still using your phone as a phone, are you? So old fashioned! A new viral video demonstrates a feature in Lumia 900 that few of us knew about: it makes a pretty good hammer!
Is that the Nokia CEO Stephen Elop calling at the end? He probably endorses this new feature.
It seems that Lumia 900 is living up to the legacy left by the Nokia3310 and other ancestors. When you drop an iPhone, it cracks. When you drop a Nokia, the ground breaks in a fantastic wave of earthquakes!
Nokia seems to have set out to remind people that Lumia 610 exists: they recently snapped a few glamour shots of the admittedly fine looking little gadget. Head out to the Conversations by Nokia-blog to see what they have to say about it or just check out the risqué pictures below.
This week’s LIVE Game release is, I Dig It, the newest game in the release of iPhone ports on the Windows Phone 7. I Dig It is developed by InMotion Sofrtware and published by Microsoft Game Studios(MGS). The pricing is $2.99/£2.49, which once again is a decent mark up from the iPhone stores price of $0.99, but hey, with the addition of achievements, who can really complain too much.
“Travel the world in search of ancient artifacts, lost civilizations, and unimaginable treasure. There are six exotic locations to explore: the Antarctic, Asian Ocean, Egyptian Desert, Aztec Jungle, Eastern Europe, and the Midwest US.
Prove your strategic thinking, exploration, and puzzle solving skills. Manage fuel, drill temperature, hull damage, cargo space, oxygen, ect while searching for underground diggins. Sell your rare collection for cash to upgrade your digging machine, make repairs, or purchase additional supplies.”
Here is a gameplay trailer for you to wet your whistle until you download the trial version to try for yourself.
This week’s LIVE Game release is Parachute Panic, the latest release in the wave of iPhone game ports that have been coming to us. It will be available Wednesday January 26th for $2.99 in the app marketplace. This also marks the first week that only one game is being released instead of the usual two.
This news comes straight to us from Karl Stricker, the Business Manager for XBOX LIVE Mobile Gaming. He usually tweets new releases for the week on Mondays. We of course will post the information here for all to see for you non-twitter savvy folk.
Here is a Youtube video of Parachute Panic on the iPhone