I am now a Windows Phone 7 Proud owner, so let’s talk about 7 of my WP7 favorite games ! These are games you should, at least, consider.
I semi-retired my Android MyTouch 3g slide in favor of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7. I own it, I’ve owned Blackberry, Droid, an WP7, and I am loving Windows Phone 7. I kept the droid, but I use it for in-house WiFi only. It is actually one of the best alarm clocks you’ll ever have.
Android users, let me assure you that the WP7 Netflix App is all that it is hyped up to be, it is awesome. I literally turn my television on less because of this application. “WP7 Talks Netflix, WP7 talks Netflix Goooood”.. ( stolen from “Jack talk Thai”, Meet the Parents)
- ** UPDATE 5.25.2011: Microsoft kicked my Butt, and launched 6 Weeks of must have games. GREAT GAMES INDEED! READ MORE…
- ***UPDATE 3.22.2011: Added 2 video reviews
- ** UPDATE 4.16.2011: Added several new games, and high praise for games(free) by Jake Poznanski. Great List for WP7 Owners
- ** UPDATE 4.17.2011: Added Wordament, great free game, must try.
- ** Update 05.2012: added vNesLight and Z0MB1ES (on teh ph0ne). Worth a spin links below!
Now to my top games after one month of ownership. Please keep in mind that for a phone, I love cerebral games… Puzzles, time-consumers while waiting for an oil change or going potty at home. The nighttime “last game” also seems to be very popular amongst many Smart-Phone users. There is one MAJOR thing to remember if you happen to be an XBox Live user, is that you get full-on achievements in many WP7 games. FINALLY !
We have a new #1 overtaking flowers, because it’s a dang bundle of free games by one dude, a dev that I look up to, Jake Poz.. High Quality and Free apps, grab ‘em all.
- You Must-Consider every game by Jake Poznanski!. This guy pumps out free card games, and they are my Top/Must have card games especially because of the price. In fact, I reached out to Jake and he’s what you call a “very responsive dev”, I assure you that this guy cares about you and wants to make good games. I didn’t even realize that I had downloaded most of his games. Highly recommended! I would have paid for every game, but yes, they’re all free dude, or dudette.
- Flowerz: Don’t worry, this is not a game of Roses, it’s a puzzle game. match colors, but with a major twist, inner colors become colors. Whatever.. Just try it out, I can say it’s the top game I play.
- Harbor Master: This is basically Flight Control, but in the water. The major difference is that you also have to manage when the boats unload and leave the dock/Harbor. If you have Android, this is much like “Airport Mania”, but again in a harbor, not an airport. A good game, challenging yet simple.
- Flight Control Totally Unique puzzle game. You have x landing strips and a shi* load of planes come in on the screen. You use your dirty finger to safely direct them to a landing strip. It sounds easy, but trust me, you’re screwed.
- Wordament: On the surface, this appears to be a simple “find the words game”, UNTIL you realize that you are competing LIVE against the ENTIRE WORLD! No funky registrations, just add your call sign/username ( no email necessary ) and compete on the same board against every other player.. View your results, view how you stack up against the competition, and be humbled by the literary geniuses out there. This is an absolute must try game for any word-puzzle gamers out there. Love it.
- Chicks n Vixens: Ok WP7, here is your knock-off the the life ruining game Angry Birds. I greatly prefer Angry Birds on my Android, but this is a passable alternative. I find it tougher to play than A.B. and just not quite as fun, but it’s a must-consider and it will satisfy at least some of your Bird Cravings.
- UNO HD: a family classic, give me a break. It’s just as good as the card game, AND it has XBox Live Achievements.
- PES 2011 ( Pro Evolution Soccer ): I am not a big soccer guy, but I tried this because I know a lot of people love soccer/futbol especially outside of the United States. I was very impressed with this game despite being skeptical. The graphics are decent, and the controls very useable. An absolute must-consider for the soccer heads out there. It certainly is the best soccer game.
- Parachute Panic : Think Lemmings, but only parachutes landing on aircraft carriers. The real catch is that you “swipe” a lot. When you “swipe”, it simulates wind, and you land your homeys safely on a boat. Of course, there are all kinds of clever obstacles in the way to frack you up.
- Star Wars Hoth ( tower defense ) Bad guys try go get to your base, but you place “Towers” aka star wars dudes, to stop them. reminds me a lot of Pixel Junk Monsters.
- Max and the Magic MarkerTotally creative game.. You draw with yer finger to solve puzzles.. If there is a big gap in a road, you draw a bridge, and walk over it.. Pick up your bridge, and onto the next puzzle.. I’ve never played anything like this.
- iloMilo: Puzzle game, totally 3d. This game could probably cause seizures, and I love it. It’s easy at first, and then they throw some totally weird puzzles at you. On a high level, you try to get ilo and milo “together” on each level, that is the goal. But throw 3d in, and see you on the other side Venkman.
- vNesLight: Yes, a nintendo emulator is now available on Windows Phone 7. However, you’ve gotta provide your own roms. Although I prefer emulators on tablets, this is a decent way to get your RBI Baseball and SuperTecmo Bowl fix if you have those games. There is a free and paid version of the app with a couple demo games.
- Z0MB1ES (on teh ph0ne): This is a funny zombie shoot ‘em up game. What people like best is smooth gameplay and some pretty funky metal type custom zombie-killin’ Music. Give the Trial a spin..
The must download game, first one you should grab: Flowerz Video Review and Demonstration ( do you want more? leave a comment )
Honorable Mention: Rise of Glory, Glyder, de Blob Revolution(puzzle level, cover as much) ,Crackdown 2( Cool Nostalgia Alert:) This game uses your location on Bing Maps as enemy ground. So in my case, friggin enemies were walking on Bing maps through Seattle Washington on local (familiar) roads and highways. This is a defense game, so it would help if you’re into that.
One of my personal favorites: A video review of Spades by JakePoz:
A few other popular, but Non XBox Live:
- Electric Beans
- Booya Gadget’s Free App: WP7 Charlie Sheen Winning Sound Board ( of course, having made this I think it’s the best in the history of all apps:) BOOYA !
If you love some other games and are pissed off that we missed it, then leave a comment. I’ll add a link for you.. No sweat!
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About the Author: I'm down with Droid, Windows, and Mac / iOS. Published a few windows phone apps, and android apps. I love tech and gadgets. Professionally I typically work in I.T. as a SQL developer, but I'm interested in switching to mobile dev.