Hungry Castaway Game for WP7

Smarty Pants Coding’s creator Roger Peters has posted an updated version of his Hungry Castaway game. A pre-alpha version was posted before, but a newer version has been added. The aim of the game so far is to try and collect pieces of fruit that are thrown at you, whilst avoiding bombs. This is still in early development, so there will most likely be additions to the gameplay. The colourful graphics certainly look good, even at this early stage.

Check out the video on Roger’s blog.

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Dropping it Old Skool…

…relatively speaking. Not much new WP7 news has come through recently, but I thought it might be a good idea to list some of the first videos and demonstrations below. You may have seen them before but, then again, maybe not ;).

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Get some physics in your game

Some developers, especially game developers, may have come across Box2D which is a 2D physics engine. The EXHD blog has written a couple of code examples showing how to use the Box2D physics engine in your XNA games!  The blog is new, but certainly seems like one to bookmark. Below are videos of what the code does, so head over to the EXHD blog and check out the tutorial!

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Popper 2 Game for WP7

You may be familiar with Dr Popper, a game that has been released on Xbox live Community Games. The developer, Blue Rose Games, is now working on a sequel called Popper 2. A preview of the game can be seen below and we’re told to expect some special gameplay features to come soon. If you’ve played this type of game before, you’ll know just how addictive they can be! Check out the video below and head over to the official site, or the developer’s YouTube channel to keep up to date with the game.

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Light It Up Game for WP7

Light It Up is a new game from the developers of Nearby and WhatToCook. From the developers, “Tap the light bulbs and turn them from dull gray to bright yellow, with rays of light emanating from them!
This feel-good game is developed by a bunch of grad students from NC State University, and they are hard at work on their other apps. More videos are going to be posted on the channel very soon, so subscribe to their channel to keep up to date with their projects”. Check out the video of Light It Up below.

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Messy Desk Game for WP7

Sharpness.net are working on a Silverlight game for WP7 called Messy Desk. It’s a simple game where you have to click to remove items off your desk. The challenge is to do it as quickly as possible and making sure that you pick off objects on top first before trying to remove any objects below it. Check out the video below and try an online version of the game over at the Messy Desk site.

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The Defence of Lushington Springs Game for WP7

You may have come across our other blog post regarding a game called NextWar – The Quest For Earth. Like that game, The Defence of Lushington Springs is a game based on the ever-popular Tower Defence genre. However, both games take an alternate approach to the genre with contrasting graphic styles. The game is still in early development (albeit looking great!) , but the levels are functioning quite well.  In the words of the developer, “None of the art assets are ready yet (maps, towers and units) and I stil have to decide exactly which towers to have. I have a content pipeline importer which makes importing towers trivial, so hopefully it shouldn’t take too long, and then it will be a case of balancing the units and towers. I also plan on having 12 units in the game (only 4 in the video). I still need to implement the tower bases and tops, which rotate around to face their current target.” You can check out the video below and visit the developer’s YouTube channel to keep up to date with more videos.

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XBLA in the Palm of your Hand…

I think launch day will be quite a telling time from the perspective of  development for Windows Phone 7. Third party game developers rely on using the XNA framework and it will certainly be interesting to see how many published Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) developers port their project to the phone. Pocket-Lint have been told by MS that all Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) games can be ported to WP7 by adding “four lines of code”. With MS currently in talks with all publishers of XBLA games, they are in a great position in terms of number of games available at launch with minimal code changes. Over 300+ XBLA titles could potentially be ported to the phone in time for launch, including Duke Nukem 3D, Sensible World of Soccer, Doom, Golden Axe and Sonic the Hedgehog. Having an existing developer base is an advantage often undermined when people judge the potential success of the platform, and this will be an opportunity for MS to exhibit the power of coding once and deploying on multiple systems. More information will be released over the coming months detailing what specific titles gamers can expect.

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Jumpy Game for WP7

Simple concept? Check. Pick up and play feel? Check. Mind-bogglingly addictive? Check! Jumpy is a new game being developed for Windows Phone 7 akin to the wildly popular Doodle Jump for the iPhone. The premise is simple. Keep jumping upwards, from platform to platform, and see how high you can get. Jumpy will take advantage of WP7’s accelerometer and GPS! The video is of work in progress development and, although the main gameplay mechanics are in place, the graphics will be upgraded and more features implemented. Clawlab’s official site is currently under construction, but allows you to get in touch with the developer if you have any questions or feedback. Enjoy the video and subscribe to Clawlab’s YouTube channel to keep up to date with any new videos.

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Minesweeper Game for WP7

Developer Matt Cowen is taking you back to the old skool (yes, with a ‘k’) with Minesweeper for Windows Phone 7. The classic game is having a WP7 makeover and it seems to be coming along very nicely. The video is very early work in progress and the UI will have an overhaul in due time. Users can expect this, and a Tic-Tac-Toe game, in the Marketplace at launch (and hints of it being a free app!). Watch the video below and keep up to date with the progress of this game and Matt’s Tic-Tac-Toe game over at the official blog.

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