Our week of emergency visual representations of our daily top app charts continues with the latest and greatest for the Windows Phone crowd, who seem to be playing a lot of SmartGlass and Xbox Live Extras. My high score in SmartGlass would blow your mind.
Microsoft Studios might be calling it Crimson Dragon: Side Story, but this incredibly deep and stylish shooter for the Windows Phone 7 is pure 2D Panzer Dragoon.
Back in 2010 when we were first getting to know Windows Phone 7, indie developer Mommy's Best Games demonstrated the platform's power with a mobile version of its unique Xbox Live Indie bullet-hell shooter, Shoot 1UP. Two years later...
I first played Douglas Smith's classic platformer, Lode Runner, on an Apple II computer in 1983. I wasn't very good, but then I was also only ten.
When physics puzzler Monster Island first launched on Windows Phone 7, it featured an Xbox Live Achievement that required the player to purchase items from the in-game store in order to unlock it. This caused Microsoft to pull the game from the marketplace just two days after release.
I've played the original Final Fantasy at least a dozen times over the past two decades. I've played the original NES game. I've played it on Game Boy Advance. I've emulated it. I've played it on my iPhone.
Every time I write about Skulls of the Shogun, I use the same buzzwords: "Advance Wars." "Wu-Tang Clan." It's one of the most stylish turn-based strategy games on the horizon. And it plays really well.
What would you pay for a PC gaming accessory that could monitor your PC temperature, control program-specific volume levels, display your instant messages and juggle custom-made shortcut keys without taking you out of the game?
If you eagerly snatched up a Windows Phone 7 when they launched last year, dreaming of a mobile applications that allowed you to extend your Xbox 360 games beyond the television set, then this is the app for you, only it's Kinectimals.
Space combat, twin-stick shooter Fusion: Genesis hits the Xbox 360 on Nov. 9 for 800 points ($10). You can see the game in action here. The developers will also be releasing Fusion: Sentient for Windows Mobile 7 on the same day for $3.
I could have just said the three H's and every Kotaku reader would have understood, but sometimes we get outsiders checking these things out so we have to clarify. Where was I? Oh yes, Merry Christmas!
Gather round, take my hand, and we'll journey to a special place, where mobile games roam and people tend to groan because we never have any games for Android. Don't worry, they'll eventually be Android games too!
Fans of pig-based mobile games might want to look away, this week in gaming apps was not kind to our porcine friends, though perhaps a little tofu can make things right?
This week our own Owen Good took a moment to remind us that our Gaming App of the Day feature isn't just about the gaming apps we love. It's also about Haraka.
Five games in five days! After several weeks of four or less, we've finally made it back to five whole days of condo-eating, caterpillar-tilting, war-waging mobile goodness. Huzzah!
Between vacations and major gaming events, we've spent far more time playing gaming apps than writing about them over the past few weeks. This week we bounce back with something old, something new, something NFL-related, and something oddly musical.
In the wee hours of PAX, I rushed into the Xbox booth to catch a minute of the Xbox Live Arcade version of Sonic CD. The old Sega CD game is coming back later this year.
Shooting your own mucus at phlegm-hungry monsters? Destroying ice sculptures with multicolored bombs? Attacking a dolphin-headed mad scientist from the inside? It's definitely time for this week's Gaming App of the Day round-up.
See those adorable little pink blobs floating on the right side of the screenshot above? They're about to have their eyeballs torn out and eaten. Just one of the many reasons Tentacles is the best Windows Phone 7 game I've played so far.