Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 platform certainly has the looks with a sleek user interface and it’ll have the features once the ‘Mango’ update arrives in Autumn, but one area that has been sorely lacking (despite the cool Xbox Live support) has been the digital distractions…
Games on the service are pricey, and the quality of them has been ropey to say the least…however aping the Xbox 360′s ‘Summer of Arcade’ promotion with a line-up of must-have titles could really turn fortunes around for Windows Phone’s gaming credentials.
Check out the full selection in this video:
The first of these six titles is Hydro Thunder Go, which launched on the 25th of May and is a port of the popular arcade series.
Pitting powerboats against each other in a variety of hyper-real environments, Hydro Thunder definitely proves the graphical chops of Windows Phone 7, and is a genuine slice of action rather than a mini-game collection or 5-minute timefiller.
For £3.99, 9 levels and 12 sleek vehicles are available to play, with lush 3D graphics and even gyroscope support that enables gamers to twist and turn around the courses by tilting the handset.
Don’t forget that just like the console counterpart, all of the Windows Phone 7 games have free trials to test out the titles before you buy!
With seminal titles like Doodle Jump, Plants vs. Zombies and the paragon of mobile gaming that is physics puzzler Angry Birds set to arrive in the next few weeks, Windows Phone 7 will definitely plug a ton of gaps in its gaming roster in the coming month (and a half)…
Below is the full list of Windows Phone games, prices and dates…a little more than we can expect to pay for their iOS counterparts (geoDefense is free this weekend on the iPhone, for example), but still great!
Hydro Thunder Go on 25 May, £3.99
Doodle Jump on 1 June, £2.49
geoDefense on 8 June, £2.49
Sonic the Hedgehog 4, Episode 1 on 15 June, £5.49
Plants v Zombies on 22 June, £3.99
Angry Birds on 29 June, £2.49