8 Windows Phone 7 Games In Action

The $US200 Windows Phone 7 telephones launching on November 8 will be a new portable gaming option, the first one compatible with aspects of Xbox Live. Here are eight of the "launch wave" titles. Should Nintendo, Apple and Sony quake?

One of the most promising games is this top-down action role-playing game called Harvest, which Microsoft has been showing since they unveiled the Windows Phone 7's gaming strategy earlier this year.

Here is Need For Speed Undercover, one of EA's first launch games and one of the games, along with Harvest, had longer-than-ideal load times.

Finally, this is a roundup of six more games: Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst, Rocket Riot, Guitar Hero 5, The Sims 3, ilomilo and Bejeweled Live. (I only sing during one of the games.)

All of the games ran well and were responsive to touch and tilt commands. The screens on the demo phones were sharp. The biggest warning sign in this launch line-up is the load times. Most of the games started swiftly. But the more graphically intensive ones, such as Harvest, loaded slowly. That game required 40 seconds to boot up, which is a long time for a mobile game.

Windows Phone 7 games are integrated with Xbox Live. They each offer 200 Achievement points which count toward a player's overall gamerscore, tracked across phone, Xbox and PC.

T-Mobile and AT&T will both release phones that run the Windows Phone 7 platform. Kotaku, what do you think? Do the games and the XBL support sway you?


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    Poor choice of name in my opinion. Just feels awkward to say.

    Can you people PLEASE fix this freaking "Video Not Available" rubbish.
    Usually if you provide a source link it works there, not sure what the hell you are doing.....

      I can see the videos fine. What browser are you using?

      Generally happens when my page doesn't load fully, if I refresh or come back later it always worked.

      I've been having the same issue at work the past couple of weeks, both on Kotaku and Giz. Both work computers are running IE8.

      I can confirm that I've been getting the same problem for ages too. Every video on this page, as well as all other videos from the same site, always says "Video not available". I can't watch a lot of the videos posted on this site anymore.

      I'm using IE8.

        Surprise surprise, IE sucks. I thought that this was a pretty well known fact? Get yourselves Firefox or Chrome, and the latest Flash Player, you'll be fine.

          That's funny, last time I looked the rest of the internet worked fine in IE8.

          Any decent web developer will code and test their site to ensure cross-browser compatibility. Not doing so only hurts themselves.

      I've been having this same problem also at work.
      Running IE6 *shudder*.
      Haven't tried at home but I will and see if it works there.

        Right here with you pall.

        "IE6: the best your tax dollars can buy".

      I've done a bit of testing regarding this "Video not available" issue, and it seems that every other video on Viddler.com works just fine in IE8.

      This problem seems to only happen to Kotaku videos. It even happens when I copy and paste the video link (from the source) into a fresh window, so I'm guessing it's somehow related to the video upload/setup process.

    It will probably never happen as M$ love money too much but if we could see some cross platform ownership ie buying the XBLA version of the game gets you the W7 version of the game as well I'd certainly be interested.

    40 second load time. LOL.

    That's all I have to say, honestly. LOL.

    Yay Tetris.

    Needs the origional theme music though.

    I get that blasted "video not available" too. It's a pain and I miss out on all the good vids :(

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