We recently got news of this game a few days ago, we signed upto the beta program and was one of the Lucky 100 to get to beta this awesome game!
If you watched the trailer to the game the concept is very simple, your are looking after an island of people for free. You need to provide them with bread to survive and you do this free of charge, you are also some sort of Ship trader, selling rum and bread to other islands in demand for a profit. The bread and rum from the wholesale market for a bigger margin for example, the bread is £1 and sell it for £3 to other islands in demand (who seem well off, stone houses instead of huts) Your island inhibitors are eating the bread you provide, and the health bar for them decreases over time. You need to keep them topped up with bread and rum, if you let the islands food supply run out you loose the game!
Notifications pop up for the traders and the buyers when they are ready to buy and trade, this is how the game is tied up, you need to keep your island going while making a profit to buy more rum and bread to meet the demands of the buyers and your island, you do get the option to buy bulk by the size of the create 1,2 and 3 at a time.
You send your ship to various islands by drawing the path through the sea, the game throws obsticles such as storm clouds which destroy you ship if you draw a line through its path, you can stop the ship by drawing a line through the ships patern, you simply just move your finger on your screen to view the whole of the island and pinch to zoom.
Upgrades can be purchased, Such as extra ships, being able to hold 4 creates instead of 3 maximum etc…
This gives the game fantastic game play I found myself on this for 1 hour before coming to create the review, its very addictive!
The game played fantastically well for a beta, I had no problems with my Nokia Lumia 710 and I could not believe the game was an actual beta, moving my finger around the screen was effortless and felt responsive and I never had to do things twice.
The menu system for navigating your way around the game and selecting maps on options is straight forward, I also love the fact when you tilt your screen during the options menu the cargo moves with the phones accelerometer!
The menu also gives you an xbox live like achievements list, which adds competitive game play amongst yor fellow friends and also challenges in the game.
- Post your scores to Facebook/Twitter
- Ability to add weapons to your ship and enemy ships
- Play online?
- Damage to your ship, slowly sinks if hit by a cannonball or rock and requires repairing?
- Crew mates, send small rafts out to the island to replace and gain new crew!
One of the best games I have played on Windows Phone 7 and could be the Angry Birds of the Windows word if the developers keep up the fantastic work shown so far, and listen to the beta testers feedback and implement them into the game. I really enjoyed the game and I can’t keep my hands of it, its one of the few games on my phone which I have not played then unistalled within 10 minutes of playing the game
While in beta 8/10 and i can’t wait to see the final version and will be giving another review then!
What are your thoughts, comment below
Get High With Words
Is a turn by turn based word game, with two modes, multi-player and offline with AI, in the multiplayer mode you send an invite by using a (username) to another player or pick a random online opponent to play against. Now you are presented with 12 random alphabets and you can create a word and submit it for the other player to guess , it has to be a minimum of 4 character long and a max of 8. You can shuffle the characters around to generate new words, if you can’t think of a word you can buy new words in with a ingame credit system (Hello Gamesloft)
Letters have diffrent values and give higher scores so for example an “E” could be worth 10 points where as an “A” could be worth just 1 point. Players take it in turns to guess the words and are notified with an icon when a new word/game is available.
When playing online there was no shortage of players to play against and the whole game felt smooth and ran with no problems, a few updates in the future would be nice to allow the use of landscape or being able to publish scores to facebook etc… If your into word based puzzles check the app out in the market place.
What are your thoughts?
No surprise to to see the music steaming giant try launch products across all platforms, but how well does the WP7 Varrient compare to the likes of its Android and iOS Devices?
In terms of the general layout Spotify has gone with the WP7 theme and navigating through menus is clear, swipe to the right for new release, again for currently playing and again back to the home screen.
Searching for a playlist could not be made any simpler, just hit the search box and your results are listed, Artist, album and song, again swipe left or right to the corresponding tab.
Offline playlists are included in the release and again a quick swipe at the top of the screen to sync for offline mode
The Metro Tab of the Spotify app updates with current songs that you are playing, which serves as a nice extra and keeps things inline with the WP7 theme, also when the lock screen is active you can stop, skip and play songs directly, meaning you don’t need to open the app to skip a song or pause it, one last nice addition when the earphones or any device is removed from the headphone jack Spotify will automatically stop whatever you currently are playing.
The “People” sections gives you information for friends that are using Spotify and gives you access to their playlists and vice versa.
There are a number of small negative points within the Spotify app, but i am not sure if that is to do with the development of the app, or WP7 current build, for example, when minimising Spotify and for say you wanted to compose a text and then re-open Spotify, you would think you simply hold the back button and go instantly into Spotify. Not the case here, 8/10 times Spotify would re-load, like you were to open the app for the first time making the whole thing feel slow, we are talking 4 seconds or so just to go back into the app.
You cant half synq offline playlists, many of times I have made a playlist and just do not have time to finish downloading it, with Android or iOS you can stop halfway and what ever you managed to download is ready but with the WP7 version you cant.
The Spotify app is a must have, I find the whole echo system of Spotify to be glorious, putting music on my phone through Zune is just plane hard work, when I can have most of my music collection with me, online or offline a simple and intuitive app to acsess these and it feel in the same WP7 style i love, its no question for me that this is the music app I need!
Yes there are some quite annoying negative points, but when you look at the alternative Zune, I think its a small price to pay, what are your thoughts?
Facebook For Windows Phone 7 Review (2.4)
Its often been hit and miss with this app, persomally i never use it but the team behind it are currently working on 2.5 which will give some much needed improvements to the app, before we go any further here is what to look forward to!
– Threaded messaging
Full Facebook threaded messaging including group messaging, all in a beautiful Metro style design.
Now you can tag friends and locations in your posts in the ‘with’ and ‘at’ format.
– Delete posts and comments
Use the tap and hold context menu to delete posts and comments from your wall.
– Active links in posts
Tap on links in posts to go directly to the content.
– Updates to the photo comments and likes page
The photo comments and likes page has been updated to match the posts comments and likes page. You can see a hint of the image at the top of the page, pull down and you can see the whole thing.
– And finally, by popular demand…
…you can now ‘like’ comments!
The current app is missing all the above but it manages to do some things well, the whole interface is just so Windows Phone 7! it takes some really good design elements of what makes WP7 Unique and really shows them off, for instance the home page updates with pictures of you in the main header.
The whole interface is built to the WP7 Theme incorporating all of the goodness that makes windows phone, menus flow together and and finding your away around is intuitive and will be remembered within 5minutes of using the app, it simply is a case of swiping left and right to acsess “news feed, Pofile, Pictures” etc…
Facebook Check-in, Tagging, upload of pictures are amongst some of the main features with this release but still is lacking some of goodness that its rivals iOS and Android have and is lacking in the WP7 app and it seem the only way to acsess these areas is on the web version. I have also noticed things like Groups are on the app but don’t offer the same information as the again web version offers
Photos – This section is a very nice feature and does a fantastic job of organising your and your “fiends” in a pleasing format to the eye and really does impress with speeds, i was able to have 100s of pictures within 10 seconds of loading the app on a normal 3G Connection.
Notifications – I have not really had much success with “push notifications” the windows live tile has updated with no problems but not ios style “pings”
Messages – Not much to say here apart from it works, and does an ok job, again outdated the ios counterpart which now displays location of where the message was sent!
Chat – WP7 Has a dedicated facility within Mango to thread messages from Widows Live, Facebook and SMS into one single channel and also gives you the ability to change your status to online and see other online Facebook friends!
Places (AKA Checkin) – This has worked flawlessly, but is abit of a problem when wanting t0 add a friend to post, you need to again use the web version!
Friends – WP7 already has a fantastic integration with Faceb00k and 0ther service and can be assessed on the Peoples tile
The app has all good intentions but simply leaves me just posting status just to get the Windows Phone 7 Logo on facebook, the web version of the app provides all the features I need and loads them in half the time, its not to say the app is buggy, its far from it, its smooth and flows in the WP7 Style. I would recommend to anyone to download the app to give WP7 full integration with your Windows Phone