The Windows Phone blog today updated to let us know about 3 new Xbox:Live titles – Ghostscape, Shuffle Party and Farm Frenzy 2. Here are some quick reviews of the games.
Ghostscape is an adventure game where you begin in front of a dilapidated old building with nothing but a camera and massive amounts of courage and try to investigates the ghosts in the house. The way you get rid of ghosts is to… take a picture of them using the camera. If only the Ghostbusters knew about this trick!
While the setting is eerie (even the main menu is made out of satanic symbolisms), playing the game with music turned off is not recommended, as the movement of the ghosts might make you burst out in laughter.
On the other hand, I love adventure games, so I cannot wait to play this game more.
Ghostscape is $2.99 on the marketplace and has a free trial.
Shuffle Party is an arcade game which allows you to play four game modes: Bowling, Challenge, Shuffleboard, and Pass & Play using pucks instead of a bowling ball. It is one of the few Xbox:Live games that is free and ad-supported.
Bowling: the classic bowling game, but with pucks instead of bowling balls. I liked the controls. For once, instead of oscillating bars of energy that you have to time, you are allowed to position and angle your puck accurately. You flick the puck forward and the bottles are positioned sufficiently far away that this is still a challenge.
Challenge: In this game mode, you have to collect coins as well as stop the puck in a region with maximum points, and avoid obstacles.
Shuffleboard: the classic game, where you have to control your flicking speed so that your puck lands in the region with the maximum points, does not overshoot it or collide with existing pucks and throw them into the gutter.
Pass & Play, The same as classic shuffleboard, but you play with a friend.
I think the pleasantest surprise you get from playing Xbox:Live titles such as these is when you see your avatar standing at the edge of the table, cheering for your highest score. Shuffle Party is free on the marketplace.
Farm Frenzy 2 is a farm simulation game. In the first few levels, your objective is to get the chickens to lay some eggs, which you proceed to sell to the local market. The chickens in this game are temperamental brutes who just refused to eat the grass I laid down right at their feet and instead go eat on stale grass 20 feet away in the corner of the map.
Farm Frenzy is reasonably fun, if you are into that sort of thing. Unfortunately I am not, so I am not the best reviewer for this game. The chickens were amusing, and the graphics were nice (the screenshots below do no justice to the graphics, by the way)
Farm Freny 2 is $2.99 on the marketplace and has a free trial.