Wp7 Game Reviews: 3 new Xbox live titles – Ghostscape, Shuffle Party and Farm Frenzy 2

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.


ghostscapeGhostscape 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-partyShuffle 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-frenzyFarm 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.



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HTC Mozart and HD7 users in India receive 7740 update notification (Update: DVP receives update as well)

Quick heads up for folks in India. After a long wait, my phone finally notified me of an update. I was hoping it would be tethering update from HTC, alas – it was the 7740 update which doesn’t do much to be honest (Changelog below). We have been able to confirm update notification on both HD7 and Mozart devices here in India, so plug in your device and let Zune work it out for you.

What’s new in 7740?

  • Email threads. Fixes an email issue related to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. With this fix, when you reply to or forward a message, the original message is now included in your response.
  • Voicemail. Fixes a voicemail notification display issue that occurs on some European and Asian networks under certain conditions.
It’s a fairly minor update that wouldn’t affect your interaction with the OS in any way. Moving on..
Thanks for the tip / heads up  Taher !
Update: Dell Venue Pro users in India as well as AT&T users have received 7740 update as well. All aboard the 7740 train!

Evernote for Windows Phone updated to 2.1, packs significant features and improvements

Evernote, cross platform note taking application, has just released version 2.1 of it’s application designed for Windows Phone Mango devices. v2.1 changelog is massive – not only in terms of improvements but also in terms of features that might just make it more desirable than the native One Note application. Taking advantage of the live tiles, now you can pin literally everything on the start screen (eg – your text note, voice note, image note, templates, etc). v2.1 also improves text editing capabilites, support for more languages, search integration, background sync (very useful) and finally social sharing, which is of utmost importance. Here’s a brief summary of the new features in v2.1:

  • Pin on your homescreen - you can provide pins (or shortcuts) to frequented notes, notebooks, searches, tags and more. Great during the holiday when you’re continually accessing your holiday checklist!
  • Note templates - if you have a certain go-to format (text + photo, when snapping gift ideas while shopping, for example) you can create a template that will reside on your homescreen as a pin. Great for quickly creating similar notes on the go!
  • Other improvements include text editing updates, new language support, and more. 
Download the application if you haven’t already:
How do you think this compares to the OneNote application? Let us know what you think.
Source: Evernote