The first Xbox Live game for Windows Phone built entirely within Microsoft is set to be released next week, according to MobilityDigest.
Overall Score: 4 / 5
Overall score 2.5 / 5
You’ll probably not be surprised at all, especially if you are a Windows phone device owner. Since the beginning of the Windows Phone marketplace, Microsoft has been pushing out year old games for 2 times or even 4 times the price available an year ago on iOS which is ridiculous.
The difference between the iOS and Windows phone games is the XBL tag on the windows phone games. XBL gives you achievements which sure is rewarding but that’s it. An year old game for 4 times the price and the compensation is XBL achievements? Not fair, in my opinion.
Overall Score: 2.5 / 5
Spectrum sprint is a platformer with a small twist (read: this ain’t mario): you have to choose the color of the runner, and only platforms of the same color are solid to you. If you are green, and you fall on a platform that’s blue, you will just fall through. (So don’t jump onto an icy platform when you are green with envy.. I digress.) As you keep playing, your speed increases, which makes the game challenging.
The idea is simple, which makes the game readily accessible to people. There are no powerups… but there are some coins you can grab along the way. The coins do.. er.. nothing. (Given the inflation, this is understandable. I guess.) I could not find what good they were. The game progresses horizontally, and the platforms appear sometimes above you and sometimes below you… except when they appear below you they are obscured behind the advertising.
Spectrum sprint gameplay screen. The Orange man jumpeth onto an orange platform.
I found that the jump button was a bit hard to touch sometimes, resulting in my character falling to a painful death. From this stems the fact that if your finger slips from the jump button area mid-jump, the character will start falling, and you can’t jump in mid-air, resulting in a sudden unexpected death. Increasing the hit detection area would help.
Spectrum Sprint is fun when the speed increases (like Superman). Though, I felt that the speed did increase quickly to a fast speed, and stayed at that fast speed for a while. Maybe a more gradual increase would make it feel fairer.
While Spectrum sprint is fun to play, the novelty dies of really really quickly. Add to the fact that there are no powerups, that the ad control remains active during gameplay and obscures the lower platforms, and the small hit detection area of the jump button, I give this game a 2.5. I would be willing to revise this score once the game updates, though.
Spectrum Sprint is available free from the Zune Marketplace.
Official application description:
Featuring enhanced gameplay elements, including the classic Sonic Spin Dash and the versatile Homing Attack, “Sonic the Hedgehog 4” picks up right where Sonic and Knuckles left off. Dr. Eggman’s back, and in an effort to finally rid himself of Sonic, he revisits — and improves — the very best of his creations. Get ready for the next chapter in an all-new epic 2-D saga built for old and new fans alike.
The game is fun but not visually stunning as you’d expect such game to be. Couple with XBL achievements, this looks like a better deal than the iOS version for the exact same price. Oh, iOS version has couple of exclusive levels too so Sega is doing a neat balancing act here. Thankfully, trial version is there so you can think before you buy a $6.99 XBL title.
Search for ‘ Sonic the hedgehog Episode 1 ‘ in the marketplace to download / purchase the game.