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Gameboy emulator coming soon to Windows phone homebrew community (Update: Now Available!)

Samuel Blanchard is hard at work. He is building a Gameboy emulator, called Wario's Jewel 7, for Windows Phone. The application is still under development phase. Current version is 0.4.5 which currently doesn't have audio output and portrait only mode. The developer has stated that the application will be made available to the public "very soon" so keep an eye out for it at official blog. Screenshot and details of emulator in action after the break.

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Windows phone games compared with iOS titles, XBL titles clearly overpriced

Windows Phone metro today published a comparison table- comparing the price of the same game available on two platforms, Windows phone and iOS. Now if you see the table, snapshot below:

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.

via WMPU 

WP7 Game Review: Spectrum Sprint

Today’s game is Spectrum Sprint by Ludibrium, a platform runner.

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.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 now available in the Windows Phone marketplace

Game number three of ‘Six Games in Six Week‘ program is now available in the marketplace. Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 1, already available on iOS, is available in the marketplace for $6.99 which is the same price as the iOS version.

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.