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Game Review: Dungeon Stalker

Overall rating: 5/5
Before I begin, let me introduce myself. I am @sushovande, and I will be reviewing games for WpSauce.

Today we are talking about Dungeon Stalker, an action RPG by Pansoft. Once you get about five minutes of gameplay, what will strike you the most is the very gothic feel of the game. Stop me if this sounds familiar – a dark room, 5 pointed star in blood, with two human skulls on top. Limited field of view, and sudden eerie music. Nobody? Is Amnesia: the dark descent not popular at all? And this is level 2 of Dungeon Stalker. For an RPG to have a distinct Amnesia feel to it is not a shortcoming – it is extravagant praise. In the two levels the trial version provided, it managed to cause a few shivers down my fragile spine. Yes, I am fairly certain this Bangalore chill had nothing to do with it.

It is very easy to get started. You pick a name, a character picture, and click the random button to distribute your points, and you’re all set to start playing. Right off the bat, the controls for the game are excellent.Throughout my gameplay, I never clicked the wrong button once. Opening the inventory, opening the map – everything is intuitive and responsive.

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Gruesome? Yes. Eerie? Yes. Provides an ice-cold chill down your spine as you sit alone in a hotel room with your Wp7.. er.. okay, maybe not that much.

Dungeon Stalker is not a 3D game where you move continuously. When you click Forward, you go ahead instantly by one block. (Hey! You can imagine you are doing mini teleportations!) While the movement seems jarring at first, I got used to it pretty fast. Remember too, that Diablo 1 used to only let you stand in on a grid (though it did move smoothly between them.) The similarities don’t end there. Like Diablo 1, the maps seem to be procedurally generated, so every time you play, you get a new map to play with, including new item drops, new locations for enemies and of course, new surprises. That they have managed to create maps on the fly, on a phone is something worth appreciating.

The spell system here is quite different from the usual point and click affair. You pick up scrolls which contain instructions for spells in runes. You have to remember them, and then when you are confronted with an enemy, bring up the spell screen, and invoke the spell by tapping those runes in order.


The Dungeon Caster Spell casting screen. Tap the runes in the correct order to cast a spell. Wingardium Leviosa is not supported.

As I can testify, remembering the exact shape of runes while a zombie is chomping off what little health you have left is no mean feat (I’m no Hermione). Failure is rewarded with this:


Here lies Teddy, slayer of 11 foes. Hey! No jokes about my character’s name.

On the inventory screen, you have your usual suspects – the weapons and the slots. I did not immediately understand what the vital statistics were saying. Heart is health. What are the ones that look like lightning, a stomach, and a river? The XP bar is also unlabeled. As I kept playing, their meanings became clear: you pick up a bottle of water, drink it and find that the river is your hydration level. Very well done. Next time I feel thirsty, I will just imagine the river in my stomach has gone dry. Speaking of stomachs, that symbol stands for hunger. “You need to find food” reminds the on-screen message. [So do I, please stand by while I get dinner...]

The game did crash on me once.. and it managed to recover from a previous checkpoint. When your character dies.. the game saves automatically, which didn’t make too much sense to me.
Overall though, I spent a very enjoyable, eerie time with Dungeon Stalker. Go check it out.
Direct link to Dungeon Stalker on Zune. (Avg customer rating 3/5).
Dungeon Stalker on Marketplace Browser, on Facebook.

Preview of upcoming game Spectrum Sprint from the makers of Manhattan 2020 (Video)

Ludbrium ltd. is at it again. Their first game Manhattan 2020, a fantastic retro style flying game, is one of my favorite game available in the marketplace. Being a fan of both Ludbrium and Canabalt, I was pleasantly suprised to see what the guys at Ludrium Ltd were cooking. The video below is a preview of upcoming Windows phone game called Spectrum Sprint from Ludbrium Ltd. It's a Canabalt game with twist, not only you have to jump from one platform to another you have to keep in mind the color of the platform and switch accordingly. Now that sir, is challenging. No surprise here, even Manhattan 2020 is very challenging and slightly . Video after the break.

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Pirates Assault v1.1 update comes with Scoreloop integration, a first for any Windows Phone game

My favorite Tower defense game on Windows Phone just got better. Pirate Assault was previously covered on WPSauce, since then the game has been doing quite well as well as receiving rave reviews in the marketplace. Initially it launched with 4 levels but now with v1.1 a new level has been included. Not only that but Pirates Assault developers Dagari Studios have been able to accomplish something which hasn’t been implemented before, Scoreloop integration in a windows phone game.

v1.1 update changelog:

New in version 1.1:- Scoreloop integration!- Survival mode with increasing difficulty and random paths- New Level 5- Level completion status now showing up on leaderboards- Some improvements to Level 4

 For those who aren’t aware, Scoreloop is a social gaming environment much like Openfeint on iOS. I have to add, I am shocked that Microsoft didn’t object to this. Apple has a good relationship with Openfeint because Openfeint clearly does social gaming better than their native GameCenter ecosystem. I always imagined XBL as the only ecosystem that Microsoft plans to push via Windows Phone OS, but that apparently it isn’t true and it’s a good thing, IMO. More choice, the better. Not every game can get XBL certified.
Scoreloop has a private beta SDK available ( for Windows Phone) so if you are a developer, apply here.

Looks like Microsoft is giving alternate gaming eco systems a chance. How long before OpenFeint integration comes in too? Let’s not get off topic. Download Pirate Assault v1.1 from download link below.

Zune download link 

p.s – Scoreloop was just bought by Blackberry. Woops. 

Wordrix, popular word puzzle game hits v2.3, now with achievements

Wordrix is one of the most popular word puzzle game for Windows Phone available in the marketplace. It’s challenging and highly addictive. Wordrix received v2.3 update today, which now supports achievements.

I am not a big fan of World Puzzle games because they aren’t exactly how I imagine as ‘games’ call me a typical gamer but this isn’t the only reason, more importantly I suck at these games. My vocabulary is terribly limited but I plan to start playing this game to improve my vocabulary instead of running away from it.

Put your vocabulary to the test as you race the clock to find as many words you can. The longer the word, the more points you’ll get. Be careful though, you’ll need to manage your vowel count as each word you discover removes those tiles from the board only to be replaced with a set of new ones.
This is a fast paced addictive game that will keep you entertained and challenged for hours on end. The graphics and animations are stunning while the dictionary is huge with over 100,000 possible words. 
Version 2 Includes• 6 Local Game Modes• Achievements• Leaderboards with daily and weekly tournaments• Personal stat tracking• An Online Arena where you can compete against others• Daily and weekly Arena tournaments• 5 different UI themes to choose from

After playing with it for quite some time I have to agree with reviewers, you cannot put your phone down. It’s pretty darn addictive. Leaderboards and now achievements make this game special. We highly recommend this game for $0.99.

Zune download link

geodefense now available in Windows Phone marketplace

Six Games in Six Week ‘ program is going according to the plan. Today, geodefense was pushed to the marketplace. geodefense, a tower defense game, isn’t an XBL Windows Phone exclusive title, in fact it’s one of those games that gained fame as an iOS game and now has been ported to cater the Windows Phone gaming audience, just like Plants v/s Zombies, Angry birds,etc.

Official application description:

Something exciting and new in the Tower Defense genre! The geometric vector creeps are fast and intense. With 30 different maps, each its own puzzle, you’ll have to work fast to keep up.
Using exciting vectorized graphics, this highly kinetic game brings a whole new dimension to the tower defense genre. Devastate creeps with blasters, lasers and missiles and watch their energy debris swirl through the gravity wells of your vortex towers. Now it’s time to figure out how to put that absorbed energy to good use…
With the ability to compete for the high score with friends on the leaderboards and exclusive Xbox LIVE achievements, this is a tower defense game like no other!

geodefense is a critically acclaimed game and having played this on iOS, it’s worth the price along with XBL achievements. I should add one thing though, geodefense II is under works so you can probably imagine that most of the ‘ rock star ’ developers don’t see WP7 as their first priority. Hope that changes with time. Anyways, if you are a tower defense style game fan, this is a must download for $2.99.

Zune download link

Doodle Jump now available in the Windows phone marketplace

Six Games in 6 weeks ’ program seems to be on target. First, Hydro Thunder go (One of the best XBL titles on the marketplace) and now the game that needs no introduction: Doodle Jump is now available in the marketplace. Doodle Jump is one of the ‘ elite ‘ casual games gaining immense popularity in the iOS marketplace. Since the launch of original game, there have been several similar ‘rip offs’ but Doodle Jump has managed to make incredible sale in iOS. Can they replicate their success in Windows Phone marketplace? I’d say, yes. People need premium stuff on marketplace, they are ready to pay and for one of the best game on a mobile platform – who wouldn’t?

Official application description :

Jump, jump, jump to the top, top, top with Doodle Jump, the #1 smartphone game of all time! Just when you thought it was safe to put the game down, Doodle the Doodler returns! Help him continue his springy journey upwards with a massive set of new features including monsters, platforms, power-ups, special bonuses, and four new unique themes. Leap from platform to platform, finding your way higher and higher using brilliant power-ups like springs, propeller hats, and jet packs. Avoid broken platforms, menacing black holes, and UFOs. Protect yourself against a variety of baddies using your nose balls! Doodle Jump multiplies the fun and excitement of one of the simplest and most addictive games that you will ever play. Experience for yourself the endless excitement that over 5 million happy smartphone gamers have enjoyed! BE WARNED: This game is insanely addictive.

Download Doodle Jump from the link below:

Zune download link

The application is available for $2.99. Again, a dollar or two more than expected but can the XBL tag compensate for it? Drop in your thoughts.

Ska Studios upcoming Windows Phone game to be unveiled at E3

The makers of Dishwasher : Dead Samurai , Ska Studios have recently unveiled a teaser site for their upcoming game for the Windows Phone platform. The sitefeatures a generic Window Phone, but hovering the cursor over the live tiles does show some pixelated icons. The team will demo the game at E3 on June 6 which is hinted to involve zombie-fighting due to the fact that the teaser site images resemble the logo of Ska Studio’s earlier I Made a Game with Zombies in It! (also called I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES 1N IT!!!1 ).