Windows Phone 7 App and Game Review Thread

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  • Peew971 16 Jan 2011 23:34:53 7,111 posts
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    Still a young platform but with over 6000 apps and games already available it's not too early to start sharing.
    Obvious choices for XBL games for me are:

    Fruit Ninja
    Uno HD
    Bejeweled Live
    Chest Games (both)

    As far as apps are concerned:

    BBC News Mobile
    Big Oven
    Cocktail Flow
    ESPN Newsreader
    London Travel
    My Football (brilliant but needs one or two more updates to be perfect)
    Parcel Tracker
    Weave (RSS Reader, ditched it for Wonder Reader)

    Lazyworm Youtube can help you hold until Microsoft release a real Youtube app but it's not brilliant.
    Ustream Viewer is shit but at least it's there so we can hope for updates.
    Edit: Update released, seems fine now.

    Engadget app is on the way according to their podcast.

    A few reviews are available on wpcentral.

    Anything guys can't live without or would definitely recommend?
  • mattigan 17 Jan 2011 07:18:19 1,428 posts
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    Just flashed my phone with WP7 and am quite surprised that I actually quite like it! which I never thought I'd say coming from an Android build.
  • Peew971 17 Jan 2011 10:39:41 7,111 posts
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    Tried a few more things today. Can recommend:

    Thumba Photo Editor
    Polyglot (translator)
  • Peew971 20 Jan 2011 00:11:21 7,111 posts
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    Carrying on my solitary journey until someone else decides to post (or buy into the damn OS).

    gReadie is an excellent Google Reader, couple of glitches but should be fixed soon.
    Edit: Scratch that, Wonder Reader is the best Google Reader around.

    AlphaJax is basically "Words With Friends" for WP7 with online multiplayer actually featured. Only downside is it's not Live enabled.
  • Shyvah 20 Jan 2011 17:22:36 20 posts
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    Wiki Bee Free seems like a decent free wikipedia app.
    BBC News Mobile is ok, though sometimes has weird formating issues.
    Endomondo is a cool, free GPS sports tracker app for running, cycling etc.
  • Peew971 20 Jan 2011 18:36:53 7,111 posts
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    I tried Wiki Bee and 2 other Wikipedia apps.
    Wiki Bee doesn't display pictures as well as Wiki Panda but Wiki Panda has an awful presentation, it's borderline ugly. Wikipedia Search doesn't show pictures so it's not better. I hope they get updates soon.

    I also tried most of the stopwatch/timer apps until I found a couple worth keeping. I would suggest Metro Stopwatch and Timers.

    By the way, once you start having many apps, having to scroll through a long list becomes a pain. Microsoft didn't want an iPhone-like grid of apps but they may need to back down on that. Unless they implement search like in the People Hub.
  • Deleted user 29 January 2011 20:50:40
    Can't believe Flowerz hasn't been mentioned yet. Great little puzzle game with achievement support, and it's free! It's basically the only game I've been playing.
  • Deleted user 29 January 2011 21:10:45
    LindyReader - Free comic reader app with dropbox support. I'm not much of a comic reader but I tried it with an issue of Scott Pilgrim and it seemed to work fine.

    local concerts - Really well designed app that shows a list of gigs, and venues in your area. Also integrates with your music library by showing any upcoming concerts of artists that you listen to.

    Lyrics by musixmatch - Great free lyrics app that integrates nicely with the music & videos hub.

    ScoreMobile - Apparently the best sports app available. It's pretty US-centric but it does feature the Premiership too. Worth a try.

    Send to WP7 - Simple app that lets you send links etc. from your browser to your phone.

    That'll do for now.
  • Deleted user 29 January 2011 21:19:11
    Oh and Xbox Live Extras too.
  • Neverness 31 Jan 2011 15:08:29 1,186 posts
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    If you are including fruit ninja I guess the impossible game has to be there as well.
    Thumba is pretty good, certainly better than the Samsung editor.
    Rise of glory is a reasonable 'wings' clone (for those from the Amiga days).

    Flixster doesn't work on my phone.

    Flickr official app should be out soon as well.

    Overall loving the phone just want the update now to sort the occasional market place slowdown\crash.
  • Peew971 31 Jan 2011 18:16:33 7,111 posts
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    You're right, Flickr is supposed to be out today. Maybe in the evening.
    If Big Oven isn't enough and you're willing to pay for recipes, iFood Plus is great (nice use of the Metro UI too).
    Lots of tips calculators but my favourite is iTips and it's free.
  • Neverness 31 Jan 2011 22:45:45 1,186 posts
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    Havent spotted the flickr app so far..maybe in the morning.
  • Peew971 2 Feb 2011 10:15:00 7,111 posts
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    AlphaJax has been updated and has now a fully featured free to play version :)
    Paid version just gets rid of the ads.
    I'm MadMonk3y on there if anyone is looking for a game.
  • Neverness 3 Feb 2011 10:09:36 1,186 posts
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    Flickr app is out now, not sure it adds anything over the flickr manager app that has been out for a while (though it is free), even if it does seem slightly easier to use in some strange way. Slightly disappointed so far that the photos are not very high res, and that the tile is not live in some way (and if not that I would prefer the blue and red dot to it just saying "Flickr by Yahoo").
  • Peew971 3 Feb 2011 10:49:07 7,111 posts
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    Flickr has a Live tile by the way.
    On the matter of photos, check out Bubblegum, it's Instagram for WP7 (which itself is twitter for photos). Recently launched so almost no users but it's well built (made by Microsoft employees) so it's just a matter of spreading the word.
    Also features twitter, facebook and foursquare integration. Very nice little app and it's free.
  • Neverness 3 Feb 2011 11:06:52 1,186 posts
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    I just noticed the live tile. Quite supprised by the semi naked lady that is currently sat in an icon on my phone.

    I will check out bubblegum.
  • Peew971 4 Feb 2011 12:46:39 7,111 posts
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    Ustream Viewer has received an update and works fine so far. Waiting on the next Engadget Podcast to make sure.
    Microsoft released an app called Insider. It's pretty useless as it mainly contains tips and pointers as well as app suggestions. However, there is a section that contains all the Bing Wallpapers and let you download them and you have to admit those look pretty sweet.
  • The-Bodybuilder 4 Feb 2011 21:26:29 17,186 posts
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    RSSone, the best and prettiest RSS feed.
    Youtube (by HTC, not the crappy MS one).
    PODCASTS! the best podcast app, especially so as Zune (in the UK at least) has no way of getting podcasts from the zune player.
    FIM Facebook Instant Messenger. Pretty cool, but suffers from the phone's lack of multitasking.
    Local Concerts My primary way of finding concerts now.
  • Peew971 5 Feb 2011 12:16:48 7,111 posts
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    Wikipanda received an update today, making it the best Wikipedia app by a mile. And it's still free!
  • Peew971 10 Feb 2011 09:15:39 7,111 posts
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    If you like what they do, Machinima released an app, as well as Dailymotion and Amazon US.
    Currency Tile is a nice converter with a live tile.
  • Peew971 23 Feb 2011 17:55:43 7,111 posts
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    I managed to get the Engadget app while it was there. Quite a good one and you can actually read and post comments from it.
    TuneIn Radio was released today, best radio app hands down and it's free.
  • Sponz 24 Feb 2011 14:19:53 700 posts
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    So we got Deerhunter 3D and Zombies 2 yesterday on the games/xbox live/marketplace. Neither of them appeal to me, which is the 3rd week in a row where I havent bought anything. Come on Rovio, hurry up with Angry Birds FFS!

    I woke up this morning to a WP7 update available. I'll stick that on tonight, although there have been some reports of it bricking Samsung phones.
  • fourangers 3 Mar 2011 15:02:20 1 posts
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    ilomilo addicting puzzle game

    Polyglot I'm living in a foreign country, so I need it everyday for English > Chinese >English. Till now it's decent.

    Svasti More for when I'm bored, waiting for my friends. It's some sort of prediction software with Chinese motif that predict your luck today.

    YouTube Duh. that goes without saying but it's limited sometimes.

    MyComic I like it because it's not exactly a game. Well, although it exercises your creativity. You pick up a photo and you put whatever talking balloon you want to put inside. Although mostly it's like "LMFAO" or "ORLY", it's still worthy.
  • HitchHiker 17 Mar 2011 06:23:36 2,888 posts
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    Another vote for Bubblegum from me. It's almost addictive.

    1Password is cool and syncs with your 1Password DB on dropbox.
    AppFinder until Microsoft fix the MarketPlace search to show only Apps
    Morfo, a fun portrait morphing and animating app. Gimmicky but still fun.
    Tesco Real Food for great recipe ideas
    TWiT is for easy access to all the TWiT podcasts
    Windows Phone News app

    The only games I've bought is Monopoly and it's quite good.
    The demo of Zombies!!! is fun too. Might buy it.
  • Peew971 12 Apr 2011 14:24:20 7,111 posts
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    I actually have a few new apps to list here...
    In the meantime, know that Cocktail Flow is offered for free during the MIX 11 week :)

  • Peew971 14 Apr 2011 18:06:30 7,111 posts
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    Time for an update:

    If you're a Foursquare user, get 4th & Mayor. It's just an amazing app that put the official Foursquare app to shame.

    If you exercise, I recommend 100 Pushups, 200 Situps and Runkeeper. If you prefer sports from a distance then All Sports News and ESPN ScoreCenter are nice.

    Another Transport app for Londoners is City Travel London, there's a lite version too.

    Alternatives to the Youtube plugin: Youtube, LazyTube, Supertube. All very good.

    For passwords protection, I found the best app to be Passwords. Worth the 1.99 price tag.

    The new best app for lyrics is PicoLyrics. You won't find a better one.

    WeatherDuck is a very nicely put together app with an eye candy Live Tile.

    Finally for TV addicts, get a taste of TV Show and Prime TV for all your info/scheduling. Prime TV is my favourite but they essentially have the same features.
  • RichieTenenbaum 9 May 2011 13:08:28 2,736 posts
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  • Peew971 9 May 2011 13:10:52 7,111 posts
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    RichieTenenbaum wrote:
    Wow, is that your own project? Good luck with that, is there an ETA?
    The IGN app is very well done, would like something like that for EG.
  • RichieTenenbaum 9 May 2011 13:13:21 2,736 posts
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    It's the result of 15 mins work. Nowt works yet, apart from it reads the RSS feeds.

    That stuff looks ok.

    Forums posting might be a bit hard, though.

    Will look at the IGN app.
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