I have been slacking on the Windows Phone 7 updates so I thought I'd give you all a month in review. Including next weeks release of Harbor Master.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 - $4.99
PES 2011 is probably the best looking game to date on the Windows Phone 7 platform. The players give you a nice 3D gaming feel and the game play is surprisingly good for only being a touch screen. That being said, the game has plenty of downfalls the achievement list is downright unbearable unless you are a huge fan of Soccer. The defensive switching is the same as most other soccer titles which I am not a fan of. If a Madden game auto switched defensive controls there would be no defense. I'm not sure why this is OK in soccer. The biggest downfall of PES 2011 on the phone is the penalty shootouts. Nearly impossible to judge or defend, if you don't win in regulation you may as well just quit.
Bottom Line - Try It
Fable Coin Golf - $4.99
Fable Coin Golf is easily one of the best games on Windows Phone 7 that isn't an iPhone port. FCG resembles Angry Birds in a way or at least that you aim and flick your coin off obstacles to reach your goal. If you are like me and have been too lazy to get around to playing Fable 3 yet. The cross platform integration will allow you to import your money to the 360 version. I'm sitting on $150,000 with out ever booting up the game, which is pretty sweet. The biggest downside to FCG is the length, only 45 levels. I finished the game in about 3 hours because most of the puzzles are very simple. Still if you like relaxing games or easy achievements be sure to pick this one up.
Bottom Line - Buy It
Super Monkey Ball 2 - $4.99
Super Monkey Ball 2 takes me back to a simpler time in gaming a time when my controller was purple and uncomfortable to hold. Yeah Gamecube, I'm talking about you. Speaking of uncomfortable, this game is fully tilt controlled. The game to me at least is uncomfortable to play and difficult to control. Basically the same gripes I have against the WP7 Katamari game. The levels and look definitely are what you would expect from a monkey ball title. Though the graphics are pretty lacking. All in all it's not a terrible game if you don't mind constantly twisting your neck around to look at the screen.
Bottom Line - Try It
Harbor Master - $2.99
Harbor Master is very much "Flight Control" inspired. So naturally if you liked Flight control this is a game for you. There are a few sweet twists to Harbor Master though and not just cause boats are way cooler than planes. In Harbor Master you actually have to wait for the cargo to unload and extract the empty ships to make room for new ones. This adds a strong element to the game play. If you want to get all 200 gamerscore in this one you are in for a long and frustrating relationship with the game. Scoring 500 on a map will take some serious skill and an attention span I know I don't have. Not to mention the "Harbor Master" achievement shipped 50,000 lifetime cargo units. At about a 100 per game that should take weeks. All in all at the $3 price point it is a solid game that I recommend to anyone who likes a nice time waster.