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A return to the Windows Phone, and memories of the heyday of Xbox-enabled gaming on the WP
My True Achievements friend feed has, in recent weeks, become a static celebration – and, depressingly, a memorial – to Windows Phone-based Xbox enabled gaming.

The past two weeks has brought with it seven WP game completions. It probably sounds more impressive than it really is, given that a few of those completions have been for games which last a couple of hours at most – Beards and Beaks, Butterfly, Guitar Hero, WWTBAM.

And the unexpected return of a reliable WP7 Xbox server (and there may only be one, no-one is sure) has allowed me to finally complete WP7 “ancients” like Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles and Farm Frenzy 2 - the latter only 2000 or so days after I started it!

You know what, it has taken me back to that time not so long ago where WP-based Xbox gaming provided a massive amount of joy. And, after all, joy, enjoyment … that’s what gaming is about, isn’t it?

I’ve led a public transport-based commuter lifestyle for the past 15 years, catching the train to and from work most days. And for six of them, various incarnations of a Windows Phone have accompanied me.

My first WP was my trusty Samsung Omnia 7 – a WP7 – received in mid-August 2011. I still remember the delight, the novelty, of being able to switch on a Windows Phone, play Xbox-enabled games and get achievements.

I remember downloading Flowerz (for free! Free achievements!!) and playing. My first achievements on the WP were in this game … though it then took me another three years to complete.

First WP completion? Da Blob Revolution only a couple of weeks after getting that Samsung Omnia.

Like many WP fans here on TA, I remember fondly the days of weekly Xbox-enabled WP game releases, the wait to download them from the store – how someone would always find that elusive Microsoft Store link to the new game and share it for everyone to access, how much I looked forward to getting into a new game, popping some achievements (often at my work desk during a break) and then continuing my progress on the train home.

That Omnia 7 … man, it took some beatings and bumps. And it did some hard hard work. I look at it today – in my work bag, still functional, still working, still solid (when the WP7 servers let it) and I can’t help but smile because it must’ve hosted 60 or 80 games in its time.

I remember playing Lode Runner to within an inch of its life in order to complete all the levels. Burn the Rope, Orbital, the original Wordament (boy did the phone take a hammering with that one), Zombie Attack 2 (one of the great underrated WP games) … so many others.

Still now some “legacy” games remain – Glyder, Plants vs Zombies, Ken Ken, Gravity Guy, Little Acorns (with those awful unresponsive controls), iStunt (with two extra achievements earned but not “popped” due to server issues), Crimson Dragon (pre-patched and still, much to my amusement this week, still giving me lots of gems for defeating Level 5 over and over) …

Yeah, never going to complete all of them. But they’re there, and I’ve looked every day over the past two or three weeks and actually felt like taking a shot at a couple of them.

My Silver Nokia 925 (or 928, I can’t remember, it is WP8.1) isn’t in as good a shape. Cracked screen, and some bits of glass actually missing completely – confined to indoor use in many ways!

But the hard yards it has done – and the games it has hosted … some of my best overall gaming experiences have been on this phone. Tentacles Open the Mind, Spy Mouse, Max and the Magic Marker, Real Racing, Runemals, Asphalts, Contre Jour, Tiny Troopers.

Really really solid games that provided a heap of enjoyment (or, as someone who completed Panzer Geekz, frustration and then a massive sense of accomplishment).

Of course there was, and there is, a great WP community here at TA. The shared enjoyment from playing some of these games, the knowledge and tips we could share, the genuine achievement we felt when we saw someone overcome a tough challenge or finish a challenging game – these things were a core part of that enjoyment too.

Unfortunately of course, long gone are the days of those weekly release WP games and weekly sales and specials and news of Nokia exclusive games not being exclusive anymore.

My WP10 doesn’t see a lot of Xbox-enabled gaming. Gimme Five was, and is, fun. But there’s not a lot of games left around now. So many delistings and so many games with awful bugs.

These last two weeks have just reminded me of how much fun Xbox-enabled WP gaming was in its heyday, the enjoyment I got, the community we built around it here at TA … and how much I miss it.

Posted by Chris8875 on 29 June 17 at 02:52 | Last edited on 29 June 17 at 02:57 | There are 4 comments on this blog post - Please log in to comment on this blog.

Smoggie09Slime RancherSmoggie09 completed the game Slime Rancher and is the 1,933rd gamer on the site to complete it
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Corrupt XBAWe Are The DwarvesCorrupt XBA completed the game We Are The Dwarves and is the 99th gamer on the site to complete it
Smoggie09Slime Rancher
Smoggie09 won 4 Achievements in Slime Rancher for 417 points
AP E JCBaseball Riot
AP E JC won 3 Achievements in Baseball Riot for 265 points
dieotze74Pocket God (WP)dieotze74 started the game Pocket God (WP)
Comment by Zebrasqual at 19:26 on 19 Oct 2017

good luck :) i know u can do it :)

Comment by dieotze74 at 19:49 on 19 Oct 2017

Thx.. The first achievement was a mistake.. Now I have to play :-)

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frenchdawgTurtle's Quest (Win 10)frenchdawg completed the game Turtle's Quest (Win 10) and is the 469th gamer on the site to complete it
Comment by frenchdawg at 11:05 on 19 Oct 2017

God what a glitchfest. Multiple points in the game became impassable and if you don't carefully reload you can restart the game by mistake

Comment by frenchdawg at 11:06 on 19 Oct 2017

I'm all for encouraging beginner developers but keep them away from my achievements haha

Comment by InjuryProne19 at 14:35 on 19 Oct 2017

...and there are more episodes to come cry

frenchdawgfrenchdawg has reached a new milestone: 470,000 GamerScore
WolfheartSpellBattleshipWolfheartSpell completed the game Battleship and is the 502nd gamer on the site to complete it
WolfheartSpell won 4 Achievements in Battleship for 800 points
dieotze74NBA JAM (WP)dieotze74 completed the game NBA JAM (WP) and is the 149th gamer on the site to complete it
Comment by frenchdawg at 10:05 on 19 Oct 2017


Comment by dieotze74 at 10:19 on 19 Oct 2017

BoomShakaLaka :-)

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dieotze74NBA JAM (WP)dieotze74 has rated the game NBA JAM (WP) 4 out of 5
dieotze74NBA JAM (WP)
dieotze74 won 2 Achievements in NBA JAM (WP) for 98 points

                  Status change by frenchdawg at 08:33 on 19 Oct 2017frenchdawg status: SOIjfods;ofiundus turtle's quest keeps glitching on me after I free the prisoner and pick up his treasure map. Anyone else have issues?
Kirblinx won 2 Achievements in Cuphead for 21 points
KirblinxCupheadKirblinx started the game Cuphead

                  Status change by K4rn4ge at 03:47 on 19 Oct 2017K4rn4ge status: Can someone please post the TA link you use to search achievements by letter? Used it before but forgot what it was. Thanks in advance.
Comment by K4rn4ge at 03:50 on 19 Oct 2017

For instance, all achievements that begin with the letter A for my played games, for example.

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K4rn4gePaladins: Champions of the Realm3K4rn4ge has rated the All Hallows Evie DLC in Paladins: Champions of the Realm 3 out of 5
Comment by K1NG ARTHUR III at 03:05 on 19 Oct 2017

Pretty orange!!!

K4rn4geForza Horizon 34K4rn4ge has rated the Blizzard Mountain DLC in Forza Horizon 3 4 out of 5
K4rn4geDanger ZoneK4rn4ge has rated the game Danger Zone 4 out of 5
K4rn4geSuper Comboman: Smash EditionK4rn4ge has rated the game Super Comboman: Smash Edition 3 out of 5
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                  Status change by frenchdawg at 02:11 on 19 Oct 2017frenchdawg status: Alright can anyone clarify for me - if a game shares an achievement list from xbox 1 to win 10, do you have to purchase the game again if it isn't
Comment by frenchdawg at 02:12 on 19 Oct 2017

a play anywhere title? i.e the turing test being available both on xbox one and win 10, but not play anywhere, do I have to purchase on win 10 to play it also?

Comment by Skelix at 02:14 on 19 Oct 2017

my understanding is, unless it is play anywhere you have to re-buy it

Comment by frenchdawg at 02:23 on 19 Oct 2017

Ugh that sucks. Couple of titles I wouldn't have minded playing on laptop but oh well

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AP E JCTennis in the FaceAP E JC completed the game Tennis in the Face and is the 1,629th gamer on the site to complete it
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K4rn4ge won 2 Achievements in Under Defeat HD for 42 points
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Site Leaderboard Location Pos Gamers %ile
TrueAchievement in Windows Phone Games 30 97,966 0.03
GamerScore in Windows Phone Games 38 97,966 0.04
Achievements Won in Windows Phone Games 60 97,966 0.06
Completed Games in Windows Phone Games 53 23,747 0.22
GamerScore in All Games Australia 186 3,128 5.95
TrueAchievement in All Games Australia 165 3,128 5.27
Achievements Completion %age in All Games Australia 211 3,128 6.75
TA Ratio in All Games Australia 405 3,076 13.17
TrueAchievement in Windows Games Australia 8 2,086 0.38
Achievements Won in Windows Games Australia 5 2,086 0.24
GamerScore in Windows Games Australia 7 2,086 0.34
TA Ratio in Windows Games Australia 647 2,082 31.08
TA Ratio in Windows Games Australia 615 1,889 32.56
TrueAchievement in Windows Phone Games Australia 2 1,022 0.20
Achievements Won in Windows Phone Games Australia 2 1,022 0.20
GamerScore in Windows Phone Games Australia 2 1,022 0.20
Completed Games in Windows Phone Games Australia 2 1,022 0.20
TA Ratio in Windows Phone Games Australia 212 1,020 20.78

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