Video shows Windows Phone game ported to Windows 8

The planned release of the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 on February 29 will have a number of apps available for users to try out via the Microsoft Store. Hopefully one of those apps will be the Windows 8 version of AlphaDrops, a word puzzle game that was originally made for Windows Phone 7. In a recent video, the developer of AlphaDrops, Rick Walrond, demos the Windows 8 version of the game.

The port was running on the Windows 8 Developers Preview version on the Samsung slate device that was given to attendees of Microsoft's BUILD conference in September. Walrond said it took about two weeks to port the single player version of AlphaDrops from Windows Phone 7 to Windows 8 and that it shares about 90 percent of the code. The multiplayer portion of the game has yet to be ported to Windows 8.

Walrond also states in the video that the Windows 8 port shares scoreboard and leaderboard info with the Windows Phone 7 version. In other words, when your play the Windows 8 game, your scores will be uploaded and you can compare your scores to both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7 users.

So far there's no official word if Alphadrops will be included in the Windows Store lineup when the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is released later this month.

Thanks to Guest_Jay for the tip

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Did you see the word he made on the windows phone at ~2min 14secs. Made me chuckle.
Not implying anything, just thought it was funny...

Jarrichvdv said,

Fail comment

Not really. All of the reporting for Windows 8 is really pushing the fact that it's a mobile OS.

Tell me about a real desktop experience for once. I couldn't give two ****s if I can play a phone game on a powerful PC.

Nashy said,

Not really. All of the reporting for Windows 8 is really pushing the fact that it's a mobile OS.

Tell me about a real desktop experience for once. I couldn't give two ****s if I can play a phone game on a powerful PC.

Exactly. I am not running Tri SLI GTX580 to play stupid Phone Games on Windows 8.

Palpatine said,
Game looks nice, but Im not sure about this whole Metro design. Can you image having such a huge squares on your 27' monitor?

your 27" monitor happens to be a 'square' itself.

Palpatine said,
Game looks nice, but Im not sure about this whole Metro design. Can you image having such a huge squares on your 27' monitor?

Yes, I can, because I use Windows 8 on my television screen
It's a pleasure to use

Hmm the drops are falling on angles, but the reason raindrops are shaped like that is they gather together in the direction they're falling.

2 weeks on that? After he had all the code in c# . Maybe I'm missing something but that looks like something any decent programmer can make in 2 days from scratch

XerXis said,
2 weeks on that? After he had all the code in c# . Maybe I'm missing something but that looks like something any decent programmer can make in 2 days from scratch

He didn't say he spent all day long for two weeks. Besides, it's a developer preview quality framework also, so everything wasn't necessarily so straightforward as one might expect during the convertion

FMH said,
That's another reason to develop for Windows Phone.
To be fair it looks like it takes about the same amount of time to port from WP7 to Win8 as it takes to port from iOS to OSX

Rudy said,
To be fair it looks like it takes about the same amount of time to port from WP7 to Win8 as it takes to port from iOS to OSX

Maybe..But I think in Windows phone 8 the time will be even shorter and that makes developing for Windows 8 much more appealing.

Rudy said,
To be fair it looks like it takes about the same amount of time to port from WP7 to Win8 as it takes to port from iOS to OSX

I meant in the sense, that the Windows franchise is just huge. That's a very attractive point.
Mac wouldn't qualify as "huge".

Rudy said,
To be fair it looks like it takes about the same amount of time to port from WP7 to Win8 as it takes to port from iOS to OSX
So what? Even if your "guess" is based on nothing, the news is about the Windows ecosystem.
It just shows that W8 games can be easily ported to WP7.
And if the rumors about WP8 are true, then it will be much much easier to port appz from W8 to WP8.

FMH said,

I meant in the sense, that the Windows franchise is just huge. That's a very attractive point.
Mac wouldn't qualify as "huge".

Yah, but people using mac will pay 10x more for the same thing L0L

Rudy said,
To be fair it looks like it takes about the same amount of time to port from WP7 to Win8 as it takes to port from iOS to OSX

The article states it's window phone and yet you write something about Fair or not fair? Plus comparing it to Apple product? Maybe you should go to NeoMac.

Rudy said,
To be fair it looks like it takes about the same amount of time to port from WP7 to Win8 as it takes to port from iOS to OSX

To be fair, if one ports to Windows 8, he gets himself a hell of a lot more people to view his app than OSX. Windows 8 + Windows Phone will destroy the Audience numbers enjoyed by iOS developers to date. Though there are plenty of new people seeing apple logos on CSI paying 3 times what they should for computers every passing hour so maybe they'll catch up.