Windows Phone Series 7 gaming shown off (screenshots)

Yesterday, Engadget received some preferential treatment from Microsoft. As part of the excitement, Microsoft showcased the 3D gaming power of their upcoming Windows Phone 7 Series. The games were built in the new XNA Game Studio 4.0 and show the potential of the new platform.

The two games shown off were The Harvest, and Battle Punks. The Harvest, which was built in just two or three weeks, is "a good looking touch-controlled dungeon crawler with destructible environments" and Battle Punks is "a less impressive one-on-one sword fighting Facebook game." From a visual standpoint, both games look great, and Engadget was able to get a glimpse of the phone's notification system (as seen in the achievement unlocked photo).

Here are some of the screenshots. The rest can be found over at Engadget's gallery.

The Harvest - Achievement Unlocked

The Harvest

Battle Punks

Battle Punks 2

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LUTZIFER said,
Are those pictures blown up, or is the phone the size of a netbook? lol!!
The images are 640px × 384px

Not really beyond the capability of phone screens.

While it is impressive to have devices that are getting smaller and more powerful there will be a major control difficulty until things like portable finger controls or controls used with your eyes or ones that you control with your mind by measuring electrical impulses. Biggest problem will always be the battery but I read about a mat the gives off a magnetic field in the bit which u place it and it suppose to realign the ions or whatever is in the battery in a few seconds or few minutes giving it full power.

I have been wondering when some company would marry a mobile phone with a QUALITY gaming device. If done right, this could be Microsoft's secret weapon. But the mobile phone would need to have comfortable gaming controls if they want the thing to play serious games, and I have my doubts as to whether they will manage that. Most people want phones to be small and thin, but that doesn't work so well for a game controller.

Wow! Those look bad ass!! No wonder MS doesn't want to release WinMo7 on current devices.
Those games would make my TouchPro2 melt.

Ruffneckting said,
I am sure this is ok on a emulator on a high spec PC, but is the mobile phone hardware available to take advantage of this now?

From TFA on Engadget : "...running on its ASUS Windows Phone prototype ...", which leads me to believe that the mobile phone hardware *is* available right now...

Those games look awesome, its sad to say they look better than the Wii games! I just looked at my co-workers iPhone games and judging from these screenshots they look almost Xbox 360 ish and the iPhone is equivalent to PS2.

DarkNovaGamer said,
Bleep Bloop
Achievement Unlocked - Decent looking games on a phone

Yeah, the achievement system will be REALLY cool. I guess this will probably link to your XBox Live account too, so that's going to be a lot of fun...

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, the achievement system will be REALLY cool. I guess this will probably link to your XBox Live account too, so that's going to be a lot of fun...

Yeah it will be, just like Games for Windows Live is linked in.

Ridlas said,
Oh wow, those look better than the wii games

yeah right better than wii......
"The Harvest, which was built in just two or three weeks"
wow thats promising..

still1 said,

yeah right better than wii......
"The Harvest, which was built in just two or three weeks"
wow thats promising..

He/She said 'looks' better. Doesn't mean he/she meant it WILL be better.

still1 said,

yeah right better than wii......
"The Harvest, which was built in just two or three weeks"
wow thats promising..

I'm going to quote 2 words from the original post, and capitalize one. Let's see if you can understand now.

LOOK better.

Edited by -Razorfold, Mar 10 2010, 5:58pm :

/- Razorfold said,

I'm going to quote 2 words from the original post, and capitalize one. Let's see if you can understand now.

LOOK better.

Atari 2800 games "look better" too

Ridlas said,
Oh wow, those look better than the wii games

lol Nice one, looks like there is hope for the windows mobile branch if the gaming is looking this good. Very powerful.

grewnd33 said,

Atari 2800 games "look better" too

I'd pick any Atari 2800 game over any Wii games. That system is classic. I loved it and still love playing them occasionally.

dogmai said,

I'd pick any Atari 2800 game over any Wii games. That system is classic. I loved it and still love playing them occasionally.

2800? You both mean 2600 I take it.