Wordament is first iOS game with Xbox Live Achievements

Wordament was first launched back in April 2011 by two Microsoft team members, John Thornton and Jason Cahill, as a side project. It was launched on the Windows Phone 7 OS and later expanded to Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. The game has become something of a cult hit but this weekend, Wordament is expanding to a much wider audience.

In a post on the game's official blog, it announced that an iOS port of Wordament has been launched for free for iOS devices (iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad). The game's iOS players can connect and play online against Windows 8 and Windows Phone users.

More importantly, Wordament is now the first game released on a non-Microsoft platform to support Xbox Live Achievements. The blog states:

When you sign in with your free Microsoft account, you can earn up to 50 Gamerscore from our 10 achievements and you’ll have access to all of your Xbox Friends and Wordament Frenemies. If you’ve played on Windows Phone or Window 8 and jump to the iOS version, all of your player stats and friends will follow your account automatically.

This is a small but important step for Xbox Live as it continues to expand beyond just Microsoft hardware and software. Xbox SmartGlass, which offers a "second screen" experience for Xbox 360 users, has been released for iOS and Android in addition to Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

Source: Wordament website | Image via Microsoft

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I'm not that keen on the idea of Xbox games on other platforms, I can just see further down the line Xbox games with achievements on android phones and the numerous hacks there might be to unlock all the achievements or something... it detracts the value from the brand.. Sure its an important step for brand penetration but it's a step backwards for the security of the Xbox live network, and a step backwards for windows phone.

Ben White said,
I'm not that keen on the idea of Xbox games on other platforms, I can just see further down the line Xbox games with achievements on android phones and the numerous hacks there might be to unlock all the achievements or something... it detracts the value from the brand.. Sure its an important step for brand penetration but it's a step backwards for the security of the Xbox live network, and a step backwards for windows phone.

If Windows Phone can only shine by exclusivity, then have a talk with the devs and make the actual platform more awesome.

And you can add anti-cheating mechanisms.
Surely, everything can get hacked, then again I couldn't care less (me personally of course) if someone got a ridiculously high achievement score. Meh, way to show you should be on the bottom of the list.

Gaming on open platform being a worry to you, you should be against what was formerly called Games for Windows Live, too. (Now branded Xbox for Windows or whatnot... you know what I mean, Xbox Live enabled games for Windows)

GS:mac

Thief000 said,
Excellent, the Xbox brand penetration continues on more and more platforms.
Sony PlayStation doesn't stand a chance.

Yeah, Microsoft really is awesome in that regard.
All the props to them and the game's devs.

GS:mac

Thief000 said,
Excellent, the Xbox brand penetration continues on more and more platforms.
Sony PlayStation doesn't stand a chance.

On the other hand there are fewer reasons to choose wp8/win8 if more and more Microsoft stuff is available on other platforms. Will be interesting to see which method ends up being more successful.