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Exclusive: Shuffle Party coming to Xbox Live in the US November 30 - Free!

Shuffle Party

Remember Minesweeper and Sudoku, the free Xbox Live titles from Babaroga and Microsoft Studios? Soon they will be joined by Shuffle Party, another free game from the same developer and publisher team.

Shuffle Party is a shuffleboard game that players can enjoy even if they’re never been on a cruise ship. Microsoft’s Windows Phone team proposed the initial concept, with the folks at Babaroga developing and adding to the design.

MS and Babaroga’s latest collaboration boasts stylish 3D graphics set against a Chicago skyline (home of Babaroga’s main office) and realistic physics. The simple touch-screen controls allow players to shift the puck horizontally and set its angle before launching. Swipe forward and off it goes!

Shuffle Party has several ways to play:

  • Bowling: Slide a puck (called a biscuit in shuffleboard lingo) down the lane, picking up spares and strikes as the pins come tumbling down.
  • Challenge: Slide the pick around obstacles, collecting coins, and landing in the Goal Zone. Think Fable Coin Golf, but more realistic.
  • Shuffleboard: The traditional vacationers’ game. Send the biscuit down the lane into a triangular scoring zone, with some spots offering more points than others. Sort of like a combination of darts and air hockey.
  • Pass n Play: Local multiplayer built around the main shuffleboard game (not bowling). Not only do you try to land in goals, you get the satisfaction of knocking your friends’ pucks off the table – and vice versa.

Money earned in the various game modes can be spent in the Pro Shop, tying the whole experience together. The shop sells unique pucks, pins, and frames. Naturally, buying every single item nets you an Achievement.

Shuffle Party

Speaking of which, Shuffle Party includes 50 GamerScore worth of Achievements, just like its two free predecessors. And like those games, banner advertisements run across the top of the screen during gameplay. There won't be any waiting through ads between menus or anything obtrusive like that, thankfully.

Shuffle Party comes to Xbox Live in the US on Wednesday, November 30 – the same day Ghostscape is scheduled to emerge. It will require the Windows Phone Mango update. No word on release dates outside of the US, but it will come to other regions eventually.

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Cyruss1989 says:

Nice free game, to bad it's US only at first :/

DarkSynopsis says:

Damn I was expecting it would be US first like Minesweeper / Sudoku but I was hoping it would not be the case :(

1jaxstate1 says:

Got damn it! This was going to be my first WP7 APP! I've been trying to get it going, but no luck. Me and my friends play shuffle board all the time and though "no one would make this app for WP7". Sigh, on to the next idea. Thanks MS.

Paul Acevedo says:

I don't think you have much to complain about... Good ideas aren't worth much if you don't act on them.

1jaxstate1 says:

No offense. It wasn't meant as strong as it was typed. But I don't care what you think really. 

Paul Acevedo says:

Umm, telling me that you don't care about my opinion is also kind of offensive. You gotta work on that, Jax.

selfcreation says:

can any one explain to me WHY IN HELL any one would make a game exclusive to a area?? soo dumb..... US only for a game..... is a uge fail.

Paul Acevedo says:

It has to do with the ad revenue system of the game. But it'll eventually come to other regions too, so no worries.

these US only complaints are running all to rampant on this site, even if that's not really the case. Does Android central and TiPb get these same complaints? Pretty sure some apps are US only initially as well.

zeke1676 says:

cry,cry,cry, whinge, whinge, whinge... US only first, who cares. we'll eventually get it, we got minesweeper and sudoku didnt we???

Can your ad's in the game be like that? It would make the ads bearable.

Paul Acevedo says:

I just play offline if I don't wanna see 'em. ;)

Terrin says:

just a fyi I followed the dl link ur posted for the phone on my wp7 phone in canada at least I was able to download shuffeparty with no issues.
 
for those bitching about us only