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DioDict - Review

We've mentioned the Windows Phone application DioDict before. It is a dictionary application for Windows Phone 7 that is exclusive to the Samsung phones. The app taps into Collins Dictionary libary and includes multi-language support.

Recently updated to clean up some text formatting issues, DioDict offers more than definitions. It's a free application located in the Samsung App Zone and to read more about DioDict (plus see a video of it in action), just follow the break.

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Truecaller - Review

Need to look up a phone number that's appeared on your Windows Phone caller ID? Truecaller is a Windows Phone 7 app that will let you not only search by keyword but also by phone numbers.

Results are returned listing the name and address (if available), a link to show the location on TrueCaller's map, a link to search the result through Bing, as well as the ability to call the number or add it to a spam listing. While I like the ability to add a number to a spam list, there doesn't appear to be any way to manage such a list.

TrueCaller also gives you access to International numbers.  Just tap the Choose Country at the bottom of the main page and select the Country you would like to search.  For the most part, TrueCaller ran smoothly but from time to time, the app crashed while conducting the search.  It's not enough to drive you crazy and hopefully the next update will fix things.

There isn't a trial version available for TrueCaller but the full version is only $.99. If you need to search phone numbers, TrueCaller is worth a look at.

You can find the Windows Phone 7 app here (opens your Zune desktop) at the Marketplace and follow the break to see a video of TrueCaller in action.

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Kill the Duck - Review

Kill the Duck has been in the Top Ten list of Windows Phone 7 downloads for some time now. It's a free game for your Windows Phone with a simple gaming objective; shoot down as many ducks as you can without taking out any doves.

There is a little more to this hunting game. Each level is timed and you have scoring objectives to meet in order to advance to the next level.

Graphics have a classic gaming appearance and to take out a duck, simply tap the screen on the duck. For effect, cross-hairs appear on the screen. The doves are sneaky in that they often fly across the screen in between ducks making the shots more challenging.

The game ran smoothly with no glitches, bugs, or crashes experienced.  There is an addictive quality to the game and after playing if for a while, I'm not surprised Kill the Duck has stayed in the Top Ten Downloads for so long. 

You can find your free copy of Kill the Duck here (opens your Zune desktop) at the Marketplace and just past the break you can see a video of the gaming app in action.

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Zombies!!! - Review

Zombies seem to be invading our Windows Phones these days. At last count, there were about fifteen zombie themed games at the Marketplace.  One of the more anticipated zombie themed games for Windows Phone 7 has to be Zombies!!!.

A collaborative effort between Microsoft Game Studios, Babaroga, and Twilight Creations, Zombies!!! brings the popular board game to the small screen of your Windows Phone.  Graphically well presented, Zombies!!! represents the original board game extremely well.

The game premise is simple. Wipe out 25 zombies or make it to the helipad to escape the City. Along the way you compete with other players who'll do what they can to slow you down by playing action cards or positioning zombies in your way.

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Zombie Defense - Review

While Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst (see full review) has mutant freaks, Zombie Defense from Rush Forward has plain old zombies. The Windows Phone 7 game has you defending your neighborhood from a parade of the living dead.

The multi-level tower defense game offers ten types of zombies to defend against and three different tower weapons. Zombie Defense is an entertaining game for the Windows Phone but to see if it's worth the $.99 price tag, you'll have to follow the break.

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Wordish - Review

Like word games? Wordish is available for Windows Phone 7 that is a blend between scrabble and solitaire. It's an entertaining app for your Windows Phone that has you finding four words from stacks of letters.

Each letter is assigned a point value and the game ends when no more words can be created. No Springs Studios, the developer, has put together a nice package with Wordish and to find out more, hop on past the break.

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Apict - Review

Nostalgic over Polaroid styled pictures? If so, Olivier Payen has developed Apict for your Windows Phone that gives ordinary pictures that instant camera effect.

Apict can be applied to new photos, saved photos, and is accessible from your Windows Phone camera app through the "Extras" menu.

To read more on this $.99 Windows Phone 7 application, click on past the break.

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Putt in Golf - Review

7.1.M is offering a really nice looking putt-putt golf game for your Windows Phone. Putt in Golf is an 18 hole, miniature golf game for the Windows Phone 7 platform.

While not an XBox Live game, Putt in Golf will allow you to upload your scores to an online leader board to see how well you've done against other duffers.

Read more about Putt in Golf after the break.

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Reach Central - Review

The Halo series of Xbox games have been without question, hugely popular. Reach Central is a Windows Phone companion app that will allow you to keep tabs on your Halo Reach progression.  If you're a big Halo Reach gamer, this Windows Phone 7 app will let you brag about your accomplishments and progress in a graphically pleasing manner.

Reach Central lays things out nicely on a four page hub detailing your progress in the game. Just enter your Xbox Live Gamertag and Reach Central will pull the Halo Reach stats from your account.

Follow the break to read more on Reach Central.

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Blackjack by Panoramic - Review

Panoramic Software is offering BlackJack over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and at $.99 it's a steal. The Windows Phone game is sharp looking, stable and entertaining.

Key features include card counting options, game achievements, and a learn to play mode. You know the drill, to see how well these features pan out just follow the break.

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A Frog Game - Review

EntwicklerX has developed A Frog Game for your Windows Phone. It's an entertaining game for Windows Phone 7 that has a simple approach; leap from one lily pad to another and gobble up as many flying insects as possible.

Sound simple enough? Toss in a few bugs that don't really appeal to your appetite and a count down timer and things can get interesting.

Leap on past (couldn't resist) the break to read more on this Windows Phone 7 gaming app.

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ContaSconto - Review

Kitendo Labs is offering an interesting Windows Phone 7 application. ContaSconto is a simple, straightforward application that calculates cost discounts.

Italian for "Count Discount", ContaSconto is a handy application for your Windows Phone if you need a quick and easy way to figure out how much your savings will be. ContaSconta is presented in a clean, easy to navigate manner.

Follow the break to read more on this Windows Phone app along with some screen shots.

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Currency Tile - Review

The Windows Phone application Currency Tile is being billed as the first currency converter with Live Tile support. The Windows Phone 7 application is being offered over at the Marketplace for $.99 and has a lot more going for it than just a Live Tile.

Currency Tile not only offers exchange rates but you can also track the currencies exchange rate history. To see if Currency Tile is worth the $.99 price tag, slide on past the break.

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Game Chest: Logic Games - Review

Tactical thinkers and strategists rejoice! Chess, sudoku, and even Minesweeper are here in the second installment of the Game Chest series from Microsoft Game Studios. Game Chest: Logic Games classes up the place and throws down the proverbial gauntlet. Following suit with it's card-based counterpart, this Game Chest bursts open with exceptionally well polished graphics and an atmosphere a class above any other thinking person's game has delivered before.

The mood set by the music and in-game menu is one of sublime problem-solving perfection...

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Deluxe Moon - Review

Lifeware Solutions is offering Deluxe Moon over at the Marketplace for Windows Phone 7. Deluxe Moon is a somewhat unique application for your Windows Phone and may offer more information about the moon phases than you would ever need. It's a nice mix of science and horoscopes wrapped into one app.

Deluxe Moon offers you everything from what phase the moon will be in on any given day to zodiac and horoscope information. Need tips on gardening by the moon? Deluxe Moon's got it. Need to know when the moon will rise or set? Deluxe Moon's got it. Need to know if today's the day to start a new business venture? Deluxe Moon has it.

Need to more about Deluxe Moon? Drift on past the break and you'll get it.

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Plan Bee - Review

Plan Bee is a Windows Phone game that pits you (as a bee) against nature. Software developer Rambukgames has created a cute, mildly addictive game for Windows Phone 7 that has you flying around a meadow pollinating various flowers and dodging spider webs.

The game play is straight forward in that you hover over a flower to collect pollen and then take that pollen to another flower that needs pollination. Easy peasy, right? Throw in a pesky spider that keeps shooting web globs at you and such an easy task can get a little difficult.

To see how well Plan Bee blossoms, buzz on past the break.

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WikiPanda - Review

Wikipedia has grown into one of the largest reference sources on the planet. WikiPanda, on the other hand, is a Windows Phone 7 application that will make tapping into Wikipedia from your Windows Phone easy.

Developed by PandaBits, WikiPanda offers you a hub interface with Wikipedia that will let you search by topic, view featured articles and historical facts for that particular date. WikiPanda presents the information nicely with a clean looking, easily navigated layout.

To read a bit more on this reference application for your Windows Phone, slide on past the break.

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Rise of Glory - Review

Microsoft Game Studios and Revo Solutions Games is offering Rise of Glory, a World War I air combat game for Windows Phone 7. The game puts you in the cockpit of World War I era fighting planes where you can fight your way through a single player campaign or battle through user defined missions.

Flight controls takes full advantage of your Windows Phones sensors and the game is presented with high graphic quality. Rise of Glory is also integrated with Xbox Live to allow you to share achievements and scores with your online friends. The only downside to the Xbox integration is that there isn't a multi-player mode available.

To read more on Rise of Glory, fly on past the break.

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Lucky 7 - Review

IronSunStudios, developer of Ionball, is offering a casino oriented game for Windows Phone 7. Lucky 7 puts you behind a one-armed bandit to try your luck at slots and to see how large a fortune you can build.

Lucky 7 does have a companion game to the slot machine and two game modes to keep things interesting. But for the most part, it's a slot game.  Lucky 7 has an easy interface, nice graphics, and can be a fun way to pass the time.

To see if Lucky 7 comes up all 7's, ease on past the break.

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Glyder: Adventure Worlds - Review + Video

Glyder: Adventure Worlds is a flying simulation game. You can think of it as a mobile cousin to Pilotwings. A strange cousin that no one really wants to hang out with for too long. You know the kind. They're actually pretty cool at first and can be a lot of fun but after about an hour with them you begin to realize that, in reality, they're annoying and only seemed fun because you were bored in the first place.

So why should you consider spending any time with Glyder: Adventure Worlds? Read on to see how this strange cousin performs as a substantial time killer.

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London Tube - Review

A simple app that allows you to view Oyster balance, live departure boards, a map for each line, and add/manage favourite (most frequently used) stations, that costs 79p? I’m in!

For any poor sod who has to deal with the constant stress of the London Underground, an app that displays status reports on their phone is one valuable asset. London Tube does just that, featuring a summary of all lines that makes the decision on which train to use that much easier, saving both time and money.

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DecisionMaster - Review

You can find a lot of uses for your Windows Phone. From email to web browsing to turning the phone into a flashlight, the possibilities are numerous. The Windows Phone 7 application DecisionMaster lets you use your Windows Phone to get through the hard choices in life.

DecisionMaster, developed by Tim Plourde, uses a multi-step process to help make a complex decisions that involve multiple options and criteria. Need some help deciding on what your next car will be? Should you take that trip to Disney World or take a sea cruise?

For more on this Windows Phone 7 application, ease on past the break.

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StockAlert Live! - Review

One of the nice features of Windows Phone 7 is the use of Live Tiles. They allow you to monitor key information from applications such as new messages, appointments, and weather updates.  Now you can track stock information with the Windows Phone application StockAlert Live.

Developed by Kabzara Software, allows you to track stock market activity at a glance with the Live Tile or you can open the full application for more detailed information on market activity and the stocks your interested in.

For more on StockALert Live and to see if the $.99 application is a worthy investment, follow the break.

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Star Wars Battle For Hoth – Review

When it comes to Star Wars games, there are any number of genres and game types that could be used; the two Star Wars games in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace are perfect examples; Star Wars Cantina is a strategy game based in a dining room (aka, Cantina), and Star Wars Battle For Hoth is a tower defense game in which the player reproduces the Rebel defense of the base on Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back.

To see how Star Wars Battle For Hoth plays and how it stands up as an extension of the Star Wars story, read on.

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Uno HD – Review

Uno is one of those games whose rules are known nearly universally. Between the simplicity of learning the rules and strategy, and the flexibility of the game to handle small groups or large, Uno is one of the most popular games of all time. Card games translate extremely well to the small screen; the user interface is easy to replicate, and the graphics required for a game like Uno HD don’t even begin to tax the phone’s hardware.

To see how Uno HD stacks up against some of the other Xbox Live games in the Marketplace, see the full review after the break.

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