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Halo and Minecraft are some of the most popular video game franchises in recent memory, and now they're getting all mashed up together. Minecraft: Halo Edition has been announced and it will feature some recognizable characters, objects, and locations from Microsoft's well-known sci-fi first person shooter series. All told, the mash-up pack includes a custom texture set, craftable items, 31 music tracks, 40 characters (including Master Chief and Cortana), plus pre-made worlds based on maps like Blood Gulch and Sandtrap.

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Are you a huge fan of first person shooter games? If so, and you own a Windows Phone, you may want to check out Pixel Gun 3D. This multiplayer game is already available on both iOS and Android, but the developer also launched the title on Microsoft's mobile platform earlier this month. The interesting part about Pixel Gun 3D is how it's inspired by popular Java game Minecraft.

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The Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone has entered the world of Minecraft in a very creative fashion. The Lumia 920 model was created by Minecraft player Gokuroyu, took 14 days to complete and includes over 370,000 blocks.

And it's not just the outershell. Gokuroyu takes us inside the inner workings of the Lumia 920 to display the camera, memory storage, XBox Music and more.

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In February, Microsoft promoted both its Windows Phone and Xbox Live Arcade releases as Must Have Games. Now they look to follow that promotion up – on Xbox 360 at least – with ‘Arcade Next,’  which runs from April 18 through May 9. At least three of the XBLA games are highly anticipated titles, and all four of them will include 400 GamerScore of Achievements (the new limit for XBLA games). No word on whether there will be an equivalent promotion for Windows Phone Xbox Live games, but it seems unlikely given the ‘Arcade’ moniker.

Head past the break for screens, details, and our impressions of the next four XBLA heavy hitters, including Fable Heroes and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition.

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All right you Minecraft addicts, it's time for it to start: your presumably regular updates to your favorite clone, Survivalcraft. The Minecraft-inspired game came out about two weeks ago and the developer is already bringing out a significant update which features many user-requested changes and additions aka the best kind of fixes!

In v1.1 you can now get the following:

  • Torches, lamps and improved lighting system
  • Configurable controls sensitivities and autojump
  • Configurable brightness
  • Recipaedia, an encyclopaedia of all crafting recipes
  • Many more new tools
  • Many more crafting recipes
  • More minerals to find and mine
  • Tools now wear out and break
  • Craftable chest to store your items
  • Sleeping and changing respawn point
  • You can now save a screenshot to pictures library

We admit: we haven't jumped on the Minecraft wagon yet, but we may just have to with Survivalcraft. The game fetches for $1.99 with a free trial and you grab it here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Daniel J., for the tip!

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Into Minecraft? Of course you are. That also means you're an addict! Admit it, you builder block junkie. Well, the bad news is there is no official Minecraft game for Windows Phone (though we could envision that happening someday), the good news is there is an unofficial clone now available.

Survivalcraft, which we mentioned a few days ago,  is now available for a modest $1.99 with a free trial. From the app description:

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Minecraft is a wildly successful sandbox building game for PCs. The game is best known for its distinctive retro 3D art style as well as the amazing constructions that people build with it. Minecraft is coming to Xbox 360 as a Kinect title in 2012, but unfortunately the Minecraft Pocket Edition is an Android exclusive. Is there no hope for Windows Phone Minecraft fans?

The answer to that question should be readily apparent to anyone familiar with the Xbox 360 indie gaming scene. The 360 is already home to a number of fully-featured Minecraft clones, including Total Miner (the best clone) and FortressCraft (the first clone). XBLIG games are relatively easy to port to Windows Phone, so one of those titles shouldn’t be far behind… Then again, we still don’t have any XBLIG RPG ports, so clearly somebody at Microsoft needs to get more XBLIG devs into the WP7 development scene.

Not to worry, though – we’re still getting a Minecraft clone, developed exclusively for Windows Phone. Dubbed Survivalcraft, it seems to have most of the things you’d expect from this type of game: large, randomly generated worlds, mining, crafting objects with mined materials, and building stuff. It’s coming from a small indie developer so I wouldn’t expect much more out of the gate, but even the ingredients I just listed should make for an enjoyable portable experience.

Survivalcraft is currently undergoing certification. In the meantime, check out the developer’s remarkably sparse blog for a few extra details. We’ll let you know when Survivalcraft comes out of the darkness and into the light of the Marketplace.

Source: WP7Connect

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