sally's salon

Earlier this week we reported that N.O.V.A. 3 would come to Xbox Windows Phone 8 on Wednesday, but that information sadly turned out to be incorrect. Check out our Monster Burner story for more details, and let’s not shoot the messenger!

So what are gamers who’ve been left waiting for a rigorous and downright manly 3D sci-fi shooter supposed to play this week? Well, besides the obvious answer of Monster Burner, your next best is the Xbox Red Stripe Deal of the Week. The new sale game is Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition from Game House! It is now on sale for 99 cents, down from $2.99. Definitely an excellent substitute for shooting aliens full of holes.

In all seriousness, if you need a more hardcore gaming experience on the cheap, you’re in luck! Spectral Souls, the console-style strategy RPG is discounted for the first time ever with a whopping seven bucks slashed off its price. The Encyclopedia Britannica app rounds out the Red Stripe Deals of the week.

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Yesterday Windows Phone Central reported that Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition, the first game in the Sally’s series for Windows Phone, had been reduced in price from $4.99 to $2.99. While many believed the price change to represent the return of the Windows Phone Xbox Live Deal of the Week program, we did say it could have simply been a permanent price drop...

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Since the Xbox Live Deal of the Week program’s humble inception in March 2011 (with Frogger on sale), the program has become quite popular with deal hunting gamers. Perhaps I should say had become, because the deals of the week unceremoniously stopped coming after the August 8 late Marketplace update.

We theorized that Microsoft’s Xbox Live gaming division might have been too busy gearing up for Windows Phone 8 to bother with poor little WP7 games any more. Whether or not that played a factor, the program just might be back! Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition from Game House is now $2.99, down from $4.99.

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Clockwise from left: Droplitz Delight, Sally's Spa, and Tiki Towers 2

It’s been a while since the folks at Game House released a new mobile Xbox Live game, but that will be changing very soon. WPCentral is pleased to announce that Game House will be publishing three more Windows Phone Xbox Live games in the months to come. All three are sequels and should be a lot of fun when they finally roll out. Head past the break for full descriptions and more Game House news.

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Last’s week’s sale game may not have been very exciting, but this week’s Xbox Live Deal of the Week is much more enjoyable. Starting tomorrow, Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition goes on sale for $2.99, down from $4.99.

Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition is a time management game – the only example of the genre in the mobile Xbox Live lineup ever since the much inferior Star Wars Cantina got pulled. Over the course of 73 levels, players will help Sally keep customers happy by washing their hair, cutting it, and performing a number of other services. Her shops get busy though, so you’ll really need to stay on your toes. As I mention in our review, it’s tons of fun and the Achievements are quite reasonable. If you’re open to playing a game with a feminine theme, you won’t regret the purchase.

Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition goes on sale this Wednesday, for one week only. Scoop it up here on the Marketplace. Also, don't forget that Z0MB1ES!!1 (on teh ph0ne) is this week's new Xbox Live release.

Update: The sale price is live.

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Game House recently updated two of their Xbox Live titles, and we’ve got the scoop on what’s changed.

First up, Doodle Jump’s version 1.3 update does not bring the new themes (levels) we were promised a while back. But it does take advantage of the Windows Phone Mango update’s removal of the 30 FPS cap, bumping Doodle Jump’s frame rate up to 60FPS. That should make split-second steering a bit easier.

Looking forward, three new themes will definitely come in the next update, which should hit before the end of the year. For more information on Doodle Jump, see our review.

As for Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition, the version 1.1 Mango update brings the following changes:

  • Support for Fast App Switching
  • Fixes to localized About screen
  • Setting the Vibra option to Off now stops vibration during gameplay

Nothing groundbreaking there, but Sally’s Salon was already a very polished time management game. Even guys can have fun with it – see our review for the skinny.

Doodle Jump costs $2.99 and you can get it here on the Marketplace. Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition (which I enjoy more) is $4.99 right here.

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WPCentral continues our Xbox Live Developer Interview series by speaking with Game House's Ken Murphy. GameHouse, a division of RealNetworks, is truly a casual gaming juggernaut, with too many PC games to count and three Windows Phone titles so far. In this interview, Ken graciously discusses the casual game genre, the Doodle Jump Achievement that nobody has unlocked, and lots more.

Head past the jump for the full, fantastic interview.

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Sally's Salon Luxury Edition - Review

Sally’s Salon is cut from the same cloth as other time management games like Diner Dash. The goal in each level is to please as many customers as possible without keeping anyone waiting longer than necessary. Customers enter the establishment with five hearts floating over their heads – some empty and some filled. If they are made to wait too long at any point in the visit, the hearts will start to empty. Once they run out, the customer leaves in frustration. Performing services that please the customers will fill up their hearts. Different kinds of customers have different patience levels and tipping habits; learning which ones to prioritize is part of the fun.

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Game House initially expected their Xbox Live title Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition to debut in August, but certification went faster than planned. Sally’s got her roots dyed, hair curled, and she is good to go. Thus Sally’s Salon is now available on the Marketplace.

Until now, Star Wars Cantina was the only game in town for Diner Dash fans. Thankfully Sally’s Salon is a much nicer (and frillier) game. Customers enter the salon with their hair all frizz-ay and it’s up to Sally to get them seated and trimmed to perfection. Seating each customer, meeting her styling needs, and checking her out - all while dealing with new customers requires fast tapping and dragging skills.  When the profits start rolling in, players can hire new employees, upgrade salon stations, and add new amenities such as magazines and coffee machines. Nine different locations and some tough looking Achievements should give Sally some staying power. Just try to ignore the elevator music.

Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition costs $4.99 and there is a free trial. Female gamers and male gamers who are comfortable in their masculinity can get the game here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.

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This week’s Xbox Live release, Tentacles – while awesome, is perhaps a little icky with all the tentacles and eyeball eating and such. Next week’s release should cleanse the palette nicely. It’s Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition from Game House.

Sally’s Salon is the tale of Sally, a woman with a dream. She’s out to make her fortune by chopping and styling as much hair as possible. It’s like Sweeny Todd, only without the arterial spray and Helena Bonham Carter. Anyway, Sally’s Salon is actually a nice evolution of the Diner Dash formula. Players don’t just rush back and forth between chairs helping everyone look their best. They can also purchase upgrades for the salon to help keep customers happy, such as coffee and magazines. The game features at least nine unique locations to play through, as well as plenty of moxie.

Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition hits the Marketplace on Wednesday, July 27 for $4.99. That’s like a third what most of us pay for a haircut! Stay tuned for our exclusive interview with publisher Game House too.

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Casual game fans will surely love this news. Game House, publisher of the hit game Doodle Jump, has a new Xbox Live title in the works: Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition. WPCentral is proud to bring you these exclusive screenshots of the Windows Phone version. (Note that the screens are a bit grainer than the final game will be.)

Sally’s Salon is a new spin on the classic Diner Dash formula. Customers enter the salon with their hair all a-frizz and it’s up to Sally to get them seated and trimmed to perfection. She needs to exercise careful time management, otherwise patrons will go elsewhere for their lock-shearing needs. When the profits start rolling in, players can hire new employees, upgrade salon stations, and add new amenities such as coffee machines. Stylin’!

Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition is currently undergoing certification with a target release date of August. We’ll be sure to let you know more about the game closer to release. In the meantime, check out Sally’s Achievements from our friends at Xbox360Achievements.org.

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