Hydro Thunder Go
The classic arcade series comes to Windows Phone 7.
Every game should have a name you can holler with gusto: the more inappropriate the better, so that unassuming execs can exert their latent masculinity during sleepy presentations. On that note, may I present Hyydroooo Thunnnderrrrr GOOO!
After a few months wallowing in self-imposed mobile gaming purgatory, Microsoft appears to have realized that some big-name headline content is probably a good move. A big, flashy speedboat racer featuring nine excellent tracks is certainly a nudge in the right direction, or at least it would be if someone at Microsoft Game Studios understood the word 'optimise'.
The old Midway arcade heritage does its best to come across on the small screen, with the kind of brash, summery visuals that Sega once had a monopoly on. The excellent tilt controls lend themselves perfectly to a game that requires some rough treatment as you rip through the swell. But the frame rate...oh my.
It's all very well having a game where the boats move like s*** off a shovel and you spend half the time boosting, but if the hardware's not quite up to the job, scale back your ambitions, or figure out a way to achieve them. It's not that bad, but it could be a lot better. Let's hope they patch it.
For now, it's still one of the better Xbox Live efforts to hit the Windows Phone 7 store to date, and it's not offensively expensive, either. Is someone paying attention out there in Microsoftland? Let's hope so.
Used under license from Eurogamer.
What's Hot: Nine tracks, enjoyable racing, 12 powerboats, sweet looking graphics.
What's Not: Stuttering frame rate.