Ilomilo for Windows Phone 7 receives new major update with 23 new levels

Southend interactive has just announced the release of an updated version of Ilomilo for Windows Phone 7 which contains a boatload of new free content. All you have to do is hit the marketplace and update the application or just buy it because it is simply one of the best mobile game currently available.

The content update features:

- The story of ilo and milo continue through two new gorgeous worlds.
- 23 new levels of cubistic puzzles!
- New eggs to find in order to unlock two new challenging bonus levels!
- New brain teasing cubes!

Check out a video of the new content after the break:

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Ilomilo now available in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace: Hands-on video Review

All non-AT&T user rejoice! Ilomilo is now finally available to everybody in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. The full game will set you bak $4.99 but you can also download the trial version to check it out. Don’t forget to also read my interview with developers Southend Interactive here. Check out my hands-on video after the break:

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Ilomilo Interview with Southend Interactive

Ilomilo is probably one of the most anticipated Windows Phone 7 and XBLA game coming out this fall so I decided to ask Southend Interactive a couple questions about  the development process and Xbox Live features of the game. Ilomilo first started as an XBLA project and was later ported to Android to showcase Qualcomm’s MSM7X30 platform (and the Adreno 205 GPU) and is now a Windows Phone 7 launch title published by Microsoft Game Studios. Want to learn more about it? Check out the full interview with Ilomilo Associate Producer, Malte Olson:

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Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7 interview and Ilomilo walkthrough videos

Can’t get enough of Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7 and Ilomilo? Here are two videos courtesy of Microsoft shot during GamesCom last week. The first one is an interview of Microsoft’s  Xbox Live General Manger, Ron Pessner discussing the Xbox Live implementation on Windows Phone 7. The second is a walkthrough of Ilomilo on an LG Panther/ GW910 handset (handled by Microsoft’s General Manager for Mobile Gamin at Microsoft’s Game Studios, Matt Booty). Check them out after the break:

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Star Wars: Battle for Hoth, Crackdown 2 and Ilomilo for Windows Phone 7 hands-on videos

Here’s a video shot during this weeks GamesCom conference showing some quick hands-on action of Star Wars: Battle for Hoth and Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst running on the LG Panther /GW910 Windows Phone 7 handsets. Both tower defense like games are set to launch this fall on Windows Phone 7. The second video contains hands-on action of Ilomilo running on a LG Panther too. Check them out after the break:

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Ilomilo for Windows Phone 7 direct feed footage

What I posted a little bit more than 2 weeks ago was finally confirmed yesterday when it was announced that Ilomilo is going to be a launch title on Windows Phone 7 this fall. Developed in Sweden by SouthEnd interactive and published by Microsoft Game Studios on Windows Phone 7 and Xbox Live Arcade, Ilomilo is a super nice looking puzzle game in which you have to try to reunite Ilo and Milo to finish every stage. Check out the footage after the break:

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Ilomilo coming to Windows Phone 7?

 

Nothing has been officially announced yet but I noticed that Ilomilo was present in Microsoft’s Brad  Brooks’  Xbox Live Hub on his Windows Phone 7 device (during his howcase demo at the Financial Analyst Meeting). I unfortunitely didn’t have time to snap a screenshot during the live webcast and it is not available on the company’s site (it has be recut and posted in several parts with stuff missing) so you will have to take my word on this one. Ilomilo is developed by SouthEndand and is Qualcomm’s showcase game for the new Adreno 205 GPU so this is kind of surprising given that everybody’s expecting the first WP7 devices to pack a “normal” Snapdragon SoC (with and Adreno200). The game is currently only announced for Xbox Live Arcade on the Xbox 360 but the developer have said that:

Q: What formats are you releasing ilomilo for?
So far it has only been announced for XBLA, but there is a possibility we will release it for other formats in the future.
Q: Are you making ilomilo for android? I have seen it run on MWC videos.
The version of ilomilo shown at MWC was a tech demo we made for Qualcomm so they could show off their snapdragon technology. However it is possible that ilomilo will be released for portable platforms in the future.

Check out the game running on Qualcomm’s MSM7x30 development device and Android:

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The future hardware powering Windows Phone 7

As you probably already know by now all Windows Phone 7 handsets will be powered by a Qualcomm SoC. The specifics of the chipsets used are still unknown but we do know that it will have minimum click rate of 1Ghz which hints at a SnapDragon or similar architecture (the QSD8x50, MSM8x55, MSM7X30, QSD8x50A all qualify). The only reall info we have so far comes from the leaked HTC Mondrian ROM which mentions the presence of a QSDx50A chipset on board. So how is this piece of hardware interesting? Well, first off it is still unreleased and when the HTC Mondrian finally launches this fall it will probably one of the first devices to sport one. Secondly it’s the new shrunk down (45nm) version of the now famous QSD8X50 found in the majority of high-end Windows Phone and Android phones and is clocked at 1.3ghz (compared to the regular 1ghz chips shipping now). But the most interesting aspect of this new SoC is the updated GPU known as the Andreno 205 (the current SanpDragon CPU is the Adreno 200 aka AMDZ430). This new unit has been tweaked to have better OpenVG and Flash perfomance as well and improved shader performance:

This GPU features dedicated 2D Open VG graphics hardware along with 3D hardware which provides faster, higher-quality 2D rendering, simultaneous use of 2D and 3D, and lower power use.

•Hardware-accelerated SVG and Adobe Flash®
•Significant improvements in shader performance over Adreno 200 GPU
•Streaming textures that can combine video, camera, SVG and other image surfaces with 3D graphics
Supported APIs:

OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL ES 1.1, OpenVG 1.1, EGL 1.3, Direct3D Mobile, SVGT 1.2, Direct Draw, GDI. Concurrent CPU, DSP, graphics, and MDP

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