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Supported platforms:
Windows Mobile 2003 SE, Windows Mobile 5, Windows Mobile 6, Windows Mobile 6.1, Windows Mobile 6.5.
Both touch screen and smartphone platforms are supported.
Requirements:
QVGA (240 x 320) or larger screen (auto scales up to WVGA (800 x 480) resolution)
Microsoft .NET CF 3.5
Supported languages:
English
Current version:
1.0
Release date:
22nd April 2010
Licence:
Freeware
File size:
720KB
Install format:
CAB file

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GemDrops

GemDrops is a fun and increasingly frantic game in which gems of different colours fall into the playing area. Your task is to rotate and rearrange the gems to form connected groups of five or more of the same colour. Gems fall in pairs under player control but can be rotated and moved around to control where they land.

Once a group is formed, it will disappear from the game, causing any gems resting above to fall down. These can create "chain reactions" of further groups to provide an increasing score multiplier for extra high scores.

The game starts with four colours of gems, but additional gem colours are introduced as the game progresses. The speed of play gradually increases too to keep things challenging.

From time to time a "rainbow gem" will appear in play. When this lands, all gems of the type that it lands on will be removed from the board (though no points will be awarded for these gems). This can be very useful to help clear the board or to set up chain reactions within the remaining gems.

Smartphones and devices with a directional pad can use the d-pad to control the game. For devices with touch screens and no d-pad, the screen itself can be touched to rotate, move and drop the gems in play.

Read a review of GemDrops on the Best Windows Mobile Games site by clicking here.

GemDrops is free and is available to download now.

GemDrops is featured in my book, Windows Mobile Game Development. If you would like to write games like this, and if you have some C# or VB.NET programming experience, take a look at my book -- it will tell you everything you know to create your own games for Windows Mobile devices, and includes the source code and full step-by-step instructions for creating GemDrops.


Screenshots (click to enlarge)
GemDrops running on a WVGA device in Windows Mobile 6.1 GemDrops running on a QVGA device in Windows Mobile 2003 SE

Features
Attractive, colourful graphics
Gently increasing difficulty level
Automatically scaled graphics to suit screen sizes from QVGA right up to WVGA
Support for touch screen devices (with or without a d-pad) and smartphones
Highscore saving
Attractive graphics and animation
Full sound effects and music (both with volume controls)
GemDrops is freeware -- you may download and play it for free.

Related links
"Windows Mobile Game Development" My book, for which this game was written. If you have some C# or VB.NET programming experience this book will tell you everything you need to know to write games like this -- and includes the GemDrops source code too.

Acknowledgements
Thanks to Mark Knight for the music.

Version history

Version 1.0 (22nd April, 2010)

  • Initial release