Sure, Windows Phone looks cool, but if thereâ€™s one thing thatâ€™ll easily turn a smile on a proud Lumia ownerâ€™s face upside down, itâ€™s the realization that popular games such as Temple Run and Angry Birds aren’t available at Marketplace.
We don’t know if one of these two hit games will be making its way to Windows Phone anytime soon, but what weâ€™re sure of is that both Words with Friends and Draw Something will finally be available for Windows Phone users to enjoy, thanks to the new partnership between Nokia and Zynga.
And as a special treat for Lumia users, both games will be exclusively available for a two-month period upon launch via the Nokia Collection at the Marketplace.
But donâ€™t worry, non-Lumia Window Phone users, because youâ€™ll be able to get your hands on these two Zynga games once the two-month exclusivity period lapses.
No exact date was given as to when Words with Friends and Draw Something will hit the Marketplace, but news that its coming should be good enough for now.
Full press release below:
Zynga brings Words With Friends and Draw Something to Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone
Nokia and Zynga announced a new partnership to bring Zynga’s hit games to Nokia Lumia smartphones and Windows Phones, including Words With Friends and Draw Something.
“We’re delighted to bring these two key games to Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone consumers. The Windows Phone Metro UI will deliver an outstanding user experience to consumers, adding more great gaming titles to our rapidly growing portfolio from leading publishers,” said Bryan Biniak, VP, Global Partnering & Application Development, Nokia.
For a two-month period following launch, the titles will be available only through ‘Nokia Collection’ to Nokia consumers, after which both games will be made available to all Windows Phone consumers via Marketplace.
The announcement underlines Nokia’s focus on delivering great, exclusive app and gaming experiences to Nokia Lumia consumers around the world. With 100,000 apps available today in Windows Phone Marketplace, Zynga’s Words With Friends and Draw Something will join other great mobile gaming experiences available on the Windows Phone platform.
After launching in February 2012, Draw Something quickly and organically grew to become an international hit. The game is built for collaboration between friends — one player draws a picture of a chosen word and the other must guess the word correctly before taking their turn at drawing. Players earn coins by guessing pictures correctly and can earn new shades of color to draw even brighter, more eye-popping pictures. Draw Something recently launched in 12 additional languages.Â At its launch, Draw Something for Windows Phone will be available in Traditional and Simplified Chinese as well as English.
Words With Friends is a word building game that challenges players to create the highest-scoring words while playing against family and friends or random opponents. Players can be engaged in up to 20 games at once and are able to communicate with each other through an in-game chat feature.Â Words With Friends is a part of the With Friends franchise of mobile social games by Zynga.
“Zynga focuses on bringing fun, social, and high-quality mobile social games across platforms and devices so players can enrich their play anywhere and anytime,” said David Ko, Chief Mobile Officer for Zynga.Â “We constantly strive to listen to our players who help us focus on the platforms where they want to play.Â By partnering with top global brands such as Nokia and Windows Phone, we are able to reach more players with our franchise games.”
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