September 7th, 2012 | By Mark Isaacson
For those of you unaware, soon Xbox Live will be gracing the Windows Phone format, which means many games will be getting content upgrades that includes leaderboards, achievements and the ability to use your Xbox Avatar within the game. One of the first titles to get the Xbox Live treatment will be Alphajax, a word based game similar to Scrabble by New Zealand based Marker Metro.
Alphajax has been out for a while now on the Windows Phone platform, in fact it was a launch app back in 2010 and has since won a number of awards in its home country. Now, it’s so far one of only three confirmed titles so for Microsoft’s major software update to its mobile phone operating system.
There looks to be some minor visual updates to go with the new game play additions, with your avatar playing a presentation role, but the meat of the game remains largely the same. Play your available letter tiles onto the game board and attempt to beat your friends with the highest possible score. Online multiplayer allows a turn based system, where by any move you make is sent via a push notification to your opponent so they can instantly get into the game at hand. The addition of achievements will add some longevity to the puzzle mechanic, and twitter integration seems likely once more.
No release date has been confirmed so far, though it seems Marker Metro expects the game to be ready for the Xbox Live mobile platform launch later in the year. For those of you interested in playing while waiting, the Windows Phone version of Alphajax is still available and free to play. For more information, check out the official website here.