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Windows Phone 7 shows its game side (photos)

Microsoft offers a first look at some of the games coming to Windows Phone 7. Here's a peek at what's in the works.

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Games hub

Windows Phone 7's Games hub, seen here on a prototype LG slider phone.

On Tuesday CNET's Ina Fried had a chance to play with a handful of the titles that Microsoft just announced would be coming to Windows Phone 7 when it launches later this year.

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Crackdown

The Windows Phone version of Crackdown isn't a first-person shooter like its console sibling.

Rather it is a tower defense game set in the Crackdown world. In this game, users must defend the location from freaks trying to attack. A cool feature is that users can set any location in Bing Maps and the freaks will even walk down the actual nearby roads.

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Uno

Microsoft's games range from action games to well, games with not so much action, like Uno.
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Bejeweled, the classic phone game

Microsoft also wanted to make sure it had some favorite phone games, such as Bejeweled.
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Avatars

One of the key Xbox live features that Microsoft is bringing to Windows Phone 7 is the ability to use one's avatar. A nice plus is that the avatars also play a role outside the gaming world, showing up in various other apps, such as a flashlight program.
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RocketRiot

RocketRiot lets you destroy enemies, though one can also destroy most of their brick-like surroundings.
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Max and the Magic Marker

Max and the Magic Marker is a game where Max draws his way through various levels using whatever ink supply he has remaining.
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The Harvest

The Harvest is one of the games Microsoft demonstrated that will be part of the initial wave of Xbox Live games that are part of Windows Phone 7's release.
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Backgammon

Backgammon is one of the board games that will be part of a board games pack that will be available for Windows Phone 7.

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