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Games hub

Crackdown

Uno

Bejeweled, the classic phone game

Avatars

RocketRiot

Max and the Magic Marker

The Harvest

Backgammon

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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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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Microsoft's games range from action games to well, games with not so much action, like Uno.
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Microsoft also wanted to make sure it had some favorite phone games, such as Bejeweled.
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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 lets you destroy enemies, though one can also destroy most of their brick-like surroundings.
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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 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 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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