This weekend Microsoft released an iPhone version of a popular Windows Phone game through the App Store. Originally a pet project developed by a couple of Windows Live developers, Wordament [Free] is a word game that presents a real-time, two-minute word-finding challenge against on-line players. It's a quick race against the clock to swipe out any words you can find in the 4x4 letter grid presented.

Wordament is amusing enough, but it is most noatable for being the first game in the App Store that features, not Game Center, but Xbox Live Achievements.

When you sign in with your free Microsoft account, you can earn up to 50 Gamerscore from our 10 achievements and you’ll have access to all of your Xbox Friends and Wordament Frenemies. If you’ve played on Windows Phone or Window 8 and jump to the iOS version, all of your player stats and friends will follow your account automatically.

Microsoft released their official Xbox Live app, My Xbox Live, in the App Store one year ago, which became Xbox Smartglass [Free] last month.

  • Daniel Courchene

    This is strange. Are they giving up on WP as an Xbox companion or what?

    • Piyush

      No they want lure people from ios by showing fraction of windows phone features.

  • Laszlo Tuss

    Apple shouldn't allow application to the Games section without Game Center. And ban games witch have an own gaming social system instead of Game Center. (Origin, XBox Live, GL crap)

    • Rubicon Development

      Really? Why?

      • Laszlo Tuss

        They force their bullsh!t for the users, so Apple should force back. Both or nothing

      • Rubicon Development

        I think it's nice for these two companies to be playing nice with each other tbh. I don't like the look of the game so won't be buying it, but I don't object to its existence.

    • Cheeseball

      Maybe Apple should fix GameCenter first.

      • Laszlo Tuss

        That is true... a lot of work could be done for game center, but it could be really good. Still way better than other portable device socials...

    • Telltales

      Well that's a bit idiotic. Why? I like the fact I can earn some Xbox Live points on my iPhone. Plus I'd much rather have the Xbox Live system in games anyways, 1000x better than Gamecenter.

  • Cerator

    Actually I tried to create an Xbox Live account for this game. The screenshots look nice! But I gave up after being assigned an arbitrary nickname I should be able to change once without having to pay. I was not able to find this option and finally lost my interest in this game...

    • Merc501st

      But, you can change it free of charge once. I still have the option and my account is 5 years old.

    • robertlagrant

      Yes, as said already you can change your nick. You lost interest before your quick Google search came back with the answer? Are you a butterfly? 🙂

  • Ahiru Nakamura

    awesome, I always felt an urge to buy an windows phone just to play some xbox mobile/arcade games to boost even more my xbl gamerscore....

    • purpledoc

      Certainly a worthy goal in life

  • Austin O'Halloran

    Played this on windows 8. Really fun game. After each round you get ranked beside all the other people that participated in the round which is cool

  • B30

    MS is contaminating iOS again!

  • felipe

    Origin, live, etc.. thanks, but no thanks!

    • Laszlo Tuss

      *Game center

      • felipe

        i mean GC only..