Monthly Archives: March 2011

How to force install NoDo to your unbranded Windows Phone

Posted by admin on March 29, 2011
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If you were like me and have an unbranded Windows Phone, still waiting for the “Update Available” to appear (for the NoDo March update) there might be a solution for you. It worked for me, for an LG E900 Optimus 7 phone and I know it works for HTC Phones too.

I am not sure what tricks the system into serving you the much wanted notification, but it does, so you may as well try the following. There is no risk involved, but some good timing is required.

  1. Download and run this file. Connect to EUROIP PPTP Hungary using “demo” as both username and password. You know have 7 minutes before it disconnects to complete the next steps. If it does disconnect, reconnect using the same steps.
  2. Connect your phone to the USB. Use the original cable.
  3. Here you can use either your 3G data connection (I didn’t have one) or your Wi-Fi connection. I used my Wi-Fi, but either works. Disable your Wi-Fi but make sure your Airplane mode is off. If you are using your 3G make sure the setting Use My Cellular Data Connection to check for update in Settings>Phone Update is ON (checked).
  4. Start Zune. Do not close it.
  5. Turn on your data connection (this means connect to your Wi-Fi hot spot or turn on your 3G Data Connection).
  6. On Zune go to Settings>Phone.
  7. Start a stopwatch at the same time as you click on Update. You will receive an error message on Zune after a few seconds (it took 34 for me). Write down this time.
  8. Reset the stopwatch and start it again while clicking on Update again. This is where the timing skills are required. About 1-2 seconds before the timeout (so in my case after 31 seconds but your case may be different), shut down the data connection on your phone (turn off WiFi or 3G depending on which you are using from the settings).
  9. If everything goes well, you should see the update notification on both your phone and Zune. If it doesn’t, repeat steps 7 and 8 until it does. In the meantime, if the PPTP connection drops, reconnect and repeat these steps.
  10. If you do get the notification, disconnect manually from the PPTP connection and use your regular connection to download and install the update. Good times!

I took most of these instructions from here, but added a few details I found out from my experience with the procedure. I hope it works for you as well, NoDo is great (and MonsterUp loads in just a couple of seconds now :-P).


MonsterUp version 1.8 submitted

Posted by admin on March 29, 2011
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This is a minor update, unlike the previous one. I hope it contains a few helpful changes and fixes though! It should become available within a few days so look for it!

Changelog for 1.8:

-Preferences are now saved
-Chosen monster is now saved
-Chosen theme is now saved
-Minor bug fixes

WPCentral writes about the 1.7 update

Posted by admin on March 26, 2011
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As the new update spreads to the monsters’ puppeteers around the world, WPCentral wrote a very nice article about it. You can read it here.

Some quotes:

Our review praises its controls, character designs, and cheerful atmosphere. The dashing, eloquent reviewer just wished for more environments to jump through. With MonsterUp’s version 1.7 update, his pleas for variety have been answered.

MonsterUp now has two brand themes (environments) to bounce around.Lemonade Madness drops the monsters into a giant lemonade glass, while Sweet-o-mania contains a colorful array of cupcakes, cookies, and lollipops. Both stages retain MonsterUp’s signature bright and gleeful aesthetic, plus they just taste great.

MonsterUp has received 8 updates since its initial release back in January. Karios Games shows an impressive dedication to its signature jumping game.

Meet Siil

MonsterUp v1.7 has been published!

Posted by admin on March 25, 2011
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As always, it might take a few hours to propagate to your Marketplace, depending on your country of residence, but MonsterUp v1.7 has passed certification and has been published to the Marketplace a few minutes ago. New themes, new monsters and new game modes are just a few hours away! Wait for the update notification on the Marketplace Live Tile any time now! And enjoy!

As always, your feedback is welcome to help us make MonsterUp even better!

MonsterUp 1.7 announced

Posted by admin on March 22, 2011
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Today we are announcing the new update of MonsterUp, the ever so popular vertical jumper for Windows Phone 7.
This is the most important and feature rich update so far. Where to start?
First of all, we have the new Dynamic Game Mode. This mode puts the little cute monsters in the middle of the action, literally! Try it out!
Speaking of monsters, another one joined the fun party! His name is Siil and he loves to have fun! Have you unlocked the previous monsters yet?
Also, we are introducing our theme selection system, which comes with 2 extra themes! They are both delicious and fresh! The first one puts the little monsters inside a really long lemonade glass while the second sweet theme lets them jump around happily in hundreds of sweets, lollipops and chocolates! Yummy!
We have also optimized the loading times, so that you wait less to play your favorite game!
Of course, as always, we tried to exterminate some rogue bugs.

Look for the update before the end of this week of the beginning of next week. Until then, here are some screenshots of the new version for your viewing pleasure!

The changelog follows:

-New dynamic game mode
-New Lemonade Madness theme
-New Sweet-o-mania theme
-New monster (Siil)
-Fixed some resuming bugs
-Optimized loading times
-Game engine tweaked to avoid problems with the new concrete platform
-Fixed online high score tables bug