Download the Wordament Public Beta

Update:  The public beta is now closed.  Thanks for all the valuable feedback.  We plan to submit for Marketplace certification this week.

It’s been thrilling to watch the Wordament community grow week over week.  As developers it’s amazing to think that our code is running on so many devices, 24 hours a day.  It’s also a bit terrifying.  Terrifying from the standpoint that every change we make in the name of progress has the potential to introduce an unintended consequence, a.k.a. bug.  So, Black Snapper and I have decided that in addition to running all changes through our tester we will also be doing public betas before we go live with new releases of Wordament.  This is your chance to get an early sneak peak at what’s coming in Wordament as well has help us validate bug fixes.

To install a public beta you will need a developer unlocked Windows Phone 7.  To unlock your phone you need to be part of the Windows Phone 7 developer program or have a friend who is.  Instructions for unlocking can be found here. Once unlocked, you can deploy the Wordament Public Beta via the Application Deployment tool found in the Windows Phone 7 SDK.

The build we are posting has the following improvements:

  • No more hiccups around the 1:00 mark.  The game should now play smooth all the way through, on all phones.  This problem seemed more prevalent on the HTC Trophy.
  • “Times up” didn’t always display.  Now it will always show when the game is over.
  • Improved performance on slower network connections.
  • Faster transitions between screens.  This means you have more time to look at your result and rank.
  • Fixed top crashing bugs as reported by users

We really appreciate the help in verifying that this build is a good one.  Give us a shout if you find bugs or if you think it looks good.

Thanks,

John and Black Snapper

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Wordament is a fun and addictive word game from You vs. the Internet, a Microsoft Studio.
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5 Responses to Download the Wordament Public Beta

  1. thommck says:

    Thanks for offering up a beta, it’s a shame they don’t support this directly in the marketplace.
    A couple of questions though
    1) If I deploy this to my phone should I leave the old version on or remove it?
    2) When the beta is finalised and gets put in the marketplace, will I get an update notification or does that not work for deployed apps?

    • Wordament says:

      If you install our Beta, you will have our current shipping version AND the beta version. The beta has a big BETA badge on our normal icon, so you’ll know which is which.

      When we go live with our final build, you can uninstall the Beta. They are totally separate. I will put an “in app ad” in our Beta build, when the final is in the marketplace.

      Thanks for the questions!

      — Black Snapper

  2. Motherlover says:

    I don’t have a developer unlocked phone, but all these changes seems to be great! What’s next in you masterplan?

  3. seanmcne says:

    Are you going to have a beta for those of us devs already running mango?

    • Wordament says:

      Our 7.0 release runs great on Mango. We are continuing to add features and refine this game all the time. We will continue to do betas from time to time too. Thanks for the question!

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