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May 18, 2011

Must Have Games kicks off May 25; Angry Birds arrives June 29

Gamers, mark your calendars. The Xbox crew today announced the official timing and pricing of its much-anticipated Must Have Games program for Windows Phone. The program delivers six hot titles over six weeks, with the first slated to arrive in Marketplace next Wednesday.

Here’s the lineup by date:

May 25—Hydro Thunder Go

HydroThunder Go arrives May 25

The remake of the acclaimed arcade classic. Blast through 12 ferocious courses with the powerboat of your choice while competing against 15 devious opponents. Microsoft Game Studios. $4.99.

June 1—Doodle Jump

Leap from platform to platform using springs, propeller hats and jet packs. Avoid broken platforms, menacing black holes, UFOs, and baddies by blasting them with your nose balls. GameHouse. $2.99.

Doodle Jump arrives June 1

June 8—geoDefense

Obliterate a horde of vibrant, vector-styled enemies in this fast-paced tower defense game. Microsoft Game Studios. $2.99.

geoDefense arrives June 8

June 15—Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I

Dr. Eggman’s back in an effort to finally rid himself of Sonic. The next chapter in this long-running SEGA saga will please old and new fans alike. SEGA. $6.99.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I arrives June 15

June 22—Plants vs Zombies

You’ll need to think fast and plant faster in this mega-hit war against the fun-dead. Five game modes helps ensure the fun never dies. PopCap. $4.99.

Plants vs Zombies arrives June 22

June 29—Angry Birds

Angry Birds arrives June 29

Dish out revenge on the green pigs who stole the birds’ eggs. The Windows Phone edition features hours of challenging physics-based gameplay and 195 levels. Rovio. $2.99.