Parachute Panic was announced for Windows Phone 7 a while ago and it’s going to be released with Xbox live integration just after midnight tonight. For those of you who are impatient and want to play a clone of it that’s available now and is free try Sky Diver Classic. I’ve been playing it for a few days and it’s fun. Real simple – tap to jump out of the plane (the clouds tell you the direction and speed of the wind), tap a second time to deploy the parachute and tap a third time to cut the parachute. Simple goal – land as close to the mark as possible. You get bonuses for riskier jumps though, like deploying your parachute at the last minute for example. And of course, there are sharks in the water, the platform moves on higher levels and there’s this bird that cuts your parachute if you deploy too early on higher levels. It’s simple fun and very addictive and yes, intentionally retro style but it works. In fact it’ has a 4.5 star rating. The only thing it’s missing is an online leaderboard. But if you want to play Parachute Panic now and don’t care about Xbox integration and like things that are free, Sky Diver Classic is the way to go.

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