updated 11:35 am EST, Tue December 13, 2011
Kinectimals jumps from WP7 to iPhone and iPad
Microsoft on Tuesday took the first ever step of porting a Windows Phone game to iOS. Kinectimals ($3, App Store) is a one-for-one match on the iPad and iPhone and lets gamers raise a virtual wild cat's cub with rankings. Like the WP7 version, playing on one of Apple's devices can unlock five extra cubs inside of the original Xbox 360 game.
Using the iOS version requires iOS 4.2 on at least an iPhone 3GS, third-generation iPod touch, or any iPad.
Microsoft is no stranger to developing for iOS or even Android, but the game combined with the My Xbox Live app shows the company no longer keeping a link to the Xbox 360 as a Windows Phone exclusive. Windows Phone hasn't saved Microsoft's share of the mobile space even with its still somewhat unique Xbox Live integration and efforts to get mobile adaptations of Xbox games.
No mention has been made of an Android port, although the variety of devices and OS splits could prevent Microsoft from realistically supporting Google's platform even when competition isn't a factor.