Microsoft has detailed which games will be heading to Windows Phone 7 for launch, setting the phones up to be a must have for gamers.

Announcing the news ahead of Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, the first wave of Xbox LIVE games launching on Windows Phone 7 this Christmas will feature gaming giants such as Halo, Castlevania, and Guitar Hero.

“We believe that no matter where life takes you, the best in gaming and entertainment should follow”, said Marc Whitten, corporate vice president of Xbox LIVE at Microsoft. “Windows Phone 7 takes a different approach to handheld gaming, utilising Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Game Studios, leading game publishers, and innovative indie developers, to create powerful, shared experiences for everyone”.

Microsoft is hoping that a combination of try-before-you-buy demos, Xbox LIVE leader-boards, turn-based multiplayer, achievements and more, will be a hit for those looking to entertain themselves rather than just surf the web or check emails.

Windows Phone 7 also will be supported by content from Microsoft Game Studios (MGS), providing strong first-party gaming titles and intellectual property for the phone.

For Xbox fans, this means that Windows Phone 7 will offer companion titles to familiar names, such as “Halo: Waypoint”, and “Crackdown 2”, extending the experience of their favourite Xbox 360 franchises.

The full title list is:

- “3D Brick Breaker Revolution” (Digital Chocolate)
- “Age of Zombies” (Halfbrick)
- “Armor Valley” (Protégé Games)
- “Asphalt 5” (Gameloft)
- “Assassins Creed” (Gameloft)
- “Bejeweled LIVE” (PopCap)
- “Bloons TD” (Digital Goldfish)
- “Brain Challenge” (Gameloft)
- “Bubble Town 2” (i-Play)
- “Butterfly” (Press Start Studio)
- “CarneyVale Showtime” (MGS)
- “Castlevania” (Konami)
- “Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst” (MGS)
- “De Blob Revolution” (THQ)
- “Deal or No Deal 2010” (i-Play)
- “Earthworm Jim” (Gameloft)
- “Fast & Furious 7” (i-Play)
- “Fight Game Rivals” (Rough Cookie)
- “Finger Physics” (Mobliss Inc.)
- “Flight Control” (Namco Bandai)
- “Flowerz” (Carbonated Games)
- “Frogger” (Konami)
- “Fruit Ninja” (Halfbrick)
- “Game Chest-Board” (MGS)
- “Game Chest-Card” (MGS)
- “Game Chest-Logic” (MGS)
- “Game Chest-Solitaire” (MGS)
- “GeoDefense” (Critical Thought)
- “Ghostscape” (Psionic)
- “Glow Artisan” (Powerhead Games)
- “Glyder 2” (Glu Mobile)
- “Guitar Hero 5” (Glu Mobile)
- “Halo Waypoint” (MGS)
- “Hexic Rush” (Carbonated Games)
- “I Dig It” (InMotion)
- “iBlast Moki” (Godzilab)
- “ilomilo” (MGS)
- “Implode XL” (IUGO)
- “Iquarium” (Infinite Dreams)
- “Jet Car Stunts” (True Axis)
- “Let’s Golf 2” (Gameloft)
- “Little Wheel” (One click dog)
- “Loondon” (Flip N Tale)
- “Max and the Magic Marker” (PressPlay)
- “Mini Squadron” (Supermono Limited)
- “More Brain Exercise” (Namco Bandai)
- “O.M.G.” (Arkedo)
- “Puzzle Quest 2” (Namco Bandai)
-  “Real Soccer 2” (Gameloft)
- “The Revenants” (Chaotic Moon)
- “Rise of Glory” (Revo Solutions)
- “Rocket Riot” (Codeglue)
- “Splinter Cell Conviction” (Gameloft)
- “Star Wars: Battle for Hoth” (THQ)
- “Star Wars: Cantina” (THQ)
- “The Harvest” (MGS)
- “The Oregon Trail” (Gameloft)
- “Tower Bloxx NY” (Digital Chocolate)
- “Twin Blades” (Press Start Studio)
- “UNO” (Gameloft)
- “Women’s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet” (i-Play)
- “Zombie Attack!” (IUGO)
- “Zombies!!!!” (Babaroga)