Articles by Paul Acevedo

Royal Revolt 2 review Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 26, 2014

The original Royal Revolt (developed by Flare Games in Germany) was one of the first truly high quality games for Windows 8 and RT (it also appeared on Windows Phone). The game play combined smooth touch-screen combat with mild strategy elements, making for an addictive reverse tower...

Modern Combat 5 now available on Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 24, 2014

Earlier this week we announced that the long-awaited Modern Combat 5: Blackout would be launching on mobile Windows platforms on the same day-and-date as the Android and iOS versions. In the past, Gameloft titles typically arrived on Windows Phone months or even years later than other...

Snuggle Truck and Jack Lumber contest winners
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 22, 2014

Over the weekend, Windows Phone Central announced a contest in which readers could win copies of Snuggle Truck and Jack Lumber from Owlchemy labs. To enter, all you had to do was pick a game and give us a Monty Python quote. Monty Python is the British comedy troupe responsible for the...

Big Business Deluxe opens shop on Windows 8 and RT Microsoft Surface Pro
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 21, 2014

Last week we reviewed Big Business Deluxe, the latest city building game for Windows Phone from Russian publisher Game Insight. The game combines traditional city building tropes with some business management mechanics, allowing players to create, process, and sell products as they grow...

Contest – Win a copy of Jack Lumber or Snuggle Truck from Owlchemy Labs!
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 19, 2014

Every now and then a new game developer joins the Windows Phone ecosystem and you just wonder how we ever lived without them. One such company is Owlchemy Labs, a small studio who recently published two stellar games: Snuggle Truck, a 2D driving/stunt game, and Jack Lumber, the best...

QuakeCon Ventrillo stage Doom reveal
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 18, 2014

Yesterday your friendly neighborhood gaming editor travelled through the rain to Dallas, TX for QuakeCon. It was a totally uneventful trip and nothing dangerous or life shattering happened long the way, no sir. QuakeCon is Bethesda's annual fan convention, where visitors can compete in...

Sniper Elite III Hunt the Gray Wolf DLC Xbox One
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 16, 2014

A long time ago there was this Adolf Hitler guy, and it turns out he was history's biggest jerk. As a result, many people have fantasized about going back in time and killing the punk off before he got into everybody's business. Lots of videogames take place during World War II, but...

Review
by Paul Acevedo
Jul 16, 2014

Microsoft Surface owners might remember Juiced Systems as the seller of the super useful Surface Adapters, which squeeze a bunch of extra functionality out of the Surface tablets' single USB ports. Juiced sells a variety of unique USB hubs for mobile devices. All very good, but our...

Pinball FX2 to coming Xbox One Walking Dead table
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 16, 2014

Pinball FX2 is a bittersweet game for many Windows Phone gamers. A Windows Phone version of the popular Xbox 360 game was supposed to come along in 2012 (see our interview), but it turned into vaporware (unofficial cancellation) instead. At least it did come out on Windows 8, giving...

Jack Lumber review Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 16, 2014

Last month we reviewed Snuggle Truck, the first Windows Phone game from Owlchemy Labs. Snuggle Truck impressed with its sense of humor, vast array of levels, level editor, and great visual style. Sure, the level select bug I encountered still needs to be fixed (ahem!), but the game...

Big Business Deluxe for Windows Phone Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 14, 2014

Game Insight knows a thing or two about city building games. The Russian publisher has already brought two My City titles and Airport City over to Windows Phone and Windows 8. Each of these genre entries does things a little differently from the rest. 2020 My Country, for example, takes...

Xbox gamers can not put Microsoft Jigsaw together on Windows 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 12, 2014

Earlier this week we mourned the loss of multiple Xbox games that were recently delisted from the Windows 8 Store. It seems that Microsoft is no longer interested in publishing mobile Xbox titles that it does not fully own. But new Xbox games for Windows 8 do still pop up occasionally,...

Mortar Melon Windows Phone Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 11, 2014

Microsoft fans dream of a connected ecosystem in which we can buy a game once and play it on phone, tablet, PC, and console. We're not quite there yet, but at least some game developers are supporting all of those platforms. Take London-based indie developer Mudvark Limited. Mudvark's...

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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 09, 2014

Xbox games for Windows Phone have fallen on hard times. New releases are all but non-existent on Windows Phone, and Windows 8 releases have dwindled to a smattering of casual games that Microsoft likely commissioned long ago. This has caused a measure of discomfort to some gamers who...

Lumsing Ultrathin Wireless Keyboard Surface Pro
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 03, 2014

Microsoft's Surface tablets have multiple great first-party keyboards to choose from. Several other Windows 8 and RT tablets have fine official keyboards as well, such as the Nokia Lumia 2520 with its Power Keyboard. These keyboards have a couple of things in common. They're typically a...

Guacamelee! Xbox One review
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 02, 2014

Last week the Xbox One received a barrage of no less than four downloadable ID@Xbox releases: Another World, Contrast, R.B.I. Baseball 14, and Zombie Driver. The ID@Xbox program allows indie game developers to publish their games directly to the Xbox One marketplace without most of the...

The Witcher Battle Arena
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 01, 2014

The Witcher is a popular series of PC and console games based on the novels of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. In the medieval fantasy world of The Witcher, powerful humans with mutant traits called Witchers seek out and destroy the monsters that threaten humanity's survival. Polish...

Xbox.com gets improved Xbox One support, but some features still unsupported Paul Acevedo EastX profile
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by Paul Acevedo
Jul 01, 2014

Last week, Microsoft announced that Xbox One users would finally be able to manage their profiles, friends, and more at Xbox.com. As I lamented in our Xbox One console review last year, many basic Xbox Live features such as the ability to view Achievements and view Xbox One-specific...

NARR8 for Windows Phone Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 30, 2014

Last year we looked at NARR8, a unique interactive book app/platform for Windows 8. NARR8 comes from NARR8 Limited – a subsidiary of Game Insight, makers of mobile Windows games like Cloud Raiders and Big Business Deluxe. Although games are obviously the publisher's main line of work,...

Mind: Brain Training, The Quest, More indie game of June for Windows Phone and Windows 8 Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Jun 29, 2014

Microsoft and Nokia do a lot to inspire indie game development for Windows Phone and Windows 8. Most notably, Nokia's AppCampus program helps train indie developers and fund game development in exchange for timed exclusivity for Windows platforms. As for Microsoft, the big tech giant...

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