Articles by Paul Acevedo

How the Windows Phone 8.1 Xbox Games App changes your gaming experience Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 19, 2014

In Windows Phone 8.1, the Xbox Games Hub is now a separate app that can be updated independently from the OS itself. It can’t be uninstalled, but the freedom to update separately should allow Microsoft to make changes to the app much more quickly than before. In fact,...

Trials Fusion lands on Xbox One and 360, Garden Warfare gets another free update
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 16, 2014

It’s a light week for Xbox console game releases, with the only new retail title being FIFA 14 World Cup Brazil on Xbox 360. Not too exciting unless you’re a diehard football/soccer fan and buy more than one FIFA per year. But that doesn’t mean Xbox One and 360 gamers...

Nokia gives away free Gameloft games to certain Lumia owners
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 16, 2014

Nokia has been known to run various gaming promotions since it came to Windows Phone a couple of years ago. Most obviously they sponsored the production of more than 20 Xbox Windows Phone games; titles that we probably would never have gotten otherwise. There was also...

Skulls of the Shogun now a universal app on Windows Phone and Windows 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 16, 2014

Universal game purchases have long been one of the most requested features from avid Windows Phone gamers, right behind SD card support (at last!) and more Xbox games (no luck yet). Already popular on iOS, the universal app concept allows users to buy a game or app once...

Enigmatis: The Mists of Ravenwood for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 15, 2014

Last fall, I had the pleasure of traveling to Casual Connect USA and interviewing Polish game developer Artifex Mundi. They announced three upcoming games to us during the event: Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren’s Call, Deadlings, and Enigmatis: The Mists of...

How to find anything on your phone with Windows Phone 8.1
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 14, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 brings a wealth of new features and improvements to the table. Some of these changes are meant to bring Windows Phone more in-line with Windows 8. The more closely the two operating systems resemble each other, the easier it is for users to transition...

Machinarium wakes up on Windows 8 and RT Surface Pro
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 11, 2014

Amanita Design’s classic point-and-click adventure game Machinarium arrived on Windows Phone last month. I was so impressed by its beautiful hand-drawn artwork and fascinating world of living robots that I named it one of the best games of March.

Shortly after...

Titanfall finally lands on Xbox 360, Kinect Sports Rivals sprints onto Xbox One
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 08, 2014

Last week was a slow week for Xbox console releases, but not this week. The Xbox One gets three new releases: Kinect Sports Rivals from Rare and Microsoft Studios, LEGO The Hobbit from Traveler’s Tales and Warner Bros., and the downloadable Strike Suit Zero: Director's...

Drop 7 clone from Zanga for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 08, 2014

We’re always, always glad to discover new Xbox games coming to Windows Phone. That’s the whole reason I started working here three years ago! Today an eagle-eyed reader by the name of John Lampard discovered a new Xbox Windows Phone game called Drop 7. I smiled, then...

Raiden X for Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 06, 2014

Last week we reviewed Spirit of Hero, a Windows Phone-exclusive MMORPG from Vietnamese developer TeaMobi. Although a large and potentially fun game, Spirit of Hero suffers from a poor English translation and several technical issues. I must be on a janky Asian...

Exclusive: Game Insight announces Cloud Raiders for Windows Phone and Windows 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 05, 2014

We’ve just reviewed Airport City, the latest Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 release from international publisher Game Insight. Observant readers will notice a pattern with Game Insight’s mobile Windows releases: three out of their four games are pure city builders. The...

Airport City for Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 04, 2014

Russian publisher Game Insight produces titles in many genres (mostly on other platforms), but its specialty is city-building games. Their previous Windows Phone and Windows 8 release 2020: My Country impressed me with its futuristic setting and wealth of content (see...

Spirit of Hero for Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 31, 2014

Windows Phone 8 is home to an excellent massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) called Order & Chaos Online. Sadly, publisher Gameloft sent that game out to die by failing to support it with updates and keep it content-identical to its superior iOS...

The five best Windows Phone games of March 2014
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 30, 2014

Welcome to our new regular feature: the best games of the month. Every month we’ll look at a collection of the newly released Windows Phone games that stand out from the crowd. The titles we choose will range in genre and production value. Anything goes as long as it’s...

Machinarium for Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 29, 2014

When Machinarium arrived on Windows Phone last week, the news was bittersweet. On the one hand, Machinarium is one of the greatest traditional adventure games I’ve ever played. It creates a totally unique world filled with living robots, tells a compelling story using...

Throne Together gets a regal first update on Windows Phone and Windows 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 28, 2014

New Xbox games for Windows Phone are few and far between these days, so we have to treasure the ones we get. Today’s release of Hexic puts us up to four games for the year, the first of which was Throne Together from Rogue Rocket Games. Throne Together, a free to play...

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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 27, 2014

We don’t talk about Red Stripe Deals much anymore, but next week’s sale game is too hot not to celebrate. Major Nelson has just announced that the Windows Phone and Windows 8 versions of Halo: Spartan Assault will go on sale for $1.99 from April 3-9. The tablet and...

Cabela's Big Game Hunter: Pro Hunts and Yu-Gi-Oh! games now available on Xbox 360
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 26, 2014

It’s a slow week for console game releases, with no new titles appearing on the Xbox One. Luckily the digital versions of Square-Enix’s Tomb Raider and Thief are both on sale for half off, so Xbox One owners shouldn’t suffer from game withdrawals just yet. Unless the...

Pac-Man Museum Xbox 360 main menu
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 25, 2014

We first looked at Pac-Man Museum during last year’s E3, where it served as part of Namco’s push to reinvigorate Pac-Man with modern audiences. The same push includes an animated show and game called Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, as well as the...

Fortumo launches fund for Windows developers
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by Paul Acevedo
Mar 24, 2014

In-App Purchases are extremely common in mobile apps and games these days. As an AT&T customer, I have the option of paying for Windows Phone IAPs by credit card, carrier billing, or Microsoft account. People with different carriers or living in other countries...

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