Articles by Paul Acevedo

Temple Run: Brave for Windows 8 title screen
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by Paul Acevedo
May 10, 2013

Way back in March, Microsoft announced a big batch of Windows 8 games that would be launching the following weekend. These mostly included Xbox-enabled games, but they mixed some indies in there too. And all of those games did launch that weekend but one: Temple Run...

The World of Dr. Pickaxe for Windows 8 and RT
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by Paul Acevedo
May 10, 2013

Windows Phone doesn’t exactly overflow with pinball titles; we’ve got the cheap-but-buggy Da Vinci Pinball on the Xbox side, and a few indie games of varying quality. Two of those, Pinball League: The Juggler and Pinball League: The World of Dr....

Windows Phone Red Stripe Deals including Sally's Salon
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by Paul Acevedo
May 09, 2013

Earlier this week we reported that N.O.V.A. 3 would come to Xbox Windows Phone 8 on Wednesday, but that information sadly turned out to be incorrect. Check out our Monster Burner story for more details, and let’s not shoot the messenger!

So what...

Monster Burner for Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
May 08, 2013

Since last week we’ve been undergoing a small communications hitch with Microsoft’s gaming division that will hopefully be cleared up soon. Earlier this week though, French site MonWindowsPhone passed along the news that N.O.V.A. 3 would be today’s Xbox release...

Gravity Guy 2 for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
May 08, 2013

The first Gravity Guy starred a hero wrongfully imprisoned by his evil government for manipulating gravity. He broke out of prison, only to be endlessly pursued by a heartless Gravity Trooper. At the end of the game, Gravity Guy escapes to his freedom.

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N.O.V.A. 3
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by Paul Acevedo
May 06, 2013

Update: Gameloft could not confirm the May 8th release date and the game hasn't shown up, so our source looks to have been incorrect. Sorry for getting everybody's hopes up. Ubisoft's Monster Burner is this week's actual Xbox release.

Gameloft announced...

Next Xbox mockup
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by Paul Acevedo
May 06, 2013

Microsoft is scheduled to reveal the next Xbox console (codenamed Durango) in two weeks’ time on May 21st. The announcement of the reveal event marks the first time the console maker has publicly acknowledged the existence of the upcoming system. Still, the gaming...

Greed City for Windows Phone 8 updated
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by Paul Acevedo
May 02, 2013

Lighthouse Game Studio’s follow-up to Torchbear, the location-based game Greed City has been out on Windows Phone 8 for something like two months now. And in that time, the developer has released its fair share of updates. Each one of these makes the...

Angry Birds Rio coming to Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
May 02, 2013

Countless Windows Phone gamers are currently pelting pigs with ball-shaped birds in the original Angry Birds (also known as Angry Birds Classic), which is free right now on both Windows Phone 7 and 8. But the release of that classic game hasn’t...

Farm Frenzy 2 WIndows Phone Red Stripe Deals
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by Paul Acevedo
May 02, 2013

Along with late notice of this week’s new Xbox Windows Phone 8 release Angry Birds, we also missed out on advance notice of the Xbox Red Stripe Deal of the Week this time out. Hey, sometimes the crystal ball gets fuzzy, or somebody swipes it and leaves you with a...

Angry Birds for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
May 01, 2013

When we didn’t hear from Microsoft about an Xbox Windows Phone release this week, we feared that there wouldn’t a new game today. It turns out that we should have had faith, because a new release did quietly slip out, and it’s an interesting one!

Following on the...

Ice Age Village for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
May 01, 2013

Windows Phone 8 got its first proper taste of Xbox-enabled freemium games when Gameloft’s Real Soccer 2013 debuted earlier this year. But that game reached for players’ wallets so deeply and so often that we could barely enjoy it. Now Gameloft gives us another...

Ice Age Village Windows Phone Achievement Guide
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 29, 2013

Ice Age Village from Gameloft is a free Xbox city building game for Windows Phone 8. As far as we know, any Windows Phone 8 device can run it and the game only takes up 79 MB of storage, so it should have a sizable player base already.

The city building...

Ice Age Village social login
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 25, 2013

Gameloft’s Ice Age Village just launched for Xbox Windows Phone 8 yesterday. If you enjoy the town-building genre or the Ice Age movies, it’s a fun and addictive game. It’s also worlds better than Bug Village, so don’t let that early Windows...

Ice Age Village
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 24, 2013

We’ve just settled in with two strong Nokia exclusive Windows Phone releases this week, but avid gamers and non-Nokia owners are already hungry for more. Hey! Why don’t you go order a pizza from your Xbox 360 if you’re so hungry?

Well, assuming we’ve all had a...

Mush for Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 24, 2013

Last week’s Red Stripe Xbox Deal gave us a fine sale on Sonic CD, a game that had never been discounted before. This week’s game has never been a Deal of the Week before, but many of us picked it up during the Black Friday sale last year. That’s right, Mush...

Cut the Rope: Experiments for Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 24, 2013

The original Cut the Rope is one of the most popular Xbox Windows Phone games, and for good reason. The gameplay is simple and easy to learn, while perfecting levels provides a fair challenge. It packs a ton of levels and it only costs a buck – the perfect...

Skulls of the Shogun Windows Phone update title screen
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 23, 2013

Skulls of the Shogun will forever be known to Windows Phone enthusiasts as the game that broke the Xbox release drought we went through earlier this year. It also happened to be a fantastic game, despite a few rough edges here and there.

When we met up...

Monopoly Millionaire and DaVinci Pinball for Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 23, 2013

It’s been a few weeks since Nokia published a batch of exclusive Xbox Windows Phone games: the fine Vampire Rush and much less fine Storm in a Teacup. Since then, former Nokia exclusives Risk and Connect 4 became available to all...

WIndows Phone 8 gaming engines
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 22, 2013

Over the weekend, we wrapped up our ‘How Microsoft can save Xbox games on Windows Phone’ series with a Microsoft video interview that we’d been saving for just such an occasion. That video focused exclusively on the Xbox Windows Phone issues raised in our editorial...

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