Articles by Paul Acevedo

Vampire Rush for Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
May 28, 2013

When Vampire Rush debuted as a Nokia-exclusive Xbox Windows Phone game at the beginning of April, it won my heart with its mixture of action and tower defense gameplay, humor, and a distinct lack of sparkles. But it did suffer from a couple of broken...

NBA Jam Windows Phone Achievement Guide
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by Paul Acevedo
May 27, 2013

Hey Xbox game fans, Windows Phone Central is back with another exclusive and professional-quality Achievement guide. This time we tackle the Windows Phone version of NBA Jam from EA Sports. Whether you’re a Jam veteran or new to the series, our guide...

Publishing Windows Phone and Windows 8 games in Brazil
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by Paul Acevedo
May 25, 2013

For years, publishing games in the South American nation of Brazil was a laborious and mysterious process. While most countries allow developers to publish games with no additional certification beyond those of the platform holder, a few states like Brazil, South Korea...

Greed City for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
May 24, 2013

Greed City, the Windows Phone 8 exclusive location-based game from Torchbear creator Lighthouse Game Studio, seems to be growing almost as fast as a real city. Since we first reported on the game in April, the number of players has jumped exponentially...

Red Stripe Deals Puzzle Quest 2 Drift mania Synthpling
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by Paul Acevedo
May 23, 2013

For Xbox fans, the best part of the weekly Red Stripe Deals promotion is undoubtedly the Xbox Red Stripe Deal. Each week, one game with juicy Achievements drops its price - often as low as 99 cents. The sale price depends on the starting price though.

Case in...

Bejeweled Live+ for Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
May 23, 2013

You might not know this, but Microsoft and Bejeweled go way back. PopCap created the very first version in Flash in 2001, originally calling it Diamond Mine. When Microsoft hosted the game at its MSN gaming site, the two parties agreed to change the title...

Mass Effect, NBA Jam, Real Racing, Tiger Woods Nokia Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
May 22, 2013

According to our source at Microsoft, there won’t be a general Xbox Windows Phone release this week. That could be because N.O.V.A. 3 still hasn’t passed certification yet (as Gameloft has informed us) and neither has anything else, or maybe Microsoft just wants...

Xbox One console controller Kinect
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by Paul Acevedo
May 21, 2013

We first began reporting on the next Xbox console (codenamed Durango) earlier this year, but the new console had been rumored for quite some time now. Earlier today, Microsoft finally announced the console during the Xbox Reveal event.

The console’s final name is...

Forza Motorsport 5
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by Paul Acevedo
May 21, 2013

The Xbox One should offer an exponentially better entertainment experience than our beloved but aging Xbox 360. The gaming possibilities are greater than ever before thanks to beefier hardware (16 times as much RAM, for instance) and the new Kinect. That said, Microsoft...

Xbox One Guide stage demonstration
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by Paul Acevedo
May 21, 2013

Just as they did with the Xbox 360, Microsoft wants the Xbox One to be the all-in-one entertainment device in your living room. But this time the console is designed around that host of functions from day “One” as opposed to having them patched in later. Of course it...

Parking Mania and Shoot 1UP for Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
May 18, 2013

Since summer of last year, Electronic Arts and Chillingo have been pumping out Nokia-exclusive Xbox Windows Phone games. Players not fortunate enough to own Nokia phones sometimes feel left out and/or upset because they can’t access those games from their...

Cut the Rope for Windows Phone updated
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by Paul Acevedo
May 16, 2013

When Cut the Rope: Experiments arrived on Windows Phone last month, fans of the Cut the Rope series were of course pleased to see another installment on our platform. But the sequel’s arrival also reminded us that the first Cut the Rope had yet to...

Monster Burner for Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
May 16, 2013

Last week, most of us were thrilled when Monster Burner launched as a free Xbox Windows Phone game. Surprisingly, a few days later Monster Burner is no longer free; it now sells for a dollar. The only other time an Xbox Windows Phone game has gone up...

Monster Burner for Windows Phone coin trick
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by Paul Acevedo
May 15, 2013

The Xbox Windows Phone version of Monster Burner started out as a free game before jumping up to 99 cents a few days later. Like most freemium games, it features In App Purchases that speed up player’s progress in the game. Using the in-game currency, you can...

Angry Birds Rio for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
May 15, 2013

It’s time for another new Xbox Windows Phone game this week. Sadly, Gameloft’s N.O.V.A. 3 didn’t make it out yet, but we still expect it at the end of May or early June. Instead, this week’s release is the not too surprising but still appreciated Angry...

Angry Birds Star Wars Cloud City Windows 8
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by Paul Acevedo
May 10, 2013

Today’s a big day for Windows 8 games, what with Temple: Run Brave finally releasing (not to mention Dr. Pickaxe’s indie pinball action). On top of that, it also happens to be a great day for Angry Birds on Windows 8 AND Windows Phone. Why?...

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...