Articles by Paul Acevedo

Peggle 2 comes to Xbox 360, Nutjitsu for Xbox One, Bound by Flame Xbox 360
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by Paul Acevedo
May 07, 2014

May is a very back-loaded month for Xbox One and 360 releases. Coming up on May 20 we have the highly-anticipated Wolfenstein: The New Order from Bethesda, followed by Watch Dogs from Ubisoft on May 27 – certainly the highest profile games the One and 360 will see for...

Jurassic Arena Windows Phone Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
May 05, 2014

Long ago, the gods of Olympus gave the world a dinosaur-themed fighting game called Primal Rage. Sadly, we lowly humans were not ready for its awesomeness, and so the creators never bestowed us with a sequel. There may have been a great flood in there somewhere too....

Royal Revolt 2 Windows Phone preview Lumia 1520 phoo
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by Paul Acevedo
May 03, 2014

Last year we interviewed Flare Games, makers of the hit Windows Phone and Windows 8 game Royal Revolt. You know, it’s one of those excellent games that some people miss out on because it doesn’t cure their Achievement shakes. But most of actually want to play quality...

Cloud Raiders unleashes PvP clashes on Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
May 01, 2014

Last month, we broke the news that Game Insight’s hit game Cloud Raiders would soon be making its way to Windows Phone. The game wasn’t far off at all. After enjoying a brief “open beta” period, Cloud Raiders has now been officially released into the wild for all...

Consoles: Amazing Spider-man 2 swings onto Xbox One and 360 along with Child of Light
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 30, 2014

No new retail games hit the Xbox consoles last week, although Defense Technica and Dustforce did quietly slip onto XBLA. But this week we have a major retail release and a highly-anticipated downloadable title, each hitting both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One simultaneously...

The five best Windows Phone games of April
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 30, 2014

We’re back with the second installment of our new monthly feature, the best Windows Phone 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...

Jelly Smash for Windows Phone Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 28, 2014

Lots of readers rely on Windows Phone Central to learn about new Windows Phone games, but how does our staff discover games to share with the folks at home? My favorite method is by checking the “Newly discovered games thread” in our forums. Dedicated readers like “...

Asphalt 8 heads to China in Windows Phone and Windows 8 update Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 25, 2014

Just this morning we listed Asphalt 8: Airborne as one of Windows Phone’s top racing games. Well, it just got better as today Gameloft has launched a major update for Asphalt 8 on both Windows Phone and Windows 8 and RT.

The new update adds a brand new location...

MiniSuit BluBoard Windows 8 Review
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 23, 2014

Several Windows 8 and RT tablets have excellent first-party keyboard options, namely the Type Cover for the Surface and Surface Pro and Nokia’s Power Keyboard for the Lumia 2520. But sometimes the official keyboard is expensive (see the two keyboards I just mentioned)...

King's Bounty Legions Windows Phone Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 23, 2014

Unity support has really helped some of the larger mobile games come to Windows Phone, even if we still get them later than other platforms. Case in point, Russian-publisher Nival has just published King’s Bounty: Legions on Windows Phone 8. King’s Bounty is a turn-...

Xbox game The Harvest returns from the apocalypse to Windows Phone 8 Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Apr 20, 2014

When Windows Phone 8 reared its shiny head back in late 2012, there was much cause for celebration. Although the new OS switched kernels from the one used by Windows Phone 7, it retained the ability to run most pre-Windows Phone 8 apps and games. That said, some very...

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...

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