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Plane Wars is a fast paced, easy to play, but difficult to master Windows Phone 8 game. The combat strategy game includes forty-eight levels of action, five different game modes and respectable graphics.

The game also includes upgrades for your aviation fleet and special abilities to help wipe out the enemy forces. Game play is challenging enough to keep things interesting and overall, Plane Wars is an entertaining gaming option for Windows Phone 8.

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It’s the weekend, which means it’s the perfect time to look at the past week of activity in the Windows Phone Store. We’ll look at new apps and games, while also going over any apps that picked up big updates. In this edition of the weekly app highlight column we’ll look at Office Lens, NCAA March Madness Live, At Bat and more! Read on to make sure you don’t miss out on the newest apps on Windows Phone.

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Never Future is a role-playing game for your Windows Phone that has you playing the role of a young archeologist who stumbles across a mysterious artifact that sends him to a futuristic, post-apocalyptic world full of dangers.

The game has you searching this unknown world for a way home, all the while collecting trash to re-cycle for equipment upgrades, battling monsters and completing quests. The game has a bit of a Legend of Zelda feel about it, but with a more futuristic tone. Once you get used to the movement controls, Never Future is an entertaining game for the Windows Phone gaming library.

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We’ve written about our “Newly Discovered Windows Phone Games” forum thread before. That’s where I learned about Pocket Avenger, a game that starts out fun but gets evil really fast. Still, our forum users are great at ferreting out new games for everyone to try. The latest game I discovered within the thread is Machinarium from Czech developer Amanita Design.

Windows Phone already hosts a variety of Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure (HOPA) games from publishers like Artifex Mundi. Those titles borrow elements from traditional PC adventure games, but dilute them a bit in order to maintain casual appeal. Machinarium is a full-blown adventure game that made its name on Steam before migrating to Windows Phone. If you enjoy the adventure genre, prepare to be amazed by Amanita’s first Windows Phone title.

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Ubisoft and Pastagames’ Rayman Jungle Run was that perfect one-two punch: an excellent platformer, and a high quality mobile Xbox game. The sequel Rayman Fiesta Run had a lot to live up to, and it almost felt like Ubisoft didn’t want to share it with us. The game soft launched in limited territories, appeared to fully launch worldwide a few weeks later, and then quickly disappeared that same day.

At last, Rayman Fiesta Run is properly available with fully working Xbox Live Achievements on Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, and Windows RT. Though we had to wait a painfully long time for Fiesta Run, the wait was worth it. Even if you found Jungle Run too challenging, this one is forgiving (and beautiful) enough that it might just win you over. Read on for our full review.

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Zombie Tsunami is an endless runner styled platform game where you race through a city with your hungry horde of zombies, attacking and devouring citizens along the way.

The game receives 4.5 stars over on iOS and Android platforms. In the short time we’ve spent with the Windows Phone 8 game, it is only a matter of time before Zombie Tsunami shares the same success on our platform.

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The next generation of Kinect Sports will be launching this April for Xbox One owners. The upcoming title, 'Kinect Sports Rivals', dives players into the extremely immersive and exciting world of athleticism and competitive rivalry. As you fight for the gold, your experience will be narrated by none other than the tenth Doctor, David Tennant.

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Project Spark is Microsoft’s innovative combination of both a game and game creation software for Xbox One, Windows 8, and eventually Xbox 360. Players can choose their own adventures as they play the Crossroads mode, create deeper games, and even play games created by others. Even if you don’t want to build your own games, Project Spark still gives you plenty to do. There’s really nothing like it on other platforms.

The closed beta of Project Spark went live on Xbox One at the beginning of March, trailing the Windows 8 version by a few months. The closed beta must have done really well, because Project Spark is now in open beta. That means you can get it right now on Xbox One and Windows 8 without having to sign up for anything! The open beta coincides with an update that revamps Project Spark’s In-App Purchase system. More details and our exclusive screenshots and hands-on video after the break!

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Last week, Titanfall arrived on Xbox One and PC to much acclaim. Titanfall is the first game produced by Respawn Entertainment, the new studio formed by the creators of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. It also happens to be exclusive to Xbox One, 360, and PC thanks to an agreement between Microsoft and the game’s publisher: Electronic Arts.

The Xbox 360 version of Titanfall did not launch alongside its current-gen brothers, having instead been scheduled for a March 25 release. Xbox 360 shooter fanatics will have to wait a little longer to play the game though, as EA just pushed its release back into early April. Does this bode poorly for previous-gen Titanfall?

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If you are in search of a minimalistic puzzle game for your Windows Phone, take a gander at Think. The Windows Phone 8 game is a word association game where you are presented with a series of drawings that you have to correctly identify what they represent.

The drawings are minimal and often include multiple items that you have to combine to solve the puzzle. Think reminds me of Pictionary just a little but with the illustrated clues already drawn-up. Think isn’t a fast paced game with a lot of bells and whistles. It is, however, a well drawn-up casual puzzle game for your Windows Phone that is a fun way to pass the time with.

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The Xbox One received a high-profile multiplayer-only game last week – Titanfall. But the world needs single-player games too, and so Konami delivers one this week. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is now available on Xbox One, 360, and competing platforms. A short game with a mercifully low price, Ground Zeroes provides a tantalizing glimpse at the future of the Metal Gear series.

Meanwhile, the already-released Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for Xbox One and 360 just received a major free downloadable content package that adds a new map, items, and lots more changes. Read on for details, trailers, and store links!

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Many of us are celebrating Saint Paddy's Day, but developers have been hard at work getting new releases out to your Windows Phones. Today we'll be looking at a number of apps, which have been bumped to new versions to include new functionality and bug fixes. Grab a hot (or cold) beverage, get comfortable and join us past the break for the run through.

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If you are looking for a fun game to give your day a lift, check out the Windows Phone 8 game Skyman. It isn’t a very complicated game but entertaining nonetheless.

You play the role of a stuntman to see how far he can be rocketed through the sky. Skyman has two gaming modes, decent graphics, and crash landings that would make Evel Knievel proud. Overall, Skyman is a fun title to have in your Windows Phone gaming library when you are in the mood for something different. 

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The Xbox One is quite the media playing powerhouse, poor user library streaming aside. With support for most popular video streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, Blu-ray playback, and the ability to control many cable TV boxes directly through the console, it has most of the movie and TV-watching bases covered. Kinect voice commands for video playback can be fun too.

Still - for many movie and TV watchers, nothing beats the feel, convenience, and responsiveness of a traditional remote control. Microsoft has finally released the Xbox One Media Remote with just those people in mind. Despite widespread stock issues since the remote’s release, we’ve finally managed to pick on up and put it through its paces.

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Covy Rush is an endless runner game for your Windows Phone that calls upon you to help Covy the rabbit jump over blocks and collect carrots.

The game has a bit of an elementary school appearance but game play is not without challenge. Gaming controls will take a little time to get used to and will add to the challenge until you get accustom to them.

Still, Covy Rush is not a terrible game for your Windows Phone but lacks that something, something to keep you pulled into the game. Covy Rush is worth trying but may not be attractive to everyone.

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Galactic Rush is a simple, yet challenging, endless runner game for Windows Phone 8. The game is from the developers behind Bunny Beyond and has you guiding an astronaut and aliens through various outer space themed obstacle courses.

Galactic Rush has three levels of play, upgradeable power-ups and a handful of characters to unlock. Gaming controls are a collection of screen gestures that are easy to pick up but can be a little on the sensitive side. Overall, Galactic Rush is an entertaining, casual game for Windows Phone 8.

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Top Rated Puzzle Games for Windows Phone

Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Puzzle Games

Puzzle games are a great way to pass the time and we have plenty to choose from for our Windows Phones. Puzzle games have a wide range of appeal and can be a rather addictive past time.

There are so many quality puzzle games available in the Windows Phone Store, it can be hard to pick just a few to highlight in our weekly roundup. So, we kept it simple this week and showcase the top five, best rated puzzle games from the Windows Phone Store. Each title is a quality, addictive and challenging title that would be a fine addition to your Windows Phone gaming library.

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