Microsoft releasing Temple Run and five more games today for Windows Phone 8 [Updated]

Subway Surfers doesn’t look to be coming to Windows Phone anytime soon (the teaser image was just a hoax), but worry not. Windows Phone 8 will soon have a 3D endless runner to its name. Speaking of names, that runner is none other than the original game that started the genre craze: Temple Run from Imangi Studios! We knew it was coming, but this is the first time we’ve actually played the port for ourselves.

Not only that, but in celebration of GDC week, Microsoft is releasing a number of indie games for Windows Phone 8 today. Read on for actual Windows Phone screenshots, video demo and quick impressions!

Temple Run

Temple Run

First, the bad news: Temple Run will not be an Xbox Live title. That’s right, one of the most popular mobile games around, which Microsoft specifically had a hand in bringing to Windows Phone, will not bear the coveted Xbox name. Somebody should write an editorial about that.

Still, a lot of guys, gals, and people of indiscriminate gender just want to play Temple Run on their Windows Phones. They should be able to do that very soon, as the game seems to be pretty much done. The goal is to help a hapless explorer run as far through a danger-filled temple as he collects coins and dodges obstacles.

The controls are simple: tilt left and right to move along the path, swipe left or right to make 90-degree turns, swipe up to jump, and swipe down to slide. If you’ve played The Gunstringer: Dead Man Running or similar games, then you already know the drill. The input here is extremely natural, surely one of the factors behind the game’s success.

The Windows Phone 8 port does look a bit dated graphically – certainly no more advanced than what Windows Phone 7 can accomplish. But once the first game comes along and does well, that certainly paves the way for the sequel. We don’t have pricing info yet, but hopefully it will be free and supported by in-app purchases.

6th Planet

6th Planet Windows Phone

This game is a unique combination of digital comic with actual gameplay interspersed between the story sequences. It plays a lot like an advanced version of Lunar Lander. 6th Planet costs 99 cents and you can get it here.

Official description:

“6th Planet tells the story of a near future, where the planet Saturn suddenly changes into a possible place for humans to live. To find out what is going on, a monkey is sent into space. This is the beginning of a series of events that will determine mankind’s future.

The goal of the game is to guide your space pod to the landing site on the other side of the level. With only two buttons to work with, it is a simple concept that’s easy to pick up, but hard to master. The Story Mode contains 50 levels, divided across 7 worlds. This stands for at least four hours of gameplay. If you succeed in finishing this mode, you unlock the Master levels, which is a collection of very challenging levels for you to try out. This mode will be updated in the future with more content.

The comic story, in between the levels, consists of a total of 188 screens, which is two comic books worth of images. The story is co-written and drawn by the studio that’s responsible for the Oscar nominated animation films The Triplets of Belleville and The Secret of Kells. Screens are colored by Raymund Lee, famous for his work on Marvel’s Wolverine series.”

QR: 6th Planet

Fling Theory

Fling Theory for Windows Phone 8

A unique game in which players help a little red creature navigate dangerous obstacles within a scientist’s lab. The graphics are cel-shaded and create a great sense of depth when seen in motion. To move the creature around, you pull it back like a slingshot. It’s a cool marriage of physics-puzzle style controls with an actual traditional game structure. Get the Windows Phone 8 version for free here.The Windows 8 version costs $2.99 - get it here.

Official description:

"In Fling Theory, players solve physics-based puzzles by manipulating atoms and destroying obstacles. Your weapon? Electrons! Play through hours of gravity -- and mind-bending levels. Imagine Angry Birds Space where you have to actually think about what you're doing -- that's Fling Theory in a nutshell.

The game starts by giving you negative electrons and introducing the concept of repulsion. Soon we introduce the ability to manipulate the charge of atoms by hitting them, switching your polarity to launch positrons, and damaging obstacles to progress. Once those basics are taught, we ramp up the difficulty.

On the fence? You can actually PLAY a demo of Fling Theory right now! Head over to http://www.flingtheory.com/playnow.html and let us know what you think! The full version contains crazier levels, over 25 of them!"

QR: Fling Theory

Orcs Must Survive

Orcs Must Survive for Windows Phone 8

A charming tower defense spin on the console and PC Orcs Must Die series. The spin is that players control the evil orcs and must fend off pesky do-gooding humans. I could do without the black borders (not present on iOS), but otherwise it's quite lovely. The Windows Phone game costs 99 cents and you can get it here. The Windows 8 version costs $2.99 - get it here.

Official description:

“A black-hearted King punishes the brave Orcs, the only ones in the kingdom with joy in their hearts. Join the Orcs in their battle against the royal troops to regain the happiness that was stolen by the King’s evil spell. A strategy game that brings to life the strength of these fantastic characters from the medieval era.
Advance through the various levels, gaining more troops and weapons to fight the knights, wizards and ghosts of the King.
Will the Orcs survive?”

QR: Orcs Must Survive

Propel Man

Propel Man for Windows Phone 8

Another physics-puzzle-ish game in which you launch a guy out of a catapult. Then you’ll have to help him land safely by opening his parachute in time. I’m not digging the controls in this one, but I still need to play it more. Propel Man costs 99 cents and you can get it here.

Official description:

Use the Catapult to dispatch the Propel Man to dizzy heights in the sky and cross each level by landing safely past the finish line by deploying your parachute.


  • Realistic Catapult mechanics, Air resistance and Parachute handling
  • 30 levels with increasing distances and various obstacles
  • Shop with several upgrades like Laser gun, Rocket Boosters, Jet Parachutes, etc.
  • 4 types of catapults, 16 unique designs
  • A fun and catchy soundtrack to keep you entertained"


QR: Propel Man


Ruzzle for Windows Phone 8

A Boggle-style word game with online multiplayer.  Think of it as a 1- or 2-player version of Wordament. Ruzzle features Facebook integration, a single-player Practice Mode, and support for numerous languages, so it should do pretty well. It's also coming to Windows 8 - hopefully both versions can play against each other. It's listed for $2.99 and can be downloaded here.

Official description:

“Ruzzle is a fun and fast-paced word game where you can challenge your friends or allow an opponent to be chosen randomly. Who can find the most words in two minutes?

Find as many words as possible on a board by swiping your finger across the screen. The letters may form words as long as they are connected to each other. Nice audio and animations make it even more fun to play.

The matches are played in three rounds and the highest total number of scores wins.
The rounds can be played when it suits you. You can get going as soon as you have two minutes to spare!

Letter scores, word length and bonus pieces help you to collect as many scores as possible.
If you would like to practice offline, you can play matches in the premium version.”

QR: Ruzzle

Lots to look forward to

Clearly Windows Phone 8’s support for Native code and multiplatform game engines like Unity is starting to allow for a lot more games to come over. In-app purchases are another feature of the new OS and will be featured in some of the games above. We don’t have release dates yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as these titles become available!

Update: All but two of the games are available in the WP Store! We'll continue adding their links to this story as they come.



There are 326 comments. Sign in to comment

I'll be passing then. I would pay $0.99 if it was Xbox LIVE-enabled, but to pay for what is simply a port that is free elsewhere? I'll pass. To pay for a game that is free elsewhere, I want something added to make it worth the price.

Jean80 says:

We don't know yet if anything has been added. The game is supported by IAP in iOS.
Personally I rather pay for a game than get a 'freemium' title which gameplay is purposely broken to encourage IAP.

Except it looks like we are getting the exact same game as iOS, but we have to pay for it. We DO know that Xbox LIVE functionality's not added, the article says it. So, without Xbox LIVE built into the game, I won't be paying for it.

Jean80 says:

Well sounds like the FUD by Engadget is wrong then. Don't believe every anti-WP8 article you read.

Have no fear, Engadget failed. It's free on Windows Phone. So, they should correct that to read "we've confirmed we're incompetent."

AskaLangly says:

If only I was able to xfer my Android data... near completion.

 WP’s owners aren’t just missing out on apps, they’re also excluded from cultural relevance. Popular apps like Temple Run and Instagram are a shared experience that bring friends and strangers together.
Considering that a smartphone is a social and technological tool, missing out on social and technology trends kind of defeats the whole point.

MikeTheYid says:

How do ps3 and zbox users get along then? Or is a xbox user segregated from ps users?

They share games...You can play fifa 2013 in both. But hello can I play TR2? Can I share my photos to INstagram? Can I???? If you can, please share with us your exclusive apps.

MikeTheYid says:

Can you play gears on both? God of war? Resistance?
No, the good games are exclusives. 

Sean D. says:

You can play in both, but there is no sharing between them.

MFmonster says:

I thought I read your other post you selling your "paperweight".  So, why may I ask are you still here posting?

Luminatic says:

If Instagram & Co are culture, I'm getting preoccupued about out culture.

This will likely fall on deaf ears but please stop posting the same thing multiple times.  So far 3 posts in this thread stating you're going to sell your phone or referring to it as a paperweight because of this and 2 posts which are identical about cultural relevance.  We get it... you're pissed off.  Repeat posting however does nothing for your cause.   It doesn't make your opinion any more relavant or persuasive.  It's annoying and childish but maybe that's what you're going for.

MrVol84 says:

Temple run and ruzzle are huge titles.. Great job! -- I wonder if this is what Joe Belfiore was referring to?

Jean80 says:

Speaking of games. Moga bluetooth controller coming to WP8:

Yes!!!  Snes8x just became the best game app on WP. If it supports the controller that is.

kidjenius says:

Where is ruzzle!?

Holy smokes what the heck did I miss this morning! Whoo and hoo!

Diverial says:

Of course,why to come on wp7.5 if there is wp8,why Microsoft is not thinking about people with legacy devices, am going to android

saulgould13 says:

I think with unity, havok and others jumping onboard the platform is beginning to kick off.

KQ17 says:

Temple Run is such a boring game lol people get entertained with such terrible games.

cdb033 says:

I'm crazy excited!!

Agent-P says:

Didn't the developer of wordament say there would be an update in the future that allowed for 1v1 play? Then that would make it pretty much exactly like ruzzle (though I prefer the UI of wordament).

Are temple run and chaos up yet i cant find them :-S.

Thanks for the links but chaos rings says its not available for my device :-S i have a lumia 920??.

joshrugby4 says:

Although I love Windows phone!!! it is so annoying that I can't get alot of games because I have a Nokia lumia 710 running windows phone 7.8

lubbalots says:

Time to upgrade. Do what Android folks do, upgrade every six to 12 months. Generalizing but there is no way iPhone 5 or gs4 will sell in millions without early upgrades and what not.

joshrugby4 says:

Fair point same with the HTC one

phatboy66 says:

Wow what a tsunami of games this week! Good job Microsoft

mayur89 says:

I don't care about subway surfers, but most popular games lyk temple run Should b made available in No tym :]

pazces84 says:

Awesome! Looking forward to Temple Run. 

Jonny8X says:

Has TR been released? Can't find it in the store.

izzykahn says:

Not yet I don't think. I guess we'll all have to keep checking back here?? Idk lol

ihavewp8 says:

Sprint getting Samsung ativ s

izzykahn says:

Windowsphone.com needs something where they (Ppl who develop apps, I guess) post popular apps on the website and there's like a button (like the FB like button) for WP users can press to know that it's an app we all would want and that it should be dev'd or ported. I've tweeted it to J. Belfiore (it's hard to explain this with a small amount of characters) so, if you agree, you can tweet him that as best as you can. IDC about if I came up w/ the idea and you suggesting it. This is for All WP users.

Nakazul says:

If TR2 is released not to far ahead, TR fans will have both games. I personally hate when there is a 2'nd or 3'rd instalment but not the previous versions. It makes the marketplace more complete. So there you have my 2 cents.

HM02 says:

Hmm, no trail version for 6th Planet. It looks like fun.

None of these are Xbox titles... No achievements, no thank you. Had there been achievements, I would have already bought the whole lot.

lubbalots says:

I'm only downloading these popular apps like Pandora just to see what the hype is all about. I will also download instagram whenever it comes out. Will play with it and uninstall when done. The integrated fb on WP is enough for me. Its all I ever use to share pics.

mjparc says:


Mic98 says:

No TR for WP 7.8 :[:[:[

Hopefully Imangi Studios chooses to release Temple Run for Windows Phones 7.8. As Paul Acevedo "The Windows Phone 8 port does look a bit dated graphically – certainly no more advanced than what Windows Phone 7 can accomplish."


robnewton says:

embargo broken ay Paul?! Guess whos not going to be CC'd in on the next press release!

shahidw says:

Is Temple run coming today? or coming soon? The headlines and the article say different things..

mnkhalid2000 says:

Will temple run not be available on wp7 devices /? :(

Mic3Rocks says:

I hope its working on lumia 620 and other phones with 512 mb ram.

spacedvest says:

So let me get this straight, none of these are Xbox live enabled? That sucks if that is true.

Still waiting for The Harvest 2. That game grabbed me in a way most mobile games don't.

Ben Sailors says:

So much emo over things that are great news for the platform. The selfishness is amazing. Temple Run is great! Its a little laggy on my Lumia 920 in reacting to my swipes, but maybe its just me.

aerosmillie says:

Temple Run is available and is FREE

MrA2Z says:

Wowwwww what a news, my nephews and nieces always taunt me that I don't have temple run. Those kids always want to grab my phone as well so that all of them can play at once. They would be the most happy kids once they would see TR on my phone.

Sumit Dagar says:

Temple Run is here, Its amazing... :)

Temple Run is up on the store

lubbalots says:

Got temple run. Now lets see if it lives up to the hype!

rockstarzzz says:

Temple run is HERE AND FREE! Downloaded it!

If only Temple Run were available to Windows Phone 7.8 users.

What's up with pinning the tile to your start screen?  Is that how the temple he's in appears from space?

blacquay says:

Where's the Ruzzle? That's the only one I really wanna download now

lumianut says:

I know waiting for ruzzle as well.

kaiser10123 says:

ruzzle is live for 2.99:(


Paul Acevedo says:

Please don't shout! BTW, with WP8 devices you can change the region on your device and then buy games from any other region, so long as you have a way to pay for them (such as PayPal).

paypal dose not even support my country bahrain 

oh sorry it is available in my country and i made an account but i dont know how to add funds from my card to my paypal account

Paul Acevedo says:

It might vary by region, but in the US you just choose 'Add Funds' and then choose the source for the funds. Maybe there is a guide for doing it from your country.



IS HALO WARS! What we need is halo wars

Samar Anand says:

please provide temple run for wp 7.8 devices ...................... please