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Today Windows Phone Central looked at a software tool called Automagical that allows developers to translate iOS and Mac source code to the language used by Windows Phone and Windows 8. Automagical developer Dawn of Play used that same tool to bring gorgeous reverse Tetris puzzle game Dream of Pixels to Windows Phone.

Now that we've gotten the word out about Automagical and Dream of Pixels, it's time for a contest! Dawn of Play has provided five $5 gift card codes for US Microsoft Accounts (including Xbox Live) for us to give away. All you have to do to enter is follow some Twitter and Twitch accounts and drop a comment on this article. The contest ends at midnight CST (-0600) tonight, so hurry to enter!

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Asphalt Overdrive from Gameloft is coming Thursday

During E3 this year, Gameloft announced the latest game in the Asphalt series of racers. Surprisingly, the next Asphalt won't be Asphalt 9. Instead, the series is spinning off in a new direction with Asphalt Overdrive. Instead of a serious arcade-style racer, the new Asphalt will be an endless racer – sort of like Gameloft's recently released Spider-Man Unlimited or Sega's Crazy Taxi City Rush.

Players who are wondering how well Asphalt works as an endless racer plays won't have to wait long to find out. Today Gameloft announced that Asphalt: Overdrive will be coming to Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Windows 8 this Thursday, September 25! The publisher also released a new trailer to celebrate the news. Keep reading for both the trailer and gameplay details.

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Earlier this year, Czech developer Alda Games (no relation to Alan Alda) released a couple of kid-friendly games for free on Windows Phone: Save the Snail and World of Cheese. At that time, the developer teased an upcoming tower defense game called Defend Your Life. Development on that one is nearing the finish line, but in the meantime Alda has published another new game: Eggies.

Eggies is a virtual pet simulator, sort of like Tamagotchi. It also offers nine minigames to play, some of which are pretty fun. Like Alda's previous games, Eggies is free and supported by ads. This one does have some in-app purchases, but they're totally optional and unobtrusive. It also works on 512 MB RAM devices – always a good thing for kids games. Continue reading for our full review and hands-on video!

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The latest in Microsoft and Turn 10's Forza racing series, Forza Horizon 2, will arrive on Xbox One and 360 next Tuesday, September 30. We plan to have a comprehensive review ready to go at that time.

In the meantime, Windows Phone Central is celebrating Forza Horizon 2's upcoming release with a Twitch streaming session! Tune in to my channel at Twitch.tv/EastXTwitch tonight at 7pm CST (-0600 GMT) to see me play the full Xbox One version of Forza Horizon 2 for one hour. Let's chat and have some fun as we preview one of this year's hottest Xbox titles.

Read on for a quick rundown of Forza Horizon 2 and why we're so excited to play the game on Xbox One.

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FIFA 15 Ultimate Team is the latest game for Windows Phone with Xbox Live support. You get over 10,000 players from over 500 licenses football teams. Look forward to over 30 real leagues and stadiums in this new mobile game! English Premier League, La Liga, German Bundesliga and others are all now on your Windows Phone for free.

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Earlier in the summer, we compiled a two-part list of freshly-released indie games for Windows Phone. Microsoft had helped a number of independent developers create a fine batch of games. One of those games, Pop! Food Factory from Blacksmith Software, suffered from performance issues though. I liked the core game but felt it needed more time in the oven.

A few months later, Blacksmith has updated Pop! on both Windows Phone and Windows 8 and RT. With the technical issues mostly smoothed out and a few visual and UI improvements, Pop! has become a much better game. It's free and the Windows Phone version runs on 512 MB devices, so everybody can give this Pop a taste. Read on for our full review and fresh game play video.

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Gravity Badgers, a physics-based space adventure

Gravity Badgers is a physics-based arcade game that has you guiding a team of space badgers across 140 challenging levels of game play.

The story line has Captain T. Bayback traveling to the deadly depths of space to save his friends and family from the threat of the deadly Evil Honey Badgers. You duck and dodge asteroids and planet to eventually face pesky game bosses.

Available for low-memory devices, Gravity Badgers menus take a little getting used to but the game comes across as fun Windows Phone title to pass the time with.

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While the launch of Microsoft's Xbox One console was recently delayed in China, the Japanese launch came and went earlier this month with little fanfare. Xbox consoles have always struggled to gain consumer support in Nippon, and the Xbox One is no different. Still, the Japanese availability creates the opportunity for more types of software to be created, which non-Japanese consumers can choose to import or download.

The first Japan-exclusive Xbox One game Chaos;Child launched alongside the system. It even has a free demo that non-Japanese players can get without much effort. Meanwhile, two more Japanese games were recently announced at TGS: Raiden V, the latest in the venerable shoot 'em up series, and 'Azito X Tastunoko Chronicles,' a simulation game. These join Sega's already-announced Puyo Puyo Tetris. Read on to learn more about the upcoming Japanese Xbox One games and how to get the Chaos;Child demo!

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Viking: The Adventure is a Windows Phone platform game where you guide one of three Viking explorers to uncharted lands in a quest to find fortunes in gold.

Available for low-memory devices and Windows 8 devices, the game has over thirty gaming levels full of monsters to battle and gold to collect. On-screen controls aren't too shabby and overall, Viking: The Adventure isn't a bad Windows Phone game to pass the time with but a few bugs hold this game back.

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Spider-Man Unlimited is the latest endless runner from mobile gaming giant Gameloft. The game's premise involves Spider-Men and villains from various universes converging into a single universe. With slick production values and dozens of different Spider-Men to collect, Unlimited has a lot to offer for fans of the web-slinger.

Windows Phone Central has already published a Tips and Tricks guide to help players in their battle against the Green Goblin and his cohorts. Now we return with our comprehensive review.

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Having recently published a roundup of horror games coming to Xbox One and 360 next month, it's time to look at another batch of upcoming games. This time we turn our eyes and hearts to three distinct games from French publisher Focus Home Interactive.

Later this month, Focus will release Crimes & Punishments: Sherlock Holmes for Xbox One and 360 at retail. Then in October, Styx: Master of Shadows will sneak onto Xbox One and other platforms. Finally, the off-the-wall Kinect shooter Blue Estate is due out on Xbox One shortly after that. With adventure and investigations, stealth and action, and motion-based shooting, that's quite a diverse spread of games. Read on for plenty of details and trailers!

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Incredible Toys is a Windows Phone action/adventure game where you help a collection of toy heroes survive a journey through Toy World. Game play is along the lines of an action runner game with some RPG features. Graphics are nice with a slight children's storybook feel. I will say while gaming controls are simple, they can be a little stubborn at times.

Incredible Toys is not available for low-memory devices (not sure why) and while Incredible Toys has appeal, I'm not sure if it's strong enough to be a go-to title for your gaming library.

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Yesterday we brought you some unique insights into Xbox console games with new previews of Evil Within and Alien: Isolation for Xbox One and 360, FIFA 15 EA Access impressions, and an exclusive interview with the makers of TMNT: Danger of the Ooze. Now today is shaping up to be a day of not just reading about new games, but playing them…

Two new downloadable games have just launched on Xbox One! D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die from Access Games and Microsoft is now available for $14.99, and supports play with either the Kinect or a controller. Team17, maker of Worms Battlegrounds, has just published the lighthearted puzzle game Flockers for $24.99, or $18.49 for Xbox Live Gold members. Read on for links and impressions, plus a list of next week's releases!

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You can now try FIFA 15 on EA Access for Xbox One

FIFA 15, the latest edition to one of the best-selling sports video game franchise in the world, is now available for trial on Xbox One for EA Access members. Unlike the demo version, which was released just over a week ago, this is the full game. The catch here is that EA Access members are limited to just six hours of gameplay.

We've just installed the FIFA 15 trial on our Xbox One. Watch our gameplay video!

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Popular quiz game Trivia Crack now on Windows Phone

Trivia Crack has just made the jump from Android and iOS to Windows Phone! The popular mobile quiz game tests your knowledge and challenges you against your friends. You'll take a crack at over 100,000 trivia questions across six different categories: geography, history, art & literature, science and technology.

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Star Wars: Commander battles its way to Windows Phone

Update: Now on Windows 8.1! Link below

The recently released iOS-based Clash of Clans-like action-strategy game Star Wars: Commander has now made its way to Windows Phone, allowing those owners to join either the Rebels or the Empire in this free-to-play title that's based on the classic Star Wars movie trilogy timeline.

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Next month will be a landmark time for horror games. Sega and the Creative Assembly have Alien: Isolation, a game inspired by the first Alien film, on the way on October 7. Just one week later, Bethesda and Tango Software will unleashed The Evil Within, the long-awaited return to horror from Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami. Both games are due out on Xbox One and 360, so our last-gen brothers need not miss out on the scares.

With both games drawing near, the publishers are keeping them in the spotlight with new information and trailers. Alien: Isolation will be getting post-launch DLC for six months in the form of challenging new Survivor mode missions, we recently found out. As for The Evil Within, I recently had the opportunity to play the game and experience its disturbing atmosphere. Continue reading for detailed impressions and a look at both games' new trailers!

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