It’s Saturday, which means it is time to look back and all that happened in the Windows Phone Store this past week. We’ll reflect on all the new apps that came, all the cool updates, and any betas worth mentioning. Let’s get to this week’s app highlights.
If you like trivia games, QuizBlaster is a relatively new Windows Phone 8 game that will test your knowledge and speed.
QuizBlaster is played in rounds of ten questions and you compete online against other QuizBlaster players to see who can score the most points. There is a little room for improvement but overall, QuizBlaster is a challenging trivia game for Windows Phone 8.
The other day we mentioned the release of Hangman Pro for Windows 8. It is an entertaining and challenging game, well suited for tablets, and is also available for our smaller screens of our Windows Phones.
Hangman Pro for Windows Phone is patterned very similar to the Windows 8 version with a respectable list of word categories, one or two player game modes, and global leaderboards. While Trine’s Hangman is a sentimental favorite, Hangman Pro is not a bad choice if you are in the market for a challenging word game for your Windows Phone.
The popular puzzle game Glean has gone on sale on the Windows Phone Store. Not only is this a sale, but you're able to pick up the title for absolutely nothing. If you're not familiar with the name, the goal of the Glean is for players to draw a path with their finger from a provided starting point, collecting all the small and large objects without crossing paths.
It may sound like a simple concept, but it can prove challenging. Hop past the break for more details and download links.
Windows Phone Central Gaming Roundup: Zombie Games
Just like the Zombies themselves, the Zombie gaming genre doesn't seem to want to die off. We have a huge collection of Zombie oriented games available in the Windows Phone Store and many are rather successful gaming titles. Titles such as Plants vs. Zombies, Dredd vs. Zombies and Zombies Can’t Jump are but a few of the many offerings in the Windows Phone Store.
This week’s Windows Phone Central Roundup focuses on the Zombie genre of games with four of the top rated titles. Each game involves the undead, is rated at four-stars or higher and while not necessarily new to the Windows Phone Store they are new to the roundup. They all are entertaining options for your Windows Phone gaming library and are fun ways to pass the time with.
It’s not uncommon for Windows Phone 8 games to require 1 GB of RAM at launch, only to later be updated to run on devices with 512 MB of RAM. This happens because optimizing a game to work with less RAM takes extra time. Games don’t have the phone’s full bank of RAM to work with. On a 512 MB device, they can only access 150 MB. Sometimes a game can be crammed into that space, sometimes not.
Gameloft’s Dungeon Hunter 4 launched without 512 MB RAM support back in December. Yesterday’s update added that support, allowing the game to run on low-memory phones like the Nokia Lumia 520. The update also brought another benefit we didn’t expect: MOGA controller support! It even turns out that the most recent Asphalt 7 (a game that already worked with 512 MB phones) update added MOGA support as well. Exclusive screenshots, hands-on video, and impressions after the break.
Since we didn’t get a new Xbox game for Windows Phone this week (though I finally worked through Temple Run 2), the Xbox Red Stripe Deal must once again sustain Achievement-minded Windows Phone gamers. This week’s deal title Mush from Angry Mango has been on sale thrice before, most recently in April of last year. But Mush is still a charming exclusive that somehow never escaped to iOS like most tend to do. Might as well pick it up for a buck if you haven’t already.
The non-Xbox Red Stripe Deals offer some fine game and app discounts as well. Artifex Mundi’s beautiful hidden-object adventure game Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart gets knocked down to $1.49, while graphically intense Skateboard Party 2 from Ratrod Studio and Kristanix Studio’s casual Fantastic Farm come in at 99 cents each. Meanwhile, non-game MusicStation from Raphaël Ruis is on sale for $2.99 and RaveIT Pro for 99 cents.
Descriptions and Store Links after the break!
For gamers who love buying gadgets and technology, console launches represent a fun time to stock up on not only a new system but also a host of accessories for that system. If you care about local multiplayer, you’re definitely going to need an extra controller or three. Problem is: the controllers available at launch are always the same color. By the time cool colors come along, many of us already own all the controllers we need.
Luckily Xbox One owners don’t have to wait too terribly long for a different controller style to arrive. When Respawn and Electronic Arts' highly anticipated Titanfall launches on March 11 in North America and March 13 in Europe, a special limited edition controller will pop up right along with it. It certainly looks different from the standard black model! Update: Amazon preorder link after the break!
In mid-2013, Nokia and EA Sports released the highly anticipated exclusive – FIFA 13. It was a delight for footy fans since the only soccer title available at the time was Gameloft’s Real Soccer/Real Football 2013, and its previous edition.
The impressive and fully featured game has now shed the exclusive tag and available broadly for all Windows Phone 8 devices.
Indie and mobile games go through various genres of the moment over time, sort of like how console and big-budget PC games have been stuck on First-Person Shooters for the last ten years or so. For the longest time, it seemed like every new small-scale release that came along was a tower defense game. Hardly anybody complained, due to the inherent joy of defending towers.
The new genre of the moment on mobile is definitely the endless running game. A slew of endless runners have recently flooded Windows Phone 8, including such high profile releases as Subway Surfers and Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Only one endless runner with 3D graphics sports Xbox Live features, though: Temple Run 2 from Imangi Studios (makers of Harbor Master). Does the only non-spin-off sequel to Temple Run stand tall above its competitors? Read on to find out.
If you have been waiting for a deal on your favorite Windows Phone 8 game from Disney, today may be your lucky day. Seven titles went on sale today for a limited time and it is tough to beat the marked down price (free). That's right, seven game for free! All totaled about fifteen bucks worth of savings.
The seven Windows Phone 8 games are as follows:
Are you a fan of trial games? Rushing through levels, pulling off insane stunts, watching the environment alter and/or be destroyed around you, while attempting to speed to the end banner in the quickest time possible can be quite the experience. Trial Xtreme 3, published by DeeMedya, has raced on to the Windows Phone Store with enough fuel available for hours of bike riding.
A handful of popular Windows Phone apps have received updates recently that appear to mainly deal with fixing bugs and improving performance.
First up is the addictive Empire building game from Disney Mobile, Star Wars: Tiny Death Star. The game has you building an all-new Death Star and defeating the Rebel Alliance. The update takes the game to version 22.214.171.124 and fixes the problem of stores not producing coins while the game is closed of minimized.
Out Of Memory is a strategy oriented puzzle game for Windows Phone 8 devices that has you managing computer memory. You are tasked with allocating computer memory to a variety of computer programs. The goal, manage your computer memory for as long as possible.
Out Of Memory is a simply drawn up game for Windows Phone but does not lack challenge. There are several types of programs that will impact your memory grid in different ways. While we have plenty of puzzle games for our Windows Phone, Out Of Memory offers a unique style of gaming that has a certain amount of appeal.
When Where's My Water? 2 launched late last year, it was met with criticism from not only ourselves, but consumers too. This was due to the energy system implemented, which almost acted as a deterrent to play the game itself. Just like popular free online games available that make use of said system, players were forced to pick up in-app purchases to continue playing (or wait until their energy replenished). This sucked.
Luckily, Disney has been listening to consumer feedback and has released an update to the Windows Phone version of the game, removing the energy system altogether.
Everyone loves that feeling when apps and games have updates available. We also love a great deal here and there. Today's app update roundup features a bit of both to round off our CES coverage (for Windows Phone Central anyway – the event continues). Head on past the break to see which apps and games are included in this roundup and what's new.
The official manual app for Grand Theft Auto V is now available at the Windows Phone Store. The manual has over 100 pages covering everything from game controls and features a tour through the local neighborhoods and activities across Los Santos and Blaine County.
On top of a stellar Red Stripe Deal this week (Chaos Rings), Windows Phone gamers have another Xbox game sale to tempt their wallets. 10 Electronic Arts games are on sale for 30-40 percent off.
The most exciting discount comes in Plants vs. Zombies, a terrific game that hardly ever goes on sale. Both it and Bejeweled Live are three bucks. A slew of games that regularly sell for $2.99 will ring up for $1.99 instead this week, including: Battleship, Blobster, The Game of LIFE, iBomber Defense (ugh), Jet Set Go, Spy Mouse, Tetris, and Yahtzee.
Descriptions and Store Links after the break!
Hey all you penny-pinchers who decry the high prices that Square-Enix charges for its mobile role-playing games. This is your week. Thanks to the magic of the Xbox Red Stripe Deal, Chaos Rings, a game that has never gone on sale before, is now half off! $4.99 is certainly more palatable than $9.99, especially for one of the finest mobile RPGs in existence and single best games on Windows Phone.
The Red Stripe Deals continue to include six discounted games or apps per week in 2014 as opposed to last year’s three. This week’s haul consists mostly of games, with only a single app – Ipnos Software’s Relax Melodies Premium – on sale for 99 cents. The non-Xbox sale games include Chimpact from Yipee! Entertainment for 99 cents, Curling 3D from MaxNick (makers of Spider Jack) for $2.49, Iron Fist Boxing from Realtech VR for $1.49, and Shelter from Survivalist Games for 99 cents.
Are you a fan of dice games? If so, you've probably heard of Yatzy for Windows Phone. The game boasts three game modes as well as multi-tabling support for up to 4 games at any given time. Also available on iOS, the Windows Phone counterpart is racking up positive reviews and downloads. Partnering with myAppFree, the developer has made Yatzy available for free through the next 24 hours.
It’s never good news when a downloadable game gets delisted, regardless of platform. But a delisting is especially unfortunate for Windows Phone users, because delisted Windows Phone games can’t be redownloaded even by users who have purchased them. Nor can we back games up and restore them later. Just one of many issues we’ve lamented in the past that Microsoft still needs to fix.
Unfortunately, another couple of Xbox Windows Phone games disappeared from the Store at the start of the year: Tower Bloxx: New York and 3D Brick Breaker Revolution from publisher Digital Chocolate. Neither game was anything special – especially not 3D Brick Breaker. But again, you have to feel for people like yours truly who paid money for those titles and can now lose access to them forever.
In addition to those two vanished games, EA’s Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 has also dropped from the Store. Read on to learn about all three titles and what factors might have led to their disappearance.
On New Year’s Day, we wrote about a recent App Campus game released for Windows Phone 8: Mossad, from Israel-based indie developer GreenShpits. Mossad marries location-based gaming with searching for virtual items in the real world via augmented reality, something you don’t see all that much on Windows Phone.
While Mossad’s unique gameplay made the game noteworthy, a few major bugs tempered my enthusiasm for it. The developer took notice of our report, and quickly released a patch that addresses most of my concerns. Head past the break for post-update hands-on video and impressions!
Rail Rush is a popular Nokia exclusive endless runner and today we've been alerted to a rather large update in the form of the Undersea World. This new world offers an immersive experience as you traverse through the realm, avoiding obstacles and tackling monsters. We're now looking at version 1.6.
Gameloft spent a little time with us at #CESLive to discuss their upcoming gaming title, Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War.
Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War is a first person shooter optimized for touch control and is slated for release for Windows Phone 8 later this quarter. The game will be a free to play with in-app purchases. The demo looks good and controls look very user friendly.