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Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Racing Games

Racing Games can be a highly addictive past time from our Windows Phones and the Store has a respectable collection of racing titles to choose from.  You have boat-racing games, motorcycle-racing games, automobile racing games and even airplane racing games. 

In this week’s Windows Phone Central Roundup, we take a look at four racing titles that will appeal to everyone’s need for speed.  We do stray from the path a little and take you out from behind the wheel with to of the games in this week's roundup.  Each title is an entertaining option to consider and are appealing additions to the Windows Phone gaming library.

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Seasons is an infinity/endless runner game for Windows Phone that was recently released in the Store but had a few glitches that prevented it from loading to Windows Phone 7.x devices.

An update has been released taking the game to version 1.1 and the game loads and plays just fine on Windows Phone 7.x devices.  The update also improves multiplayer match making and fixes a few minor bugs that were discovered after the initial release of the game.

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It’s no secret that SongArc is one of our favorite games. It’s also quite popular with you guys and the Windows Phone community at large. It has north of a 500,000 users playing and is by far the most popular music game in the Windows Phone Store. A few weeks ago we gave you a sneak peek at the changes coming in version 2.0 of the game, which will be rolling out into the Windows Phone Store in the next few hours.

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7 Little Words is a relatively new word game for Windows Phone 8 that has had decent success over on the iOS and Android platforms.  In the short time we have spent with the game, 7 Little Words should have similar success here on the Windows Phone platform.

The game is simple.  Each puzzle has seven clues used to solve seven words and twenty letter groups that will be used to build those seven words. 

7 Little Words is a fun, entertaining, simply laid out game for Windows Phone 8 that makes a very good first impression and is nice option to consider if you are looking for a challenging word game.

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Tower defense games can be an entertaining gaming option from our Windows Phone.  Zero Defense hopes to join the ranks of the quality tower defense games available in the Windows Phone Store.

Zero Defense makes a good first impression with a wide variety of defensive weapons and alien invaders you have to defend against.  The game has over thirty hours of campaign mode gaming that spans across three worlds.

If tower defense games are your cup of tea, Zero Defense is worth a try.

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Masters of Trivia is a new Windows Phone 8 game that will test your knowledge of sports, entertainment, geography and other topics in forty-second speed quizzes.

The game is an online, multiplayer game where you compete against others to see who can rack up the most points.  The pace of the game is quick and the questions challenging. 

We’ve been tinkering with the Beta version of Masters of Trivia over the past few days and have found it to be an entertaining Windows Phone game.  The game is now live in the Windows Phone Store and if you like trivia games, Masters of Trivia is worth a try.

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If you like puzzle games to pass the time with, check out the Windows Phone game Move.  Move calls upon your skills of logic to move colored circles into matching squares.

The challenge is that the colored circles move in unison and at times the direct path to solve the puzzle is blocked.  The goal is to navigate all the circles on to their matching squares in the fewest moves.

The game has hundreds of levels and three different game board sizes.  Move is not a very complicated Windows Phone game but challenging enough to keep things interesting.

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Seasons is a relatively new infinite runner game for our Windows Phones.  You play the role of Ezra, a warrior who is in the middle of a heated battle with his brother Aton.  You have to help Ezra race across the land, navigating him past various obstacles along the way.

Game play is not unlike other running games and graphics are well done.  The storyline does get lost after the title scenes but is replaced by a fast paced, challenging game.  You jump, slide and punch your way through obstacles to see how far you can run. 

Add magic attacks, power-ups, multi-player support and the ability to fly and Seasons comes across as an attractive Windows Phone game, well worth a try.

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A game of hangman can be an entertaining way to pass the time and there are plenty of hangman styled games to choose from in the Windows Phone Store.  Mr. Potino is one of the more recent offerings and takes a rather unique approach to the game.

Your hangman is a puppet that moves and flows as you move your Windows Phone.  The game has over 50,000 word puzzles and as you guess wrong on a letter, the puppet loses one of its body parts.

Mr. Potino has a certain amount of appeal but needs just a little fine-tuning.

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And here’s another one! Yesterday I wrote about the popular Android game – Sky Cups – arriving on Windows Phone, and then we learnt that Hill Climb Racing has also hit the Store.

Hill Climb Racing is a very popular game on Android, judging from a 4.7 rating with over 900,000 reviews, and is known as one of the most addictive and entertaining physics based driving game.

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AE Roulette 3D is an entertaining game that brings a little casino action to our Windows Phone.  The 3D graphics are appealing, game play is realistic and the only thing missing is the noise from the slot machines in the background.

AE Roulette 3D makes for a fun casino game for your Windows Phone and a nice addition to the games of chance genre.

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Doodle Kingdom is the latest installment in the Doodle series games for our Windows Phones.  The Windows Phone 8 game joins Doodle Devil and Doodle God in the Store and challenges you with creating your own Medieval Kingdom.

You can create castles, knights, dragons, dwarves and other elements to make your Kingdom complete.  Add a few side quests and a hero mini-game and Doodle Kingdom is an appealing gaming option for Windows Phone 8.

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Polyhegrams is a challenging, wonderfully drawn up Windows Phone word game developed through the AppCampus.  You are tasked with solving word challenges by building words from letters scattered about various three-dimensional objects.

In celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday, the developer will be offering Polyhegrams free (a $1.49 savings).  The free offer will begin on Thursday, November 28, 2013, and will run through the weekend.

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Fruit Rocks is a Windows Phone game that calls upon you to use fruit trees and rocks to defend Earth against an alien invasion.  The game is a side scrolling action title where you hurl apples and oranges from trees to destroy a variety of aliens that have decided to invade Earth.

The game also includes bonus items that can be shot with your fruit to give you an edge in taking out the alien monsters.  Game play is challenging, cartoon graphics aren’t too shabby, and overall, Fruit Rocks is a fun game to pass the time with.

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Tap The Frog is a collection of six mini-games that are designed to test your reflexes and powers of observation.  The Windows Phone game is nicely animated and full of challenges that will not only test your reflexes but also your powers of observation.

Tap The Frog has likeable graphics, gaming achievements, and an online leaderboard.  The game has its appeal and has a slight addictive quality.  Tap The Frog is a fun game for short bits of time but it can be somewhat nerve racking as well.

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Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Bowling Games

Sports games for our Windows Phones can have great entertainment value.  These games can help you pass short bits of time or handle the longer gaming sessions when you plenty of time to kill.  Bowling games fit that bill and are are the subject of this week’s Windows Phone Central Roundup

Bowling may not appeal to everyone but they are simple games to pick up but challenging to master.  You often have customizations to make the game reflect more of your personal tastes and just when you think you have game play down pat, you roll a gutter ball.  

These Windows Phone games may not turn you into the Big Lebowski but they are entertaining, all are free and well worth the try.  We will focus on four of the more popular bowling titles in the Windows Phone Store and if we've missed your favorite bowling game, let us know in the comments. 

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Ninja Jump is a simple, mildly challenging Windows Phone game that has you running up walls, dodging enemy ninjas and other dangers.  Consider it an infinity running game that has you running up the walls instead of across the landscape.  The higher you climb, the higher your score. 

Graphics are nice (although tiny), game pace quick and overall Ninja Jump is not a bad choice if you are looking for a casual game to help you pass the time with.

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Strata is a wonderfully drawn up, challenging Windows Phone 8 puzzle game.  Strata takes a very simplistic approach to puzzles where you have to weave colored ribbons to match a specific color pattern.

The game has hundreds of levels that vary in size and difficulty as you progress through the game.  Strata is an entertaining game that has an addictive quality to it, making it an attractive puzzle game for our Windows Phone 8 devices. 

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