Articles by Paul Acevedo

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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 17, 2013

This has been a terrible year for Xbox games on Windows Phone. Microsoft has all but dropped support for the Xbox branding on phones, developers have stopped releasing Xbox games en masse, and new Xbox games are basically a rare occurrence nowadays. Don’t you wish the...

Xbox 360 Countdown to 2014 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 box
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 17, 2013

Every year since time immemorial, Microsoft has put a ton of downloadable Xbox 360 content on sale around Christmastime. The sale returns once again this year as the Countdown to 2014. Running from today through December 31, the Countdown consists both of daily and...

Puzzle Retreat for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 16, 2013

Slowly but surely, the upcoming Windows Phone 8 games we previewed from Casual Connect a few months ago have started to appear on the Store. First came Babel Rising 3D, then Yeti on Furry (awful name!) and Nightmares from the Deep: the Siren’s...

Zumba Fitness World Party for Xbox One box art
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 15, 2013

The Xbox One includes a free fitness and exercise game called Xbox Fitness for Xbox Live gold subscribers – see our console review for a detailed description. Not to look a gift mouth in the horse, but Xbox Fitness has a lot of room for improvement....

Forza 5 for Xbox One custom Windows Phone car design
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 15, 2013

Forza Motorsport 5 is one of the premiere titles in the Xbox One launch lineup. With hyper realistic graphics, excellent physics, and innovative cloud-based driver AI, Forza 5 should keep fans of racing sims busy for months on end.

That’s all...

Aztec Antics for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 13, 2013

Windows Phone has been slow to pick up some of mobile gaming’s heavy hitters – though the promise of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas coming next week is certainly a big step in the right direction. Still, many of the most unique and interesting mobile...

Frozen Free Fall for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 12, 2013

They might not always achieve release date parity with other platforms, but Disney Interactive is still a major supporter of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. This year we’ve seen new releases like Where’s My Water? 2 and Where’s My Mickey arrive in...

BigBot Audio Drop for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 11, 2013

After taking last week off to review Microsoft’s Xbox One console, I’m back with a look at a just-released indie game for Windows Phone 7 and 8. BigBot Audio Drop comes from Wisconsin-based indie developer BigBot Systems. Not only is it their first game, it’s...

Despicable Me Minion Rush Windows Phone 8 Lumia 1520
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 10, 2013

December is shaping up to be a great month for Gameloft fans. Last week, the mobile publishing giant released Dungeon Hunter 4 for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. Mobile Windows platforms need all the action-RPGs they can get. Dungeon Hunter is also...

Nintendo emulators return to Windows Phone 8 from Duc Le
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 10, 2013

As November and American Thanksgiving drew to a close, Windows Phone classic gaming fans experienced a bit of a shock. Indie developer M.k’s three Nintendo console emulators SNES8x, VBA8, and VGBC8 all disappeared from the Store. Naturally...

Electronic Arts Xbox Windows Phone games sale
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 10, 2013

A few weeks ago, a bunch of Xbox Windows Phone games (mostly Nokia collection titles) went on sale at once. Nokia, who seems to have organized the sale, also announced that several more games would be discounted in early December.

Those titles (and a few more)...

Microsoft Store 12 Days of Deals Day One Venue 8 Pro
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 10, 2013

The Microsoft Store’s 12 Days of Christmas Deals kicked off yesterday with some serious discounts on the Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8 tablet. During Monday’s deal, the first 20 people at the Microsoft Store could purchase the Venue 8 Pro for only $99. Everyone after that...

Peggle 2 Sylvain Dubrofsky and Paul Acevedo
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 08, 2013


Sylvain Dubrofsky of PopCap Games and Windows Phone Central's Paul Acevedo

Microsoft’s Xbox One console is in stores now and doing very well; we even gave it a highly detailed review last week. Early adopters have more than twenty games to choose from,...

Xbox One console with Kinect and controller
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 05, 2013

Eight long years after the Xbox 360 debuted in 2005, its successor console the Xbox One has finally arrived. The new console brings more than just increased horsepower to the table; it also sports an assortment of unique multimedia features and a new Kinect camera/...

Dungeon Hunter 4 for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 Surface
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 02, 2013

Back in August, mobile publishing giant Gameloft announced a big batch of games for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. The first of those titles, Asphalt 8 arrived on both mobile Windows platforms just a couple of weeks ago. Disappointingly, it lacked Xbox...

Crimson Dragon for Xbox One
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 01, 2013

It has been quite a while since Crimson Dragon: Side Story debuted on Windows Phone back in September 2012. Believe it or not, Side Story was originally intended as the follow-up to an Xbox 360 Crimson Dragon title that would have launched...

SNES8x, VBA8, and VGBC8 disappear from the Windows Phone Store
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 29, 2013

Windows Phone emulation fans might have noticed that three classic game system emulators have disappeared from the Store: SNES8x (a Super Nintendo emulator), VBA8 (a GameBoy Advance emulator), and VGBC8 (a Gameboy Color emulator). As of press...

Terrene for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 27, 2013

Since Windows Phone did not receive a new Xbox game last week, my review this week will look at an indie game from Singapore-based developer Aureoline Tetrahedron.

Terrene is a vector graphics game for Windows Phone 8 that looks deceptively similar to...

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for Xbox One
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 26, 2013

The Xbox One launched in 13 countries last Friday, and early adopters (including much of the Windows Phone Central staff) have a fairly robust selection of launch titles to enjoy. That doesn’t mean we’re not already looking to the future, though. When you buy a console...

Zombies!!! for Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 24, 2013

It’s been a rough year for Xbox games on Windows Phone. Many weeks go by without new releases, and a fair number of developers have jumped ship and switched to indie releases (see Asphalt 8). If we had to name the single worst day for Xbox Windows Phone, it...