Articles by Paul Acevedo

Red Stripe Deals Doodle God, Jack Hale, Toilet People, Drive Hard Taxi
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by Paul Acevedo
Jan 02, 2014

After all those December deals on Xbox Windows phone games, it’s only natural that the return to a single Xbox Red Stripe Deal of the Week would be less exciting. And so it is! This week’s Xbox sale game is alchemic puzzle game Doodle God from JoyBits. Doodle...

Mossad for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Jan 01, 2014

Location-based games and mobile are a great fit since smartphones usually have a GPS built in and people take their phones around everywhere. Why not work that into a game, right?

Israel-based developer GreenShpits recently released its own location-based/...

Xbox 360 Games with Gold Sleeping Dogs Lara Croft
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 31, 2013

2014 is almost upon us. With the new year comes another month of free Games with Gold titles for Xbox 360 owners. Last month we got an oldie-but-goodie retail title (Gears of War) and a decently-liked XBLA game: Shoot Many Robots. So what does...

Angry Birds Star Wars II Battle of Naboo
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 31, 2013

Last week, Rovio was kind enough to update all of their Angry Birds games for Windows Phone 8 with new content. This included an update for Angry Birds Star Wars II, which was supposed to bring the Windows Phone version in-line with the December 5th...

Peggle 2 for Xbox One Review
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 30, 2013

One of the greatest tragedies in Windows Phone gaming is that PopCap’s original Peggle never made it onto the platform. Originating as a PC game, Peggle eventually made its way to practically every platform under the sun except for Windows Phone –...

2020: My Country for Windows 8 and RT
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 29, 2013

A few months back, Windows Phone Central revealed that Game Insight would be releasing a sequel to My Country on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. The California/Russia-based publisher couldn’t announce a release date at that time, but at least we knew that ...

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek for Windows Phone and Windows 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 28, 2013

Polish developer Artifex Mundi produces some of the finest hidden object puzzle adventure (HOPA) games in the world. Their games are especially fine because most of them end up on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, including the Nightmares from the Deep series....

Final Fantasy III Windows Phone Achievement Guide
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 27, 2013

When the first Final Fantasy arrived on Windows Phone, all of its Achievements were secret and thus couldn’t be viewed by players. We quickly posted a Mini-Achievement Guide to help get players on-track.

Now Final Fantasy III has appeared on...

Final Fantasy III for Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 27, 2013

On the whole, it’s been a rough year for Xbox games on Windows Phone. Most weeks go by without new releases, and several publishers like Gameloft have stopped publishing their games as Xbox titles. And yet, a couple of new Xbox releases have turned up in the last few...

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood for Xbox One
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 22, 2013

The Xbox One isn’t due for another retail game release until early 2014. Luckily, early adopters have a steady stream of downloadable releases to keep them busy until then. Peggle 2 (review coming soon) showed up not long ago, and Halo: Spartan Assault...

Tank Domination coming to Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 21, 2013

A few months ago, we interviewed Game Insight about their Windows Phone and Windows 8 offerings. The US- and Russia-based publisher has already released My Country and Rule the Kingdom for both platforms. Their sister company NARR8 also offers the...

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 19, 2013

Not long ago, we published an in-depth preview of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for Xbox One and 360. Electronic Arts had invited us to play the game’s competitive Team Vanquish mode, which proved to be tons of fun. Somehow, the transition from tower...

TrueAchiever for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Dec 19, 2013

You can’t count on much from Xbox Windows Phone games (what few there are these days) other than Xbox Live Achievements. But lots of gamers love those, so there exists a significant crossover between Windows Phone gamers and users of the two primary Achievement sites:...

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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...