Articles by Paul Acevedo

Modern Combat 4 Windows Phone Red Stripe Deal
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by Paul Acevedo
Sep 05, 2013

This has been a happy week for mobile Xbox gamers. Gameloft published the highly anticipated Six-Guns for Windows Phone 8, and it’s a free game to boot. But more is always better where games are concerned.

The latest Xbox Red Stripe Deal has you covered...

Big Buck Hunter Pro Adventure for Windows 8 Surface
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by Paul Acevedo
Sep 04, 2013

The original Big Buck Hunter Pro game for Windows Phone had the misfortune of launching right before Windows Phone 8 last year. It ran a bit poorly on early Windows Phone 7 devices, so many of us looked forward to improved performance on Windows Phone 8....

Six Guns for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Sep 04, 2013

It’s been a rough few weeks for Xbox Windows Phone games. We haven’t seen a new Xbox-branded game since UNO & Friends released at the end of July, for crying out loud. Sure, the new version of Fruit Ninja and Chaos Rings’ recent Windows...

Xbox One external hard drive support delayed
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by Paul Acevedo
Sep 03, 2013

The Xbox One will launch with a 500 GB internal, non-interchangeable hard drive. 500 GB would be an awfully confining storage space in the modern age of game installations, and downloadable games, movies, and music. Microsoft’s solution for users who need more storage...

Disney Windows 8 game sale
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by Paul Acevedo
Aug 30, 2013

Disney makes several fine games for Windows 8 and RT, but they’re all a bit pricey compared to their Windows Phone counterparts. Temple Run: Brave for instance, launched at $1.49 on Windows 8 but soon went up to $4.99. Actually, $4.99 is the regular price of...

Games with Gold Magic 2013 Rainbow Six Vegas
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by Paul Acevedo
Aug 30, 2013

We just reviewed Charlie Murder, an awesome downloadable Xbox 360 game. Now let's talk about free 360 games. Microsoft’s Games with Gold program got off to a decent start when Fable III became free for Gold members during E3 in June. The program, meant...

Charlie Murder XBLA
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by Paul Acevedo
Aug 30, 2013

Back in the happier times when Microsoft actively supported Xbox games on Windows Phone, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ska Studios, the two person team behind Zombies on the Phone. While Ska worked on Zombies (which came out at the beginning of...

Asphalt 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Aug 29, 2013

Last week we revealed that Gameloft, one of the largest mobile game publishers in the world would be bringing 15 new games to both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. Since then, a scrappy little site has reported that “future [Gameloft] Windows Phone titles will be released...

Implode Windows Phone Red Stripe Deal
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by Paul Acevedo
Aug 29, 2013

It’s another sad week with no new Xbox Windows Phone game release – Tetris Blitz never showed up yesterday. As such, the Xbox Red Stripe Deal must provide hungry Windows Phone gamers with sustenance. Well, this week’s deal game has gone on twice sale before,...

NARR8 for Windows 8 Alexis Valerio
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by Paul Acevedo
Aug 28, 2013

Reading electronic books on your phone or tablet can be more convenient than toting a physical book collection around, but otherwise most e-books don’t take advantage of the power of modern computing devices. Motion comics on the other hand, can spice up traditional...

Maya LT
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by Paul Acevedo
Aug 28, 2013

Autodesk creates a wide range of products, from consumer-oriented Windows 8 apps like Sketchbook Express all the way to enterprise-level programs such as Maya 3D. The latter is used by movie makers, advertisers, and even gaming professionals to create...

Fruit Ninja for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Aug 28, 2013

The first Xbox-enabled version of Fruit Ninja launched shortly after Windows Phone 7 itself way back in December 2010. As the months rolled by, the iOS and Android versions received a number of updates while the Windows Phone game did not. Developer Halfbrick...

Fling Theory Windows Phone 8 update
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by Paul Acevedo
Aug 26, 2013

A couple of weeks ago we interviewed Canadian indie developer the Coding Jar about their premiere Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 game, Fling Theory. We discussed the game’s origins, how it plays, and the studio’s future plans.

What Coding Jar didn’t...

Asphalt 7 for Windows 8 and Windows Phone Xbox 360 Controller
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by Paul Acevedo
Aug 24, 2013

Earlier this week, Gameloft announced they will bring their latest arcade racer Asphalt 8: Airborne to both Windows Phone and Windows 8. Phone owners have enjoyed its predecessor for quite some time now, but Microsoft’s tablet and PC operating system has gone...

Watchdogs for Xbox One
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by Paul Acevedo
Aug 23, 2013

The lineup of Xbox One launch game announcements began with a trickle during the May reveal event and didn’t start to really flow until Microsoft’s E3 press conference. Electronic Arts and other publishers chimed in, and soon gamers began to have a decent idea of what...

Tetris Blitz Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
Aug 20, 2013

The original Tetris for Windows Phone is a fair port of the classic puzzle game, albeit overpriced at $4.99. But the world has moved on, and vanilla Tetris doesn’t excite gamers any more. That’s why Electronic Arts jazzed the old game up with the ...

Casual Connect USA justin Saint Claire
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by Paul Acevedo
Aug 20, 2013

Yesterday we ran our final Casual Connect USA news item for the year: a preview of upcoming games Animal Park Tycoon and Yeti Rising. Now its time to look back at how Windows Phone and Windows 8 fared at the show. Did they live up to our predications, and...

Asphalt 8 Gamescom logo
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by Paul Acevedo
Aug 20, 2013

As mobile Xbox gamers probably know, Halfbrick recently released a new version of Fruit Ninja and Square Enix’s Chaos Rings became available to all Windows Phone 8 users last week. Beyond that however, we aren’t aware of too many game developers with...

Casual Connect AMA Animal Park Tycoon Yeti Rising
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by Paul Acevedo
Aug 19, 2013

Yesterday we brought you a look at Advanced Mobile Applications’ Hills of Glory 3D and the upcoming Windows Phone 8 version of Babel Rising 3D. AMA, you’ll remember is a sister studio of Ubisoft. They’ve worked with a number of gaming franchises,...

Advanced Mobile Applications Hills of Glory and Babel Rising 3D for Windows Phone and Windows 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Aug 18, 2013

We’re nearly done with our Casual Connect gaming coverage. At the San Francisco-based gaming industry event, I interviewed a number of Windows Phone and Windows 8 developers. One of the largest of those developers is Advanced Mobile Applications (AMA). Founded in 2004...