Articles by Paul Acevedo

Terrene for Windows Phone 8
Review
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...

Electronic Arts headquarters sign Redwood City
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 20, 2013

The Xbox One launch is fast approaching, with many game publishers lined up to publish launch titles for the new console. One of those publishers is Electronic Arts, who have Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed: Rivals ready for Xbox One.

In...

Kingdoms & Lords for Windows Phone
Review
by Paul Acevedo
Nov 20, 2013

City-building games with timers are increasingly common on mobile platforms. Xbox Windows Phone has seen a few, including Gameloft’s own Ice Age Village. These games lure players in with their initially rapid progression and lots of loot to collect. But the...

Kingdoms & Lords In-App Purchase Guide
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 18, 2013

Gameloft’s previous Xbox Windows Phone 8 release Six-Guns had so many different in-app purchases that we published a lengthy guide just to cover them all. Seriously, virtually every aspect of that game had an IAP component, with some feeling less optional than...

Painkiller: Hell and Damnation for Xbox 360
Review
by Paul Acevedo
Nov 17, 2013

Console First-Person Shooter fans could be forgiven for having missed out on the Painkiller series thus far. The series’ last console appearance was Painkiller: Hell Wars for the original Xbox back in 2006. Otherwise the series primarily appears on PC...

Iron Brigade Xbox Live Arcade
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 17, 2013

We’re entering the second half of the month now, which means it’s time for a new free game for Xbox Live Gold subscribers as part of the Games with Gold program. The first November game, A World of Keflings (from the makers of Fusion: Sentient) was a...

EmiPSX Playstation emulator for Windows Phone 8
Review
by Paul Acevedo
Nov 15, 2013

Not long ago, we covered a Sega Genesis emulator for Windows Phone 8 called EmiGens Plus. The Sega Genesis/Mega Drive was a terrific console, but many gamers would still love to play newer console games on their phones. Thanks to EmiGens’ developer...

Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 Surface
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 15, 2013

We reviewed the first Nightmares from the Deep game, Cursed Heart earlier this week. Funny how the timing works out – the sequel Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call has just launched on Windows Phone 8! That would be good news enough...

Flight Control Rocket Alien with a Magnet Avirall Windows Phone Red Stripe Deals
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 14, 2013

Save on Flight Control Rocket, An Alien with a Magnet, and Avirall Time Suite this week with Microsoft's Red Stripe Deal. 

With the appearance of Asphalt 8 as a non-Xbox title, some Windows Phone Xbox fans remain in shock. What better way to cure your ills than...

Nightmares from the Deep: the Cursed Heart for Windows Phone
Review
by Paul Acevedo
Nov 13, 2013

During our coverage of Casual Connect a few months back, we interviewed Polish developer Artifex Mundi about some of their adventure titles. I also promised to start reviewing those titles, and now it’s time to do just that.

First up is our review of ...

MoKo Detachable Rotary Case for the Surface Pro
Review
by Paul Acevedo
Nov 11, 2013

Windows Phone Central has brought you several accessory reviews for the Microsoft Surface over the past few months. We’ve covered cases from Bear Motion, MiniSuit, and more. One case manufacturer has been noticeably absent though: MoKo Cases. These cases came highly...

Kingdoms & Lords for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 08, 2013

Xbox Windows Phone gamers might have noticed that a Store link for Gameloft’s Kingdoms & Lords has been making the rounds today. Unfortunately, most users are finding they can’t actually download or play the game on their phones. Is it a case of the...

Vector Runner Remix for Windows Phone
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 08, 2013

It’s always good news when a new game engine adds Windows Phone 8 support. Game engines make it easier to develop games for a platform and increase the number of games that can be ported from other platforms. Win-win.

We mention this because the TreSensa...

Green Jelly for Windows Phone 8
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by Paul Acevedo
Nov 04, 2013

Hey guys, did you miss me? I’ve been busy playing Green Jelly, which you mustn’t confuse with the band who performed ‘Three Little Pigs’ in the nineties.

This Green Jelly is actually the latest Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 game from Russian...

Foul Play for Xbox 360 XBLA
Review
by Paul Acevedo
Oct 23, 2013

Seeing as how we didn’t get a new Xbox Windows Phone game last week, we’ll look at a downloadable Xbox 360 game instead. Foul Play is a recent Xbox Live Arcade game from UK-based publisher Mastertronic.

Foul Play’s title might make you think the...

Chickens Can't Fly returns to Windows Phone as indie game
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by Paul Acevedo
Oct 23, 2013

Last month, Microsoft pulled 11 Xbox games from the Windows Phone Store, 10 of which had used Microsoft Points as the payment method for their In-App Purchases. At the time, we speculated that only a few games would return at all, and mostly stripped of their Xbox...

The Sims FreePlay for Windows Phone Teen Update
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by Paul Acevedo
Oct 21, 2013

The Sims FreePlay was a very big game when it arrived on Windows Phone 8 in September. So big that we published a two installment Achievement guide and an In-App Purchase guide on top of our usual review. But even then, our version lacked some content from the...

Aces of the Luftwaffe
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by Paul Acevedo
Oct 19, 2013

Back at Casual Connect in August, we interviewed German developer Handy Games about some of their upcoming Windows Phone and Windows 8 titles: 1941: Frozen Front and Townsmen. Those two fine-looking titles are still in development, but the game maker...