Lumia 520

The best games for your Nokia Lumia 520

Yesterday we shared with you the best apps for your Nokia Lumia 520. Why the Lumia 520 and not Windows Phone in general? Because if you have a device like the Lumia 920 or 1520 you can run practically any app in the Windows Phone Store. However, the Lumia 520 and other devices with just 512MB of RAM (think Lumia 521, Lumia 620, Lumia 720, etc) might come across certain apps and games that don’t work or don’t work too well.

The overwhelming majority of apps in the Windows Phone Store do work on all devices, including those with just 512MB of RAM. It’s when we look at games that we see the frequency of support drop a bit. All too often this year we’ve seen a highly anticipated game come to Windows Phone, but without initial support for 512MB devices. That said, here are the best games you can run on your Lumia 520.

Jetpack Joyride – Best game to get addicted

Jetpack Joyride hit Windows 8 first, then finally came to Windows Phone over the summer. The game is highly addictive, so be careful before playing in this endless adventure. It’s free and comes with Xbox Live integration, hard to beat that killer combo. Pick it up in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Jetpack Joyride

Halo: Spartan Assault – Best game for saving the universe

Is there anything better than playing Halo on Windows Phone? It’s tough to say, because Halo: Spartan Assault does an excellent job of bringing Halo from your television to your phone. Your game also syncs across the Windows 8 and Xbox One/360 versions of the game. It’s expensive for a phone game, sure, but it’s so good and performs well considering the hardware we’re working with here. Pick it up for $7.99 in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Halo Spartan Assault

SongArc – Best music game

We’ve been covering SongArc over the course of its inception, beta, launch, and present success. It’s the best music game you can get for Windows Phone and it supports 512MB devices. Its success is also highly dependent on the support of the community, which is really strong. Users can make their own music sheets and put them up for other players to download and play along with. The game is free, but you can buy more coins via an in-app purchase. Those coins are currently on sale, so you better hurry and grab them and save anywhere between 50-70%. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: SongArc

Rayman Jungle Run – Best platformer

Rayman has been on the video game scene for nearly 20 years and he recently joined Windows Phone this past year. Rayman Jungle Run instantly became one of the best games in the Windows Phone Store. It features great gameplay, graphics, and music to create a really fun experience on your phone. It goes for $0.99 and is worth every penny. Pick it up in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Rayman Jungle Run

Wordament – Best game to get your brain buzzing

Is there any question about how fun Wordament is? It’s been out on Window Phone for a very long time and has an interesting story. It was started by two Microsoft guys in their spare time, eventually that became their full-time gig at Microsoft as Wordament was absorbed into Microsoft Studios. Since launch its gained Xbox Live support and is available on every mobile platform. It’s free, has Xbox Live achievements, supports a handful of languages, and is super fun. You do require an internet connection to play, but it’s worth it. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Wordament

Rail Rush – Best endless runner

Oh yeah, time for a little controversy. You’re probably wanting Temple Run or Temple Run 2 as the best endless runner right? Well Temple Run 2 isn’t available for the Lumia 520 (yet) and Temple Run doesn’t have quite the depth and variety you can get with Rail Rush. Graphics look good and gameplay is smooth on 512MB devices. Rail Rush is also free, so that’s a nice bonus. The only downside to Rail Rush is the lack of Xbox Live and the need to use in-app purchases if you don’t feel like grinding it out to level up. Either way, it’s worth playing on your Lumia 520 so grab it in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Rail Rush

Asphalt 8: Airborne – Best racing game

When it comes to mobile racing games, Asphalt is king of the hill. Gameloft is one of the biggest game developers in the mobile space and they’ve mastered the racing genre. On Windows Phone we have the 7th and 8th installment available, with the former having Xbox Live integration and the latter lacking it. So why are we picking Asphalt 8: Airborne as the best racing game? Because it’s newer with better graphics and (in our opinion) better gameplay. You really can’t go wrong with either. Asphalt 8 goes for $0.99 in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Asphalt 8 Airborne

Reaper – Best role playing game

Picking a great role playing game is hard because they all vary wildly in graphics, gameplay, content and more. We’re going with Reaper for a few reasons. It has great graphics, gameplay, and value. It’s a free that’s really just really fun to play. There are in-app purchases, but you can decide to indulge once you encounter them. Grab Reaper in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Reaper

Angry Birds Star Wars II – Best Angry Birds

Yeah, the category is a bit of a gimme, but it’s true. Angry Birds Star Wars II is the best Angry Birds we’ve ever played. The first mashup between Angry Birds and Star Wars was a hit, but the second installment takes it to another level. Addictive gameplay with cameos from your favorite Star Wars characters. The game is super fun and probably the best Angry Birds game yet. Grab it for $0.99 in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Angry Birds Star Wars II

Sparkle 2 – Best puzzle game

10tons makes some of the best games on Windows Phone. Sparkle 2 comes to us from them and is an excellent little puzzle game. Shoot your colored marbles to other marbles with a similar color before all the marbles reach the end. The game features a trial, but will set you back just $1.29 in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Sparkle 2

It’s tough to pick the top anything, especially games. Our tastes are all so different that no one list is going to satisfy everyone. Which is where the comments come in. Which games are must-haves for your Lumia 520 (or any device with 512MB of RAM)? Sound off below in the comments with your favorites! 


Reader comments

The best games for your Nokia Lumia 520


When I go through the 520, I can't even find it in the store. But when I go through my 1020 and 920, it's there.

In my opinion best endless rinning game is Subway Sufer but you can't mention that game.

Anyway thanx for this.

temple run first crashes like shit in 512 MB device!!!!!........temple run 2 hasn't been released yet for 512 MB device

it always crashes after reaching 5000 M also frame rate drops badly and also problem with taking swipe sometimes....

Hm I wonder how many storage Halo : Spartan Assault need ? Because I have 2 GB free memory and its still says it is insufficient ?
I have L620

i don´t know..... half of them are paid and not everyone has a credit card.... or a supported-by-microsoft credit card.. and most of those games are free in other plataforms.... just saying.

That doesn't change anything since Microsoft checks your IP at the moment of signing up for the rewards program. Just saying.

MS only, ONLY accepts credit card visa or master card, nothing else... in my country at least... so, sience i dont have none of these (and i can´t cause i´m underaged XD) i can´t get paid apps :( 

• Best Puzzle - The Path of Kara
• Best Role Playing Game - Doom and Destiny (I want to choose Spectral Souls but I havent playing it)
• Best Endless Runner - Minion Rush
• Best Game to get Addicted - Lies of Astaroth

Agreed on The Path of Kara, Not a big puzzle game fan but, I found this one very fun and wanted to find the end of the quest.

Great game, no question.

Where is minion rush ???
I mean its the best game for WP and its free most of the games you listed are not, I bought the 520 cuse I can't afford the better ones so don't expect me to buy the apps , this list is wrong .

I played Minion Rush on a 520 and it was laggy and jerky as hell. I couldn't call it playable in its current state.

I don't have that problem on my 520 it only lags when it starts and then goes smoothly I even made higher scores than my sister's on Lg 4x HD witch is a high end device , so I think its More than playable .

Where is minon rush , its the best game on WP and its for FREE , and hill climb racing ,most of the games listed aren't , I bought the 520 because I can't afford the better ones so don't expect me to buy the games I'll be looking for the free ones .

These are the games I have on my 520 that haven't been mentioned in the post:

Feed Me Oil by Electronic Arts

Spy Mouse by Electronic Arts

Cut the Rope: Experiments by Zeptolab

King Oddball by 10tons Ltd

Azkend by 10tons Ltd

Sparkle by 10tons Ltd

Squids by The Game Bakers

Contre Jour by Electronic Arts

Ilomilo by Microsoft Studios

Rabbids Big Bang by Ubisoft

Ilomilo is one of the early WP7 games but, a must play game for anyone with a WP device. Cute, great graphics and fun with a good level of challange.

For my Nokia Lumia 620(512mb ram)

Best endless runner:-Minion Rush

Best game for saving the universe:-Halo

Best Shooter:-Dredd vs zombies

Best sports:-World cricket Championship

Best Puzzle:Puzzle Detective

Best Platformer:Rayman Jungle Run

Best Role Playing:Zombie High Volumes 1-3

Best addictive:-Temple Run Probably

Must Have games:All Angry Birds


Here's my choice

Jetpack Joyride, UNO Friends,Rail Rush,Ashphalt 7 and 8,Battle Monkeys,Epic Battle Dude,Reaper,Royal Revolt,Minion Rush, Rayman Jungle Run,Robotek, AE 3D Moto 1 and 2,CJ StrikeBack and dunno i forgot a few...

I'm not a huge game player, but there's a few games I like to play when I have a few minutes to kill. They are just simple time wasters but fun nonetheless....

Zombie Smasher

3rd Floor Blackjack

Slick Joker Poker


Again, what about he best FREE games for lumia 520?   Not everyone is going to pay for a game on windows phone that they can get for free on another platform.  

In my Lumia 620 I hav
Angry Birds Star Wars 2
Angry Birds Star War
Jetpack Joy Ride
Microsoft Solitaire
Shuffle Party
Benji Banana
Dark Lands
Hill Climb Racing
Lies of Astaroth
Rail Rush
Turbo Racing Leauge
Just waiting for Temple Run 2 for 512mb RAM then my collection will be perfect of 6 xbox games and 6 non-xbox games

minion rush! (despicable me) works well also..and it's really addictive. same for hill clim racing, dark lands, dredds vs zombies, and many more!!! on my 520 baby!!

I want my hydro thunder go! Have it on my 900 and want it on Wp8 before selling off the 900!