Windows Phone Games

Windows Central Roundup: Top Windows 8 Games

We are taking a slight change of pace for this week's roundup. Instead of focusing on apps for Windows Phone, we are going to take a look at a few of the top rated Windows games.

An HP Stream 8 tablet was left under the tree with my name on it this past Christmas. While my Windows Phone is my primary device for gaming these days, I'm finding the 8" Windows tablet can hold its own rather well. I think in many respects a tablet is more amenable to gaming than a laptop or desktop, especially when touch screen controls are in play.

I've plucked four gaming titles from the Windows Store (plus a few honorable mentions) that I have found to be nice gaming options when you need the elbowroom a tablet offers. Many of these gaming options are available for your Windows Phone and I'll add the download links with those titles for the Windows Phone Store and make not if the version is available for low-memory Windows Phones.

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If you like Dungeons and Dragons styled games, the Windows Phone game Dungeoneers might be something of interest.

The game is a dungeon exploration game where you create a party of four adventurers from a handful of unique classes . Dungeoneers has tons of monsters to defeat, plenty of gold to fill your pouches and a few treasure chests to plunder. The game is available for low-memory devices and while I enjoyed playing Dungeoneers, it may take you a little time to get used to the interface and dark graphics.

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While there are a variety of endless runners available today, Subway Surfers was one of the first games that got the genre going. The game is updated on a regular basis, with every update bringing a different location and a new theme. This time around, it's Seoul, and although the game highlighted the city before, this update features a different theme.

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Puzzle Pets is the latest hit from Gameloft to arrive on Windows Phone. This new match-3 game will task players with entering a colorful and vibrant world to interact with pets and special abilities for some unpredictable gameplay. If you're a fan of these games, you'll definitely want to save some space for Puzzle Pets.

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Dragon Mania Legends is a city building styled Windows Phone game where you rebuild he kingdom of Dragolandia where you breed dragons and fight off neighboring Vikings and their dragons.

Dragon Mania Legends includes over one hundred species of dragons to discover and plenty of side missions to tackle. Combat sequences are turned based pitting your dragons against the Vikings. The game is available for low-memory Windows Phones, as well as Windows 8 devices, and after spending a few days with the game, Dragon Mania Legends is a fun way to pass the time.

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Goblins! Problems! is a Windows Phone game where you are tasked with battling wave after wave of goblins. You hack and slash your way through an endless number of these wicked creatures, earning gold along the way.

Goblins! has an RPG feel with upgradeable character traits and specialized attacks. The graphics aren't too shabby and while I don't know if I could spend the afternoon playing Goblins! Problems!, it might not be a bad option when you need help passing shorter bits of time. The game is available for low-memory Windows Phones.

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Frederic - Evil Strikes Back is a sequel installment to the original Windows Phone game Frederic. The game has the legendary composer Frederic Chopin being resurrected from the grave to prove that his music can still be a chart topper.

Evil Strikes Back picks up where the original left off with Frederic facing a host of opponents in musical duels. The game does have a Guitar Hero feel about it but instead of battling it out on a 6 String, you are armed with a piano keyboard.

Available for low-memory Windows Phones, Frederic - Evil Strikes Back is normally priced at $4.99. However, as this week's myAppFree deal you can pick up the Windows Phone game free!

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Update: Microsoft clarified in a statement to The Guardian that none of Mojang's servers were compromised, meaning that the leaked passwords and usernames were the result of an unrelated hack.

"We can confirm that no Mojang.net service was compromised and that normal industry procedures for dealing with situations like this were put in place to reset passwords for the small number of affected accounts."

"When we discover lists of gamertags, usernames and passwords posted online, we take immediate action to protect our customers by reviewing for valid credentials and resetting account access when necessary."

Microsoft's statements will no doubt reassure users concerned about the safety of their accounts.

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Pigment Puzzle is a Windows Phone game that is heavily inspired by the Rubik's Cube puzzle that first surfaced in 1980.

Instead of dealing with a three-dimensional combination puzzle, Pigment Puzzle has you solving a one dimensional combination puzzle. The game has three puzzle sizes and four color schemes to keep you challenged.

Available for low-memory Windows Phones, Pigment Puzzle can be a little frustrating at times but overall, it is an appealing puzzle title for your Windows Phone gaming library.

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Over the weekend, we published a guide to importing Puyo Puyo Tetris for Xbox One. That guide stirred up old feelings in yours truly, as I wrote strategy guides for years before becoming a gaming journalist and critic. It turns out I had another guide in me, this time for Gameloft's World at Arms for Windows Phone and Windows 8!

World at Arms is a military-themed city building game with strategic battles against AI and human opponents. Many gamers are so over city builders, including me. But World at Arms is one of the better ones, especially now that it has Xbox Live Achievements. Our detailed guide will tell you how to get them all and dominate the online competition!

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Windows Central Roundup: Top Rated Windows Phone Ninja Games

Ninjas are a popular subject for games and the Windows Phone Store has a handful of top rated games that feature these stealthy characters. Many are action oriented Windows Phone games that will test your skills at strategy, reflexes and speed.

We pulled four of the top rated ninja styled games from the Windows Phone Store to highlight for this week's roundup. We tried to offer a variety of titles that include a platformer, a fighting game and a pair of target practice games. All come across entertaining ways to pass the time with nice graphics and challenging game play.

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.NOON. is a Windows Phone game that will test your reflexes, patience and to some degree, your sanity. The game is available for both Windows 8 devices and Windows Phones (including low-memory phones). We have received a few tips on the game and found the game to be a nice time waster even though a game rarely lasts more than a few seconds.

The premise of the game is rather simple, tap the clock as the minute hand strikes noon. While the goal sounds easy, .NOON. is designed to make such a simple task challenging. Dare I say nerve racking?

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Imperium - ROTS is a relatively new fantasy adventure for Windows Phone that has you battling a host of foes as you search for the crystals of ancient imperators so you can rule the world.

The game has a bit of a RPG approach and may be best described as a Yu-Gi-Oh styled card battle game. You can work your way across the gaming map taking on opponents or take on other gamers with the Online Battle mode. There are over 120 imperators to catch and plenty of attacks to learn and improve upon. I would describe imperators as battle avatars or character that are under your control during combat sequences, much like you would find in the Yu-Gi-Oh or Pokemon type games.

Available for low-memory devices, Imperium - ROTS (short for Rise of the Sun) does make a nice first impression and I can see it being a Windows Phone game to keep you occupied for some time.

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Soppy's Adventure is a Windows Phone game that has you guiding a lost water droplet, Soppy, across multiple levels of play that are full of dangers. The goal is to help Soppy get through three worlds of danger and back to his home world.

You guide Soppy by a series of screen swipes to keep the water droplet in motion. Graphics are nice, game play challenging and there is a slow motion mode available to help with multi-tasking. Available for low-memory Windows Phones, Soppy makes a nice first impression but takes way too long to regenerate gaming lives. Soppy's Adventures could make for a nice time waster of a game for either the Windows Phone Kid's Corner or your main gaming library, you just have to pace yourself a bit.

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I do not consider myself exactly on the edge of trendsetting, nor do I claim always to know what the next 'big thing' is, but Trivia Crack (TriviaCrack.com) has recently caught my attention.

I started playing the game a few months ago as it came to Windows Phone back in September. Sure, it is fun, but I thought it was just another game for Windows Phone. Then, all of a sudden a few weeks ago, I started getting requests from friends on Facebook to play the trivia game. I had no idea it was even on other platforms. Weeks later and friends of friends are telling me it is all the rage.

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Breaking Ted is an interesting endless runner Windows Phone game that has you controlling an angry old man who apparently has an issue with gummy-like bears. You have to guide the old man up an endless staircase chasing the bears. When the old man catches up to them, he'll use his chainsaw to turn the bears into a blob of jelly.

The Windows Phone game will test your sills at timing, patience and reflexes. Game play is challenging and the graphics aren't too shabby with Breaking Ted. The game is available for low memory Windows Phones and in playing Breaking Ted for the past few days, it comes across as a fun game to pick up every now and then to help you pass the time.

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LOD Tactics is a combat game that is available for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone that focuses more on team strategy than run and gun tactics. LOD Tactics (short for Line Of Defense Tactics) has you commanding a team of four Galactic Command marines as they battle their way through various missions.

Available for low-memory Windows Phones, the game has sixteen missions (first three are free), which are based on the Line of Defense comics. Your four-man team can be trained to improve their skills, upgrade and improve their weapons and give their stats a boost as missions are completed.

LOD Tactics has a bit of a Halo Spartan feel to it and while it's not a difficult game to pick up, you may need a little time to get used to the gaming controls. LOD Tactics has seen a decent amount of success over on iOS and Android platforms, as well as being a popular online MMO game. After tackling a few missions, the gaming title should do well in the Windows environment.

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The list of endless running games on Windows Phone is continually growing, with the latest additon being Miniclip's Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Rush. The game is set in the Strawberry Shortcake universe, and features a similar set of controls as other games in the genre, which involves collecting fruit and coins that are then used in a cake-decorating mini game, all while dodging obstacles.

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