Windows Phone Games

If you enjoy long, drawn out games then city builder games can be a great option for your Windows Phone gaming library. These time management games call on you to build up a city from scratch and often include a number of missions your growing community will have to conquer.

There is a vast selection of city builder styled games in the Windows Phone Store and we've plucked a few of the top rated choices to highlight in this week's roundup. We have cityscapes ranging from those where dragons rule the skies to those that will take you to the Dark Side. These games take the original city builder concept that most of us learned about through SimCity and takes it up a notch by adding combat/action elements into the mix.

As with all of your roundups, we try to highlight several Windows and Windows Phone titles that might spark an interest with our readers. However, we cannot touch on all the fantastic apps and games in the Stores so we will rely on you guys and gals to fill in the gaps. If we've overlooked your favorite city building game, feel free to toss out your recommendations in the comments below.

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Royal Revolt 2 from Flare Games is one of the best raiding games on Windows Phone and Windows 8. Whereas most raiding games feature somewhat casual strategic attacks on opponents, Flare's take goes a different direction. Every raid is full of action, with the player directly running through other players' levels and attacking their troops and defenses head-on. I've been playing it daily for over a year, which speaks to its amazing addictiveness and fun factor.

Earlier this week we reported that Royal Revolt 2 had been updated to support Alliance Wars, an exciting new feature. Alliance Wars have finally gone live, and the Windows Central Alliance is right in the thick of things. Read on to learn how Alliance Wars work and find out how you can join our site's official alliance!

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This week's Windows 8 myAppFree deal is an interesting combat game where you take on the role of gladiator fighting for your life in the arena. The twist is that you are chained to a partner and have to work together to battle your way to victory.

The Windows 8 version normally runs $2.99 and there is also a Windows Phone version that typically runs $.99. Neither version has a trial and if you've been sitting on the fence about picking up Enterchained, now is your chance to save a few bucks. Over the next twenty-four hours, you can pick up Enterchained, through the myAppFree campaign, free and being a universal title when you pick up the Windows 8 version you can grab the Windows Phone version free as well.

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No argument here. There is a vast selection of word games available in the Windows Phone Store and many of them are entertaining, enjoyable and addictive titles. Word Lord is a fairly new word game offering that hopes to join the ranks of the must have Windows Phone games.

The game is basically a hidden word game that has two gaming modes and three boosters to help you along the way. Graphics are minimal and in playing Word Lord for a short time, it comes across as a fun word game to pass the time with. Word Lord is available for low memory Windows Phones.

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Remember the game Cut the Rope ? The adorable puzzler game with that ever so hungry critter named Om Nom? Well, he is back in the just released Cut the Rope 2 for Windows Phone. Sure, the iOS version came out in December 2013, but better late than never.

Like the previous Cut the Rope game, this new version brings tricky missions, medal earnings and fun gameplay for those who want a quick puzzle game. Let's see what is new.

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Prime World: Defenders is a relatively new tower defense game in the Windows Phone Store that offers a slight fantasy gaming feel. The Windows Phone game combines the traditional elements of a tower defense game with a touch of magic to help you defend various locations within your Kingdom from invading monsters.

Prime World: Defenders has over twenty-six towers, plenty of upgrades and thirteen types of spells to unlock. Graphics are nicely drawn up (just a little on the tiny side) and game play has its fair share of challenges. Available for low-memory Windows Phones and Windows 8 devices, Prime World: Defenders is a nice addition to the tower defense genre of games and a entertaining time consumer.

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Pancake Panic is an interesting Windows Phone game in many respects. The game was developed in one week as a way to help teach primary school students, ages 9-11, in the UK how to code. The developers, Chaos Created, provided these workshops for students in hopes of possibly inspiring them to pursue these skills further.

The goal of Pancake Panic is rather simple, catch as many falling pancakes as possible before time runs out. There are also bonus items available to collect that will improve your chances of bettering your score. Available for low-memory Windows Phones and Windows 8 devices, Pancake Panic comes across as a fun game to pass short bits of time with.

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Virtual reality is one of those buzz phrases that has been around for ages, but rarely moves beyond niche technology. One creative way to bring it to the masses is by reducing user cost, and that can be achieved through Google Cardboard.

The Google Cardboard initiative lets companies create cardboard VR helmets with lenses that can be sold for $5 and up. Users then insert their phone into the device, and like a View-Master from childhood, you now have a cheap VR helmet.

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We had our first look at Halo: Spartan Strike last October and we're glad that the game is finally available. We'll have a full review coming soon, but we know a lot of you want to see some gameplay already on Windows and Windows Phone devices. You can buy it once and download on both your devices. What's also awesome is that your progress is synced no matter which device you use.

Watch our first gameplay video on a Lumia Icon and a Surface Pro 3.

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Momentum Racing is a relatively new Windows Phone game that puts you behind the wheel of a wide range of cars to see how well you can handle the curves and straight-aways of street racing.

The game includes three gaming modes, ten sports cars and plenty of upgrades to give your racing cars a little more get up and go. Momentum Racing is available for low-memory Windows Phones and while it may not be strong enough to knock off Asphalt 8: Airborne but after playing Momentum Racing for the past few days, it's a respectable Windows Phone racing game within its own right.

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There's a lot going on in the world of Windows Phone. So much, in fact, that it is sometimes tough to catch every important story. Device rumors come and go. New apps join the Windows Phone Store and your favorite app can get a big update with a new look or new features. Therefore, every week we will compile a list of the Windows Phone news that you just shouldn't miss.

Welcome to the "Windows Phone Weekly Digest."

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Xbox is hitting Windows 10 in a big way later this year.

Announced back in January, Xbox will receive a dedicated app for Windows 10, providing Game DVR for all PC games, access to your Xbox One social features and game streaming across devices in your home network. In addition to this, independent developers will be able to include Xbox APIs into their games that appear in the Windows app store via the ID@Xbox program, currently available only on Xbox One.

I caught up with ID@Xbox head Chris Charla to discuss how the program has been faring so far, ID@Xbox for Windows 10 (phones too!), and more!

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There are countless Windows Phone games in the Store that are entertaining time wasters. These are the games that are fun and challenging to play but don't require lengthy amounts of time to conquer (or fail). Pipeman 2 falls nicely into this genre of Windows Phone games with over fifty pipe laying puzzles to solve.

The game is well suited for those times you need help passing short bits of time and is available for low-memory Windows Phones. Game mechanics are easy to pick up and the puzzle levels will make you scratch your head at times as you search for a solution. Pipeman 2 makes a nice first impression and we can see why it has made its way towards the top of the New and Rising category of Windows Phone games.

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Yesterday, on Reddit, someone found a link to a new Xbox game headed to Windows Phone. The game is called 'What in the World?'. Moreover, it is published by Game Troopers, a relatively new studio focusing on Windows Phone gaming.

Those who tried to download the title were met with a pop-up telling them they did not have permission. This error is because the game is currently testing in a private beta, so there is not much to see (or report). However, from the screenshots it looks like a cross between Trivia Crack and Draw Something with a hint of Wheel of Fortune.

We spoke with Game Troopers about the title to find out a little more about the upcoming trivia game. Here is what they told us.

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Update 2: The Windows Phone version is now also live in the Windows Phone Store.

Update: Halo: Spartan Strike is now out for Windows 8.1 in the Windows Store, but there's still no sign of the Windows Phone version.

Original story: After several months of waiting, Microsoft has finally released the top-down sci-fi shooter sequel Halo: Spartan Strike. The bad news is that the title, from developer Vanguard Games, is available first on iOS devices, ahead of its promised release for Windows Phone, Windows 8.1 and Steam platforms.

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