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Bang Bang Monsters is a Windows Phone arcade game where you must protect your herd of sheep from an alien invasion. You play the role of a farm girl, who is armed to the hilt with an assortment of nasty weapons who must take out a wide assortment of alien monsters who are intent on devouring her sheep.

The game has five gaming modes, two mini-games, six bosses to smash, and over fifteen gaming achievements to reach. Graphics are good, game play challenging and Bang, Bang Monsters makes a nice first impression. The game is available for low-memory devices.

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The official Age of Empires: World Domination website has recently posted up word of yet another delay in the launch of the mobile strategy game for Windows Phone, Android and iOS. The game, based on Microsoft's long running franchise and developed by KLab, was originally supposed to be out this past summer, but got delayed until sometime this fall. Now the development team says the game won't be out until sometime in 2015.

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Halo developer 343 Industries has addressed the ongoing issues with multiplayer in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Executive Producer Dan Ayoub said that recent server-side adjustments have resulted in better server connectivity for many players. However, he also said that fixing this problem further requires a patch for players, which should be available this Wednesday, according to a post on the official Halo Waypoint forums:

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Shoot-a Story is one of the more unique Windows Phone shooter games available in the Store. First, the game is composed completely out of text and second, the goal is to destroy some of history's greatest novels, word by word.

Every aspect of Shoot-a Story, from game play to the gaming menus, is text oriented. For example, the ship that you use to attack the novels is literally the word "SHIP".

Available for low memory devices, Shoot-a Story may not appeal to everyone but we have to give the developer credit for coming up with a unique approach to shooter games.

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Although the much-loved Pinball FX2 sadly never showed up on Windows Phone, Microsoft's mobile phone platform has a long-running pinball series of its own: Pinball League from Tainicom. It started with The Juggler way back in 2011, followed by Dr. Pickaxe the next year. Both games also made it to Windows 8 and RT.

After a two year absence, Tainicom is back with their latest pinball game – Pinball League: Hardhat Zone. This and Tainicom's previous pinball games are universal purchases, so you can buy it once and enjoy on Windows Phone and Windows 8 and RT. Excitingly, Hardhat Zone introduces some new features like portrait and landscape support, Facebook leaderboards, and multiplayer via NFC (Near-Field Communication). See the NFC multiplayer mode in action in our video review!

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Top rated New and Rising Windows Phone Games

Windows Central Roundup: New and Rising Windows Phone Games

For those not familiar, the Windows Phone Store has a category of apps and games that highlights new and rising titles. If you are curious what new games and apps are on Store shelves that are gaining popularity, this is a good area of the Store to visit.

For this week's roundup, we have plucked four gaming titles from this aisle of the Store to showcase. Each title has a Store rating of at least four stars and includes a pair of racing games, an endless runner game and a casino title. There are a ton of quality titles in the New and Rising section of the Windows Phone Store and hopefully this small sampling will catch someone's eye.

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Ghost Academy is a Windows Phone game that pulls together a collection of mini-games that will test your skills at speed, timing and observation. Ghost Academy's premise is that each game represents a monster skill that a young vampire, zombie or possessed skeleton may need training on.

Training that will better the chances of success each monster will have when they go out and terrorize the world. The games are not overly complicated but challenging in their own right. Available for low-memory devices, Ghost Academy may not be up for marathon gaming sessions but it is a decent option to consider for shorter bits of time.

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Dead Earth: Trigger Man Duty & Last Shooter Call is a first person, Sci-Fi shooter for our Windows Phone where you find yourself in the middle of a war against cyborgs.

You patrol the streets taking out as many rebellious machines as possible before your oxygen supply (a.k.a. game timer) runs out. The game does take on a RPG gaming feel with character advancement and equipment upgrades available.

Dead Earth: Trigger Man Duty & Last Shooter Call is available for low-memory games and comes across as an entertaining action game for our Windows Phones. Graphics are a little on the dark side but game play is full of challenges.

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The launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One this week has been marred with online matchmaking issues, as well as other problems. Today developer 343 Industries said they will be rolling out server-side updates to the game to help fix those issues, while at the same time stating they are "truly sorry and feel your frustration."

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The tantalizing benefits of universal games for Windows Phone and Windows desktop is lurching slowly every day to becoming a reality. The process should accelerate with Windows 10 due next year, but for now, users have to settle for the occasional release.

Today, Riptide GP2 is that next game. Originally released through the Windows Store back in December 2013, the Windows Phone 8.1 port of the game is now available for mobile usage after some delays. More importantly, if you buy one for $2.99, you get the other one for free, making this a superb deal.

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Someline is an enjoyable Windows Phone puzzle game where you are tasked with linking colors squares by tracing a path between the two. The challenge comes into play in that your lines cannot share the same path.

The puzzle game has eight worlds with 120 levels of play with the first two worlds included in the free version. The additional levels are available in two packs (3 levels each) that are available through in-app purchase ($.99 each pack).

Someline is available for low-memory devices and isn't a bad time waster of a game. The only downside is that the first two levels do not last long and you'll be faced with the decision to pick up the add-on packs.

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Halo: the Master Chief Collection, the compilation of all four numbered Halo games, is finally available on Xbox One. Our detailed review won't be live until tomorrow, but a lot of players already own the game and are enjoying it right now.

In celebration of the Master Chief Collection launch, Windows Central is hosting a special Twitch streaming event. Tonight you can both tune in to watch us play and chat with our staff and your fellow readers, and you can also actually play with us during the session! We'll be inviting stream viewers into our custom multiplayer games for some serious Slayer and other game types.

Update: The stream has ended. We managed to play a few games, but the broken multiplayer prevented us from enjoying the game as much as we hoped. Fingers crossed that 343 will get everything working right soon!

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Ubisoft is no stranger to Windows Phone and tonight they yet have another release to grace your device: Shape Up Battle Run. The game is related to the just released Ubisoft Xbox One Shape Up game, and lets you use your Windows Phone to augment your runs.

Think of Shape Up Battle Run as a cross between a game and fitness app. Using your phone's built-in sensors, the game can simulate a pedometer to record when you are running. Alternatively, the app can access your GPS to record your runs that way too. The app then pairs you up against the computer to simulate runs against an opponent.

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