Games

Every week, I like to look into the “Newly discovered games” thread in our forums to discover new Windows Phone games to play. Our dedicated readers seek out new game releases and share their Store links. Often the games are great - such as Magic Realms, which also has its own forum thread. But other times somebody will share a game that’s not so hot; those are the breaks.

One such game I discovered there is Hockey Fight (available in Pro and Lite versions) from Ratrod Studio. Ratrod has released some very impressive games on Windows Phone like the Drift Mania series and the Skateboard Party series. They have also released Hockey Fight. The idea of a game dedicated to hockey fights is fairly promising, but Hockey Fight lacks some of the polish and features we’ve come to expect from Ratrod games (including Moga controller support, sadly).  Read on for our full review.

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It’s a huge day for Xbox console hype with news that the Xbox One will now be available without a bundled Kinect, the Games with Gold and weekly deals programs coming to Xbox One, and video apps no longer requiring Xbox Live Gold on either the One or 360 (see the whole list of announcements here).

All fantastic news, but I’m almost as excited for another announcement coming from Blizzard: Diablo III is coming to Xbox One! In fact, the Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition will come to Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Playstation systems this August. The Ultimate Evil Edition collects both the main Diablo III game (which we reviewed for Xbox 360 back in September) and the “Reaper of Souls” expansion pack that landed on PC in March. Read on for pricing and character transfer details!

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Hands-on with Spider-Man 2 for Windows Phone

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie has already started playing in theaters and its official game can now be purchased at the Window Phone Store. At $4.99, it’s one of the more expensive games at the store and there is no free trial available. Is the Spider-Man 2 game worth it? Watch our gameplay video after the break to find out.

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If you’re a fan of the popular endless runner Minion Rush, we have some good news for you as version 1.7.1.4 has gone live in the Store for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. The fun pint sized game (50 MB) from Gameloft has been kicking on Windows Phone for a while, but today’s update is quite the doozy. It even has a changelog!

Let’s see what’s new.

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Spider-Man 2 swings onto Windows Phone

In mid-March Gameloft promised that we’d get the Spider-Man 2 in April. Well it’s not exactly April anymore, but we finally do have the game available for Windows Phone! The movie counterpart has been out for nearly two weeks here in the United States. Do you feel that? It’s just our Spider-sense tingling that we can now play the game on Windows Phone. Details after the break.

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One of the ideals of Microsoft’s connected ecosystem of Xbox consoles, Windows Phone, and Windows 8 and RT is easy portability between the various platforms. Make it easy for developers to write one game and release it to more than one Microsoft platform and consumers win too since they get more software to choose from.

Last December the Xbox One saw its first port from Windows 8: Microsoft’s Halo: Spartan Assault. Now NinjaBee/Wahoo Studios (nobody can say the difference between the two labels) has brought their own Windows 8 game over to Xbox One as part of the ID@Xbox program: Nutjitsu. This one is basically the exact same tablet/PC game but with Achievements.

If playing a tiny retro-style game on your expensive new console doesn’t hurt your pride, you might want to give Nutjitsu a try. Read on for our full review with video!

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Blazin' Aces is a new air combat game for Windows Phone 8 that was released last week. The game is nicely drawn up, has its fair share of challenges but can also be a little on the frustrating side.

You play the role of a pilot in the golden era of aviation (World War I/II periods) and have to defeat the invading forces. Blazin' Aces has two gaming modes, a soundtrack that fits the action well and plenty of power-ups/boost to help you with your mission. The game is similar to Mini-Squadron (which is sadly no longer available), just a little more edgy.

Blazin' Aces will require a little patience until you get used to game play and the controls, but will begin to grow on you once you get a hang of things.

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Cats are adorable, except when they trash your place. Check out a new game for Windows Phone called Crash and Smash where you play as a cat, destroying anything in the apartment while the owner is away. The goal is to knock as many of the owner’s possessions onto the floor as possible in one minute.

Head past the break to watch our gameplay video.

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Shelter is a popular zombie game that has elements of a collectible card game as well as a castle defense game. In the game, you need to work your way through the city, battling zombies, in an effort to be reunited with the woman you love. As you go along, your card deck grows and the challenges increase.

Shelter is not your typical zombie game, and the combat is more strategy oriented than action packed. You are defending against the zombie onslaught through a card game and not running around shooting them. Unlike most card games though, the game offers deep and challenging gameplay that gets very addictive.

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Mini Motor Racing is a relatively new Windows Phone 8 arcade styled racing game with quality graphics and challenging racecourses. The cars remind me of those miniature RC cars and there are plenty racing car styles to unlock. Add over three-hundred races to win with two racing modes and Mini Motor Racing will not grow stale too quick.

The game has seen decent success over on iOS and based on what we've seen, Mini Motor Racing should see similar here on the Windows Phone 8 platform.

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AE Cap Mania is one of the more recent releases from AE Mobile for Windows Phone. The game is a match-3 styled game but instead of working horizontally or vertically to create the matches, you are moving puzzle pieces diagonally and vertically.

You have your customary bonus caps that will help you reach your gaming goal with bonus rounds scattered about to keep things interesting. AE Cap Mania is a well presented, casually paced Windows Phone game and not a bad option for your gaming library.

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Blazin' Aces is a new air combat game for Windows Phone 8. The game is a retro-aerial dogfighting game with quality graphics, challenging game play and music that gives the game an epic feel.

We have shared a sneak peek of Blazin' Aces and it made a very good first impression. The game went live in the Windows Phone Store today and we think this new arcade styled game is worth a look.

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We usually try to spread our console coverage out a bit since we know some of our readers don’t play console games. But a batch of exciting Xbox One games have been announced within the last day, and that doesn’t fit in the same article as an Elder Scrolls Online delay. So let’s turn those MMO frowns upside down by concentrating on these games that will arrive on Xbox One within the next few months!

First up, Ubisoft will be bringing a striking adventure game called Valiant Hearts: the Great War to Xbox One and 360 on June 25th. Shortly thereafter, VooFoo Studios and Ripstone will release Pure Pool – the first pool game on Xbox One. Jumping forward to Fall, Alaska-based Upper One Games and E-Line Media have a puzzle platformer called Never Alone in store for Xbox One. Details and trailers after the break!

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Yesterday we covered the news of Wolfenstein: The New Order’s impending console release later this month. Today we’re back with more Bethesda news, albeit of a sadder nature. The Elder Scrolls Online, which was originally scheduled to launch on Xbox One this June, has had its release date pushed back to later in the year.

Luckily, Bethesda does have some plans to appease disappointed console gamers. Buy and play the PC version of The Elder Scrolls Online (which launched in April) before the end of June and you’ll be able to transfer your character to the console version when it debuts in late 2014. More details on the delay and transfer program after the break!

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Subway Surfers takes on the tunnels of Vancouver

Kiloo has published an update for its popular Subway Surfers game on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. In this latest release, players are able to traverse through Vancouver, Canada. Not only is there a new adventure awaiting, but a new character is also available – Olivia the spirited girl scout. Olivia comes bearing gifts in the form of new outfits and boards, just in case the current collection wasn't enough.

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Pigs Can't Fly is a light-hearted Windows Phone 8 game that has you helping a lost little pig who has crash landed in Hell. You will need to guide the pig through eighty levels filled with dangers and eventually escape the perilous underworld.

Pigs Can't Fly has nice graphics, straightforward gaming controls and plenty of challenging game play. It is a nice choice to have in your Windows Phone gaming library when you are in the mood for a game with a slightly more relaxed pace.

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