Windows Phone Games

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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Microsoft has developed or helped develop a boat load of Windows Phone apps and games over the years and to help you get pointed in the right direction to find these titles, the Windows Phone Store has a Made by Microsoft Collection.

If you do a keyword search for "Microsoft" in the Store, you'll come up with three pages of apps and games that Microsoft has played a role in developing. The Collection pulls twenty-eight of these titles under one roof and includes a nice selection of Windows Phone titles. For this week's roundup, we will pull a handful of titles from the Made by Microsoft Collection.

If you have a favorite app or game from Microsoft that isn't mentioned, feel free to toss out your recommendation in the comments below. We understand that there are other quality apps and games from Microsoft that (for whatever reason) did not make the Collection such as Crimson Dragon, Wordament, Shuffle Party, Microsoft Health or any of the Bing apps ( Sports, Weather, Food and Drink, etc.). Please understand we are only spotlighting apps and games that are in this Collection and there is nothing afoot if your favorite isn't mentioned.

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For the third day in succession now, a major title has seen an official launch on Windows Phone, and in this case, Windows 8.1. Smash hit mobile game, Crossy Road, has made its debut on both platforms and is available to download right now from both stores.

This follows the launch of Pocket Casts and Monument Valley, rounding out a great week for Windows fans.

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Trial Xtreme 4 is a relatively new Windows Phone game that puts you behind the handle bars of a motorcycle where you race opponents across some rather inventive courses. Courses that are filled with crazy obstacles to jump over, ride through and all too often find yourself eating the pavements as you wipe out.

Available for low-memory Windows Phones, we received a few tips to review Trial Xtreme (thanks everyone) and took the game out for a spin. It is not too shabby of a Windows Phone game to pass the time with but can be a little frustrating at times due to course difficulty.

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During Build 2015 today, Microsoft announced the release of a new tool to help people easily build Minecraft mods in Visual Studio.

The tool is an add-on for Visual Studio that allows users to create their own mods from scratch or using one of three templates provided with the add-on. Importantly, the add-on isn't meant to replace current tools, but is instead meant to give developers extra options for creating their mods in Visual Studio's development environment.

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One Drop of Life is a relatively new Windows Phone game that is designed to raise our awareness of the importance of water while having a little fun in the process.

You have to navigate a water droplet through a maze of twigs, leafs and toxic waste to reach a collection of crops. As you play the game, factoids will pop-up to help you realize the importance that one drop can have worldwide.

Available for low-memory Windows Phones and Windows 8 devices, we received several requests to review One Drop of Life (thanks everyone) and found it to be a wonderfully drawn up and challenging game to pass the time with.

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Metro 2033 is a Windows Phone strategy game based on the Dmitry Glukhovsky's novel Metro 2033. The story behind the game places you in a post-apocalyptic world where global powers have unleashed their nuclear weapons, forcing thousands underground to survive.

The Windows Phone game has you gathering resources to survive, rebuilding communities and battling mutants throughout the metro system. Metro 2033 Wars is available for low-memory devices and has over 170 metro stations to explore and over 70 missions available to tackle. First impressions of Metro 2033 Wars are nice but the game may be better suited for longer gaming sessions than shorter bits.

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Lep's World 3 is a relatively new Windows Phone game where evil trolls have stolen a Leprechaun village's stash of gold, along with kidnapping the residents. The platformer game has 120 levels to navigate, plenty of monsters to avoid as you recover your gold and rescue the villagers.

Available for low-memory Windows Phones, we stumbled upon Lep's World 3 the other day while searching the Store's aisles. Seeing that it pulls down a solid 4.5 star rating, we took Lep's World 3 out for a test drive to see what all the excitement is about.

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Wildly popular iOS and Android puzzle game "Threes!" has made its way to Windows Phone today after making its Xbox debut late in 2014. Best of all? It's free.

If you're unfamiliar with Threes, the object of the game is pretty simple. Players are tasked with sliding tiles to combine matching numbers while trying to get the highest score you can before the board is full. If it sounds fairly straightforward, that's because it is—and that simplicity is what makes the game so attractive.

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Fans of the Hitman series will rejoice at the latest release, Hitman GO, now available for a universal purchase for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1.

The turn-based strategy game was released by Square Enix in April 2014 for iOS and later in June for Android. Coming nearly one-year later, those on Microsoft's platforms can enjoy the game on the small or big screen.

Hitman GO veers from the traditional gameplay of the Hitman series and is more of a puzzle game than an action adventure title.

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For those looking for a console-level third person shooter for Windows Phone, we may have just found your game. Overkill 3 is now available for Windows Phone 8 devices as previously announced, and it features some outstanding graphics and exciting gameplay.

Published by Game Troopers, Overkill 3 is the latest game from the developers who brought us 'Tiny Troopers' and 'Make it Rain'. Like those games, this is an Xbox enabled title, something that should excite many gamers.

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Smash Champs is an arcade styled fighting game that hit Windows Phone Store shelves last week. The Windows Phone game is from the developers of Subway Surfers and has you taking on the role of trainer for some rather beastly fighters.

The better you train, the better your fighters perform in the battle arena.

Smash Champs has plenty of levels to advance through, bonus items to buy and the game is available for low-memory Windows Phones. Smash Champs does require a data connection to play and once you get the hang of things, it can be a decent way to pass the time. The game does take on fight game genre from a slightly different approach that may not be appeal to some. Still, I found the more I played Smash Champs, the more the game grew on me.

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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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