Windows Phone Games

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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Hey, Sugar Crush addicts, it looks like King has another tasty update for you Candy Crush Saga fans. While previous updates added levels to the main board, today's 1.50.2 update brings even more levels to Dreamworld aka those alternative levels where Odus the owl acts like a drunkard, always falling off his perch.

According to the game's changelog, Tiffi, the creepy little girl is now a giant while the whale gets smaller. Perhaps more interesting is the addition of 15 more levels to Dreamworld to bring the total up to 620.

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Checkpoint Champion is a relatively new Windows Phone game that takes a somewhat unique approach to car racing. The game puts you behind the wheel for a series of grueling 10-15 second challenges.

Available for low-memory Windows Phones and Windows 8 devices, Checkpoint Champion has simple, two-touch controls, 72 challenges to master and daily events. The car selection is rather respectable and game play is surprisingly challenging for such a short race. Add a slightly addictive pull and Checkpoint Champion is a fun title to add to your Windows Phone gaming library.

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Second Chance is a Windows Phone game that is a collection of mini-games that you play in five second spurts. The games will test your reaction speed, concentration and powers of deduction. The primary goal of Second Chance is to survive for as long as possible by solving the five second puzzles. Should you fail to solve a puzzle, it will cost you one of your five gaming lives.

The Windows Phone game, available for low-memory devices, has been available in the Store for some time now. We stumbled across Second Chance over the weekend while searching for another gaming title. Second Chance looked fun and we took the free version out for a test drive to see if the game was deserving of the 4.5 Star rating it was pulling down in the Store.

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Supra RPG is a popular Windows Phone game full of action, adventure and 8 bit graphics. You play the role of the hero who is on an epic journey across the vast world of Supra. Your mission - bring the masters of evil to justice.

The game is available for low-memory Windows Phones and Windows 8 devices. Surpra RPG normally runs $1.29 ($1.49 for the Windows 8 version) but for the next twenty-four hours, you can pick up the gaming title free through the myAppFree deal. Being a Universal App, that also means you can pick up the Windows 8 version of Supra RPG free as well.

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Toca Kitchen 2 is the sequel to the original Windows Phone game for children that puts your child in the kitchen with a wide range of ingredients to prepare some rather unique meals.

Toca Kitchen is a part of a series of games that are designed to challenge your child's creativity. The cooking game will let your child experiment with different proteins, fruits, vegetable and other food ingredients and let them get messy without creating a mess. You also have three dining patrons to serve as taste testers.

Available for low-memory Windows Phones and Windows 8 devices, Toca Kitchen 2 comes across as a fun, time-consuming game for our younger readers.

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Dead Trigger 2 hit the Windows Phone Store earlier this month and joins the ranks of quality Windows Phone games such as Dead Earth: Trigger Man and Dead Target: Zombie. As you might guess, Dead Trigger 2 is a first person shooter where you roam the world killing the walking dead.

The graphics with Dead Trigger 2 are well drawn up and game play has its fair share of challenges. The game includes over 600 game play scenarios that are staged across 10 global regions. Along with the storyline gaming mode, Dead Trigger 2 also has global tournaments to compete in. If you are looking for a quality Windows Phone game to spend a few minutes with or for longer spurts, Dead Trigger 2 will fit either need rather nicely. Unfortunately for some, Dead Trigger 2 is not available for low-memory Windows Phones.

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For those who may not be familiar, the Windows Phone Store features a series of app and game collections that groups Windows Phone titles into a wide range of categories. Microsoft does a good job of rotating these collections and one collection that we haven't notice recently popped up on our radar.

The Into the Shadows Collection is an assembly of Windows Phone games that will allow you to be immersed in a world of intricate shading and shadows. The gaming titles are described as featuring "slick graphics with a shadowy atmosphere". When combined with challenging game play, these shadowy Windows Phone games can be an entertaining way to pass the time.

We've plucked a few of the gaming titles from the Into the Shadows Collection for this week's Windows Central roundup. There are a few notable omissions ( Dark Lands and Darklings come to mind) and if you have a favorite game with a shadowy atmosphere that isn't in the Collection, sound off below in the comments.

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If you are looking for a simple, somewhat amusing Windows Phone game to pass the time with consider Dictator: Revolt. You play the role of a young dictator who must make wise and timely decisions that will impact the stability of your government and most importantly the balance in your treasury.

Available for low-memory Windows Phones the game has had a fair amount of success over on the iOS and Android platforms. In playing Dictator over the past few days, I can see the appeal the game has and Dictator: Revolt should do well on Windows Phones. However, the lack of a trial version my hold this Windows Phone gaming title back

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Threes! is a big name game, having first been named 2014 iPhone game of the year, launching on Android then finding its home as a snappable game on the Xbox One. Now, it looks as though we may finally, one day, see it find a home on Windows Phone as well. One Windows Central reader put the question to the developer, with an interesting response.

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The Bridge is a puzzle combined with beautifully hand-drawn art in the style of a black-and-white lithograph. Before we continue, let's get one thing out of the way. It costs $5.99 at the Windows Phone Store without a free trial. We've probably turned off many people by now, but on a positive note, you can buy the game once, and download it both for Windows and Windows Phone. The Bridge has also won the Unity Game developer contest, standing out from over 600 other entries. Watch our gameplay video to see it in action.

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If you are a fan, nay, an addict of Candy Crush Saga, you may notice a small update coming to the store today. Version 1.50.1.0 is now live in the store, up from 1.45.2.0, which came out in early March.

Some have noted that the changelog references 15 new levels and something about Detective Dachshund. However, our more savvy readers will remember that those features came in the March 2nd, just over a month ago.

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No Escape – Lasers is a relative new Windows Phone game that joins the ranks of a crowded field of endless runner games available in the Store. No Escape tries to set itself apart with a somewhat unique game style/orientation for this particular genre. No Escape is played in vertical orientation as opposed to the more traditional horizontal view.

After receiving a few tips on No Escape and how challenging game play can be, we decided to take it out for a test drive. No Escape – Lasers is available for low-memory Windows Phones and after playing the game for a few days, it comes across as a decent game to pick up from time to time. I think it may struggle as a go to game but don't be shocked if it takes you some time to see a double digit score.

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Game Troopers' Xbox for Windows Phone mission continues with an update to their addictive money swipe 'em up Make it Rain, which adds various new features.

The popular (and bizarre) Windows Phone game is an Xbox Live title, one of the more recent to drop on the Store. So what's new? Head past the break to see the full changelog!

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Pilot Brothers is Windows Phone game that has you playing the role of detective brothers who must solve the mystery of a prized elephant that has gone missing. Game play is a mixture of puzzle solving and teamwork as you control both the Pilot brothers as they tackle the 15 levels of play.

Available for low-memory Windows Phone, Pilot Brothers is normally listed for $2.99 but through the myAppFree campaign, you can pick up Pilot Brothers free over the next twenty-four hours. Additionally, with myAppFree expanding to offer deals in the Windows Store, you can pick up the Windows 8 version of Pilot Brothers free as well.

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Windows Central has learned that Kabam, one of the biggest mobile game developers, has decided to stop making titles from the Windows Phone platform. This decision represents a complete reversal of Kabam's original plans to support Windows Phone after previously announcing a major push to release games for Microsoft's mobile OS, along with Windows 8.1

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The Lost War is a Windows Phone game where you control an advanced robot/spaceship and battle the evil empire.

The game includes two gaming modes, campaign and survival, each with tons of enemies to blow up. The 3D graphics helps give The Lost War a bit of appeal but slow load times can be frustrating. Available for low-memory Windows Phones, the game is a popular title in the Windows Phone Store and after a few recent tips, we took The Lost War out for a test drive to see what all the excitement is about.

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