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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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Windows Phone Store Collection: Into the Shadows

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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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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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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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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ULTRAFLOW is a Windows Phone game that may drive you nuts. The puzzle game has you trying to bounce a ball through an obstacle course, eventually land in a hole. While the concept sounds simple in that you have a limited number of bounces to sink the ball into the hole.

Graphics are minimal and game play is challenging enough to make you grit your teeth and pull at your hair. The 99 levels of play will test your sense of aim, patience and just the right touch to bounce your way to victory. Available for low-memory devices, ULTRAFLOW is a fantastic way to pass the time.

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Ion Galactic: The Conflict is a Windows Phone game where you are tasked with conquering the galaxy. The game is presented in board game fashion where you manage and build a collection of ships along with plenty of enemy bases to capture and hostile ships to destroy in two gaming modes.

You will need to build up a large armada of ships, along with several strategically placed defensive units, to have any hopes of success. Available for low-memory Windows Phones and Windows 8 devices, Ion Galactic is an appealing, casually paced game to pass the time with. The game lacks a lot of action packed sequences but if you are a fan of board games like RISK and Axis and Allies or just looking for strategy game for your Windows Phone/Windows 8 device, Ion Galactic is worth a try.

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We'll have a full review for DuckTales Remastered soon, but we figure you need to see some gameplay now especially since it costs $9.99 without a trial. This action/adventure game brings Scrooge McDuck to an epic adventure across the world to discover the five Legendary Treasures. This game retains the authenticity of its 8-bit predecessor and features an expanded story with all new, improved graphics. Want to see it in action? Watch our first gameplay video.

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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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Ninja Shurican is a relatively new Windows Phone game that has you playing the role of a ninja warrior who is traveling the underworld to battle demons and avoid countless dangers.

We were tipped on this endless runner game and decided to take it for a spin. Ninja Shurican is available for low memory Windows Phones, has three gaming modes and customizable weapons and ninja suits. The controls take a little time to get used to but nothing to cause you to run screaming from the room.

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Rebels is a new Windows Phone game from Disney that is based on the Star Wars Rebels television series. As one might guess, you are tasked with several missions that pits you against the evil Empire.

The game, also known as Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions, is full of Stormtroopers, droids, blasters and light sabers. The game is not available for low-memory Windows Phones but is available for Windows 8 devices. While it is disappointing that Rebels lacks support for 512MB devices, in playing Rebels over the past few days, the game comes across as an appealing adventure game but a few stability issues and slow load times seems to hold this gaming title back a bit.

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