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Remember reading those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books when you were a kid, where at some points in the story you had to decide whether to follow the plot in one direction or another? Well, that's just what Microsoft has come up with in a new feature story designed to promote their newly released game creation tool Project Spark for the Xbox One and Windows 8.1 platforms.

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Riptide GP2 for Windows Phone has been delayed for a November release, meaning those who are eagerly awaiting the action-packed title will have to play through the Windows 8 version for the time being. Previously slated for an early October release, the official Venture Unit Twitter account responded to a fan querying about the launch date of Riptide GP2, noting the alteration.

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Bit Raid is a retro-styled arcade game for Windows Phone where you are tasked with protecting your bit-base from bit-bombs that fall from the top of the screen.

Graphics are minimal, much like you would find with a Pong era game than a current day video game. Game play is fast paced and has a decent amount of challenge.

Available for low- memory devices, Bit Raid may not appeal to everyone but if you are a fan of retro styled games, it comes across as a fun time waster.

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Microsoft has announced that Project Spark's beta period has ended. The full release version is now available online and at retail stores for PC and Xbox One. Project Spark is an immersive experience where users not only get to play games, but can create content and games. Users can share their creations as well with other users, allowing for multi-player gaming and game creation.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is just about a month away, and we still are learning new things about the game on a weekly basis. Today 343 Industries have finally shown off the last of the remasterd multiplayer maps for Halo 2 Anniversary. Warlord, is the sixth and final map remake based after the map Warlock. The map is a four-way asymmetric map that's destined to be a hit with Capture the Flag and King of the Hill game types.

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If you're a fan of Super Mario, then you might want to check out Lep's World 3. It's a very similar game, but with a Leprechaun twist. Evil trolls steal the elves' gold and kidnap all the villagers. Lep is the only one who escapes and it's up to him to save his friends and family. There are 120 levels to run and jump through. Want to see how it looks before installing it? Check out our gameplay video on the Lumia 930.

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This week of Xbox One games continues to bring something to almost every kind of gamer out there. There are a couple of indies coming this week, to appease the indie fans. For the creative minds we have Microsoft's "digital canvas" game Project Spark. As for you sci-fi lovers out there we finally get to feel how it feels to be hunted by Ridley Scott's Alien in Alien Isolation. Finally, for the sports fan we are treated with the last big sports game of the year with NBA 2K15 from 2K sports. This week on Xbox One brings the scary and the fun!

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HiLight is a simple Windows Phone game where you have to retrace flashes of lights. The game's backdrop is a collection of wonderfully drawn up landscape images.

However, don't let the game's simple premise and good looks fool you. HiLight can drive you a little crazy trying to keep pace with and remembering the light's path. HiLight is a challenging, fun game to pass the time with and it's available for low-memory devices.

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After one million downloads across Steam and iOS, the puzzle-platforming game Chronology (osao.com/chronology) is now available on Windows Phone. The Android version is still currently in development. In Chronology, you play as a brilliant inventor and a talking snail with metallic shell. They can travel in time in environments that feature puzzle-solving elements. We've installed Chronology on our Lumia 930. Check out the gameplay video.

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Forza Horizon 2 is one of this year's biggest exclusive games for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The latest in the Forza racing game series, this installment allows players to explore and participate in a huge variety of races throughout an idyllic European countryside. With unparalleled graphics, realistic AI opponents, robust online features, and tons of gorgeous cars to collect and drive, Forza Horizon 2 is the racing game to beat. No wonder we gave it such an enthusiastic review.

Although Forza Horizon 2's in-app purchases have been toned down significantly compared to last year's Forza 5, the new game still has some optional up-sells for serious fans of the game. Chief among those is the VIP membership. Becoming a VIP promises extra cars, faster progression, and in-game recognition for other players to see. We've tried out the $20 membership in order to bring you detailed impressions of its benefits and value.

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Mini Dogfight is an air combat Windows Phone game that puts you behind the controls of World War I era fighter planes. The mission oriented game pits you against a host of enemy Aces where you battle to be the Top Ace.

Available for low-memory devices, Mini Dogfight offers a host of planes from single winged fighters to sea planes to bi-planes. Power-ups and health bonuses fall from the sky during combat missions to help improve your chances and there are currently ten missions where you will face off against enemy Aces to fight.

Graphics are nicely drawn up, game play challenging and overall Mini Dogfight is a fun game to pass the time with.

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Earlier today, we announced our plans for improved Xbox One coverage. A big part of that involves hosting contests during our Twitch streaming sessions. And the first of those Twitch contests starts tonight at 7pm Central (8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific).

During tonight's Twitch stream, we'll be playing CastleStorm: Definitive Edition and KickBeat: Special Edition from Zen Studios. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out three Xbox One codes for CastleStorm and KickBeat, plus four Pinball FX2 tables during the stream! Just follow me on Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch, watch along, and be there in chat for your chance to win. Update: the contest is over. Continue reading to watch the replay and see the winners.

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As our longtime readers know, here at WPCentral we've been covering a lot more than Windows Phone for the last few years. We recognize that a majority of our readership are Microsoft fans in general, so we've stretched our focus to include Microsoft platforms like the Xbox One. In fact, we've been covering the Xbox One since well before its launch last year.

You might also know that we're headed towards a name change to the site that reflects our broader focus. That's good, because we've also been ramping up our Xbox One coverage as of late. On top of best-in-class Windows Phone and reporting, we want this site to become one of your major destinations for Xbox One stories. Towards that end, we have big plans revolving around the Xbox One. That includes giving out free games and prizes every week, starting tonight! Keep reading for the full story.

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Top New and Rising Windows Phone Shooter Games

Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Shooter Games

If you are curious as to what new gaming and app titles are available in the Windows Phone Store, you need to check out the New and Rising section in the Store. You can filter out all the games and apps or dial it down to a specific genre to see what's new.

Once genre of games listed in the Store is the shooter games. These games typically call upon you to work your way through various gaming levels blasting everything in sight. They are often played from a first person point of view but you also have plenty games that are from a third person point of view where you control a character from an overhead view throughout the game.

For this week's roundup, we plucked four of the top rated Windows Phone shooter games from the New and Rising section of the Store. We have a somewhat traditional combat oriented game, a game that puts you at the target range, one where you hunt down dinosaurs and flipped a coin between the two Zombie oriented games that are in the top five titles. Ends up we picked the one with better graphics.

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Every now and then, we check out Windows Phone Store title designed for our younger audience, finding ourselves stumbling upon a gem of a game or app. Pango Zoo is one such app that is an attractive, dare I say impressive, Windows Phone children's game that lets your child interact with a host of zoo animals.

The game has more of a storybook feel than a gaming feel with five adventures for your child to discover and play through. The illustrations and animations are nicely drawn up and while the user interface does require a little exploration, that isn't necessarily a bad thing for children's game.

Available for low-memory devices, Pango Zoo comes across as a fun Windows Phone gaming title well suited for your Kid's Corner. It is a fun time waster of a game that you and your children should enjoy.

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