Windows 8 Apps+Games

It's tough to keep up with all of the apps that hit the Windows Store every day, let alone every week. So we here at Windows Central are taking it upon us to highlight some apps that have piqued our interest for one reason or another this week. This article is the first of what we hope will be a weekly column, depending on your feedback.

This week, we have a companion app for a movie, a popular app that made its way to Windows and Windows Phone, and a few others that just seem pretty cool.

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Besides new apps for Windows, we love apps that are also on Windows Phone, utilizing Microsoft's new 8.1 developer tools. Early this morning, Credit Karma became yet another app to add to your dual collection.

Credit Karma (CreditKarma.com) has been available as Windows 8.1 app since mid-September, but now the Windows Phone version of the free credit-checking app is available, sharing the same features.

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As well as releasing the title for the iPhone and iPad, Activision also announced that Call of Duty: Heroes is now available for Windows 8 too, offering players a mobile-friendly version of the popular series with a 3D strategy genre twist. Players are tasked with constructing a base for themselves while launching attacks on enemies.

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UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's has released three new official apps for Windows 8.1, including apps for eBooks and movies. Consumers who use the services provided by Sainsbury's will now be able to browse, purchase and enjoy popular content from both the eBook and movies stores. As an added bonus, it's possible to collect Nectar points as you download media to build a rich library.

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Popular list-making app Wunderlist is now available for your desktop. Wunderlist officially released updated apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 this past September. Now your cloud-synced lists will be available on your desktop, especially useful for any machines you have still running Windows 7. To top it off, the team at Wunderlist has updated their Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 apps!

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Last month, a unique little puzzle platformer called Chronology made its way to Windows Phone. Chronology wowed us with its time-traveling mechanics that allow players to travel back and forth between time and even stop it, all in the name of solving puzzles and saving the world. It also features beautiful art and music.

Denmark-based developer Osao Games recently released a Windows 8 version of Chronology, and has even been thoughtful enough to make it an in-app purchase. I took advantage of that and played the Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Steam versions of the game (the latter is a separate purchase), in order to bring you this in-depth review.

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In case you missed it, the WolframAlpha app has just been released for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1. The app has been available on other platforms like iOS, Android, Kindle, Nook, and of course, your web browser. After spending a few minutes with it, one thought comes to mind. This could have been really useful when I was a student! What is WolframAlpha? We'll show you in our hands-on video.

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Early this morning, WolframAlpha launched on Windows Phone 8.1 for $2.99. As many of you noticed, the Store listing showed it as being available for Windows as well. At the time, tracking down the Windows Store link was a bit tough, but later on it became available.

We are also happy to report that this fits in with the universal apps model that Microsoft is putting forth with its Windows 10 vision. So although the app is still $2.99, that cost covers both Windows and Windows Phone versions of the app. We just purchased the Windows 8.1 app, and when we went to 'buy' the Windows Phone one, we were informed we had already paid for it.

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If you enjoyed puzzle games like 2048 or Threes, you might like this new game called, 0h h1. It's a little logic game that requires you to follow three simple rules. It is free without ads, in-app purchases, social network requirements, or other nag screens. We've installed it on our Lumia 930 and Surface Pro 3. Take a look at the gameplay video.

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Although the much-loved Pinball FX2 sadly never showed up on Windows Phone, Microsoft's mobile phone platform has a long-running pinball series of its own: Pinball League from Tainicom. It started with The Juggler way back in 2011, followed by Dr. Pickaxe the next year. Both games also made it to Windows 8 and RT.

After a two year absence, Tainicom is back with their latest pinball game – Pinball League: Hardhat Zone. This and Tainicom's previous pinball games are universal purchases, so you can buy it once and enjoy on Windows Phone and Windows 8 and RT. Excitingly, Hardhat Zone introduces some new features like portrait and landscape support, Facebook leaderboards, and multiplayer via NFC (Near-Field Communication). See the NFC multiplayer mode in action in our video review!

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Yesterday Microsoft released a new beta app called Movie Creator. It's available for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 and gives you powerful video editing capabilities for free. The Windows Phone version was live, but we hadn't seen the Windows 8.1 at the time. That version, for your Surface and PC, is now ready to download.

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Last week, Microsoft not only released the Microsoft Band but some software for it as well. Besides the phone apps, Microsoft also has a desktop app for Mac and Windows. The software lets you sync your Band to the cloud in addition to updating the firmware, if, for whatever reason, you do not have your phone nearby.

Version 1.3.1106.2 is now sitting on Microsoft's site, and there is at least one fix we are aware of the arbitrary limitation of only installing the app to Windows 8 or 8.1 Pro computers. Now, you can install it to any PC.

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BitTorrent doesn't exactly have the best reputation in the mainstream due to its widespread usage for pirating software and media. However, it can be a useful tool for sharing content and downloading large files quickly, mainly when you are on the go with your Surface or other Windows tablet. With Torrex Surface Edition, it doesn't matter if you have a tablet running the full version of Windows 8 or an RT-powered tablet. You can get touch-friendly torrenting anywhere you go.

Finebits OU, the developers of Torrex Surface Edition, describe it as a "full-featured BitTorrent client" for Windows 8. They aren't kidding.

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