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Nearly 40 old Xbox games updated with 512 MB and Windows Phone 8 support

It was November 2012 when we wrote about twenty Xbox games that worked on Windows Phone 7.x, but no longer worked with Windows Phone 8. The list included some favorites like: The Harvest, Hasta La Muerte, Fable Coin Gold and many others. Over time a few of those returned to be playable on Windows Phone 8, but a handful of them were left out. Looks like a few might have returned to Windows Phone and Windows Phone 8.1 customers.

A handful of you guys and gals have started tipping us that older Xbox titles are being updated today within the Windows Phone Store.

Here's a list of Xbox games from Microsoft Studios getting recent updates:

Massive, massive list. What's new in the games? We're surmising that a combination of support for 512 MB devices and Windows Phone 8.0 / Windows Phone 8.1 is in these updates. This is a huge backlog of titles that new Windows Phone owners now have access to on their devices. Plus, folks who have been with the platform for a long time can replay some old favorites. What game are you going to check out first?

Thanks for the tip Mohamed A!


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Nearly 40 old Xbox games updated with 512 MB and Windows Phone 8 support



Is that why my son's 925 is messed up? I used the Nokia tool to restore it back to WP8 from 8.1, but his phone still has issues.

The kids? I am 30 and paid for a few of those games. After a updating to 8.1 I couldn't get them anymore. I too am very happy. :)

I will say that Shoot 1up has been an okay game to keep me from losing steam while I wait for Dodonpachi.

I also came here looking for Tentacles and DonDonPachi, but you're right that Shoot 1UP is a great alternative to the latter. Very underrated game on WP.

Me as well. I loved Tentacles on my Focus S. That was the first game I purchased and actually played on a phone.

The Harvest is even more infuriating... they opened that up to the public where everyone could see that it worked on everything from the 520 to the 1520, then took it away again.

I'm to the point where I'll pay that $6.99 if they'll open it up and leave it there.

I know, I was so happy to get it on my 920, then after I wiped from a bad 8.1 install it was gone, and then I was even more pissed that is was pulled from the W8.1 store too..

Dodonpachi was the game I was looking for as well. I really miss that game. Maybe we can all go to their website and request it?

They had such great games that were actually exclusive to windows phone, most of them I think, and they had to ruin that. Examples, fable coin gold, tentacles, deblob, rocket riot, splinter cell. I miss all those games from WP7.

Looks like MS does have a plan for XBOWP... Maybe this is the beginning for a turn around.
Like I've said before....
WP8 was the foundation,
WP8.1 brought the necessities,
And, WP "threshold" will bring the goods, and many of them...
Those things that WP fans have thought of as WP's exclusive selling points are going to once again resurface stronger than ever in "WP8.5/9"..... XBM, XBL, Office, Live tiles, hubs..... I seriously think the next version of WP will be the rebirth of the platform.... We'll see if I'm right...

Sweet, now only if we can get new games!! It's 6 in the morning and I still can dream!!

It's 8pm somewhere, so dream on!!.. But, seriously... Lets put this into perspective... Universal apps- WRT merging with WP- XB using Universal apps- W8PC games running the same platform as all of this.... I don't work at MS, but it doesn't take a genius to see that they have something up their sleeves, and somthing the likes of what has never happened in smartphone history is about to go down.... Forget "❗❗❗❗❗" not needed❕
...........You're dreams, and much more, are about to come true, mi hermano❕❕❕❕

Well, thanks man! Thats the most amazing thing to happen since I flunked Thermodynamics today 4hrs later. FML

But, the thing that you, and a lot of other iDroid, fans must realize is that while WP doesn't have the most to offer right now, the platform, and ecosystem, that it sits, and lies within, is much more capable, and modern, than its competitor...
Although I'm bigger, stronger, smarter, and more capable than my son now, one day he will out do me in every sense of the word "advancement"......
You better start looking further than yesterday, bucko... Like you said, iDroid had that 5 years ago.. Their foundation is from 5years ago.... See that!❕❗

Claims? What claims?.. Mango was good, and it was a big leap forward from 7.5.. It was exactly what we expected..
WP8.0 brought WP into the real world, and made Lumia devices more well known.. That went pretty well, and according to plan.. As a matter of fact, my 1520 came with 8.0, which powered some of the most capable hardware in 2013.. I loved 8.0... 8.1 speaks for itself, and even the media is now saying that WP has finally broken through with it... As far as I'm concerned, WP was good long time ago...
Im just wondering why you're saying claims... Do you think that my point is to say that WP will finally achieve something?.. That's not what I'm saying at all, because I think that WP is already past the point of "finally"..... Im saying that the next major update will be the rebirth of original WP ideas, and will focus on those things that MS obviously had to set aside so that they could focus on the big picture... Im not hoping here, I'mnb stating what's going to happen. You don't have to have faith because it's pretty obvious what MS's plans are..
................ What would you say that people "Claim" about WP?.. Are you talking about market share, or somthing?

I'm talking about claims that the next version of WP would be the one to have it take off. Although I guess I should have been accurate in saying that fanatics were the ones making these claims. Not so much MS themselves.

In fairness, every iteration of android since Donut has been the alleged "iphone killer", and while android does have the majority of the worldwide market, in the US iphone still reigns (for now). I'd love to have WP take apple's share and to split the market with android, but have some good third party options to keep them both on their toes.

Well, I'm not talking about market share... That's a whole different beast in itself... Im really talking about the experience as a whole.
WP is already to the point where it could take off.... Now, would you like to hear me bitch about marketing? Because marketing is WP's biggest issue❕❕❕❕

This list is a bit suspect. The reason I'm apprehensive is because the UFC app isn't supported anymore, nor has been for a year. It seems as if they flipped a switch. What do you think?

Eh yeah. Its kinda old news, hoping is not needed. MS announced it wants to turn Windows phone into an Xbox platform. Starting well.... Few days ago.

Even more so on the 1525/1530,, with updated graphics and other goodies... Hopefully an even larger screen..

I want 6.3"-6.5" seriously!...
The "1530" would only increase in width by a fraction, and it could literally stay the same length if packaged right... IOW, I want a bigger screen in a package extremely similar in size to the 1520.... Is that to much to ask?.. IDTS.. Samsung could do it.. MS can do it better❕❕❕❕❕

They probably don't take advantage of the 1520 display. Also, that UFC app never worked for me on my HD7 & still doesn't work on my 1520. Bah. Also...its not a game?

I'm looking forward to playing a few oldies, but goodies. Parachute Panic, I Dig It, and Harbor Master are some of the ones I'll be playing first. Haven't played them in years!

Sam, I would greatly appreciate it if Square Enix updated the first Final Fantasy to fix some of the bugs in that game.

So Sam tell me, the xbox achievements I earned for these games on my, still gorgeous cyan Lumia 800, wen playing these games again on my 1020 will the achievements stack? I mean do you get them again or not? .... Probably not I guess :(

Achievements are stored to your gamer tag, not locally on the phone. It will likely not initially show the earned ones. However, after you play the game once or twice the earned ones will show a earned.

so its the 925 and 625 now....i guess 1520 and 1020 will ve next followed by 920 and 520 and then all others.....arg...i should have waited for the 925 and not got the 920....anyways thr red color is awesome so cant argue.. lol

It's gud news for who is having 520, n I felt strange after upgrading to cyan no new features apart from preview program

Cyan is essentially DP+firmware upgrades. Check your battery level and improvements/degradation in software.

What's the point of updating BulletAsylum to WP8 if it still renders at 400*240 and then upscales?
Every phone now has at least a dual core, let it render at full resolution, come on, we paid 2$ for that thing...

" let it render at full resolution"

I don't think that's how it works. If the graphics were made for lower resolution, they can not just "render" them at a higher one. They either have to redo all the game's graphics or, you know, upscale. Which do you think is more likely to happen? lol I mean, have you ever taken an 800x480 image and converted it to HD? Think about what that means for a second...

No Daniel, that's not the case. I spoke with the devs when they released the game, and they confirmed that the game rendered at 400*240 and then upscaled to 480*800 (whe only had that resolution at the time) because of performance issues. Think about Call of Duty that renders at 960*... on the PS3, and it can run at 1920*1080 or any other resolution, on PC, for example. Same game, same assets, it's just a matter of graphic power.
Now that we have more powerful phones that can handle that kind of graphics without problems, the low-res rendering makes no sense.
Edit: think about any game on WP8 now. It can render at 480*800, 1380*768 or 1280*720. It's not rendered at the same resolution and then upscaled to the screen res, it natively renders at the actual resolution of the phone.

It still force the question, what is the resolution of the actual graphic files in the game's library? I have not seen the assets in the game, but my guess is they are not any higher.

As for many effects that are in the game, they're made of vectorial graphics, so they are rendered in real time without a starting texture/polygonal model. As for the other 2D models, they probably are at a lower resolution, but since the game is already upscaled, you already have a loss in visual quality. If the game rendered at full resolution instead, you'd have the same quality for those objects, but a much clearer image as for the other effects, the menus, the text blocks in the HUD and so on...
I know they won't ever update the game again, I'm just saying it was a really great game, and a great exclusive for Windows Phone, and it'd have been great to have it show off on modern smartphones as well :)

Like Daniel said. You can't take the files from, say, Super Mario Brothers, make them work for a Wii U, and expect the graphics to be much better (if at all) than the original source. The files would have to be redone for the newer more capable system. Think of the evolution of Halo: CE to Halo 4, or Diablo 1 to Diablo 3, Civilization I to Civ V, etc. etc.

Me too one of the best games Ive ever played! They sould consider bringing it back to wp8. Those guys over at press play know how to make good games

I know!! I was so excited by the headline and then so sad that the one game I want was there.

This is awesome, I would like to see Hydro Thynder updated as that game was a blast. It only had 1 level that caused the app to crash under Windows Phone 8.

Me too. It's unfortunate because I've been a huge fan of that franchise since Dreamcast. Sadly, it's caught in limbo on WP and will never be updated.

Only one level that made it crash? I feel like it happened to me several times on multiple levels. The Transylvania one was the most prominent for me though if I recall. Is that the one you had issues with?


Hope that gets updated, too!

I'd download so much more games if they didn't show up in my apps list. I really hope 8.1 update 1 at least has an option to hide them again.

Even MS not providing a free games for their platform. How can we expect a free games from other developer?? Absolute rubbish

Get a job? Earn money, give money for goods and wares that you want. Something about markets, capitalism, and how economies work, I think...

Why they should? Apple made free games for IOS? Google for Android? No.
At least Microsoft has some amazing games (ex: Halo)

Developers aren't Richie Rich. They need to get paid for their work like you would like to get paid for your job. We spend 400₹ o movies for one time, but can't even buy games and apps on phone? And now dont mention android here, please! U_U
K, thanks!

The list of paid games is bigger than that and look at prices too.

And my point is at least MS provides these games for free on windows phone for the sake of their platform which is no where near android or iPhone. Even I want to buy some, but credit card and its security is big issue here in India.

Daniel you are absolutely biased towards MS. The comment y'day I read was right.

lol MS is not there to blame then :p


well I understand that credit card issue you're saying. I can't use my credit card on play store, idk why. but it worked in Windows Phone Store. @.@

Im from India and u don't need a credit card to buy apps. I am using sbi debit cards (international ones, not 19 digit maestro s) since wp 7.5 days, works just fine.

Wish they would update all the games for 720p screens. I love ilomilo but it looks ugly on a high res screen #firstworldproblems :(

Shop is this them just throwing a vine to Xbox WP gamers or the start of the revitalization of Xbox games on WP

nice! there's a couple gems in there that I had on wp7 and played occasionally at home. now i can play some of these on the road again!

Man, when I got my Samsung Focus in 2010, Rise of Glory was my jam. I haven't played it in a couple of years. Time to reinstall!

Microsoft, please update the top border for all games to the new green XBOX and lets get rid of the old ugly grey "XBOX LIVE" and the XBOX WINDOWS PHONE ones..

That was my initial thought, too.  I really liked the free Solitaire, Minesweeper and Mahjong games, but they ate battery!

Would be nice if they could get 3rd party devs to work on updating the code for wp8/8.1 devices especially the games released during the transition to wp8 exclusive xbl titles

This is the best Xbox on WP news this year. Probably the only good knews...


Well, I guess my 920 isn't retiring after all! I'm now keeping it now as a gaming device. Which means I'll probably be carrying around 3 Nokia phone, my camera and my gaming phone. All because there's no bloody microSD on the 930...

I take so many pictures and videos that not having SD card sucks. I hope the phones coming in the fall have it. Lumia 1020 owner here and Nokia lover

True. My 1020 is a dedicated camera and I still have to carry my tablet around when I travel so I can take the pictures out of the phone (no, I'm not paying ridiculous high roaming fees when I travel just to upload the photos to the cloud!)

No way!! I can relive my Windows Phone 7 days with my trusty HTC Trophy phone on VZW on my now Nokia Icon!! Microsoft, you just made me so happy!!

It's ridiculous because we here have these games and those that come in "Portuguese" don't even really come in Portuguese, they come in Brazilian. So basically, we have to endure the games in Brazilian while people in Brazil, to whom the games were translated, can't even enjoy them.

Though maybe that's a problem with Brazilian laws and not Microsoft...

Are you absolutely sure? Because Brasil had some f*cked up laws still in place when it comes to import of goods (specially books). I highly doubt Microsoft would leave behind such a big market out of laziness, specially when they've focus all their offerings and services (including customer services) in Brasil in these last few years.

Yes, I am. All they need to do to make these games available here is upload their PEGI/ESRB certificates in the place of the brazilian one (DJCTQ). They already do this with the lastests games.

Great news. It can be viewed two ways however.

1. MS is instilling a sense of confidence and dedication towards Xbox on windows phone or

2. MS is throwing us a bone so we shut up for a while.

Either way. I am a happy camper.

MS probably had this in the works all along.. All the moaning and bitching over the recent delisted XBox games was pathetic!!!

Hopefully MS are feeling smug and thinking 'F**k you, haters!!!"  Love it...

How can you be a hater when you still love the platform when MS did some bad moves? Even thou this could've been in the works all the time, they SHOULD'VE informed it to decrease the amount of negativity.

Its not on the list, but it is in the store - just downloading it now.

Interestingly, the store entry says it was last updated on 5/1/12...

Jet Car Stunts no longer crashes and is playable once again. Used to crash within a few seconds or few minutes of gameplay. No longer happening thanks Microsoft for Fixing it. Have to see what else is the list that I could not play and see if playable now.

Actually it works on 1080p phones....but, after the first level it crashes....After it got dropped from 8.0, I downlaoded it off a questionable site to TRY it....After it failed. I got my $5 back from Microsoft on it..

I didn't know that. My phone is 720p and the Store app tells me it only works on WVGA. But, judging from your experience, it's better this way, right? Still, it's a shame: Tentacles is a great game.

Throwing out those listed above that aren't actually games (Crafting Guide and UFC), alll of those games except for the following have been in the store for me (Lumia 928, WP8) ever since I joined WP 14 months ago, I'm fairly sure:

•Hasta La Muerte
•Glow Artisan
•Jet Car Stunts WP

•Big Buck Hunter Pro

[Edit: actually, there are a few more showing up that aren't on the list above: Fable: Coin Golf and Ghostscape, Battlewagon]

Hasta La Muerte and Glow Artisan look interesting. I'll have to check them out. I also wish that Zombies on the Phone, Mush, and Revolution go Red Stripe Deals of the Week sometime soon.

Although they've been in the store for me the whole time, if these gamese are new for many of you, there are lots of other good ones: AlphaJax, ilomilo, Crimson Dragon, Hexic Rush in particular.

This is kinda epic. Really glad for all those 512mb folks or anybody who wasn't able to play these before.
Even more important: First time good news about Xbox on WP in ages, one can imagine there could be a plan behind this but I'm skeptical so lets see.

MS updates 40 games in one day, yet it can't launch one flagship windows phone on all of the carriers at once? Pitiful allocation of resources.

I acutally own about 1/2 of these games..... Wishing Tentacles was on that list...Actually was crossing my fingers when I looked at the list but, FAIL...