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The best games for your Nokia Lumia 520

Yesterday we shared with you the best apps for your Nokia Lumia 520. Why the Lumia 520 and not Windows Phone in general? Because if you have a device like the Lumia 920 or 1520 you can run practically any app in the Windows Phone Store. However, the Lumia 520 and other devices with just 512MB of RAM (think Lumia 521, Lumia 620, Lumia 720, etc) might come across certain apps and games that don’t work or don’t work too well.

The overwhelming majority of apps in the Windows Phone Store do work on all devices, including those with just 512MB of RAM. It’s when we look at games that we see the frequency of support drop a bit. All too often this year we’ve seen a highly anticipated game come to Windows Phone, but without initial support for 512MB devices. That said, here are the best games you can run on your Lumia 520.

Jetpack Joyride – Best game to get addicted

Jetpack Joyride hit Windows 8 first, then finally came to Windows Phone over the summer. The game is highly addictive, so be careful before playing in this endless adventure. It’s free and comes with Xbox Live integration, hard to beat that killer combo. Pick it up in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Jetpack Joyride

Halo: Spartan Assault – Best game for saving the universe

Is there anything better than playing Halo on Windows Phone? It’s tough to say, because Halo: Spartan Assault does an excellent job of bringing Halo from your television to your phone. Your game also syncs across the Windows 8 and Xbox One/360 versions of the game. It’s expensive for a phone game, sure, but it’s so good and performs well considering the hardware we’re working with here. Pick it up for $7.99 in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Halo Spartan Assault

SongArc – Best music game

We’ve been covering SongArc over the course of its inception, beta, launch, and present success. It’s the best music game you can get for Windows Phone and it supports 512MB devices. Its success is also highly dependent on the support of the community, which is really strong. Users can make their own music sheets and put them up for other players to download and play along with. The game is free, but you can buy more coins via an in-app purchase. Those coins are currently on sale, so you better hurry and grab them and save anywhere between 50-70%. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: SongArc

Rayman Jungle Run – Best platformer

Rayman has been on the video game scene for nearly 20 years and he recently joined Windows Phone this past year. Rayman Jungle Run instantly became one of the best games in the Windows Phone Store. It features great gameplay, graphics, and music to create a really fun experience on your phone. It goes for $0.99 and is worth every penny. Pick it up in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Rayman Jungle Run

Wordament – Best game to get your brain buzzing

Is there any question about how fun Wordament is? It’s been out on Window Phone for a very long time and has an interesting story. It was started by two Microsoft guys in their spare time, eventually that became their full-time gig at Microsoft as Wordament was absorbed into Microsoft Studios. Since launch its gained Xbox Live support and is available on every mobile platform. It’s free, has Xbox Live achievements, supports a handful of languages, and is super fun. You do require an internet connection to play, but it’s worth it. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Wordament

Rail Rush – Best endless runner

Oh yeah, time for a little controversy. You’re probably wanting Temple Run or Temple Run 2 as the best endless runner right? Well Temple Run 2 isn’t available for the Lumia 520 (yet) and Temple Run doesn’t have quite the depth and variety you can get with Rail Rush. Graphics look good and gameplay is smooth on 512MB devices. Rail Rush is also free, so that’s a nice bonus. The only downside to Rail Rush is the lack of Xbox Live and the need to use in-app purchases if you don’t feel like grinding it out to level up. Either way, it’s worth playing on your Lumia 520 so grab it in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Rail Rush

Asphalt 8: Airborne – Best racing game

When it comes to mobile racing games, Asphalt is king of the hill. Gameloft is one of the biggest game developers in the mobile space and they’ve mastered the racing genre. On Windows Phone we have the 7th and 8th installment available, with the former having Xbox Live integration and the latter lacking it. So why are we picking Asphalt 8: Airborne as the best racing game? Because it’s newer with better graphics and (in our opinion) better gameplay. You really can’t go wrong with either. Asphalt 8 goes for $0.99 in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Asphalt 8 Airborne

Reaper – Best role playing game

Picking a great role playing game is hard because they all vary wildly in graphics, gameplay, content and more. We’re going with Reaper for a few reasons. It has great graphics, gameplay, and value. It’s a free that’s really just really fun to play. There are in-app purchases, but you can decide to indulge once you encounter them. Grab Reaper in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Reaper

Angry Birds Star Wars II – Best Angry Birds

Yeah, the category is a bit of a gimme, but it’s true. Angry Birds Star Wars II is the best Angry Birds we’ve ever played. The first mashup between Angry Birds and Star Wars was a hit, but the second installment takes it to another level. Addictive gameplay with cameos from your favorite Star Wars characters. The game is super fun and probably the best Angry Birds game yet. Grab it for $0.99 in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Angry Birds Star Wars II

Sparkle 2 – Best puzzle game

10tons makes some of the best games on Windows Phone. Sparkle 2 comes to us from them and is an excellent little puzzle game. Shoot your colored marbles to other marbles with a similar color before all the marbles reach the end. The game features a trial, but will set you back just $1.29 in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Sparkle 2

It’s tough to pick the top anything, especially games. Our tastes are all so different that no one list is going to satisfy everyone. Which is where the comments come in. Which games are must-haves for your Lumia 520 (or any device with 512MB of RAM)? Sound off below in the comments with your favorites! 

83 Comments
  • Great write up!
  • Jetpack joyride can't be played on 520.
    805a0194 error.
  • Can,be played!!!!
  • When I go through the 520, I can't even find it in the store. But when I go through my 1020 and 920, it's there.
  • I go to the store through L520, and its always on top of the free XBox titles...
  • Donno!!! But i can find it on mine
  • ^having that wid halo. :(
  • I've installed it on my L520 and finished it two times
  • Sucks MS needs to fix this these phones are cheap for a reason they are practically handicapped.
  • What app would you like that isn't 512 compatible?
  • Umm subway,tr2,angry birds go?
  • totally dude....u read my mind....top 3 games i want on my phone RI8 NOW!!!
  • True :'(
  • All will be on 512 mb devices within a month.
  • True :)
  • The games are going to come.. Give it some time.
  • What are you talking about? Do you even 520 Bro?
  • Great. Gonna share this with my friends ;) Btw, correction Sam. Halo cost $6.99
  • In my opinion best endless rinning game is Subway Sufer but you can't mention that game. Anyway thanx for this.
  • Seriously? What drugs are you on?
  • Methamphetamine
  • Hill Climb Racing is missing in the list.
  • I think  Sam Sabri, didn't like that game
  • Temple Run?
  • temple run first crashes like shit in 512 MB device!!!!!........temple run 2 hasn't been released yet for 512 MB device
  • Does not. Been playing it without a single crash ever .
  • Ur drunk boy?? It still didnt crash on my 620...
  • it always crashes after reaching 5000 M also frame rate drops badly and also problem with taking swipe sometimes....
  • It crashes when u go greater than 1.5k metres
  • Hm I wonder how many storage Halo : Spartan Assault need ? Because I have 2 GB free memory and its still says it is insufficient ?
    I have L620
  • You need 6GB free to install, try it from the web store to install..
  • Oh so i can download it from the web store, save it in micro sd, then install it. thanks for your help
  • Mate, is fifa 14 gonna be available for 520 anytime soon
  • i don´t know..... half of them are paid and not everyone has a credit card.... or a supported-by-microsoft credit card.. and most of those games are free in other plataforms.... just saying.
  • Bing rewards. Just saying.
  • Bing rewards ain't available in most regions except us,just saying:P
  • they´re not avilable in my country. just saying 
  • Change your Microsoft account region. Just saying.
  • That doesn't change anything since Microsoft checks your IP at the moment of signing up for the rewards program. Just saying.
  • Just saying "just saying".
  • Debit card visa?
  • MS only, ONLY accepts credit card visa or master card, nothing else... in my country at least... so, sience i dont have none of these (and i can´t cause i´m underaged XD) i can´t get paid apps :( 
  • • Best Puzzle - The Path of Kara
    • Best Role Playing Game - Doom and Destiny (I want to choose Spectral Souls but I havent playing it)
    • Best Endless Runner - Minion Rush
    • Best Game to get Addicted - Lies of Astaroth
  • Haven't played The Path of Kara but the rest of your picks I agree wholeheartedly.
  • Agreed on The Path of Kara, Not a big puzzle game fan but, I found this one very fun and wanted to find the end of the quest. Great game, no question.
  • Agreed, Lies of Asteroth is one of the most addicting games ever.
  • Waiting for sub way surf
  • Thanks Sam for the 520
  • Halo: Spartan Assault expensive? Pfft. Final Fantasy III is exensive!
  • Dark Lands and hill climb racing are the games that looks good in 520
  • Are Subway surfers and temple run 2 coming to 512 mb devices????
  • Ya man u have to wait
  • Wait forever...
  • What I say about GTA SA? This game will not work for my Nokia Lumia 520. It's much better to play it on my PC
  • Where is minion rush ???
    I mean its the best game for WP and its free most of the games you listed are not, I bought the 520 cuse I can't afford the better ones so don't expect me to buy the apps , this list is wrong .
  • I played Minion Rush on a 520 and it was laggy and jerky as hell. I couldn't call it playable in its current state.
  • I don't have that problem on my 520 it only lags when it starts and then goes smoothly I even made higher scores than my sister's on Lg 4x HD witch is a high end device , so I think its More than playable .
  • Where is minon rush , its the best game on WP and its for FREE , and hill climb racing ,most of the games listed aren't , I bought the 520 because I can't afford the better ones so don't expect me to buy the games I'll be looking for the free ones .
  • These are the games I have on my 520 that haven't been mentioned in the post: Feed Me Oil by Electronic Arts Spy Mouse by Electronic Arts Cut the Rope: Experiments by Zeptolab King Oddball by 10tons Ltd Azkend by 10tons Ltd Sparkle by 10tons Ltd Squids by The Game Bakers Contre Jour by Electronic Arts Ilomilo by Microsoft Studios Rabbids Big Bang by Ubisoft
  • Ilomilo is one of the early WP7 games but, a must play game for anyone with a WP device. Cute, great graphics and fun with a good level of challange.
  • Hmmm rail rush is not as good as minion rush
  • For my Nokia Lumia 620(512mb ram) Best endless runner:-Minion Rush Best game for saving the universe:-Halo Best Shooter:-Dredd vs zombies Best sports:-World cricket Championship Best Puzzle:Puzzle Detective Best Platformer:Rayman Jungle Run Best Role Playing:Zombie High Volumes 1-3 Best addictive:-Temple Run Probably Must Have games:All Angry Birds  
  • We also have the 5th Asphalt game.
  • Here's my choice Jetpack Joyride, UNO Friends,Rail Rush,Ashphalt 7 and 8,Battle Monkeys,Epic Battle Dude,Reaper,Royal Revolt,Minion Rush, Rayman Jungle Run,Robotek, AE 3D Moto 1 and 2,CJ StrikeBack and dunno i forgot a few...
  • wordament nr. 1!
  • Played all of those games on my 521.
  • Subway surfers where are u , I am waiting my love
  • I'm not a huge game player, but there's a few games I like to play when I have a few minutes to kill. They are just simple time wasters but fun nonetheless.... Zombie Smasher 3rd Floor Blackjack Slick Joker Poker  
  • Benji bananas is great too. Great gameplay. The game is superfun!
  • Good games on the list but, I have to note. #SaveXboxWP
  • Again, what about he best FREE games for lumia 520?   Not everyone is going to pay for a game on windows phone that they can get for free on another platform.  
  • In my Lumia 620 I hav
    Angry Birds Star Wars 2
    Angry Birds Star War
    Jetpack Joy Ride
    Microsoft Solitaire
    Shuffle Party
    Benji Banana
    Dark Lands
    Hill Climb Racing
    Lies of Astaroth
    Rail Rush
    Turbo Racing Leauge
    Just waiting for Temple Run 2 for 512mb RAM then my collection will be perfect of 6 xbox games and 6 non-xbox games
  • minion rush! (despicable me) works well also..and it's really addictive. same for hill clim racing, dark lands, dredds vs zombies, and many more!!! on my 520 baby!!
  • Guys. Why forget Minion Rush. The best free runner, RPG. And its available for Windows 8.1 too.
  • I want my hydro thunder go! Have it on my 900 and want it on Wp8 before selling off the 900!
  • Can anyone say wen do TR2 nd Sub surf gonna arrive for 512 RAM devices?
  • is the cover on that 520 orange? if so, where can I get one? :D
  • game windows phone too expensive so i don't have enough to by it. do you have game nokia lumia 520 free?
  • Kiloo games support is saying that subway surfers is coming very soon for 512mb windows phones
  •  temple run nd subway surfers is coming to 512 ram devices is it right or fake......
  • Airborne can't be play in 520
  • <p>moli player save in your memory card and run every time for free</p>
  • please update lumia 520 8.1 plzz plzz plzz plzz