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5 great Microsoft Android games with Xbox Live integration

Much like Windows Phone in its heyday, Microsoft has bought a number of its mobile game titles to Android, complete with Xbox Live integration. For some games, that simply means profile authentication for roaming progression, but for others, it means synchronicity across different devices, Xbox achievements, and even sharing to the Xbox Live social feeds.

There's not a huge amount available right now, but the games Microsoft does have available for Android are compelling, and the volume will probably grow in the future, given the death of its own mobile efforts.

Minecraft

Minecraft Pocket Edition (Image credit: Windows Central)

With Microsoft recently announcing Minecraft has hit a staggering 74 million players, you can bet that a significant portion of those players come from the Android version.

While playing a 3D game using on-screen touch controls is a bit of a chore, Minecraft has done a lot to its control schemes to make digging, crafting, and building as intuitive as it possibly can be. Players on Minecraft for Android can purchase dedicated realms that allow friends from iOS, Android, PC, Xbox One, VR, and even Nintendo Switch to play together in a single shared world.

Minecraft continues to be a phenomenon, and it's available for $7.99 on Android.

See at Google Play (opens in new tab)

Microsoft Solitaire Collection

Here's a game that needs no introduction. Solitaire was originally developed for early versions of Windows to help train people to use a computer mouse. Decades later, and the game remains a staple time waster for millions.

The Solitaire collection includes classic options like Klondike, Spider, Freecell, Tripeaks, Pyramid, and more, complete with Xbox Live integration for leaderboards and roaming progression data across other supported devices (including Windows 10 PC, and phones).

Solitaire on Android comprises a collection of similarly-themed solo card games that favor skill, observation, and a bit of luck. And hey, it's free to play too.

See at Google Play (opens in new tab)

Wordament

Wordament is a massively multiplayer competitive word-finding game, where players are given a random grid of characters and tasked to find as many words as possible, swiping to connect letters.

Once the grid has spawned, you simply swipe across the available letters to create words. The bigger the words, the better the combos. The rarity of your selections also boosts your score, depending on how many others competing against you selected the same words.

Wordament is free to play and comes with leaderboards, Facebook integration, complete with dozens of supported languages.

See at Google Play (opens in new tab)

Snap Attack

Snap Attack combines elements of Wordament with Scrabble, in yet another multiplayer competitive word game from Microsoft.

In Snap Attack, you compete against thousands of other players to craft words using randomly generated characters. Snaps The bigger the words, the more points scored, and the more likely you are to win. Snaps are valid in words read from left to right or top to bottom, depending on the language.

Snap Attack is also free to play, complete with Xbox leaderboards and Facebook integration.

See at Google Play (opens in new tab)

Age of Empires: Castle Siege

Age of Empires: Castle Siege is a strategy game spin-off of the popular medieval PC RTS titles of the same name. In Castle Siege, your goal is to build a personal civilization, while invading others to steal resources to bolster and grow your own.

Age of Empires: Castle Siege can share progress across Windows PC, phones, iOS, and Android using your Xbox Live credentials, allowing you to play across multiple devices. As a free to play title, Castle Siege is a little bit aggressive with accelerators and micro-transactions, but it can be good fun even without spending a penny.

See at Google Play (opens in new tab)

While Microsoft's offering on Android isn't exactly huge, given the popularity of Minecraft, hopefully Redmond will continue to look at ways to bring more of their titles to the platform. It's a little odd that the twin-stick shooters Halo Spartan Strike or Assault never found their way to Android, despite being available for iOS and Windows 10 Mobile, but oh well.

Don't forget to grab the official Xbox app for Android (opens in new tab) too, and in the meantime, let us know what your favorite Android games are, Xbox-enabled or not, in the comments!

Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!

10 Comments
  • I've installed Microsoft Solitaire to test but when I try to login with my Microsoft Account it takes me to the Xbox app and it isn't working right now. What a shame of app... On Windows Phone it used to be slow, but it worked.
  • I found the Beta version of the Xbox app works much better than the regular app.
  • All time favorite Android game: Neon Shadow Also, Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee, which from what I understand is a port from the original Xbox...
  • That phone is truly horrific to look at. And with the exception of minecraft the rest of these games are very old.
  • LOL isn't that Jez's Blackberry that he loves so much? =P
  • Probably. Jez is unhinged. 😎😂😉
  • Okay... Since castle siege is on android i can switch to it without hesitation...
  • The photo of this phone is like a flash back to blackberry storm days.
  • I hate to say it, but my guilty pleasure is completing the daily challenges on Microsoft Solitaire.  Going for 1 year of "Perfect".
  • Unfortunately the achievements on Wordament and Snap Attack are not unlocking consistently.