Cloud Raiders sails onto Windows 8, fully cross-compatible with Windows Phone

Clash of Clans-style games are all the rage on mobile these days. In the last couple of weeks we've seen Age of Empires: Castle Siege and Star Wars: Commander arrive on both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 and RT. Both games have the obvious appeal of their franchises behind them, but for my money Cloud Raiders from Game Insight has long been the Windows Phone Clash-like to beat.

One of Cloud Raiders' big draws is its truly cross-platform cloud save and multiplayer support. You can start playing on Windows Phone and pick up the same game on Android, iOS, or Facebook. Only one platform has been missing from that equation: Windows 8. Until now, that is. Cloud Raiders has finally arrived on Windows 8 and RT, and is fully compatible with the Windows Phone and other versions of the game. Read on to learn why you'll want to play Cloud Raiders on your tablet or PC.

Fortress in the sky

At the start of the game, you crash land on a floating island where you must build a base. Some of the buildings you erect will produce gold and clouds, the two soft currencies. So far, Cloud Raiders probably sounds like any other city building game – albeit with a fantasy theme.

Two things set this game apart from titles like 2020: My Country, though. For one, the city building component is far less complex. You won't have to worry about a billion jillion types of resources or hoping to find random items needed to progress.

Second: most of the buildings in your base have a military nature. Player bases will come under attack from both AI invaders and other players. Cloud Raiders is a Player vs. Player focused game (PvP). The fun part of the base-building component is testing your layout and defenses against the attacks of your fellow raiders.

Cloud Raiders sails onto Windows 8

The other thing you'll do lots of at your base is produce military units like grunts, archers, and bombers. Players always need more resources for base upgrades in Cloud Raiders, so why not go out and take those resources from your fellow players? Attacking a juicy base and looting the gold and clouds inside is quite enjoyable – assuming your team can handle the base's defenses.

Being inspired by Clash of Clans, Cloud Raiders has full clan support. Right now, joining a clan lets you share units with other clan members and engage in clan chat (global chat is coming soon). Clans have their own leaderboard rankings, providing an extra level of competition to the game. Clan tasks will be added to the game next week, helping clans work towards new upgrades for all of their members.

It just so happens that Windows Phone Central has a clan of its own. After restoring the clan headquarters building on your island, request to join the WPCentral clan. You must have a fairly high amount of valor (PvP ranking). We look forward to teaming up with you guys!

Cloud Raiders sails onto Windows 8

Taking Windows 8 by storm

Cloud Raiders comes to Windows 8 and RT with the most recent update that Windows Phone received one month ago. This update added a new Treasure Island that players can visit once a week, matchmaking improvements, and more.

This version also features the fairly new Goblins campaign, adding a welcome helping of single-player combat to keep you busy between multiplayer raids. Cloud Raiders requires an online connection on all platforms though, so it might not be as easy to play on a tablet without a cellular data connection like you'd have on your phone.

One advantage the tablet version has is prettier graphics – you can zoom much farther out, taking in the beauty of your island and the clouds beneath it. You can't zoom in nearly as far as on Windows Phone, but the increased resolution and viewing distance is actually much better for this type of strategy game.

Cloud Raiders is free to play and quite fairly monetized, so don't let the presence of IAPs scare you off. The ability to jump back and forth between Windows Phone and Windows 8 and RT versions (as well as other platforms) at will is super convenient, making this one of the best multiplayer raiding games to get into.

  • Cloud Raiders – Windows 8 and RT – 193 MB – Free – Store Link (opens in new tab)
  • Cloud Raiders – Windows Phone 8 – 84 MB – Free – Store Link

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Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

  • I uninstalled this game because I started playing AOE!
  • is AOE much better?  
  • Yes, the gameplay is similar but there are lots of differences when it comes to certain things, like for e.g. attacking, having a huge army without strategy would be disastrous in AOE but in CR it doesn't seem to make much difference. These differences won't be apparent during the early stages but will make huge difference as we get to later stages!
  • It's why I like AoE better, strategy is king.
  • Yes it is
  • I installed aoe an i want to say its shame for you microsoft. Graphics are from 1990. Field on is poor. Buildings are awfull without animation. Sound, where is sound? Strategy? What are strategy can be when enemies ip is almost blind!
  • what are you talking about???
  • Seriously what did you install? and what are you talking about?
  • I am addicted to aoe...i even started playing it at work haha...
  • Is this online-only too?
  • Yup...!! Nowadays facing lots of Server errors. :(
  • There goes this too... :(
  • And that's the only reason you're seeing an update for cloud raiders. Because AoE is eating their lunch and they actually are forced to be competitive now. Real classy.
  • It certainly is a good idea to take steps to be competitive. But we announced that a Windows 8 version was coming months ago, so this is not a reaction to the new games on the market.
  • When did this game actually come on win 8.1 store? Coz I installed it earlier in the day before i saw this article... also I am facing an issue with in-game chat... the game chat doesn't recognise space bar or dot and many other keys... alphabet and numbers are working fine... is it problem with my Asus t100 or is the bug known? As its not working with both physical and virtual keyboard
  • It launched today. Not sure about the game chat issue. We'll have to see whether more users report it (my Surface is out of charge right now).
  • I didn't use facebook to login on my phone so now I have to start over?
  • You can still login to Facebook on your phone and get your file synced with the cloud. Then you'd be able to login on Windows 8 and continue the same game.
  • I quit playing Cloud Raiders after i lost all my game play and was reset to the first level. After which i had to uninstall it [there was no log out option] and re install, but it would not let me log in ever again   Now with AoE :) 
  • So I logged in from desktop and conencted to facebook which created a blank profile, then I tried to connect to facebook from my phone but oops a profile already exists. I guess I should have connected my phone first.
  • I feel bad for this game. Star wars and and AOE took over. Lol
  • Troops in AoE are horrible
  • AoE requires better troop management. As you progress it's much harder to "brute force" your way to victory.
  • Very niceeeee
  • Just need clan battles now
  • And alliance chat
  • Bring Clash of clans on windows phone.......
  • Nah, star wars and aoe is better.
  • Can't agree more
  • We don't want that we can wait for games what Microsoft is bringing that are domination and Minecraft.
  • Finally getting a flood! Now if only Xbox ran windows apps this easy.
  • Finally doesn't need to play on fb anymore
  • Where's clash of clans???
  • In the play store..
  • LOL
  • Bwahahahaha...bazinga certified...
  • I think this game is useless as AoE is nominating WP user and it doesn't support Xbox live.
  • Xbox Live isn't everything. :P
  • As I'm a gamer I need Xbox live to prove how well I played the game and how many score I earned it recorded games I played
  • What's the difference between AoE and clash of clans?
  • I mean what makes AoE better?
    (There's no edit comment button in app... Or its just me maybe)
  • You can edit comments in the WP app by pressing the Pencil icon next to the X at the top-right corner of the comment. :)
  • Weird, there wasn't that button, now it is, must be a bug
  • Clash of Clans is the first game of this style (or at least the most popular). Other games like Cloud Raiders, AOE, etc., are inspired by Clash but have different settings, units, etc. Somebody else could go into more detail, as I haven't actually played Clash.
  • You can control your troops and it's not as heavily based on In App Purchases as Clash of Clans (you produce gold every day). It's much better in my opinion.
  • AoE is so much better
  • Does AOE or Star Wars have cloud sync. Where I can play of my Surface, then pick it up on my Nexux 4? If not, I'll give this game a try.
  • AOE is windows exclusive and it has cloud sync, I.e. Play on Windows Phone continue on PC/Surface. Dunno about Star Wars.
  • Thanks for the reply. I'll just load them all and play what I can cross platform.
  • Star Wars does have sync via Facebook or Google Play. BUT..... you can't sync between the WP8 version and the Android/iOS version. 
  • Super game
  • Aoe
  • AoE is far better. Love it.
  • Can i play this offline?
  • Nope... If it's any consolation it does have a puzzle like campaign mode. Not sure why this already is not accessible offline...
  • The Windows 8 app of this game is not working. It tells me that the server is busy but it is working fine on my phone. Anyone else having this problem?
  • It's happening a lot on both actually. Apparently for me restarting my computer or resetting my network works. Most of the times....
  • Trying to catch back up to AoE. Played all AoE and expansions, so I'm sorry CR, thanks but no thanks I'm already switching between big windows and WP AoE for two accounts already. I just won't have time for you!
  • Kinda simple. Wish they throw money at the Warhammer 40k people for some real RTS action. Or even port over Halo Wars.
  • This is great news! This game keeps me awake 'til 2:00 am. :D
  • I hate this kind of games
  • AoE is so much better. You know why? AoE it's been for long time it started at the computer game now its a mobile phone game too
  • Just read the comments: Cloud raiders, no more.
    Age of Empires with Xbox support is what the people want!
  • I reinstalled my windows and my apps "Cloud Raiders " got deleted. I reinstall again but when i tried to play I couldnt play with my same profile again. I didnt sign in with facebook when I joined the game. How do I get to access my profile back??? Plz help I dont want to start from the beginning again...  
  • You would need to have connected your game to Facebook. That's how they store and retrieve your profile from the cloud.