Exclusive: Game Insight crafting Cloud Raiders for Windows Phone and Windows 8

We’ve just reviewed Airport City, the latest Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 release from international publisher Game Insight. Observant readers will notice a pattern with Game Insight’s mobile Windows releases: three out of their four games are pure city builders. The fourth game Rule the Kingdom is sort of a city builder/RPG hybrid.

Clearly city building is Game Insight’s specialty – these titles are doing very well for them on Windows Phone and Windows 8. But you do need something to differentiate one of these games from the crowd, especially when they all come from the same publisher. As luck would have it, Game Insight’s next title Cloud Raiders adds something really cool to the mix: fantasy-based strategic battles. Read on for exclusive news and impressions!

Eyes in the clouds

To date, Game Insight’s mobile Windows titles include: My Country, Rule the Kingdom, 2020: My Country, and Airport City. The publisher recently announced that its Windows Phone and Windows 8 titles have collectively reached five million players – a fairly large number given Windows Phone’s underdog status on the market.

The big GI should reach even more players when Cloud Raiders arrives on the market. Cloud Raiders takes place in a world of floating islands, not unlike Activision’s Skylanders series. At the outset, players become stranded on one of those islands by evil sky pirates. They’ll then have to build a base in order to keep those pirates at bay and take back some loot in the process.

Establishing a settlement works the same as in other city building games, though the buildings here serve a more military purpose. Your main building is the stronghold; upgrading it will unlock a variety of new items. The town also needs buildings to extract and store two soft currencies: gold and clouds. These two resources are required to create and upgrade news structures as well as produce military units.

In order to defend your base, you’ll need to recruit various types of soldiers and house them in bunkers. They can then be deployed when invading ships reach the island. Enemy forces often come in larger numbers, though. That’s where cannons come in. Place them strategically so they can fire upon the invaders who hack away at your buildings. A large cannon can be aimed at specific targets as well, but it takes time to recharge between shots.

Protecting your base is just part of the fun in Cloud Raiders. Each time the AI attacks, players can choose to take revenge on the enemy’s base. You’ll send up to 20 soldiers on these raids, receiving gold, clouds, and experience if they win the battle. Players can even attack each other’s bases, for which the victor will gain an additional currency called Valor.

Windows specifics

Cloud Raiders is already available on Android, where it supports cloud saves via Facebook integration. As we mentioned in our Airport City review, Game Insight’s mobile Windows titles haven’t supported cloud saving so far. But the publisher is actively working on bringing the feature to its existing Windows Phone and Windows 8 titles.

In fact, the Windows Phone version of Cloud Raiders will launch with the same cloud save support via Facebook as its Android brother. No more worrying about save data loss; just play with an online connection and you’ll be golden. In fact, save data and multiplayer features will even be cross-platform compatible with the Android version!

Game Insight also plans to bring Cloud Raiders to Windows 8 and RT, but the tablet version will arrive after the phone game. The developer is currently revamping the game’s graphics to take advantage of the higher resolution displays of PCs and tablets. (The current Android version’s art is slightly low resolution, much like Airport City.) The Windows 8 and RT versions will share cloud save data with Windows Phone and Android as well, so the wait will definitely be worth it.

We don’t have an estimated release date for Cloud Raiders yet, but the game is going into beta soon. Keep checking back at Windows Phone Central for more Cloud Raider news as well as first word on the other title Game Insight has in the works… We’ll share those details as soon as we can!

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!

  • looks like clash of clans...
  • lets hope so it would have same gameplay (not needing power gems and stuff only workers)
  • Why there was no new app and game announcements in the build and Nokia's conference? I hoped for 2 or 3 new apps.
  • Why would there be? It's a conference for developers, not consumers. It surprised me that Nokia announced any phones at the keynote at all.
  • Developers need something to develop for, aye?
  • Yeah, an API.
  • Please help me. Today I registered with App Studio. And check my phone update. And it shows ready to download. Is it really WP8.1 update. Or is it anything else. Yes i ve a developer preview app. Please help me to understand.
  • Which version does it shows?
  • Just show update is ready to download
  • if I'm not mistaken, after you click "download", it will show you the update detail. 
  • What phone u got and os version are u using? Its definitely not wp 8.1 just a bug fix...
  • Lumia 520 with Lumia black
  • Its possibly a bug fix then. Try downloading and confirm when ur abt to install the update.
  • You're most likely downloading latest developer build, but it isn't 8.1.
  • Thanks for clearing. I ll inform later than. After updating.
  • Bro, its just a lil bug fix.. A 2 mb download
  • It doesn't show version. Just shows update is ready to download
  • Very nice. Let us know when you know Acevedo. It looks good.
  • Looks like Troll Wars (on Windows 8/RT and Windows Phone) I like those games :)
  • This games are ruined with In app purchases
  • Is WiFi direct is coming to windows phone 8.1?
  • Yesss
  • Copypaste of Kingdoms & Lords? :l Anyways it's great to see that we've won this developer to our side!!
  • It's similar to Kingdoms & Lords but a better game IMO. Still a free to play city builder though, with the limitations that brings.
  • clash of clans please :)
  • Why I can't downloading this game please. Tell me
  • If you read the article maybe...
  • It hasn't been released yet..
  • Another support from great developer. Thank you paul :)
  • Guys where is the link for this game
  • No link because there isn't one, the game hasn't been released yet..
  • Did they mention a time frame on cloud save support. That's the only thing stopping me from playing there games again. After losing an entire save because of a bad 920 I said not again till it can back up.
  • I know. I can never play a phone game seriously without cloud saves.
  • yes, it sync between wp, facebook, android
  • Cloud save via Facebook, so awful.
    Nevertheless this game has no Xbox support so I will be sure to avoid it.
    For those other mobile gamers: Have fun, log into facebook, have a great time.
  • It's a hell of a lot better than no cloud support. You should look at it rationally, my man (love you though!).
  • Hey that is a nice reply, thanks for that, really appreciate it! :-)
    You are right, of course Facebook cloud is better than none. Just having a not so great day...you are cool man, have a good weekend!
  • Hahaha this is awesome :D
  • They need to bring Lords of the Realm to WP. That was fun on PC.
  • Any hack trick to hack this game to unlimited coins,diamond .developer plz make such aap to hack it
  • That's a terrible idea; we don't need people cheating. Please try to make more useful comments in the future.
  • Clan : Dominatorz
    Good stats and good players .
    We need to 40 people. More.
    My valor is 1031