Hands-on with Halo: Spartan Strike for Windows and Windows Phone

We had our first look at Halo: Spartan Strike last October and we're glad that the game is finally available. We'll have a full review coming soon, but we know a lot of you want to see some gameplay already on Windows and Windows Phone devices. You can buy it once and download on both your devices. What's also awesome is that your progress is synced no matter which device you use.

Watch our first gameplay video on a Lumia Icon and a Surface Pro 3.

In Halo: Spartan Strike, you must lead troops to prevent Earth from being overtaken by Covenant and Promethean enemies. It feels a lot like Halo: Spartan Assault. You move and shoot with virtual joysticks. You move with the left joystick while you aim with the right joystick. Weapon selection is on the top right corner and there's an action button on the lower right corner to open doors, get in, or get out of vehicles. There's a great tutorial within the game to make you familiar with the controls.

There are 30 missions through jungles, cities and more. Enemies and points of interests show up on the radar at the top left corner. It's not hard to figure out who to shoot and where to go.

Even if you're not a huge Halo fan, Spartan Strike is one of those games that you need to have on your phone. It has gunfights, explosions, vehicles, and they all look great in the game. Synced progress between Windows and Windows Phone is an excellent bonus, too.

Halo Spartan Strike is priced at $5.99. If you buy the Windows Phone version, you get the game for Windows 8.1 for free and vice-versa. There is no free trial available, but hopefully our gameplay video helps you decide whether this game is worth the purchase. Stay tuned for our review, but let us know what you think if you've already been playing with it.

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Mark Guim

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.