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Microsoft kicks off ‘Red stripe’ weekly app deals for Windows Phone with King Oddball and runtastic Pro

Microsoft has a new trick up their sleeve to promote apps and games in the Windows Phone Store: weekly deals. Referred to as ‘red stripe’ offerings because the apps/games have a red boarder, users can purchase these games at a heavily discounted price. It should be a great way to move more inventory, so to speak, as well as highlight some top-quality apps or games in the store.

First up is King Oddball from 10tons Ltd, which we’ve reviewed previously. The game, like all of 10tons releases, features some fantastic artwork. And its quirky gameplay (you hurl rocks at tanks) always elicit a chuckle from us when playing. The game is normally $2.49 (and well worth it), but today you can grab it for just $0.99 (a 60% savings). Our advice? Go get it, it’s awesome. Windows Phone 8 only.

In the apps category we have runtastic PRO (see our earlier review), the super popular running companion app to help you record all of your exercise moments. That app normally goes for $4.99, which while expensive (relatively) if you use it every day it’s totally worth it. Today though, you can have it for $0.99, which is a massive sale. For Windows Phone 7.x and 8.

You can pick up King Oddball here for $0.99 and runtastic PRO for $0.99 here in the Store (there's also the free, non-pro version). Discount offer is for one week only, so get your purchases in early.

Thanks, frenzydude, for the heads up!

QR: King Oddball

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • Thanks for the mention!
  • my favorite word: SALE
  • Great idea my Microsoft.
  • Great job MS. Keep it up. This is just what we need. Everyone likes "sales"!
  • I saw in comment of app that it can load data directly to myfitnesspal if so this is a perfect app for me
  • Yup and with Fitbit..they all play nice, which is why Nike can go to hell. Modern technology is great, it's silly to not make use of it for health reasons ;)
  • When is the fitbit flex coming out? And the heart rate monitor is expensive.
  • "Spring" is all we know for Flex.
  • The last I checked on Amazon they have the release date for the Fitbit Flex as May 15th.
  • I just bought Runtastic pro last week and it works great with Myfitnesspal. As soon as you finish your workout it auto enters it into Myfitnesspal as long as you have them linked.
  • You can add Assassin's Creed - Altair's Chronicle to the Red Strip List!
  • Finally catching up to some of the features in the Play Store.
  • Darn! I already bought Runtastic Pro full price!!!
  • the link of King Oddball is break, Daniel.
  • Fixed, thanks.
  • Assassins creed is also only 99C.
  • All three:
  • Red Stripe. Hooray Apps!
  • Was going to buy Runtastic Pro a couple of days ago. Glad i waited. :)
  • Just the same about King Oddball, also... This is my 1st wp8 app!
  • Are the Red Strip deals going to co-exit with the Deal of the Week then?
  • Edit:Contacted MS and the store is currently down.
    Anyone else getting the c101a006 error from phone 8?  Also getting an error on when I try to purchase.
  • Yes, for me too. Oh, just saw you contacted MS.
  • Can't buy Runtastic for me. "Oops... Sorry, something went wrong and we aren't sure what happened. Please, try again later. "
  • Needs to be featured section in the store!!! So frustrating!
  • When I first saw this, I thought it was some weird cross promotion with the beer company.
  • Hopefully this move gathers ears, seems like a nice promotion, and it seems like they're in it for the long haul since they gave it a name.
  • King Oddball is awesome, I bought it at full price and it is worth every penny!!  Grab this today at sale price or you WILL regret it :)
  • red boarder?
    So the game comes with it's own lodger then?  We probably need to know it's tenancy rights before investing.