Rail Rush gets a Christmas theme, 6snap gets fixes and more in latest updates

Technically speaking, it’s been a slow week, mostly due to the hangover from last week’s holiday festivities. In reality though, you probably have noticed that developers have been busy tweaking and improving their apps. We’ve covered a bunch of ‘em but there are still more. Today, we know of two pretty big updates that are well worth your time.

Both Miniclip’s Rail Rush, a freebie and Nokia exclusive game, got a Christmas bonus and Huyn’s Snapchat client, 6snap, received a few new features as well. Here are the details.

Rail Rush 1.5 (Lumia exclusive game)

Version 1.5 of Rail Rush is now available. The endless-runner game, akin to Temple Run but with a miner’s cart, has won our hearts due to the bold graphics and addicting gameplay. It’s a really great game that just got a little more endearing with its recent update.

This update has one purpose: Christmas. Launching the game, you’ll notice a new splash screen, winter layout, Christmas-esque music and a bonus level called Snow Land. Snow Land is beautifully designed winter wonderland where you cart has Christmas decorations and you grab ornaments from the air. Awesome. We're totally down with holiday-themed games, so this one wins.

Full details:

  • New world "Snow Land" - visit the wonderful Snow Land and deal with the rumble valley!
  • New hero "Santa Claus" - a Christmas exclusive hero who helps you in destroying rolling snowballs
  • New Christmas theme music and game menus

It’s cute. It’s timely. And it’s free. Rail Rush is one of a few endless-runner games out there, but we’re fans of Miniclip , so this one is on the top of our Christmas list. How about yours?

Pick up Rail Rush version 1.5 here in the Store. Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices only!


6snap 1.2.1

Earlier this week we say Rudy Huyn’s 6snap get a solid update with new features, including landscape support and new filters on board. Today’s update is not nearly as big, but it’s still significant, especially if you like using that front-facing camera. This update fixes some issues users were having with their front shooter, at least for “low resolution” ones and it brings a few other knickknacks.

  • Fix front camera on device with a low resolution front camera
  • Support "Team Snapchat" videos
  • Allow multi-line text on pictures
  • Add a menu "clear all drawings"
  • Drastically improves video quality on low memory devices

We’re not users of Snapchat but even we recognize those are noteworthy changes, features and fixes. If you’re a big fan of Snapchat, make sure you pick up version 1.2.1, which is now live in the Store.

Pick up 6snap here for Windows Phone 8 devices. It’s ad-supported, but you can remove them for $1.29 with an in-app purchase.

Thanks, Joris, Rahul and all the others for the Rail Rush tips!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Please developers,give this "Lumia exclusive games" for HTC too  :( Both works on Same OS >_<
  • HTC should do something för the ecosystem..
  • Use the proxy trick and get it...
  • How?
  • http://forums.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-8/236940-install-any-manufactu...
  • not working anymore :(
  • Htc, they just sitting and doing nothing for their future. Samsung, has been comfortable in bed with android. Nohope for huawei.
  • Lumia rocks.where is TR 2????
  • They are busy removing Xbox live features of it... Huoh...
  • Ohoo...my tip worked
  • I can't download the update, it simply doesn't work. I tap the update button but nothing happens.
  • I just downloaded the updates and it worked fine. Try restarting your phone and reconenct to your internet. Windows, remember?  
  • Thank you :D
  • I like trains.
  • Great band.
  • Yes yar.xbox is getting worsen.i will play tr2 without xbox also.bt atleast we should get the game na..
  • Daniel, why do you all not use Snapchat? Is it not a good community or what?
  • I don't get (or need) the whole "image expire" thing. I'm in my 30s so I don't "sext", and I use WhatsApp for messaging/media.  Clearly I'm in the minority here, well, maybe not for my age group. So I see that people want to use it, but it just has no appeal to me.
  • Daniel is an old man now,huh? :p
  • I don't see the reason for Snapchat neither...
  • I'm 24, and I don't use Snapchat either. My friends and I use plain-o e-mail for conversations these days. One of my friends actually refuses to join Facebook.
  • Yeah I think it's an age thing. I don't know many people sort of mid 20s upwards who use it. I certainly don't get the appeal if I'm honest.
  • 29 here and find no need for snapchat
  • New to WP & WPCentral. So a big "HALLOOOO!" everybody. And less than 20yo here. What's SnapChat? o_o' Finally..can somebody clarify the effects of magnets (in casings and pouches) on a phone (specifically Lumia 925)? I want a casing that will protect my phone (and screen) especially in my pocket. The best would be pouches or flip-cover casings..but both are nearly always equipped with magnet locks..:( Thank you ^^
  • I see the Snapchat thing for more than sexting. Think of the days when people would take out their Wallet to show pictures of themselves or family to people (before our time, but not that long ago). You don't necessarily give everyone you know pictures to have and that's exactly what you're doing when sending pics to people that can forward them to whomever they see fit. The time frame we look at pics is normally 6-10 seconds or less if we don't like what we see. Most people tend to view things like this with perversion, but its just perspective
  • Redownloading Rail Rush. Before this uninstall because of limited storage. Haha
  • Same here, but it was worth it. I finally figured out how to install Asphalt 8: Airborne without sacrificing stuff on my 520.
  • God damn, that 1520 is fantastic.