From Cheese, a Windows Phone 8 puzzle game with a smelly twist

From Cheese is an interesting puzzle game for Windows Phone 8 where you lead a hungry little mouse through a maze to a block of cheese.  The smelly twist is that you guide the mouse by the cheese’s aroma, drawing a path for the mouse to follow from the cheese.

From Cheese has fifty-eight levels of reverse-logic puzzles full of obstacles and dangers to work around to get your mouse to his dinner.

It may be another puzzle game for Windows Phone 8 but From Cheese’s approach to solving the puzzles makes it an appealing new addition to our Windows Phone gaming library.

Solve the mystery of 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek on Windows Phone and Windows 8

Polish developer Artifex Mundi produces some of the finest hidden object puzzle adventure (HOPA) games in the world. Their games are especially fine because most of them end up on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, including the Nightmares from the Deep series.

When we interviewed Artifex Mundi at Casual Connect a few months ago, we learned that they also publish other developers’ games. That applies to their latest Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 release – 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek. Developed by Tap It Games, 9 Clues still offers an intriguing mystery story and lots of puzzles and hidden object sequences to keep gamers busy. Impressions and Store links after the break!

Name the TV Show, a Windows Phone trivia game that carries a tune

Name the TV Show is entertainment trivia game for your Windows Phone that challenges your knowledge of television shows based on their theme song.

The trivia game covers television series from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s with two gaming modes.  Name the TV Show will track your gaming stats and there is an online leaderboard to let you brag about your show tune knowledge.

Name the TV Show is an appealing, often challenging trivia game for your Windows Phone and is well worth a try.

Top Endless Runner Games for Windows Phone

Windows Phone Central Gaming Roundup: Endless Runners

Endless Runner games, also know to some as Infinite Runner games, are a fantastic way to pass the time with and there are plenty to choose from in the Windows Phone Store.  You know the games, the ones where the gaming character runs, jumps, dodges, and tumbles through various obstacles and dangers.  You run as far as possible before you eventually take a wrong turn, jump a little too late, or otherwise find your character stumble to their fate.

While this genre of games seems to be multiplying faster than weather apps, we shine the light on four of the top rated endless runners that are available in the Windows Phone Store for this week's roundup.  All four titles were highly anticipated titles that are drawn-up nicely and would be a great addition to your Windows Phone gaming library.

Deal Alert: Dark Lands free for a limited time through MyAppFree

Dark Lands is an impressive, addictive, quality Windows Phone game and if you have been on the fence about picking up this game title, MyAppFree has a deal for you.

The fantasy game is a free app title, regularly priced at $.99, for today only through the MyAppFree partnership.  Dark Lands is a 2D runner that features fantastic graphics, challenging game play and a RPG feel to it with various character ability and equipment upgrades.

Smart Challenge, a brain twisting puzzle game for Windows Phone

Smart Challenge is a brain twisting puzzle game for your Windows Phone that tests you deductive powers, reflexes, and powers of observation. 

You are presented with a series of brain twister styled questions and tasks where the answer may not be as obvious as it appears.  For example, on the main menu there is an arrow labeled “star” and you are directed to “press start to continue”.  Your reflex is to tap the arrow but to continue you need tap the word “start”.

Smart Challenges has three levels of play that are progressively unlocked and you might be surprised how challenging the simplest of tasks can be.

Skiing Fred, hit the slopes and escape the Grim Reaper’s grasp

Skiing Fred is an action packed skiing game for Windows Phone 8 that has you try to navigate down a trap riddled ski slope, keeping one step ahead of the Grim Reaper.

It is the first of the Fred series of games to land in the Windows Phone Store.  The Fred series of games have seen a nice amount of success over on iOS and Android.  Based on the short time we have spent with Skiing Fred, it should have similar success here.

Toy Story: Smash It! crashes into the Windows Phone Store

If you are a fan of the movie Toy Story, we have some good news.  Toy Story: Smash It! has landed in the Windows Phone Store.  The game has been available on Windows 8 for a little while and it is nice to see it come to the small screen.

The Windows Phone 8 game is a physics-based puzzle game where you must guide Buzz Lightyear through ninety challenging levels.  Armed with bouncing-balls, Buzz must take out all the targets in each level.

Animal Park Tycoon slips into the Windows Phone Store

While we expected AMA Ltd.’s Animal Park Tycoon to hit the Windows Phone Store a few months ago, the game quietly snuck on to Store shelves last week.

Animal Park Tycoon is a popular management game that places you in charge of a zoo.  You start out small and build your zoo empire by adding attractions and animals to your park to keep visitors interested in visiting your park.

Grab your helmet and prepare your tricks as Skateboard Party 2 launches on Windows Phone 8

Love skateboarding? Even if you don't (or are unable to) participate in the sport, you can enjoy yourself on your Windows Phone with Skateboard Party 2 from Ratrod Studio. This is a brand new skateboarding game with gorgeous graphics, addictive gameplay and a lot to offer those who skate for real. Even better? It's co-launching on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

If you find yourself sat in the daily commute (or anywhere else for that matter) with a handful of minutes to spare, you'll want to grind on past the break to see what this new, hip game is all about. 

Number Rumble, an addictive numbers puzzle game for Windows Phone

While some may say we have too many puzzle games in the Windows Phone Store, they remain a great option for the times you have a little time to kill.  Number Rumble hopes to join the number of quality puzzle games available for Windows Phone.

Based on playing the trial version, we can see the appeal Number Rumble has.  It tests your math skills along with your ability to manage combinations of numbers.  There’s a slight addictive quality to the game and if you are looking for a slightly different puzzle game for your Windows Phone, check out Number Rumble.

The wait is over - Temple Run 2 hits the Windows Phone Store with Xbox Live

Windows Phone owners have been enjoying the sprint in Temple Run, but many have been anxiously awaiting the release of the game's sequel - Temple Run 2. We've got some fantastic news for you as the game has just been released. Not only that, but we have support for Xbox Live! Speed on past the break for the details, links, QR codes, coins and more.

Top Christmas games and apps for Windows Phone

Windows Phone Central Roundup: Games and apps for the Holiday Season

With Christmas right around the corner, what better way to get into the Holiday Spirit than with a few Christmas themed Windows Phone apps and games?

This week’s Windows Phone Central Roundup features a few such games and apps.  We pulled a handful of the top rated apps and games from the Windows Phone Store for this week's roundup.  There is one app to give your Windows Phone lockscreen a holiday touch, a couple games with a Holiday touch, and one app to keep track of Saint Nick on his global journey.

Riptide GP 2 splashes into the Windows 8 Store for download

If you enjoy water based high adrenaline racing game like Hydro Thunder Hurricane and Riptide GP, then you may want to check out the latest to splash into the Windows Store. Riptide GP 2 by Vector Unit is a sequel that brings in new hydro jets, riders, stunts, and much more.

Lies of Astaroth, a fantasy card based battle game for Windows Phone 8

Lies of Astaroth is a fantasy card based battle game that has seen a bit of success over on iOS and now is available for Windows Phone 8. 

Game play has you dealing your characters from a deck of cards to do battle against a wide assortment of creatures.  The strategy battle game reminds me of the card games like Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh

While card based battle games may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Lies of Astaroth does have a certain level of appeal.  Graphics are attractive, game play is fairly simple and challenging and we suspect the game will find its fair share of success on the Windows Phone platform.

Cliff Diving 3D for Windows Phone 8, belly flops not advisable

We have seen a wide range of games hit the Windows Phone Store shelves and Cliff Diving may be the first and only diving game available for Windows Phone 8.  It may not be your typical Windows Phone sports game but the game has potential.

Cliff Diving 3D has two levels of difficulty and a healthy range of dives to perform.  Graphics aren’t terrible but could use a little polishing and game play is fairly easy but not without challenge.  You will find your diver performing plenty gut-busters or belly flops until you get the game's timing down just right.

If you are looking for a unique game for Windows Phone 8 or just a change of pace from the puzzle games, Cliff Diving is worth trying.

Puzzle Retreat slides onto Windows Phone 8, we look behind the scenes

Slowly but surely, the upcoming Windows Phone 8 games we previewed from Casual Connect a few months ago have started to appear on the Store. First came Babel Rising 3D, then Yeti on Furry (awful name!) and Nightmares from the Deep: the Siren’s Call. Now Puzzle Retreat, the first game we covered from the show, has finally become available on Windows Phone 8.

Puzzle Retreat (from Australian developer Voxel Agents) is quite clearly a puzzle game. Windows Phone owners can enjoy the first 60 levels for free, and then opt to purchase additional level packs if they like. The developers took great pains to ensure Puzzle Retreat runs on devices with 512 MB of RAM, so everyone rocking a Windows Phone 8 device can play it.

We’ve got impressions, hands on video, and new behind the scenes info from the developer – all after the break!

Word Soup, an enjoyable word game for Windows Phone 8

Word Soup is a relatively new word game for Windows Phone 8 that has had a fair amount of success over on iOS and Android platforms.  Word Soup is a puzzle game where you are given a sea of letters and have to find hidden words within.  The game does have a bit of a "find-a-word" puzzle game feel to it but with more pep.

Word Soup includes three single player modes, two two-player modes and comes across as an entertaining, challenging word game for Windows Phone 8.

Anodia, a brick-breaker styled Windows Phone 8 game

Anodia is a Windows Phone 8 game that has the feel of a brick breaker styled game but loses the traditional feel with the variety of targets you are called upon to destroy.  You do not have a series of bricks to destroy but instead you have to take out light bulbs, hanging lamps, groups of bouncy balls, and more.

The game has over one hundred gaming levels, over twenty different power-ups, and if you are a fan of the brick-breaker styled games Anodia is worth a try.

Cross Court Tennis 2, a simply smashing game for Windows Phone 8

If you are yearning for a tennis game for Windows Phone 8, you need to check out Cross Court Tennis 2.  It is a relatively new sports game for Windows Phone and once you get used to the controls, it is an entertaining game to pass the time with.

Graphics are top notch, game play challenging but the screen does feel a little cramped.  Nonetheless, overall, Cross Court Tennis 2 is a welcomed addition to the Windows Phone gaming library.