Game Insight announces Transport Empire and Flower House for Windows Phone and tablets

Microsoft recently reported that Windows Phone and Windows 8 games and apps generate 2.5 times more revenue during the holiday season. In that report (opens in new tab), the big MS spoke to game makers Game Insight ( Cloud Raiders) and JoyBits (tons of crappy Doodle God games) about their experiences with the platform.

Game Insight in particular reported some impressive results, such as the fact that three of the company's titles: Cloud Raiders, Airport City, and Big Business Deluxe are in the top 10 best-selling games on the Windows Store. Game Insight titles have been installed more than ten million times across Windows Phone and Windows 8.

What's next for Game Insight? Windows Central is proud to exclusively announce that Game Insight will soon be releasing Transport Empire and Flower House (both free and with 512 MB RAM support) on mobile Windows platforms. Read on for more details!

Transport Empire

Transport Empire

Game Insight's latest free to play city builder takes place in the best setting yet, the steampunk era. Players will build a commercial empire spanning across a Victorian land, shipping goods back and forth via a variety of vehicles. Watching your trains zoom from city to city proves quite enjoyable, and high quality artwork brings it all to life.

Transport Empire unfolds a little more story than we typically see in city building games. Players take on the role of Lynn Skytell, a young woman who is determined to carve out a business empire of her own in a new land. Along the way she'll interact with her brother, uncle, a rival businessman/suitor, and many more characters.

Lynn starts out with access to a small portion of land, but she'll unlock new areas as the player levels up. Each location has several places for players to build things, such as mines, lodges, and other buildings. After building or renovating these locations, they'll start producing resources like coal, wood, and iron. You'll harvest and ship these resources by trains, boats, and eventually even airships.

If you enjoy trains or steampunk in general, this is one city builder you won't want to miss.

Flower House

Flower House

Whereas Transport Empire is aimed at people who like trains (which tend to be dudes), Flower House has a more traditionally feminine appeal. As you might guess from the name, this one is a casual simulation game about raising and selling flowers. I don't think it lets you eat the flowers, which you also probably could have guessed.

Although Flower House is not technically a city builder, it shares most of the same mechanics. You start out by buying a flower pot and seeds. After watering the seeds, the plant will take a certain amount of real time to grow. Then you get to cut the flowers and sell them.

As the game progresses, you'll not only buy new plants, you'll also get to create plant hybrids. For instance, mixing a lily and a calla will produce a lily calla. It's nothing too complex, but if you enjoy flowers and plants, you'll get to play around and collect a variety of them in Flower House.

Naturally the game has social elements too, so flower eaters, I mean lovers, will get to visit their friends' flower houses and see what's a-growing. Who will create the loveliest floral arrangements?

Transport Empire

Trains and flowers inbound

Transport Empire and Flower House will be coming to Windows Phone and Windows 8 and RT. We can expect them early next year. Stay tuned for more news from Game Insight soon!

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!

  • Nice games.. Except the flower one maybe.
  • Lots of exclusive news from you today, Paul! :D Clearly, Transport Empire seems like the more interesting game to me :D
  • Nekki's shadow fight 2 launches on windows phone !
  • Tipped them and two times today but no use , they don't want to post it
  • Yes, remember the case of MX player? They had to confirm that. Same thing here, there are two Shadow Fight 2 games and both seem to me the same. So probably they are confirming that.
  • Nope. It is cent percent original. I played it and it is the same as that in Android. No performance issues. Goes by the name "Shadow Fight 2 by Nekki"
  • Too bad doesn't support 512.
  • Well I remember The time they used to say that 512 Mb don't miss much apps , lol. Pretty different scenario now
  • Buy a decent phone mate
  • Was the "tons of crappy Doodle God games" line supposed to be kept in the article haha.
  • Yes, why Paul? Is there a story behind that or it is just that it is plain crappy?
  • I don't like that they release what is 90% the same game over and over. The free to play one is particularly bad (or was at launch), and yet it seems to be really profitable. But it was just a fun dig, nothing serious.
  • Really professional to call the Doodle franchise "crappy" while this so-called exclusive preview is about two run-off-the-mill cow-clickers that try to lure customers with an unnecessary pair of bazoombas.
  • But they are crappy.
  • I don't think it's fair to say any pair of bazoombas are unnecessary :P
  • That Transport Empire game looks nice!! Surely I'll get this game when they're released.! XD
  • Sounds nice, though the flower one reminds me of the flower game in the 3DS Mii plaza. On a side note, the artist who drew the girl on the transport game needs to work on their anatomy.
  • The art in Transport Empire is stylized (and sexualized). The ladies don't need to be so overly curvy, but I don't mind so much. A Russian cosplayer dressed as the main character (shown in the lead image) and she looked really great.
  • So entitled to call crap to someone's else job. Awesome! Thats what we need.
  • I'm a critic, I can make evaluative comments like that. But it was meant to be a lighthearted jab.
  • Sweet
  • Could her rack be any bigger? Geez
  • MILF in the flower shop.
  • You can eat flowers in hipster reataurants. True story.
  • Cloud support plz.
  • Look at dose BOOOOBS
  • Still Big Business Deluxe is one of the valuable and expanding game from Game insight. as Candy Crush Saga comes in, I mixed up into Tetris Blitz, Big Business Deluxe and Candy Crush Saga so, no time to try this. Waiting for another title with the ability to make 3D film of what you done. Sky view in 2D is available here, so city building has a long path to pass. 
  • mmmm Lets see if that Transport Empire can hold a candle against Transport Tycoon!!