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Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: The Next Big Thing

Microsoft started adding collections to the Windows Phone Store that groups like minded apps and games. You have a photography collection, the Red Stripe Deals collection and few more.

With this week's Windows Phone Central roundup, we take a peak at the Next Big Thing collection. It's a group of games that have the potential of being big hits. They have strong ratings and it's a nice way to showcase the independent developers.

We picked four from the current collection that we think are quality additions to the Windows Phone gaming library.

Buddha Finger (trial/$1.29): Buddha Finger is a fast paced Windows Phone 8 game that will not only test your concentration but also your reflexes.

The story line behind the game has you meeting a Kung-Fu master that reveals you have a long lost twin brother who happens to be an Interpol Agent. Your brother has vanished and you have to battle your way through sixty one levels of action to find him.

To battle an opponent a series of numbers will appear on the screen representing pressure points for your opponent. You have to tap them in sequential order as fast as you can. Some levels will flash multiple number sequences before the bad guy (or gal) goes down.  Move too slow and your opponent will take you down.

Graphics, sound effects and the soundtrack to Buddha Finger have a retro feel to it and not in a bad way. The game has online leaderboards and Buddha Finger is just a fun game to pass the time with.

There is a trial version available for Buddha Finger with the full version running $1.29. You can find Buddha Finger here in the Windows Phone Store. It is only available for Windows Phone 8 devices.

Fling Theory (free): Fling Theory is a puzzle game for your Windows Phone 8 device where you're trying to fling electrons through a maze of charged particles. There are 38 levels or lessons to Fling Theory that contain multiple stages.

Along the way you use the charged atoms to reflect your electron towards it's target. You have electrical pulses that will destroy your electron as well as spikey walls that aren't too friendly either. Oh.. and while the atom's field will reflect your electron, if you fling too close the atom will consume your electron.

Fling Theory game play is simple, tap and drag the screen in the direction you want your electron flung. A trajectory guide will appear to help your targeting. Release the screen to fling your electron and hope for the best. Some stages require multiple flings but the consistent goal is to use as few flings as possible.

Graphics are nice, game play challenging, and overall Fling Theory is worth a try. Fling Theory is a free, ad-supported game for your Windows Phone 8 device. You can disable the ads and purchase additional levels through in-app purchases.

You can find Fling Theory here in the Windows Phone Store.

Hexalines (trial/$.99): Hexalines is a challenging strategy puzzle game for your Windows Phone device.

You have hexagonal playing pieces that have pipe segments on them. The goal is to place your game pieces (or rotate existing pieces) in a manner to fill more pipes with red liquid than your opponents who are trying to fill their pipes with green and blue liquids.

You can make offensive moves to build your pipe network or defensive moves by rotating your opponents pieces to disrupt their liquid flow. If you're good you can take over your opponents pieces by rotating and connecting their pipes with yours.

Games can be played against the computer or in "pass/play" fashion with friends. While Hexalines is an easy game to pick up (tutorial is a must) it can be rather challenging to find success.

There is a free trial version available for Hexalines with the full version running $.99. It is available for both Windows Phone 8 and 7.x devices and you can find Hexalines here in the Windows Phone Store.

Epic Battle Dude (free): We've already taken a look at Epic Battle Dude but it's such a nice game it deserved mention here. The Windows Phone 8 game has you playing the role of a king whose kingdom has been invaded by monsters who have kidnapped your queen.

Epic Battle Dude has fifty levels of game play, fantastic graphic, humorous sound effects and challenging game play. You have role playing game elements with upgradeable weapons and character abilities to allow you to keep pace with the game play difficulty as you slash your way through the levels.

Epic Battle Dude quickly became one our favorite games and it's a fun way to pass the time. Epic Battle Dude is a free game for your Windows Phone 8 device that you can find here in the Windows Phone Store.

There's about thirty games currently in the Next Big Thing collection over at the Windows Phone Store.  We've look at a few of these games (Death Worm, Squids, Drag Racing) and each have the potential of being big hits.  While these four stood out to us, you may have found a hidden gem we've left out.  If so, let us know in the comments which game you think will be the next big thing.

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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • We need more, loving the games!
  • We need more... I currently have a backlog of games installed and purchased on my phone that I'll probably just be getting to in 23 months, which is when I'm due for an upgrade!
    I love the "we need more apps", more this, more that. It's not that we necessarily need more- we need the apps people are looking for coming from iOS, Android, BB. As someone that's only ever used Windows Phone, I don't know what the other app options are and quite frankly don't care. I do get a little confused when it takes months for a W8 app to come to WP8 or vis versa. The reality is with 700,000+ apps on our top competition, it is highly unlikely that even 10% of these apps are actually seen, let alone clicked on to view details/screenshots and obviously less than 1% actually even get downloaded by the average person (7,000 apps is a lot of downloading! Heck, 0.1% would still be 700 apps, which seems a bit high for John Doe user).
    Sadly, some people also want the same exact app- official ones, unofficial ones... want, want, want, want. There was once a game I saw my uncle playing on his Mac that was specific for Macs. After months of searching, I found a fairly similar indie version that I thoroughly enjoyed and spent hours playing. Was I about to go out and buy a Mac for ONE program? No. It is really quite humorous to me that you hear all these people complaining about how one app is what holds them back from WP8. I realize people are entitled to do what they want with their money. I just find it awfully pathetic that they admittedly want WP8, but will stick with an alternative over one app.
  • I agree!
  • Yes, but the apps and games you like won't be the same as the next person. Choice rules supreme! Everyone has their own "deal breakers". I currently won't buy a WP8 device because the top-end models don't have microSD & I don't want an ATIV. I will stick with WP7 until more options come out. To others a deal-breaker is it must have Instagram or some other app. Just because they're not important to you, doesn't mean they're not the single most important thing to someone else. To me, Twitter is useless and I could care less if there aren't ANY twitter apps - but could you imagine the outrage if there wasn't?
  • So you're saying if you met your nearly flawless mate, but say he/she had a stupid laugh, you'd move on? I'm calling shannigans.
    I'm not saying choice is bad nor am I dismissing peoples' needs. What I am saying is that we are currently a society that is all or nothing, which isn't a good thing. That's not saying choice is bad... that's saying people are too damn stiff. A deal breaker used to have less impact because people were just excited to have the product that he/she wanted. I really wanted an XBox360, but I wanted to play Mario. Does that mean the 360 is useless to me? No. It means I have to deal with this fact or be without something I want. If you WANT WP8 badly enough, you'd suck it up and get the ATIV or else deal with the lack of SIM. Clearly you don't want it badly enough or else you would have it already.
    I guess this comes back to also being a society that has long lost what it means to NEED something and have it confused with WANT. For years we functioned just fine as a society that didn't even possess the technology for mobile phones, let along smartphones. Some might even argue (I'd say rightfully so) that society was better as a whole back then- more interpersonal skills, significantly better manners, better grammar skills, etc. As my father always used to tell me, the things you want in life will far outnumber the few things you need: food, water, shelter, and love.
  • It depends - if the girl is hot enough then you can overlook a stupid laugh haha :P If I met a girl that had an amazing personality but she was overweight or cockeyed, then I would definitely move on. Some guys like big butts while I find them horrifying. Some people would call me fussy, others crazy - but we all have our preferences.
    The problem nowadays is that we have a lot of choice. So we can easily dismiss items that don't match certain criteria and find one that does. You can be excited over a product during the initial hype, but if you let your head rule over your heart then you will logically assess if that product is right for you when it's released. I think it is far worse to run out and buy the latest exciting thing, instead of carefully deciding if it's something worth having.
    You're right, I would already own WP8 if I wanted it badly enough. When WP8 was announced I was ready to line up on day 1 for a new device as I was super-excited by some of the features with a promise of "much more" to be announced. When it actually launched, no further features were revealed and all of the released devices were fairly underwhelming. Being kicked in the guts over the WP7 upgrade path certainly didn't help at the time either. The 920 is definitely the best, but I still cringe at no microSD. I'm currently stuck on a 16 GB device and I have to constantly delete music, apps and photos to put new stuff on there. It's a complete pain and I never want to do it again. 32 GB on the 920 is better, but it's still limited. If I am already unhappy with the lack of storage on my current device then I know I will continue to be unhappy on my next device. The ATIV is too big, and the 820 is just as good as my WP7 device so why bother? All I want is a top-model with 32 GB + removable storage for my photos and music. If I'm paying top dollar for the best model then I shouldn't have to settle for second best.
    Of all the WP8 features there are none that compel me to upgrade - but I'm sure that as the list of WP8 app exclusives piles up I'll want to switch. Also, the switch to WP8 is going to be very painful no matter what as I will lose all of the data I have on my current WP7 device - so when I upgrade I want it to be for the next few years at least! I agree with you... I don't NEED a WP8 device specifically as my WP7 device does everything that I need it to. Hence my lackluster desire to upgrade. But obviously in this day and age our needs are quite complicated beyond mere survival in the wilderness. To get food, water and shelter I need money. To get money I need a job which for me means I need to be contactable and hence I need a phone. If I didn't have a phone then I'd have to get a different job and have a far worse quality of life for me and my family.
    But anyway, back to the original point - people always want different things. If WP is to grow it needs to be competitive which means it needs to have all the bells and whistles of the other platform. Some people look at raw numbers and see the number of WP apps is much less than other platforms. While it's true that the average person will probably only use less than 30 apps, it is all about the perception of being limited and of not having a device that is seen as being socially unacceptable. Microsoft and Nokia are doing a great job of diverting the attention away from the numbers game (as they can't win it) and instead showing how unique, different and "cool" the WP platform is. Some of those people can be very interested initially, but when it doesn't have their top 5 apps on there and the total number of apps is much less then it makes the switch more risky and less desirable to them. While it's true they don't need those apps, when we all have our basic needs of survival (food, water, shelter) completely satisfied then we can afford to be fussy about what else is important to us ;)
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  • Off topic, but OFFFICE!!! FOR IOS!!!! GAHHHHHHHHHH WHY MS!!
  • Only 365 subscription tho! Blah, anyways!
  • So I just discovered all the functions in excel for WP... WHEN was that ever advertised??
  • Uh, because they make an Office for Mac? Would you rather them be Google, and refuse to let their products/services work with some people? I don't, that would just lead to more anti-trust accusations for Microsoft.
  • Because MS isn't @!$#@%heads like google (youtube app for WP) or apple (apple app are only available for apple products).MS is more bigger when it come to services.
    Imagine what will happen if MS pulls off skype from android and iOS for example!
  • That's gonna be a real bitchslap to the face, haha!
    First of all "more bigger" is incorrect.  it´s simply bigger.
    Secondly, MSFT was primarily a software and services company, they extend their services where their customers are.  They are getting into hardware, but their prime directive (if you may call it so) is software and services, whoever wants it.  Apple on the other hand is in a little world where they make their own hardware and software (to some extent) and their business model does not include licensing it out, there they have no need nor much justification to put it on other products. They make their software for those who buy their hardware. In case like the iPod, iPad and iPhone, that meant having a Windows version of iTunes.
    Google makes money on ads, so their services go where they expect alot of ad revenue to justify their investment.
    Sometimes fans make it seem like there is this little war between the 3 companies, but they don´t compete directly in all areas, hence their relationship is alot more complicated than it may seem.
  • I'd say that even business-wise, people in charge of directing these businesses still have bias towards other businesses who they compete with. Thats what PR and lawsuits are all about.
  • How come I never see collections? I have tried multiple times but I never see any collections. Is this because I am in Belgium?
  • Maybe because you are on WP7? I only see them since I'm on my new 920
  • Nope! I have an htc8x wp8
  • STILL WAITING for Candy Crush Saga,NinJump and Granny Smith :-(
  • Whatever candy crush is we need it. Everyone asks me if W8 has candy crush.
  • /s?
  • Subway surfers , temple run 2 and few  more games comes on WP8, android and IOS shit is left far behind.
  • Too bad out of 16gbs of memory, 5gbs are stuck on other and I am out of room to download more games....
  • B-I-N-G-O that's exactly why I'm sticking to my 920 and not getting the 925 on T-Mobile. To be honest I'm actually running outta room on my 920.
  • I'm still waiting for a 920 variant with microSD :(
  • Yup, it just ridiculous how Microsoft still has done nothing about it.
  • The Xbox branding on WP games must be something like the Game Center on the iOS.This 4 games could be easily be xbox branded with achievements!The XBOX WP department must be more lax with the certification progress and should give tha chance to any developer to apply his game so that it will be xbox branded! P.S We need more than 1-2 releases per week of xbox wp games!  
  • well windows for desktops has the entire market because of office and directx, i wouldn't be surprised if they do the same with windows phone, develop an attractive enviroment for  EA gameloft and the likes and they will release all their games for wp first, and i guess thats what they are doing adding the xbox brand right there, maybe they release the first reliable multiplayer platform for mobiles
  • Cradle to the Grave. One of the best games IMO ;)
  • George you should do an article for games that are female oriented. I see a lot of male games being reviewed. These games could go either way in this article.
  • So you think MS can make manufacturers up the storage they put on their hardware? MS doesn't put a limit on their hardware requirements. If you mean make the rumored surface phone with more storage themselves, then I'm with you on that.
  • Sadly, 2 out of Four from these recommended games aren't available in my regional market... Why don't the developer make it available worldwide? It's a ****** game for God sake....
  • this is BS no 3D games none of these even look decent. 
  • Now the Windows phone has something that beats every game. The Snes8x app. I mean in a SNES emulator you have MORE than enough games. Quality classics of all sorts. Unbeatable I'd say! :D
  • Dragon's Blade and Heroes of Larkwood are all I need :)
  • Subway surfers , temple run 2 and few  more games comes on WP8, android and IOS shit is left far behind
  • Subway surfers , temple run 2 and few more games comes on WP8, android and IOS shit is left far behind..
  • I wish they add Temple Run 2 and Subway Surfers to the Store and they should be kept free. then many users who are about to buy a smart phone will shift from Android to Windows Phone
  • wtf why should you pay for Buddha Finger if OSUWP is free has more music (download from the osu site)  and have cool beathmap skins