I SPY Challenger by Scholastic – Game Highlight

A fantastic game is now available on the Windows Store. I SPY Challenger raises the bar for great game design. The game is made by Scholastic, a well-established company that makes and sells products for kids, including books and educational video games. They have released their latest creation to the Windows Store, for both kids and adults to enjoy.

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I SPY Challenger is a game inspired from the I SPY books that I grew to love as a child. The game brings interactivity to the mix in a pleasantly exciting way. The game is beautifully built with excellent visuals and sound effects. It also has spoken dialogue, which is something I feel makes a game stand out from the bunch. Spoken voice in the game can appeal to kids; at least it appealed to me when I was a child. Continue reading

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[Deal Over] Free for a Limited Time — Xbox Title Rabbits Big Bang on Windows Store

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Update: The Deal is Officially Over

As part of the weekly red stripe deals, an Xbox title for Windows 8 is downloadable for free from the Windows Store. It is called Rabbits Bing Bang. It’s a puzzle game and worth checking out!.

Here’s the neat part: this game is available in many languages! Here are the languages it supports: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian. Continue reading

Chuck’s Challenge 3D Review – A Brain Tingling Adventure

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It is one of most innovative puzzlers you can find today. Chuck’s Challenge 3D combines brain tingling puzzles with an exploration-based adventure. You play as the character Woop, who has summoned Chuck Sommerville, a famous game designer, to build fun challenges for him. Woop is a multi-dimensional aliens with a host of amazing resources that Chuck uses to build challenging levels for Woop. Continue reading

Royal Revolt Review – A Windows 8 Medieval Family Feud Game!

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Preview and Install

Royal Revolt! deals with a medieval family feud that lets you play as a warrior, where you need to defend your castle, and prevent your enemies from invading your entire colony. While some aspects of the game are no different with the likes of Trenches and Swords, Royal Revolt! takes it a step higher, giving users 3D perspective experience like no other. Let’s unravel more secrets about this medieval-based game for Windows 8. Continue reading

Play the Nintendo Classic, Paper Dash, on Windows 8

 

Random Salad Games have been publishing retro games for Windows 8 since the Consumer Preview was available for beta tester. One of their game is the Nintendo classic, Paper Dash. It has a quirky music and 90′s cartoony look to it. I like it. It’s a good time waster. If you have played it before, you know what I mean; if you haven’t, well, now is a good time to start. Don’t waste too much time, though.

Paper Dash Description

This just in… Paper Dash has finally hit the stands! Roam the streets delivering papers as you try and pay off damages to a car that you… well… you’ll see…
Collect soda cans and bottles to make some extra cash on the side. Find special items to give yourself power ups to help your character deliver even more papers and make even more money!

Features

    • 45 levels worth of game play
    • Achievement badges for delivering papers and collecting soda cans/bottles
    • Character customization and collectible power ups
    • Intuitive game controls
    • Fun background music and sound effects

Download now: Paper Dash

AlphaJax – Xbox Game for Windows

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Preview and Install

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Description

AlphaJax is an award-winning, must-have free word game that allows you to compete against friends and strangers alike, all you need is a love of words and some “interwebs”.Take turns using your tiles to create words on the board, attempting to score the highest points.
Play cross-platform with users on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone.
Create games with players from around the world, or call out for a game to your friends.In a hurry? Pass and play with a friend or hone your skills by playing against yourself.Earn Xbox achievements and compete against friends for the top position in the leaderboard.Enjoy a skill match? The AlphaJax rating system provides lasting achievement as you progress up the leaderboards and means you are always guaranteed an enjoyable and challenging game.Please note, only English language and dictionary support at present time.


Features

  • Play puzzles on-line with friends or against random opponents.
  • Earn Xbox achievements and compete against friends for the top position in the leaderboard.
  • No need to wait for an opponent; play with a friend next to you, on the Pass & Play game mode.
  • Succesful AlphaJaxers earn Elo rating for each victory. Can you reach a rating of 2,000?
  • From the Rematch menu, you can start new games with any worthy opponents you played against.
  • Learn from your past games by consulting any previously completed games.

Galactic Reign – Xbox Game for Windows

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Preview and Install

Screenshots

Description

Galactic Reign is a head-to-head game of tactical expansion and conquest. You and your opponent colonize planets, design ships, and build fleets as you fight for domination of the galaxy. Ship design is crucial, as you must predict what their opponent is building and construct ships to counter it. When opposing fleets meet, the battle is rendered on the cloud, showing the result in a stunning cinematic movie.Galactic Reign is turn based. You and your opponent take your turns whenever you like, and the game advances when you both have submitted your actions. In addition to player vs player strategy, Galactic Reign features an extensive collection of single player missions that challenge you to use clever ship design to defeat enemy fleets.

 

Features

  • Trial mode contains the entire game experience with a single species. Purchase the full version to unlock the other two.
  • Experience the thrill of cinematic cloud-rendered battles.
  • Play anywhere –battle your friends in online asynchronous multiplayer across Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7
  • Choose from three different species, each with a unique look and arsenal.
  • Scan your opponent’s ships and research new technology to take advantage of any weaknesses.
  • Multiple win conditions bring depth to the strategy layer.
  • Hours of training missions and single-player scenarios to teach you the ropes and put your skills to the test.
  • Personalize the look of your fleet with color selections and decals.

The Harvest – Xbox Game for Windows

The Harvest Cover

Preview and Install

Screenshots

Description

A visually stunning and expanded release of the essential Windows Phone 7 Launch App is now available on Windows 8!The Harvest for Windows 8 features all the fun of the original game and adds exciting new synchronous multiplayer to the already intense action.In this science-fiction-themed action RPG set in a distant future, hostile aliens are out to turn Earth’s organic life into cyborgs. These aliens, known as The Harvesters, use humans and animals to create cyborgs: crude amalgamations of flesh and machinery.
Thanks to the development of human controlled mechanized infantry units, you and the rest of mankind may finally have a chance to fight back. As a member of the Global Defense Force (GDF), you and your fellow freedom fighters have been deployed to various parts of the world to wage a war against The Harvesters in hope of restoring Earth to its rightful owners.

The Harvest game world provides not only visceral combat, but opportunities for exploration, character customization, and story progression. As you make your way through each challenge, you must not only fight off wave after wave of The Harvester horde, but find hidden upgrades, perform story actions, and defeat large and imposing enemy boss units in order to move on to the next challenge.


Features

  • • Stunning 3D graphics
  • • Multiple playable characters – including 2 all-new high-powered mechs – each with unique abilities
  • • Synchronous Co-Op Multiplayer in Story mode
  • • Leaderboards and Achievements powered by Xbox on Windows 8
  • • Best-in-class gameplay
  • • Easy and innovative touch-screen controls
  • • A huge arsenal of upgrade options
  • • A deep and intriguing storyline that will keep you coming back for more

Crash Course GO! Xbox Game Released for Windows 8

The popular Xbox 360 arcade game, Dorito’s Crash Course has now been ported to Windows 8 as an Xbox Game! It costs only $1.49, but there is a free trial available.

Description

“Crash Course Go is the Windows 8 version of the highly successful game for XBOX Live, “Doritos Crash Course”. It’s about a game-show game like no other. Run, jump and swing your XBOX Live Avatar through a physics-based world and complete the courses as quickly as possible. Each trial is filled with over-the-top obstacles you must overcome to achieve the fastest time and compare it to your friends on Leaderboards!
It’s a TV Game Show The game takes place in an over-the-top TV game show with bright colors, studio lights, explosions, audience cheers and heckles. Animations and sound effects are over the top!
Rhythm and Momentum Your Avatar is alive under your thumb. Controlling your Avatar with a thumb stick feels natural and instinctive. The player doesn’t need to learn how to control their Avatar, it feels natural and responds in the way they expect; jump, bounce and climb from one obstacle to the next in one smooth rhythm.
Friendly Competition and Bragging Rights In Crash Course you race your Avatar and post your best time on each course. Then, see your course times on Leaderboards, and see the positions of your friends. If you are higher up the list, you can brag, if you are lower down the list, you have incentive to beat them.”

Features

    • Winner of the Unlock Xbox competition and with over 4 million worldwide downloads, Doritos Crash Course arrives on Windows 8 to take its swift and intense levels on the go!
    • Play through 25 exciting platformer levels across 5 different locations
    • Control your XBOX Avatar in fast-paced, funny, obstacle courses
    • Compete against your friends and family to get the best time on the leaderboards!
    • Race along the original Doritos Crash Course tracks and also the ones introduced on Doritos Crash Cource City Lights
    • Play the way you want to!  Beat your new records by either touch screen, keyboard or gamepad
    • By storing your progress on the cloud, you can continue playing Doritos Crash Course Go on your peferred Windows 8 device
    • Challenge yourself into collecting all achievements, medals and records on each one of the game levels

Download it here: Crash Course Go!

Drift Mania Championship 2 Lite

This is potentially first, free, first person racing game to come to the Windows Store. There is a paid version, and a free version. Curiously, you can convert the free version to the paid version, yet it will still be called Drift Mania Championship 2 Lite.

Description

With over 15 million players worldwide, the #1 Drift game on the App Store is finally back! Drift Mania Championship 2 delivers the ultimate drift experience with its highly addictive gameplay and next generation graphics.

Start a drift career or compete in a drift battle tournament or play against a friend using the new online multiplayer mode. Upgrade and fully customize your ride with performance upgrades and visual mods. Complete over 60 achievements in career mode. Challenge drivers from all over the world using the global leaderboards.
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HIGH DEFINITION GRAPHICS
Drift Mania Championship 2 includes next generation 3D graphics specially optimized for your hardware to provide you with the best drifting experience.

UPGRADE YOUR RIDE
Upgrade your ride by installing aftermarket performance products from licensed brands including Royal Purple, K&N, Magnaflow, Centerforce, Whiteline and Mishimoto.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR CAR
Fully customize your vehicle appearance with body kits, custom wheels, windows tints and spoilers. Make it your one of a kind drift beast!

TUNER FRIENDLY
Adjust different aspects of your car including the suspension, steering sensitivity, gear ratio and weight distribution to suit your own driving style.

BECOME A DMC CHAMPION
Complete the career mode which includes over 13 drift circuits, 60 achievements and 48 performance upgrades to unlock. Gain cash to upgrade your favorite ride with visual and performance mods.

DRIFT BATTLE
Start a drift tournament, compete in tandem against an opponent while making your way to the finals!

ONLINE & LOCAL MULTIPLAYER MODE
Challenge your friends to a drift battle!

LEADERBOARDS
See your ranking against other players worldwide using the DMC online leaderboards. Submit your high scores and expose your accomplishments to the world.
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Drifting is the act of maneuvering a vehicle through corners at speeds and angles that exceed the vehicle’s grip. A drift is when a driver performs a controlled slide through corners while adhering to the racing line. Drifting involves fast cars, super skilled drivers and hardcore fans.

It’s a combination of driving skill, style and showmanship. It’s all about loss of the rear wheel traction while keeping the race car in total control. Drifting is so popular because it brings all the best aspects of motor sports into one package. Highly skilled drivers control a high powered street car past its limit, sideways at high speed, burning rubber. It can’t get any better!
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•Available in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese

SUPPORT: http://driftmania2.com
VISIT US: http://ratrodstudio.com
FOLLOW US: twitter.com/ratrodstudio

Features

  • Supports Windows tablet and desktop mode
  • Online and local multiplayer modes
  • Xbox controller support
  • Variable throttle bar system or pedal accelerator controls
  • 13 high-performance vehicles with unique specs
  • 13 drift circuits to master from different locations
  • 48 performance upgrades per vehicle
  • Hundreds of visual mods including body kits, spoilers, window tints, wheels and custom paint job
  • Tuning mode to adjust all aspects of your vehicle
  • 3 level of difficulties
  • 5 race camera configurations
  • Soundtrack from A’n’R Music Limited including songs from Templeton Pek and KNGDMS
  • Exclusive content including drift event photos
  • Accelerometer and virtual wheel steering mode

Fully customizable controls including element repositioning and sensitivity adjustments

Download it here: Drift Mania Championship 2 Lite

Oh the Nostalgia – Play Paper Rush, a Nintendo Classic for Windows 8

Random Salad Games have been publishing retro games for Windows 8 since the Consumer Preview was available for beta tester. One of their game is the Nintendo classic, Paper Rush. It has a quirky music and 90′s cartoony look to it. I like it. It’s a good time waster. If you have played it before, you know what I mean; if you haven’t, well, now is a good time to start. Don’t waste too much time, though.

Description
This just in… Paper Dash has finally hit the stands! Roam the streets delivering papers as you try and pay off damages to a car that you… well… you’ll see…
Collect soda cans and bottles to make some extra cash on the side. Find special items to give yourself power ups to help your character deliver even more papers and make even more money!

Features

    • 45 levels worth of game play
    • Achievement badges for delivering papers and collecting soda cans/bottles
    • Character customization and collectible power ups
    • Intuitive game controls
    • Fun background music and sound effects

Download now: Paper Dash

Skulls of the Shogun – Xbox Game

Today, we have a release of the newest of the Xbox Games collection. This game, Skulls of the Shotgun, is an action strategy game and it integrates fully with Xbox services. This game is rated T (for teens), as it contains blood, suggestive themes, and violence. Here’s the game description.

Description

“Washing up on the shores of the afterlife, players meet and join forces with vibrant ghost-samurai warriors, magical animal-monks, and mustachioed samurai generals on the way to capture Skulls of the Shogun. With its roots in classic turn-based strategy gaming, Skulls of the Shogun retains that depth while adding a smooth, streamlined interface, realtime physics, and over the top samurai action.

Players immerse themselves in battle with fun and unique game play features amidst lush, eerie environments. Also featuring up to 4-player local and networked multi-player and an original score inspired by old samurai films and dub, Skulls of the Shogun offers simple-yet-deep, refined and offbeat game-play.”

Features

    • Fast-paced      arcade-inspired blend of arcade action and turn-based strategy!
    • Meet &      recruit magical animal monks, power up your army to imposing war demons,      and conquer the samurai afterlife!
    • Play 20 levels      of hand-painted, story-driven single player campaign mode.
    • Play anywhere!      Eat your friends’ skulls in online asynchronous multiplayer across Xbox      360, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7
    • Battle up to 4      players at once on custom multiplayer maps, both locally and online      (asynchronously)
    • Play, save and      resume your game across resume across all three platforms.

Download Now: Skulls of the Shogun

Bring on the Classics – Pocket Tanks Now on Windows 8!

If you have never played Pocket Tanks, you have missed a classic. But do not worry, with the release of Pocket Tanks for Windows 8, by its official creators, you can join the crowd! What is Pocket Tanks? Pocket Tanks is basically a simple artillery game in which each of the two players take turns to pick a weapon, make a target, and fire. Player with the most points at the end of the game wins. It’s simple, but it’s addictive! Pocket Tanks was first released for the PC in 2001 as a spiritual successor of a much older game made for the Amiga, Scorched Tanks.

Because this was such an old game, it needed a lot of work to port to a modern platform, like Windows 8. That work started with the port to the iPad, which supported a much higher resolution than the game was originally designed for. Much of that work also contributed to the port to Windows 8. You can see a quick video of it, which will also give you a video demo of the game in action!

This game is written by Michael P. Welch who also wrote its predecessor of Scorched Tanks. Pocket Tanks has the look, feel, and sound of a classic. It is a true piece of art. Mr. Welch is the founder of the company Blitwise, who, in turn is the publisher of this game. Now, here’s the description from Blitwise and also Mr. Welch.

Notes from Blitwise and Michael Welch

Pocket Tanks is the fast-paced artillery game that is simple to learn, and fun to master. The perfect quick game for friends and family, you’ll find yourself hooked for hours of play! Bury your opponent in a mound of dirt, or assail him with a barrage of bullets. Visit the Weapon Shop before battle to arm yourself for the struggle, or try the Target Practice mode to learn all the weapons and the best tactics to win.

Experience the thrill of launching volley after volley of powerful and fun weapons across the battlefield, using very simple controls. Select your angle, power, and FIRE! There are many unique weapons including: Napalm, Firecrackers, Skippers, Cruisers, Tracers, Dirt Movers, and dozens more! This is the light-hearted game of heavy artillery for everyone.

Pocket Tanks has been loved by fans for over 10 years, who have downloaded the shareware version MILLIONS of times.  But now, for the first time on Windows, you can try the game in high definition!

“The Ultimate One-on-One Artillery Game”

by Michael P. Welch

- author of DX-Ball & Scorched Tanks

Download Pocket Tanks COMPLETELY FREE, and learn the ropes with 35 exciting weapons.

Upgrade in-game to Deluxe and receive:

- 70 brand new weapons (110 total)

- Jump Jets for moving your tank around

- Bouncy Dirt for creating reflective terrain

- Digger for tunneling your tank underground

- Support for weapon expansion packs, both paid and FREE!

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Note from the author:

My name is Michael P. Welch, and I have been writing artillery games since 1993. I created Pocket Tanks in 2001, and thanks to the many loyal fans, it is still in active development to this very day. Please join me in my quest to make Pocket Tanks a classic artillery game that stands the test of time. Thanks to all who have supported BlitWise over the years.

Here’s the list of features, as noted by the developer

  • Pocket Tanks is FREE, with 35 weapons at your disposal.
  • Purchase the Deluxe upgrade: More weapons, and access to weapon packs, free and paid.
  • Play against the computer, or against a friend.
  • Up to 275 weapons currently available.  More weapons are always in development.
  • A simple game of strategy and skill for the whole family.

Download it from here: Pocket Tanks

Cut the Rope Updates to Integrate Xbox Live, Achievements, and Leaderboards

Xbox Games on tiles

Ladies and gentilemen, we have a massive update to Cut the Rope game. This update finally brings the long awaited Xbox LIVE integration we have been waiting for. In theory, you can now earn Xbox achievements, get on the leaderboards, and log in to the game with your Xbox account. I say in theory because there seems to be a bug that is preventing users from signing in. However, I expect we will see an update soon. But here you have it. Enjoy the limited screenshot and app description!

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Source: Cut The Rope