App roundup: Xbox games in the Windows Store

App roundup: Xbox games in the Windows Store

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Hi, I’m Tatsuo Yamada, a writer on the Windows team, working on the Windows Store. Today I’m posting the first in a new series of blog posts about apps and games available in the Windows Store.

Over the past couple of months I’ve been trying out a variety of games I’ve found in the Windows Store for my new Windows 8 PC, including a bunch of Xbox games.

Like games for the Xbox 360 or Xbox games for the Windows Phone, all Xbox games in the Store include achievements I can unlock. Now I can experience the satisfaction of hearing the “achievement unlocked” sound while I build up my gamerscore on my Windows 8 PC (no console necessary!). Many of them also include features like leaderboards, multiplayer modes, and connecting with Xbox friends, so there’s nothing standing between me and a little friendly competition.

Here are a few of my favorite Xbox games that I’m currently playing.

Angry Birds Star Wars

Angry Birds Star Wars app

This smart mashup of two great franchises delivers a healthy dose of nostalgia. Armed with blasters, light sabers, and the Force (of course), it’s up to me to help the feathered rebels take down the evil Imperial Pigs. Combining great gameplay with familiar locations and sound effects, fans of the game and the sci-fi series should be sure to check this one out. And don’t worry, everyone’s favorite droids and Wookiee are in there, too!


Wordament app

Got two minutes to spare? By connecting three or more tiles in a row to create as many words as possible, you can see how you stack up against other players from around the world at the end of each two-minute round. Fast-paced and infinitely addicting, I highly recommend this game to word enthusiasts everywhere.

Rocket Riot 3D

Rocket Riot 3D app

I’m a sucker for shooters, and this 8-bit pixilated throwback to old-school gaming definitely delivers. Featuring unique visuals and wacky power ups, I’ve spent hours blasting my way through different levels on a quest to defeat the dreaded pirate Blockbeard.

Fruit Ninja

Fruit Ninja app

Patience has never been my strong suit, but this game forces me to stay calm, cool, collected, and at the ready. Slicing the various fruits tossed into the air, I need to balance quick-twitch reflexes with precision to make sure I don’t accidentally hit one of those pesky bombs that pop up. Experience this game for yourself and get ready to bring Zen back to the art of fruit salad prep.

I’ve also been enjoying Jetpack Joyride, Gravity Guy, and everyone’s favorite, Minesweeper. This just scratches the surface of the Xbox games currently in the Windows Store (just look for the games marked with the “Xbox” logo). And with more games becoming available every week, make sure you check back often to see what other gems you can discover.

Note: Some games might not be available in all countries or regions.

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  • Alexeev
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    Do you know that Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride doesn't work for many people? Take a look to the reviews tab in windows store.

  • Oh and when I say Xbox devices I mean PC/Xbox/Tablet/etc.

  • Oh yeah I just want to add that ideally I think there should be 3 categories: Xbox games, Windows games and Arcade games. Arcade should work on pretty much all Xbox devices.

  • It would be cool if you could play Xbox Arcade games like Alan Wake:American Nightmare, The Walking Dead Game, etc. on Windows 8 tablets/PCs. You should be able to start a game on your Xbox and continue it on the go with the Surface and an Xbox controller.

    I love Xbox but the experience seems pretty poor on the PC compared to the console. Here are things that should be improved:

     -You should be able to buy DLC/games/etc. on your tablet/PC and tell your Xbox to start downloading them so that when you get home you can just start playing.

     -If I turn on my Xbox/PC/tablet and the digitally downloaded game that I want to play isn't ready it should be streamed like Office 2013 is so I can just start playing while it is downloading.

     -If I purchase an arcade game on Xbox/PC/tablet/etc. I shouldn't need to re-purchase it. It should be accessible on all Xbox devices (Windows 8/Xbox 360/etc.). Xbox arcade games should work on pretty much all devices but obviously there will be limitations for normal Xbox games. This is how you can get people invested in your ecosystem. Xbox Arcade has some great exclusives and it can be expensive to have to repurchase content.

     -Also it would be awesome if demos could just be streamed instantly like Gaikai does and we do not need to download them.

     -Xbox Arcade games should work cross-platform. So PC/tablet/Xbox players should all be able to play together.

     -Oh and it would be cool if games could have reviews/ratings. Most have trailers which is good. Reviews/ratings should prioritize friend's views.

     -Maybe also give Xbox Arcade it's own section instead of having to drill into Xbox 360 games. I didn't see it was there for a while.

    You guys are doing a great job of building a smooth connected experience with Office 2013 between the Web Apps, streaming client, and SkyDrive. I also love the potential that Smartglass brings to the Xbox Experience. Xbox is an important part of the MS ecosystem imo and the PC/tablet have the chance to really enrich/complement the Xbox Experience.

  • Go Tats! Nice picks. :-)