We’ve blogged about quite a few amazing games in the Windows Store for Windows PCs and tablets – like Chimpact, Disney Fairies Hidden Treasures and the Skulls of the Shogun. And most recently, the cross-platform game Galactic Reign hit the Windows Store. This week at the 2013 Game Developer Conference, even more awesome games have been announced that are coming to the Windows Store! For those of you really into games – I thought I’d do a quick roundup.
Here are a list of new Windows Store games announced at GDC that will be available starting tonight and going into the weekend:
UPDATE 4/1: Links to available games added below.
Bejeweled from PopCap - $4.99:
Discover all-new ways to match three gems in this beloved puzzle game. Enjoy the action in three game modes: play Classic Bejeweled for cascades of puzzle fun, Diamond Mine for a jeweled gem-blasting challenge or save butterflies from a hungry spider. Bejeweled LIVE takes special advantage of Windows 8 features such as showing your game status updates on the Start screen with the Bejeweled LIVE live tile, play Bejeweled in Snap mode and check out your friends’ scores on Xbox LIVE. Earn flashy Bejeweled badges and Xbox achievements to prove your multifaceted skills!
Samurai vs. Zombies from Glu – Free:
Be a heroic Samurai and defend your village against hordes of ancient zombies and demons! Recruit allies like farmers, warriors and archers and build your defenses to stop the attacking zombies. In addition to fun gameplay and high production-value graphics, Samurai vs. Zombies Defense provides full support for Windows 8 leaderboards, push notifications, Share, achievements and live tiles. With support for cloud storage you can play on the go, picking up from your last progress point regardless of what Windows 8 device you are playing on. You also have the option to connect an Xbox controller for a console style gaming experience, exclusively supported on Windows 8.
Emily’s True Love from GameHouse – Free:
Follow Emily around the world as she tries to reconnect with the one that got away. Emily’s True Love is one of the first full casual time management games in the Windows Store. The game takes full advantage of Windows 8 features, including support for Snap, sharing and live tiles. Cinematic cut-scenes enhance the story and look beautiful in the immersive, full-screen experience. Enjoy four levels for free and a la carte options for purchasing restaurants. Upgrade to the full version for $6.99. GameHouse is rolling out some of their most popular game titles on Windows 8, beginning with the launch of Emily's True Love, and they expect to have about a dozen games on Windows 8 devices within the year.
Shuffle Party from Microsoft Game Studios – Free:
The hit 3D Shuffleboard Bowling is now available on Windows 8, enabling you to compete in various shuffleboard games using your Xbox Avatar. Play in multiple game play modes such as bowling, challenge mode, shuffleboard, pass-n-play and the all new league bowling mode. Win currency to purchase custom tabletops, pucks and more. Shuffle Party is perfect for touch and works equally well with keyboard and mouse.
Here are some new Windows Store game titles announced at GDC that are also coming soon:
Temple Run Brave from Disney – Coming Soon:
Join Merida as you run, slide, jump, turn and shoot your way across the wilds of Scotland on an endless running adventure. Hone your archery skills by tapping targets to shoot a bull’s eye and earn extra coins. Beautiful visuals and a full-screen layout immerses you in the world of Temple Run Brave and the wilds of Scotland. Snap the game to pause and show a list of achievements.
Emily’s Wonder Wedding from GameHouse – Coming Soon:
Be Emily’s special guest as her big day approaches in this exciting new chapter of the captivating series. Emily’s Wonder Wedding has generated more than 1 million installs since its December 2012 launch across platforms since its December 2012 launch, and is the most successful time management game of all time on GameHouse.com.
And there are a host of new titles coming soon from Microsoft Game Studios as well including:
The Harvest – Coming Soon:
The best looking and most intense RPG for Windows 8 is now here! The Harvest is a visually stunning and expanded release of the critically acclaimed Sci-Fi RPG. Play through the story with exclusive content (two new playable characters) and support for synchronous co-op multiplayer. The Harvest features beautiful graphics, amazing characters and diabolical enemies, as well as vast levels to explore and discover with alternate paths through a rich sci-fi environment. It is easy to play with touch or mouse/keyboard, and you can resume play on any device – the game saves in the cloud!
Doritos Crash Course Go! – Coming Soon:
As the winner of the Unlock Xbox competition with more than four million downloads, Doritos Crash Course Go! comes to Windows 8 as a fast-paced action platform game pushing you to avoid massive obstacles while running as fast as you can to get the gold medal. Play through 25 levels across five different locations and compete against family and friends for top spot on the leaderboards. Control your Xbox Avatar through the obstacle courses and challenge yourself to collect all of the achievements, medals and records
Endless Skater – Coming Soon:
Play as real pro skaters as you flip, grab, and grind your way to the longest run. Endless Skater is the first tablet and cross-platform PC skateboarding game with support for innovative touch controls, keyboard/mouse and Xbox controller. Play as five world-famous pro skaters and use gear from Volcom, Vans, Plan B, Skullcandy and more.
Field & Stream Fishing – Coming Soon:
Exciting arcade gameplay meets the beauty and majesty of nature in Field & Stream Fishing for Windows 8. Relax to the sounds of native wildlife while you wait for a bite with exciting swipe-based gameplay that keeps players hooked. Xbox achievements and leaderboards are supported for each location, with high resolution graphics and five famous fishing locations, each with five spots for you to fish and unique challenges. Each location features a stunning 3D underwater scene and you can switch from over a dozen different lures to increase your chances of hooking the big one.
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger - Coming Soon:
Join TY the Tasmanian Tiger on an exciting new adventure in the great Aussie outback. Ty is an adventure platform game with 40 levels of fun and four worlds to explore and discover. We’re welcoming the return of the platinum-selling franchise players have adored for almost a decade, with an all new story exclusive to Windows 8. Enjoy more than eight hours of gameplay and multiple modes and playable characters with this game that appeals to all ages.
Fishdom 3 – Coming Soon:
Build your own fish tank in this Match-3 and virtual fish tank game with polished art, bright colors and cute animations. Relaxing and fun puzzles earn you in-game currency, with a huge variety of fish tanks, tank items and fish to personalize your virtual tank. And don’t forget to challenge your friends with Xbox leaderboards.
Mitchz Yes I believe most of these games work on Windows RT devices too.
abm Thanks for the feedback regarding Windows Store filtering. Not sure what you mean by your last question. Are you asking about making it easier to find games that allow for more than 2 players like 4 players?
abm, for a moment, you sounded like there exists Metal Gear Solid for Windows Store.
Microsoft, if you just convince Kojima (and Konami) www.konami.jp/.../english to release all MGS' mega titles for Xbox 360 (including MGS4) and its mini titles (those available on PSP) for Windows Store and Windows Phone, I can personally "guarantee" you, tons of people will join Windows ecosystem.
The MGS series define the meaning of "addiction".
Here is a shortcut to success. Kojima and Konami are not *some* guys who would fall in love with Xbox and Windows communities to release the titles (they are backed by Sony and Google is spinning its usual hypnosis on them these days), you ought to approach and convince them for it (like you did before for MGS 1-3 on Xbox)! Meaning first investment (of money and leg-pulling effort) is Yours, then you shall reap soon.
Hope you understand what I'm trying to tell you here. Its a goldmine!!!
Thanks Brandon. If someone say "Field & Stream Fishing" and "Metal Gear Solid" both are arcade games, I guess that would cause confusion. Perhaps because they belong to different scale ( depending on length-of-gameplay, story, theme yada yada)? There must be some diversified filtering on Store app, so people can easily find the games they are looking for.
On a different note, by any chance, would there be real-time multi player games (for instance 4x games; en.wikipedia.org/.../4X) on Windows Store? Is there a website where you can classify real-time games titles separately, for Windows Store and Xbox?
Are all these game for Windows RT too?