We’ve long been saying the Windows Phone platform isn’t mature enough, lacks the apps and many other things. And while that’s still true to a certain extent, with Windows Phone 8 and 2012 behind our backs, the situation has improved and the Marketplace looks more cheerful, packing more quality titles.
The official stats mention 125,000 apps on the Windows Phone app catalog
, but in reality what matters to most is just a few apps and games.
That’s why we have selected the best games of the bunch here. And while Windows Phone still cannot brag about having the heavy hitters, games like NOVA 3, Modern Combat 4 or Asphalt 6, good news is that in 2012 Gameloft officially said it is committed to bringing them to WP in 2013.
A dirty dozen of some of the finest games will make its way to the platform next year:
- Ice Age Village
- N.O.V.A. 3: Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance
- Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour
- Shark Dash
- Asphalt 7: Heat
- The Dark Knight Rises
- UNOTM & Friends
- Order & Chaos Online
- The Amazing Spider-Man
- Fashion Icon
- Poker for Prizes
- Real Soccer 2013
But while that list sounds too good to be true right now, here is a list of games that you can download on Windows Phone right now. Take a look.
Best Windows Phone games of 2012
Best Windows Phone games of 2012
”The Harvest is a science fiction themed Action RPG that takes place on future Earth, some years after the fallout of a destructive alien invasion. These aliens, who have been come to be known as The Harvesters, use humans and animals to create cyborgs: crude amalgamations of flesh and machinery.”
”Experience this explosive top-down 3D shooter inspired by retro classics and designed specifically for a touch screen. Clandestine government experiments on military personnel and POW’s have gone wrong, unleashing an outbreak of infected soldiers on the area surrounding the secret facility.”
”Join the ranks of our scientists and see what chickens are capable of! Chickens Can't Fly takes you in the depths of a secret facility, where you can do some wacky science.”
”The sequel fans have waited 16 years for is finally here - SONIC THE HEDGEHOG™ 4 Episode I! Featuring enhanced gameplay elements, including the classic Sonic Spin Dash, and the versatile Homing Attack, Sonic 4 picks up right where Sonic and Knuckles™ left off. Dr. Eggman’s back, and in an effort to finally rid himself of Sonic, he revisits – and improves – the very best of his creations.”
”Strap on your bazooka soldier, and get ready for the new and improved mobile version of the awesome action-packed side-view shooter Rocket Riot™. In this highly stylized eight-bit era style game, blast your way through the environment against the strangest enemies you will ever encounter.”
”Taptitude is a fun and addictive collection of mini-games that are sure to test your skills!”
”ilomilo is a puzzle game where the player controls two friends named ilo and milo. The two friends always seem to get separated from each other in the surrealistic and ever changing world they inhabit. ilomilo presents puzzles where the player will have to use a great deal of three dimensional thinking to succeed.”
”Dragon's Blade is a turn-based, top-down RPG exclusively for Windows Phone and is the only RPG to include online play and chat.
If you enjoyed Final Fantasy, Dragon Warrior, Zelda, and other classic console RPGs of the 80's and 90's, you'll love Dragon's Blade. This free version includes the entire game and is supported by ads.”
”You are marooned on the shores of an infinite blocky world. Explore, mine resources, craft tools and weapons, hunt and make traps. Build a shelter to survive nights and share your worlds online. Possibilities are infinite in this sandbox survival and construction game.”
”Do you have two minutes to spare? Wordament® is a unique and highly addictive word game: a two-minute long word tournament where you compete in real-time, on the same board, against everyone else currently playing. Each board is unique and alternating rounds offer challenges such as two- and three-letter digram tiles and theme* puzzles.”
”Wage war on a tiny scale in Toy Soldiers: Boot Camp which brings the fun and addictive shooting gallery mini-games from Toy Soldiers: Cold War to your Windows Phone! Additionally, earn bragging rights in Cold War on Xbox 360 through an integrated mobile leaderboard.”
”Starcrossed is a whimsical 2D platformer game where you guide a crash-landed astronaut back to his home planet, using a rocket launcher to send him flying through space from one asteroid to another.”
”The world has turned…
Use a unique control scheme in this amazing puzzle game. Twist the world around you in order to find a pathway to the cute, big-eared alien's crashed ship.”
”With the surface world overrun by robots, the rabbits remain far below, their underground world a safe haven from the rule of the robots up above. You have the task of building a new home for the rabbits, keeping them entertained and rested as they work, and digging ever downward to build a new rabbit empire and rediscover ancient rabbit secrets.”
”Blurring the lines between games and interactive art, Contre Jour welcomes you to a hauntingly beautiful world shaped by the interplay of light and darkness.
Use your finger to morph the landscape, propelling the mysterious creature Petit to safety. Pull, swipe, and tap gadgets such as tendrils, air geysers, and pulleys to complete clever puzzles.”
”Get ready for a football season and battle for the cup with Real Football, the benchmark for mobile football games. Choose from 245 teams in 8 leagues with nearly every player thanks to the FIFPro license. Face off in 14 stadiums detailed in 3D as you perform amazing moves with a simple and intuitive touch of the screen.”
”Super Monkey Ball™ is back. Everyone’s favorite monkeys keep the ball rolling with this exclusive version of the arcade to console classic for your smartphone.
Roll around the Far East, as you tilt and steer one of four adorable monkeys through 125 themed mazes and a beautiful world of cherry blossoms. Just grab your bananas along the way to earn extra lives before time runs out.”
”A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... a group of desperate rebel birds faced off against a galactic menace: the Empire’s evil Pigtroopers!”
”Experience for yourself why more than 20 million people are addicted to the word building, triple score seeking, chat bubble sending goodness of Words With Friends.”
”Play the free version of Draw Something, the most popular social drawing and guessing game on Windows! Experience for yourself the laugh-out-loud game your friends are raving about.”