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Best Windows Phone games of 2012

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Best Windows Phone games of 2012
This is our game selection with no other apps included. Go here for the best Windows Phone apps of 2012.

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.

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posted on 08 Feb 2013, 09:11 3

1. windroid (unregistered)

Some good games, the problem in WP platform is 90% of them are paid. Hope this changes soon.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 14:41 1

10. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)

There are trial versions for most apps. Limited functionality, I'll grant you, but you don't have to pay first, try, then uninstall and request a refund.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 15:30 2

15. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)

Try looking at the non xbox live titles, there are a whole lot of great free games.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 21:05

18. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)

Nokia gives out some paid apps for free for a while sometimes, I got Sonic and super monkey ball 2 that way :D

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 09:14 1

2. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

Taptitude is my favorite gaming app that features dozens of addicting classics and newly created games. It has an extensive ranking and unlocking system. Definitely #1 on my list, it will last you for days. ***and its free

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 09:19

3. wendygarett (unregistered)

Who want draw something?

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 16:53 1

17. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 948; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

its on Lumias

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 09:27 1

4. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

Harvest is from 2011. I had it on my original focus. Fusion would have been a good example too, but also from 2011

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 14:41 1

11. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


posted on 08 Feb 2013, 09:41 1

5. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Sigh, this was kind of depressing to look through.
Such an empty house, the WP marketplace

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 09:47 5

6. windroid (unregistered)

Yes it's a little depressing, but the platform in its profitable form (WP8) is just starting to bloom.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 10:52 1

7. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

i would have put words by post ahead of words with friends. its much smoother than wwf and has more options like world wide rankings and most people that have a windows phone use it over wwf. wwf has a 2 star rating in the store where as words by post has 4.5.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 11:29 1

8. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)

Way to leave out Dragon's Blade and the Platformance Series, which are much better than half the games you listed. Also, there is Alawishus Pixel, Gun Bros, Survivalcraft, ilomilo & Zomb1es (on teh phone). Put frankly, your list kinda sucks.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 14:42

12. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)

Also Final Fantasy for RPGs. I really enjoyed Dragon's Blade

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 14:50

13. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)

Try Doom & Destiny. Its f***ing awesome.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 12:53

9. steve_sctems (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Feb 2013)

Furball over the front is a good game. 2d scroller but with some tweaks. The controls are a pain to learn but it has a lot of depth and play time and is updated often.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 14:57 1

14. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Where's joe belfiore " Killer games coming to wp8 "promise??? WP8 still trails behind ios ( and android) when it comes to gaming, witch is a shame since i love my XBOX and all this xbox live integration thing is really cool.I really hope that more developers are going to be even more intrested in windows phone and that we will see more apps and games in the near future. I think that if nokia releases their EOS it would be a game changer for windows phone. But right now, in terms of the 3rd party app ecosystem WP8 trails behind Android in quantity, but especially behind ios in both quality and quantity.And i really like the metro UI

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 15:46

16. Luuthian (Posts: 287; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

This list just reinforces my feelings about the platform. Half the games on it are old, and WP7/8 tends to carry along the highest priced version of the game along with the worst graphics.

I ditched it for my Android and iOS for a reason :/

posted on 09 Feb 2013, 18:32

19. HyApp (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Feb 2013)

Missing Age of Empires for WP? Try my game:
Empires! Free
or Empires! (paid, ad-free)

posted on 30 Nov 2013, 08:09

20. onlinemelvin (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)

One of the best free windows phone puzzle game I have seen BOX WORLD http(column)//windowsphone(dot)com/s?appId=1aad4a1​f-eb58-48ae-8c04-9521cbfc5df0 . Its awesome guys!!!

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