Best Windows Phone games of 2012

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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20 Comments

1. windroid unregistered

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

10. applesauce

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 26, 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.

15. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

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

18. lolol

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

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

2. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 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

3. wendygarett unregistered

Who want draw something?

17. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

its on Lumias

4. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

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

11. applesauce

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Also ARMED!

5. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

6. windroid unregistered

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

7. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 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.

8. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

12. applesauce

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

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

13. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

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

9. steve_sctems

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 08, 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.

14. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 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

16. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 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 :/

19. HyApp

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 09, 2013

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

20. onlinemelvin

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 30, 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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