I have to admit, I love the Windows Phone. I was an early adopter back when the HD7 came out on T-Mobile and while back then the Marketplace was dry and updates for the phone and apps were very rare, it was a very smooth and easy experience. Windows and Microsoft are getting a lot of flak for heading in direction of this Metro UI. For those who have never used it before, Metro in all its forms is a great interface. It is extremely easy to use, navigate, and configure. The flat surfaces of the icons and typeface are easy to read and everything just zips on by.
Windows Phone is heading towards a huge upgrade this Fall and it’s sure to bring in some new users, especially with that lovely Lumia 920 from Nokia. That means people are going to be asking plenty of questions in cell phone stores, forums, subreddits, and anywhere else they might find another WP user. One of the most asked questions is going to be: “which games should I get?” Games are the most downloaded and used apps across every cell phone operating system. You gotta have good games, a constant upgraded library, and a great selection of exclusives and ports from other devices. Windows Phone has that. Its selection might not be the biggest but it has it where it counts.
You’ll find plenty of ports, some great exclusive, and Xbox Live integrated with most of them with achievements. What more could you ask for?
Here is a list of the 20 best games to download from the Marketplace. In alphabetical order with links and descriptions from the official Windows Phone Marketplace.
Angry Birds by Rovio. The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the green pigs who stole the Birds’ eggs. Use the unique destructive powers of the Angry Birds to lay waste to the pigs’ fortified constructions. Angry Birds features hours challenging, physics-based demolition gameplay, and lots of replay value. Each of the 225 levels requires logic, skill, and brute force to crush the enemy. Protect wildlife and play Angry Birds!
The Arcane’s story begin… Cunning, sinister, and seemingly unstoppable, the Goblins army prepare to launch their long-awaited assault on the Fartchis nation. Survival is a matter of strategy, as the assault begin a ruthless conflict… Command noble humans in this cultures clash. Lead your forces into battle with powerful buildings hardened by talents and technological ages, learn spells to devast battlefield, rain fire from the skies ! Expand your world with the World Editor. Design 3D maps and create missions for an infinite pleasure. Be the witness of an epic story. Participate to an entire chapter of the Arcane universe. Prevent the fall of the Triggerfartch. Enjoy stunning graphics, including shimmering water, textured layers and detailed movement in a the spectacular full 3D environment.
BulletAsylum delivers over-the-top action, melding classic gameplay with next generation visuals and mechanics. With an insane amount of firepower at your fingertips, vibrant graphics, and an all-you-can-shoot buffet of alien hordes to destroy, BulletAsylum will blow you away.
Build. Discover. Conquer. Rule the World!
Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution is an award-winning title with “just one more turn” put into the palms of your hands. Lead your civilization from the dawn of man to the modern age and beyond. Go head to head with history’s greatest leaders as you wage war, conduct diplomacy, discover new technologies, inspire your nation and build the most powerful empire the world has ever known.
Dodge and destroy your way through 15 unique stages routes that branch according to your skill. Accurate touch controls guide your ship with ease. Touch the screen with two fingers to activate the all-powerful “”Laser Bomb”" and clear the screen of enemies! Unlock new ships to beat the game with!
Blast your way to a full achievement list. This is bullet hell in the palm of your hand!
Dragon’s Blade is a turn-based, top-down RPG exclusively for Windows Phone.
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. PARTY CUSTOMIZATION: Create your custom party from 7 classes including Warrior, Templar, Thief, Juggernaut, Archer, Sorcerer, and Cleric. CLASSIC RPG GAMEPLAY: Explore a colorful and mysterious world, cast spells, discover thousands of items, battle monsters, crawl through dungeons, and enjoy the company of other players as you progress through more than 60 hours of game play. ONLINE PLAY: With the addition of online play, Dragon’s Blade features an optional online mode that allows you to chat and interact with other players in the world.
Fable: Coin Golf draws upon the wealth of traditional British pub games like Shove Ha’Penny, Bar Billiards, and Skittles, and combines them with elements from very popular modern puzzle games to create an addictive skill-based game that is entirely in keeping with the Fable pub game universe.
Played from an overhead perspective, your quest is to rid the land of evil and conquer each area by getting your Hero Puck into the Pillar of Light in as few shots as possible.
Players guide the Warriors of Light as they set out on a quest to restore the crystals to their former luster. Its side view battles, choice and promotion of character classes, and sprawling world explored with fantastic vehicles quickly became standards of the series. This game set the stage for all FINAL FANTASY games to come.
This edition also contains the bonus dungeons added to later editions of the game–the Soul of Chaos and the Labyrinth of Time.
*Ed. Note: Also with achievements!
Swipe your finger across the screen to deliciously slash and splatter fruit like a true ninja warrior. Be careful of bombs – they are explosive to touch and will put a swift end to your juicy adventure! Fruit Ninja also uses Xbox LIVE achievements, so players can unlock achievements and shoot for the top of the leaderboards while racking up gamer score points. Your success will also please the wise ninja Sensei, who will accompany your journey with wise words and fun fruit facts. Fruit Ninja is the messiest and most satisfying fruit game ever!
Build and command an elite fighting force in Fusion: Sentient, an easy-to-play, real-time strategy game available exclusively for your Xbox LIVE enabled Windows Phone. As a gifted young machinist enrolled at the prestigious Luna Academy, you’ll control a squad of advanced robot warriors known as sentients. As your career advances, you’ll fight your way across the galaxy and uncover the secrets behind a sinister plot and its ties to an ancient race. Building your force from units belonging to three base classes, each with their own special abilities, you’ll command your troops in brutal battles set in alien deserts and jungles and deep within enemy bases. Individual missions include conquest missions, defensive stands, capture scenarios, and survival rounds. Link your game through Xbox LIVE with Fusion: Genesis on the Xbox 360 to send sentients between games. Level up your Xbox 360 sentients on your phone or play with your Windows Phone sentients on your TV. Concealed secrets await as you fight to save the galaxy from this menacing threat. But beware: The deeper you dig, the more danger you’ll unleash.
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. The world of ilomilo is made of cubes, and ilo and milo can walk any side of the cubes, as well as move cubes around. The player controls both ilo and milo, and will have to make them cooperate to unite them.
REAL CARS! REAL FAST! DESIGNED JUST FOR WINDOWS PHONE 7. Enabled for Xbox LIVE®, earn achievements and track leaderboards as you power 20 of the world’s hottest high-performance cars through 24 undercover missions and 8 challenging modes of hot-pursuit action!
PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX, which is a best-seller on Xbox LIVE Arcade, now appears on the scene on Windows Phone 7! It is optimized for Windows Phone 7, but its exhilaration and addictiveness are still there! Mazes are changing continuously! Ghosts that follow PAC-MAN in a row! Once you start playing, you won’t be able to stop! Why don’t you give it a try?
Get ready to soil your plants — Plants vs. Zombies™ is coming to Windows Phone 7! A mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home, and the only defense is your arsenal of plants. Use peashooters, wall-nuts, cherry bombs and more to mulchify 26 types of zombies before they reach your front door. The fun never dies!
Why play shoot ‘em ups one ship at a time? Launch them all at once!
Unleash an entire armada of ships in Shoot 1UP! Instead of storing extra 1UPs, new ships becomes playable immediately, resulting in an ever-growing armada of destruction! With your home world ruined, lead your detached battalion’s charge by destroying the mechanical-tentacle hybrid attack forces responsible for your pain.
You are the leader of your own stone age tribe. Lead your clan through a prehistoric world full of adventure and risk!
FIGHT AGAINST MAMMOTHS, DINOSAURS, NATURAL DISASTERS AND OTHER CLANS!
In Stone Age Game, you must lead your people through thick and thin. Accept new warriors into your tribe, tame prehistoric beasts and acquire improvements in order to overcome all perils. With the right strategy selections you will defeat your opponents in-game and with your friends will help you to increase the size of your clan. Scale the heights of the high scores and put your rivals in their places. On the hunt for better hunting grounds and a warmer valley, you lead your clan into the unknown. Giant dinosaurs, powerful mammoths and enemy clans all challenge for supremacy in this prehistoric world. Are you the hunter or the hunted?
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. This is the sixteenth release of Survivalcraft, and it brings massive performance improvements and a lot of new features.
Yet more additions, items and creatures are planned for later updates. Purchase now while it is cheap and get all the future updates for free!
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. Mankind, in the form of the Global Defence Force is fighting a war against The Harvesters using human controlled mechanized infantry units.
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.
Z0MB1ES (on teh ph0ne) is a themed twin-stick shooter collection headlined by I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1N IT!!!1, the solidly executed and utterly self-aware celebration of gaming culture through an epic musical masterpiece. Z0MB1ES does its best to span both musical and gaming genres in a streamlined series of choreographed music video gameplay mashups. Paired with an exclusive music-driven psychedelic shooter, Time Viking, as well as the ENDL3SS Z0MB1ES game mode, Z0MB1ES is infectious fun.
If you have a favorite Windows Phone game not on this list, share it below in the comments!