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Play Your Favorite PC Games on Windows 8 Touch Devices with TouchFox

One of the cool things about Windows 8 tablets is that you can not only play games optimized for the device, but also enjoy cool Windows 7 games on them too. One drawback though is that they are usually not touch optimized so you have to make use of a controller, mouse or keyboard to enjoy gameplay. Now, thanks to TouchFox, you can do away with all the extra accessories to play PC games on a Windows 8 touch device.

Touchfox is a touch controller for PC games, which means it adds a set of touch controls to your PC games eliminating the need for a keyboard or mouse. The app is powered by a platform called Overwolf which adds certain features such as in-game browser, game capture, Skype, and Twitch streaming among others.

To start using TouchFox, you first have to download and install Overwolf and set up your account. You can then buy TouchFox touch controllers, collect your product key and input that into the Overwolf Appstore page. The controller will then be added to your account and be ready for use.

Touchfox app does not work universally on all supported games. You have to buy individual touch controls for each game you want to play, which is rather disappointing considering that the price per controller is $3.99. Currently TouchFox controllers are available for 10 popular PC games including Skyrim, Castle Crashers, Borderlands 2, Crysis 2, The Witcher 2, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, DC Universe Online, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Magicka and F.E.A.R 3. The development team are promising support for more games including World of Warcraft.

Playing PC games on a touch enabled device is a great concept, but Touchfox does have its issues. Apart from being pricey and usable on just one game, there are bugs and restrictive controls that it could do well without. You do have the option to trial a controller before you buy, so that should give you some comfort. Touchfox could well become a compelling gaming accessory if it could become universally applicable, but if you are just dying to play your favorite PC game on a Windows touch device, you could give this one a go and share your experience with us.

Download Touchfox for Windows 8 here.

Party fever hits WP as Rayman Fiesta Run lands on the WP Store

Rayman fans, have you been waiting to play Fiesta Run on your Windows Phone? Your wait is finally over. You can head over to the Windows Store, grab Ubisoft’s fun loving platformer, and party the week away. Rayman Fiesta Run initially landed on the India Store about a week ago, but it appears that the game is now available to players worldwide.

Rayman Fiesta Run has delighted players on other platforms with its fun environments, cool boss fights, special new powers, creative traps, bigger and bolder enemies, and challenges, all wrapped up in 75 deliciously appealing levels. Windows users who seem to be waiting forever for the good games to land on the platform can finally enjoy the game with all the perks of Xbox live, such as tracking the game progress, earning achievements, and even following friends on the world map.

There won’t be any trial version of the game, but hey, its Rayman’s after all so it shouldn’t really matter. Grab this endearingly fun endless runner from the Windows Store for $2.49.

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Windows Phone gets Marvel’s Avengers Run Jump Smash!

Marvel’s Avengers Run Jump Smash! has been out for a while on iOS and Android devices but now is making its way to Windows Phone. If you don’t know much about Marvel’s Avengers Run Jump Smash! it is essentially another endless runner mobile game with the Avengers theme. However, that statement makes it seem like it is very generic when in reality it is far from it.

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In Marvel’s Avengers Run Jump Smash! you can play as all your favorite Marvel Avengers characters such as Iron Man and Captain America. You can formulate teams of these characters where if one fails the next jumps in to continue the run. Marvel’s Avengers Run Jump Smash! also features lots of distinct Avengers themed level locations and themed special attacks for each character. You can get all this for $1.49 on the Windows Store.

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The sensational Flappy Bird gets a clone on Windows App Store

Flappy Bird, the surprisingly simplistic game that has become a rage on the iOS and Android platform has appeared on the Windows App Store. The original version was developed by Vietnam-based indie developer Dong Nguyen and although he recently tweeted that he is still working on the Windows version, it appears that a clone has sneaked on to the Windows platform courtesy IG Mobile.

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For the uninitiated, Flappy Bird is a retro arcade styled game where you guide a tiny little bird past pipes and several other obstacles. Although the game mechanics couldn’t be simpler, (you tap on the screen to flap the bird’s wings and get it to fly), gamers have been highly frustrated by the inability to score as well as they would like, and yet seemingly find it hard to put it down too.

In fact, the blogosphere as well as social media platforms are awash with numerous posts showing off top scores, cheats, funny reviews, advice on how to play and even people venting out their frustration.

With some reports suggesting that the developer is making over $50K a day from the game, it is hardly surprising that someone has stolen a march over the developer on the Windows platform.

Flappy Bird has been downloaded over 50 million times on other platforms and the game is free to play with no in-app purchases. If you want to check out the cloned version on your Windows device, you can do so here.

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Grand Theft Auto San Andreas careens to Windows Phone but lacks Xbox Live

Way back in November Rockstar Games shocked all by saying they were bringing their mobile port of their hit game Grand Theft Auto San Andreas to Windows Phones. This shocked us all because a lot of bigger developers skip out on porting to Windows Phones but Rockstar Games is a true bro! Of course it came out a few months after the iOS and Android ports but now Grand Theft Auto San Andreas has finally reached Windows Phones and we can’t be more ecstatic.

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However, there are a few stipulations with the Windows Phone port of Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. First off it only supports a limited number of devices. Specifically the Nokia Lumia: 1520, 1320, 822, 820, 810, and HTC: 8XT. This may come as a surprise to some as some pretty popular devices aren’t on that list. However, people have tested some devices that aren’t mentioned, like the Lumia 1020 and 920, run fine.

Another slight issue some people may have with the Windows Phone version of Grand Theft Auto San Andreas is the lack of controller support. Mainly lacking MOGA controls which hopefully Rockstar Games will add later on seeing as how it is said to be an easy issue fix. Another big issue is the lack of Xbox Live features. This mainly means lack of achievements. Grand Theft Auto San Andreas for Windows Phone also lacks cloud saving which is another huge drag. Overall though you can’t complain too much, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas is actually on Windows Phones which is a huge step!

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Asphalt 8: Airborne now free on Windows Phone

Back in November Gameloft’s extremely popular racing game series Asphalt 8: Airborne came to Windows Phone for a minor price ($1.99). However, now Windows Phone users have more reason to celebrate as Asphalt 8: Airborne is now available for free! That is right, absolutely free!

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If you don’t know about Asphalt 8: Airborne then you are missing out. It was perhaps one of the best racing games to hit mobile devices in 2013 and features a lot of new things. Among those are a brand new physics engine that allows you to zip along tunnels, embankments, etc. to really give a sense of speed. Controls are through tilting and surprisingly is very well responsive. Essentially Asphalt 8: Airborne is a world of fun and now that it is for free on Windows Phones everyone should check it out.

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Three Popular Apps Get Bug Fixing Updates

If you have downloaded the empire building game from Disney Mobile, Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, you can now rejoice the fact that the problem of the stores not producing coins when the game is minimized or closed has been addressed. The game’s latest update takes it to version 1.0.1.7.

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The next big update comes for the popular messenger app WhatsApp. The 2.11.356 version update to the app fixes issues related to the reception of broadcast messages.

Finally, we come to the Nokia Camera app which has been updated to version 4.5.1.5. The update is adding support for DNG (Digital Negative Format) on the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1020 running the Lumia Black software update.

If you have installed any of these apps on your Windows Phone, be sure to be updated. Links are provided below.

New innovations and Revolutionary gameplay marks the entry of Racing of Trial Xtreme 3 on WP

If you’re a fan of mobile racing games, you will (no doubt) have heard of the Trial Xtreme series, which has garnered over 50 million downloads across iOS and Android platforms, even making it to the top of the charts in a number of countries. Publishers of the game, DeeMedya have now released the next installment of the game Trial Xtreme 3 on the Windows Store.

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So what makes this installment one you’ll want to download and play all over again? Well, the developers are promising plenty of new innovations and amazing features in the newly introduced 112 levels.

You can customize your rider as well as your bike, challenge your friends for the race title, perform crazy mid-air stunts, and overcome hundreds of new obstacles that come in the form of water pipes, mines, car wrecks, and more. Whether you choose the onscreen buttons or the tilt controls, the game’s new advanced physics engine should make all the action smoother to handle.

Trial Xtreme 3 is free to download and play up to 32 levels. After that you’ll have to unlock the remaining levels using IAPs. If you’re finding it extremely hard to earn in-game currency, you can purchase coin packs from $0.99 to $4.99. Or you can just blow up $1.99 on the Xtreme level pack.

Download Trial Xtreme 3 from the Windows Phone Store now and tell us if the game meets with your expectations.

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Next gen gaming coming to Windows 8 with Wikipad’s latest Gamevice controller

Lately tons of companies are putting in a lot of time and effort to make devices and specifically controllers for the mobile gaming world to get it more immersive and mainstream. The latest of these to be announced is Wikipad‘s controller called Gamevice. The Gamevice will have support for Android as well as Windows 8, however no mention for Windows Phone so far.

The Gamevice is being called a next generation detachable console like controller. Big claims that I guess we’ll see if they meet. The way the controller will work is that there are two parts that connect to both sides of your device. This allows for a pretty flexible construct that should work well. In terms of straight hardware, the Gamevice offers two analog sticks, L1/R1 and L2/R2 configurations, a D-pad and four other buttons. This of course mimics most home console controller layouts and hopefully will translate well to mobile devices. No official release date is known but it is slated for sometime in 2014. We hope to see more at CES 2014 and will bring you any specifics we find out.

Three classic Microsoft games now available on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8

If you’ve used a PC with an older version of Windows, you most likely would have spent many enjoyable hours playing the card game Solitaire, the card matching game Mahjong, or the explosive puzzle game Minesweeper.

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There’s good news now for Windows 8 PC users as well as Windows Phone 8 users as Microsoft has just announced that these popular games are now available on the Windows Store. They have obviously been redesigned for the new crop of gamers who love to compete with friends.

Apart from challenging your friends, you will now be able to submit your scores to leaderboards, earn achievements and keep track of your game statistics. Another big bonus is that you can play, pause and resume the game on any of your Windows devices: phone, PC, and even your tablet. If you’re a big fan of these classic Microsoft games, check them out now at the Windows Store or just click the links below.

Final Fantasy III from Square Enix lands on Windows Phone

Windows Phone has just received a quiet Xbox game launch from Square Enix. The publisher’s popular Japanese RPG Final Fantasy III landed on the Windows App Store without much fanfare, but it is still great news for fans of Xbox games who have been missing many of the big games in recent weeks.

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The iOS version of Final Fantasy III has been ported to Windows Phone and has been better optimized for the mobile platform compared to previous releases like Final Fantasy. Players have the option of using thumb stick controls, choose from menu options, or can directly tap on the screen to attack enemies.

For the uninitiated, Final Fantasy III revolves around the quest to find elemental crystals that will save the world. One of the significant gameplay features of the game revolves around a job system. Much like the classes you are familiar with, in Final Fantasy III they come in the form of a Warrior, Thief, Summoner, Mage, and Ninja, among others.

Final Fantasy III is the highest priced Square-Enix game yet on the Windows phone, at $15.99. If you’re a big fan of RPG games and cannot resist downloading the game, just be sure to have at least 2GB storage space before you get started.

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Gameloft’s Total Conquest Available for Windows 8 and Windows Phones

When we first saw Total Conquest, we thought of it as a love child of Age of Empires and Caesar 3 (both from PC). However, the more we played it, the more we got that old AoE feeling. New game from mobile gaming giant, Gameloft, is all about managing your (ancient) Roman province and defending it with troops and anti-siege equipment.

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Here is what we liked:

  • 10 different unit types, all upgradable
  • Single player campaign

Alliance with other human players, mutual co-dependent warfare strategies to ensure victory in Legion Wars.

What we didn’t like:

  • Nothing stand out really, graphics are little “model like” but that can be subjective, they are sharp and clear.

From the technical side, games runs fine, visual and audio elements are good and if you can provide 158MB free space on your 512MB device *or better), you can play Total Conquest for free.

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