Earlier this year we announced that Xbox is coming to Windows 8. Now, in addition to its industry-leading gaming service, Xbox is pleased to announce support from Microsoft Studios to bring high quality Xbox games to Windows 8. Wave one of our portfolio will bring you many of the games you already know and love; and will include 29 titles from Microsoft Studios, some of which will be exclusive to Windows 8. Many games will be available starting October 26th with ongoing new releases coming through holiday and beyond. This growing portfolio spans genres and delivers an innovative mix of fun-to-play titles that will be playable on any Windows 8 PC, laptop, or tablet. Xbox games will be easy to find in the preinstalled Windows 8 Xbox Games app. In addition, all Xbox games for Windows 8 will have Xbox Achievements, and many will also take advantage of other Xbox features, including leaderboards, multiplayer modes, and connecting with friends, and more. Have a look at wave one of our portfolio. And be sure to stop by the Xbox booth at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle this weekend as Microsoft Studios will be giving attendees a sneak peek at some of the Windows 8 titles announced today! Click Read More to check out gameplay features, screenshot galleries, and to post your favorites in the comment section!
Discover the fantastic world of 4 Elements in this Windows 8-exclusive Special Edition of the acclaimed Puzzle and Hidden Object game. Four fairies representing the elements of earth, air, fire, and water have been deprived of their magic power. Be the hero of the kingdom and restore their magic! Lose yourself in beautiful backgrounds, music and amazing graphics. Explore a world of color, animation, and mystical delight. Discover secrets, solve intriguing puzzles, and decipher the book of magic to unlock powerful spells. 4 Elements™ II: Special Edition is an exciting “match three” game packed with fascinating puzzles and hidden object challenges. This Special Edition includes 48 exclusive levels for Windows 8, 14 of which you can play for free in the trial version! This edition also includes six custom Windows 8 wallpapers and the complete original soundtrack in MP3 format. Compare your progress with friends via leaderboards or Achievement’s earned! Look for these other great Microsoft Studios titles in the Windows 8 store: Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Microsoft Mahjong, and Wordament.
>64 unique match-3 levels + 48 levels EXCLUSIVE to Windows 8
>4 adorable fairies of the elements to set free
>16 magic cards to collect
>4 exciting quests to complete
>Fascinating story, gorgeous art and backgrounds
>Trial version includes 12 Story Mode levels and 2 Bonus Challenge levels for free
>Xbox LIVE Gamerscore over 20 Achievements
>Track friends’ progress with Leaderboards
>Hours and hours of gameplay
>6 exclusive Windows 8 wallpapers and complete game soundtrack in MP3 format
>Use touch or mouse/keyboard controls
>Multiple modes: casual and timed play
>Hidden Object and Find the Difference puzzles
Adera is an episodic adventure game in which you play as the heroine, Jane Sinclaire. Take on the challenge by solving puzzles, playing minigames, collecting items, and using them to get past obstacles. Uncover the mystery of Adera and explore a beautiful lost world.
Jane is a world traveler who has been on many dangerous adventures, but she has never experienced anything like this. In this first episode, Jane finds herself in the Atacama Desert searching for her long-missing grandfather, with only a coded message and a strange stone orb to guide her.
Gunstringer: Dead Man Running
When the Gunstringer rose from the dead to hunt down the treacherous members of his old gang, it was on the condition that he must return to the underworld once his quest for vengeance was complete. Being a man of his word, the Gunstringer kept his promise and returned. Not long afterwards, The Gunstringer started to realize how much the world needed a man like him and how it was up to him to help rid the world of the vile scum that threatened the peace. Now, striking another deal with the devil, The Gunstringer travels back to the land of the living. The deal requires trading the souls of five notorious villains in exchange for his own soul and freedom.
You must help The Gunstringer race across treacherous terrains to hunt down and banish the Villainous Five to the underworld! Collect as many Gold Coins as you can along the way and use them to buy new customization options, weapons and power-ups to help you in your spirited quest.
>Free to Play with in-app purchases and downloadable content.
>Two playable game modes including a Story Mode with finite levels and a Challenge Mode featuring endless levels.
> Xbox Live support including Achievements, Friends and Leaderboards.
>Asynchronous Multiplayer Challenges.
>Seamless multi-device profile access and progression.
The legendary arcade racer and Xbox 360 hit Hydro Thunder Hurricane is now available for Windows 8 tablets! Featuring rocket-powered speedboats blasting across amazing dynamic wa-ter, gorgeous visuals, and interactive environments packed with shortcuts and surprises, this is the adrenaline-drenched sequel fans have been waiting for. Pit your skills against 15 opponents in Single Player Races and Championships, hone your speedboat skills in the new Ring Master and Gauntlet modes, and compare your times with your Friends on LIVE Leaderboards.
>Tons of original content, including 11 classic and brand-new boats and 11 watery race tracks packed with interactive triggers, insane jumps, and secret shortcuts waiting to be discovered.
>Variety of single player game modes, including Race, Championship seasons, Ring Master, and the explosive new Gauntlet.
>Dynamic water racing. Dodge avalanches that spawn massive tsunamis, jump across other boats’ wakes – in Hydro Thunder Hurricane, the race track itself is constantly in motion!
The classic and widely popular tile matching game is now on Windows 8. The object of the game is to match available pairs of duplicate tiles to remove them from the board. Clear the entire board of all matching tiles and you have won the game. This puzzle solving game is addictingly fun and optimized for touch screen. 12 Mahjong puzzles available at launch, with many more available for download.
>Play Daily Challenges to continually sharpen your skills.
>Beautiful high-quality themes available at launch.
>Enjoy Play-Pause-Resume with Cloud Saves so that a game is never lost.
>Xbox LIVE Leaderboards and Achievements.
> Free to Play with Premium Features supported by Advertising or Transactions and Premium Downloadable Content
The classic Windows game is now redesigned and optimized for multitouch tablet play. Touch any of the squares on the grid to reveal the locations of mines. If the player touches an area with no mine, numbers will be shown indicating the number of mines directly surrounding it. However, if the player selects a square containing a mine, it’s game over. An old favorite gets enhanced with new visuals, gameplay features and innovations for Windows 8.
>Utilize multi-touch functionality to zoom in on the board and back out with ease.
>Standard Classic Game Play, or the all-new Adventure Mode.
>Daily Challenges change it up and keep the gameplay fresh.
>No need to start your game over with Play-Pause-Resume with Cloud Saves.
>Xbox LIVE Leaderboards, Achievements and much more!
Microsoft Solitaire Collection
Solitaire is back for Windows 8! The game you’ve played and loved for years returns to the Windows 8 to challenge you again. Microsoft Solitaire Collection provides 5 versions of Solitaire that can be played on your touch screen tablet or traditionally with a PC mouse. Your game is always saved when you need to exit it, so you can pick it up just where you left off. With Play, Pause, Resume across Windows 8 and Windows Phone, you can now play your game on Windows 8, pause the game, and then switch to your Windows Phone and Resume playing the same game. A collection of old favorites available on Window 8!
> Klondike Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, Free Cell, Pyramid, and Tri Peaks are all part of the Microsoft Solitaire Collection.
>Play Collection with your touch screen tablet or traditionally with a PC mouse.
>Take on the Daily Challenges that are available of all 5 games.
>Occupy your time playing Solitaire in full screen or casually interspersed throughout your day in Snapped view.
>Shipped with Premium Customized Themes
The critically acclaimed Xbox LIVE® Arcade hit, Pinball FX2, will be available for Windows 8 BETA from Zen Studios, the definitive leader in arcade-style pinball videogames. Featuring the most advanced balls physics in videogame pinball, Pinball FX2 is the premiere pinball videogame experience. The BETA version contains one table and will be updated with all the features and content our fans come to expect when the full version releases.
>With its robust physics engine, Pinball FX 2 will make you think you’re back at your local arcade.
>Intuitive tablet controls delivers a whole new experience for Pinball FX fans.
>View your table from various camera angles, allowing you some new perspectives in your pursuit to become a pinball wizard!
>More of these beautiful, immersive, and innovative tables will become available at the launch of the full version.
>Additional announcements coming soon.
The ultimate edition of the acclaimed Reckless Racing top-down racer series is here.
Now bigger and dirtier than ever! Race with a huge selection of road and dirt tracks, single and multi-player events, modded cars and trucks, and challenging game modes. Whether it’s a muscle car in the dirt, a monster truck in gravel, or even a dune buggy in the snow, if you can build it – you can race it. Tweak, upgrade and customize your car collection as you level up in your racing career. Earn your place on the Xbox Leaderboards in both Career and Arcade modes. Challenge your friends in a variety of multiplayer modes including, 1 on 1 rally racing or fastest lap. Track your multi-player invites, and results on the go right on your Live Tile. Buckle your seatbelts and prepare to get Reckless!
>Beautifully rendered hand-drawn environments.
>Physics driven handling – Drift like a champ!
>Play the Free Trial featuring 1 car, 3 tracks and car upgrades
>Career mode, Arcade mode, Single Event mode
>Challenge your friends via Xbox Multiplayer
> See how you stack up against the competition with Xbox Leaderboards
>Earn gamerscore with Xbox Achievements
>24 customizable cars and trucks
>20 Career mode cups
>50 Arcade challenges
>150 individual and customizable events
>Touch, mouse/keyboard and USB Xbox controller support.
Rocket Riot™ 3D packs hundreds of zany characters, aggressive minibosses, tons of tough bosses and crazy visual effects into one rocket package! Obliterate your friends with multiplayer challenges, or achieve a personal best in the single player campaign. In this awesomely 8-bit styled game, blast your way through the environment or hide behind it, battling the strangest enemies you will ever encounter.
>Engage in over 100 single-player missions, set in many different, wild worlds!
>Unlock over 200 characters! Zombies vs. robots! Rocket-propelled bananas! Pirates vs. moose!
>Multiplayer challenges let you compete for ultimate Rocket Riot world domination!
>Test your strength and aim against tons of bosses… and mini bosses too.
>24 all-new Windows 8 exclusive levels.
>Classic Rocket Riot™ levels with awesome new stories, levesl, characters and visual effects.
The classic tile matching game re-imagined as a spinning block of 3D puzzling! Race against the clock by matching symbols on all sides of the cube to drill down to the center. Just when you think you’re stuck, you can rotate the cube to reveal more matches to clear! The faster you go, the more points you get! With 3 game modes, daily challenges, and the ability to resume play to and from your Windows Phone, Taptiles on Windows 8 will continually challenge you’re puzzling skills.
>In Dash Mode, play as long as you can with puzzles coming in one after another.
>Origin Mode will test your quick decision making skills, as you need to solve the puzzle before time runs out.
>And if you need to unwind, Relaxation Mode gives you the chance to solve puzzles with all the time in the world.
>Play Daily Challenges to test your skill
>The Play, Pause, Resume functionality on Windows 8 and Windows Phone platforms allows you to take some of your favorite puzzles across your devices.
>Compare you scores with your friends via Xbox LIVE Leaderboards.
Toy Soldiers: Cold War on Windows 8 delivers hours of intense first-person combat combined with addictive action strategy gameplay. In this playful homage to ’80s action toys and films take control of a full arsenal of US and Soviet units, base defenses, and even commando action figures. Toy Soldiers: Cold War keeps you on the frontlines of frenetic fun as you battle to best your friends’ scores in intense mini-games, test your mettle against waves of enemies in Survival mode, or just have a blast blowing stuff up!
>The Cold War is decided when ‘80s era action toys come alive and wage war!
>The intuitive tablet touch controls allows you a very natural way of managing combat and puts the toy box right in your hands.
>Earn deadly game-changing bombardments ranging from artillery strikes to the enemy’s worst nightmare: the “Commando” and Ivan action figures.
>Additional announcements coming soon.
The hit Windows Phone game is now on Windows 8! Wordament is a unique kind of word game—a word tournament—where you are competing with the whole internet to be the best word searcher in every game. Every player is competing on the same board, in real-time, to get the highest score. Wordament features unique, highly playable games. Every board is guaranteed to have over 100 possible words, and every tile is playable. Wordament’s dictionary is tuned to help you find the most common words you missed. Also with themed games, like Digrams, Wordament introduces a simple, but fun secondary goal of using a two-letter tile in as many words as possible.
>An extremely popular and addictive word-finding game where a player must score points by creating words from a 4×4 board of letters.
>Continually compete in worldwide tournaments where everyone is utilizing the same board.
>Cross screen gameplay allows you to not only compete against other Windows 8 users, but also those playing Wordament on their Windows Phone.
>Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer! Frenemies is an all new way to keep track of your competition.
>Real-time stats let players see how many average seconds it takes to find words and how many average points they are finding per word.