According to MetroStore Scanner (the unofficial counter of Windows applications), as of June 17, 2013, there are 89,333 applications available for Windows 8 users. Out of these, 12,236 are gaming apps. There is a slight chance that you might not find the game you want, but Microsoft has guaranteed that most popular games will soon be available on Windows 8. Till that happens, let’s make the most of it, and play with the most recommended Windows 8 gaming apps.
Temple Run: Brave
Get engrossed in another visually appealing game from the makers of Temple Run. Temple Run: Brave has become one of the most popular apps on the Windows Store. Join Merida, the archer princess, as you run, shoot, jump, and slide through the wilderness of Scotland on an endless adventure.
4 Pics 1 Word
Millions are already addicted to it. 4 Pics 1 Word is simply great and also proves to give the mind a decent amount of exercise. Figure out what is common in all the 4 pictures, and then come up with the right answer. It is also one of the most acclaimed games on the Windows 8 platform.
Angry Birds Star Wars
Angry Birds addicts, be ready to join your favorite heroes in their biggest adventure to date. Join your favorite Rebel Birds in an epic battle to save the universe against the evil Imperial Pigs. Be a part of the incredible Star Wars Universe, and save the galaxy from the evil Darth Vader.
Fruit Ninja is available on all mobile platforms, and is one of the best games to pass free time. You just need to slide your finger across the screen to slice juicy apples, coconuts, peaches, pineapples, etc. Just be careful with the bombs as they end your fruity adventure pretty soon.
Rayman Jungle Run
Ubisoft believes in giving its users the best games, and Rayman Jungle Run is a great example of their innovation. Unlock new levels and powers as you jump, punch, fly, and run through the visually stunning wilderness. This legendary limbless hero guarantees 24/7 fun for Windows 8 users.
A must have puzzle game with more than 500 levels to solve, Blocked In is one of the most downloaded game in the Windows Store. All you need to do is get the color block out of the board, this can be done by moving other blocks vertically or horizontally.
Dredd vs. Zombies
As Dredd, your mission is to protect Mega-City from a zombie invasion. To help kill zombies, you have been provided with a Lawgiver pistol and other deadly ammunition. To complete your mission, you will come face to face with four deadly zombie archetypes. Stars and medals are earned on how many of your undead enemies are defeated.
The popular iOS game now available for Windows users, test your pace by removing your finger before the guillotine blade strikes. To play, simply place the finger on the guillotine circle and wait for the ‘GO’ count. Try removing your finger as soon as the blade drops. Also, try not to remove it before time or the game ends.
Angry Birds Space
Almost every Angry Birds game is a huge hit, and this one is no different. Join Angry Birds as they undergo a daring space adventure to recover their stolen eggs from the Space Pigs. A game that provides maximum fun in a zero gravity environment, Angry Birds Space is a must-have app on all Windows 8 devices.
Who doesn’t like Pacman? I really think most of the 80s was spent playing this game. Lots of good memories are tied up with its stunning, highly successful, yet simple game-play, and it is time to relive those great times with Pacman on Windows 8.
Another great game app for exercising your mind and improving your vocabulary skills, Word Blast is an amazing word puzzle in which you need to search for new words from boxes before your time runs out. If you get stuck somewhere, just tap on the letters to find new possibilities.
4 Elements II Special Edition
The sequel to the highly popular 4 Elements game, in 4 Elements II Special Edition, the four fairies that represent the elements of earth, air, fire, and water have been deprived of their powers. It is up to you to save their kingdom, and restore their powers by solving puzzles and completing hidden objectives. The Special Edition comes with 48 new levels for Windows 8 users out of which 14 can be played in the free version.
Big Buck Hunter Pro Adventure
The most popular arcade hunting game of North America, Big Buck Hunter Pro Adventure brings you the excitement and thrills of hunting on your Windows 8 device. The new stunning design and interface is completely rebuilt for the Windows 8 platform and the game-play provides thrilling encounters with gorgeous deer, elks, sheep, antelopes, and caribou.
Minesweeper has been in the Windows family for over two decades, and now Microsoft has released its redesigned version for Windows 8. It is still the classic Minesweeper with a brand new Adventure mode and lots of amazing graphics and sounds.
The Dark Knight Rises
The epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises signifies Bruce Wayne’s return as the caped crusader to save Gotham from its worst enemy. Waiting for him is the mysterious Selina Kyle and the dreaded Bane, who wants to finish his legacy. Be a part of one of the most thrilling games on the Windows platform and experience an adrenaline rush like never before.
Perhaps one of the few apps where beginners and masters of poker play together. It doesn’t matter if you are newbie or a professional, all you need is a Windows phone and an Internet connection, and you can play poker with thousands of players worldwide. Come and play poker with players from all around the world.
Asphalt 7 Heat
Let the temperatures rise with the most stunning racing game from the Asphalt franchise. The temperatures are rising with the Asphalt 7 Heat, as users continue to race with some of the best car models in the world. With over 15 different stunning tracks and an improved multiplayer option, be a part of the most exciting racing game and experience the fun and beauty of driving some of the fastest machines on road.
Words With Friends
It is probably the world’s most popular world building game. Just make a word and score points. You can play with players all around the world, and play many games simultaneously.
So what are you waiting for gamers, quickly download these awesome games and share your experiences with us.
Many are fascinated by space. They are hardcore fans of Star Wars, Star Trek, and the like. Add some strategy-building abilities to this fascination, and be ready to be entertained for hours together, by some of the best space strategy games available.
Space-based Strategy Games for PC
Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri
This turn-based game has been developed by Firaxis Games. It belongs to the 4X genre. In this genre, players need to expand, explore, exploit, and exterminate an empire. The plot is futuristic and set in the 22nd century. The gameplay is from a third-person perspective, and it has been directed by Sid Meier. The strategies in the game revolve around the idea of colonization of space. Players can choose to be the leader of any one of the seven available factions. This game is a spin-off of the civilization series. It was released in 1999, and is compatible with Linux, MAC OS, and Windows platforms.
Sins of a Solar Empire
This game has been developed by Ironclad Games. It is a real-time game and belongs to the 4X strategy genre. Here, players can choose to be the leader of any one of the three races – Trader Emergency Coalition (TEC), Advent, and Vasari. Leaders have control of their space empires. The goal here is to conquer different star systems. There are four packages of the game that have been released so far. The first was Entrenchment, followed by Diplomacy. The third package was Trinity. Rebellion was as the fourth stand-alone package of this game. This game was released in 2008, and is compatible with the Windows platform.
Star Wars: Empire at War
This game has been developed by Petroglyph Games. The showdown in this game is mainly between Empire and Rebels. Players can choose from three available game modes. These are Campaign, Galactic Conquest, and Skirmish. In this game, at times, there are land battles along with space battles. It is a real-time strategy game, which was released in 2006. Later, in the same year, an expansion pack was released for the game. This was titled Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption. This game is compatible with Windows and MAC OS platforms.
This is another turn-based strategy game, which has been developed by Stardock. The plot of this game is based in the 23rd century. Players are only assigned the human race. The player becomes the leader of the human race, and the goal to be achieved in this game is of galactic domination through colonization of the space. This game does not support multiplayer gameplay. The player has to play against AI (Artificial Intelligence) opponents. He can choose from various civilizations, which are Terran Alliance, Drengin Empire, Altarian Resistance, Arcean Empire, Yor Collective, Torian Confederation, Dominion of the Korx, and Drath Legion. This game was released in 2003, and is compatible with the Windows platform.
Lords of the Black Sun
This game was previously titled Star Lords. It is a turn-based game of the 4X strategy genre. You can play this game with multiple players along with AI. Players have eight races to choose from, and they are assigned as the leader of the race they choose. These leaders rule their empire, where the goal is to achieve space colonization. The game has been developed by Arkavi Studios. It was released in 2014, and is compatible with the Windows platform.
Master of Orion
This again is a turn-based game, and belongs to the 4X genre of mystery games. It has been developed by Simtex. Like most other games on this list, the goal here is to develop colonies in space. This game has its focus on colonization of the star systems. There are ten races available for the player to choose from. This is not one of the multiplayer space strategy games for PC. It is a single-player game, and players are pitted against AI. This game was first released in 1993, and is compatible with MS-DOS, Apple Macintosh, and Commodore Amiga.
Sword of the Star
This game is also from the 4X strategy genre. It has been developed by Kerberos Productions. Players get to choose to play from the various races, and the goal is to colonize the star systems. This is also a multiplayer game, besides providing an option to pit a single player against AI. Its sequel was released in 2011, while the game was originally released in 2006. It is compatible with the Windows platform.
This game has been developed by Relic Entertainment. It is the first 3D game in the real-time strategy (RTS) category. There are two races to choose from – Kushan and Taiidan. Players are provided with the option of playing individually against AI or in a group. The game was released in 1999, and is compatible with the Windows platform.
One more game in the category of 4X strategy genre, this is a turn-based game, which has been developed by Amplitude Studios. This game has options for multiple players to play the same game, as well for a single player to take on AI. The plot takes place in 3000 A.D., where players are the leaders of their interstellar empires. Here, they can create their own civilizations, and one of the ways to achieve victory is by universal colonization. The battle scenes in this game take place in long-range combat, medium-range combat, and combat at close quarters. The game was released in 2012, and is compatible with the MAC OS and Windows platform.
This is a real-time strategy (RTS) game, and has been developed by Uber Entertainment. Players are provided with a map consisting of various planets and asteroids. They have to capture these planets, which can also be annihilated by other planets. A player loses on losing the last commander of the fleet. This game draws heavy resemblance to Total Annihilation. It was released in 2014, and is compatible wit the MAC OS, Windows, and Linux platforms.
These were some of the top space strategy games for PCs, that provide a balanced mix of best of both the worlds, or should I say, many other worlds.