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.
Major game consoles are released about once a decade, so it goes unsaid that the hardware on board these devices need to be future-proof. No wonder then, that the specs of most game consoles seem to resemble that of some alien supercomputer. More often than not, the hardware on these consoles seems like an overkill. Having said that though, there is no such thing as ‘too much power’ in the gaming industry. Your options, however, are limited as there are only a handful of major players in this industry. Besides, apart from the hard drive, regular users don’t have the option to upgrade the hardware on board.
With computers, there seems to be a newer version hitting the markets every other week. PCs are available in varying configurations, right from the beastly supercomputers to the very basic ones. The hardware on board the more capable computers is very comparable to that on game consoles, and even beats them in certain areas. Perhaps, the biggest factor with computers is their flexibility when it comes to choosing the internal components, and the option to upgrade them as and when desired.
Game consoles usually come preassembled, and all you need to do is plug in the components together, power on the unit, set up your account, pop in your favorite game, and you’re good to go. You might need an Internet connection for the initial setup and to download the latest firmware. You would also need to install some game files on to your console.
Computers too, these days, come ready to use, and all you need to do is power it on, install your favorite game, and get cracking! While the operating system itself comes preinstalled, unless you opt to set one up yourself (in which case you will need to install the OS yourself), you would either need to download, or pop in the CD/DVD of your game, install the game files before you get started.
Game consoles have their own controller that come bundled along. These usually are specifically designed and are perfect for gaming. Their controls are fairly simple, yet extremely intuitive. The downside to this is, they aren’t the most comfortable when navigating through the game’s interface or surfing the Internet on the console. Certain consoles, like the Microsoft Xbox One and the Sony PlayStation 4, offer additional motion-controlled sensors which make the gaming experience even better.
Computers do not come with a dedicated gaming controller. However, the markets are flooded with game controllers for PCs. In fact, the controllers of some game consoles work seamlessly with computers. An added advantage of having a computer is that you can plug in some controllers like gaming steering wheels, an option not available for game consoles.
Being dedicated gaming platforms, game consoles have a plethora of game titles on offer. Some of the exclusive titles offer a gaming experience like none other. Console games run with no hiccups whatsoever on compatible systems, as they are developed specifically for that particular console. The dedicated online game servers of major consoles (PlayStation Network, Xbox Live) are the main USPs of their respective brands.
Most game studios release games for all major platforms including PCs. Computers, however, miss out on the exclusive games for consoles, most of which are extremely popular and engaging. As computers are available in various configurations, some PC games may not work on regular computers.
Most next-gen consoles can easily replace your home’s multimedia center. They let you surf the Internet, make video calls, play HD movies, listen to music, and even have TV-streaming. Having said that, we would like to mention that as great these sound, these are add-on features with limited functionality. Although consoles have on-screen keyboards, they simply are way too cumbersome to use.
There simply is no beating the humble personal computer when it comes to versatility. Computers are perfect when it comes to surfing the web, computing data, and they make for fantastic entertainment systems. Additional accessories can help transform your computer into a TV, or you could simply install a software, and enjoy loads of online TV content. The computer’s keyboard makes inputting information an absolute breeze.
Perhaps, the biggest discerning factor between these two platforms is the price. You can get a good gaming computer for a fraction of the cost of the next-gen consoles in the market. If you are a hardcore gamer, nothing quite matches up to the gaming experience on a game console. For most gamers though, a gaming computer should suit them perfectly. The battle of game consoles and PCs rages on as neither can truly replace the other. At the end of the day, it all boils down to personal choice. So, take a pick and set sail for gaming paradise. Cheers.