Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile: the very BEST games in the Store

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Following on from AAWP's rather handy guide to the very best applications for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile, here's an updated (six months on) version of our similar crowd-sourced guide the very best one percent of games on the platform. Enjoy! And do comment if you have other suggestions, based on your own gaming experience.

Microsoft claims that the Windows Phone Store has over half a million applications. Say half of them are games - the directory on this page contains not much more than 200. Even with the inevitable tweaks and additions (see the comments below, no doubt!), we're still looking at under 0.1% of the full number of games in the Store. Meaning that 99.9% are either novelties, rubbish or (worse) fakes or clones of existing game titles. If I may put it bluntly, that's an awfully high percentage. Microsoft should be ashamed.

Fear not though, for All About Windows Phone is here to help, with a bookmarkable page that should be a useful aide-memoire after a hard reset if rebuilding a phone from scratch or, perhaps more appropriately, a great place for a new Windows 10 Mobile user to start.

Some notes:

  • Where possible, I've included links to relevant reviews/features or to entries in the Microsoft Store. Where a review references a Store URL that seems not to exist anymore, I'm blaming Microsoft's reorganisations and occasional changes in name/ID by the developer. In such cases, try search instead on your phone - and watch out for fakes with similar names.
  • Note that in some cases titles may be only available for Windows Phone 8.1 OR Windows 10 Mobile - happily the vast majority here work on both!
  • Watch out for outrageous purchases in some freemium games - I've filtered the freemium titles in the list below to just the ones which have good ratings and reviews. Just be careful, that's all, when tapping to 'buy' within a game.
  • Please do let me know if there's a recommendation here that's no longer available or broken in some way on modern OS versions.
  • Implemented as a table, I've kept the width right down and only used two columns, in order to be really phone-friendly!

I've broken down our recommendations into categories, to be helpful. No doubt things may get tweaked in time!

Updated October 2016:

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Quick puzzles

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Strategy/RPG

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Story-based puzzles

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Tower defense

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Driving

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Arcade

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Flying

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Physics-based

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Hidden object

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Kids/Education

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Sports

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Trivia

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Combat/FPS

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Endless 'runners'

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Board games

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Word games

Please do comment if you can add game-hardened suggestions for this top selection, and I'll incorporate them into the table!