See below the table for some helpful notes and general introduction!
Updated late 2020 (to remove some links to outdated software directory from 2012 era):
Please do comment if you can add game-hardened suggestions for this top selection, and I'll incorporate them into the table!
This bookmarkable page 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:
- FAQ: I don't mark new entries as 'new' in any way because there's no point - you already know what they are as we've featured them on the front pages of AAWP over the last month. These reference pages are just that - for reference. For newcomers and for people looking up recommendations.
- 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 of games 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!