Last week Joe showed you five apps that many Windows Phone users have said they can’t live without and would be ecstatic to see join the Windows Phone ecosystem. This is a wake-up call to those specific app developers, letting them know that there are hundreds of thousands of people still in need of their services. This week, I’m going to show you the top five games that are not available on Windows Phone 8 but should be.
1. Temple Run
This one is almost vaporware. It was advertised for Windows Phone at some point, but it looks like developer Imangi Studios has forgotten about the platform. The game itself is a simple run and see how long you can survive, but it’s spawned many clones on both iOS and Android. Imangi Studios stands to make quite a bit of profit from Windows Phone users who are desperate for a way to pass time on the bus and elsewhere by releasing for Windows Phone.
2. Cut the Rope: Experiments
Cut the Rope: Experiments is the sequel to Zepto Labs’ popular Cut the Rope. The first game saw release on Windows Phone, so it doesn’t make much sense why the second wouldn’t as well. In fact, Zepto Labs have recently released Pudding Monster HD, their newest game, so it feels like us Windows Phone users have been forgotten once again. Hopefully one day we’ll see Om Nom’s sequel on our phones.
3. Minecraft: Pocket Edition
Minecraft has exploded in popularity to the point where even your 65 year-old grandma knows what it is. For that reason alone it’s a shame that Mojang haven’t seen fit to port their Pocket Edition of the game to Windows Phone. The game is available on both iOS and Android and recent updates have brought the game more in-line with what’s expected from the full-fledged game. Given creator Markus Persson’s attitude toward Windows 8, we suppose we understand why we haven’t seen Minecraft on Windows Phone yet. Still, we can always hope.
4. World of Goo
This addition to Windows Phone seems almost a no-brainer as well. 2D Boy have gone to the pains of porting World of Goo to almost every available platform, so it doesn’t make much sense that they’re not keen on seeing the game available on Windows Phone. This might just be a demand issue, as they’ve not seen enough people want the game to consider making it available. The developers themselves are responsible for the whole “pay what you want” scheme of distributing many popular indie titles today, so revenue doesn’t seem to be the issue here.
Letterpress is currently iOS exclusive right now so we’ll probably see an Android port before we ever get our hands on a Windows Phone 8 version, but that’s a shame. Given the quality of word games available for Windows Phone such as Wordament and Alpha Jax, not to mention other titles like Words by Post and Wordfeud, it seems almost inevitable that an amazing game like Letterpress would be right at home on the platform. The game is a mixture of Scrabble and war strategy and is insanely addictive. We’re hoping to see this one soon, but we’re not holding any bets on the platform.