Best Windows Phone apps and games from the month of June

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Is it already time for another monthly app roundup? June was a fast and crazy month for app releases on Windows Phone. We didn’t get any new Xbox Live games the last two weeks, but that didn’t slow us down. Many new official apps were launched this month, and the trend of unofficial official apps continued. Below is an alphabetical list of the top apps and games to launch this month.

ABC News

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The official ABC News app is your portal to everything that happens in the world. Award winning news coverage, video reports, live video for important events, trending stories, and breaking news alerts make for an awesome app. You can even pin your favorite ABC news programs for easy access. It’s a very well designed Windows Phone app.

Animal Planet

Animal Planet is a Discovery Channel station. The app offers access to full episodes of your favorite shows, plus thousands of clips. You can pin your favorite shows to the Start screen to quickly see new content. The apps even allow you to set reminders so you never miss an episode.

Discovery Channel

The Discovery Channel app offers access to full episodes of your favorite shows, plus thousands of clips. You can pin your favorite shows to the Start screen to quickly see new content. The apps even allow you to set reminders so you never miss an episode.

Domino’s Pizza

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The Domino’s app has some great Windows Phone 8 features built-in. Simply hold down the Windows key on your phone and say “Domino, start a delivery order” and you will be taken to the delivery page. On the ordering page you can tap the mic icon and just say what you want. After you make an order you can pin it to the Start screen for quick access to the Domino’s Tracker.

Gmail

The iOS port of the Gmail app acts much like an official app would, but with a little lag here and there since it is a port. You get access to labels, starring, priority inbox, archiving, reporting spam, and everything else you would want to do. As long as you don’t mind using an iOS port.

Jetpack Joyride

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In Jetpack Joyride you control a character named Barry Steakfries. He has a machine gun jetpack that you control to help him dodge obstacles and grab coins and power-ups to get as far as you can. The controls are dead simple. Just hold your finger down when you want him to fly up, release to let him drop.

Keek

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Services like Vine and Instagram are more about short video clips, but Keek allows users to easily share larger videos. You can comment and like other videos, and subscribe to your favorite people. Think of it like Twitter + YouTube = Keek.

LivingSocial

LivingSocial helps you discover things to do in your area, and it gives you discounts to do them. It is very similar to Groupon. Some of the things you can discover include places to eat, weekend getaways, and even more daring things like skydiving. Every day the app is filled with new discounts on things right around where you live.

Nextgen Reader

Nextgen Reader certainly isn’t a new app, but we want to include it in this list because this month they added support for Feedly. This is very important considering Google Reader is being shut down at the end of this month. If you haven’t yet be sure to download the update and get your feeds transferred to Feedly.

N.O.V.A. 3

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N.O.V.A. 3 is a familiar game to anyone that has ever played Halo, which is probably a lot of you. It’s a space shooter revolving around war. You play as Kal Wardin, a man who has returned to Earth just in time to save mankind from civil war. The graphics and effects are nothing but top-notch in N.O.V.A. 3.

SwapChat

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SwapChat is the first SnapChat app that allows users to upload and share snaps. You can do everything you would do in an official SnapChat app, such as add friends, draw on snaps, add captions, and more. SwapChat is a very nice app that continues to get better every day with regular updates.

Tapatalk

Tapatalk aggregates more than 35,000 forums across the internet. It’s extremely useful for checking your favorite forums that might not have their own app. One of those sites happens to be WinSource. With the Tapatalk app you can participate in our Forums, and many more, on the go right from your phone.

Temple Run: Brave

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As the title suggests this is a special version of Temple Run based on the Pixar film Brave. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is just a movie tie-in game with nothing special to offer. In Temple Run: Brave archery has been added to the skill set. Now not only do you have to jump, slide, and turn your way past obstacles.  You also have to tap on targets as you pass them by to shoot your arrows.

Viner

Viner is simply a Vine viewer. You can log in to your Vine account and see all the Vines from the people you follow in one place. You can even register for an account. Viner allows users to like and comment on Vines, access settings, and see the popular and “editor’s picks.” The one caveat is you can’t create Vines with Viner.

Voxer

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The easiest way to explain Voxer is a walkie-talkie with voicemail. You can record short snippets of audio and send them to your friends that use Voxer. Your friends can listen as you are talking, or play it back later. The Windows Phone app is exceptionally fast at doing this. Since it is a messaging app you can also send text and photos.

Where’s My Mickey?

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Where’s My Mickey? follows the same type of gameplay as the previous Disney Water games. The scenarios in this version include needing water to make lemonade, for growing flowers, and to put out fire. In order to complete these tasks there are new weather mechanics for wind, clouds, and plants. A new liquid, called “fizz,” adds another layer to the challenges. The game consists of five episodes containing 20 stages each, and two extra levels starring Goofy.

What were your favorite apps and games from June?


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