First wave of Xbox games for Windows 8 announced

When Windows 8 hits retail availability, Microsoft wants to make sure that you have access to plenty of games using the built in Xbox application. To help get that ball rolling, Microsoft has announced the first wave of games that will be availalbe for consumes on October 26th.

The list includes some crowd favorites like Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Fruit Ninja and many, many more that you can see in the full list below. Microsoft claims that Xbox games will "super easy" to discover and of course will have Achievements as well. Look for all these games to be available on launch day and with 40 games available up front, things are looking up already.

While we can't make the claim for all of the games, it does look like some (if not all) will be available for Windows RT too. We do not know if support will be available on launch day.

The full list of games avaialable on Octoboer 26th will be:

  1. 4 Elements II Special Edition
  2. A World of Keflings
  3. Adera: Episode 1
  4. Adera: Episode 2
  5. Adera: Episode 3
  6. Angry Birds
  7. Angry Birds Space
  8. Big Buck Hunter Pro
  9. BlazBlue Calamity Trigger
  10. Collateral Damage
  11. Crash Course GO
  12. Cut the Rope
  13. Disney Fairies
  14. Dragon's Lair
  15. Field & Stream Fishing
  16. Fruit Ninja
  17. Gravity Guy
  18. Gunstringer: Dead Man Running
  19. Hydro Thunder Hurricane
  20. IloMilo
  21. iStunt 2
  22. Jetpack Joyride
  23. Kinectimals Unleashed
  24. Microsoft Mahjong
  25. Microsoft Minesweeper
  26. Microsoft Solitaire Collection
  27. Monster Island
  28. PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX
  29. Pinball FX 2
  30. Reckless Racing Ultimate
  31. Rocket Riot 3D
  32. Shark Dash
  33. Shuffle Party
  34. Skulls of the Shogun
  35. Taptiles
  36. Team Crossword
  37. The Harvest HD
  38. Toy Soldiers Cold War
  39. Wordament
  40. Zombies!!!

 

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If Microsoft really wants to put Windows 8 Modern UI gaming on the map they should stop preventing Rare from making Killer Instinct 3 and release it for Xbox for Windows!

Dragon's Lair. An old arcade classic. A game ahead of its time. Providing it's the same game. Skulls of the Shogun looks interesting.

Also, Draw Something and Words with Friends are coming to Windows Phone this Fall. I can only assume they'll be on Windows at some point.

I already own Ilomilo on the Xbox 360, brought it again on the Windows Phone. There is no way I'm paying again to play it on my PC as well. Its the same frigging account, same stupid game! Why am I being asked to pay for it 3 times?!


Also, are these games going to be avalible to everyone who uses the PC? The XBLA games you buy on the 360 are playable with all accounts on that xbox.. or do we now have to buy a copy for every single person who wants to use the PC?

PCs are were most things are pirated. They can't afford to rip off the few legit gamers off.

Edited by sagum, Aug 31 2012, 4:51pm :

sagum said,
I already own Ilomilo on the Xbox 360, brought it again on the Windows Phone. There is no way I'm paying again to play it on my PC as well. Its the same frigging account, same stupid game! Why am I being asked to pay for it 3 times?!

Does Nintendo ask you to pay again for the same game (just using as an example). Yes they do. If you want it on Wii and DS and it is the same game, you still have to pay for each. What is the difference here?
The developers don't deserve to be paid less because you like their game so much you use it on more than one device.
Now I do agree it would be nice to have that option. Maybe a higher price to have that ability.
For me I wouldn't pay again for the same game, I'd play it on that device that already has the game.

Sekyal said,

Does Nintendo ask you to pay again for the same game (just using as an example). Yes they do. If you want it on Wii and DS and it is the same game, you still have to pay for each. What is the difference here?
The developers don't deserve to be paid less because you like their game so much you use it on more than one device.
Now I do agree it would be nice to have that option. Maybe a higher price to have that ability.
For me I wouldn't pay again for the same game, I'd play it on that device that already has the game.

Nintendo don't brand all their games as Nintendo DS arcade games, and then sell them under the same brand on the Wii, or any other console. Also, They are not digital download copies (Read, they are on my Microsoft Account linked via my sign in name) that are brought under the same game title, including branding (XBOX LIVE* in Microsoft's case).

I wouldn't mind so much if they were branded as Windows Phone Games, or Xbox Live games, or Windows Live Games, but the fact is they are branded as ONE. Xbox Live games. On the same account, having the same game title 3 times for the SAME game. Its insane and goes behind how Microsoft first pitched the idea of having xbox live games with across platform abilities of you stop playing on the Xbox, pickup the Phone and continue to play later.
Its crap and its ripping customers off.

Might try a few of them out, already unlocked all the achievements in Minesweeper. Not a bad remake or what ever you want to call it, the leader boards and stuff will be a nice touch.

Bern@rd said,
Bummer...no Words With Friends or Draw Something :-(

I would like those for WindowsPhone as well. I hope they're coming...

Bern@rd said,
Bummer...no Words With Friends or Draw Something :-(

I have no doubt they're being worked on. They'd be idiots not to. Even if Win8 "only" does "ok" it'll still sell millions upon millions of copies. That's a huge market to tap. They better get on it.

Why don't they have one of their A games that they've published available day one from the Store? Get as many people as possible to buy your OS.

dang. HydroThunder. i own that game on my 360 and completely forgot about it! it's really fun. going to have to dust off my 360 here soon.

The Laughing Man said,
Angry Birds?!! Can't Wait!
I can't believe people still like this game...It's gotten old and boring. BTW, if you really want, you can play it in your browser.

tsupersonic said,
I can't believe people still like this game...It's gotten old and boring. BTW, if you really want, you can play it in your browser.
I forgot the /s tag again....

The Laughing Man said,
Angry Birds?!! Can't Wait!

At least its cheap enough now... when it was first released on Windows Phone they were charging $5.99 ...

Crisps said,
So will these be included within Windows 8 as default, or will we have to pay extra for them?
Most likely free trial + pay to unlock the full game for most of them.

Crisps said,
So will these be included within Windows 8 as default, or will we have to pay extra for them?

Is this a serious question?

Crisps said,
So will these be included within Windows 8 as default, or will we have to pay extra for them?

No, these are the games you'll be able to purchase on Oct. 26. They aren't bundled with the operating system.

siah1214 said,
Is this a serious question?

Is it out of the realm of possibility to expect that Microsoft would include Minesweeper by default?

Memnochxx said,

Is it out of the realm of possibility to expect that Microsoft would include Minesweeper by default?

Do you enjoy working for free?

Memnochxx said,

Is it out of the realm of possibility to expect that Microsoft would include Minesweeper by default?

I can confirm that the Microsoft games are free to download from the Windows Store right now. They are:
Microsoft Minesweeper
Microsoft Solitaire Collection
Microsoft Mahjong

I also grabbed these 2 for free
Wordament
Pinball FX2 (1 table included)

They include achievements (except wordament) because I've obtained some. In the game themselves, they have features listed as "coming soon" such as daily challenges.

Crisps said,
So will these be included within Windows 8 as default, or will we have to pay extra for them?

None will be included, they'll be in the store. It's up to the developer to make it free or paid.