'Halo: Spartan Assault' on sale for about 50 percent off on Windows, Windows Phone

"Halo: Spartan Assault," Microsoft's first mobile entry in the Halo franchise, is on sale for about 50 percent off in both the Windows and Windows Phone stores.

The game, which typically costs about $7, is on sale for $3.49 in the Windows Store and $2.99 in the Windows Phone Store. Reviews for the game have been overwhelmingly positive; Neowin awarded it an 8.5 for the Windows version and 7 for the Windows Phone version. Additionally, the game is one of the most popular on both platforms, with an aggregate score of about four out of five stars in the Windows Store and four and a half out of five in the Windows Phone Store.

Because "Spartan Assault" has separate listings for the two stores, it must be purchased twice to own it on both platforms.

Microsoft recently announced it will bring the game to both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One sometime in December, though an exact release date has yet to be announced. A full sequel to the Xbox 360's "Halo 4" is scheduled to be released for the Xbox One sometime late next year. It's unlikely the "Halo 4" successor will be released on PC, though Microsoft has said it will now focus on "core" games for Windows 8.1.

Source: Windows Store, Windows Phone Store

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I'm in a different country from my 8.1 PC for the next three days.

Can anyone think of a way I can secure this offer before it ends?

Is it actually playable with KB/Mouse or gamepad? as in does it reel right using one of those instead of say touch?

Just looks crappy to me, but then when i normally say that about a game and play it i change my views... Minecraft, warcraft etc etc.. amazing games but looked crap at a glance.

Vester said,
Is it actually playable with KB/Mouse or gamepad? as in does it reel right using one of those instead of say touch?

Just looks crappy to me, but then when i normally say that about a game and play it i change my views... Minecraft, warcraft etc etc.. amazing games but looked crap at a glance.

It works fine with mouse, it's a really straightforward game.

Vester said,
Is it actually playable with KB/Mouse or gamepad? as in does it reel right using one of those instead of say touch?

I only played it with touch on my Surface. According to reviews KB+Mouse gives you a slight advantage at throwing grenades,
I think they fixed the gamepad issue (the first release didn't support them…)

Remember, Windows 8 is NOT just a tablet OS. It is a Desktop OS as well. Halo Spartan assault works with Keyboard and Mouse, and also an Xbox 360 controller. It's Windows, not a crippled down mobile OS, like iOS and Android. Windows is designed for mouse/keyboard as well as touch.

It is very much playable with keyboard/mouse and controller. I prefer the controller over touch. You use the same buttons as you do on the 360 versions of the game. As for keyboards, you use your typical ASDW keyas and the mouse to navigate and aim. Nothing different than any other PC games. In fact, if you don't have touch on your PC, the game disables ALL touch options. You don't have touch control overlays when using a keyboard. When you switch to the controller, the menu items change to adapt to the controller, including highlighting buttons such as X, Y, A, B on-screen so you know what to press.

Vester said,
Is it actually playable with KB/Mouse or gamepad? as in does it reel right using one of those instead of say touch?

Just looks crappy to me, but then when i normally say that about a game and play it i change my views... Minecraft, warcraft etc etc.. amazing games but looked crap at a glance.


It's highly playable with all three input methods (touchscreen, mouse and keyboard, controller).

Vester said,
Thanks guys, will have to check it out

Don't forget you can download the "Lite" version if you want to try before you buy. But at its current prices, trust me -- it's worth it.

Damn it, should have waited - bought the WRT version just about 1 week ago. Well it least I head enough patience to not buy the WP version before today…

Half the price is quite a deal - well, let's forget that in other ecosystems you buy once and use it on any device (e.g. iOS…)

Hold on right here! You have to pay for the same app twice on iOS and Mac OSX. For instance, if you buy Angry Birds on iPad, you have to buy it again for the Mac. On Windows, however, if you buy Angry Birds for your tablet, you DON'T have to buy it again for your PC. The reason is that you don't have to repurchase if the OS is the same.

For Windows, the tablet and desktop/laptop share the same OS. The phone has a different OS. For Apple, the tablet and phone share the same OS, but the Desktop/laptop runs a different OS.

Both iPad and iPhone runs the same OS (iOS). Windows tablets and Windows Phones run different OSes (Windows 8 vs Windows Phone). That's why you have to buy twice on phone vs tablet for Windows and tablet vs desktop on Mac.

Well I don't use apps on my PC, I use apps on mobile devices. In reality this means that I have to buy apps twice for Microsoft's mobile offerings, whilst I would have to pay only once if I'd use Apple's or Google's OSes…

No matter how you want to spin it:
Apple-mobile-version: 1 payment
Google-mobile-version: 1 payment
Microsoft-mobile-version: 2 payments

Edited by MFH, Nov 29 2013, 10:39pm :

Apple charges 2 payments if the iphone/ipod app isn't optimized for ipad. You can still use the app but it will be in the 1x zoom mode or low resolution in the 2x zoom mode.

Google also does this but they stretch their apps to fit the screen, separate optimized tablet versions aren't readily available like they are on iOS.