'The Harvest' released for Windows 8, Windows RT


"The Harvest" is an action RPG game developed by Microsoft Studios.

"The Harvest," a Microsoft-developed game originally released for Windows Phone 7 as a way to show off the smartphone operating system's technical prowess, is now available on Windows 8 and Windows RT.

A Windows Store listing for the game states the game has been expanded since its launched alongside Windows Phone 7, though little information about what has been added to the title is mentioned. Perhaps the most notable difference is that the game now features synchronous co-op play in its story mode. As with the Windows Phone version, the sci-fi action role-playing game features 3D graphics and Xbox achievement and leaderboard support.

Unlike most games for Windows 8 and Windows RT, there is currently no trial option available for download; the game is only available as a $6.99 purchase.

"The Harvest" was officially announced for Windows 8 in August, when it was supposed to be in the first wave of games released for Microsoft's latest operating system. After the release of Windows 8, however, little was stated about the game until last week, when Microsoft said it would soon release the game. Despite being one of the most popular Windows Phone 7 games, a Windows Phone 8 version has yet to be announced.

Source: Windows Store | Image via Microsoft

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It is exceptional for a tap game IMO. The quality of the graphics, the scifi theme. I prefer it to endless runners The price is steep, but ...

Can't argue with that. About the same as any repetitive touch/tap oriented game. The atmosphere and diversions (upgrades, etc.) kind of extend it for me though.

Overpriced but I purchased it, for a second time, anyway to support Modern UI apps with high production values. Though all these Modern UI games with no gamepad support don't really need to even be allowed to run on a desktop.

This is great on Surface RT, but would have been quite a pleasing break from work if it supported the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows

MorganX said,
Overpriced but I purchased it, for a second time, anyway to support Modern UI apps with high production values. Though all these Modern UI games with no gamepad support don't really need to even be allowed to run on a desktop.

This is great on Surface RT, but would have been quite a pleasing break from work if it supported the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows

Make sure you do a review on the app's store page. Hopefully the comments are read and further games do support the xbox control pad, should be no excuse for it not to, even if its really basic d-pad only key mapping.

Unfortunately No. Almost all Modern UI games are designed for tablets, and therefore touch and do not support gamepads. The only one I know that does is Pinball FX2.

sagum said,
Being an 'xbox' branded game you'd have thought so, right? Probably not.
Xbox is the service that it uses for achievement and syncing, it doesn't mean that it will have controller support.

MorganX said,
Unfortunately No. Almost all Modern UI games are designed for tablets, and therefore touch and do not support gamepads. The only one I know that does is Pinball FX2.
Just few games I have or that I tried that are supporting Xbox gamepad:
-Reckless racing ultimate
-Rocket Riot 3D
-PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX
-Doritos Crash Course Go!
-ilomilo plus
-Blazblue Calamity Trigger
-Samurai Vs Zombies Defense
-Hydro Thunder Hurricane
-Brotherhood of defense (not a XBox Live game but the Gamepad was half supported when I tried it as it worked only during a fight and not in the game menu)
and except the last one, all of them works like a console game.

In fact, it just depends of the laziness of developers, just like for win32 application.

MorganX said,
Unfortunately No. Almost all Modern UI games are designed for tablets, and therefore touch and do not support gamepads. The only one I know that does is Pinball FX2.

They're designed for touch AND keyboard/mouse. Many of them DO support gamepads. Unless of course a gamepad just wouldn't work with the type of game play. Rocket Riot, Hydro Thunder, Pinball FX 2, Ilomino, Reckless Racing, Rayman Jungle Run are just some xbox branded games that work with controller.

hicario said,
Just few games I have or that I tried that are supporting Xbox gamepad:
...

This is one of the many advantages of Win 8 over Android and iOS. Pretty much all apps will work with keyboard/mouse by default and it's extremely easy for devs to have gamepad support.

hicario said,
Xbox In fact, it just depends of the laziness of developers, just like for win32 application.

Is it laziness or are they simply not intending it for the Desktop. It just works there? Endless runners aren't really intended for the Desktop and probably not desired there by many.

MorganX said,
Unfortunately No. Almost all Modern UI games are designed for tablets, and therefore touch and do not support gamepads. The only one I know that does is Pinball FX2.

BlazBlue does (edit: ah I see it was mentioned.) Lack of story mode kills that one though

Edited by TheExperiment, May 5 2013, 4:29pm :

MorganX said,

Is it laziness or are they simply not intending it for the Desktop. It just works there? Endless runners aren't really intended for the Desktop and probably not desired there by many.

I am thinking about iStunt 2 when I am talking about laziness. This game could be nice using the XBox controller but we can only use touch or keyboard...

Most of these games have keyboard support. If it has keyboard support, it has controller support with apps like xpadder.

xpadder is a great app for those who want controller support on many games.

link6155 said,
Most of these games have keyboard support. If it has keyboard support, it has controller support with apps like xpadder.

xpadder is a great app for those who want controller support on many games.

But you can't emulate the kind of control provided by one or two analog sticks.

StandingInAlley said,
Funny thing is that its still not available for WP8

More like typical Microsoft stupidity to ignore WP8.

efjay said,

More like typical Microsoft stupidity to ignore WP8.


And the wp7 users bitch about how they're ignored. And then stuff gets pushed out too quickly and everyone bitches about how it was rushed and buggy. Microsoft can't win.

StandingInAlley said,
Funny thing is that its still not available for WP8

Details, details... As Steam has proven for years people never play the games they buy. What's really important is having them in the games library!