Two more Microsoft published Windows 8 games released

In August, Microsoft announced it would launch a large wave of games made especially for the Windows 8 "Modern" UI via the Windows Store. With Windows 8 now just two weeks away from launch, Microsoft is slowly releasing more of those games in the store.

Neowin member Nazmus Shakib Khandaker lets us know in our forums that two more games published by Microsoft Studios have found their way to the Windows Store for Windows 8 users. One of them is Rocket Riot 3D, a side scroller from developer CodeGlue that has the player controlling a "bazooka-wielding jetpack soldier."

A previous version of the game, called simply Rocket Riot, was released for iOS devices, along with Windows Phone 7.5 and Xbox Live Arcade. This new Windows 8 version has a lot of new content, including two new level packs that add 48 new levels, along with new enemies, mini-bosses and even 3D glasses support. It can be downloaded from the Windows Store for $4.99

The other new game is 4 Elements II Special Edition, a new Windows 8 exclusive version of the popular hidden object game from developer Playrix. This version has 48 exclusive Windows 8 levels along with the game's original soundtrack in MP3 format and a number of Windows 8 exclusive wallpapers. It is available to download now for $9.99.

Source: Neowin message boards | Images via Microsoft

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Wow Bioware and EA better watch out they have some serious competition here

Mass Effect 3 & Dead Space 3 eat your heart out /s

And you can actually get achievements in the Rocket Riot trial too. I now have 6 achievements using the trial, and I could probably get all of them without buying the game (except, I don't have the patience to destroy 1,000,000 blocks )

Edited by ~Johnny, Oct 12 2012, 11:25pm :

Look good, and graphic performance of all games is great. One problem, only Microsoft appears to be able to provide a game with Touch AND Gamepad support. Not good.

Remember when point and click adventure games were more popular than hidden object games?

Remember when we had Monkey Island instead of Nancy Drew Click And Solve Murder Mystery For Girls?

Joshie said,
Remember when point and click adventure games were more popular than hidden object games?

Remember when we had Monkey Island instead of Nancy Drew Click And Solve Murder Mystery For Girls?

Adera is a Point & Click adventure game, which has been on Xbox for Windows 8 for a few weeks now.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

Adera is a Point & Click adventure game, which has been on Xbox for Windows 8 for a few weeks now.


Yes Adera is a pretty nice game, it is point & click but includes Hidden Objects in it also.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

Adera is a Point & Click adventure game, which has been on Xbox for Windows 8 for a few weeks now.


I installed Adera the other day and gave it a go. It's somewhere in between the two.

Hidden object games all have very similar art styles, for some reason I haven't figured out. They also tend to be first-person 'slide shows', presenting each new environment one page at a time for you to find stuff to click. Adera falls into this for the most part, but offers a Journeyman Project style 'panning' feature in some views.

P&C adventures have no common visual style, and you'll see retro as often as modern as often as watercolor as often as 3D. They tend to draw your character on screen, and he/she moves wherever you click so you can watch the interaction take place. As a result, you feel more like you're freely moving through an environment, one room/zone at a time, rather than watching a big clickable slideshow.

Most P&C game franchises ditched their roots and went full 3D platformer style controls. It's a shame, I suppose. The later Broken Sword games were ass compared to the original, and Dreamfall was a cowturd in every way but story compared to Longest Journey. The TellTale Games Monkey Island spinoff was good, despite painful controls. Shame TTG seemed more excited to do Jurassic Park and Yet-Another-Zombie-Game than their classic homages.

Joshie said,
Remember when point and click adventure games were more popular than hidden object games?

Remember when we had Monkey Island instead of Nancy Drew Click And Solve Murder Mystery For Girls?

Uh, I'm quite sure Nancy Drew games are point and click. I think they have a separate series that may be click and solve though. Plus, contrary to the name, they're not just for girls. They're really not too girly. The Hardy Boy games have been atrocious though from the voice characters to that terrible solve and that click and solve style you mentioned.

Quikboy said,

Uh, I'm quite sure Nancy Drew games are point and click.

>: |

You, sir, do not know what the P&C adventure genre is, and are no longer allowed to speak.

These actually look pretty good-ish. Better than 99% of other games so far in the Store.

I think within 6 months we'll start seeing some serious games that get close to the bigger AAA titles. And then in a year or so we'll see big AAA titles appearing, as these things take time to make obviously. Because Windows RunTime (what Metro runs on) supports the full DirectX 11.1 so theres nothing stopping game devs from making games that look FAR better than anything on iPad/Android. The games can also have settings like any other PC game to adjust graphic settings and get them running well on tablet hardware, or atleast Core i5/i7 tablets.