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First Batch of Windows 8 Xbox Games Announced

Posted on August 31, 2012 AT 01:28pm

Microsoft has announced the first set of games that will be released under the Windows 8 Xbox label when the new operating system launches in October. Of the 40 titles on the list, 29 are developed or published by Microsoft Studios, and a handful will be exclusive to Windows 8.

The first wave of games will be available on October 26th, but Microsoft has yet to announce specific dates for individual titles.

  • 4 Elements II Special Edition
  • A World of Keflings
  • Adera: Episode 1
  • Adera: Episode 2
  • Adera: Episode 3
  • Angry Birds
  • Angry Birds Space
  • Big Buck Hunter Pro
  • BlazBlue Calamity Trigger
  • Collateral Damage
  • Crash Course GO
  • Cut the Rope
  • Disney Fairies
  • Dragon’s Lair
  • Field & Stream Fishing
  • Fruit Ninja
  • Gravity Guy
  • Gunstringer: Dead Man Running
  • Hydro Thunder Hurricane
  • IloMilo
  • iStunt 2
  • Jetpack Joyride
  • Kinectimals Unleashed
  • Microsoft Mahjong
  • Microsoft Minesweeper
  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection
  • Monster Island
  • PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX
  • Pinball FX 2
  • Reckless Racing Ultimate
  • Rocket Riot 3D
  • Shark Dash
  • Shuffle Party
  • Skulls of the Shogun
  • Taptiles
  • Team Crossword
  • The Harvest HD
  • Toy Soldiers Cold War
  • Wordament
  • Zombies!!!

Judging by that list, this seems to be more about rebranding Windows 8′s game store than anything else. A few of the titles on there, like ilomilo and Skulls of the Shogun, are actually ports of 360 games, but most of them are just mobile or pack-in Windows games that have been lumped together under the Xbox banner.

I, for one, am looking forward to the day I have to explain to my grandmother that a round of Solitaire doesn’t count as “playing Xbox”

Josh Harmon, Associate Editor
Josh Harmon picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn't looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Follow him on Twitter @jorshy. Meet the rest of the crew.

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