Microsoft Details Their Windows 8 Beta Games

By Rebecca Smith,
The Windows 8 beta has been running for several weeks now. During this time, testers have had access to a few of the titles that will be amongst the first wave of games to be released for Windows 8. For those of you who, like me, have not had access to the beta program, here are a few more details and screenshots for five of those titles. All will support achievements.

https://www.trueachievements.com/Adera-xbox-360.htm

Although Microsoft advertised 40 games, technically the list included only 38. Adera is an adventure game that will be released as three episodes, taking up three slots in that list of 40 titles. Players assume the role of Jane Sinclaire, a world traveller who is on one of the most dangerous adventures of her life. The first episode takes players to the Atacama Desert on the search for Jane's long-lost grandfather. Armed with only a coded message and a strange stone orb, Jane must solve puzzles, collect items and complete mini-games to get past obstacles and uncover the mystery of Adera.

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https://www.trueachievements.com/Microsoft-Mahjong-xbox....htm

The classic tile-matching game tasks players with matching pairs of duplicate tiles to remove them from the board. The board must be cleared for the player to win the game. The game is free-to-play and there will be 12 puzzles available at launch. More puzzles will be available to download at an undisclosed cost and there will also be microtransactions as an optional extra. Daily challenges will encourage players to improve their skills and cloud saves will be enabled. Players can compare their scores with their friends using the Xbox LIVE leaderboards. The controls are optimized for touch screen.

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Microsoft Minesweeper

Minesweeper is one of those classic games that shouldn't need explaining. Players have to touch the squares on the grid to reveal the locations of a number of mines. Squares with no mines will show numbers that indicate the number of mines in the surrounding squares. Selecting a square with a mine will instantly end the game. The classic gameplay will be available in the game, but there will also be a brand new Adventure Mode, as well as Daily Challenges. Cloud saves, Xbox LIVE leaderboards and touch-screen optimization are present in this title too.

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Microsoft Solitaire Collection

This is another of those classic games that needs little introduction, as forms of Solitaire have been found on PCs for years. The Solitaire Collection includes five different versions of the game: Klondike Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, Free Cell, Pyramid, and Tri Peaks. Daily challenges will be available for all five varieties of card game. The game can be played on PC, tablet and Windows Phone and players' games are always saved when they need to exit the game. The Play, Pause, Resume system is active across all platforms, so players can play the game on PC, pause and then resume on Windows Phone if they so choose. For those choosing to play at work, there are full screen or Snapped view modes to enable hiding the game from your bosses, although I'm sure that this isn't the real purpose of this feature.

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Taptiles

Taptiles is a re-imagining of the old tile-matching games. Players must match symbols on all sides of the cubes to enable them to drill through into the centre of the structure. Rotating the cubes reveal more matches to aid players when they get stuck. More points are awarded for quick clearance times. There are three game modes. Dash Mode is a test of survival as players face puzzles that arrive one after the other. Origin Mode pits players against the clock in a race to clear the puzzle before the clock reaches zero. Relaxation Mode allows players to solve the puzzles at their leisure. Daily Challenges add to the fun and players can compare scores through the Xbox LIVE leaderboards. As another game to feature the Play, Pause, Resume function, both Windows 8 and Windows Phones can be used to play the game.

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None of these titles have yet been given an exact release date, but Windows 8 is due to be released on October 26th. It is likely that these will be launch titles, but we'll let you know if we hear anything different.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.
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  • Posted on 02 September 12 at 21:38Permalink
    I can't get W8 to install on my Alien Laptop so gonna have to wait for my surface or visit my friends to sign in again :(
  • I Null II Null I185,653
    Posted on 02 September 12 at 21:40Permalink
    Looks cool.
  • DwaggieniteDwaggienite2,115,839
    Posted on 02 September 12 at 21:44Permalink
    As someone who already has all of the achievements for all of these games (except Adera - you can't currently get all of the achievements for this game, so I've not started it), these games are all phenominal. They're all really fun.
  • Posted on 02 September 12 at 21:54Permalink
    I have the Release Preview, which means I can't play these games, but when October 26th comes, I will be getting the new Windows 8.
    Mr. Panda
  • Posted on 02 September 12 at 22:02Permalink
    The games work on the RTM not on the Consumer Preview. Anybody can get their hands on the RTM though.
  • DakotaThriceDakotaThrice298,048
    Posted on 02 September 12 at 22:07Permalink
    Haven't been able to find Taptiless or Adera yet but I've done the others
  • DarkSynopsisDarkSynopsis630,466
    Posted on 02 September 12 at 22:12Permalink
    DakotaThrice said:
    Haven't been able to find Taptiless or Adera yet but I've done the others
    I had trouble finding them also I had to hit the "Games >" above the images instead of "Top Free" of "New Releases" then I had to look through the list to find them... Could just not be up in your region yet though since first time I looked that way also and nothing then later was there but still not in "Top Free" or "New Releases"
  • DakotaThriceDakotaThrice298,048
    Posted on 02 September 12 at 22:16Permalink
    If you bring up the right side bar whilst in the store you can search there. I have Adera installing but still can't find Taptiles.
  • Posted on 02 September 12 at 22:43Permalink
    Taptiles was a fun game.
  • C4B0S3C4B0S3314,723
    Posted on 02 September 12 at 23:37Permalink
    I got the retail version of windows 8 through the Dreamspark Premium Programm for students, but Adena and Taptiles are missing :(
  • Posted on 03 September 12 at 01:00Permalink
    I have completed all of the above games and have all 8 of the available Adera achievements currently available. Pinball FX 2 is currently available on Windows 8 with the Mars table as the only free table it appears. All the others look to be 2.99 USD.
  • SanadaSanada636,671
    Posted on 03 September 12 at 01:06Permalink
    If BlazBlue were included, I might have been interested. roll
    I may or may not have been Izuna Dropped on my head as a child.
  • Lmsd944Lmsd944258,788
    Posted on 03 September 12 at 01:11Permalink
    What a load of shite there is no effort in these games at you would of thought MS would of got there game studios to work and made some games actually worth playing to advertise the OS but obviously not.
  • HoffmanHoffman141,908
    Posted on 03 September 12 at 04:51Permalink
    pandafromhell05 said:
    I have the Release Preview, which means I can't play these games, but when October 26th comes, I will be getting the new Windows 8.
    I have the Release to Manufacturer's Preview, and the only ones I haven't downloaded are Taptiles and Adera (will be doing that in about 10 minutes). Why can't you play them?
    I feel like chicken tonight, like chicken tonight!
  • darth3piodarth3pio82,522 82,522 GamerScore
    Posted on 03 September 12 at 05:13Permalink
    Actually, Adera is pretty fun. It reminds me of Myst or Riven.
  • Zacry072Zacry072975,677
    Posted on 03 September 12 at 05:40Permalink
    I might actually get the tablet. It sounds pretty good.
  • NutriWhipNutriWhip1,610,444
    Posted on 03 September 12 at 06:18Permalink
    Taptiles is actually pretty fun but I can't get Adera to start. It just gets stuck on a black screen when it starts. Not running in a VM, non-N version, tried reinstalling and updated video card drivers and nothing.
  • Calex dEUSCalex dEUS912,334
    Posted on 03 September 12 at 08:10Permalink
    For those looking to see how crap windows 8 is and get these achievements, you can use the developer preview. It's a 3 month trial. Do not use this as your main OS as you will not be able to upgrade it to final windows 8.

    You can dual boot it or as I did run it in a virtual machine , please be careful if dual booting this as you could mess up your main OS if you do it wrong, so make sure you know what you are doing.

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/jj554510.aspx
  • k0ngzork0ngzor243,799
    Posted on 03 September 12 at 08:31Permalink
    Having tried Windows 8 RTM, I must say that it is a very user-unfriendly operating system. The apps, like these game, are indeed very nice, but that's about it
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