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Bad news for Age of Empires: Castle Siege fans! Microsoft Studios branch Smoking Gun Interactive, that is responsible for this title proclaimed the date of Castle Siege to shut down. It will happen on May 13, 2019.
Developers say that it’s quite sad for them to close such a big project. However, they have to share information, that player will no longer be able to download Age of Empires: Castle Siege on any of your devices. This game has no offline mode, and matchmaking servers will be turned off, so there’s no use to keep the application after May 13. Not to finish on a sad note, Smoking Gun Interactive add, that they continue working hard on new better chapters of Age of Empires series. The earliest one to be released is Age of Empires: Definitive Edition. The following chapters would go like this: Age of Empires Definitive Edition 2, 3 and 4. Castle Siege also has massive forums on Microsoft servers. They have been archived already on December 13, 2018.
Even though 4 months left until the last call, developers have already banned any in-game money transactions, so you can’t buy gold bars to use them for building anymore. However, trade routes will continue working until May 13, so it’s still possible to mine free gold. Of course, Microsoft understands how many loyal fans they gather in 5 years. That’s why they decided to send refunds to all players, who donated Age of Empires for in-game gold. Refunds would be equal to amounts of money spent by each player individually since May 8, 2018.
In Memory of Castle Siege
To sum up, let’s remember some remarkable moments. AoE: Castle Siege was released in 2014 for Windows 10 and Windows Mobile. It has shown to be successful, so developers made versions for iOS and Android too, where it was warmly welcomed. However, after a 5 years run it became morally outdated, so Microsoft decided to concentrate on new progressive chapters.
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Microsoft has cut the support for new features of Windows 10 Mobile, but shortly promises to patch remaining Windows Phone devices.
To help users of Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Mobile 10 update their smartphones, Microsoft has released the Updater tool with enhanced cable (OTC), which transfers updates from PC to mobile phone.
To install this program follow these instructions:
- download the file named OtcUpdaterZip.exe and run it on the PC;
- connect the phone to the PC via USB;
- it should not be blocked;
- turn on the airplane mode to use the update program.
There are requirements from Microsoft:
"Key requirements: - device must be able to connect to a PC via USB - device with PIN lock must be unlocked before using the OTC Updater - device must be in Airplane mode before using the OTC Updater - PC running a supported Windows client OS with latest service pack installed - PC must have a minimum of .NET 4.0 installed - PC must have Internet connectivity and be able to connect to WU."
Earlier this month, the company finally stopped its attempts to crack the mobile market and said that all resources would focus on security updates, not on new features.
The chief execs of Windows and even Bill Gates have since switched to Android-phones, for example, as the Samsung Edition Galaxy S8 from Samsung, in which Microsoft applications are built-in by default.
The company also did not say anything about the release of the Feature 2 update for Windows phones that resembled the update of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which is now released in batches.
On the Microsoft Support page there is a list of devices that are available for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update 1709 will be available for HP Elite x3, HP Elite x3 Verizon, Microsoft Lumia 550, Microsoft Lumia 650, Microsoft Lumia 950/950 XL, Alcatel IDOL 4S, Alcatel IDOL 4S Pro, Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL, HP Elite x3 Telstra, Wileyfox Pro, Trinity NuAns Neo, Softbank 503LV, VAIO Phone Biz, MouseComputer MADOSMA Q601.
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Endless runner is one of the most popular game genres for mobile devices, and Windows Phone 8 has a good selection, from famous names like Temple Run to exclusive titles. We’ve collected eight of the best endless runners available on Windows Phone together to show you what’s out there.
1. Subway Surfers
Subway Surfers has been a staple endless runner game for Windows 10 Mobile for some time now and continues to deliver a fun game experience. The game is set in global locations where a crew of teenage hooligans race along the tracks, avoiding the grumpy Rail Inspector.
The game offers simple, swipe-based controls, a respectable collection of characters and hoverboards to unlock and plenty of achievements to pursue. Graphics are colorful, vivid and full of detail, and gameplay requires your undivided attention. Glance away from the screen for the slightest moment, and you can find your runner getting smacked by an oncoming train.
I think what keeps Subway Surfers at the top of the endless runner category is that the backdrop for the game routinely changes. We have seen Subway Surfers visit London, New York, Tokyo and other global venues. The Windows 10 game is currently visiting Iceland. This free Windows 10 Mobile game is a fantastic time waster and addictive enough to satisfy those times when you need more game time.
2. Lara Croft: Relic Run
In true Lara Croft style, you control the English archaeologist by making her jump, swing, dive, parkour, and run as she tries to save the world from impending doom.
With breathtakingly beautiful locations, crystal clear sound effects, and a multitude of different moves that include shooting bad guys and riding a quad bike, it’s no wonder this is a favorite of many.
3. Temple Run 1 & 2
As you probably expect, Temple Run is available for Windows Phone 8, with both versions of the game available free in the store. The aim is simple: steal the idol, escape from the temple without being ripped to shreds by insane ape beasts.
In the original game you escape with the idol along temple walls and cliff faces, avoiding booby traps, take advantage of power-ups and basically survive to spend the coins you collect. Although Temple Run 2 is also available, both games are extremely playable.
Temple Run 2
More of the same can be found in Temple Run 2, albeit with improved graphics, more locations (mines and ziplines) and more varied power-ups. Also, the game features a set of objectives to complete and a choice of characters, including Usain Bolt! Unlike the original, Temple Run 2 has Xbox Live achievements for you to complete and increase your Gamerscore. Like most of the games in this list (unless otherwise mentioned), Temple Run 2 is available for iOS and Android.
4. Touchdown Hero: New Season
Touchdown Hero: New Season is a sports-oriented endless runner game from the creative minds at Game Troopers. The Xbox game title is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile and sends you to the gridiron to see how many touchdowns you can score.
Played from an overhead view, you race across an endless supply of football fields, dodging defenders and crossing as many goal lines until you are tackled. You guide your player around the field by touch with spin moves and a slow-motion feature available to help you escape defenders.
Graphics offer a slight retro appearance that looks good, and gameplay challenge keeps you on your toes. As you advance through the game, NFL-style uniforms become available to customize your player, and there are plenty of Xbox achievements to pursue.
Touchdown Hero is a simple game to pick up and spend a little down time with. The game is surprisingly difficult with a decent addictive pull. Touchdown Hero is a free title with a few in-app purchase opportunities and a great addition to the endless runner genre.
5. Crossy Road
While Crossy Road is what the developer calls an ‘endless hopper’, rather than a runner, the aim is to move your character as far as possible dodging traffic, jumping rivers, and avoiding trains, all the while collecting coins. The more coins you collect, the more money you’ll have to purchase new fun characters within the game.
6. Car Run
Not a million miles away from the 1980s hit car game Outrun, Car Run is a great game in which you must outrun a police car after smashing through some barriers. You’ll need to keep your finger on the accelerator to maintain the distance between you and the police while using your horn to get other cars out of your way. Perhaps most importantly, you need to collect coins to keep your fuel topped up, and use other vehicles to slow down the police car. Car Run uses your phone’s gyro sensor for control – you need to tilt left and right to steer around the other cars and obstacles!
Other cars can be unlocked, but this is a tough game for newbies, so you might find yourself playing Flappy Bird instead; after all, you already know that one’s tough.
7. Ragdoll Run
The first game on our list is Ragdoll Run by Dawnbreak Studios. It is a visually stunning 3D game that adds a new dimension to the endless runner genre with its intuitive gesture-based gameplay. The game features awesomely cute, colorful graphics and sure is impossible to put down.
8. Flappy Bird
Surely you’ve heard the story of Flappy Bird? It brought the endless runner genre firmly into the public consciousness, while its difficulty level and the insane amount of money its original creator earned from its iPhone release made headlines around the world.
This is without a doubt as annoyingly frustratingly difficult as the original, requiring just the simple finger tap on the screen to control your bird’s flapping speed. Hit the pipe, and it’s the end of that particular bird; the game ends, and you start again.
9. Angry Gran Run
Angry Gran Run developed by AceViral.com ltd fits perfectly into the genre of endless runner games. The longevity of the game lies in its fun elements like kicking and use of insane obstacles like aliens and dinosaurs to keep the user entertained and make them come back for more.
This Windows Phone exclusive is another endless runner that has a retro feel, this time reminding me of another old 8-bit adventure game, Driller.
Of course, the aim here is far different, even if the 3D polygon graphics are similar. In Hypernaut, your simple aim is to avoid the obstacles, a combination of skyscrapers and mountains, by tapping the left and right sides of the screen to move in the corresponding direction. With just one life, two difficulty levels and no power-ups, survival is key here.
I hope you enjoyed our collection of endless runners and found them inspiring. Let us know if you want to add any endless runner game in this list or suggest a different category of games that we should focus on next time. Also, don’t forget to share this post with everyone if you found it useful.
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