It’s Sunday, May 18th, and its time to take a look at the Windows Store, which is home to both Windows 8.1 and Windows RT apps. Let’s take a look at the total app count, which apps are at the top of the charts, and highlight some new apps for our readers. Lets begin!
As of May 18th, there are 161,366 total apps in the Windows Store. The top-five free apps in the United States are Facebook, Asphalt 8 Airborne, Flappy Birds, Kinectimals, and Netflix. The top-five paid apps are Halo Spartan Assault, Skateboard Party 2, Machinarium, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, and Wheel of Fortune. The top-five trending apps are Snap Attack, Design It – Outfit Maker for Fashion, MTV Shows, Checkers Deluxe, and Parking Frenzy.
If you missed it, Microsoft rolled out an update to the Windows Store app for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT as part of May 2014’s Patch Tuesday. This new update brings along a few new features, including a complete facelift for the Windows Store. The updated Windows Store now features a new persistent green bar at the top, giving you quick access to various Windows Store sections. In fact, the Windows Store now seems smoother, faster, and much more organized than before!
This week’s Red Stripe Deals include Dragon’s Lair ($4.99), Zombies Can’t Jump (free), Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary ($14.99), Boom Brigade 2 ($1.49), PuzzleTouch Prime ($1.49), and Farm Frenzy 2 ($1.49).
Let’s highlight some new apps for your downloading pleasure!
Cat’s Catch (free) – “Keep the bird safe for as long as you can while a rogue housecat is trying to catch it! The longer you hold out, the more desperate the cat becomes. He’ll take extreme measures like throwing bombs, slashing with scythes and transforming into a wild tornado-frenzy! Increase your highscore, collect feathers and unlock new birds and themes! Do you think you have what it takes to keep the bird from becoming the Cat’s next Catch?” the app description reads.
The premise of the game is simple: drag the bird away from the jumping cat. Here are the key features of this app:
- Completely free. No ads.
- Easy and intuitive controls
- Nerve-racking and engaging gameplay
- Tons of unlockable content
- Gorgeous and family-friendly hand-drawn visuals
- Regularly updated with new content!
UMusix ($2.99) – “Quench your thirst for music with UMusix. Don’t miss out the top trending albums and artists. UMusix is powered by Last.FM and SoundCloud so you can get quality content. Find out if the track you are addicted to, is among the top listened ones. Follow your favorite artists and get similar artists albums as well,” the app description reads.
Here are the key features of this app:
- Get the Top trending Albums and Artist
- Know your artists info.
- Find your favorite artists / albums
- Find Artists who are similar to your favorite ones.
- Search the track you wish to have in your playlists
- Identify and save your choice of track from available list.
Snap Attack (free) – “Wordament Snap Attack is a brand-new, fast-paced word-building tournament that challenges your brain in 2 1/2-minute rounds. Players from around the world compete on the same board, using the same clock, making as many Snaps as possible. At the end of each round, a real-time leaderboard shows how all participants ranked by score,” according to the app description.
As a player, you have two and a half minutes, and your task is to create as many snaps as possible in the given time. Snaps are basically the words you create — the more words you create during the given time, the higher your score will be. At the end of time, it shows you a real-time leaderboard with all the participants ranked by score. It comes with Xbox Live support as well, and you can even connect your Microsoft or Facebook account to keep track of your scores.
Royal Revolt 2 (free) – “Royal Revolt is back with more fun, even more battles and a lot more action. Defend your castle and build a deadly maze for your enemies. Explore and conquer the kingdoms of your friends and foes in this brilliant sequel. Overthrow the royals on your way to the top, but be aware of your own enemies, your Highness – there’s a royal revolt going on!” the app description reads.
- Use simple touch controls to lead your hero into battle
- Build your castle and defenses at the flick of a finger across your screen
- Develop and upgrade your troops, magic and buildings
- Build and customize your defenses, and deploy the castle guard to defend your base
- Battle against thousands of players across the World to become the one true king
Stay tuned for next week’s Windows Store app highlights!Further reading: Windows 8.1, Windows Store