It’s Sunday, May 25th, 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!
There are now 162,840 apps in the Windows Store, worldwide. The top-five free apps in the United States are Facebook, Asphalt 8 Airborne, Flappy Bird, Skype, and Netflix. The top-five paid apps are Plex, Wheel of Fortune, Skateboard Party 2, Halo Spartan Assault, and KVADPhoto+ Pro. The top-five trending apps are Maleficent Free Fall, Snap Attack, Microsoft Treasure Hunt, Checkers Deluxe, and Parking Frenzy.
Recently, Microsoft highlighted the Windows Store trends as of May 2014 and found that Social was the most-downloaded category in the Windows Store. Microsoft has begun to see apps submitted to both stores that take advantage of the new universal apps paradigm, built using Visual Studio. Microsoft is also seeing an increase in developers linking their Windows and Windows Phone apps in both stores for better awareness.
Let’s take a look at some of these apps below.
Maleficent Free Fall (free) – “From the creators of Disney’s #1 hit game Frozen Free Fall comes an all-new match 3 puzzle-adventure, Maleficent Free Fall! Inspired by Disney’s epic live-action film Maleficent, you’ll embark on a spectacular journey with exciting and challenging objectives like you have never seen before!” the app description reads.
This free app is currently trending in the Windows Store. The app is simple – simply switch and slide the board of enchanted gemstones to create matches of 3 or more as you trigger cascading combos and conquer original objectives.
Microsoft Treasure Hunt (free) – “Microsoft Treasure Hunt builds on Microsoft Minesweeper for Windows 8’s Adventure mode experience. Mark suspicious terrain and plan your moves carefully to uncover tools, weapons, and even hidden bonus levels filled with loot. Using the gold you collect, purchase supplies and permanent upgrades for your journey deep underground,” the app description reads.
Love Minesweeper? Then you will love Microsoft’s very own game called Treasure Hunt, which is currently trending in the Windows Store. The app features Xbox Live integration and lets you explore underground labyrinths in search of untold fortune. Here are the key features of this game:
- Blends traditional Minesweeper puzzle solving with an exhilarating underground adventure
- Find hidden bonus levels loaded with treasure
- Stop at the Greedy Mummy Shop to purchase supplies and permanent upgrades
- Pick up and play anywhere – games are saved in the cloud
- Touch screen controls provide a modern, fun way to play
- Connect with your Xbox account to earn achievements and track stats
- Compete with your friends on the leaderboards
Checkers Deluxe (free) – “Play Checkers Deluxe, a fun and free version of the classic game of Checkers. Enjoy 6 different game variations, including Standard, Casual, and Tournament checkers. Try to beat the computer on all four difficulty settings, or just play with your friends. Detailed HD graphics and animations round out this great game,” the app description reads.
Currently trending in the Windows Store, this free app is fantastic and full of entertainment. If you love playing Checkers, then you must grab this free app. You can even customize your themes and piece colors!
SuchReddit (free) – “SuchReddit is the best looking Reddit browser available on Windows. It allows for quick browsing with swipe gestures, and easy navigation buttons. It also displays the most relevant information, and is fast to load. Almost all content on Reddit is automatically optimized to provide the best browsing experience,” the app description reads.
This new app to the Windows Store aims to enhance your Reddit experience on Windows 8.1. Here are the key features of this app:
- Login, Upvote/Downvote
- Multiple views, ideal for tablets and desktop
- Snapped view in multiple resolutions
- View comments on posts
- Save images to Library
- NSFW hidden by default
- Subreddit search, Subreddit saved on exit
AMC Theatres (free) – “Since 1920, AMC has been the amazing place where movies want to play. Now, we’re bringing movie magic to your fingertips with the FREE AMC Theatres app for Windows Tablet. It’s the newest, most amazing way to find the closest theatre, get showtimes, buy tickets and browse exclusive content!” the app description reads.
With this free app, you can find a movie and get details on it. You can find a location to watch the movie and even pay for tickets via the app. If you are an AMC Stubs member, this app offers extra perks including the ability to use your phone as your AMC Stubs card, check your rewards balance, share your stubs on Facebook and more!Further reading: Microsoft, Windows 8.1, Windows Store