Microsoft releases XBLA games for Surface and Windows 8

Toy Soldiers, Gunstringer and more due for Windows 8 devices

Microsoft has released a number of Xbox Live Arcade games for Surface and other Windows 8 devices, as part of its new PLAY initiative.


The list of titles includes simple efforts such as Minesweeper and Solitaire, but also Xbox classics Toy Soldiers, Gunstringer and Ilomilo, reports OXM.

All titles are now available on Windows 8 devices except Toy Soldiers, which will not work with Windows RT. Familiar features such as leaderboards and mulitplayer are present. Free trials are also available.

Microsoft explains on its official site: "Our games have something for everyone, from casual puzzlers and high energy racing to immersive adventure and non-stop arcade. For Xbox fans you'll also find your favourite features like leaderboards, multiplayer modes, connecting with friends, and more.

"All Microsoft Studios titles let you try before you buy; check them out today! Microsoft Studios titles are available for Windows 8 and Windows RT via the Windows Store."

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Full list of supported titles includes:

  • Toy Soldiers (not available on Windows RT)
  • 4 Elements: Special Edition
  • Hydro Thunder Hurricane
  • Rocket Riot 3D
  • Reckless Racing Ultimate
  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection
  • Microsoft Mahjong
  • Microsoft Minesweeper
  • Taptiles
  • Adera
  • Pinball FX2
  • Wordament
  • Gunstringer: Dead Man Running
  • Ilomilo+
  • Skulls of the Shogun (launches at the end of January)