This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

Welcome to the second-ever Kotaku Windows Phone game charts. In this second installment of this thrilling series we explore how the game rankings ebb and flow from week to week.

I think it turned out rather well. In fact, I think it turned out so well that we'll maintain the same theme every week, until all Windows Phone users decide on two sets of ten games, free and paid, that they want preserved forever in these twenty numbered slots. We will call that day the great alignment, and will celebrate with freshly baked muffins and a ceremonial slaughtering of all spiders in my apartment.

Until that fateful day...


Top Paid Windows Phone Games - 10/25/2012

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

1. Cracking Sands
Last Week's Position: N/A
That's the joy of the Windows Phone charts—a completely unknown off-road racer can storm in and take the top spot.

Cracking Sands on Windows Phone

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

2. Angry Birds
Last Week's Position: 2 (0)
I won't mention that Angry Birds is only up here because the newer versions aren't available on the platform, it's too depressing.

Angry Birds on Windows Phone

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

3. Extraction
Last Week's Position: 1 (-2)
This top-down shooter was bumped from the top spot by a racing game and a years-old bird flinger. For shame, Extraction.

Extraction on Windows Phone

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

4. Fruit Ninja
Last Week's Position: 3 (-1)
The fruit slicer falls back a spot to make way for the racing as well.

Fruit Ninja on Windows Phone

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

5. Pocket God
Last Week's Position: N/A
Welcome to the charts, Pocket God! We saved you a spot in the middle.

Pocket God on Windows Phone

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

6. Babel Rising 3D
Last Week's Position: 4 (-2)
I guess people prefer their god games a bit more cartoonish.

Babel Rising on Windows Phone

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

7. Real Soccer
Last Week's Position: 5 (-2)
Soccer's getting real, y'all.

Real Soccer on Windows Phone

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

8. Civilization Revolution
Last Week's Position: N/A
Oh come on, people. This game should be on this chart all of the times.

Civilization Revolution on Windows Phone

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

9. iStunt 2
Last Week's Position: N/A
There really needs to be more mobile snowboarding games.

iStunt 2 on Windows Phone

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

10. PES 2012
Last Week's Position: N/A
I guess Real Soccer just wasn't real enough for some people.

PES 2012 on Windows Phone


Some startling shake-ups on the paid side of things. Let's see how the free market fares this week.


Top Free Windows Phone Games - 10/25/2012

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

1. Lucky Coin Dozer
Last Week's Position: 1 (0)
People seem to really like not technically gambling. Can anyone unseat the Lucky Coin Dozer?

Lucky Coin Dozer on Windows Phone

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

2. Word Search
Last Week's Position: N/A
You can never circle enough words. Never.

Word Search on Windows Phone

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

3. Throw the Knife
Last Week's Position: N/A
We all must train for the inevitable straw dummy invasion.

Throw the Knife on Windows Phone

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

4. Xbox Live Extras
Last Week's Position: 3 (-1)
For a minute there I thought Microsoft was cheating, locking itself in at number 3. I'm sorry I ever doubted them.

Xbox Live Extras on Windows Phone

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

5. AE 3D Motor
Last Week's Position: 4 (-1)
I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike. I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride it to the fifth spot.

AE 3D Motor on Windows Phone

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

6. AE Skee Ball
Last Week's Position: N/A
The motorcycle game is joined by its Skee Ball counterpart. Can I get an A-E? No? Okay. Thought I'd try.

AE Skee Ball on Windows Phone

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

7. Flow Free
Last Week's Position: 5 (-2)
I shouldn't take joy in Flow Free falling down the charts, but I revel in the loss of symmetry.

Flow Free on Windows Phone

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

8. Air Assault
Last Week's Position: 2 (-6)
The helicopter shooter plummets towards the ground but rights itself at the last moment.

Air Assault on Windows Phone

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

9. Pandas Vs. Ninjas 2
Last Week's Position: 9 (0)
The night belongs to ninjas. The nine belongs to ninjas and pandas.

Pandas Vs. Ninjas 2 on Windows Phone

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: Cracking Sands and Circling Words

10. Contract Killer
Last Week's Position: 6 (-4)
Contract Killer keeps on hanging on.

Contract Killer on Windows Phone


There now, isn't the chart much better with a sense of motion to it? I sure hope Microsoft doesn't release a flood of new product soon to screw this all up. That would suck.