7 Amazing and Free Games You Can Find in the Windows Store

Plenty to Choose From for Windows 10 and 8.1


There are plenty of Windows apps in the Microsoft Store for users who are searching for tools, productivity aids, and social networking apps, but nothing is better represented than games. Whether you want puzzles, action games, racing games or classic remakes, thousands of titles compete for your attention. Unfortunately, some titles aren't worth the time it takes to install them. So rather than cluttering up your Start screen with subpar titles, try out these seven entertaining gems.

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'Jetpack Joyride'

Jetpack Joyride

Halfbrick Studios


What We Like

  • Simple to play.

  • Addictive and engaging.

What We Don't Like

  • Advanced progress requires purchase of coins.

  • Can get repetitive.

"Jetpack Joyride" is about as crazy a trip as it sounds. You control the game's protagonist, Barry, as he steals a jetpack and tears his way through a secret facility. You'll have to collect coins along the way to purchase upgrades while taking advantage of helpful vehicles you come across. Unfortunately, the scientists have a killer security system to hinder Barry on his joyride. You have to avoid electrical beams, dodge missiles and keep away from laser beams as you try for your longest run possible.

"Jetpack Joyride" is compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.

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What We Like

  • Requires combination of strategy and luck.

  • Good music and graphics.

What We Don't Like

  • Can get boring once mastered.

  • Too many losses result in need to buy energy.

"Robotek" is a game that blends strategy and luck with a unique combat system. You play a robot, and you fight against a robot. On each turn, you can choose whether to call support bots, play defense, or play offense. You pick what you want to do and press a button which runs a slot machine-style roller. Whatever shows up on the three spinning wheels is what you get for your turn. A big part is the luck of the wheel, but equally important is your ability to strategize and calculate your risks.

"Robotek" is compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.

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'The Gunstringer'


Twisted Pixel

What We Like

  • Quirky, offbeat fun.

  • Lots of progressively challenging levels to shoot for.

What We Don't Like

  • Lacks depth for serious gamers.

  • Shooting is not strictly accurate.

"The Gunstringer" puts you in control of an undead marionette cowboy—seriously—who returns from death for vengeance. The members of his former posse put him in his shallow grave, and they'll have to pay for it. "The Gunstringer" sounds simple to play; all you have to do is move the cowboy around various obstacles while shooting enemies and treasure chests along the side of the road. However, as most games tend to do, the going gets tough. Unlike "Jetpack Joyride," "The Gunstringer" has various levels you can strive to achieve, which serves as a rewarding reason to keep coming back for one more run.

"The Gunstringer" is compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.

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'Royal Revolt'

Royal Revolt


What We Like

  • Simple but requires strategy.

  • Broadly appealing.

What We Don't Like

  • Cutesy animation.

  • Serious gamers might find it a bit boring.

"Royal Revolt" flips classic tower defense games on their heads as you control the invading force busting through obstacles trying to take the enemy base, while the computer fights to keep you at bay. You play as a young prince sent away to boarding school only to have his detestable relatives take over the kingdom. Your job is to return and lead a revolt, taking back castle after castle to take the throne that is rightfully yours. The gameplay is simple enough to learn, but playing well requires strategy as you have to spawn the right units to combat enemy soldiers and installations. The animation style is on the cute side, but the game has appeal for all ages.

"Royal Revolt" is compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.

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What We Like

  • Lots of fun for “Space Invaders” fans.

  • Intentionally retro feel.

What We Don't Like

  • Some language might be inappropriate for young players.

  • Needs more levels.

"Radiant" manages to capture the simple fun of the classic arcade game "Space Invaders" in a modern revamp. You control a ship as you gun your way through asteroids, aliens, and big bosses to fight an alien invasion. As you destroy enemies, you earn cash that you can spend to buy new weapons. Each weapon has different strengths you can use to your advantage as you fight through waves of enemies. The game starts off slow, but as you upgrade, so to do your enemies, and you'll find frenetic fun as the levels progress.

"Radiant" is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 Mobile.

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'Flow Free'

Image courtesy of Big Duck Games.

Big Duck Games

What We Like

  • Provides increasing, welcome challenge with every level.

  • Requires concentration and forethought.

What We Don't Like

  • Can be unexpectedly addictive.

"Flow Free" is a simple-sounding puzzle game that can deliver a satisfying mental workout. You start on a grid with a series of colored dots. It's your job to connect each colored dot to its pair with a pipe. The various pipes cannot intersect, and you must use every square of the grid to finish the level. When you start out, the paths are obvious and the game is deceptively simple, but as you progress and the grids expand, you need to think carefully about every move you make.

"Flow Free" is compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.

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'Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart'

Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart

Artifex Mundi

What We Like

  • Campy fun.

  • Well-drawn graphics and good voice acting.

What We Don't Like

  • Minigames too easy for many players.

  • Predictable story.

"Nightmares of the Deep: The Cursed Heart" is a hidden-item adventure game that has you exploring levels and solving puzzles to progress through the game. You control a museum curator who receives the dredged-up corpse of a famed pirate captain. While preparing it for an exhibition, the curator finds that strange things are going on with this particular pirate. This horror game can be delightfully cheesy, and the puzzling levels will keep you busy for hours.

"Nightmares of the Deep: The Cursed Heart" is compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.