Microsoft has announced the first wave of Xbox Live games to be released for Windows 8 devices, playable on any PC, laptop or tablet.
Ms Splosion Man, Toy Soldiers, Hydro Thunder and Ilomilo are among the first batch of games to go on sale in Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8 store, according to an insider source.
A mobile version of Xbox 360 pet sim Kinectimals headlines Microsoft's impending slate of Windows Phone 7 releases.
Microsoft has announced that a Kinect-enabled version of iPhone hit Fruit Ninja is on the way.
The First World War is a bit of a white elephant for the gaming industry. Despite the abhorrently high body count, the wealth of interesting battlegrounds and the advent of both tanks and military aircraft, no one outside the strategy genre has ever really given the "War to end all wars" a fair depiction.
Perhaps it's the lack of a clear moral aspect, or that the weapons weren't very glamorous. Possibly it's because nobody wants to lie face down in a trench for three weeks before charging a machinegun nest with a two-ton rifle and a can of corned beef. Whatever the reason, Signal Studios has decided to redress the balance and bring the horrors of Passchendaele, Amiens and the Somme to Xbox Live Arcade in tower defence form.
Superficially, Toy Soldiers resembles any other tower defence game, save perhaps Plants vs. Zombies. Your base is a toybox sitting at the end of a battlefield, with various paths leading from enemy barracks and factories towards it. Along these routes are emplacements, upon which you'll be building the weaponry that will defend your precious base.
Microsoft plans to release Game Room for Xbox Live and Games for Windows - Live on 24th March. It will be free, but game cabinets and game-plays will cost, as previously reported.