The NCAA basketball tournament is kicking off this week. Likewise, we’ve put together an App Madness knockout contest to establish the “best app” for Nokia Lumia. And the community is powering the voting!
In the U.S., millions have filled out their basketball brackets – picking which college team they think will win the tournament. And we want you to do the same for us by selecting which apps you think are the real winners.
If you need to research your choice and study the form, visit the Windows Phone Store – and remember, you can try the apps before you buy on a Nokia Lumia phone.
We’ve taken 32 apps and divided them into four categories: games, social, news + entertainment and utilities + productivity. Be sure to check back each day after voting for your favorites from the selection and to see who is winning.
To kick off the voting, we’re going to start with games – an ever-popular category among Nokia Lumia owners. Under each pairing, select your favorite among the two choices below. We’ll take it from there. But stay tuned for more details of the competition – we’ll have loads of exciting news about the prize and updates.
Star Wars Angry Birds
Rebel birds, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Imperial Pigs. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the PIG STAR, and are racing to deliver the plans to the rebel birds. Now they need your help!
Join an epic adventure with the Angry Birds in the legendary Star Wars universe! Use the Force, wield your lightsaber, and blast away Pigtroopers on an intergalactic journey from the deserts of Tatooine to the depths of the Pig Star — where you’ll face off against the terrifying Darth Vader! Can you become a Jedi master and restore freedom to the galaxy?
Galactic Reign is a head-to-head game of tactical expansion and conquest. You and your opponent colonize planets, design ships, and build fleets as you fight for domination of the galaxy.
Ship design is crucial, as you must predict what their opponent is building and construct ships to counter it. When opposing fleets meet, the battle is rendered on the cloud, showing the result in a stunning cinematic movie.
1 Million Punches
Needing to get some anger out? Then perhaps you should keep this fun and addictive game on your Lumia for just the right moment. 1 Million Punches brings the fun on the go!
The goal is to punch AJ 1 million times. You are not alone, the rest of the world will also be punching AJ. When Aj has been punched 1 million time we all win! (except for AJ, he gets punched).
Dredd vs. Zombies
You must protect Mega-City One from a zombie invasion! Arm yourself with a Lawgiver pistol and three other devastating, upgradable weapons. Fight four deadly zombie archetypes in thirty levels of game play. Choose from seven special upgrades to give you an edge over your undead foe!
In Dredd vs. Zombies, earn stars and commendations based on performance. Ensure your Law meter is kept to maximum at all times by eliminating zombies, collecting shields and avoiding damage. Watch your ammo count as you blast through waves of attacking undead. When the going gets tough, upgrade your Lawgiver or try the Spitgun, Scattergun or Hi-Ex Launcher. Immerse yourself in a future world where the extreme is the norm!
What’s the Word
This picture game is more of a mind exercise than a shoot ‘em up game. It’s simple, yet challenging. Are you up to the task?
4 pictures, 1 word: can you guess the word which describes all four images?
Play What’s the Word and test your skills with over 150 unique puzzles!
Flow Free is a simple yet addictive puzzle game.
Connect matching colors with pipe to create a flow. Pair all colors, and cover the entire board to solve each puzzle. But watch out, pipes will break if they cross or overlap!
Free play through hundreds of levels, or race against the clock in Time Trial mode. Gameplay ranges from simple and relaxed, to challenging and frenetic, and everywhere in between. How you play is up to you. So, give Flow Free a try, and experience “mind like water”!
Skulls of the Shogun
Everyone loves strategy games! They keep you guessing as new challenges come left and right. Skulls of the Shogun will not disappoint.
Skulls of the Shogun is an arcade strategy game featuring dead samurai fighting in the samurai afterlife.
Asphalt 7 Heat
Asphalt 7 Heat allows multiplayer play and is not subject to Xbox LIVE parental settings. Microsoft shares User IDs and gamertags.
Hit the speed of heat in the newest, fastest, most visually stunning edition of the famed Asphalt series.
Photo credit: Glenn~