Microsoft Store  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Microsoft Store  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network A Game of Coins Thu, 12 May 2016 11:37:33 -0400 JunaeBenne


A Game of Coins by Tall Guy Productions is about a king that underwent a horrific metamorphosis, due to his evil Advisor, and turned his subjects into coins. Sound familiar a little? Yeah, Aladdin. The coins are trying to escape the dungeon in which they’ve been placed. As Meek Mill would say, ‘There’s level to this…’

The gameplay is conducted by the swipe of your finger. The main point is to aim and flip your coin toward the goal or away from danger. There are also opposing coins that try to push you into goo or derail you from reaching the evil Advisor who initially cursed the King.

Qi is Key

You aim by swiping your finger, shoot by holding down the Qi on the screen and then, depending on the build up, you may be able to break through a box or get closer to your next step. There are ways to upgrade you Qi and that’s by unlocking levels and using you points to upgrade. This a strategy game like Chess. Your movements are limited, and you can only move certain ways. As a coin, if I knock someone in goo then I’ve just put myself in the position to be knocked in goo by an opposing coin. But sometimes, just like Chess, you have to sacrifice pawns for the greater good. Throughout the game, you have to plan your moves carefully.  


The background story isn’t much but the music definitely adds to the suspense and the willingness to reach the end goal. The music is majestic and demanding mixed with a little bit of the X-Files theme song. 


The graphics are really solid and the coins look like discolored Oreos, so it did make me hungry. There are eastern Asian symbols on the coins that glow. This game is two dimensional but very detailed. For example, the goo is green but it moves even though it’s on the sides of the screen. Everything is very vibrant with a medium toned coloring.

This game was fun to play. It's like my virtual Sudoku; I can't put it down. I want to see how many coins I can flip off. The quotes throughout the game are inspirational. At the beginning of the game, I didn't like the fact that when I’m aiming to flip my coin at an enemy it automatically stops me when I’m on target. I believe the game is less of a challenge because of that feature. For example, if you've ever played a game with a gauge and it stops you at the optimal point where you need to shoot, shooting is no longer a challenge because the game is on auto-assist. However, this feature doesn’t last very long as the game progresses. The game gets a bit more challenging because there aren’t arrows and hints to let you know whether or not it’s a good shot.

Though the characters, concept and gameplay are well developed, this is not a game I can play for hours on end. This is a pretty good game for the kiddies to play or for a quick "let’s see how many coins I can flip" competition here and there. There is no pressure to finish the game within a certain time, and you work at your own pace. This game is fun to figure out but probably won't hold your interest for too long. 

Game of Coins is a great game for fans of placement/strategy games. Download this game and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Microsoft unleashes 1TB Elite Xbox One; pre-order for $500 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:04:56 -0400 Courtney Gamache

Today Microsoft unleashed their new addition in the Xbox series, called the Elite Xbox One. With many new features, it's sure to making saving data easier with the 1TB hard drive along with a faster power-save-mode, that will enhance speed by 20%.The Elite Xbox One

This next-gen addition called the Elite Xbox One is launching this November from the Microsoft store and GameStop. It's now up for pre-order with GameStop, and is meant to enhancing the gaming experience on the Xbox One with new customizable controller features. 

A new attribute that Microsoft is adding to the Elite controller is pairing it with an app that makes customizing buttons very simple. Pairing the new controller qualities along with the 1TB hard drive and new Xbox One look, any gamer would want to get this new console for their gaming needs.

Official release date for the Elite Xbox One is November 3rd, and can be pr-ordered now for $500.

Would you go ahead and buy a new Xbox One for the new look and larger hard drive? Does customizing the controller really affect gaming? Share your comments on this new console below!

Microsoft Giving Away $15 Free Credit for Pre-Orders Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:11:57 -0400 Chris_Lemus

It is becoming common to bundle pre-orders with exclusive content, but Microsoft is now also rewarding gamers who place an order for Xbox games with reward credits worth money.

Under the new offer, Xbox Live Rewards members who pre-order a game through the online gaming service will qualify for 15,000 rewards points. The points, which equate to $15, will be awarded for up to three games per customer.

The offer began Oct. 13, and will run through the holiday season until Dec. 31. Gamers who want to qualify for the rewards points will have to order the game no later than 2. p.m PDT on the Thursday prior to the game’s Tuesday release.

This year’s most anticipated games such as Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare are all games that qualify for this promotion.

A separate sales special is running through the Microsoft Store website, where customers who pre-order games through that site will receive a $10 Xbox Gift Card. Players who are Xbox Live Rewards members who already are eligible for 15,000 points can not qualify for the website deal.

Best Black Friday Tech Deals Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:14:51 -0500 Amanda Wallace

Black Friday is coming like a Stark winter. 

For the deal savvy holiday bargain hunter, there are plenty of deals across most big box and online stores. Wokendreamer has already put together a pretty comprehensive list of Black Friday games sales, which you really must check out if you're looking for deals of consoles or games (You can get a 4GB XBox 360 for $99 --- seriously check it out.) 

But Black Friday deals aren't just about video games, and gaming isn't just about the games. So here are some of the best deals you can get on the rest of your tech. 


What is a console without a great TV. Luckily, Best Buy has you covered with a great selection of discounted TV's just for the Black Friday crowd. (There is a 70 inch TV on this list for under a grand) 

  • Element 50'' 1080p LED HDTV for $229 at Target
  • Vizio E701i-A3E 70'' 120Hz 1080p Smart LED HDTV for $998 at Walmart
  • LG 55-inch LED TV 1080p 120hz for $500 at Best Buy
  • Samsung 65" LED 1080p 120Hz HDTV for $999 at Best Buy
  • Samsung 75'' LED 1080p 240Hz HDTV for $5999 at Best Buy
Smartphones and Tablets

Mobile gaming is on the rise, and you can get in on the action this holiday season with some great deals of tablets and smartphones from several reputable big box dealers. 

  • Apple iPhone 5c 16GB Smartphone with a $75 Walmart Gift Card for $45 at Walmart
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 4g Smartphone from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon for free at Best Buy (with 2 year contract)
  • Apple iPad mini 16GB WiFi Tablet with a $100 Walmart Gift Card for $299 at Walmart
  • Kindle Fire HD 8.9'' Tablet with $50 Off Coupon for $189 at Meijer
  • Apple iPad Air 16GB WiFi Tablet with $100 Target Gift Card for $479 at Target
  • Microsoft Surface 10.6'' 32GB Windows RT Tablet for $199.99 at Best Buy 
  • Mach Speed 9.7-inch Tablet (G2-9) 8GB, dual core processor for $130 at Sears
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Smartphone 16GB of memory for 1 cent (+ 2 year contract) from Staples
  • Google Nexus 7 16GB 1.5GHz processor tablet for $199 at Staples
Laptops and Computers 

There are some truly fantastic deals for laptops and computers this Black Friday, and you can find some of the best here. 

  • HP Envy Touchsmart 15.6inch laptop with Windows 8 for $800 at Costco 
  • HP AMD E-300 1.3GHz 16'' LED-Backlit Laptop for $178 at Walmart
  • Asus 15-inch touchscreen laptop with Windows 8 for $250 at Best Buy
  • Dell Inspiron 15Z 15.6 in touchscreen 6GB of ran 500GB hard drive for $399 at Microsoft Store
  • Apple 21.5'' iMac 8GB Memory 1 TB hard drive for $1099 at Best Buy
  • HP 110-194 Desktop & 20'' LED Monitor Package for $429 at Best Buy
  • HP Desktop 8GB Memory 1 TB Hard Drive for $349 at Best Buy
  • Dell Inspiron 1660-6038BK Desktop & 24'' LED Monitor Package for $499 at Best Buy 
  • HP Pavilion Touch Smart 20'' Touch-Screen All-In-One Computer 4GB Memory for $399 at Best Buy 

These are just a few of the many deals that can a be found at your local and online retailer this holiday season. 

Are you going shopping this Black Friday? What are you looking for? 

Microsoft Stores Will Have Extra Xbox Ones On Launch Day Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:40:00 -0500 MyNameIsProjekt

Microsoft has announced today that all Microsoft Stores in the United States and Canada will have extra Xbox Ones available for anyone who does not currently have a preorder for the console.  This news comes four days before the official launch of the Xbox One and is good news for anyone without a preorder.

However, the supply of consoles is supposedly "limited" and the consoles will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.  This is not all that surprising as the Xbox Ones have been hard to come by with all the Day One preorders remaining sold out at GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy and Microsoft Stores.

So, if someone you know has a Xbox One on their wish list, this might be your best bet to get ahold of one before the holiday season.  To give you an idea, the Playstation 4 released three days ago and the console is sold out at major retailers.  There are a handful of Playstation 4 consoles listed on Amazon but those are listed at $899 each...which is over twice the cost of the console!

Seriously, this is what people are asking for price-wise for their Playstation 4...

Making assumptions is normally not a good move, but it seems a sure bet that a similar circumstance will happen with the Xbox One.  So, if you want an Xbox One and do not already have one preordered, then this might be your best shot at getting your hands on one for a while. 

Dead Rising 3 is just one of the 26 Launch Day titles for the Xbox One!

The Xbox One will release in 13 territories on November 22, 2014 and will sell for $499.  An article written earlier today covers the announcement that the embargo for Xbox One reviews has been lifted, so plenty of Microsoft content will be incoming leading up to the launch of the One.