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App Wrap: "Halo: Spartan Assault," "Prince Of Persia 2"

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

You might wonder why Microsoft didn't think of it sooner. The tech giant has had a rough go with launching smartphones and tablets in a world dominated by iPhones, iPads and Androids. In the video gaming world, though, Microsoft has exclusive control of one of the most popular franchises of all-time, "Halo." So it makes sense for there to be a mobile Halo game that can only be played on a Windows 8 device.

That is exactly what "Halo: Spartan Assault" is. It's a top-down shooter, and story-wise it falls somewhere in between Halos 3 and 4.

"Halo: Spartan Assault" is available for Windows 8 PCs, tablets, and smartphones for $6.99, though initially, and it's unclear for how long, the phone version will be available exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers.

A video game classic on which so many current games are based, "Prince Of Persia," is back with the mobile "Prince Of Persia 2, aka The Shadow And The Flame." The plot of this one picks up just after where the original game that hit computers left off 20 years ago.

Though today's mobile phones are dozens of times more powerful than our computers from 20 years ago, the game quite clearly takes advantage of that fact by offering up vivid, colorful environments in which gamers do their battling and obstacle-dodging.

Developers also recognize some of the old-school fans may want to play in an old-school manner, so there's a traditional joystick mode or a touchscreen mode.

"Prince Of Persia: The Shadow And The Flame" is out now for iOS and Android devices for $2.99.

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