While iPhone users tend to get all of the high-profile game exclusives on the iOS platform, and Android users glow green with envy, those using Windows Phone are treated to a range of games that you won't find on either of the dominant systems.
With thanks to the Microsoft Game Studio, the list of top games on Windows Phone looks completely different to the same lists on iOS and Android, featuring titles developed alongside Xbox Live Arcade titles, and offering the unique benefit of bolstering your Xbox Live profile with the same achievement points that you'd earn if you were playing on your console rather than on your phone.
If there's a downside to this gaming nirvana, it's that you'll tend to pay a few bucks extra per game on Windows Phone, with most of the Xbox Live-compatible games fetching between AU$3.50 and AU$8 per title. This ups the ante from the one or two dollars that you'll likely play on iOS, but you could argue that some of these games are worth the extra coin — and, then again, some of them definitely are not.
To help you spend your game time and money wisely, we've put together a list of our Windows Phone gaming must haves and the ones to avoid, plus a group in the middle that we've enjoyed, but that might only appeal to a niche audience.
A physics puzzler with unique twists and turns (you'll get the pun when you play it). Not only is Revolution worth the money, but it's also unique to the Windows Phone platform, making it a talking point for your iPhone-carrying mates at the next BBQ.
A very slick mobile game, it relies on momentum as the core gameplay mechanic, and it impresses with a unique visual style. You play as a microscopic version of Frankenstein's monster, swinging within the innards of your creator, which is more fun than it sounds.
You may have played Puzzle Quest before; it's been available on a number of gaming platform in the past, but if you haven't seen it and you're a lover of the Bejewelled-style "match three" gameplay, you'll love the RPG twist that Puzzle Quest adds to the formula.
We've played Fruit Ninja on every mobile platform it's available on, and the formula never tires. Slick controls and flawless animation make Fruit Ninja a modern mobile classic, and well worth your time and money.
The rules of this puzzler could be better explained, but it is an intriguing concept nonetheless. Your task is to burn all the wood and ropes as your flames climb through a volcano. It's a trickier undertaking than it may first appear.
Probably the best-looking game in this list, but a game in which its charm wears off quickly. We'll admit that we didn't give Kinectimals too much time to warm up, but there was so little to do that we found ourselves quickly bored.
We ordinarily like point-and-click-style hidden-object games, but there's something about Women's Murder Club that doesn't work. It may be all the text dialogue that you have to read, or the fact that the game insists on walking you through each stage of the mystery.