Goodbye Windows Phone

Alphaworks has been a long time supporter of the Windows Phones since version 7.0 and has released a number of games including the smash hit Sky Invaders which has been popular around the world for the past four years and while I have really enjoyed creating for this platform it would now appear the end is here.

Well, I suppose it’s kind of official now (based on an article on the BBC Technology site) that Microsoft is giving up on Windows 10 phones. I know this won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been using a Windows 10 Phone as the rumors have been circulating for well over a year now and finding handset has become increasingly harder in recent months.

Earlier this year I started working on another Windows Phone title, a remake of the all-time classic game of Snake but unfortunately, it’s not quite complete as yet. With a little luck, I’ll try to get this out by Christmas so anyone interested can download and enjoy for free the last Alphaworks Windows Phone game.

If you haven’t already downloaded our WIndows Phone games this might be a good opportunity to do so. Click Here for more details.


No longer forgotten

It’s been almost 4 years since we originally published Planetoids for the iPad and in that time it’s been semi-successful but nothing major but I’d always planned to do some updates and improve the gameplay but simply never got around to it.

Well, late last month Apple contact me about Planetoids and gave me a few good reasons to sit down and implement all the improvements that were designed but not coded back in 2013 and the results have been fantastic, much better gameplay and sound; I’ve also implemented the Game Centre High Score Table and lastly it now runs on iPhones as well.

So tonight the final V2.0.2 build was submitted to Apple for approval and with a little luck Planetoids will be up and available by the weekend.

Milestone reached

Sky Invaders 25,000 downloads

It’s taken a couple of years but Sky Invaders for Windows Phone has reached a milestone with over 25,000 downloads from well over 100 different countries.

I couldn’t be happier that our first release which was initially on the iPhone and later made available for Android and Windows Phone has been so popular and we have received much positive feedback.

Thanks to everyone who has downloaded, played and we hope enjoyed.



Batty TAP new release

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We’ve released another game for Android phones and tablets based on Flappy Bird but of course way better, well we think so.

Batty TAP simply works the same way as Flappy but this time you’re deep inside a cave system and Batty has to make his way under stalactites and over stalagmites without hitting any in order to score points.

It’s free and available from the Google Play Store today if you want to download and have some fun.

Batty TAP will also be available for Amazon Fire tablets and Windows Phones later this week and the iOS versions should be out next month or at the latest by Christmas.

If you enjoy it please give us a rating and leave a review, we would really appreciate them.

Download today from the Google Play Store


Progress report Mega Invaders


Over the past few nights I’ve made some great progress on Mega Invaders (Windows Phone version) having managed to fully debugged the levels 1 – 3 and shorted out the online High Score posting.

I’ve improved game play by making some minor tweaks on the level 3 alien movement and I also died an annoying bug in level 4 end of level bonus score routine which means it will be ready for release soon.


Brick Buster new release

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Launched on the 12th July 2015 Brick Buster is now available for Android (via Google Play), Amazon Fire (via the Amazon App Store), Windows Phone (via Microsoft Store) and iOS devices via the Apple AppStore.

Brick Buster is based on the all time classic arcade game called Breakout but with some enhancements to the paddle movement which allows you to tilt you paddle to force the ball to go faster and at a different angle.

From the volt – Lunar Lander


Here’s one from our vault all dusted off and ready to play again. This version of Lunar Lander for Windows was written way back in 2009 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Moon Landing.

We pulled it out of the volt, recompiled it to work with all versions of Windows including the latest Windows 10 and added it to our site again for free download. Click here

Sometime in 2016 we hope to have aversion up and running on Macintosh, again it will be free to download, play and enjoy.

Happy Birthday Sky Invaders

Released 12 months ago today for the iPhone and iPAD (and this year released for Android and Windows Phone). A big thank you to all that have downloaded and provided great feedback, we really hoped that you have enjoyed playing.

Happy Birthday Sky Invaders

Sky Invaders gets new joystick controls

Sky Invaders for Windows Phone with new and improved joystick controls has been submitted to Microsoft tonight. Thanks everyone for the feedback and we’re sure you’ll find the changes make for better game play.

Work will now start on updating iPhone / iPad and Android version to take advantage of these changes in game play.