I haven't done a wrap up of my favourite Windows 8 apps for a while so I thought it worth sharing the list of apps I use the most as a consumer. That is, in a non-work environment. As always this list is personal to my tastes - you may find that it doesn't match the kinds of app that you like.
Now I know there are a lot of games on this list but then I admit I have a child-like mind. I tend to use a lot of these apps while watching TV, or pretending to watching something that I’m not actually that interested in. I use most of these on my Surface RT and they work well on there, but if you're using a different device - or Windows 8 instead of RT - then they should all work for you too.
Of course don’t forget you also have access to Flash-based games which, if you pin them to your Start Screen, launch and work very much like apps. This ability for IE10 (and IE11) in Windows 8 to not only run Flash in the browser but also allow sites to be pinned, and run at full screen, is really useful. For example, I can happily play Candy Crush Saga, Scrabble from Mattel, Angry Birds Friends, and many other Facebook-based games on my Surface RT using this method.
Let me know if I've missed off one of your favourites, bearing in mind the above proviso. All details, including prices, correct at time of publication of this blog entry.
In the interests of full disclosure I should point out that I have listed quite a few Microsoft Studio games and of course I am a Microsoft employee.
Sort of a simplified 3D Mahjong, very nice looking and fun and addictive to play.
Speaking of Mahjong, here's a really nice implementation from Microsoft Studios
Judge Dredd vs Zombies
Essential zombie bashing mayhem. Great fun
Huge fun, especially if you're using a tablet that you can tilt
Slick Solitaire game with plenty of modes and options
Crash Course Go!
Traverse an obstacle course in as short a time as possible. Good fun with a few "this is driving me crazy!" moments
Nice, slick implementation of Bejeweled
Popular solitaire game modelled on…golf? Sounds like an odd combination but it works really well
Monsters Love Candy
Pattern-matcher with a difference, beautifully presented and addictive
Very playable bubble-shooter that is addictive with nice graphics
Hydro Thunder Hurricane
Slick port of the Xbox 360 game with great 3D graphics. Use in tilt mode or plug in an Xbox 360 controller for added control
Reckless Racing Ultimate
Manic top-down racer. Definitely easier if you plug in an Xbox 360 controller but fun however you prefer to play it
Another great 3D water-based racer
There are tons of levels in this physics-based puzzler. Great graphics and a simple concept make it huge fun to play
Rayman Jungle Run
Ok I don't only play games, honest. The TimeOut London app is beautifully made and really useful. Assuming you live in or near London of course
Amazing range of clever effects allow you not only to make your photos look great, but place people into posters and a whole lot of other scenes
My favourite newsreader on Windows 8. Syncs your news sources and layout in SkyDrive so it works exactly the same across all of your Windows 8 devices. Makes news reading simple and rewarding, with an excellent range of options
If you're a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation (and subsequent series) then you'll be familiar with the Library Computer Access/Retrieval System interface. Turn your Windows 8 device into an LCARS computer and pretend you're Data. Or Geordi. Or Picard. Or Troy if you prefer. Great fun for nerdy Trekkies like me
Live Tile Clock Free
Create a live tile on your Start screen that shows the time. Lots of designs to choose from, or get the paid-for version for more options
There are plenty of Windows 8 apps that allow you to store your passwords. I use this one and find it does the job for me. Your passwords sync across your Windows 8 devices so you can get to them from whichever device you use
Free app, but subscription to The Economist required
I like the way this app presents the content in an easy-to-read format without you having to pinch/zoom. And it makes each magazine available for offline reading too
Free (pro version available)
There is no shortage of internet radio apps about but I really like Radyo's interface and its ability to pin my favourite stations to my Start screen
National Rail Enquiries
This is a great implementation of the National Rail timetable with a slick interface, ability to pin your favourite stations to your Start Screen, and excellent Live Tile support so you can see at a glance when your next train is (or whether it's running late).