Looking for a bit of entertainment to burn some time? Games are undoubtedly a good call and best of all, many of them are free.
The Microsoft Store makes it that bit easier, with a dedicated section for gaming. You may have to put up with some advertising on some of the games, but it’s a small sacrifice to make considering you’re getting these games for nothing.
Some games may encourage you to make ‘in-app purchases’, which is where you can buy bonus levels and items in the game. While some of the games we’ve selected may have the option to make in-app purchases, we’ve specifically gone for the ones where you can get by just fine without paying anything.
If you haven’t used the Windows Store before, you might want to read our guide first.
Here are our best picks from the Microsoft Store:
Can you manage a bustling restaurant alone, doing everything from preparation to cooking and serving? Cooking Fever tests your time management skills under pressure from impatient customers.
This one really needs no explaining. If you’re magic with numbers, try Microsoft’s very own version of Sudoku. There’s also an alternative version where the numbers are swapped for symbols.
More of a word person? Wordament is an addictively simple game you won’t be able to put down. The aim is to find as many words as possible in a short amount of time – the difference is, you’re playing live against other people across the world. At the end you’ll see a scoreboard of the highest results.
No, there’s no need to go digging out your old Sega. You can now play Sonic Dash from your PC with a number of levels available for free.
Crossing the road has never been so challenging! In Crossy Road you play a chicken who is desperately trying to get across roads, railway lines, rivers and more. The aim of the game is to get as far as possible without being squashed. It’s basic but strangely addictive.
Cut The Rope
It’s not safe to feed little monster Om Nom, so you’ll need to swing candy his way using ropes, air and much more. Can you work out the best way to cut and swing them?
In this game you’re a snowboarder, heading downhill attempting to rescue runaway llamas while leaping over terrifying chasms and avoiding a number of obstacles. How far will you get?
If you have rooms you struggle to get a broadband signal in - to download or play online, a wi-fi extender like the BT 11ac Dual Band Wi-Fi Extender 1200 can help. It fits into a plug socket and boosts your existing wi-fi range.
Do you know any other free games that are worth a place on the Windows Store? Let us know in the Comments section below.