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Halo: Spartan Strike | Great game that doesn’t work on Windows 10 desktop

Back in the November of 2015, Microsoft had some deals going and we managed to pick up Halo: Spartan Strike for $0.01. Hey, that’s next to nothing so why not?

During that time and up to now, we’ve been playing the game on and off, and that’s for one big reason we’ll get into later. For now, we’re just going to talk about whether or not you should play this game, and if it brings the Halo vibe to the small screen.

Halo: Spartan Strike

Once the game is purchased from the Windows Store, it should be available for both Windows on the desktop and Windows on mobile. We played it on mobile, touch-screen and everything, and you know what? It’s an OK game. Bear in mind that Halo: Spartan Strike takes place in a tactical simulator of a past battle. Furthermore, it is a top-down shooter, so do not expect cinematic or anything special.

The first couple of levels in Spartan Strike felt similar to the first game, Halo: Spartan Assault. I was using the same weapons and taking down the same enemies. For a while, I began to wonder if my $0.01 was spent for nothing, gone down the drainage. However, things pulled through quickly as different enemies and different weapons started to pop up. The game was getting fun now.

Halfway through the game, players will begin to come across the Prometheans from Halo 4. The challenge kicked in after The Watchers were brought into play. These enemies are capable of reviving the game’s toughest opponents, the Promethean turrets and the Knights. Players will be required to take down the Watchers first before dealing with others.

Players will also be forced to play with a mind of tactics due to ammo constraints. Folks will realize that ammo will deplete pretty quickly, so the best thing to do is to pick up enemy guns and use it back on them.

Along the way, there are times when the game feels like as if it trying too hard to keep me entertained. Wave after wave of enemies is not my idea of a fun experience; it’s frustrating. Not to mention when you’re going up against multiple bad guys firing guns with heat seeking bullets. The touch controls are not good enough for this sort of thing.

Which brings me to why I didn’t play the game on a PC instead of a mobile phone. Well, for some odd reason, Halo: Spartan Strike seems to hate laptops. Using the mouse works fine, but it doesn’t work with a Windows 10 laptop keyboard.

It should work with a regular USB keyboard, but that is something I lack. Myself and several others have come across this issue since November, and up to now, the game still doesn’t work. Several complaints were made to 343 Industries and Microsoft, but no dice.

Due to the issues, I’m having with playing an active shooter with a touchscreen, I probably won’t ever finish Spartan Strike until there’s a PC fix.

Halo: Spartan Strike can be bought from the Windows Store for $5.99. It’s a buy once play anywhere type of game. Meaning, it can be played on both Windows 10 desktop and mobile for a single price.