Got a gaming itch you just can’t scratch because Halo: Guardians doesn’t launch until the holidays? Never fear! Microsoft released an installment in the franchise, Halo: Spartan Strike, and it’s sure to satisfy your explosive good-guys-vs-ugly-aliens urges. Releasing for PC, Steam, iPhone, iPad, and Windows 8 phones/devices, players can use the touch-screen joystick for mobile devices or the keyboard/mouse combo they’re used to on PCs, but no matter how you play it, be sure to keep the action going as the saga crosses over into the new plot arc of Guardians later this year.

Be sure to look for the $9.99 bundle, Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spartan Strike.

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Fans who've been eagerly awaiting the launch of Microsoft's Halo: Guardians will have a little something to hold them over until that day comes. So what's in store with this download, available for iPhone, iPad, Steam, PC, and Windows Phone?