February was a marvelous month for games, with tons of exciting new things popping up in the Windows Phone Store.
We sifted through all of the shiny new additions to find the very best for you, no matter what type of games you like to play the most. War games, puzzle games, or fantasy games, we think you’re going to find something to love in this month’s roundup of top 10 new Windows Phone games. Start stretching those fingers, because they’re about to be busy for hours.
Why we love it: Age of Sparta is a free strategy game set in Ancient Greece in which you defend your empire against Xerxes’ invasion by designing and building your city, forming your army, and battling it out. Play your cards right, and you might even get a helping hand from the Greek gods or from an alliance that you’ve formed with other players. The graphics in Age of Sparta are top-notch, and the game has plenty of interesting characters to keep you entertained.
Why we love it: Do you like dangerous quests, mystery, and magic? Grim Legends 2 is the second chapter of Grim Legends from hidden object masters Artifex Mundi, sending you on a journey through old ruins and magical forests to find a missing prince and save a kingdom. The game is based on the classic Grimm fairy tale “The Six Swans,” and immerses you in a beautiful, colorful world filled with intrigue and sorcery. Fairy tale fans will love it, as well as hidden object fans.
Why we love it: We’re suckers for “elegant little puzzlers” like Dwelp, a minimalistic and eye-pleasing connect-the-dots game. Your goal is to connect dots of the same color by arranging them next to one another in as few moves as possible — the catch is that once two dots are connected, the others of that color become locked in place. The game has 100 levels that have a number of possible solutions. Dwelp currently costs $1.99, and offers bonus puzzle packs with more difficult puzzles and puzzles with different types of gameplay.
Why we love it: Innovation Age of Crafting is part puzzle game and part arcade game, in which you swipe and merge various icons on a grid to “discover” ideas and technologies from throughout history (starting with the Stone Age). Your goal is to find the item at the top of the page, earning more points for more complex discoveries while avoiding obstacles in the grid. Choose your moves carefully, because you need to do discover the correct item in as few moves as possible. This free game can be a bit frustrating at the beginning but is an interesting play once you get the hang of it, especially if you’re a history buff.
Why we love it: Evolve: Hunters Quest is the new free companion app from 2K for Xbox One’s Evolve that you can play either as a stand-alone game or to help boost your stats in the console game. It’s a match-3 puzzle combat game in which you match tokens in order to unleash attacks on your enemies, unlocking Mastery Points that carry over into the main game. It has 100 missions to keep your fingers busy, but you will need a 2K account and a network connection if you want to play it.
Why we love it: Most kids wouldn’t say that math is fun, but what about an educational math app disguised as a fun game? Monstrous Math helps children practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with the help of a hungry-but-friendly monster, which they need to feed numerical fruit to get the right solution to a problem. This free and colorful game has no text, using numbers, images, and animations instead, and is also child-friendly without ads or in-app micro payments.
Why we love it: 0h n0 is the fun followup to the minimalistic logic game 0h h1, and it’s just as good as its predecessor. 0h n0 has a similar premise in that you tap red and blue dots, trying to deduce which color the dots should be based on the number of same-colored dots that they can “see” around them. It’s easy and fun, and definitely a top choice for those looking for a “pass the time” game.
Why we love it: Bunny Goes Boom is an addicting little game that has a very easy premise but is challenging to master. You control a (cartoon) bunny that is strapped to a firework shooting into the sky and need to avoid various obstacle like ducks and airplanes by tapping the sides of your phone. The graphics are cute and cartoony, and gameplay is fairly difficult, but entertaining enough to keep you coming back for more.
Why we love it: Make it Rain: The Love of Money is way too fun and addictive to not earn a spot on our list. In this game you start by swiping cash, watch it pile up, and then start investing. Be careful how you invest, or you might have to bribe a few government officials. The game is strange, silly, and a bit tongue-in-cheek so it might not be for everyone, but give it a play if you think it’s your kind of thing.
Why we love it: I, Gladiator is an action-packed combat game in which you play as Rufus the Gladiator, battling through tournaments in various locations. You perform different battle moves and combos based on screen gestures, blocking and dodging to avoid losing. The game has cross-platform multiplayer and leaderboards, 80 levels to power through, and tons of weapon and armor to use. The graphics are good, but this $2.99 game is probably not for the squeamish. Did anything from our top 10 choices for February games catch your eye? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to share which new games have been keeping you happily entertained this month.