July is over, and that means summer is winding down and the kids will be heading back to school soon. It also means tons of fun new Windows Phone games to keep you happily distracted.
We’ve had a blast testing out all of the new games this summer, and July was no exception. We’ve tried new releases from top developers like Game Troopers and Artifex Mundi, endless runners that have us eternally on the move, and indie gems that we love to see in the Windows Phone Store — and now we’re ready to share our discoveries with you. Scroll down to see which of July’s new games have captured our hearts, and be sure to give them a try.
CSR Racing (free)
Most of us won’t ever have the opportunity to see what a Lambo can do in real life. Happily, CSR Racing can give a taste of the good life, with 85 of the world’s hottest cars available for your racing pleasure. In addition to a huge selection of cars, the drag racing game from Zynga has a lot more to offer. You can race in multi-player and earn your spot on the global leaderboard, complete the single-player story line, and customize your rides to your heart’s content. CSR Racing is universal and available for low memory devices, with bonus cloud support.
Tiny Troopers 2: Special Ops (free)
If you loved Tiny Troopers as much as we did, you’ll be delighted to hear that Game Troopers has delivered even more entertainment with Tiny Troopers 2: Special Ops. The new game is similar to the original, with the troopers back and ready for action with new uniforms, new weapons, and new maps. Fight your way through enemy hordes and recruit specialists as you complete the special ops missions — you won’t be disappointed. Best of all, there are 20 new Xbox achievements for you to earn!
Pods to Riches ($2.49)
Sometimes there’s nothing better than kicking back with a good retro-styled shooter game. Especially if it takes place in space. Pods to Riches is an exciting game that’s simple to learn, but tough to master. Your goal is to survive, navigating your spaceship through an onslaught of enemies as you collect supplies and crystals. Your weapons fire automatically, you just need to survive the waves and complete the boss fights. One hit, and it’s game over.
Bird Climb (free)
Fans of endless flyers might find their next addiction in Bird Climb, in which you pilot a bird up the screen as you avoid dangerous spikes and collect gems. One-touch gameplay sends the bird hurtling upwards, and speed depends on how fast you tap. You can play single-player mode and try to top your own score, or compete against your friends in online multi-player.
Storm Rush ($1.99)
Storm Rush is a challenging endless runner with nice graphics and fast-paced gameplay. As with all endless runners, the goal is to travel as far as possible without hitting the glowing barriers. There are two mode options: Classic and Rush, which gives you a number of lives and the ability to create interesting impacts. Unfortunately there is no trial version, but it’s a good choice for those of you who enjoy getting an adrenaline boost with a quick race.
Abyss is a highly anticipated exploration game coming from none other than Game Troopers. Abyss will have you exploring caves and trenches in the depths of a dark ocean as you control Nep2no, a biomechanical robot on the hunt for an energy source called Gaia. The rework of the classic game currently costs $2.99, but with 20 challenging levels plus Xbox achievements, you can rest assured it’s absolutely worth the price tag.
Grab your glasses because Artifex Mundi brought us Gogii’s Fairy Tale Mysteries 2: The Beanstalk this month. Based on the Brothers Grimm stories, this Hidden Object game has tons of objects to find, tasks to complete, and mini-games to beat. There are five beautiful worlds to explore, with colorful graphics that are sure to make you smile. Playing as an investigator, you’ll need both brains and magic to defeat the giant. You can try the game before buying, so give it a go if you love fantasy adventure games as much as we do.
Stick Cricket Premier League (Free)
If your goal in life is to be a cricket superstar, Stick Cricket Premier League is the game for you. Create a cricket dream team by customizing players, coaching them, and even luring retired players back to the game to play for you. The game also has two leagues, 16 teams, and two stadiums to keep you glued to your phone. For those unfamiliar with cricket, the game is still playable and big fun — you may even discover a new favorite sport.
Solitaire Knockout (free)
Solitaire Knockout is a new (and first) release from developers Mavenhut, taking the classic card game Solitaire and giving it a nice refreshing twist. This version isn’t simply you against the cards — it’s you against other players. How does multi-player Solitaire work? Real time tournaments so you don’t feel inclined to back out of the game when you get stuck, and you play against 3 other gamers, with the last one to finish getting “knocked out” of the game. Sound competitive enough for you?
Earth Force Defenders (free)
Endless runners and racing games reigned supreme this month, so we were happy to discover a nice strategy game to mix things up a bit. Earth Force Defenders is a real-time strategy game in which you need to defend the Earth against alien invaders. Build hangars, upgrade ships, and put your battle strategy to the test in this fast-paced game. Earth Force Defenders makes for an entertaining time-killer if endless runners aren’t your cup of tea.
Which of these games will you be playing? Let us know in the comments below, or share your own new favorite game with us.