Best new Android, iPhone and Windows Phone games of July 2015


July was a strong month for mobile games: we've had some of the most popular gaming titles arrive on more platforms, get sequels, and we witnessed a practically unknown game become the next multiplayer craze. We're talking about Agar.io, of course, a simple game with hand-drawn graphics (thanks, MS Paint!) and a checkered board as a background, where circles overtake other circles, and all of that happens at a frantic pace. After a few popular YouTubers played the game for a while, it has really picked up, and we're looking forward to your high scores in the comments right below this post.

Agar.io, however, wasn't the only high-profile launch of the month: in the beginning of July, Vainglory - finally! - arrived on Android, and the utlra popular mobile MOBA has quickly expanded its reach to nearly a billion devices. Vainglory has been on our list of favorite iOS games for a while, so we're really glad to see it come to Android.

And now, most recently, we've witnessed the launch of Angry Birds 2. The successor to the first truly massively popular mobile game, however, came with one big caveat in the form of a new in-app payment system that enrages gamers, asking for money as soon as you start getting into the game. We've seen worse when it comes to IAP, but Angry Birds 2 is definitely not setting an example of how things should be dealt here.

We are only mentioning a few, but there is a lot more new and worth your time in terms of games on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone (we've put those last on our list), so with no further ado, check the best new game releases in July 2015 right below.

iOS and Android:

Vainglory


Price: Free with IAP
Genre: MOBA
Download on Android | iOS
(new for Android only)

Vainglory is developed specifically for touch-based controls and is a real treat for MOBA-craving gamers who are often on the go. It's free-to-play and the developer claims that players will be able to unlock content by playing through the game normally, but will also have the choice to pay if they wish to unlock things faster. The game is designed for quick, 20-minute matches – a good middle ground between short, mobile-friendly rounds and full-blown Dota-like slugfests.



Agar.io


Price: Free
Genre: Massive online multiplayer
Download on iOS | Android

Agar.io is a massive online multiplayer game which pits... cell organisms against each other. It's not exactly a new game, but its viral status has only hit us now, and we're rushing to update you on this latest craze. The goal is very simple, you just have to gobble everyone up, and become the largest cell in the Agar universe, evading the bigger guys, and chasing the small fish.

The larger you become, the slower you trud along, so it becomes exponentially more difficult to chase those tiny, fast newcomers, unless they bump into you, which also happens quite often due to your sheer size. At this moment, you can divide and conquer, splitting a larger body into smaller, more nimble circles. Those can be eaten more easily in their turn, so Agar.io quickly turns into a casual, but very dynamic game of survival. It's very easy to play, and the other player's nicknames, written inside the bubbles, are a big part of the fun, so if you are curious about the latest craze, give it a go from the links below.



Prune


Price: $3.99
Genre: Puzzle Platformer
Download on iOS

Prune is a love letter to trees. A game about the beauty and joy of cultivation. With a swipe of a finger, grow and shape your tree into the sunlight while avoiding the dangers of a hostile world. Bring life to a forgotten landscape, and uncover a story hidden deep beneath the soil.



Angry Birds 2

(read our review here)

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
Genre: Casual
Download on iOS | Android

Angry Birds 2 is a fresh new take on the original's slingshot action formula. The game has remained pretty much the same at its core, but it has been vastly improved in terms of gameplay, graphics, and variety. It is cute, amusing, addicting, and totally worth trying, especially at its zero price.

However, we do feel like Rovio could have done a bit more to get Angry Birds fans hooked once again. While having the new spells and level designs is nice, one or several new birds would have been welcome. After all, this is a major release in the series, and we're still playing with the cast from 2009, for the most part. Or why not add new types of pigs? Or new types of fort materials? While we've been having quite some fun during this review, some gamers will surely get that more-of-the-same feeling when they try Rovio's new title. 

Then there are the 5 lives system and the in-game purchases. Many will find them highly annoying, especially when part of the original Angry Birds' addiction factor came from being able to retry stages until you got three stars. But Rovio needs to generate profit somehow, and while we're not fans of the chosen model, it seems to be what works best for the company. On the bright side of things, Angry Birds 2 is far from the worst when it comes to in-app purchases. Some games out there make you wait for hours before you can make any progress. Imagine that. That said, we'd advise you to give Angry Birds 2 a try, regardless of how much time you've spent playing the previous releases. Those 240 explosion-filled stages, dozens of boss fights, and endless Arena challenges won't beat themselves, you know.



Don't Starve: Pocket Edition


Price: $4.99
Genre: Action-adventure
Download on iOS (iPad)

In the remake of the popular PC title, Don't Starve: Pocket Edition allows you to play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped and transported to a mysterious wilderness world. Wilson must learn to exploit his environment and its inhabitants if he ever hopes to escape and find his way back home. Enter a strange and unexplored world full of strange creatures, dangers, and surprises. Gather resources to craft items and structures that match your survival style. Play your way as you unravel the mysteries of this strange land.




The Executive


Price: $2.99 (launch sale)
Genre: Fighting
Download on iOS

The Executive is a fast-paced, cinematic, martial arts action game designed from the ground up for iPhone and iPad. You are the CEO of a company that has been infiltrated by werewolves, and it’s your job to save your employees, and eventually the entire city, from their dastardly schemes.



Xenowerk


Price: $1.99
Genre: Top-down shooter
Download on iOS | Android
(new for Android only)

Xenowerk is a top-down action shooter challenging your combat skills in an underground science lab. Descend deeper into the abyss and explore the tarnished levels. Armed with a flashlight as your main guidance, you'll never know what's lurking in the dark. Your objective is to destroy all the nests and eliminate all mutants to prevent them from spreading.



This War of Mine


Price: $9.99 (launch price)
Genre: Platformer adventure
Download on iOS | Android

This War of Mine is a game that will leave a permanent mark: a tale of survival, it is a story-driven adventure shown from a platformer perspective, with an immersive soundtrack that will make you feel the horror of war and will drive you to take the right choice to survive. In stark contrast with popular war games, here, you are not the one to serve justice to the bad guys - instead, you take over a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger from snipers and hostile scavengers. The pace of This War of Mine is imposed by the day and night cycle. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout: crafting, trading and taking care of your survivors. At night, take one of your civilians on a mission to scavenge through a set of unique locations for items that will help you stay alive.



Guardian Sword


Price: $1.99
Genre: Action platformer
Download on iOS

Goblin Sword is a retro-inspired action platformer with charming pixel art graphics and light role-playing elements. The story is not particularly deep - an army of monsters led by an evil wizard have invaded your hometown, and you just have to slay as many monsters as you can, collect loot, avoid dangerous traps and defeat menacing bosses, before facing the evil wizard himself. However, the gameplay is what's really all about here as we have an addictive and dynamic fantasy world to slash your way through.



Always Sometimes Monsters


Price: $4.99
Genre: Adventure 
Download on iOS | Android

Always Sometimes Monster is a remake of the PC game for mobile, and it's a story-driven experience focusing on relationships and emotional bonds rather than traditional RPG combat and adventuring. Indecision is your enemy and empathy is your weapon in a quest to earn one last chance to win back the love of your life. Out of money and out of luck you find yourself broken hearted and on the verge of collapse. Your landlord's taken the key back, you can't finish your manuscript, and your beloved is marrying someone else. With no choice but to handle whatever life throws at you, you set out on the open road on a mission to win back the love of your life.



Operation Dracula


Price: $5.99
Genre: Arcade shooter
Download on iOS

Operation Dracula is a shooter built in the best pixel art arcade traditions and that will test your agility and quick reactions. The shoot-em-up is naturally inspired by classic games in the genre, and it features the obligatory Japanese style soundtrack.



Warhammer: Arcane Magic


Price: $9.99
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Download on iOS | Android

Arcane Magic, a turn-based digital board game set in Warhammer Fantasy Battles, allows  you to assume the roles of famous Warhammer wizards, including Teclis, Balthasar Gelt, and Wurrzag, and you get to use spell cards to fight legendary monsters (such as Harpies, Cygors, and Exalted Bloodthirsters) or mystically have them fight by your side.


Windows Phone:

CSR Racing


Price: Free
Genre: Racing
Download on Windows Phone

CSR Racing is a new arrival on the Windows Phone Marketplace and with its great graphics, and gameplay oriented towards the right shifting in order to squeeze the maximum speed out of that car, it offers a great experience for lovers of the racing genre on Microsoft's mobile platform.



Tiny Troopers 2: Special Ops


Price: Free 
Genre: Top-down shooter
Download on Windows Phone

This shooter can get quite intense as you get to fire a .50 Cal turret-gun as your driver makes his way through the enemy infested territories while avoiding tank shells and a rain of bullets. You get various missions as well, and you can hire various members to your staff, including medics and machine gunners.



Pods to Riches


Price: $2.49
Genre: Survival shooter
Download on Windows Phone

This survival shooter is set in space, a place where no safe spot exists. In this game, you get to ride a M1K4N [Mark 2], armed with a variety of weapons ranging from missiles to laser guns, and you face a horde of aliens going after your patties.



Storm Rush



Price: $1.99
Genre: Racing
Download on Windows Phone

This immserive racing game has some intense pace to it, as you swoosh around objects in near-supersonic speeds, and it's a fun play for adrenaline lovers.



Abyss



Price: $1.99
Genre: Ambient floating game
Download on Windows Phone

In Abyss you will control Nep2no, a biomechanical robot created by humans to explore the depths of the ocean in seek of a new source of energy called "Gaia". Abyss is a dark exploration through submarine caves and dangerous ocean trenches. Guide the brave Nep2no in his mission through mysterious grottos, discover forbidden depths, unfold secret passages, and gather all the Gaia to save humanity.

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