The Windows Store on Windows 10 is packed with great games for hardcore gamers and casual gamers alike. But for whatever reason it is, a lot of people tend to overlook most games that aren't Xbox enabled.
So we've decided to put together a list of our favorite games in the Windows Store that don't have those coveted Xbox achievements.
Do you want to see the best with Xbox Achievements? We have that list too!
1. Radiant Defense
As someone who isn't a fan of tower defense games, Radiant Defense took me by surprise. The premise is simple, and the art style is vibrant and beautiful. The game features over 300 waves of enemies over ten different locations.
The game also features 12 different weapons with 9 of them being upgradable. The game starts off pretty easy then it gets challenging fast. So, if you're a fan of games like Plants vs. Zombies or Defense Grid this game is a must get. You can grab it from the Windows Store for free!
2. Leo's Fortune
One day Leo wakes up to see that all of his riches have been stolen and sets out on his way to recover it all. To get his riches back, he must follow a trail of gold coins through different levels and avoid the traps that have been set by the bandits.
Leo plays like most traditional platformers as he jumps his way around the level to avoid obstacles and collect loot. But what sets Leo's Fortune apart is the astounding detail put into every level as well as the music that complements the world. The only downside to Leo's Fortune is its price, but if you can overlook that you're in for a mesmerizing ride.
3. Fairway Solitaire
Fairway Solitaire has been a hit since it launched back in 2007. The game creates some unique gameplay by combining Solitaire and Mahjong. It's a game that no matter how much I describe the gameplay to you, you will have to see the game for yourself to understand why this game can easily become addicting.
As someone who hates card games including poker, there's something that's strangely engrossing about the Fairway Solitaire. It's witty, easy to play and contains loads of fun. The game is free-to-play, but you can unlock all the levels for $.99
4. Call of Duty: Heroes
Think of Call of Duty: Heroes as Activision's answer to the hit that Clash of Clans has become. The premise is the same here, take control of a small outpost and build it up to become an impenetrable base. Once you've done so, you can then take out bases of nearby enemies all while taking control of classic COD characters.
That being said, the game differs in that it uses Killstreaks that you've seen in the console games to spice up gameplay here. For example, get ten kills and it will throw you in an AC-130 and have you raining down fire from above.
The only downside to this game (especially since it's from Activision) is that it's free-to-play and features some in-game purchases that go up to $99.99. So be careful!
5. Plague Inc.
In Plague Inc., you play as a pathogen that has just infected patient zero. Your job is to bring the an end to humanity as we know it. Modify your plague and allow it to mutate so that it can become the strongest strand around defying climates and stumping the best scientists around.
One neat feature with Plague Inc. is that this can all be done solo or cooperatively with a friend. The game costs $1.99 and features some in-app purchases. So what are you waiting for? Go take over the world!
6. The Bridge
The Bridge first made it's debut back on Xbox Live back in Spring of 2013 and was met with mixed reviews. That being said if you enjoyed the gameplay of Monument Valley this game will surely grab your attention. It brings M.C. Escher paintings to life just like Monument Valley but does it in a more dark/grim setting.
The Bridge features 48 puzzles for you to solve in a thought-provoking title that makes you manipulate gravity and explore parallel dimensions. Grab it now in the Windows Store for $6.99.
Machinarium is a point-and-click adventure that's as beautiful as it is compelling. You play as a small robot who has served his purpose and has been thrown out into the scrap pile. You must collect items and solve puzzles to make your way back to the city to save your girlfriend and take down the people who exiled you.
The game isn't for any noobie puzzle detective as it gets fairly hard pretty quick. However, if you're looking for something that will have you coming back for more Machinarium will pull you in.
8. Game Dev Tycoon
Ever wonder what it would be like to create your own game? Well, Game Dev Tycoon is exactly a game about that. The game is considered as a "business simulation" game and has you starting from your garage as a hobbyist game dev and making your way to the big leagues creating your own game engine.
Simulation fans will enjoy this game, as it probably the truest sim game in the Windows Store at the moment. Some may see the $7.99 price tag as a let-down but for a simulation game that can span over weeks in real-time this is definitely an affordable price. That being said, if you want to get a taste of the game, there is a free trial available.
9. Prime World: Defenders
Prime World: Defenders is what you get when you mash a tower defense game with a collectible card game. The game follows a group of treasure hunters as they make their way through an ancient empire that will do anything to stop them in their tracks. If you're a fan of games that insist on heavy grinding this one is for you.
Your cards are where your defenses lie. Before a match starts choose your towers, spells, and traps from within your deck. Choose them carefully and use them strategically or you risk being obliterated. Prime World: Defenders is free-to-play, but you can make your way through it without purchasing in-game items.
10. In Closing
This grouping is only a small sample of games that are available on Windows 10 today, but these are the ones that we've come to love and enjoy. That being said, we're missing some notable games from the list such as Monument Valley and Pako since they haven't been optimized for Windows 10 yet. But rest assure, as more games come to the Windows 10 store new and old, we'll add the best of the best to this list
If you agree with the list above or just want to tip us on your favorite non-Xbox game for Windows 10 let us know in the comments below!