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Grow makes it to the Windows Phone Marketplace, makes a nice first impression

Right on cue, the Windows Phone game Grow has made it to the Windows Phone Marketplace today. As we mentioned before, Grow is a fish-eat-fish arcade game from Epic Pixel (opens in new tab). The game is a cross over from the Android Marketplace and is Epic Pixel's first venture in the Windows Phone Marketplace.  Grow makes a nice first impression and is a nice addition to the Marketplace's gaming library.

Grow is a multi-level, multi-environment game that has you playing the role of a fish from life as a guppy in a jar to a big fish in the ocean. Your job is simple, eat everything in sight. As you consume your prey, coins will appear that can be collected and used in the Grow Store to buy upgrades.

You control your fish with either a virtual joystick, a touch and move method or your Windows Phone tilt sensors. The tilt controls work the best while I found that with the virtual joystick and touch/move method your finger seemed to get in the way.

Grow has two game modes (adventure and survival) along with two gaming levels (normal and advance). The adventure mode has you progress through 78 levels across 7 different environments clearing your jar/tank/ocean of all the food in sight. All the while avoiding the dangers (fish glowing red who will eat you). As you progress through the levels, the dangers get...well...more dangerous.  Once you unlock a level, you can go back and replay that level to try to best your original score.

With survival mode you simply try to survive as long as possible eating as much as you can and dodging the dangers. The longer you last, the more intense the dangers become.

After spending the afternoon playing Grow I found the Windows Phone game to be very entertaining. Graphics are nice and game play is challenging. The bonuses that pop up from time to time and the upgrades you can purchase with your coins give you a fighting chance to work your way through the various levels. Grow makes a nice first impression and will be a fun game to pass the time with.

Unfortunately Grow doesn't have a trial version. It would be nice if there was a trial version to let you play the first two levels and maybe that will change. The full version of Grow will run you $1.99 and you can grab it here (opens in new tab) at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • I was really looking forward to trying this game. However it's gone from must try to no buy. Developers really need trial versions.
  • whaah.. no trial??
  • fuck it, its $2, same price as a cup of coffee, and I can't really the last time I got a free trial cup of that, so I'm grabbing it.. looks too cool to just nock down for lack of a trial.
  • I tried it, not too bad... with out achivements, it's too much...
  • If it were just Xbox Live... (It just occured to me that us WP users are game snobs. Spoiled.)
  • Hahaha. We can be, I guess...
  • it sucks there's no trial. im not one to buy games based purely on screen shot. im sure it's a good game, but what im not sure is if i can play it long enough to justify 2 bucks
  • The game just crashes after selecting the first level for me. Using a Lumia 800, in Finland.
  • No trial? Another developer who never did their research on Windows Phone. WIthout trials (barely) anyone will buy your game, including me. I'm sure it's a great game but all the games I've purchased on this platform had trials so... hopefully this will be updated as well.
  • I purchased grow on Android and it really is a great game. While a shame there is no trial, watch a YouTube video or two and you get the same idea I guess as this is nonexclusive to WP. Plus I'm thrilled its not a live game!! I want more good non live games and this is great!
  • Well the thing about coffee is, if it sucks you can get your money back. There are no refunds here. I'm not going to drop a buck to see if someone's app sucks or not. Let alone two. You can't make a free ad supported or trial, you ain't jack squat in my book.
  • This is FUN!
  • It's a fun game, but not worth the money until they fix this adventure mode crashing issue for Lumia 800 owners, the survival mode alone is not enough! If you own the Lumia avoid this game until an update comes about