Grow for Windows Phone 8, fun and games with NFC

If your Windows Phone 8 device has NFC (Near Field Communication) support, you may want to take a look at the Windows Phone game Grow.

Grow is a simple game where your success is dependent on how much you use NFC. You have a potted plant that grows the more you use your NFC and as a bonus, you can view the map (little icon in the upper right corner) to find additional Grows for bonus plant food.  Grow comes across as a game that is part virtual pet and part scavenger hunt.

Grow isn't an action packed game for your Windows Phone but if you've been looking for an excuse to use your NFC on your Nokia Lumia 920 or HTC 8X, Grow might fit the bill.

The main screen for Grow has your potted plant with buttons to access the settings, the online shop, and share the app with friends. In the upper right corner you'll see a map button that will launch...well... a map view with icons of other Grows.  Grow doesn't have a Help Section so I can only guess that these Grows represent other users(?). Nonetheless, if you tap on the icon your plant grows just a little.

Settings present you with options to set the Grow main screen as your lockscreen wallpaper, create a live tile, and turn on/off notifications. If you don't have much of a green thumb, you can head into the online shop and purchase a computer chip ($1.29)and have it grow.

As you tap on the Grows from the map and use your NFC to make connections while in the game, the virtual plant or computer chip grows.  And as best I can tell, it's the NFC connection that feeds the plant and not so much actually transferring files/information via NFC.

Again, Grow isn't an action packed game for your Windows Phone 8 device but it's an interesting concept. I really would have liked to have seen a Help Section or maybe a more detailed description in the Windows Phone Store. Without any guidance, it's a guessing game as to how Grow is suppose to work.  In many ways, Grow feels like a work in progress that you have to figure out through trial and error but has potential.  It just needs a little fine tuning.

While it may not appeal to everyone, Grow is an unique game that ties into your NFC use.  Exactly how it ties into things is still a bit of a mystery. Grow is a free game for your Windows Phone 8 device and you can find it here (opens in new tab) in the Windows Phone Store.

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George Ponder

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.

  • Sounds really interesting.
  • Must have been developed by a group of battery manufacturers...
  • Lol..good one
  • Would be cool if Geocaching implemented NFC into their 'game'.
  • I have had both s3 and now Lumia. Only time I used the NFC was to make sure it works. NFC is almost not used by anybody right now.
  • I use NFC at least once a week if not more.. I send links, pics, contacts, etc
  • same here lol, I use it to test if it works...
  • Looks like I would fail miserably in this game.  Does anyone use NFC for anything? 
  • I do, quick links to websites, pics, and videos
  • I have a key holder type NFC hanging on My car's rare view mirror. When tapped it starts my 920's Nokia drive app and set the Destination to my home address...
  • Because you forget how to get home after work daily?
  • Well not everybody work at a regular office everyday and come home from there everyday...
    One don't have to use it everyday but it's there when one needs it.
    Try it and you might even get used to it =)
  • I've got a stand for a phone, with nfc tag next to it, whenever I'm not using my phone (or charge it via usb) i use the tag to run some nifty clock application while phone's lying on the stand.
  • I use it to turn on Bluetooth in my office. I programmed a sticker. Nothing exciting, but its pretty much one of the only places I use Bluetooth and it saves me from having to clutter my start screen with a tile.
  • I have a Nokia Wireless Charging stand for my Lumia which can use NFC to launch an app when the phone is charging. A really nice use of NFC ;)
    and this GROW game is really cool
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