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Handy Games announces 1941: Frozen Front and Townsmen for Windows Phone 8

Next up in our Casual Connect USA gaming coverage are two titles from an established Windows Phone developer. Earlier this year, Handy Games (one of Germany’s largest mobile game studios) jumped onto our platform with two impressive Windows Phone 8 titles: Epic Battle Dude – a “one-dimensional“ casual RPG and Aces of Luftwaffe – a vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up. Both are great games (especially Aces) and both are free to play.

So what does the studio have in store for us next? Quite a lot, it turns out. Christopher Kassulke, CEO and owner of Handy Games revealed to us the next two games in the pipeline for Windows Phone 8: 1941: Frozen Front and Townsmen. We were in town for a casual games conference, but both games looked deeper and more fully featured than the average casual title. Get the full scoop in our video after the break!

1941: Frozen Front

Windows Phone already has a handful of quality strategy titles, including Armed! and Great Big War Game. But we don’t have a historical themed hex- and turn-based strategy game just yet. Frozen Front takes place in the early days of World War II, though it uses the war as a jumping off point rather than focusing on specific battles gone by.

1941: Frozen Front

Players begin each mission with a variety of units: infantry, tanks, artillery, planes, and more. You’ll move each unit across the map’s hex grid, uncovering the fog of war as you search for the enemy. Each unit gets one attack per turn, so you’ll need to consider whether it will survive an attack (the game tells you how much damage both sides will take) before assaulting an enemy unit.

Killing enemies gets you gold which can then be spent on new units and more. Complete missions skillfully to earn a gold bonus too. Or you can buy gold as an In-App Purchase (IAP); all of Handy Game’s titles are free to play. And you never have to buy gold if you don’t want to. Strategy fans can complete the entire game without making a purchase.

1941: Frozen Front will also support pass-and-play multiplayer at launch. Online multiplayer might be added in a future update


This one is the seventh installment in the long-running Townsmen series of city building games. Don’t confuse it with games like Ice Age Village. Townsmen has much more in common with the Settlers or Sim City games.

Players will create a small medieval town and control all aspects of its growth and infrastructure. Build homes for villagers, places for them to work, and roads to connect everything together. The game operates on a seasonal cycle. Corn won’t grow in the winter, so you’ll need to stockpile it earlier in the year. Homes and buildings require repairs otherwise they might catch on fire. If your citizens aren’t happy, they won’t pay their taxes. Then how will you build and expand your town?

Buildings do take time to create and produce resources, which creates an incentive to check in with the game throughout the day. You can hurry things along by spending Prestige Points you earn or buy via IAP. But Townsmen is a game you’re meant to play for long periods of time instead of just collecting resources and running, so it will be quite a bit more engaging than Farmville-style games.

1941: Frozen Front and Townsmen will both be free to play when they arrive on Windows Phone 8 later this year. In the meantime, here are links for the first two titles from Handy Games:

  • Aces of the Luftwaffe – Windows Phone 8 – 41 MB – Free – Store Link
  • Epic Battle Dude – Windows Phone 8 – 38 MB – Free – Store Link

QR: Aces of the Luftwaffe

QR: Epic Battle Dude

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

  • Make them for Windows rt also...
  • Yes please! The city building game sounds exactly what I've been looking for
  • My Country? That's there on both RT and WP8.
  • Have you ever played Townsmen? My Country is a kindergarden comparing to it
  • Hope they can publish these games here in the Brazilian Stores...
  • Imagine if we could play c&c generals 2 phone version ofc.
    I would sooo buyyy thaatt :p
  • +920 ^_^
  • +1020 :-D
  • Xbox Live, pleasee.. :(
  • ^^ this; I don't ussually bother with games that don't have Xbox Live integration on WP.
  • Unfortunately, they're not interested in Xbox Live support.
  • Nice move. I've been dying to see Townsmen on Windows.
  • Paul, it seems that a lot of gaming studios are taking Windows Phone more seriously and releasing quality games. I love it!
  • I hate free to play games with a passion but these two games might implement it slightly better than most. Free to play games ruin immersion because they make you think about real world money to continue to play.
  • I'm not a big fan of strategy games but they seem to be very popular with the masses so I'm glad to see them come aboard no doubt. I'm more of a shooter gamer, 1st or 3rd person. We definitely need to see more of these types of titles come to the platform, although we do have a nice selection already there is a lot more out there that could come this way. Gaming definitely seems to be getting better all be it slowly in quality and quantity. This is very exciting times for Windows platform.
  • Not that big of a fan of free to play. Especially not when a game asks you to wait or pay up to hurry things along.
  • I hope WP would have Street Fighter and other fighting games, too.. Also, more mainstream, casual ones like Candy Crush or Minion Rush(?) and make them free or .99 for being Xbox titles.
  • Frozen Front looks pretty cool.
  • Is it like Townsmen 6 in symbian? Wow, just wow!!!!!!11111!!!
  • Townsmen that you see here is the seventh part of the series. So way better as the one you mentioned on symbian ;)
  • Wish these were Xbox Live titles. Great though;
  • That is one bad ass looking CEO.
  • No joke!
  • thx dude ;)
  • I have been waiting for a WW2 strategy game. Sweet!
  • Awesome user name...! :-)
    On topic: Would love to see those games with Xbox, otherwise I don't really care.
  • Thanks!
  • I hope they are released for W8 and RT.
  • WPCentral keeps me update with awesome stuff about my phone, makes me love my phone even more.
  • Yeah boi❕
  • These both look awesome. I plan on checking them out for sure.
  • Would be a huge shame if these games are not released for windows rt / 8
  • sorry to say RT is dead.
  • As long as Windows 8 games can run on low spec devices, RT software will stick around.
  • Anyone notice the WPC app is displaying the wrong games in the swipe to the right page?
  • It's showing links to Aces of the Luttwulf and Epic battle Dude
  • There's a very good reason for that. Read the last paragraph of the article (and all the preceding ones for good measure).
  • Yeah, the link is way off
  • Tofu, for making the exact same mistake as Ed you have to go to the back of the line.
  • Not the back of the line!
  • lol I guess I should have read the whole article...
  • Townsmen looks nice. I like medieval themed games.
  • Townsmen is a potential insta buy, we will see.
  • Its free ;)
  • Townsmen sounds very nice, but Epic Battle Dude will fill the gap in nicely.  Hopefully it won't eat up too much of my other. 
  • Both games look interesting, allthough Townsmen does not seem like my type of game.
    I like the gameplay of Frozen Front, reminds me a bit of civilization. The graphics themselves look nice, I just think the animations could use a little bit of fine tuning (make vehicles not move/drive sideways).
    Either way, my wishlist is a "Rollercoaster Tycoon" like game for Windows Phone and/or Windows 8/RT. I know I can run RCT2 on my Acer Icona W510, but it's not suited for touchscreen controls.