The Next Big Thing collection gives you December’s best Windows Phone indie games in one place

The monthly Next Big Thing collection on the Windows Phone Store is one-stop shop for the best games from indie developers and the most recent batch includes new games such as “Dark Lands,” “Crumble Zone” and “Jack’s Mistake.”

There are 30 games in the collection, and here’s a sampling of seven of those next big things:

As you can see from the image above, “Dark Lands” is a lot of things — an infinity running game, a fantasy horror game and a dynamic combat system that pits you against goblins, orcs, skeletons, trolls and ogres. “Sky Cups” takes a lighter touch with matching cups as they stack up under a hippo. (By the way, this was voted Best Casual Mobile Game of 2013.) In “Crumble Zone,” you help a little green alien fight for his planet by shooting down asteroids as you rotate around the planet in a wild orbit.

The battle card game “Lies Of Astaroth” defines epic, with more than 100 exquisitely drawn characters and a storyline that involves you meeting the God of Prophesy and traveling through a world of spies and thieves. In “Doodle Kingdom” you can rule a medieval fantasy world as a Necromancer, return the family castle to prosperity or breed and raise four types of dragons. In the modern world, destroy a dangerous virus unleashed through 40 levels of puzzles in “Jack’s Mistake.”

Finally, “9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek” ups the creep factor in merging a mystery with classic horror and gritty, ‘40s-style noir in a game full of hidden object scenes (like the one below) and hours of gameplay.

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Check out all of these games and the rest of The Next Big Thing collection in the Windows Phone Store and read more the collection on the Windows Phone Blog.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff