If dog years are the equivalent of seven human years, I can't even begin to comprehend how long App Store years are. It feels like we get a month's worth of game announcements and releases practically every week, and while this is great for anyone starved of things to do, it also means many brilliant concepts and ideas get buried under the sheer volume of news. If we go back all the way to 2015, Viking Mushroom was one such game that really generated a lot of excitement and anticipation from our community - the beautifully animated cartoon graphics looked like you were playing a cartoon, and some tight platforming action made the overall package from developer MobGe a particularly enticing prospect. However, Viking Mushroom soon missed its 2016 release date, and news was relatively sparse on this promising upcoming platformer. It may have taken a while, but we finally have our update. Viking Mushroom has been reborn as a brand new game as Oddmar, and while it retains the abundant charm of its source material, it's evident from the preview trailer that the game has come a long way over the past few years.

After the beautifully drawn and entirely over-the-top animated intro to Oddmar, the actual gameplay footage manages to keep this whimsical design and put it through a number of dramatically different environments. From dimly lit dungeons with ominous dark monsters flowing with blood, to grandiose environments with two huge goddesses in the horizon, Oddmar completely embraces its viking theme in every aspect of its design. The platforming action looks varied, from your typical obstacle-dodging action to more nuanced escapades on the back of beasts and other vehicles, and it's clear the development time has allowed Oddmar to fully integrate its eclectic influences to the max. In terms of art style, Oddmar is a serious contender for one of the best looking games currently on iOS, and it's encouraging to see the promise of Viking Mushroom translate perfectly to the 2018 App Store.

Considering the developer's pedigree - which includes working on the equally pretty Leo's Fortune [$2.99] - Oddmar is an incredibly safe bet for platforming and adventure fans alike. With a tentative Spring 2018 date, hopefully we finally see Oddmar reach the smaller screen sooner rather than later. Until then, let us know your impressions on our Oddmar forum thread, and with our Discord community on the official TouchArcade server.

  • YankeeBlue000

    Blown away!! Rayman-like quality. I’m excited

  • LordVandal

    Please make it free-to-play in the same vein as rayman adventures, easily playable and accessible. Worth every minute I’ve spent on it

    • wookies1979

      Why? It's allegedly a premium title for a very reasonable price. Honestly free to play/iap has stopped so many developers trying good premium titles. Remember when Dead Space and Nova, FIFA and various others were regular full price (wow a whole £3-5), there was so much to be excited about back then...

      • Ivan Zucchelli

        As an indiedev working on a paid game without any trace of freemium (Golem Rage, we have a few articles on TouchArcade ^^) : THANK YOU.
        You're goddamn right ! Freemium almost always influence players' progression & fun for me.

    • nkarafo

      Emmm No! Just No! Free2play has to end! Premium games are waaay better!

      • Stormourner

        freemium games will live on and nothing is better, the only thing that needs to stop is your negative attitude

      • DanCJ

        The truth is somewhere in-between. There are good freemium games out there and there also plenty of games ruined by freemium.

        The crucial thing for me is that in terms of difficulty and pace, premium games are designed to provide the best possible experience. Freemium games are (for the most part) designed to make the user have a great experience until they’re hooked and then gradually want to spend more and more money.

        So yeah, I’d prefer this one to be premium.

      • nkarafo

        I assume you don't have enough money or job and you want free games all the time? Maybe you are a kid?

      • Stormourner

        I play both freemium and premium games, I'm happy with my job, think twice before you comment ;P

      • Henry Law

        free2play won't end and possibly will keep on mess up the industry , thanks to those worthless lowlifes like @lordvandal , people like that will always be the mass and we are in the niche market and a minority

      • nkarafo

        I totally agree! free2play is like a disease !

    • metalcasket

      How do you downvote again? 😛

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/rrvirus redribbon

        im looking to it as well.

    • denisvj

      Please make it premium

    • Stormourner

      LMAO!! you shouldn't say that to some sensitive premium gamers XD

  • YankeeBlue000

    I hope it’s premium

  • LordVandal

    Yeah yeah.. it’s all premium..till someone loses an eye..#serioussam

  • rhinofinger

    Looks amazing!

  • CarlRJ

    The title grabbed me, remembering a different game previewed here some time back, that had Vikings attacking coastal towns, with very fluid animation, but TD/RTS style rather than platformer. Hmm. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

    • HouseofG

      Nope. But now you have "Immigrant Song" stuck in my head!

      • CarlRJ

        Good, it's a great song! First Led Zep got it stuck in my head, then "Viking Kittens" did it again, and most recently, "Thor: Ragnarok". And my 6yo niece has become fond of playing it.

  • sinanayurt

    Holy shit I need this right now! Looks like they did great job copying exactly Rayman Legends that is we all wait long time on mobile. Ubisoft will never made premium rayman game on mobile and this will be cure for us. So excited.

  • nagash

    I reached a point that, when I see a great new mobile game, I just wish it to be released on Switch where I do actually play games.

  • lezrock

    Great effort! Go premium.