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'Oddmar' Review - This Game Earns its Place in Valhalla

If you're a fan of paid mobile games, and you don't buy Oddmar [$4.99], you are the problem. If the developer Senri had any sense whatsoever, they would have released this on other platforms like the Switch first, and then released it on mobile maybe someday in the distant future. This is one of the best-looking mobile games of all time. And it's an incredibly fun action-platformer that anyone who cares about mobile gaming, or just wants a fun game to play, has to pick this up. It's not an option. This game is a mandatory purchase for all mobile gaming enthusiasts...

A few releases back, SEGA added Gunstar Heroes to the SEGA Forever line-up. It's an awesome game, one that put the name of its developer Treasure on the map. Even if it's not ideal when experienced with touch controls, I'm sure many SEGA fans who own iOS devices are glad to have it. At the same time, however, it is a game that was previously released on iOS several years ago. That version of the app had long since been broken by iOS version updates, but the fact remains that Gunstar Heroes isn't exactly new to the platform. Treasure's other great 16-bit games, on the other hand, represent fresh ground for mobile devices. As luck would have it, SEGA has opted to resume their SEGA Forever releases with one of those titles, the imaginative platformer Dynamite Headdy [Free]...




Developer Jussi Simpanen aka Adventure Islands released Duke Dashington Remastered [Free] back in November of last year, just a handful of days after Apple's latest device the iPhone X hit the market. Given the timing of the release, it's no surprise that the game didn't support the full screen of the iPhone X at the time, but it was still disappointing to iPhone X owners like myself and has only grown more so in the months since. Well! Thankfully Adventure Islands was already on the case, and decided to roll iPhone X screen support into a juicy new content update for Duke Dashington Remastered which has just hit the App Store today. The new content comes in the form of the Crystal Caverns dungeon which offers 30 brand new levels complete with their own new Game Center achievements and Time Trial leaderboard. Here's a brief glimpse of the game running on an iPhone X...

We've been all kinds of excited for Oddmar [$4.99], a new game from the folks behind one of the App Store's best ever platformers Leo's Fortune [$4.99], ever since we learned about it last month. In fact though the story of Oddmar goes back even further than that. Originally announced in 2015 under the name Viking Mushroom, it looked like the project might never see the light of day due to going silent following its unveiling. Thankfully that wasn't the case, and after that re-debut last month and our hands-on time with the game at GDC about a week later, Oddmar was given an official release date of April 19th and was put up for pre-order in the App Store a couple of weeks ago. Generally, pre-order games don't go live until the actual day listed on the pre-order page, but to the delight of many anxious gamers like myself Oddmar has broken that tendency and is now live in the App Store a day early...

'Ovivo' Review - No Grey Areas

'Ovivo' Review - No Grey Areas

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April 9th, 2018 7:00 PM EDT by Andrew Fretz in $1.99, 5 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Platform, Reviews
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You don't usually think of meditation and video games in the same thought. The serene calm you search for in meditation seems antithetical to the pulse pounding shooters or brain scratching puzzles or edge of your seat cinematic story books you find in most games. It seems to be a weird way to introduce a game, as one that does not drive the brain with sensory overload. But that is a core part of Ovivo's [$1.99] identity. So enough talking about what it isn't and what it doesn't do, because there is a lot of meat on the bone of this trimmed down gem...

'Evoland 2' Review: Let's do the Timewarp Again

Shiro Games isn't the type of game company to release tons of games that are broad reaching and cover many genres. This is kind of weird because in order to be proficient at making a game like Evoland 2[$6.99], they have the chops to make a LOT of games. Unlike the original Evoland, the sequel fully explores several genres and manages a voice and a character all it's own. While the first Evoland really never fully pushed past the big names that it pays homage to, Evoland 2 will draw you in and make you forget at times that it is in many ways an almanac of gaming nostalgia. Evoland 2 just recently released on iOS as a port from the PC version, and it is a really great way to play this enchanting game...

'Oddmar' Is a Beautiful Cartoon Viking Platformer From the Developers of 'Leo's Fortune', Releasing This Spring

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...

Do you love dragon guides? Are you constantly upset about the lack of availability of in-game extras? Do you sit around and think "this game is great but why is it so fricken hard?" Do you hate a well-developed story line? If this is you all day then you need to check out Kidarian Adventures [Free]. Kidarian Adventures is a zany new platformer by Russian developer Hard Slime. The game features cute graphics, customizable gear, and little cutscenes that try to keep players intrigued. The gameplay is easy going–think Super Phantom Cat, but without the polish. That being said, this game has certainly kept me entertained - mostly by shear amused confusion...

I got some serious deja-vu when I saw Temple of Spikes: The Legend [$5.99] appeared one the App Store this morning. It turns out that, almost exactly a year to the day, Tigrido announced the debut of the Temple of Spikes [Free] series on the App Store with what was a rather entertaining little arcade game. They may share a similar title, but Temple of Spikes: The Legend couldn't be more different than its predecessor in both gameplay and scope. Now a hardcore twitch platforming title, Temple of Spikes: The Legend takes influence from its speedrunning peers like the excellent Mos Speedrun 2 [$1.99], and the promise of 30 levels and a frankly ridiculous 50+ hours of gameplay underline the game's credentials as Tigrido's first major App Store premium release. After much anticipation, Temple of Spikes: The Legend is available to download for $5.99 today on iOS...

Ketchapp releases so many games nowadays it's hard to even keep track. And on top of just releasing a ton of games, the vast majority of them end up breaking into the top games chart, sometimes just briefly but often for weeks or months at a time. It's truly remarkable. Anyway, their latest game, which launched on the sly with little fanfare or warning this past Friday, is called Flippy [Free]. It's a riff on those side-scrolling auto-run platformers that have you switching from the top of whatever surface you're running on to the bottom, where you're essentially running on the "ceiling" of the level. You do this to avoid hazards and as the game progresses things start moving awfully fast, making this an extremely twitchy experience...

Rusty Moyher delivers a brutal platformer roguelike in Dig Dog [$2.99]. You play as a dog that will go to the ends of the earth to get as many bones as possible, even the ends full of weird evil creatures and spikes everywhere. C'mon dog. Those players out there who enjoy getting tested by games will like this, as it's a well-made platformer with a simple but effective visual style. But even if you like games with no fail state, Dig Dog is here to accommodate you as well...

'Dandara' Review - Gravity-Defying Goodness

'Dandara' Review - Gravity-Defying Goodness

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February 6th, 2018 9:45 AM EDT by Nick Tylwalk in $14.99, 5 stars, Action, iPad Games, iPhone games, Platform, Reviews, Universal
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For anyone who's reached adulthood, few game genres are as comforting as metroidvania. There's something about the combo of action and platforming that just takes you back when done correctly, and Dandara [$14.99] surely does that. While it wears its classic influences very much on its sleeve, this game builds on them with a unique system of movement and a gorgeous environment that beckons you to explore. Even though Dandara launched on multiple platforms, it feels right at home on touchscreens, so much so that you can't help but wonder if this is how it's truly meant to be played...

It feels like a million years ago now, but at one point the most hopping hub for indie games was through web portals containing games built in Flash. Yes, the one that doesn't work with iOS and has largely gone the way of the dodo. Anyway, back in 2006, if you were a Flash game developer, the place to be was Newgrounds. They had a whole bunch of the best Flash games in one place, along with seemingly thousands of, er, learning experiences. It was in this environment that Mr. Fancy Pants, the titular character of Fancy Pants Adventures [Free], made his amazing debut. That game did the most important thing a platformer can do to get going: polished its physics and controls to a fine, fine sheen. It proved incredibly popular, and its developer continued to build on it in his spare time, adding new worlds complete with new gimmicks and moves to play around with...

'Slime Pizza' Review - Why Don't Doggos Like Slime? I Don't Get It.

'Slime Pizza' Review - Why Don't Doggos Like Slime? I Don't Get It.

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January 25th, 2018 1:32 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in 4.5 stars, Games, Platform, Puzzle, Reviews
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If you asked me what a typical Nitrome game is, I'd say it's a fun game with good pixel art, some rockin' chiptune music (provided you un-mute your iPhone) and a super generous free to play system that actually allows you to play through their games provided you have the patience to sit through lots of ads. Slime Pizza [Free] is the latest release published by Nitrome, but it was actually developed by Neutronized who have made a dumb amount of great games. (Which makes you wonder why they sign with publishers, given their track record?) Super Cat Tales [Free] and Drop Wizard Tower [Free] are two of my favorite games of theirs, but looking at their portfolio it's hard to even pick. Interestingly enough, Slime Pizza seems to be a pseudo-sequel spinoff of sorts of Slime Laboratory 2, a Flash-based browser games that shares a lot of visual similarities...

After being mostly dormant for several years, it's sure been nice seeing developer Raptisoft getting active in the mobile space again. After releasing the excellent sequel Hoggy 2 [Free] in July of last year, Raptisoft went on to update two of the platform's best dual-stick shooters with iOS 11 support; Solomon's Keep [Free] in September and Solomon's Boneyard [Free] in October. And hey, while maybe not quite as high profile as their other games it's also quite commendable that Raptisoft updated their Mahjong Blitz [Free] with iOS 11 support last month, its first update since releasing in January of 2010! While we know Raptisoft is still working on a remastered version of Solomon's Keep which is destined for both mobile and desktop, they've also found some time to squeeze in another compatibility update for one of their classics, this time the incredible puzzle platformer Robot Wants Kitty [Free]. Here's the original launch trailer from 7(!) years ago...

'It’s Full of Sparks' Review - A Cracking Good Time

It’s Full of Sparks [Free] is the latest release from prolific App Store publishers Noodlecake and developer Dabadu Games, and it’d be understandable if there were lingering doubts about whether quantity would eventually come at the expense of quality, and if some titles would make less of a bang amongst the iOS community. Thankfully, It’s Full of Sparks lives up to its name - from the outset, Dabadu Games have made a game full of sparks, new ideas and an abundance of charm from start to end. While a ‘platformer’ in the loosest sense of the word, It’s Full of Sparks suits the iPhone and iPad perfectly with its simple but incredibly solid central premise, and inventive level design means it remains engaging even as the novelty begins to wear thin...

Developer Kevin Ng created a smash hit back in May of 2013 with the stylish and frantic Impossible Road [$2.99], but several months before that he was also involved with a cute and quirky side-scrolling platformer called Food Run. This was an auto-running style of platformer, and while it didn't necessarily reinvent the wheel or anything it was one of the more polished and quirky runners on the App Store. It was also novel for being both level-based and fully premium, unlike most of its contemporaries, and it just gushed with fun and personality. Unfortunately Food Run eventually went the way of the dodo, but Ng has resurrected this old favorite with a completely remade version called Food Pals [$2.99] which just hit the App Store earlier today. ..

Super Phantom Cat 2 [Free] gracefully leapt onto the App Store this past August, and while the original game was one of our most favorite mobile platformers, this sequel was an improvement in just about every way. The graphics and especially the animations are much better, there are loads more playable characters to unlock and use, and there are a bunch more special abilities to utilize as you work your way through each level. Levels that are absolutely stuffed with secrets, I should add. Super Phantom Cat 2 is simultaneously a dream come true and a nightmare for completionists such as myself. Anyway, developer Veewo has been great about adding new content to the game following its release, and today's update is perhaps its biggest yet as it stars the world's most famous cat little girl Hello Kitty...

Around two and a half years ago, Sonic Team released their first (and thus far only) mobile game. Sonic Runners finally brought the famous hedgehog to a gameplay style that should have fit like a glove. It was a side-scrolling auto-runner packed with rings to grab, characters to collect, and more nods to SEGA history than you could shake a ceramic knife at. Unfortunately, it was also packed with free-to-play shenanigans galore, using virtually every trick in the book to try to monetize. At its core, the game was fun, with interesting level designs and fairly solid gameplay. That clearly wasn't enough, however, as SEGA ended up pulling the plug on the game less than a year after its debut...

When it comes to games that are never leaving my device, the Mos Speedrun games are most definitely on that list, and today I'm very pleased to see that both games are now updated for the iPhone X screen. The original Mos Speedrun [$0.99] launched in early 2011 and as its name implied it was a platformer centered around completing levels as quickly as possible. It was one of the earlier games to totally nail virtual controls in a highly-demanding precision platformer like this, and I have fond memories of battling for first place on the levels that featured online leaderboard support. Yes, Mos Speedrun is a true classic and one that I often revisit just for fun. Being an iPhone X owner, I naturally prefer that games take advantage of that whole gorgeous screen, and Mos Speedrun looks quite beautiful running on it now...

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