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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...

Our weekly new game roundup doesn't happen until tomorrow, but developer Dumb Luck Games launched their new title Retro Highway [Free] at such an odd time (as far as mobile game releases are concerned, anyway) that I wanted to make sure that it didn't slip through the cracks. You might recall I posted about Retro Highway earlier this month, as I'm a huge OutRun fan from the time I was little and have loved all the retro-racer homages that have launched on mobile over the years, like Horizon Chase, Highway Runners, or the Final Freeway series. I also happened to own a Sega Master System when I was a kid, and the pack-in game was the classic arcade motorcycle racer Hang-On, so I have all sorts of fond memories of retro motorcycle racing. The trailer for Retro Highway looked to call back to many of those classics, while also putting its own modern mobile gaming spin on things with missions to complete and an upgrade system to work through. Here's the launch trailer so you can see Retro Highway in action...




It's inevitable that there will be some stragglers after we post our weekly list of new game releases, and in today's case that straggler is none other than the stylish side-scrolling beat 'em up Golem Rage [$2.99] from Zuki Games. We've been following this one ever since we first laid eyes on it back in June of 2016, and after a lengthier than planned development cycle and multiple beta test periods, the game is now finished up and available on the App Store. The idea behind Golem Rage is that it's a runner blended with beat 'em up elements, and you'll play as this charming and misunderstood golem who everyone is out to attack. As you run through each level your goal is to get to the finish as quickly as possible, smashing, bashing, and destroying anything and anyone that gets in your way...

Back in the early days of the App Store, Gameloft became known as the folks who would bring "highly inspired" versions of popular console and PC games to mobile. Gangstar was their take on Grand Theft Auto, Modern Combat was their take on Call of Duty, Brothers in Arms was their Medal of Honor, Order & Chaos was their World of Warcraft, Dungeon Hunter was their Diablo, and… well, you get the picture. Love or hate the idea of a company aping popular titles like that, you had to hand it to Gameloft for being one of the only companies back then bringing those fuller gaming experiences to the mobile platform. One of my favorite of the Gameloft derivatives was the N.O.V.A. series, which originally aped Halo pretty hard but by the third release felt much more inspired by Crytek's Crysis series. Basically, a sci-fi first-person shooter, and a pretty fun one to boot...

The long-running Habbo franchise gets its latest game, out now on mobile, called Hotel Hideaway [Free], and it's a social MMO where you get to interact with other hotel denizens on a giant, permanent vacation resort. You can do all sorts of stuff. You can spin the wheel for prizes, you can buy new outfits, get a new hair color, mine for new materials from interdimensional rifts...you know, typical vacation stuff. There's also a whole gesture system where you can combine different body parts and movements to do different things, like shaking a giant foam fist at other people. The whole game's a lot about interaction and talking with people, so please don't be a jerk. This hotel is supposed to be classy, don't go telling people to die! But, as a social MMO, I guess that's what people are gonna do...

Dust: An Elysian Tail [$5.99] is a fantastic combat-heavy Metroidvania-style action adventure game that originally released on Xbox 360 during the summer of 2012 but has since made its way to pretty much every other platform, including a surprisingly great iOS port in October of 2015. Besides being a great game, Dust also made waves for being almost entirely the work of just a single developer, Dean Dodrill of studio Humble Hearts. Given its incredible art and animation and overall level of quality, that's almost impossible to believe, but it's true. ..

Thomas Huffman's Up Golf [Free] is out now, and it's a fun game worth downloading. This is a 2D vertical golfing game in the vein of Super Stickman Golf, where you're trying to instead constantly ascend, getting a point for each hole you get your character-turned-golf-ball into. You can skip holes, but I don't recommend it. ..

'Marvel Strike Force' Guide - How to Assemble a Great Team for Free

Marvel Strike Force [Free] is the kind of game that you would have assumed already existed. It's a turn-based strategy RPG that has you gather five Marvel superheroes, villains, or in some cases, a mixture of both, and pit them against the teams of other players (asynchronously, alas) or waves of AI opponents from the movies and comics. If comparisons are more your thing, it's a lot like Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes except with Marvel characters and by a different developer, FoxNext Games. Even if you've never played that game, chances are you've played something similar on mobile and Marvel Strike Force won't be extremely difficult for you to grasp...

Shadowgun Legends from MADFINGER Games [Free] has finally launched worldwide on iOS and Android. The much-awaited FPS game had quite a long development period. Announced way back in August of 2016, Shadowgun Legends looks diverge a bit from the formula of the previous 2 installments, Shadowgun and Shadowgun: Deadzone. Legends promises the same fast-paced FPS action but with RPG mechanics sprinkled in, as well as a few additional PvP elements...

After its release in China and a soft launch in Canada, Tencent's PUBG Mobile [Free] is out now worldwide. While two versions released in China, the game made by Lightspeed is the one that released internationally. This was regarded as the better of the two versions by the community, though the Timi version, Army Attack, might still make it out worldwide if it has alternate modes. However, its base game is the same as Lightspeed's version...

League of Geeks' digital strategy board game, Armello [Free], has finally completed its long and winding path to mobile, and is out now worldwide! The game actually started as an iPad tile early in development, before its development took it to PC and consoles, where the title has grown a sizable userbase and sees a ton of content released for it regularly. But after so long, the mobile version is finally here, and you can play it on your iPhone or iPad...

Originally dated on the beginning of the month, #WarGames [Free] from Sam Barlow (Her Story [$3.99]) is finally available on iOS. #WarGames is a reimagining of the classic 1980s movie of the same name (no hashtag in the 80s though). Kelly, played by Jess Nurse of Scandal and Grace and Frankie, is an ex military brat who wants to fix the world and can only imagine doing so through some hacking. She joins up with more international hackers to bring out world peace. Watch the announcement trailer for it below:..

As promised, Beamdog have launched Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear [$9.99] in the iOS App Store today. Taking place between the original Baldur's Gate [$9.99], which launched back in 1998, and Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn [$9.99], which launched in 2000, Siege of Dragonspear is a brand new title bridging the gap between those two stories. It's built in the same Infinity Engine that was used on the original two Baldur's Gate games, lending it some old-school authenticity, but with some additional fixes and features that are along the lines of what Beamdog did with their Enhanced Edition remakes of the first two games. ..

MidBoss' cyberpunk adventure game Read Only Memories: Type-M [Free] is out now on the App Store. The game has you exploring San Francisco, circa 2064, in a world full of robots and genetic modifications, and a conspiracy involving the disappearance of Parallax engineer Hayden Webber. Your goal as the player is to work with Hayden's robot Turing and uncover the mystery in the rapidly-changing world of Neo-San Francisco...

The legend of Redshift's The Quest [$3.99] just continues to grow as today a new expansion called Macha's Curse [$2.99] has arrived for the game. The Quest is an old-school style grid-based first-person RPG that began on handheld computing devices more than a decade ago. When the iPhone (and iPod touch and iPad) arrived they presented a perfect home for the beloved series. Several years back developer Redshift set out to remake the game in high definition, and while the original app and its many, MANY expansions continue to exist in the App Store the "HD" versions are the ones that are now the focus of development. Previously available expansions like Island of Ice and Fire and Hero of Lukomorye have made the jump to HD as well, but as far as I can tell Macha's Curse is a brand new expansion that hasn't been released before...

Playdigious and Shiro Games have just released Evoland 2 [$6.99] on the App Store. Evoland 2 on iOS is a universal game and it includes an Apple TV version. A little while ago, we were told that it would not be releasing on iOS for a few reasons and it is good to see how things have changed since then. I loved Evoland [$1.99] and I’m glad to be able to play the sequel on iOS. Evoland and Evoland 2 have seen success in general and hopefully things go well with the iOS port. Watch the trailer for the mobile version that is now available below:..

Following its soft-launch last summer and its staggered official launch over the course of this past month, Bandai Namco has officially launched Tekken [Free] worldwide a couple of days ahead of schedule. In case you haven't been following along, this is a mobile-ized version of the classic fighting game franchise, which means it's a simplified "swipe fighter" like Marvel Contest of Champions [Free] or Injustice 2 [Free] rather than a full-fledged fighting game with virtual buttons like Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition [$4.99]. It features a huge cast of Tekken characters, each coming in a variety of classes and styles. The big differentiator in Tekken compared to other swipe fighters is its Waza Card system which sees you collecting and upgrading a variety of special move cards and then equipping up to three of them during battle. Unlike similar games which typically have 3 levels of special move per character, in Tekken you can mix and match your Waza Cards to create different fighting styles and then blend those card-based special moves into your normal swipe and tap fighting to create a variety of cool combos...

Mad Otter Games had a vision of a full-scale MMORPG that could be played at home on your PC or out and about while on your mobile devices, with the ability to jump between platforms seamlessly. The result is Villagers & Heroes [Free], which has been out on both PC and Android for quite a while but has finally landed on iOS today as well. In it you'll find all the features you'd expect from a full desktop-class MMORPG including thousands of story-driven quests, raids to battle in with your crew, mounts to ride across the vast lands, weapons and equipment that you can forge and enchant with magical items, and persistent villages where your character can live and help towards making improvements and expanding the village footprint. All of this takes place in a colorful, World of Warcraft-esque fantasy realm which you can see in the following Villagers & Heroes trailer...

If there's one thing I've learnt from covering major App Store releases over the past two years, it's that you can never trust release dates. Alto's Odyssey [$4.99], the eagerly-awaited follow-up to 2015's universally acclaimed and adored endless runner Alto's Adventure [$4.99], was scheduled to launch on iOS tomorrow, but here we are. I'm not sure why I'm complaining about being blindsided by release dates, as five minutes with Alto's Odyssey confirms everything you'd expect from a pseudo-sequel to one of the most beloved mobile releases of recent times - Snowman have yet again created a game that is aesthetically stunning, while also varied and accessible enough to be a lot of fun to play. Alto's Odyssey is available to download on the App Store for $4.99 right now, and while we'll have a review out very soon, I'm sure most ardent iOS advocates have already downloaded it by this point in the article...

One thing that still amuses me about the App Store is after all these years it seems like there still isn't a great way to release a game at a specific time and have any level of certainty that it'll actually happen because of how weird iTunes Connect can be. Developers typically pull the trigger early just to make sure there aren't any problems, which is why you see so many games leak out a day or two before their "official" release. (Amusingly, this also creates back-end drama for us as developers sometimes insist their game is "not officially out" yet for coverage purposes, even though anyone can download it.)..

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