When the visually stunning platformer Viking Mushroom went silent after its initial unveiling back in the summer of 2015, nobody was more excited than I was to see it resurrected under a brand new name last month. That new name is Oddmar, and it really looked like the few years of silence were put to good use polishing up the experience. Oddmar is a free movement platformer starring a viking of the same name who is out to protect the world from a bad guy with a humongous nose. Or something like that. It’s from some of the folks who are responsible for Leo’s Fortune [$ 4.99], one of the best platformers on mobile, so you know Oddmar is worth getting excited about. We were able to go hands-on with Oddmar during GDC a couple of weeks back, and were really impressed with what we saw. Here’s the official trailer again in case you missed it before.
Pretty crazy, yeah? Ever since seeing that new trailer, I’ve been dying to know when I’d be able to get my hands on the official release version of Oddmar. Well, now we know. The game is set to launch on April 19th for $ 4.99, and it’s up for pre-order on the App Store right now. Just click on this link on an iOS 11 device and you’ll be taken to the App Store page for Oddmar where you’ll purchase the game and, when it launches, you’ll get a notification on your device that it’s out and the game itself will automatically download to your phone or tablet. It’s like buying stuff in the future. So if you’ve been excited for Oddmar too, whether it be from its recent re-introduction or from back when it was known as Viking Mushroom, I think it’s pretty safe to go ahead an pre-order this sucker and look forward to playing it nonstop once April 19th rolls around.
Way back in December of 2015, Implosion – Never Lose Hope [$ 9.99] and VOEZ [Free] developer Rayark began teasing a gorgeous upcoming title called Sdorica – Sunset. It wasn’t clear at that time what type of game Sdorica was exactly, but that teaser did show some amazing artwork and animation and given the pedigree of this developer it was worth being excited for. After going quite for nearly two years, Sdoricasoft-launched in September of last year and we finally got a glimpse of what the game was all about. To my surprise it was a matching RPG hybrid with a detailed story and, again, some seriously impressive visuals. Folks who took the soft-launched game for an early spin also had overwhelmingly positive things to say about it in our forums. Check out the most recent trailer for Sdorica to see how beautiful it is in action.
So, after such a long development period and a fairly lengthy soft-launch period where all sorts of adjustments and updates were released, Rayark is finally ready to launch Sdorica to the masses next month on April 19th. There’s a pre-registration campaign already in effect, which has reached nearly all of its milestones for unlocking in-game bonuses when the official launch happens. If you haven’t pre-registered yet then you can do so on the official website, and for Android folks you can also pre-register through the Google Play Store. Sdorica is launching on both iOS and Android on the same day, so whether you’ve had your eye on this one for the past couple of years or this is the first you’re hearing about it, be sure to mark your calendars as this feels like it’s going to be something really special.
Sorry, iOS gaming enthusiasts – I’ve crossed over to join the villainous Carter Dotson on the dark side. After having an iPhone for literally my entire smartphone-owning life, I’ve decided to take the plunge into the unknown and treat myself to a Pixel 2. All things considered, I’m loving it, despite one major flaw: the games. Many high-profile titles are missing from the Google Play store, and while I still have my beloved iPad to make sure I don’t miss out on anything, I find myself wishing I could jump into the likes of Alto’s Odyssey [$ 4.99] on the go. However, today one major Android absence can be crossed off the list. The Room: Old Sins [$ 4.99] was Fireproof Games’ excellent 2018 take on their beloved puzzle series, which we adored in our glowing five star review on its release, and on April 19th Android gamers can finally try out the title too.
The Room [$ 0.99 (HD)] series has been consistently brilliant since its debut on mobile all the way back in 2012, and Old Sins was very much a return to the intimate puzzle-solving of the first two games that made it such a hit with fans. Exploring every nook and cranny of the various dioramas within the game is absolutely fascinating, and the way Fireproof create so much backstory and conjure up an ethereal atmosphere through saying so little is really mobile gaming at its peak. The Room: Old Sins may be the fourth game in the franchise, but it’s an excellent starting point for anyone interested in the concept – even though I’d recommend anyone to go through the previous titles, if just for the fact they’re great too. This Android release has been highly anticipated for months, and it’s good to have April 19th in the diary as a solid release date. Fireproof promise more details on pre-registration and an open beta soon, but until then, head to our forum thread for more discussion on The Room: Old Sins.
HBO’s upcoming adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 finally has a release date: May 19th, 2018, according to Variety. The network announced the project last year, which stars Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan and The Shape of Water’s Michael Shannon. Ramin Bahrani (99 Houses) directed and co-wrote the film.
Bradbury published the novel in 1953, expanding several shorter works about censorship and authoritarianism. In this future, books are banned, viewed as dangerous to society for the ideas that impart. The government employs a task force of people, called Firemen, to set the books on fire when they’re discovered. The novel and film follows one such fireman, Guy Montag, who begins to doubt his job and…
Another week has flown by. Sometimes it feels like the only truly unstoppable thing is time. Time will make dust of us all. But before it does, we should probably play as many awesome mobile videogames as we can. Am I right, or am I right?
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Headshot ZD: Survivor vs Zombies Doomsday, an action survival game where you—as you can guess from the title—take out zombies, rescue those who’ve been lucky enough to survive like Glenn did in The Walking Dead, build up a camp that can withstand the apocalypse, and keep on surviving. As you can see from the trailer, there’s a whole map you can explore and clear out of zombies. In order to keep going, though, you have to keep your base up and running by collecting resources and upgrading the various buildings in the base. If that was all there is to the game, it would be just another base builder, but Headshot also adds a 2D shooting part where you select various weapons and go to town on those zombie heads.
The game has some really cool pixel art, a ton of content (more than 100 unique types of survivors and zombies according to the developer), and looks like it’s going to be fun to play. Headshot ZD is going to be free and should release October 19th (or thereabouts). If you want to learn more about the game, head over to our forums.
Although the Google.com domain name was registered on September 15, 1997 and it technically celebrated its 20th birthday a couple of weeks ago, Google likes to celebrate its birthday closer to when the company officially launched. And for the past years, it’s sort of chosen September 27 as its birthday. You may notice that today is actually September 28, but we were overwhelmed with plenty of news yesterday and had to miss the birthday party.