It’s not a huge surprise that there’s not a massive influx of new, must-buy games on the App Store this week. After all, GDC is happening, so everyone’s busy at parties and networking and dying from a sinister form of jetlag.
That said, there are at least two games on this list that are well worth your time. And a couple more that could prove distracting enough to stick around on your homescreen for a good long while. As usual there are download links below, and if you think we’ve missed anything, let us know in the comments section.
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Built by Snowman's Alto's Odyssey has been public knowledge for more than a year (and was subject to a last-minute delay in late summer), but it's finally here… almost. The Alto's Adventure sequel is now slated to launch on iOS and Apple TV devices… Engadget RSS Feed
Snowman’s Alto’s Odyssey  was originally supposed to launch in Summer last year. It was delayed to make sure it is as polished as can be and after some silence, we finally have not just a release date but also a pre-order for the long awaited sequel to Alto’s Adventure [$ 4.99]. This is a standalone experience and you can go into it without playing Alto’s Adventure. There will be unlockable characters here with their own abilities and a relaxing mode called Zen Mode. This will remove all coins, power ups, and scores and just let you explore the endless desert.
Instead of being a direct sequel with similar gameplay, Alto’s Odyssey takes things in a different direction. There will be wall jumping, balloon bouncing, and more. Alto’s Odyssey even has a photo mode that lets you get the perfect shots to perfectly soak in the gorgeous artwork. As expected, every single screenshot on the App Store for this game is wallpaper worthy and I’m always impressed by the art direction from the team at Snowman.
Alto’s Odyssey is a single purchase with no in app purchases or ads and it will sync your progress across iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV through iCloud. You can pre-order it on the App Store right now. I’m glad we finally have a release date for it and can’t wait to play Alto’s Odyssey. In the meantime, you can check out our forum thread for it.
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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be available worldwide on November 22nd. It’s coming to Android and iPhone devices and will be free with in-app purchases available.
Nintendo’s new mobile Animal Crossing game will see you creating a character and managing a campsite. You’ll need to gather resources to craft items for your camp, including furniture and decorations. You can make friend with characters, including other real-life Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp players, who may later show up to visit your campsite.
You’ll also have a camper that you can take to different locations like a beach, a forest, and a river. The camper can be customized just like your campsite.
In addition to collecting resources to build items, you’ll collect Bells to spend on items in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. You’ll have the option of spending real money to buy Leaf Tickets, too, which you can use to shorten the time to craft items, more easily acquire materials, and get unique exterior camper designs.
Animal Crossing may not be quite as well-known as Mario, but it is still a major Nintendo property and it’s good to see it coming to mobile devices. It’s also great to see that that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be hitting Android and iPhone devices worldwide this week after Super Mario Run launched on Android three months after its iPhone debut.
Are you going to try Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp?
While Animal Crossing Pocket Camp has been soft launched for a while now, when the rest of the world get to play the game had been up for debate. We’ve talked a lot on our podcast that there’s no way that Nintendo would miss the potential real-world spread of the game between family members over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and sure enough, that’s what’s happening. The game will be released globally on November 22nd.
This is potentially great news for anyone looking for something to play on their phone while the rest of your family argues about politics or whatever else! We’ve been having a good time with the soft launched version, and I’m really anxious to see how Nintendo eventually expands the game over time.
Nintendo’s third proper mobile game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, will be released on November 22nd, the company has announced. Previously pegged for a late November release, the free-to-play game has already been made available in Australia as a soft launch.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a camping-themed take on Nintendo’s addictive city life simulator, and may well be the company’s most successful mobile game yet. The series regularly sells extremely well on Nintendo’s dedicated hardware platforms, and the slow-paced design that rewards daily play should make a lot of sense on mobile — as long as Nintendo isn’t too aggressive with its microtransactions.