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Prove Your Worth in Valhalla in Oddmar

April 19, 2018 by RSS Feed

Oddmar ($4.99) by Mobge is a challenging action-adventure platformer based on Vikings and Norse mythology. If you enjoyed other recent titles like Reed and Temple of Spikes, then chances are high that you'll like Oddmar. It's from the same development team of Leo's Fortune.

Since I was born in the '80s, I grew up with platformers during my childhood. I have fond memories playing Super Mario Bros. and Sonic the Hedgehog games with my siblings, and going to friends' houses and playing their games as well. Platformers are definitely one of those genres that we consider tried-and-true classics these days, and I'm always up for any new one that happens to pop up on the App Store, which turns out to be a lot. Though they're still a genre I'd prefer to play on a console with physical buttons, titles like Mikey Shorts seem to have perfected the controls, though are hard to come by. Still, Oddmar looked intriguing from the get-go, so I had to give it a shot. Plus, Leo's Fortune was a pretty good game back then, so it gave me high expectations with Oddmar.

$4.99

Leo's Fortune

1337 & Senri LLC

$1.99

Reed ^_^

Crescent Moon Games LLC

$5.99

Temple of Spikes: The Legend

TIGRIDO, INC.

$1.99

Mikey Shorts

BeaverTap Games, LLC

Visually, Oddmar is stunning and gorgeous, but that's to be expected from the team who created Leo's Fortune. Even though this is a side-scrolling platformer, everything appears to be rendered in 3D with the beautifully blurred and scenic landscapes in the background, with contrasting sharpness for the stage in the foreground. These layers give off the illusion of 3D, and it works incredibly well. Oddmar's depiction of Valhalla is ravishing, as the world looks lush and even whimsical. The colors are bold and vibrant, with some more muted, earthy tones mixed in along the way.

Oddmar is a distinctive looking Viking who seems to be bursting with a jolly personality, and the various animals and enemies you'll encounter are just as lively. Animations are smooth and fluid, so there's no issues of lag on my iPhone 8 Plus. The game also features an epic and delightful soundtrack to go along with the epic adventure, complete with what sounds like bagpipes and all. Of course, Oddmar is quite a special Viking, so there are some fun sound effects to go along with everything.

There's a unique story behind Oddmar, and it's revealed to players through a series of motion comics. These are hand-drawn and look fantastic, as they convey emotions and other tones well. Essentially, Oddmar is a rather odd Viking. His village has deemed him not worthy of being in Valhalla since he seems to have squandered all of his potential. However, one day he gets an opportunity to prove himself once more, but at a price. It's kind of amazing that the story of a Viking could be relatable for many of us, right?

Since Oddmar is a platformer, it goes along with the level-based formula. At the moment, there are 24 hand-crafted stages to get through. While that does not sound like much, the levels are pretty lengthy and full of challenging physics-based puzzles. So if you want to finish the game, that means spending some quality sit-down time with it, as there are also a lot of hidden secrets to discover too. The goal in each stage is to make it to the end where the ritual stone is. However, there will be many obstacles and new enemies along the way that try to prevent you from proving your worth as a Viking. Fortunately, you're armed and ready to take on all that stand in your way. Plus, there are checkpoints, so if you die, you'll just pick up from the last checkpoint you reached.

Controls in Oddmar are simple and intuitive. To move left or right, just slide your finger around in the bottom left corner. In order to jump, you'll swipe upwards from the bottom right corner. Though you can't double jump, you're able to jump off of walls, so take advantage of that. To attack, just tap the bottom right corner — if you do it fast enough, Oddmar goes into a slashing combo. You can do a shield slam by swiping down while you're in the air. This can let you reach higher spots if done on a bouncy surface, or you can break weak floors to get to hidden areas. For the most part, the controls are responsive so there isn't too much of an issue with that.

However, I'm not sure I like the swiping controls that are on by default. Fortunately, you can toggle on-screen controls in the settings, which puts buttons on the screen. This works out for me much better, and I'm sure for many others.

As you explore the various lands, Oddmar will find gold triangles to collect along the way. These are the game's currency, and they're plentiful. Every now and then, you'll encounter a shop on the stage, and you can "enter" it by hitting the bell with an attack. This opens up the shop, and you can check out new weapons and shields that you can purchase with your gold. These new additions can increase your attack power and speed, and protect you from more damage, so it's important to upgrade when you can.

Oddmar is a gorgeous action-adventure platformer that keeps you entertained while you prove your worth in Valhalla.

The Good

Oddmar is a fantastic action-adventure platformer that is full of content and challenging at the same time. The game looks beautiful with the hand-crafted artwork and motion comic cutscenes. The music is fun to listen to, and the sound effects give everything a dash of personality. While 24 levels doesn't seem like a lot, the length of each stage is pretty good, and the puzzles can be fairly challenging even for skilled veterans. The checkpoint system is nice since they're pretty frequent, so the game is forgiving and not frustrating. It's an overall great addition to anyone's platformer collection.

The Bad

While there is a lot of good stuff about Oddmar, I did find the swiping controls to be a bit odd to be the default option. At least you can change it to on-screen button controls, so I'm thankful for that. The only other negative is the fact that there are only 24 levels — I hope to see more added in the future, as it would extend the lifespan of the game.

The verdict

As a platformer fan, I love Oddmar. The game is visually amazing, and the music is top notch. Controls are nice once you find your preferred setting, and the gameplay is challenging. It's all rather humorous too, which makes it even more charming. And while there are only 24 levels right now, it will take some time to get through them all considering the length, as well as the hidden secrets to collect. Oh, and there are Dream levels to finish too, so the replay value is high.

Oddmar is available on the App Store as a universal download for your iPhone and iPad for just $4.99. There are no in-app purchases.

9.2

OVERALL

Graphics 10

Replayability 9

Game Controls 9

Sound/Music 9

Gameplay 9

$4.99

Oddmar

Mobge Ltd

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 04/19/2018

April 19, 2018 by RSS Feed

MamaLingua Premium , Farm Story Maker Activity Game for Kids and Toddlers Premium , Change - Currency Converter and more

iPhone:

Change - Currency Converter ( $0.99 → Free ) Sigalit Amsalem Change adds a bit of a style to a normally dull app category. You’re able to choose the currencies you’re converting from and to by swiping across the fields at the top of the screen. As you swipe, you’ll see the conversions instantly performed. You’re also able to reorder, activate, and deactivate currencies by tapping on the “+” button at the bottom of the screen. Change includes a total of 85 currencies.

Universal:

MamaLingua Premium ( $1.99 → Free ) MamaLingua LLC MamaLingua allows parents and children to practice learning Spanish or English together. It includes audio, text translations, and phonetics for more than 900 words in Spanish and English. The 18 categories cover everyday routines like bathing, playing, reading, and sleeping. You’re able to browse the vocabulary and phrases lists alphabetically, or you can search for something specific.

Farm Story Maker Activity Game for Kids and Toddlers Premium ( $2.99 → Free ) Eggroll Games LLC There’s so much to do on Lily’s farm. Your child is able to choose from nine different base scenes and populate their favorites with over 100 fun and cuddly stickers. The stickers can be placed anywhere in the scene with a drag and drop, and they can be resized and rotated with common gestures. Tap on a sticker to bring it to life. Stickers are sorted be category, so it’s easy for your child to find exactly what they’re looking for.

DMD vClone ( $0.99 → Free ) Dermandar There’s no need for manual adjustments with DMD vClone. It’s fully automated, allowing for the best possible cloning results. You’ll want to take at least three videos, but you’re able to use up to seven at once. Keep your iDevice as still as possible while recording your videos, and do your best to align their backgrounds and avoid overlapping subjects to get the best possible results. DMD vClone will automatically stitch the videos together to create a single, perfect video. You’re able to share your creations to YouTube or your favorite social media services.

The Mystery of Blackthorn Castle ( $2.99 → Free ) Syntaxity Inc. Uncle Henry is back at it again. This time he needs you and your newly acquired archeology skills to help him track down a mysterious artifact known to be hidden in the Castle Blackthorn in England. To find the long lost treasure you must pick the correct paths, solve puzzles, and search through old structures with just a tap. A built-in hint system will assist you when you’re stuck, and a dynamic map will ensure you won’t simply go running around in circles.

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Tap and Dash Through a Bizarre World in Orbia

April 18, 2018 by RSS Feed

Orbia (Free) by JOX is an action arcade game that tests your one-touch dashing skills. If you enjoyed other games like AZ Rockets and Lichtspeer, but want a world like Badland 2, then you'll get a kick out of Orbia.

When life gets too much (and boy has it been lately), I just want to sit down and enjoy some mobile games while in the comfort of my fiancé's arms on the couch. Usually I turn to puzzle games for these moments, but sometimes I want a game that tests my reflexive skills. For these moments, I like arcade games, and Orbia is one that fits the bill nicely. Even though Orbia has been out for a while, it slipped my radar until now. And I'm glad I discovered this hidden gem.

$1.99

Lichtspeer

Noodlecake Studios Inc

Free

AZ Rockets

Itatake AB

$0.99

BADLAND

Frogmind Oy

$0.99

BADLAND 2

Frogmind Oy

Visually, Orbia is beautiful. The game carries a fairly minimalistic aesthetic due to the softly colored backgrounds with serene landscapes and scenery. The targets you're dashing towards are simple circular outlines, sometimes with power-ups inside. Your character, a cute white fuzzball with glowing eyes, along with the enemies (dark evil versions of you in various sizes) are rendered in 2D and pack in a lot of personality in small packages.

There are various skins that you can come across as you play, which change your character's appearance and grants special abilities, and they all look unique and distinctive from each other. Animations are smooth and fluid, so there is no issue of lag or choppiness on my iPhone 8 Plus. Orbia also has a soothing and ambient atmospheric soundtrack that is immersive, so it's delightful to listen to as you play.

Even though the end goal is to get as far as you can in the game, there are still levels, and you can jump back to any completed level if you wish. Orbia features four different worlds with their own scenery and baddies to watch out for. On top of that, there are a ton of stages in each world to complete (the first one has 400 alone), so it should be enough to keep you busy for a while. Other chapters can be unlocked by spending crystals (in-game currency) or meeting other requirements, such as liking their Facebook page.

The goal in Orbia is to get as far as you can, and to complete each stage, just dash to each target unscathed until you get to the next level. Easy, right? Like plenty of other games, Orbia sounds easier than it looks.

To dash, all you need to do is tap anywhere on the screen. You don't have to worry about tapping on your target, since it would obstruct your view of obstacles. This one-touch control scheme lets you play the game with just one hand, so it's great to play anywhere. However, there are bad fuzzballs surrounding each target, and you must time your dashes right so you don't touch them, because otherwise, it's game over.

The game starts out easy enough, but things get trickier as you go. You'll encounter multiple orbiting layers of bad fuzzies, and they rotate at different speeds. Or there are large ones that are harder to avoid, rotating belts of them, and more. It's all about timing here, so just look for the opening and take it.

Sometimes you'll find power-ups in the targets that help you out in the long run. Things like shields protect you from a hit automatically, so you survive a bit longer. Other items let you dash faster, making it easier to get through tight openings. These boosts get activated when they're needed, so you don't have to think about additional controls besides dashing. They also pop up fairly frequently, so you may get a few items before a run ends.

Orbia also rewards players who are able to consecutively dash to targets without pausing. When this happens, you get a speed boost, and more crystals are awarded to you. Plus, it's fun to see how quickly you can complete a stage just for kicks.

As mentioned earlier, there are skins to unlock for your character, which add not only a dash of color, but grant you special talents too. For example, you can get faster dash speed, change your size, increase the time for bonus items, and more. Each skin is locked to the area that you find it in though, and more can be found on select stages. There are a ton of skins to discover and unlock, so it adds to the replay value.

Since Orbia is a free game, there are occasional banner and video ads. However, they don't necessarily get in the way, but could still annoy some people. Fortunately, there is an in-app purchase to get rid of ads if you so choose. Additionally, some skins are locked behind in-app purchases, and they also have pretty good bonuses as well as getting rid of ads too. However, some of the prices for these are pretty high, which I didn't like.

An orbital ascent.

The Good

Orbia is a gorgeous game that's relaxing and challenging at the same time. The simple and clean graphics are great eye candy, and the colors are definitely soothing and complement everything nicely. The music is whimsical and delightful to listen to. THe gameplay is simple enough for everyone, but still proves to be a nice and welcome challenge for all. The one-touch controls make this the perfect kind of pick-up-and-play game to try when you're just waiting around somewhere. Plus, there are hundreds of levels and a ton of unique skins to unlock that boost your game.

The Bad

Personally, Orbia has a lot of good stuff going on, but the free part does bug me a bit. The ads, while not intrusive during the game, do get annoying over time. At least there are ways to get rid of them. But that brings me to another point — some of the prices for the skins are ridiculous. One costs $20, and while it pretty much gives you godly bonuses, I just think it's too much. Plus, I'm not a fan of how each skin is locked to the area that you get it in. I think giving players the option to use any skin in any chapter grants more freedom.

The verdict

Despite my qualms with the game's in-app purchase skins, I'm finding Orbia to be a fun game to play when I have some downtime. The game's visual style is beautiful to behold, and reminds me a lot of games like Badland. I found the music to be tranquil and soothing too, which is always welcome for me these days. The one-touch controls are fantastic, and the gameplay itself is challenging, despite looking easy on the surface. It's one of those games that is hard to put down once you get started.

Orbia is available on the App Store as a universal download for your iPhone and iPad for free. There are in-app purchases.

9.1

OVERALL

Game Controls 10

Replayability 9

Graphics 9

Sound/Music 9

Gameplay 8.5

FREE

Orbia

JOX Development

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 04/18/2018

April 18, 2018 by RSS Feed

Purely Vegan , Montessorium: Intro to Words , Montessorium: Intro to Letters and more

iPad:

Splashtop Personal ( $9.99 → Free ) Splashtop Inc. You must first install the free companion software on your home computer. Splashtop will then be able to automatically discover and connect as long as you’re on the same Wi-Fi network. Once connected, you’ll be able to access and view files on your computer, watch videos, play games, and listen to music remotely.

Universal:

Purely Vegan ( $1.99 → Free ) Tyler Tschida Whether you’re already living a vegan lifestyle or simply want to spice up your otherwise traditional diet, Purely Vegan has you covered. With just a few taps and swipes, you’ll be introduced to more than 60 vegan recipes covering four different categories: Breakfast, Sides, Soup, Salad, and Bread, and Main Dishes. The recipes are designed to be quick, easy, and unpretentious, allowing for any level of home chef to craft tasty dishes. Purely Vegan also includes the ability to swipe left and right to quickly move between recipes, Smart Invert support, links to purchase ingredients, app launcher support, and full recipe sharing via Messages, AirDrop, or email. It’s also frequently updated with new recipes to try.

Montessorium: Intro to Words ( $4.99 → Free ) Montessorium, LLC Intro to Words includes four main educational activities: Phonetic Spelling, Phonograms, Create A Story, and I-Spy. These activities provide a great introduction to the world of writing and reading. They’re also just a lot of fun thanks to the original illustrations.

Montessorium: Intro to Letters ( $4.99 → Free ) Montessorium, LLC Intro to Letters includes five main educational activities: Letter Sounds, Phonograms, Flashcards, Letter Names, and Sound Cards. The activities will not only help your child read, write, and pronounce letters of the alphabet but also improve their fine motor skills.

DMD Panorama ( $1.99 → Free ) Dermandar DMD Panorama will take your panorama game to a whole new level. It allows you to capture full 360 degree cylindrical panoramas with either the front- or back-facing camera on your iDevice. You’re able to upload your favorites for the entire DMD community to see, export them as looping videos, embed them on your blog, or simply share them with friends and family. The app also includes a variety of advanced camera settings, and the ability to order prints of your work.

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Play It Cool and Fast in AZ Rockets, a Challenging Arcade Game

April 17, 2018 by RSS Feed

AZ Rockets (Free) by Itatake is a challenging arcade game that tests your reflexive skills. If you enjoyed recent games like Lichtspeer and Highwind, then you'll like AZ Rockets in your collection.

Life has been fairly stressful for me lately, unfortunately. So whenever I have some downtime, I just want to sit down and relax with some games on my phone or tablet. As much as I like puzzle games, sometimes even those can stress me out a bit. When that happens, I turn to other games, such as arcade games, to take my mind off of my troubles. When I saw info on AZ Rockets hit my inbox, I was curious, since it seemed to combine words and arcade games into one. AZ Rockets is also built in the spirit of the developers previous title, 99 Rockets, so if you were a fan of that, then this game should appeal to you too.

Free

99 Rockets

Itatake AB

$1.99

Lichtspeer

Noodlecake Studios Inc

$0.99

Highwind

Selva Interactive Sociedad Anonima

Visually, AZ Rockets is beautifully simplistic. If you like minimally designed games, then AZ Rockets was made for you. The game features simple color backgrounds and straight or curvy white lines that contrast nicely with the backdrops. The shape of the rockets are distinctive, and there are nice particle effects going on when the rockets hit their target. The typography in AZ Rockets is easy-to-read, despite being a mix of script and sans-serif fonts. The colors for backgrounds are a fantastic mix of soft pastels and bold hues that don't overdo things. Animations are smooth and fluid with no lag on my iPhone 8 Plus. The ambient soundtrack is atmospheric, immersive, and rather soothing to listen to. Overall, AZ Rockets is a great minimalistic visual and audio package.

Even though AZ Rockets is an arcade style game, it's still level-based. Each stage gives players a limited number of rockets to start with, and they travel along the white lines on the screen. Letters, or groups of letters, are scattered about, and the goal is to hit each letter target with a rocket. They spell out words, which reveal themselves at the end, though it's not hard to figure out if you're a fast reader. However, you only have a limited amount of time for each level, and while you can get more rockets if you miss, you'll have to wait for them to cycle through, which means wasted time. AZ Rockets is about speed and precision — every rocket counts.

The controls in AZ Rockets are simple and intuitive. The rockets come in on the line automatically, with no effort from you. However, you need to fire them when they're at the right trajectory from the line to hit the targets, and this is done by tapping the screen. This is where geometry comes in, as you must tap at the right time for the rocket to be flung off of the line at the right angle to get the target. While it sounds easy, it's definitely challenging, especially on later levels with more curves and loops to worry about. While you do get more rockets if you miss, the clock doesn't stop and the other rockets must cycle through the track before coming back around.

If you played 99 Rockets before, then AZ Rockets should be instantly familiar to you. However, the difference is that while you have unlimited rockets here (99 Rockets only gave you, well, 99 rockets), you have to be quick on your toes because of the timer.

AZ Rockets is a free download, so anyone can get the game and play. However, it does have occasional ads, but you can get rid of them through a premium upgrade in-app purchase. This also gets you extra features, like more rocket shapes and starting from your last reached level instead of from the beginning.

You need to be quick and on-your-toes to hit all of your targets in AZ Rockets.

The Good

While AZ Rockets looks like a simple game on the surface, it's actually much more challenging than you'd ever think it was. The minimalistic aesthetic is pleasant on the eyes, and the sound design is delightful. The controls are simple and allow for the game to be played with one hand, but you do need to be on top of your aiming. This is definitely a challenge, and great for those who want a quick little game whenever they have a moment.

The Bad

As great as AZ Rockets is, I can see this getting a bit frustrating for some people. It's definitely not for those who are impatient, like to rush through things, and have bad aim when it comes to trajectories. I also feel that sometimes there just isn't enough time on some stages, making it feel almost impossible to beat since you're screwed over if you even miss just one target. This leads to frustration, as mentioned, which is never a good thing. i think that the difficulty level on some stages should be adjusted to be a bit more forgiving, but still keep the challenge in the game. You know, balancing tweaks.

The verdict

I'm always up for a challenge, so AZ Rockets is a gem in my mobile game collection. I enjoy the minimalism behind it all, and the music is great to listen to. Controls are simple enough for anyone to pick up and play, but this is truly a game that takes time and practice to fully master. I just hope to see some balancing tweaks made in the future so it's a bit less frustrating. Otherwise, this is a great little gem to test your skills.

AZ Rockets is available on the App Store as a universal download for your iPhone and iPad for free. There are in-app purchases.

8.7

OVERALL

Game Controls 9

Sound/Music 9

Gameplay 9

Replayability 8

Graphics 8.5

FREE

AZ Rockets

Itatake.com

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