Alto’s NEW Adventure

Even though it’s gaining on spring, those folks over at Built by Snowman sure are busy. Avoiding the melt.

A few months ago, Built by Snowman announced they were working with indie cool kids The Game Band on Where Cards Fall. Which they followed up by announcing their new ip DISTANT, and again, a few weeks after that they released minimal info on an Alto-like skateboarding game called Skate City. More so, they just teased us with more exploration within the world of the zen-like friend of Llamas; Alto.

These guys are making stylized, fantastic games, and show no signs of slowing down!

Not much has been shared about Alto’s Odyssey just yet, but be sure to keep your eyes peeled in the coming months. The only piece of media available is the teaser trailer shared by the team on their blog, which evokes many similar feelings to the original.

– Wyatt Fossett | @w_fossett

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Tower Keeper

Ninja Kiwi

Why Play? Tower Keepers is a pretty straightforwardenjoyable RPG that includes nearly every monetization trick possible without them being obnoxious. An A-1 game economy balance gives the player plenty of options from day 1 while keeping them wishing for more, with incredible early game player-to-payer conversion potential. A huge amount of different resources and collectiblesgreat customization, and significant depth will likely keep the player going (and spending) for a long time.

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Xenoraid

Kurechii

Why Play? Xenoraid is a new, polished, space shoot-em-up that strays from the convention in several key ways. The unusual control scheme and overheating mechanic create a fresh, albeit more hardcore alternative to the “shoot forever” shmup. This game isn’t for everyone – the controls, and certainly the video ads BEFORE each level have both drawn plenty of criticism. Give it a play, and decide for yourself!

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Dead Shell: Roguelike RPG

HeroCraft Ltd.

Why Play? One-handed RPG action is something that has been attempted on multiple occasions in the mobile market, usually to mediocre success. Dead Shell gives it a twist with the subject matter being more of a space-themed monster slayerExploration is key, unlocking and executing nasty beasts is the highway. It’s a fantastic and viscerally glorifying experience. Gigantic in its audio engineering, and subtle in its art-style.

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Eggs, Inc.

Auxbrain Inc.

Why Play? Egg, Inc is, on the surface, a fairly simple tap-type game, however, the structure of the upgrades and the meta-loop is very well done. The artwork is great and it’s got a very mellow background tune that turns this chicken tapper into a somewhat zen-like experience once your farm is up and rolling. If you’re a fan of clicker games or are interested in seeing a well-polished offering overall, it’s definitely worth spending some time with.

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