Alto’s Odyssey isn’t launching on Android for months

  • Sidescrolling sandboard game Alto’s Odyssey has been given an iOS release date of Feb. 22.
  • However, an Android release is still a few months away.
  • The game is a sequel to the critically acclaimed Alto’s Adventure.


On Feb. 12, it was announced that the sequel to beautiful snowboarding game Alto’s Adventure was finally going to be released on iOS on Feb. 22.  This was great news for fans of the game as it has been over a year since it was first announced. However, there was a slight issue for Android phone owners as there was absolutely no news of an Android release date.

Those hoping that the Android release might have followed soon after the iOS release will be disappointed to learn that that is unlikely to be the case. In fact, the game isn’t set to be released on Android for another few months.

In an email to Android Authority, Ryan Cash from Snowman, the team behind the Alto series, said:

As a small team we have to prioritize one platform for our launch, but we haven’t forgotten about our Android players! We aren’t committing to a release date at the moment, but we’re hoping to get an Android version out in the months ahead.

Of course, it is understandable that an indie game studio like Snowman would not have the resources required for two simultaneous launches. It is also understandable that they would choose to release the game on iOS first as, historically, the iOS App Store generates more revenue than the Play Store. Nonetheless, it is disappointing for the fans who have been waiting a long time to play the new game.

For those unfamiliar with the original Alto game, it is a side-scrolling snowboarding game that stands out due to its simple yet elegant graphics and beautiful soundtrack. It won critical acclaim upon its release which resulted in plenty of end-of-year awards for 2015 (although, it wasn’t released on Android until 2016).

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The new game moves the action of the original game into a new dessert setting (meaning you are now sandboarding rather than snowboarding). The unique graphics style looks set to be pretty similar, but there will be new elements including the ability to wall ride, and vortexes that thrust you into the air.

The original Alto’s Adventure is currently free to download and play on the Play Store.

Street Fighter IV Champion Edition available for pre-registration now

  • Capcom Mobile has opened pre-registration for Street Fighter IV Champion Edition.
  • The game will finally come to Android after having been released on iOS in July 2017.
  • Champion Edition is the mobile version of the 2008 title, featuring 25 characters and the ability to play online.


Despite having been released on iOS in July last year, Street Fighter IV Champion Edition is yet to make its way over to Android. However, according to a tweet by the official Capcom Twitter account, it’s arriving shortly.

While the tweet doesn’t give an exact date, it does say that the game is “coming soon” and also gives interested gamers the chance to pre-register so they can be made aware of its release when it’s available.

The game features 25 Street Fighter characters as well as well as the opportunity to play against players from around the world online. Its the latest in a long line of Capcom classics making the jump to mobile, including Ghosts’n Goblins, Pheonix Wright: Ace Attorney, and all six Mega Man titles.

It’s an exciting time to be a fighting game fan on Android as Bandai Namco is also set to release a new title in their long-running fighting series Tekken this month (this week if you are in Europe). Which game are you most looking forward to playing? Let us know in the comments.

Stylish indie game Dandara released on Android

Brazilian indie game studio Long Hat House has released their latest game, Dandara, on the Play Store. While it isn’t likely to be the biggest release this month — that will surely be either Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition or Tekken Mobile — it is nonetheless a fun looking game.

The premise behind the game is that a bizarre universe is on the edge of collapse. Luckily, the oppressed people living in this world have a hero to save them. Enter Dandara. Playing as the heroine, you will have to make your way through a large game universe filled with mystical creatures in order to save the day.

While the story follows a well-trodden path, the game’s most interesting point is the unique way the players are able to traverse the in-game world. Instead of simply walking, the main character is guided through the game’s environments using a series of jumps from surface to surface. This results in an action-packed game where the player is constantly having to use their skill to avoid coming to a sticky end.

This movement style works well on touchscreen devices, although the game’s high price and lack of an option to try it out first is likely to be off-putting for some users. As well as being available on the Play Store, Dandara is also available on PC, PS4, Switch, and iOS.

Read: The best Android action games

In other recent gaming news, anonymous informants have claimed that Google is readying a game streaming service that would allow users to play games without the need to download the game to their device.

Google is rumored to be working on a game streaming service

Google is a massive company that has eggs in many different baskets. Hardware, software, music, books, movies, and of course, search. The next basket could be a streaming game service like PlayStation Now or NVIDIA GeForce Now. The service is being referred to internally right now as “Yeti” and we don’t know a ton about it.

According to rumors, Google is testing hardware right now and it might also stream to Chromecast. Here’s the problem: this service was allegedly planned to launch last year. Obviously, that didn’t happen. These rumors are the first we’re hearing about it. Google may have already abandoned the idea completely.

It’s always possible that Google could surprise everyone with an announcement at I/O this year. For now, though, it seems you’re better off sticking with an established platform. Would you be interested in a game streaming service from Google?

[via The Information]

30+ Best Android Games of the Month [February 2018]

Hundreds of great games arrive in the Play Store each month. Some are from big-name gaming studios, others are from small indie developers. It can be hard to keep up with them all. Here is our list of some of the best games to launch in the last month. Check it out and you may just find your new favorite game.

New Android Games

Ashworld

Ashworld is an open world action-adventure set in a post-apocalyptic world a few hundred years from now. Can you survive in the rough world, with its limited resources and supplies, hostile enemies, night-creatures and mutated animals?

Baki Jump

Play as BAKI and jump up across treacherous paths filled with dangerous plants and crystals. Break high scores of players from all around the world. Tap on BAKI and drag to create a Vector arrow. Release your finger to shoot BAKI across the screen.

Fire Frontier: Heroes of Valor

Evil orcs are attacking the kingdom. You, as the general need to stand up and push back the frontier. But you cant do it alone. Heroes will come and battle not only for you but also for the kingdom itself. Progress in the world and continue your journey even on the tournaments.

Flipzyx

Flipzyx is a new and unique idea. It’s a puzzle and an arcade game, and how you play it is entirely up to you. Flip, slide, burn and explode! Guide the flames to the bombs to blow away each level.

Just Slide

Imagine blob, cat, doge, rabbit, ghost or even Santa. Now put them on oiled, very slippery and rotating platform. Drop tons of deadly traps, spikes, bombs, arrows and black holes. Now you have to save them without losing your mind.

LAYTON’S MYSTERY JOURNEY – Starter Kit

Join Katrielle Layton in the heart of London as she becomes embroiled in a casual, comical, quizzical quest that has its roots in our new hero’s search for her missing father: Professor Layton. You’ll be whisked around London’s famous landmarks from the Houses of Parliament to Tower Bridge.

Meteorfall: Journeys

Meteorfall is a deck-building roguelike. You’ll choose your class from one of four unique adventurers and then set out with a deck consisting of some basic attack cards. During the course of your adventure, you’ll be presented with the opportunity to add powerful new cards to your deck.

Nindash: Skull Valley

Play a ninja that must defeat a horde of skeletons in more than 90 frenzied levels. Smash the bones of your enemies with your saber or shuriken in the purest arcade tradition. Perform combo after combo in a race for the high score with your friends or players around the world.

Peace, Death!

Peace, Death! is an arcade simulator with difficulties. In this game, you play as the Reaper working for your boss, Death, in Apocalypse, Inc. You face a challenge: go through a trial period of seven weeks to get a permanent job and advance the interests of your employer.

Robot Wants Kitty

Robot Wants Kitty is a fun platformer game. Help Robot upgrade to enhance abilities, reach new targets. and collect kitty. Easy on-screen control, crisp visualization of the environment, and auditory feedback will enhance the experience for carbon-based organisms.

Rogue Tower Intercept

Rogue Towers have been erected in your area by shady agencies and you are the only that can take them down. By placing multiple Radars on your map, locate Rogue Towers with the help of clever triangulation techniques.

Rusty Lake Paradise

Jakob, the oldest son of the Eilander family, is returning to Paradise island after his mother passed away. Since her mysterious death, the island seems to be cursed by the ten plagues. Find the mother’s hidden memories and partake in strange family rituals in order to stop the plagues.

Silly Sailing

Compete against other sassy sailors in this silly sailing game. Use your rudder and sail to find the perfect wind in this tropical paradise. Race against other players and find out who’s the silliest sailor.

Spiky Trees

Test your reaction skills as you make your way down the spiky tree. Tap to maneuver around the spikes and collect the shiny gems. See how high you can climb before running into a spiky death.

Tako Bubble

Tako Bubble is a turn-based casual puzzler. When three glittering colored bubbles are popped, Tako can get to the next level by magic. Help it crawl through deep-ocean environments, defeat ferocious monsters, pop all the bubbles, and find back the hidden beetle gems.

Tap Guns

Tap a gun to shoot and lift it up as high as possible using its recoil. Try various firearms with different shot physics, improve your skills and get the highest score.

Uciana

Build your own space-faring empire in this true 4X mobile game. Discover new technologies, other alien races, derelict ships and much more as you spread your Empire to the Stars. The galaxy maps and star systems are procedurally generated, so with every game, there will be something new to discover.

Up a Cave

Up a Cave is a physics platformer game where you dash your way out of a cave while collecting gold and diamonds to boost the cube’s stats. If you find a level too challenging or even impossible, you can always upgrade your cube to make things easier.

Weekly Game Roundups

Best of the Best

The Google Play Store has hundreds of thousands of great games to choose from. This list only scratches the surface. We’ve published numerous lists to highlight some of our favorites. Check out the lists below to explore even more!