Oddmar is a brilliant action-adventure mobile game that's been available for iOS for some time but finally arrives for Android this week. This is a gorgeous game that looks and plays like a comic book come to life, and the story told via cinematics that you'll actually care to watch because they look and sound so good!
Set in a mystical world filled with Vikings, goblins, fairies, and trolls, you play as Oddmar, a misfit Viking who doesn't quite fit in with his fellow villagers and is not yet worthy of a place in Valhalla.
This all changes after a chance encounter with a fairy who grants Oddmar special powers to help him on an unspecified journey — all from eating a mushroom power-up. The new powers gives Oddmar the ability to jump, dash and attack enemies as he reluctantly sets off on an adventure of a lifetime.
Oddmar was developed by the team behind Leo's Fortune, another gorgeous award-winning mobile platformer, and they've got another hit on their hands here. Controls for platforming games like this are notoriously difficult to get right on mobile, but things feel pretty natural with the left side of the screen controlling your horizontal movement and the right side dedicated to controlling jumps, attacks, ground pounds, and dashes.
Each level is very well-designed with a good variety of gameplay mechanics to learn and master. There's decent replay value here, too, with each stage including a good assortment of collectibles which can be spent on weapon upgrades along with a speed-running aspect for setting the fastest time through each level.
Android users are able to download and check out the first five levels for free before the $5 paywall pops up to unlock the rest of the game. This is great because you get enough of a taste of this game to determine whether it's a good fit for you, and then you can support a great indie developer putting out top-notch games for mobile.
Download: Oddmar (Free, $4.99 to unlock full game)