April 22, 2018
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Video game releases: ‘Owlboy’ on console, a naval combat for ‘Maelstrom’, ‘Vandals’ (VIDEO)

‘Owlboy’ was nine years in the making and launched to critical acclaim. — Picture courtesy of D-Pad Studio via AFP‘Owlboy’ was nine years in the making and launched to critical acclaim. — Picture courtesy of D-Pad Studio via AFPSAN FRANCISCO, April 9 — The highly rated Owlboy flits onto PlayStation and Xbox the same day as giant ogre-felling quest Extinction, ship-to-ship combat arena Maelstrom unleashes on PC, Warhammer Quest 2 befalls Android as a street-art homage from TV network ARTE, Vandals, and vintage-style Retro Highway visit both Android and iOS, and the vibrantly rendered Riverhill Trials provides an off-world gauntlet for computers during the week of April 10, 2018.

‘Owlboy’
For PlayStation 4, Xbox One from April 10 
Already on Windows PC, MacOS, Linux, and Nintendo Switch

Supremely well-received small studio game inspired by Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening in which an avian boy endeavours to save his home village from interfering pirates.

‘Extinction’
For PS4, XBO, WinPC from April 10

A horde of 150ft tall ogres threatens the survival of humanity. As one of the world’s last defenders, it’s up to you to fell them in skill-based combat and using interactive, destructible environments. As such it has earned thematic comparisons to popular Japanese anime Attack on Titan, which has its own tie-in game franchise.

‘Maelstrom’
For WinPC via Steam Early Access from April 11

When the Abyssal Ocean rises to cover all but the highest peaks, captains of Orc, Dwarf and Human warships are paid enormous bounties to protect what valuable territory remains. Loot-hunting, monster-slaying, and last-ship-standing multiplayer combat, with more maps, customisations, visual and audio polish to come.

‘Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times’
For Android from April 11
Already on iOS

A turn-based subterranean fortress explorer filled with fantasy beasts, traps, and challenges that found a trove of high praise on iOS. Launches with all of iOS’s free updates, while both campaign expansions plus the additional Warrior character will be available to purchase as extras.

‘Vandals’
For iOS, Android, Mac, and WinPC from April 12

A tribute to street art in the form of a sneak and paint puzzle game from Franco-German arts and culture TV network ARTE. Paris, Tokyo, São Paulo, Berlin and New York feature as backdrops, with over 40 historical explainers on the history of street art. Designed by Paris-based studio Cosmografik.

‘Riverhill Trials’
For WinPC, MacOS from April 12

A 3D platform adventure set on a distant, vibrant and captivating planet that seems to be alive and wants to prevent the player from escaping for good.

‘Retro Highway’
For Android, iOS from April 14

Vintage-style arcade racer that sends motorcycle-riding players zipping through city, countryside, desert, snowy mountain and, er, candyland on a race to unlock more bikers and beat their friends’ high scores. — AFP pic



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