Just two games dominated the App Store last year

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Pokémon GO was one of last year's biggest hits.
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Stomped for iOS will keep you snowboarding in style

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An ultra-stylish minimalist snowboarder? Yes please!
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We were massive fans of Alto’s Adventure, the stunningly minimalist endless runner sidescroller which arrived on iOS a couple of years back. If you can’t get enough of that game’s style, you may also be interested to hear about an upcoming iOS snowboarder, called Stomped.

Built around 36 beautifully hand-crafted levels, in which gamers must pull off big jumps and even bigger scores, Stomped looks like it could among the most stylish and fun games of the year. And it’s not even out yet!

Check out its trailer below.

Y’arrr! Tempest: Pirate Action RPG boards the App Store

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Download it now, ya scurvy sea dog!
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Steve Jobs once said that it’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy. More than 30 years on, you can put that mantra to the test, courtesy of a new iOS game that’s just landed in the App Store.

Called Tempest: Pirate Action RPG, it’s a premium adventure role-playing game which lets you assemble a vicious crew of salty sea dogs, arm yourself to the gunwales, and go out in search of buried treasure. Check out the trailer below.

New levels for Tomb Raider GO, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend everyone!
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Happy Easter, everyone! Depending on where you live in the world, you may got an extra-long weekend this week (apologies if you don’t!) — thereby giving you a bit more time to check out the week’s top apps.

So what to pick? Check out our selection of the week’s most important apps and app updates below. You won’t regret it!

Lara Croft is back with major Tomb Raider GO update

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Back in 2015, Square Enix Montreal released Tomb Raider GO, an audacious attempt to reimagine the Lara Croft franchise by turning it into a fun, turn-based isometric puzzle game.

By all rights, it totally shouldn’t have worked, but it did — and the results were excellent. Now the game has been given an overhaul with new levels, courtesy of the Mirror of Spirits update.

Check out the trailer below.

Popular PC game Total War: Warhammer is coming to Mac

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Coming soon to a Mac near you...
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The excellent empire-building and battling sim Total War: Warhammer is coming to Mac later this month.

Taking the turn-based strategy and real-time battles formula behind games like Total War: Rome II and adding a fantasy element, this is one of the best Warhammer games I’ve ever played. Check out its trailer below.

Superb space flyer Hyperburner goes free on iOS

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This great iOS game makes you feel like the hero in your very own sci-fi blockbuster.
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The only thing better than a great iOS game is a great free iOS game, and thanks to a new special offer, space flight simulator Hyperburner now fits the bill.

Launched in June last year, Hyperburner is a futuristic sci-fi jet simulator that’s bound to please any fans of Wing Commander or the classic WipeOut series, with its fast-paced, responsive, obstacle avoidance gameplay. And if dodging obstacles is your thing, now you can dodge paying for it, too!

Hot Hands is Ellen’s fun, voice-activated quiz app

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Just like on TV, only with less people watching!
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Ellen DeGeneres is in the illustrious company of Kim Kardashian as one of a small number of celebrities-turned-“developers” who have successfully launched their own apps.

Having previously launched the smash hit Heads Up!, Ellen’s now back with a new iOS game based on a segment from her TV show. Called Hot Hands, it’s a game which flashes up images of celebrities, and then asks players to say their name as quickly as possible.

And thanks to some nifty voice recognition tech, it actually looks pretty good fun!