Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 19th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Talisman, by Nomad Games, is a great way to play a classic board game – and now with the new update, iPhone users can also enjoy the adventure.
The update also includes a lot of upgrades and bug fixes, such as the addition of two new characters – the Black Witch and Apprentice Mage – and Nomad Games has improved the movement animation of all the pieces. They’ve also made it easier to create, join, and pause an online game so you can spend less time connecting and more time having fun.
You can download Talisman for $6.99 on the App Store.
SettleForge is a single-player board game where players take on the role of the king as they try to reinvigorate their country’s economy. In puzzle game fashion, players must place hexagonal tiles with different buildings on them, but you must keep in mind building regulations and economical dependencies to find the best locations. Will your nation prosper. Will your subjects rejoice? That is for you to decide.
SettleForge supports DICE+, a digital game controller meant to simulate rolling a die. It hooks up via Bluetooth and uses motion detectors to know what you’ve rolled. You can pick up a DICE+ controller on their website for $39.99
While there is no official release date as of yet, you can follow their updates on the SettleForgeFacebook page.
Golem Arcana, the point-based army-building board game from Harebrained Schemes – and its accompanying app – are now both available. The app will allow users to connect to the game’s figures, board, and cards via a Bluetooth-powered stylus – with a tap on the pieces or the board from the stylus sending information to the app.
The board game challenges players to assemble an army and take on the enemy with their combination of attributes and special actions. The story behind everything begins with the rise and fall of the Great Khan, with the ensuring chaos causing tribes and clans to rise up and take back their sovereignty and empires to reclaim their lost territory and honor. Now the heirs of the Khan are battling to take control of the Gudanna Dominion.
The app manages all the math for the player, meaning players do not have to memorize a complex ruleset. The app will also download new scenarios and will tally the results of every game into the overall conflict, with major developments triggered by the collective results of the players.
The Golem Arcana app is available on the App Store now as a free download, and the board game is $79.99.
Fish Cook, the economic strategy game by James Ernest of Cheapass Games, is now being digitized for iOS/Android cross-platform play.
The game pits french chefs in 1909 against each other in a race to see who can become the Master Chef – of cooking fish. Players will be cooking delicious fish delights, earning money, and gaining prestige, but they must be careful how they spend their assets. Fish Cook will support the Cat Duo Jovios Controller to allow people to play the game with their friends using everyone’s iPhones, along with an iPad as a stand in board (of sorts).
Fish Cook is on Kickstarter at the moment, and the estimated completion will be early next year.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 29th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Editor’s Choice winning board game adaptation, Chainsaw Warrior, is currently on sale for a mere $1.99 and it’s for a very good reason.
Players are being given the opportunity to enter a competition to win a rare and original copy of the 1980s board game of the same name, plus the expansion cards from White Dwarf issue 88. It’s quite the special piece of gaming history for fans of the game, both young and old.
All you have to do to win a copy is to record a play session and submit a video link to the developers at email@example.com, and the best submitted run-through of the game will win the prize. It’s as simple as that! The developers promise that they’ll be marking on score, style, and aggression, and are excited to see how you defeat the Darkness.
Entries need to be submitted by August 17 to be considered, so get cracking.
Do you not have a copy of Chainsaw Warrior? Simply, snag it from the App Store while it’s on sale for $1.99 and enjoy!
Hunted Cow Studios has just announced a new partnership with board game publisher Victory Point Games. The new partnership looks to bring digital versions of Victory Point games to iOS.
VPG co-founder Alan Emrich is looking forward to the pairing. “Victory Point Games is a boardgame publisher staffed by many digital game developers,” he says. “That’s why we’re so glad to have found our kindred spirits in the digital game publishing industry who ‘get’ manual-to-digital game translations. We’re very excited to be working together with a great publisher, our new friends at Hunted Cow Studios.”
Hunted Cow marketing chief Craig Withers mentions some of the titles that should be out in the near future. “Everyone at Hunted Cow is incredibly excited to help bring Victory Point Games to a larger audience. At the moment, the first titles we expect to release are the solitaire games Astra Titanus, Dawn of the Zeds, Infection: Humanity’s Last Gasp and Legions of Darkness. The opportunity to work directly with a company of their quality doesn’t come along every day, and we look forward to showing our fans what we can accomplish together.”
Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 9th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tactical board game Damn Little Town has just been updated to include some very handy new features. The game now offers online multiplayer, along with some limited-edition Meeples to enjoy along the way.
As well as that, the game offers online leaderboards, a new gameplay rule during the Escape Phase (unfinished constructions), and various minor tweaks and bug fixes.
We described the game as being ‘fun’ with ‘good solo and pass-and-play potential’ so the addition of online multiplayer should sweeten things up.
Damn Little Town is out now on the App Store. It’s free to download but $2.99 will buy you the full version.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Square Enix has released the Airport Box Update for Hitman Go today. It’s the first content update for the game since it’s release and it includes 15 new levels, new game-play mechanics (civilian mode, moving walkways, skipping turns), and new enemies. You can access the Airport levels either by unlocking them through regular play or by paying $0.99 to unlock them early.
Hitman Go is available in the App Store for $4.99.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 23rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Classic fantasy adventure board game Talisman is currently on sale on the App Store, priced at only $3.99. It’s all in aid of the imminent release of The Frostmarch.
The board game app is the officially licensed version of the Games Workshop game of the same name, in which players embark on a quest for the Crown of Command. Offering both local and real-time online multiplayer, it’s a relative bargain given the pricey physical alternative.
Talisman is on offer for a very limited time only, so swoop in and grab it for $3.99 now, if it appeals to your tabletop gaming sensibilities.
It’s about ready to go now, but the developer would like to spend more time refining the online multiplayer as much as possible – and polish up everything else while they’re at it, of course. It’s hard to find fault with that logic, especially considering that this multiplayer framework will be used in many of their future releases.
Galaxy Trucker will be coming to the iPad in the beginning of September later this year. A digital version of Through the Ages is also planned.
GMT Games wants to bring Twilight Struggle, the 2-player cold war strategy game, to iOS. They are Kickstarting the project with a goal of $50,000 to fund Playdek’s development of the game. Backers of $15 or more will receive the ‘What If?’ Expansion designed by the original game’s developers Ananda Gupta and Jason Matthews.
What If? is a new mini-expansion that lets players explore alternate starting situations for the two superpowers. This expansion will contain eight cards, one set of charts and tables, and the rules on how to play.
So far the Kickstarter has reached $169,019 of the original $50,000 goal, five of the stretch goals have been met and several more scenarios have been unlocked.
Posted by Ellis Spice on June 9th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
After a brief roll-out period over on Android, online multiplayer is now available for the iOS version of Catan. “Cataniens” can compete against others on iOS and Android in both basic and Seafarers games, with support for Cities & Knights set to arrive in the next update. In order to play online, players will need to register in-game.
Posted by Ellis Spice on May 27th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The fifth expansion for Carcassonne has arrived, bringing with it ‘The Phantom.’ This new add-on includes a ghostly-transparent game piece that can be played in addition to a regular one during the players turn. If you want to learn how to use the Phantom to its fullest, the developers have also released a short strategy guide on its use.
Carcassonne is available on the App Store now for $9.99, with “The Phantom” available as an in-app purchase for $0.99.
Krosmaster Arena, the online version of the board game from Anakama and Japanime Games, is getting a mobile version coming in early 2015. This miniatures-based board game has had its online version available via browsers for some time now, but now mobile players will be able to play from anywhere. As well, it will allow players to bring in the figures they already own into the mobile version of the game.
I’m sure plenty of people were a bit dubious when Hitman GO was announced for iOS. I’ll even admit that I had my doubts. However, I was quite pleasantly surprised when I managed to see it in action.
Hitman GO is certainly not your typical Hitman game. It’s also not the kind of Hitman game I think most of us were expecting. It’s actually a puzzle game in which players must figure out how to move Agent 47 so that he can avoid guards and either exit the level or take out his targets. The entire game has this spectacular diorama/board game aesthetic, too.
The really interesting thing is how Square Enix Montréal has managed to incorporate so many of the series’ most notable mechanics (stealth, disguises, dual pistols, etc) into such a drastically different setting. And it all looks like it works surprisingly well. If that weren’t enough, there’s also going to be a special unlockable level designed around one of Bloody Money’s most memorable missions: Curtains Down.
Hitman GO will be releasing on the App Store this Thursday, April 17, for $4.99.
Talisman: Prologue was a pretty great adaptation of GamesWorkshop’s rather popular board game, but many seemed to view it as incomplete. I mean it was purely a solo affair, so that sort of makes sense. However, now Nomad Games is getting ready to release Talisman: Digital Edition and appease those who were hoping for a more multiplayer-driven affair.
Talisman: Digital Edition will still let you play against AI if you’d rather keep things solo, but it also offers asynchronous play. In case you’re wondering how that works with spell interrupts, it basically uses a combination of push notifications and a timing window for players who want to try and counter an opponent’s casting. Nomad also has plans for continuous support by adding new cards every few weeks, making new expansions available every few months, and even offering a curated library of user-created content.
You should be able to find Talisman: Digital Edition on the App Store for the iPad at the end of April for $7.99.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 13th, 2014 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Quarriors! is adding in a new expansion pack called “Quarmageddon” to the game, and to mark the release of this expansion the app is going free for a limited time. The expansion pack costs $1.99, so this means the game and new expansion are available for a total of $1.99 for a short while.
Quarrors! is the mobile version of the board-based dice-building game of the same name. It is a faithful rendition, as our review late last year noted.
The game is available on the App Sore; it returns to regular price ($3.99) next week on March 20.
So little time and so very many apps. What’s a poor iPhone/iPad lover to do? Fortunately, 148Apps is here to give you the rundown on the latest and greatest releases. And we even have a tremendous back catalog of reviews; just check out the Reviews Archive for every single review we’ve ever written.
NimbleBit teams up with Milkbag Games – featuring Matt Rix of Trainyard fame, and Owen Goss – for Disco Zoo, a simulation game about building a zoo where disco parties can be triggered. It’s one of those “exactly what it says on the tin” games, and it should amuse fans of NimbleBit’s simulations even as it takes a slightly different approach. The crux of the game is to rescue animals from the wild to bring in to the zoo, which helps attract people, thus making money for the player, until they fall asleep and must be awoken. The player can use bux to start disco parties, which awaken all the animals and get them dancing and raising double money for the disco’s timeframe. –Carter Dotson
Beyond Space is like a great summer blockbuster. It’s fast-paced, crowd-pleasing, and has production values so spectacularly high they practically ooze out of the screen. Experiences like these always have their share of problems if one thinks about them too hard, but it’s hard to deny just how entertaining they are. The game starts off with a bang as a lavish, pre-rendered cutscene introduces players to a universe of intergalactic spaceship armadas, pirates, and mysterious aliens. Players take control of Max Walker; a mercenary pilot who becomes increasingly embroiled in a “galaxy-spanning conflict.” Between its frequent cutscenes and full voice-acting, the game actually seems to care about its narrative. But the “Top Gun in space” tale is so cheesy and clichéd players will keep their thumb on the skip button during repeat playthroughs, which are highly encouraged since the game only lasts about two hours. –Jordan Minor
Kahuna has finally made a transition to the electronic realm courtesy of a new universal iOS app. There could not be a more apt game to make this translation, as Kahuna plays quickly while still providing a strategic challenge. The premise is equally simple. Each player (rival South Pacific magicians or some such thematic mumbo jumbo) is attempting to place bridges between a set of South Pacific islands. When a player controls the majority of the pathways to an island, that player controls the island and scores a point. Bridges are placed by playing a card with the island’s name on it; players then choose which path from the island they wish to occupy. Players can also remove opponents’ bridges by playing the two cards that represent two connected islands. It’s all the stuff of abstract strategy with a thin veneer of a theme, but the mechanics work so well it’s easy to forgive any quibbles with the theme. After three rounds, the player with the highest score wins the game. –Chris Kirby
There are oh so many Flappy Bird clones now that the game has been pulled from the App Store. Seriously, between those looking to make a quick buck and those paying homage through Flappy Jam and the like, there’s so many ways to flap, it’s insane. Well, not insane enough yet, now that Madgarden has combined flapping with the master of insanity, the Deep One, the eldritch abomination to end all eldritch abominations, Cthulhu. This is FlapThulhu, and it’s the last flappy game anyone will ever need. –Carter Dotson
Board games are a pretty good usage of all of the strengths of mobile devices; a nice, portable, light weight device with a touch screen in which anyone can do almost anything. That anything, of course, includes gaming. Board games are especially great for mobile devices because they are something that one can play at their own pace, doesn’t require one’s immediate attention, and is overall a casual and fun experience. Mindware, a company who produces educational toys and games aimed at children, is probably best known for their board game Qwirkle, which is now available on iOS. Qwirkle is an amalgamation of Scrabble, Uno, and Dominoes. The point of this game is to match like shapes and/or colors onto a playing surface. The more of a like shape or color players have in a given row, the more points they score. A row of 6 is scored as a Qwirkle, and no more blocks can be placed in that row. It’s very easy to pick up, and while aimed at kids, it’s really fun for all ages. –Mike Deneen
The iPad may not be suited for every type of game there is, but two genres that benefit immensely from its expansive touch display are board games and turn-based strategy games. It’s no surprise then that UHR-Warlords, a turn-based strategy board game, excels on the device. Of course the deep, robust, and challenging gameplay helps too. UHR-Warlords‘ tale of rival demonic armies in a dark and gritty fantasy world should make fans of pewter figurines feel right at home. It’s little more than an obligatory pretext for the epic clashes to come, but the 12 battles spread across two campaigns are so satisfying players will want even more excuses to fight. Each skirmish plays like a cross between a Fire Emblem-esque strategy game and chess. The goal is to drain the other player’s life force by killing their monsters, or destroying their valuable strongholds at the opposite side of the board. –Jordan Minor
Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer, in one word, is a delight. Developed by Sago Sago – the dream team combined with the talents from Tickle Tap Apps and Toca Boca – this app is as highly engaging as it is colorful; children can go on an adventure with Fins, their new fish friend, as they explore his aquatic home. This new Sago Sago app brings back memories of my son as a younger boy, as Tickle Tap Apps were the first downloads I made, getting me interested in the potential for children’s iPhone and now iPad applications and the worlds they can create, appreciating this as a much less passive experience than watching television or videos produced for babies. I am excited to see a new Sago Sago title that, to me, seems lovingly updated from original application Finding Fins with a few important changes I am really fond of. Now one swims together with Fins instead of seeking him out as he hid behind objects such as rocks or sea weed. I am also enjoying being able to use a drag of a finger to move Fins around the screen instead of tilting the iPhone to navigate as seen in this previous app – wonderful updates that make this app utterly intuitive for the youngest app users. –Amy Solomon
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Two interesting things occurred while working on this review. One was highlighted during a commercial. A couple were working on creating an online account, and were having some difficulty coming up with a strong enough password they could remember. Yep, it advertised a password utility. On network TV. The second thing was an interesting article I read while researching an unrelated article. The Adobe security breach reveals that the only password more widely used than “password” is “123456.”
What’s clear is this: password management needs to be taken very seriously. PasswordBox looks to be just the tool we need. –Tre Lawrence
Most people wish they were doing something extraordinary, such as running Google, being an Ice Cream taste tester, or piloting a space ship. Sadly, most of us will only be able to act out these dreams through some sort of simulation or game, which is where Planet Descent comes in. In this title, you pilot a space ship around a 2D playing area, dodging asteroids while collecting minerals for fun and profit. This game inhabits a similar approach to the PC game Lunar Flight, except Planet Descent, as previously mentioned, is 2D rather than 3D. Planet Descent is also quite a bit easier, lacking a lot of the realism or complicated controls used on similar type games. That’s not to say that this mobile title isn’t challenging, but you certainly won’t need years of NASA training to get it either. –Mike Deneen
If you peruse around the Google Play app store, you see there is a race to fill the void left by the departure of Flappy Bird. Most of these clones coming out are the exact same thing, just with slightly altered graphics, some of them actually try to change some things. But then, from minds only St. Louis, MO could produce, comes a game with a slightly similar idea, but way better, called Roid Rage. Roid Rage isn’t some game about Jose Canseco or Sammy Sosa. Rather, it’s a game about the extreme rage you the player will suffer while guiding your spaceship through a massive asteroid collection, while collecting puddles of “Juices” throughout space. Your ship appears to be a one man vessel without weapons, but can turn like no other and doesn’t have a break pedal. You could try to throw the word “endless” on this game, but the better description would be the Atari classic Asteroids on super serum. –Mike Deneen
And finally, this week Pocket Gamer was checking out new gadgets at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and still found time to review new games like Out There, Card City Nights, Disco Zoo, and Calculords, played soft-launched games Fates Forever and Supernauts, and picked 8 perfect games that Nintendo could bring to mobile. See it all at Pocket Gamer.