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Golem Arcana Board Game and Accompanying App Available Now

Posted by Ellis Spice on August 15th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

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.

Don an Apron and Check Out Fish Cook the Board Game

Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 8th, 2014

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.

Blood Bowl Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Rob Thomas on August 8th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BLOODY MESSY
Blood Bowl fans, rejoice! Your favorite fantasy bloodsport is now portable, thanks to iPad. But a huge caveat emptor is in effect for the uninitiated.
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Chainsaw Warrior Goes on Sale & There's a Chance to Win a Copy of the Original Board Game

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 29th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: I’M ATTACKING THE DARKNESS! :: Read Review »

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 protected], 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 and Victory Point Games Announce Partnership

Posted by Tre Lawrence on July 14th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

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.”

The new digital versions should arrive soon; Hunted Cow will also be partnering with other studios, such as Hex War Ltd and Criss Cross Games Ltd.

Damn Little Town Now Offers Online Multiplayer

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 9th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: DARN GOOD LITTLE GAME :: Read Review »

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.

Check Your Baggage with Hitman GO's New Airport Box Update

Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 3rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GO HITMAN :: Read Review »

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.

Talisman Goes 50% Off for a Limited Time

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 23rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: A CLASSIC CLASH :: Read Review »

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.

Kick the Tires and Light the Fires, Galaxy Trucker is Coming to iOS Later This Year

Posted by Rob Rich on June 23rd, 2014

Word over at Board Game Geek is that Czech Games Edition has recently announced that work on its iPad port of Galaxy Trucker is almost complete. Kind of.

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.

Damn Little Town Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Andrew Fisher on June 18th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: DARN GOOD LITTLE GAME
Deceptively simple gameplay and relatively minimal visuals hide a smart game of skill in Damn Little Town.
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Once Upon A Time: Man Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad only
By Jennifer Allen on June 13th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: EDUCATIONAL BOARD GAMING
Historical trivia can be fun thanks to this simple yet fun board game.
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Twilight Struggle gets a Kickstarter for a Digital Version

Posted by Jessica Fisher on June 10th, 2014

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.

Catan Update Adds Cross-Platform Online Multiplayer

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.

Catan is available now for $4.99.

Carcassonne Expansion Adds Phantoms, is Available In-Game for $0.99

Posted by Ellis Spice on May 27th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SPECTACULAR! :: Read Review »

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.

Mr. Jack Pocket Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Andrew Fisher on May 22nd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: JACK BE QUICK-WITTED
Mr. Jack Pocket's simplicity in design and elegance in presentation make this board game adaptation a natural fit for the iOS.
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