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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.

via: Talisman: Prologue Review

Quarriors! Releases Quarmageddon Expansion, Drops Price to Free for a Limited Time

Posted by 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.

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via: Our Review

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Disco Zoo

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

FlapThulhu: Flappy Madness

 
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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

Qwirkle

 
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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

UHR-Warlords

 
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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

 
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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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PasswordBox

 
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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

Planet Descent

 
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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

Roid Rage

 
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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.

Qwirkle Review

Qwirkle Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Board games are usually a great genre on mobile devices and Mindware's Qwirkle falls in line with the quality iOS users have come to expect.

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UHR-Warlords Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
The only thing wrong with UHR-Warlords' sublime strategic battles is that there aren't more of them.

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Suburbia Review

Suburbia Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Suburbia mixes competitive elements, board game design, and Sim City into a pretty awesome experience.

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Road of Kings Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Sporting great gameplay but sub-par graphics, Road of Kings is a great board game RPG that will allow one to immerse themselves in the age of barbarians.

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Quarriors Review

Quarriors Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Quarriors is a faithful adaptation of the table-top game, but doesn’t *quite* hit all the right notes.

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Shifts Review

Shifts Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
In this sci-fi single player board game, players must choose their crew's work schedule to survive and save humanity.

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Mijnlieff Review

Mijnlieff Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Getting three-in-a-row takes on a new spin in Mijnlieff, a strategy game that leaves tic-tac-toe in the dust.

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Space Hulk Review

Space Hulk Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Many problems from the PC version persist, but Space Hulk is still an entertaining strategy game.

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Lords of Waterdeep Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Lords of Waterdeep is an elegant D&D-themed board game port that fans can enjoy in both single and multiplayer modes.

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Pathogen Review

Pathogen Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Want a strategy game with a board game aesthetic and the depth of chess? Try Pathogen.

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Lux Touch and Lux DLX Updated

Posted by on November 1st, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Lux Touch and Lux Dlx were a couple of the first Risk type games on the App Store. Updated today, they now include updated graphics and animation and new game modes. Both great options, Lux Touch is sort of a light version of Lux Dlx which has more maps to play. Give them a shot!

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Mr. Ludo Review

Mr. Ludo Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A game that's been around for thousands of years may need a face lift. Here it is, done to the plight of the middle class office worker.

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Pandemic: The Board Game Review

Pandemic: The Board Game Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Work together to cure the world of disease in this cooperative translation of a popular board game.

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Small World 2 Isn’t a Sequel so Much as an Expansion, but what an Expansion!

Posted by on September 12th, 2013
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

The original Small World was a pretty fantastic (and faithful) port of a great board game. Of course, a lot of time has passed and the physical edition has received quite a number of tweaks and added content. Being the pinnacle of awesome that they are, Days of Wonder have released a massive (and totally free) update, dubbed Small World 2, that brings the original release up to speed.

Small World 2 incorporates a ton of new content. We’re talking larger maps (for 2, 3, 4, or 5 players), pass-and-play support for up to five players or one player and four AIs, online play that can be in real time or “turn-by-turn,” local play across multiple devices via bluetooth or wifi, and 20 new races/powers to use.

It’s looking like a fantastic upgrade to the original, I’d say!

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Pirates vs Corsairs: Davy Jones’ Gold Review

Pirates vs Corsairs: Davy Jones’ Gold Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Battle for sea supremacy in this turn-based, pirate-themed strategy game.

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Agricola Review

Agricola Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Manage a farm in this colorful iOS port of this popular worker-placement board game.

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Bam Fu Review

Bam Fu Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This battle for supremacy gets up close and personal.

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Odd Squad Review

Odd Squad Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Odd Squad is a multiplayer strategy game that forces players to think differently.

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Eclipse: Dawn for the New Galaxy Review

Eclipse: Dawn for the New Galaxy Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy is a solid digitization of a compelling board game marred by an insanely steep learning curve and very little help for new players.

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Shredder Chess for iPad Review

Shredder Chess for iPad Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Hone your chess skills in this brilliant chess game designed to teach you how to improve.

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Max’s Pirate Planet Review

Max’s Pirate Planet Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Defeat Barnacle Bill and sabotage your friends in this casual pirate-themed board game.

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Dark Quest Review

Dark Quest Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Dark Quest might not sport the best name in the world, but it makes good use of a rather eclectic mix of gameplay ideas.

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Mighty Dungeons Review

Mighty Dungeons Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Mighty Dungeons might be a relatively bland Roguelike, but it's a fantastic board game.

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Stone Age: The Board Game Review

Stone Age: The Board Game Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
An impressive port of the original award-winning board game that requires players to lead their tribe and build a village in order to become the most powerful chief.

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Stratosphere: Multiplayer Defense Review

Stratosphere: Multiplayer Defense Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Grab a friend and play this tower defense game together on the iPad, or work hard to defeat over 60 missions in single player mode and climb the Game Center leaderboard.

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Stratego Review

Stratego Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
The classic board game makes its way onto iOS with gusto. Just be sure to give the unbalanced single player side of things a wide berth.

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Smallworld Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
No Disney ride jokes here, just a fantastic iOS port of a great strategy board game.

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