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Infection: Humanity’s Last Gasp Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on July 12th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DEEP BREATHS
Infection: Humanity’s Last Gasp is a great game with a somewhat clunky interface.
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Sentinels of the Multiverse Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Rob Thomas on October 23rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SENTINELS ASSEMBLE
Greater Than Games' tabletop classic, Sentinels of the Multiverse swoops in to save the day on iPad. It's super!
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Galaxy Trucker Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Rob Thomas on September 30th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: IN FOR THE LONG HAUL
We got a great big convoy, rockin' through the night... the endless night of outer space, that is. And the ships are made out of pipes. Don't question it. It's Galaxy Trucker and it's now on iPad!
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Battle Your Friends or Foes in Small World 2's New Arena Mode

Posted by Jessica Fisher on June 11th, 2014
iPad App - Designed for iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: DECLINE LIKE A CHAMP :: Read Review »

Small World 2, based on the fantastically fun Small World board game from Days Of Wonder, Inc., will be releasing a new update that brings players the thrill of an Online Arena. Have an iPad and want to challenge your friend on their Android? No worries! Small World 2 will support cross-platform multiplayer. The Online Arena connects players in real time and manages their experience with adjustable turn clocks to lengthen or shorten a game to your preferred duration, and AI subs for if/when a player rage-quits. This protects players from the behavior of sore-losers and bad player habits.

Small World 2 is available in the App Store for $9.99.

- Ranking, private games, karma filtering, starting player selection when creating a game
- Persistent in-game chat
- Chat at the final score screen, with possibility to add the other players as Buddies right away
- An improved invitation system for "games with friends"
- A detailed statistics screen at the end of each game to analyze how each player performed with the various race/power combinations

Mars Needs Mechanics Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Thomas on March 14th, 2014
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: NEEDS TINKERING
To win a seat on mankind's first trip to Mars, a handful of steam engineers compete in a contest of market savvy. But first someone needs to fish the wrenches out of this tabletop adaptation's gears.
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148Apps 2013 wrAPP-Up - Top 10 Local Multiplayer Games

Posted by Campbell Bird on December 27th, 2013

When people think of multiplayer gaming experiences nowadays most envision players sitting alone, staring at a screen, and maybe (just maybe) communicating with other players from across the world using a microphone or chat window.

Of course this isn't how it's always been. In the days before multitudes of multiplayer games took advantage of the internet, playing games with other people was social experience. People would gather around a TV or game board and interact with each other; both in the game world as well as reality. This layered interaction - with its ability to have player actions outside of the game create meaningful consequences on the world inside the game - adds a richness and complexity that is unmatched in most online games. Of course, this isn't to say that the ability to hop into matches with anyone that is immediately ready, willing, and able to throw down through the power of the internet doesn't have its own set of advantages, but rather that there is still inherent value in local multiplayer.

Luckily, there seem to be a number of game developers out there who agree with that sentiment. 2013 was a surprisingly good year for me in terms of enjoying local multiplayer experiences on iOS. With a slew of great board game ports, as well as more unique experiences best enjoyed with good game-playing company, I spent most of this year either scoping out the latest Playdek releases or digging into the back catalogue of overlooked awesomeness from years' past. Because of this, I decided to make a list of my favorite titles that scratched my local multiplayer itch the best. Although all these games may not be from 2013, here's what I had the most local fun with throughout the year:

10. Kingdom Builder


Kingdom Builder is a quick-and-dirty worker-placement game, at least in its iOS form. Players have to build their kingdoms based on terrain cards, and random elements like scoring cards and the modular board design can help keep it feeling fresh. Kingdom Builder is good for local play mainly because it is a port of a board game, and it is a relatively quick play. I know its a bit of an older game, but it's has been made more playable within the past year and is worth revisiting.

Zombies!!! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 22nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BOARDING OF THE DEAD
Kill zombies and gather supplies to "get to the choppa" in this zombie-themed board game.
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Eclipse: Dawn for the New Galaxy Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Rob Rich on May 15th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FOR VETERANS ONLY
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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Dark Quest Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on April 23rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WIZARDS CAN BE JERKS
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

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on April 15th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A MIGHTY THROWBACK
Mighty Dungeons might be a relatively bland Roguelike, but it's a fantastic board game.
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Smallworld Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Rob Rich on January 15th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: DECLINE LIKE A CHAMP
No Disney ride jokes here, just a fantastic iOS port of a great strategy board game.
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Fruit vs Robot Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on September 12th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GO
Get ready to compete for a little bit of everything in this multiplayer dust-up.
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Ride the Asian Rails With This New Ticket To Ride Map Pack

Posted by Lisa Caplan on August 2nd, 2012

For years Ticket to Ride has been a best selling strategy board game based on - you guessed it - trains. It’s long been available as a video game on PC, Mac, and the web in addition to iOS. There is a pocket version for small screens (which is not expected to get the new map yet) and the full award winning iPad game.

Today, Days of Wonder is releasing an all new digital map pack called Legendary Asia. The new in-app purchase also celebrates the Ticket to Ride franchise's over 1 million downloads.The map will cost $3.99 and appear after you update the app. When you do you’ll also notice across-the-rails Retina display support and 45 new achievements for the different game variants.

The physical map may be familiar to board game players, since it was released last year after winning a worldwide design contest. For digital players on all platforms tomorrow will be the first look and if the advance screen shots are any indication it will add both beauty and replay value to what is already an iPad classic. You can check the new map out in the gallery below.

Reiner Knizia's Kingdoms Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on July 17th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TILE DOMINATION
It's not the easiest Knizia game to get into, but it's probably one of the most worthwhile.
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Zombie Quest - Mastermind the hexes! Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on June 19th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GOOBLE GOBBLE ONE OF US
Fight terrible monstrosities with terrible monstrosities in this adaptation of a classic board game.
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