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Battle Your Friends or Foes in Small World 2′s New Arena Mode

Posted by on June 11th, 2014
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

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.

smallworld arena

- 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

via: Our Review
Mars Needs Mechanics Review

Mars Needs Mechanics Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
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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Kahuna Review

Kahuna Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Kahuna is a tightly-focused strategic game for two. Quick and challenging board games don't come much better.

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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 BuilderKingdom 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.

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Zombies!!! Review

Zombies!!! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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

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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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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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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Fruit vs Robot Review

Fruit vs Robot Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Get ready to compete for a little bit of everything in this multiplayer dust-up.

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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.

$6.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-05-18 :: Category: Games

Reiner Knizia’s Kingdoms Review

Reiner Knizia’s Kingdoms Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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

Zombie Quest – Mastermind the hexes! Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Fight terrible monstrosities with terrible monstrosities in this adaptation of a classic board game.

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Scotland Yard Review

Scotland Yard Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Whether avoiding detectives or tracking a master criminal, Scotland Yard makes for a good time.

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Cargo Runners for iPad Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Ditch the cardboard and grab your Captain's hat. This one's a winner.

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First Looks: Cargo Runners

It’s no secret that the iPad is good for board games – and not just the traditional Monopoly and Scrabble types either. Euro/German/Designer Gaming is making its presence felt all over the iPad, but now it is also influencing developers to go beyond the board and create new board game properties that only exist within the realms of iOS. Trouble Brothers’ Cargo Runners is the developer’s latest attempt at bridging the gap between board and iOS gaming (see our review of their previous effort along these lines, Wizard Hex, here).

Described as having a “light German feel,” Cargo Runners puts players in command of a cargo vessel and charges them with making the best trades between countries while avoiding theft, poor navigation, political manipulations and other challenges. Gameplay takes place on a nicely-rendered virtual game board that harkens back to classic games like Risk, so there’s a cozy, familiar element to the game as well.

There’s no getting around the fact that traditional board games are predominantly social exercises, so Trouble Brothers made the decision to fully embrace this aspect and make Cargo Runners multiplayer only. Gameplay will be driven by human-not AI-powered opponents, so the challenge to players is greater from the start.

Cargo Runners is scheduled to release next week. Look for our full review of it then.

The iPad is a perfect two-player gaming device. Specifically, the iPad is awesome for playing board games. While the following board games aren’t all iPad-only, these are my favorites for use on the iPad. This week’s Favorite Four are my favorite four board game apps.

Risk
Risk, the classic strategy game, is probably my most played board game on iOS. My girlfriend and I play it constantly on my iPad. The war game has a decent AI system, but the AI has only beat my girlfriend and I in a three person game once. What’s nice about Risk on iOS is that there are two options for claiming the original territory. I’m not sure which is the correct way but it’s an awesome option to play around with. Risk is a must-have app for any board game fans.

$2.99
Released: 2010-07-22 :: Category: Games

$6.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-12-14 :: Category: Games

Ticket to Ride – iPad only
Ticket to Ride is the iPad adaptation of the popular train board game by Days of Wonder. It’s is one of those German-style games that’s somewhere between a strategy board game like chess and a party game like Pictionary. The game consists of claiming routes between cities according to cards each player receives. I’m still learning the game, but it’s one of the most fun iPad games I’ve ever played.
$6.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-05-18 :: Category: Games

Carcassonne
Carcassonne is another German-style board game recreated for iOS. Unlike Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne is a universal app. Carcassonne involves placing tiles on a board to create a medieval landscape with cities and roads. Carcassonne is one of the few games on the App Store that’s so popular and so well-done that its rating for the current version is the full five stars and 4.5 for all versions.
$9.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-06-04 :: Category: Games

Game Table – iPad only
Game Table was one of the first apps I grabbed for my iPad when I got it a little over a year ago. I immediately realized how cool it would be to play board games with people to give them an example of the iPad. Game Table has various board games including an awesome chess app, checkers, backgammon, reversi, a card app with chips, and Go (the Chinese board game). No AI here; just beautifully crafted game boards to play with other real humans.
$0.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-04-03 :: Category: Games

Ticket to Ride for iPad Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Do you like your board games addictive and unpredictable but easy to learn? Ticket to Ride is the way to go.

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Just in time for this holiday season Discovery Bay Games’ has introduced its newest iPad accessory, Duo ($40). By using physical game pieces in conjunction with the virtual interface of the iPad, Duo takes us one more step towards the Tron world of the tomorrow. To be anything more than a paper weight though Duo must be paired up with one of Discovery Bay Games’ specially made apps which currently only includes Yoomi, but more are promised to be coming soon.

Yoomi is a game where players take turns secretly answering questions like “would you prefer to fly to the moon or dive to the bottom of the ocean?” Once answered the other players attempt to guess which response the first chose. It’s a game very reminiscent of Apples to Apples but with a new and fresh feel that the whole family can enjoy. Explaining in writing how the pair works together would be an nightmare, so I’ve included a much more colorful video below to help keep everyone’s attention…you’re welcome. If you’re interested though Yoomi is currently free on the App Store while Duo is being sold exclusively through Toys “R” Us.

Reiner Knizia’s Samurai Review

Reiner Knizia’s Samurai Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Top game designer Reiner Knizia's latest game to hit the iOS is a solid adaptation of an excellent board game. It's very playable, but suffers just a bit in graphical presentation.

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HexaLex Review

HexaLex Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
HexaLex is a word game both enhanced and constrained by what it does differently from other games.

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MONOPOLY

MONOPOLY

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This classic version of MONOPOLY finally brings the real version to the iPhone. While it's got a few rough edges, it's still a good port of a fantastic board game.

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