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Among the best things in life is playing printed games in person with family and close friends. When those are not convenient we like iOS Board Games. News, reviews, previews, and opinions about board gaming on iPhones, iPads, iPods and even Android devices. (iPhone board games, iPad board games, iPod board games, Android board games)

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App News: Ghost Blitz Materializes, iOS8 Bundles Appear, and Auro Comes to Android

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Ghost Blitz Comes to iOS and Android
The folks at Terra Infinity have released Ghost Blitz for both Android devices and for iOS Universal. If you follow our blog at all, you're probably already aware of this.

You might also know that the game costs $3 and is available here for iOS and here for Android.

Here's the iTunes blurb:

Terra Infinity wrote:
“Ghost Blitz” is a reaction game.
The player with nimblest fingers and with in a flash mind will win the game!

Players accumulate points by being the first to grab the correct item.
At the end of the game, the player with the most points wins!

The game features
- HD graphics, cool sounds and atmospheric music
- online multiplayer (playable cross-platform on iOS/Android/Amazon Fire OS) and hotseat game mode for up to 6 players
- special online “vs. World” mode
- single player game mode
- four A.I, levels, achievements, local and global leaderboards, profiles & statistics, chat

“Ghost Blitz” is available in following languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Ukrainian and Russian.


Of course, you might have already been aware of all that, too.

What you probably aren't aware of, however, is that I'll give the first 6 readers who include "Ghost Blitz" in their comment below a code for a free iOS version of the game. Let's see who actually reads to the end.





Codito Bundles Board Games
One of the interesting features of the just released iOS8 is the ability for developers to offer bundles of apps on the App Store. One of the first to jump on this was our old pal, Codito Development.

Codito is offering 4 bundles on the App Store right now, but you need to have iOS8 installed in order to access them.

Universal bundle - $15
All 5 of our universal apps for one lower price!
Includes Le Havre, Tigris & Euphrates, Brief History of the World, Ra, and Tikal
Get it here.

Best sellers bundle - $13
The best of the best!
Includes Le Havre, Tigris & Euphrates, Brief History of the World, and Ra
Get it here.

Knizia bundle - $7 (iPad only)
For the diehard Reiner Knizia fans...
Includes Tigris & Euphrates, Ra, and Medici HD
Get it here.

Latest & Greatest bundle - $7
Our two most recent releases.
Includes Le Havre and Brief History of the World
Get it here.

This adds up to a savings of $1 per game in each bundle. Already have some of these, but not the others? That's okay. The bundles should be prorated based on purchases you've already made.


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inkle Studios Offers iOS8 Bundles
Without a doubt, inkle Studios is making the best interactive fiction for digital devices right now. They pretty much revolutionized the genre with Sorcery! and Sorcery! 2, and didn't hurt themselves with the follow-up, 80 Days.

Yesterday, they had a sneak attack of a release, Down Among the Dead Men, which is a new interactive novel that tackles all things piratey. I've had a chance to play it and, unlike their previous work, this one leans much closer to a choose-your-own-adventure book than Fighting Fantasy. No stats, no dice, no maps. That said, it's got that inkle polish, which means it's beautiful and the story is well told and engaging.

Down Among the Dead Men is for iOS Universal and costs $1 on the App Store.

Of course, you could always pick that up in an inkle bundle, as they've also jumped on the iOS8 bundle bandwagon. They have released the inkle Adventure Bundle which includes all 4 of their iOS titles. Buying them through the bundle saves you $1 on each book. They're all worth it.



Auro: A Monster Bumping Adventure Comes to Android
Normally, I would ignore a title that had the words "Monster" and "Bumping" in the title, but Auro comes from designer Keith Burgun who has brought us some great titles like last year's Empire: The Deck-Building Strategy Game and 100 Rogues, so we're paying attention.

Auro uses bumping to...aw, screw it, here's the blurb from Google Play:

Dinofarm Games - creators of 100 Rogues - are pleased to present Auro: A Monster-Bumping Adventure.

Auro introduces a whole new kind of gameplay: *Bumping Tactics* - the strategic use of movement, magic spells, and straight-up bumping to kill monsters, gain points, and become a master Bumper!

Set in an original fantasy universe, guide the brash, spoiled Prince Auro through procedurally generated dungeons, with only a handful of tactical spells - and your wits - to protect you.

Face a variety of monsters, each with their own cool tactical abilities, and then when they least expect it - give 'em a healthy bump - STRAIGHT INTO THE DRINK!


FEATURES

* Story mode takes you through Auro's first Quest, with plot twists, memorable characters, and a final boss battle
* Single-player competitive PLAY MODE lets you build up your Rank over time, like an online matchmaking ladder!
* Procedurally generated maps meaning you'll never face the same challenge twice
* Deep, interesting, and balanced system of gameplay - you can get better at Auro for years
* Crazy emergent complexity! You'll constantly surprise yourself with what's possible
* Nine unique spells that are the result of years of careful balance and testing
* Quick, no-nonsense gameplay. We even have a Quick Play mode that moves the character instantly from tile to tile!
* Detailed stat-tracking on our RECORDS screen
* A whole cast of colorful and interesting monsters who will give you somethin' to think about!
* The entire game is made up of vibrant, hand-made and fully animated pixel art
* An original thematic soundrack
* Designed from the ground up for use on touchscreens
* Comes with a tutorial, a web manual, a how-to-play gameplay video, and more ways to help you learn
* From Dinofarm Games, the creators of the hit dungeon-crawler 100 Rogues


Does that help?

It's currently available for Android on Google Play for $3. It should be hitting for iOS very soon as well. Check it out, Keith's games are generally something you don't want to miss.


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Surprise: Our Live Stream Tonight is Galaxy Trucker! Join Us On Twitch at 9pm EDT!

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Surprise! We are going to play Galaxy Trucker! We've got permission to show you this excellent release. The words Game of the Year are being tossed around, so don't miss this preview.

Come join us on Twitch: www.twitch.tv/iosboardgames

You can ask us questions live in the chat and we will answer them as we play. Come watch Dave and I go head to head!
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App News: Darkness Unleashed Arrives for Ascension, CardWarden Gets Updated and more...

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Ascension Gets Updated, New Expansion Available
Last night we got some exciting, and unexpected, news from Playdek. Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer wasn't just getting an iOS8 compatibility update, it was getting a full-blown expansion as well.

That's right, Ascension: Darkness Unleashed is now available as a $3 purchase inside Ascension.

Darkness Unleashed includes Dark Energy shards (as opposed to the Energy Shards from the Ascension: Rise of Vigil expansion) and more ways to upgrade your heroes and constructs.

The expansion is currently available for iOS and Android. You can pick up the iOS version here and the Android version here. Both versions are free.


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CardWarden Updated
It's been awhile since we've heard from Mike Azzara, developer of the super-duper-card-game-maker-thingee, CardWarden. Once upon a time, CardWarden was updated about 3 times a day, but it's been a little slow lately. Damn real life.

Anyway, there's an update for it now. It's not a huge one. It will update CardWarden for iOS8, ups the number of boxes you can have from 10 to 20, helps save battery life, and some other tweaks. More importantly, we haven't posted about CardWarden in a while, and I don't want any of you card game DIY-ers forgetting about it. I know it's been a long time since I've used CardWarden, my last interaction with it was trying to import all the cards from SOS Titanic. I never finished (mainly because the cards are thin and don't quite fit perfectly in the CardWarden importer).

That's a travesty, as CardWarden is a great program that should be getting used.

Consider this your reminder.

Pick up CardWarden for iPad here. You can have it for a whopping $2.



New Puzzler, Joinz, Released
Joinz is a new single-player puzzle game that uses Tetris shapes and sliding blocks. As you slide blocks to create shapes, those blocks disappear, but if you slide a block and don't remove a shape, more blocks are added to the fray.

It sounds like Threes or Rules in that it's simple and addictive. So far, I've only heard good things about it and, best of all, it's $2 with no IAP or ads.

It's for iOS Universal and can be downloaded here.


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App News: Galaxy Trucker Submitted and Heading Into Port, Ghost Blitz Imminent, Blizzard Nerfs Hearthstone and more...

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Galaxy Trucker Submitted, Coming Soon
Every now and then, writing the iOS Board Games blog really pays off. There was that one time I got to visit Gen Con, for example. Oh, and like last night when I was doing this on my iPad:



That's right, dear readers, the long-awaited app for Galaxy Trucker is nearly here. Pocket Tactics is reporting that it's been submitted to Apple for review, which means it will, barring some unforeseen rejection, be on our iPads within the next week or two.

I've been playing the hell out of it since yesterday and it's as good as you could hope an app to be. Completely captures the feel of Galaxy Trucker and has a layer of polish usually reserved for titles from Playdek. Seriously, everyone at Czech Games Edition needs to pat themselves on the back because they hit it out of the park.

We'll let you know when a release date is confirmed but, for now, know you don't have to wait very long to get your hands on it.

The initial release will be for iPad, but an Android version is coming soon. We'll let you know more about that when we get the info as well.





Ghost Blitz to Arrive in Next Day or Two
We've mentioned Ghost Blitz a time or two around these parts, but this time we really mean it: Ghost Blitz should be released tomorrow night for both iOS and Android devices.

Ghost Blitz is a shape and color recognition game in which you're trying to grab the correct object faster than the other players. The app includes cross-platform online multiplayer for up to 6 players. I'm guessing it's not asynchronous because that would break this game. There is also a single-player mode as well as an "online vs. World" feature.

There are achievements as well as 4 different A.I. levels.

Look for it to materialize on Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and the Apple App Store tomorrow night.




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Blizzard Nerfing Leeroy and Buzzards
If you've played Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft online at all, you've probably been the victim of a Rogue playing Leeroy Jenkins, Shadowstep, Leeroy, etc., and then lost the game in one, swift turn. You don't even have to have played much to have run into the Starving Buzzard/Unleash the Hounds nightmare that Hunters can unleash.

Well, in theory, you won't have to worry about them for much longer because Blizzard Entertainment is changing both Leeroy Jenkins and Starving Buzzard to make them a little less incredible.

First of all, Leeroy will now cost 5 mana instead of 4. Simple enough. The Buzzard, however, is bumping up to 5 mana cost (instead of 2), but also bumping it to a 3/2 creature instead of 2/1.

No one knows how this will affect the game, but there are already bloodcurdling screams on both sides. I'm guessing Blizz has tested the changes quite a bit, so maybe we can just wait and see? Here's the explanation from Blizz:

Blizzard Entertainment wrote:
Leeroy Jenkins created a strategy that revolved around trying to defeat your opponent in one turn without requiring any cards on the board. Fighting for board control and battles between minions make an overall game of Hearthstone more fun and compelling, but taking 20+ damage in one turn is not particularly fun or interactive. This was occurring when Leeroy was used in combination with other cards like Power Overwhelming, Faceless Manipulator, Cold Blood, Shadowstep, and Unleash the Hounds, among others.

The amount of cards Starving Buzzard allowed Hunter players to draw ultimately ended up being too excessive for its low cost. This change will allow the Hunter’s opponent more time to react to both the Starving Buzzard and the cards drawn by its power.

Expert cards that are being changed can be disenchanted for their full cost for a limited time once this balance change goes live.


Expect the changes to hit next week, Sept 22.

Hearthstone is available for iPad on the App Store for free.



Noodle Doodle Now Available
Noodle Doodle is the brainchild of David Arnott and Aaron Weissblum and is currently available in the App Store for free.

Noodle Doodle is a puzzle game that is a little like Hangman, but instead of random words, you're trying to deduce humorous captions for silly doodles.

Currently there are over 450 doodles available in the game and, let me say it again, it's free.

Check out some gameplay, and then head over to the App Store and pick it up.





1849 Gets Expansion
1849 is a city-builder that plops you in the middle of the California gold rush in some year that I can't remember right now. Brad liked the game, but found it limited in the choices you can make during each scenario.

Since that review, SomaSim has added a sandbox mode and now they're adding a full expansion: Nevada Silver.

This expansion takes place 10 years after the gold rush and looks at the silver mining in Nevada instead. The game offers new scenarios, trains, steam-powered equipment, more buildings, etc.

Nevada Silver is available as downloadable IAP which can be bought for $2.

The base game costs $5 and can be found right now on the App Store and on Google Play.


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Watch us play Carcassonne Live Thursday 9/18 at 9pm EDT

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Alright, I think we are ready to try out our new streaming system, on Twitch! To celebrate this occasion, we are going to play a classic: Carcassonne. The Twitch stream should have better latency and a comment stream you can post on live. Carcassonne is a classic and still holds up after all these years, so be sure to come check it out.

Here are the details:

When: Thursday, September 18th, 9:00pm EDT
Where: BoardGameGeek TV on Twitch
Who: Myself and Dave


This will be our first live run, so please be patient with us as we amy run into some technical difficulty. We would also love your feedback on Twitch vs. Google Hangout.

P.S. We may have some surprise new releases to show on the stream, so be sure to turn in to learn what these mystery games might be.
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Yardmaster - iOS Review

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Compatibility: iOS Universa
Reviewed On: iPad Air, iPhone 5
Current Price: $3.99
Version: 1.0
App Size: 55.8 MB
Developer/Publisher: Crash Games
Multiplayer: Yes (?)
AI: Yes.
Itunes link: Yardmaster




This train game is on its way to greatness.

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App News: Sentinels of the Multiverse Release and Details

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Sentinels of the Multiverse Update



We posted earlier today that the digital version of Sentinels of the Multiverse is releasing on October 16th, but we didn't have a lot of details in that post, so I thought it would be good to let you in on what we can expect.

Sentinels will release for both iPad and Android tablets and will be available on the App Store as well as Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. They are currently looking into porting it to other platforms as well, namely the PC.


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App News: Talisman Shrinking, Sentinels Coming in October, DungeonScape Tools for D&D Coming and more...

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Talisman: Digital Edition Receiving Universal Update Next Week
Nomad Games, sadly, often gets overlooked when we mention the companies making great apps for iOS and Android. We always mention guys like Playdek and The Coding Monkeys, but Nomad gets left behind.

They shouldn't be. In fact, Nomad's port of Talisman: Digital Edition is one of the most polished and well-crafted board game ports out there. Sure, it doesn't have the complexity of games like Agricola or Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy, but playing Talisman on my iPad (or mirroring it to Apple TV) feels just like sitting around and playing on the table.

Next week, Nomad is updating the game to include iOS Universal support, meaning you'll be able to play Talisman on your iPhone. Also coming in that update are 2 new characters, the Black Witch and Apprentice Mage which will be available as IAP.

Not coming next week is Talisman (fourth edition): The Dungeon Expansion, but it is coming in early October. They are expecting to enter beta any day now. Also, they are moving away from Game Center and incorporating a multiplayer system that will allow cross-platform play between Android, iOS and PC. From the sound of it, that should be here by the time The Dungeon releases.

You can pick up Talisman: Digital Edition for iOS here for $7. You can nab it for Android here for $6.73.


Sentinels of the Multiverse Gets Release Date
This one is hot off the presses as the guys from Handelabra just tweeted this:



October 16th can't come quick enough!

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Live Stream - Yardmaster and Leaping Lemmings, Come Watch and Enter to Win a Code. Live 9pm EDT

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Sorry for the cancellation last week. I have fully recovered and we are ready to go this week! We are going to check out two recent releases: Yardmaster and Leaping Lemmings.


Watch Here (live 9pm EDT):


We have codes for Yardmaster to give away, so drop us a question or topic to discuss.
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App News: Baldur's Gate Gets Update, SimCity Coming to Mobile, Tim Fowers Sabatoges Android and more...

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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Gets Huge Update
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition on iOS and Android it somewhat a mixed blessing. While it's fantastic to have one of the greatest CRPGs ever created on a tablet, playing on a touchscreen isn't always the best method of playing the game. Oh, it's completely doable, but there are many times where I'm wishing I was just playing on a PC with a mouse.

Still, BG1 and BG2 are two games that I haven't deleted from my iPad and I still hit them every now and then, hopeful that I'll have days where I can sit for hours with my iPad and give each of them lengthy play sessions, which is where good CRPGs shine. It doesn't happen often enough.

Developer Beamdog hasn't given up on them, either. In fact they released a major update for Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition which was released today for iOS and last week for PC and Android devices.

The major addition is that Baldur's Gate is now available for iOS Universal. Yep, you can now play it on your phone. There's a ton more, though. We listed the entire patch log in last week's story, so you can check it out there.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition costs $10 and can be picked up for iOS here and for Android here.

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