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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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First Look: Pocket Card Jockey

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Pocket Card Jockey
Availability: 3DS
Price: $6.99
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For the most part our focus is generally iOS and Android with the occasional PC release. This week, I present and exception. Pocket Card Jockey is for 3DS, yes that fancy paperweight that was all the rage a few years back.

Pocket Card Jockey is small game from the makers of Pokemon, Game Freak, and it has managed to get its claws into me, deep. You play an extremely incompetent Jockey who is trampled to death in your first race. You are brought back to life under the condition that you fulfill you dream to be an amazing jockey. The angel who brings you back also allows you play solitaire instead of actually horse racing, since you are just so terrible at it.




The crux of the game are a series of races divided into a set of solitaire hands. This version of solitaire is basic, requiring only that you put a sequential number on top of the number showing. That being said, you are trying solve these boards as quickly as possible. During each solitaire match you will earn giddy up points. These can be used to direct your horse between matches or sent to a pool of stamina that you will use at the end of the race.



Your goal is to place as high as possible in each race. There are different tiers of races and you will be awarded differently by the tear. On top of all this is a light sim system that allows you to buy items of your horse, retire mature horses, and breed new racing horses. There is really enough to keep a player busy for a long time.



I am not sure I am doing this game justice above, and I just broke my arm so typing this is actually a bit painful. I’ll try to wrap up. This game has grabbed me the way Card Crawl did a few months back. It takes card game mechanics and melds them perfectly into a video game wrapper.

If you have access to a 3DS or 2DS I highly recommend this game. It is screaming for a mobile release (like it received in Japan), so let’s hope that comes. If you don’t have the device, the 2DS just got a very cheap and there is enough software to keep a strategy gamer busy for a long time. Thanks for letting me share this quirky obsession of mine.

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First Look: Talisman - The Horus Heresy

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Talisman: The Horus Heresy
Availability: iOS, Android
Price: $3.99
Store Links: iTunes, Google Play

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First Look: Pathfinder Adventures Card Game

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Pathfinder Adventures Card Game
Availability: iOS, Android
Price: Free
Store Links: iTunes, iTunes

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First Look: Ortus Regni

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Availability: iOS
Price: Free
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First Look: Hearthstone: Whispers of the Old Gods

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Availability: iOS, Android
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App News Bits: Sentinels Season 2 Kickstarter, PACG and Whispers of the Old Gods Coming Next Week, and more

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Sentinels of Multiverse Season 2 Kickstarter
Last week, Dave let us know about the latest expansion release for Sentinels Digital. Hot on the heels of that, the Kickstarter for the second season of the game is now live. If you’ve been enjoying the game so far, this is a good opportunity to pitch in to see more expansions.


Fallen London Arrives on iOS
This classic interactive story as gone on to inspire strategy games and more. This alternate take on Victorian London has captured many. It’s now available on iOS so you can try it out, for free no less.


Hearthstone’s Whispers of Old Gods Coming April 26th
Hearthstone is on its way to big things next week. With the new standard mode comes a new expansion that seems to change up a lot of classic elements of the games. Get ready for next Tuesday!


Reminder: PACG arrives April 26th
Just a quick reminder, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game is coming next Tuesday. We’ll be checking out the game soon and a review up the day of launch.


Acquisition Incorporated Comes to Card Hunter
The PAX folks have teamed with the Card Hunter team to bring a new expansion to the game based on the Acquisitions Incorporated D&D campaigns. If you are a fan, you are not going to want to miss this.
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Preview: Twilight Struggle

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Availability: Currently PC/Mac, coming to Android and iOS
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Preview: Tabletopia

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To start out, for those that are not familiar, Tabletopia is not a collection of digital board games, rather it is a tool to play board games digitally. This is an important distinction. Like its predecessor Tabletop Simulator, Tabletopia does not feature per-game rules enforcement or any other features we’ve come to expect from digital board games such as AI players, tutorials, animations, etc. Unlike Tabletop Simulator, Tabletopia features licensed games that you will recognize as well as some light turn and game setup logic built in with hobby board games in mind. Tabletopia lies in a space between Vassal and the digital board gaming singularity. Last week, Dave and I tried a game on Tabletopia and what follows is a report on the results.



The Games
At this early access stage of Tabletopia there is already a good crop of recognizable games. I won’t list them all here but some that stood at to me were: Zooloretto, Scythe, Village, Viticulture, Imperial Settlers, Terra Mystica, Alien Frontiers, Mage Wars Academy, Keyflower, Tigris and Euphrates, Eight Minute Empires, Keltis, and Samurai. They currently boast 223 games though some of those are card or traditional games. It is an impressive list.

Diving in to play last week, Dave and I soon discovered that the games we were familiar with fell into two camps: older games we were familiar with but had not played in a while and newer games that we had heard of but did not know how to play. Since to play we had to know the rules, this provided quite the dilemma for us. Ultimately we decided on Nations the Dice Game and used the included rulebook link to refresh ourselves on the rules.



Gameplay
The game launched after a brief loading process with the first round already prepped. That meant that tiles for the first round were laid out and we each had our dice and tokens. Since we did not discover the forced round rules until later on(it locks the game to you expect when it is your turn), our game started a bit slowly. We decided that I would go first and we figured out to roll dice by right clicking. In fact, right clicking on any object will pop up a wheel of possible actions.

Playing the game worked much like a tabletop board game. We rolled dice, acquired tiles, scored points, and cleared the board. Everything was free and accessible so we had to follow the rules ourselves. Luckily we are friends and familiar with each other, so there was no one cheating or just throwing pieces around (which you can do). Tabletopia is playable with random players, but I fear that you may run across some bad apples.



The End
Things started slow but by the end we felt like true experts. Initially I thought I’d never play like this again, but by the end I was confident I could do this again with friends (still wary about you randos). It really was a total 180 in attitude.

One weird thing about the end of the game is there was no fanfare, I guess like a real tabletop game. We finished, counted out VP and just sort of sat there. Actually, as far as we could tell, there was no official way to close the game after you finish.

The Future
Tabletopia seems to be shaping up well and the game list is quite large. While only on PC and Mac for now, it is planned for tablets. We will for sure keep an eye out on this game as it develops.
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First Look: Core Worlds

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Availability: iPad, Android (coming soon)
Price: $5.99
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App News: The Horus Heresy begins on Android, Tabletopia Released on Steam, Ortus Arena Enters Beta

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Talisman: Horus Heresy Heads to Android
In a great act of betrayal, the gorgeous Talisman: the Horus Heresy hits mobile first on Android. You can actually pick it up right now!

This reimagining of the classic Talisman gameplay in the Warhammer 40k universe is one of the most gorgeous digital board games I have ever seen. The new tweaks to the gameplay also streamline and tweak some of players' common complaints with Talisman.

Horus Heresy is available now on Steam and Android. According to Nomad Games, it will be available on iOS in the next few weeks.




Tabeltopia is Out Now on Steam
Tabletopia is a bit of side genre to what we usually cover. This is a tabletop program that recreates board games with exact pieces and no rules enforcement. Basically it is a great way to play games with live friends in real time across the world. We spoke about it several months ago and today it is available on Steam. It will be coming to iOS and Android in the future.

Some of the games available include Samurai, Keyflower, Terra Mystica, Alien Frontiers, Scythe, Tigris and Euphrates, Village, Viticulture, Zooloretto, and many more.




Digital Version of Ortus Enters Open Beta
Ortus is a successful Kickstarter project from a few years back and is now coming to digital.

It is an arena combat game with control points and many types of warriors. If you’ve played the tabletop version, chime in in the comments below. The game is quick playing on digital, about 30 min, and will feature AI play and online multiplayer. It is currently in open beta and you can sign up here.

Check out this trailer for a look at how the digital version is going:

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