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First Look: Tsuro

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Tsuro
Availability: iOS,
Price: $3.99
App Store Links: iTunes


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First Look: Baseball Highlights 2045

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Baseball Highlights 2045
Availability: iOS (iPad Only), Android (Tablets Only)
Price: $5.99
App Store Links: iTunes, Google Play


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Best of 2015 - Board Game Port of the Year and Games of the Year

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The iOS Board Games best of 2015 are meant to recognize excellent strategy apps in many categories.

Today:

-Board Game Port of the Year
-Games of the Year

Here is the full video discussion of this category:



Board Game Port of the Year


Gold Award


Xenoshyft was an utter surprise this year. We returned from Gen Con to a port of an interesting deck building game. Honestly, this one did not impress out of the gate, but the team kept at it and now it an amazing port. The best board game ports are easy to use but also allow us to dive into a game we may not otherwise be able to. Xenoshyft has all these qualities in spades. Be sure to check it out. - Brad


Developer: Cool Mini Or Not
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Our Review


Silver Award


Splendor is an amazing tabletop game that was translated well to mobile. The game is quick and easy to pick up and the AI is well done. On top of this, the team added in a series of challenging puzzle levels. This a por that really goes above and beyond. - Brad


Developer: Days of Wonder
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Google Play Link
Our Review


Bronze Award


While Brass is a daunting game to learn, even on digital platforms, the Cublo team worked wonders. This app is a thing of beauty. It captures the era while maintaining modern sensibilities and having amazing information design. Brass is a truly an example of heavy euro done right for digital. - Brad


Developer: Cublo
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Games of the Year



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As mentioned above, Splendor is excellent board game port that did no disappoint. As one of the most amazing board game ports of the year, it squeaked into a place on this list. - Brad


Developer: Days of Wonder
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#4


Sorcery! has grown from a single app to an amazing series. Sorcye! 3 went beyond it predecessors adding new mechanics and changing the way the game works. This game really solidifies Inkle as one of the most proficient digital story tellers. This is an experience that cannot be missed. - Brad

Developer: inkle Studios
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Our Review


#3


Coup was a stand out of game for me this year. It captured the essence of its tabletop source in a way I didn't think possible. It was a surprise, it has a style, it was a game of the year. - Brad

Developer: Banana & Co.
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#2


Xenoshyft grew from a slapdash app to an amazing digital experience. It is a unique game the launched nearly simultaneously with its tabletop counterpart and gave us a view into this unique world. It is a hard game but rewarding. The app has had a long road, but it has grown into one of the standout experiences of 2015. - Brad


Developer: Cool Mini Or Not
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#1 Game of the Year


It's funny to note that the game of the year this year has not been mentioned in any other awards, but that may just be because it really only fit here. Card Crawl is an original digital board game experience. It is the solitaire dungeon crawler that has never really come together on the tabletop. Where others have failed, it has succeeded. It is the perfect playable mobile game whether it is in quick bursts or multiple runs. It is the best digital board game of the year, and that is why it is here. - Brad


Developer: Arnold Rauers
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Best of 2015 - Recommended Old Games and Non-Board Game Recommendations

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The iOS Board Games best of 2015 are meant to recognize excellent strategy apps in many categories.

Today:

-Recommended Old Games
-Non-Board Game Recommendations

Here is the full video discussion of this category:



Recommended Old Games


This category is meant to feature games that did not come out this year that we are still playing in a big way in 2015.




Developer: inkle Studios
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Developer: Czech Games Edition
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Developer: Blizzard
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Developer: Nomad Games
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Non-Board Game Recommendations



These are games Dave and I loved that don't really fit into our covered genre 100%. Check this out for something a little off the beaten path.

Last Horizon - Brad

Developer: Pixeljam
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Desktop Dungeons - Dave

Developer: QCF Design
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Our Review


Magic Puzzle Quest - Dave


Developer: D3PA
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Heroes of Might and Magic III - Brad


Developer: Ubisoft
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Best of 2015 - Biggest Surprise of 2015 and Achievement in Design

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The iOS Board Games best of 2015 are meant to recognize excellent strategy apps in many categories.

Today:

-Achievement in Design
-Biggest Surprise of 2015

Here is the full video discussion of this category:



Achievement in Design


Gold Award


Coup is bursting with style. For a game that for all intents and purposes should not work on iOS, it excels with flying colors. This is the complete package from start to finish. Everything from the art and animations to the choice of chat options feels deliberate. This is one of those mobile board games you point to as an example of how to do it right. - Brad


Developer: Banana & Co.
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Our Review

Silver Award


Her Story is a unique experience from start to finish. From the painfully recreated 90s computer interface to the unique delivery of the story, this game pushes the edges of interactive story design. This is truly one of the must play experiences of the year. Don't miss it. - Brad

Developer: Sam Barlow
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Biggest Surprise of 2015


Gold Award



We really try to avoid snark here on iOSBG as our goal is to support a hobby we love, not attack it. However, we could not ignore one of the biggest surprises of this year (and a running joke on our blog). We've seen what feel like completed versions of 7 Wonders for at least two years. I've even played it on my own iPad, and yet it remains a mystery. This award is really about our love of this game and our wonder as to when it will appear. It's gotta come out this year...right? - Brad


Silver Award


Like Galaxy Trucker last year, Coup is a game that should not work on mobile. The bluffing and table talk are hard to recreate, but they really nailed it. In a lot of ways, the mobile version is its own unique way to play, but still manages to keep its soul. This game is a gem, an anomaly, a true surprise. - Brad

Developer: Banana & Co.
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Best of 2015 - Best Interactive Story/Best PC Port

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The iOS Board Games best of 2015 are meant to recognize excellent strategy apps in many categories.

Today:

-Best Interactive Story/RPG
-Best PC Port

If you want to hear our full discussion on these topics, watch or listen to this video:



Best Interactive Story/RPG


Gold Award


Far be it from Inkle to rest on their laurels from 80 Days or make the next Sorcery! game similar to the previous ones. No, Sorcery! 3 is a big step forward with brand new mechanics and very interesting progression system. This games really proves that the Inkle team really are masters in this genre. - Brad


Developer: inkle Studios
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Silver Award


Ryan North's To Be Or Not To Be is unlike any gamebook we have seen before. Not only is the humor spot on, but it has replay value like we have never seen. While based on Hamlet, the story allows you to play as different characters and offers several hilarious endings. Tin Man Games really hit it out of the park with this one. - Brad

Developer: Tin Man Games
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Our Review



Best PC Port


Gold Award



Many great strategy games on PC came to mobile this year, but the ones that really stand out are those that fit best on the platform. Don't Starve is an amazing port. Much like FTL, Don't Starve has an excellent UI that fits great on mobile. On top of that, the game is truly exceptional and it is awesome to have it in a more portable form. Don't miss this one - Brad


Developer: Klei Entertainment
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Silver Award


Much like the Gold Winner, the developers really took the time to make Legend of Grimrock work on mobile. This dungeon crawler is playable in long sessions or short bursts and the nature of the game makes touch controls a great fit. It has all the hallmarks of an amazing mobile experience. - Brad

Developer: Almost Human Ltd.
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Best of 2015 - Live Discussion Part 2

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We are discussing these categories:

Biggest Surprise of 2015
Best Board Game Port
Games of the Year


Come watch live now! An archive will also be on Youtube after the fact.
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Best of 2015 - Live Discussion Part 1

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We are discussing these categories:

Best Interactive Story/RPG
Best PC Port
Achievement in Design
Best Old game


Come watch live now! An archive will also be on Youtube after the fact.
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The Best of 2015 - How It's Going to Work

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Each year, we give out awards to the best digital board games (or similar experiences) we played in the previous year. For 2015, we've decided to try a set of new categories to fit the changing landscape of digital board games.

Each year we have editorial awards curated by Dave and I, as well as community driven awards. This year, we are going to integrate the community awards into Golden Geek voting. We will let you know when this goes live so you can get nominating and voting.

For our editorial awards, we will be using the following categories:

Games of the Year
Best Old Game
Biggest Surprise of 2015
Best Board Game Port
Achievement in Design
Best PC Port
Best Interactive Story/RPG


We have set these categories and have nominated games for each. This Tuesday and Thursday we will be meeting to discuss each category and decide on winners.

Here are the broadcast details:

Discussion Part 1 -
When: Tuesday 1/12/16, 10pm EST
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Discussion Part 2 -
When: Thursday 1/14/16, 10pm EST
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The iOS Board Games Gift Guide 2015: Part 3

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Welcome to the fifth annual Digital Board Games Gift Guide!

Are you looking for apps for your strategy loving friend or family member? Or, perhaps you just received a new iOS or Android tablet as a gift? This guide will point you to some of the best experiences on iOS and Android. Here is a quick rundown of some of our favorite strategy and board games on those platforms.

Happy Holidays from Brad and Dave.

What's in Part 3
• Children’s Games
• Card Games
• Abstract Games

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Children’s Games





Devices: iPad
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $2.99
Purchase Links: App Store Google Play
Our Review.



Card Games





Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: Free with IAP
Purchase Links: App Store Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: Free with IAP
Purchase Links: App Store Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iPad, Android
Price: $4.99 ($6.99 And)
Purchase Links: App Store Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iPad, Android
Price: $9.99
Purchase Links: App Store Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: Free with IAP
Purchase Links: App Store Google Play
Our Review.




Abstract Games





Devices: iPad, Android
Price: $0.99
Purchase Links:App Store Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iPad, Android
Price: $1.99
Purchase Links:App Store Google Play



Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $3.99
Purchase Links:App Store Google Play



Devices: iPad, Android
Price: $5.99
Purchase Links:App Store Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal,
Price: $7.99
Purchase Links:App Store
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