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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: Cthulhu Realms

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Availability: iOS, Android
Price: Free ($4.99 for full game)
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E3 For the Rest of Us

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E3 is happening this week and the major press conferences have already occurred. While the majority of announcements are outside our prevue, there are a handful of things that may excite you:

Gwent Goes Solo
If you played Witcher 3 last year, you may have been taken by the pretty interesting collectible card game within the game. If you wanted, you could spend hours playing cards. The developers have decided to expand the card game and create a standalone game for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Here’s hoping it comes to mobile. Check out this trailer explaining the game:


The Elder Scrolls: Legends
We’ve spoken about this game, which will be coming to iOS and Android (and PC) later this year. The game has been in closed beta for a while and they are opening it up a bit more in honor of E3. This game looks really interesting, check out the new trailer:


Halo Wars 2
I learned a lot about Halo Wars and the team behind it a while back. The team is made of classic board game designers and you can really see that in the game. This new version has a new expanded team, but seems to be carrying on the legacy. If you are interested in a RTS game on your Xbox One or PC. this may be for you.


Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord
Mount and Blade is an interesting PC strategy game where you do combat in first person with a strategic layer as you begin to control the world around. The sequel sounds even more in depth with you being able to control things from a very base level. Check out this trailer that shows some interesting siege mechanics.


Star Trek Bridge Crew VR
Ok, this is a VR game, so low application to us common folk, but this game was one I had to share. As some dream extension of Artemus and Space team, Ubisoft is making a VR bridge simulator. This is crazy but also amazing. Check out the trailer
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First Look: Human Resource Machine

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Update News: Xenoshyft, PACG, Ticket to Ride, and Solforge

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New Updates:
A lot of our favorite digital board games have had substantial updates recently.



- Xenoshyft: The latest update adds achievements. If you’ve been waiting to dive back in, this may be your chance. These new challenges look like they may take a while to tackle.
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- PACG: Have you been enjoying the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game as much as I have? If you’ve already conquered the first two adventures, this update will be a breath of fresh air. Update now and take on the Hook Mountain Massacre.
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- Ticket to Ride: Ticket to Ride has been updated with the Europe 1912 expansion, or rather the ticket options. These add more variety to the Europe map. Let’s hope this is a sign for more updates to come in the future.
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- Solforge: Making Solforge great again. A massive update for Solforge was released today that includes UI revamp and more. I am really excited to dive back into the game. I’ll hope to have a video showing our revisiting of Solforge.
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First Look: Warhammer 40,000 Regicide

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Outside the Box: Fire Emblem Fates, Bravely Second, Overwatch & Valkyria Chronicles

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While we spend most our time devoted to covering the latest in digital board games, we do also venture out to games, mobile and otherwise, that are a bit off the beaten path.

In this irregular segment, I will highlight a few video games that may interest board gamers, but fall outside of our normal wheelhouse.




Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright
Last week we brought our first ever 3DS review to the site in the form of Pocket Card Jockey. Honestly, for a strategy gamer, the 3DS has been a platform that has continued to deliver time and time again.

Recently I’ve been playing through Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, one of the latest installments in the series. This series has always provided interesting turn based gameplay and this installment does not disappoint. The game features new classes and new ways to interact with the battle environments, making each encounter feel fresh. You also have the option this time around to play the story from different angles. Characters that are enemies one time around may be friends the next.

The game also features the familiar relationship building, which makes this a strong mix of RPG and war-game mechanics. If this hybrid sounds interesting to you, this is certainly one worth checking out.
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Bravely Second: End Layer
Despite it’s pompous and ridiculous name, Bravely Second is a sequel to the very successful Bravely Default, and, by association, one of the best JRPGs in recent memory. While a little more silly, this sequel manages to deliver where it counts.

JRPGs, if you're not familiar, rely on random, turn-based battles where you select abilities or attacks for your characters to perform each turn. In this variant, you can choose to Brave which will let you take extra turns or Default to save turns for later. Unlike many games in this genre, Bravely Second turns each battle into a very interesting tactical engagement.

This is augmented by a job system that allows you to tailor your characters as you would like. This opens up the possibility to create really interesting combinations. Think of it as engine building.

Most video games don’t grab me the way this one can. As a strategy gamer, I feel like there is actually something for me to wrap my brain around here. If you’ve tried this genre in the past, and been disappointed by recent entries, this is one worth getting back into.
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Valkyria Chronicles
Why did I not know about this game when it was released? Ok, I didn’t have the original platform, but this turn-based war-game is one I’m glad I’ve finally discovered.

Set in a pseudo WW2 setting (but with like robots and magic), you command troops in a mix of turn-based movement and real-time aiming. Each troop is ordered from a 3rd person view and you have to take into account flanking, cover, and more. Leaving cover has some real weight as the enemy can start taking shots at you the minute you stand up. It is a unique mix of genres that is a great fit for strategy game fans.

The art looks great in this remastered version and, while featuring an anime tinge, is all very interesting and detailed. The story has weight, even if it does also have some melodrama. This is not meant to be a true retelling of history but rather a story in a similar setting.

The real highlight here is the tactical combat. If you didn’t play this before, take the opportunity to check it out on PC or PS4.
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Overwatch
Now, before you start throwing full wine bottles at your computer screen, let me explain why I dare talk about a team shooter on this site. Overwatch charmed immediately with its first trailer and seemed to continue to do so with each video released. I am not usually a fan of this genre, but something about this grabbed me.

After playing a bit on console, I have to say, I am enjoying it more than I expected. While this game is a shooter, and can be competitive, there are many elements that have made it the one game is this genre I think I could actually get into. If you, like me, have been curious, here are a few reasons it's worth checking out.

First, the story, while thin, is very strong in the character department. Each character is interesting to play and generally represents a unique country and culture. I keep trying new characters and each one is fleshed out and endearing. On top of that, the abilities of each are fun, thematic, and generally easy to learn. If you love characters, this is a shooter that really delivers.

Second, matches are quick, straightforward, and surprisingly rewarding. If you are like me, gaming time (especially digital) is limited. Luckily, a game of Overwatch does not overstay its welcome. You can play for 15 to 30 minutes, complete a few matches be pretty fulfilled.

On top of that, the end game flow of Overwatch is one of the best ever created. Rather than a demeaning KOD, the game offers up a play of the game and then features four heroes that did well. One essence, you see when you do something good, and don’t feel bad when you didn’t have a great game. This is the major innovation of Overwatch and something I want to see copied by future games (even board games). It is the perfect hook to create that one more game feeling.

This ties into my third and final reason to give this shooter a shot. Due to the characters in the game, you can play a role where you don’t need to have twitch reflexes. Shooters are often seen as a young person’s game, but this allows us old folks to hop on board. You could try a healer, a tank, a sniper, whatever fits your play style and mood.

All this being said, a shooter may still not be for you, but this one has really hit the spot for me.
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First Look: Castles of Mad King Ludwig

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First Look: Pocket Card Jockey

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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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First Look: Pathfinder Adventures Card Game

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Price: Free
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