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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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iOS News: Star Command, King of Dragon Pass, Nightfall: Martial Law, Lost Cities, San Juan, Cities & Knights, Rivals for Catan and More...

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[With special thanks again to Neumannium for his invaluable help with the news this week. Thanks again Dave!]

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Star Command PC Kickstarter reveals first in-game footage
Warballoon, the developers of the forthcoming and highly anticipated Star Command for iOS, have revealed video from the PC/Mac version that for the first time shows in-game action from the game. Unfortunately for our audience and fans of X-Com-like play, Warballoon has confirmed that the app will not feature turn-based play as was considered at one point. The developers made the decision after play tests showed turn-based play to be too slow paced and offered players "too many good decisions." The devs opted instead for the chaos and bad-decision inducement of realtime play. The highly entertaining and humorous video can be watched on the game's other Kickstarter page for PC/Mac.



Martial Law Expansion for Nightfall to Arrive in August, Nightfall Goes On Sale
Playdek this week announced its new expansion pack, Nightfall: Martial Law, will be available as an in-app purchase in mid-August, in time for Gen Con Indy 2012. To celebrate the arrival of the Nightfall: Martial Law, Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) and Playdek will offer the original Nightfall at $.99 for a limited time, starting July 13th. The Martial Law expansion introduces many new characters and actions, as well as new color combinations for creating chains and achieving kickers. Martial Law will also introduce the new "Feed" mechanic which will allow players to get even more uses out of their orders. The game also adds a new “Wound” effect that is could be surprising to opponents. You can get Nightfall on the App Store.


San Juan Screenshots Released
Tric Trac has posted some gorgeous screenshots of the upcoming iOS implementation of Andreas Seyfarth's San Juan to be released soon by Ravensburger Digital. Not many details on price, device compatibility, or feature set yet, but we expect this will be coming out relatively soon since Thomas told us about it back in the beginning of June.




Great Big War Game Releasing on July 18
Rubicon wil release Great Big War Game, the sequel to Great Little War Game, on July 18 for iOS and Android. The app will be priced at $2.99 and feature cross-platform online realtime, async play, 50 single player campaign missions, single-device local play, AI, 70 multiplayer maps, customizable armies, Retina support, and more. You can check out all of the details in this press release or check out this trailer:




Spectromancer Coming Soon
We just learned that Richard Garfield's Three Donkeys and Apus Software will be releasing Spectromancer for iOS this month, according to the schedule posted in their forums. Spectromancer is an online fantasy card game in which players participate in a magical duel against other mages by strategically summoning creatures and casting spells. Each mage uses five magical elements during a duel - Fire, Water, Air and Earth, plus a fifth related to the specific mage type. Players are able to duel against the computer or against other online players live. Spectromancer was the inspiration of Richard Garfield's other iOS card battler known as Kard Combat released last year by Hothead Games. The iOS version of Spectromancer already exists on the Russian App Store. July should see the English version released. August should see the release of the new expansion. And September should see the release of a Mac version.


A Sharp Posts Screenshot of Updated King Of Dragon Pass on iPad
A Sharp has reported on their site that they are still working on the update that will make King of Dragon Pass an iOS Universal app. They don't know yet when it will come out. They have, however, posted a sneak preview of a dialog screen from the update. The screen contains enlarged text and buttons that make better use of the screen real estate on the larger iPad. A Sharp reports that still have a lot more work to do and that they stil don't have all the new artwork, but there has been progress.



Medieval Merchants Coming to iOS
Not to be confused with Christwart Conrad's Medieval Merchants, Rapid Rabbit are bringing Medieval Merchants to iOS by end of Summer 2012. The app is a born-digital historical turn-based trading simulation game for 1-4 players. The object of the game, in a classic euro-game-sounding description, is for you to play the role of a wealthy merchant of the Hanseatic League in the North German Harbor town of Lübeck and compete against your opponents for power as you develop the town from a small fishing village into a mercantile metropolis and eventually become mayor. The multiplayer mode is said to feature "customizable game goals." We don't know much about gameplay yet, but being a "sim" we don't expect this app to have the abstract cube-pushing mechanics of a modern euro board game, as other video game sites have compared the gameplay to EA's sim-based Anno 1503. The multiplayer and theme, however, certainly caught our eye.


Roman Backgammon tops Quality Index for Q2 2012
PocketGamer reports that Roman Backgammon has topped the iPhone Quality Index for Q2 2012. iPhone Quality Index is an outfit that does a quarterly round up by ranking the top 20 best-reviewed iPhone games that were released during the period. Also in the list was Codito's Le Havre. The Index boasts over 200,000 reviews from the world's leading online sources like PocketGamer, Slide To Play, 148Apps, and more. Nice to see a board game app atop this list, even if it is not one of the new hotness around these parts. Still, it might be of interest for those seeking a well regarded classic board game to play or learn from. Roman Backgammon features mosaic visuals and an intuitive interface which appear to have earned it a Qirating of 9.4 from the Index.

RightGames Porting All Games to iOS
Russian Board Game Developer RightGames LLC posted on their brand new BGG blog that they are preparing to port all of their print board games to iPad. Their first game will be The Jam. They have put out call for beta testers and posted some early screenshots as well.


Quick Updates
• Kingpin Info Update
We caught up with folks at Kuznia Gier, to find out progress on the iOS app implementation of Kingpin. We were disappointed at first to learn the app had been almost ready at one time, but ran into problems with an expensive soundtrack. We were happy to hear that work is planned to resume on the app with new music. Probably best not to mark this one on your calendar yet.

Cities & Knights and Rivals for Catan Info Update
Not much to report on either of these apps that have been in the testing phase for some time now. USM says they are working at full speed, but don't have a release date yet.

• Lost Cities Finishing in July
The Coding Monkeys have Tweeted that the forthcoming Lost Cities app should be finished by the end of July.


App Updates



Le Havre Updated
Codito has updated Le Havre (The Harbor) to version 1.1. The update includes tapping of goods to view food and energy values, tapping of round card to show round summary, the display of Last Moves when resuming an online game as well as various bug fixes. Codito promises they they are tackling larger issues like Retina support, AI improvements and UI tweaks in the next update. You can view the details of this update in the App Store.


Reiner Knizia's Kingdoms Updated
Skotos is busy updating all of their apps and this week have updated Reiner Knizia's Kingdoms to version 1.3. The update includes the addition of elo that lets you compare ranking with oppnents. some Game Center support, choosing of the "see completed board" option, smarter AI choice in placing castles, easier to read iPad rules, and a bit more. You can check out the details on the App Store.

Solitaire for Two Updated
Laserbones has updated Solitaire for Two for iOS iPad to version 1.0.1. The update includes an 'Auto-complete game' feature for the end of the game, a more visible Liberty button to remind players to use it, and various other fixes. You can check out the full details on the App Store.

Matching with Friends Updated
Zynga has updated the crazy-simple Matching with Friends to version 4.11. The update includes a slew of bug fixes and enhancements to smooth out play experience including ability to see your friend's Facebook profile pic when it's their turn, a fix to small hints and reminders (which they admit were broken). You can check out the full details on the App Store.

Hot Deals


Trivial Drops to Free
MobileFWD has dropped the price on its social trivia app for iPhone from $2.99 to free. You can pick it up on the App Store now.


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Anywhere Board Games Launches on Google +
BGG user Clayfoot reports that a Google+ Hangout app named Anywhere Board Games (ABG) has launched on Google+. ABG is a Real time multiplayer web app for playing board and card games. Players can be anywhere on the Internet, on any handheld device (Android, iPhone, iPad, etc) or computer (PC, Mac, Linux) that can use Google+ Hangouts. The service has some classic games already available. Users can import and play with their own cards and pieces.



QuestLord Coming End of Summer
Eric Kinkead will release a new turn-based single player role playing game for iOS called QuestLord. According to Eric, the app will be in the classic style of legendary computer role playing games that defined the genre. The way the app uses maps of both outdoor settings and dungeons really made us think back to drawing and mapping dungeons on graph paper to play D&D. The app is currently planned to release at the end of Summer 2012. You can learn more at the App's Website.
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iOS Release: Pocket Heroes

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Name: Pocket Heroes

Device: iOS iPhone

Launch Price: $0.99

Players: 2-4

Multiplayer: Online Async

Seller/Developer: Ayopa Games

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/app/pocket-heroes/id499929946

Release, update, price tracking info on Appshopper.com: http://appshopper.com/games/pocket-heroes

BGG Entry: None.

VGG Entry: None yet.

Notes: Pocket Heroes is a casual cooperative asynchronous online turn-based role playing game/dungeon crawler -- simplified waaay down like the retro 8-bit console and sound that it mimics. You cannot play it solo. You play it with other people only and bigger parties get bonus loot and XP. And within those limits we think its quite a bit of fun for your $0.99 launch price. Most of the negative comments on the App Store are from people complaining about the app not having random matchmaking. I will never understand why people want to create their own disappointment by starting async games with random strangers, especially for this kind of game. Do yourself a favor and play it with good friends that you actually want to chat with, or some friendly folks here in the BGG community! You might even consider gifting them a copy. It's "quest with friends" and has a working persistent chat feature which for me makes it a kind of glorified chat app. This one immediately went into my regular async rotation and has been there for days now. Look out for a review coming soon!







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iOS News: Tipp-Kick, Zombies (again...), Slapshot, Pocket Heroes, Keltis Or, Hacienda HD, and More...

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Tipp-Kick Coming to iOS This August
StarGush Entertainment has announced that they will bring TIPP-KICK Championship to iOS in late August. Tipp-Kick is two players dexterity game of soccer consisting of a pitch, two goals, two goalies, two mechanical players (kickers) and a 14-sided ball. The object is to score more points then your opponent in 5 minutes. Star-Gush will bring this simple concept to iOS and Android devices. The app will bring a number of different modes including friendly match, championship mode, and 2-player mode. There's a short video showing the 3d environment of a sample stadion (that' s Greek for stadium). I must admit I was a little underwhelmed, but we'll reserve our judgement until August. You can learn more at the StarGush website.



Z. Game on Kickstarter
Maybe you haven't had enough of Zombies. If not, you might like to know that a developer named Downward Viral wants to bring Z., a zombies-versus-survivors downloadable trading card game to iOS and PC, Android, Mac, Facebook, Linux, and print as well. To do so they will need $100k by next Saturday. Downward Viral describes the game as "Magic: The Gathering meets The Walking Dead" and asks you to chose the side of zombie or survivor. The BGG faithful have jumped all over this one like muggers in a dark alley, but you can see for yourself on the game's Kickstarter page.


Keltis Or Added to Happy Meeple
Nicolas from Happy Meeple dropped by last week to let us know that Keltis Or will be added to Happy Meeple, the HTML5 website where you can play board games like Lost Cities and Finito! on from your iOS device. In Keltis Or players build paths as is usual in the Keltis series. They get a lot of choice in picking up leprechauns, gold coins, clovers and wishing stones, and the dice make sure that every game is different. Nicolas says that Keltis Or is the deepest game on Happy Meeple and maybe the best of all the Keltis series. Keltis Or has not yet been picked up for print publishing, so this would be your chance to play the latest in the series before it even comes out.


Columbia Games Announces Slapshot for iOS
Special thanks to GeekJock for pointing out to us that Columbia Games and Barnard Enterprises Technology, LLC have announced the imminent release of the wheeling and dealing game for hockey fans known as Slapshot for iPhone and iPad. According to the press release this will be a full-featured app with solo play vs the AI or multiplayer with friends and apparently chock full of hilarious sounds and animations. We're still running down full details, but perhaps these early screenshots can whet your appetite for more.


Pocket Heroes to Release on July 12
Ayopa Games is all set to release the highly anticipated Pocket Heroes for iOS iPhone on July 12. Pocket Heroes claims to be "the only cooperative multiplayer role-playing game (RPG) built for the iPhone that lets you quest with friends on an epic fantasy adventure without a large time commitment. You and up to three friends play cooperatively to "solve quests, slay monsters and experience epic fantasy adventure, one turn at a time." One of the most striking aspects of the app is its retro-style graphics and sound that recall old 8-bit console RPGs like Legend of Zelda, only you are now playing cooperatively and asynchronously. Brad and I have been playing for a couple of days now, and we think it's very reasonably priced at just $0.99. So keep a look out for it this coming Thursday!




Level 99 Games Wants to Bring iOS Games to Print
Brad from Level 99 Games dropped by to let us know that his company wants to bring some of their iOS games like NOIR: Killer vs. Inspector and Infinity Dungeon: Peril without End to the print realm. They've started a Kickstarter Campaign with a bundle of three other games included. Level 99 says that each game in the bundle is small enough to carry around "giving you app-like portability for a physical card game." The other games in the bundle include Grimoire Shuffle and Pixel Tactics, to be also released for iOS later this year. You can learn more on the Kickstarter page for this project.


App Releases



New BGG App for iOS
As far as we know anybody can use the BGG API for bringing BGG data to their app. Now Michael Henson has released a new and different BGG app for iOS. We are not sure just how different it is from Ryan Christianson's app and apparently Michael Henson wasn't aware of Ryan's app to boot. We thought that kind of thing only happened in the 18th century. It's all good though because each app is totally free, so try either Ryan's or Michael's.



Banzai Dice Released
Sergey Epifanov has released Banzai Dice for iOS Universal. This one player puzzler with a steam punk style interface has you sliding dice up into "strings" which sequences of consecutive values or same face sequences. The object of the game is to go for high score by getting more strings in one move. You can get it on the App Store for $0.99.



PirateWords+ ~ a turn-based multiplayer game Released
Vukee Games has released PirateWords+ ~ a turn-based multiplayer game for iOS iPhone. PirateWords+ is scrabble-type word game for up to four players that purportedly supports play in seven languages including English, Spanish, German, French, Dutch, Italian, and Pirate. It apparently also has a feature that allows you to test your next move when it is not your turn. So this one would appear to have a number of advantages over Words with Friends. You can pick it up on the App Store.



App Updates


Hacienda HD by Wolfgang Kramer Price Drop and Update
First, Cube Your Mind has dropped the price of Hacienda HD by Wolfgang Kramer with a sale of over 80% off as they drop the price from $5.99 to $0.99 in honor of Argentinian Independence Day. The sale starts July 8 and runs through July 10th. Second, Cube Your Mind has submitted version 1.2 to the App Store and it waits for approval as of this writing. The will include graphics improvements, rules clarifications, and volume adjustments. Version 1.3 is also ready to submit and will include improvements in placing tiles and resuming the game. As of this writing Cube Your Mind is working on a Retina version and implementing multiplayer mode so they can "launch [a] deeply redesigned and improved version." So the future looks bright for Hacienda HD. You can pick it up on the App Store now.

Words With Friends HD Updated
Zynga has updated Words with Friends HD for iOS iPad to version 5.01. The update includes increased the size of the tile rack in portrait mode, prevention of accidental board swiping, and increased animation, scrolling speed, and general responsiveness. Check out the full details on the App Store.

Quizboard Updated
Planeto has updated trivia game Quizboard for iOS iPhone to version1.1. The update includes more robust connection, reporting of bad questions, sharing and posting invites on Facebook wall and more. Check out the full details on the App Store.

Combat Mission : Touch Updated
Battlefront.com has updated Combat Mission : Touch for iOS Universal to version 1.3. The update fixes a pesky iPod Touch 4th Gen crash bug, and includes GUI improvements, Speed improvements, and more. Check out the details on the App Store.

Antoine Bauza's Monster Chase Updated
Snowed In Studios has updated Antoine Bauza's Monster Chase for iOS Universal to version 1.2. The update fixes game play rules to more closely match the board game version and adds support for Spanish, Italian, and Dutch. Check out the details on the App Store.


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Dabble Free on July 7th
INI Designs has dropped the price on both versions of Dabble - the Fast Thinking Word Game to free. since the goal of this game is to spell out five separate words, a 2-,3-,4-,5-, and 6-letter word with just 20 letters as quickly as possible. Pick up either the iPhone or iPad app on the App Store today.

Words of Habit Price Drop
DANIEL Ventures by Design has dropped the price on Words of Habit for iOS iPhone. We posted about this app back in March and how its design sat shelved away in a closet for 22 years until the designer got the idea to make it an app instead. Now the price has been dropped from a February launch price of $1.99 to $0.99. You can pick it up on the App Store.
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iOS News: Rad Soldiers, Hero Academy, Thunderstone, Exodus Wars, Cafe International, Vorble, Lead Wars, Cities & Knights and More...

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Thunderstone to be Submitted "Any Day Now"
Zabu Studios let us know that they are hoping to submit the iOS implementation of Thunderstone to Apple "any day now" while they work through remaining bugs. Our most recent post about the Thunderstone app has elicited quite a vocal response as well from the iOS faithful here on BGG about the App's Facebook login requirement.

Codito Updating LeHavre
Codito dropped in to announce that they have submitted version 1.1 of Le Havre (The Harbor) to the App Store last Friday. The update will include fixes to many bugs and glitches as well as some polish improvements. They also fully intend to immediately continue with larger issues like iPad Retina, AI improvements, UI tweaks, and more.

Hero Academy Coming To Steam, with Team Fortress 2
Robot Entertainment announced last Friday that Hero Academy will be coming to Steam. Players who purchase the game on Steam will unlock an exclusive new team featuring the mercenaries from Valve Corporation’s Team Fortress 2.

Membrane Studios Announces Exodus Wars: Fractured Empire for iPad and Linux
Developer Membrane Studios has announced that they will bring their turn-based strategy miniatures wargame to both iPad and Linux. The project is currently in a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo but will get made, says Membrane, "come hell or high water." Membrane hopes to have an Alpha version in a couple months, but if crowd funding doesn't succeed the project will slip to 2013. We think this gameplay teaser is probably better than a written description, and it saves us the trouble.





Cafe International Coming to iOS
Application Systems Heidelberg has announced on their Facebook page that they will bring 1989's Spiel Des Jahres winner, Café International to iOS. They hope to release the game towards the end of this month. It will be a full Universal release including Retina support. They say they are currently in the final testing stage. Applications Systems already has an implementation for Mac.

Rad Soldiers to Release in Canada First
After Summoner Wars, Splash Damage's Rad Soldiers was one of our most highly anticipated apps of Summer 2012. Described as "guns with friends" and developed by a studio with AAA title experience, it surely caught our eye back in April. The developers have posted that they now have decided to first launch the app in Canada to test the load on its servers. We're ok with that. We can remember back with Kard Combat did the same thing about a year ago. Unfortunately, it means we'll probably have to wait a couple weeks after the Canada launch. Fortunately, however, we will be ready to count the days once that happens.


App Releases



EIGHT - A Dice Strategy Game Released
Black Ops Marketing has released EIGHT - A Dice Strategy Game. The app appears to be a dice game for 1-4 players where you roll eight eight-sided dice and receive points for straights, Sets, Pairs, and point dice. Decide when to keep what you have, and when to risk for one more throw. The game appears to also be available for Android and Kindle and as a print version as well, though we can't seem to find the BGG listing for it. You can get it on the App Store for free.

Vorble Released
Analysis Success Ltd has released Vorble for the iPhone. The app is an abstract strategy game for one or two players in which two opponents battle to control a 3D board without edges — a soccerball shape of 12 pentagons and 20 hexagons. Players place counters on empty spaces or their own faces, and can only take opponents counters indirectly. Faces get filled to trigger a cascade of counters, which can in turn trigger more cascades, to take over opponent's areas. The winner is the first player to take all their opponent's counters from the game board. Here's a cool trailer that showcases the app.



You can pick it up on the App Store for $1.99.


Solitaire for Two Released (late posting)
We neglected to mention a few weeks back that laserbones has released Solitaire for Two for the iPad. The app is an adaptation of the board game Solitaire for Two. It's the Solitaire you know but with two extra suits, Jokers, and more. You can pick it up in the App Store for $1.99.


App Updates



Levee en Masse HD Updated
Victory Point Games has now updated Levee En Masse HD to versions 1.0.1 and 1.0.2. The update includes performance issue fixes, tutorial enhancements, save system updates and more. Get your update today on the App Store.

Times Up! (USA) Updated
Repos has updated Times Up! (USA) to version 1.1. The update includes two new expansion packs!: Hamlet, Einstein, Yoda and more. Repos wants you to have fun guessing all of the celebrities. You can pick it for your iPhone for $1.99 in the App Store.

Gobang Social by Kwalee Updated
Kwalee has updated Gobang Social to version 1.8. The update includes
updating your Account information in Options, more obvious when an opponent finishes a game, UI improvements and more. Check out the full details on the App Store.

Dabble - the Fast Thinking Word Game for iPad Updated
INI has updated Dabble - the Fast Thinking Word Game for iPad to version 1.04. The update includes Game Center achievements and high scores, updated Dictionary, and challenge a friend. You can get your update on the App Store.

Cabals: The Card Game Updated
Kyy Games has updated Cabals: The Card Game for iOS Universal to version 1.10. The update includes two new heroes, new animations, updated menu graphics, and more. You can check out the full details on the App Store.

Combat Mission : Touch Updated
Battlefront.com has updated Combat Mission : Touch for iOS Universal to version 1.3. The update includes crash fixes, optimizations, and UI improvements. You can check out the full details on the App Store.

Wit Gomoku HD Updated
ZASoft has updated Wit Gomoku HD to version 3.0. The update includes bug fixes, removed ads, and an updated UI. You can get the update on the App Store.


Hot Deals



Lead Wars Price Dropped to Free on July 4th
DemonStudios has dropped the price on Lead Wars to free for the first time ever. Get it now on the App Store. As of this post it is still free, but it won't last long.

Dice With Buddies Free
Stofle Designs has dropped the price of Dice With Buddies to free. Get it now on the App Store.


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Developers of Cities & Knights for iOS on Spiegel.TV
Our German is not so good, but we believe we've found a clip in which Spiegel.TV visited Exozet Games GmbH and filmed them working on the Catan: Cities & Knights iOS app expansion to Catan: The First Island. Make sure you get some views of the app in action. Also of interest is cabinet of many phones for Android testing. We would be most appreciative if a German speaker could summarize the video for us. We hope to get some more official news on Cities & Knights soon. Here's the link: http://www.spiegel.tv/filme/app-entwicklung/


Dungeon Twister Comes to PSN
The PlayStation blog reports that Hydravision has released an implementation of luck-free brain-burning Dungeon Twister for PlayStation Network. Early reviews seen on metacritic are not looking good, but we are wondering if that may be because the reviews are coming from sites with an action video-game bias.

The Curse Coming this Summer
Mojo Bones has announced The Curse which will release this Summer. The app appears to be a long series of very different puzzles with the appeal of abstract strategy board games. So I thought I would mention it here.
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iOS Release: Haggis

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Name: Haggis

Device: iOS Universal

Launch Price: $4.99

Players: 1

Multiplayer: None

Seller/Developer: IQ Foundry

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/app/haggis/id465018604

Release, update, price tracking info on Appshopper.com: http://appshopper.com/games/haggis

BGG Entry: Haggis

VGG Entry: None yet.

Notes: IQ Games has worked with Indie Board and Cards and Sean Ross to release their iOS adaptation of the climbing card game Haggis. Currently a solo experience, you can play against a challenging AI with one or two opponents. The app features the full rulebook as well as an edited rulebook that is called a “tutorial.” We really like the graphic design and UI. Look out for a full review here soon.







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iOS Release: Outwitters

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Name: Outwitters

Device: Universal

Launch Price: Free (has in-app purchases)

Players: 2 or 4

Multiplayer: Pass and Play, Online Realtime, Online Asynchronous

Seller/Developer: One Man Left

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/app/outwitters/id432969074

Release, update, price tracking info on Appshopper.com: http://appshopper.com/games/outwitters

VGG Entry: None yet.

Notes: Summoner Wars launch troubles got you down? Go light some fireworks and come back later. Or download Outwitters from One Man Left, the makers of Tilt to Live. We don't know if you will like the game, but the app's interface is superb. It should make you remember just how good your iOS device can be. Battle friends or get matched to strangers in this turn-based multiplayer game where the object is to destroy your enemy's base. Choose from 3 races, each with its own cast of characters and a combat specialty to master.









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iOS News: Haggis, Levee En Masse, Battle of the Bulge, Frozen Synapse, Whoowasit?, Great Big Wargame, Mage Knight Revenge, and More...

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Summoner Wars Release Imminent
What more can we say? You want it. We want it. Summoner Wars is the most highly anticipated iOS board game since Puerto Rico, and maybe the most highly anticipated iOS board game ever. We know it was submitted last Friday. Screen shots and videos have been posted. Perhaps all is quiet before the storm? Perhaps we will see it tonight or tomorrow. Playdek operatives have been dropping in and out. The lights on the online play servers have been flickering. Is Playdek ready? Are you ready?

Haggis Coming Very Soon
Scott Ruttencutter has tweeted that he is passing out promo codes for his new iOS implementation of Haggis. This of course implies that it's already on the App Store and waiting for someone to push the magic button that releases it to the world. Just like Summoner Wars, we will announce when it becomes actually available.

First look at Great Battles Medieval for iPad at Pockettactics
Pockettactics.com homeboy Owen Faraday is a busy blogger and makes our jobs quite a bit easier when he begs his way to getting first look screenshots of upcoming apps like Slitherine's Great Battles Medieval. It is described as a real time strategy, but there are wargamey elements in this one as well as interesting mechanics in the pause and order features of multiplayer. We won't go into the details when you can read all about it at Slitherine's site. There’s no firm release date yet but Slitherine tells Owen that they’re in the final development and testing stage. Could mean a few weeks, but we've seen these thing stretch out quite a bit longer.

Great Big Wargame Coming in July
With Great Little War Game, Rubicon Development worked on something good in its little room. But as Jack White says, if it's really good then you're gonna need a bigger room. Maybe Rubicon does not listen to the White Stripes, but they do work hard on apps like their upcoming Great Big Wargame which is almost here and due out in July. The sequel to GLWG will be released for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac and feature an expanded single player campaign, brand new online multiplayer, full in-game manual, tutorials and much more. You can check out the details at Rubicon's site or check out the original app on the App Store.

Combat Preview in Battle of the Bulge Video Posted
Perhaps the most anticipated true wargame for iOS in 2012 is none other than Shenandoah Studio's upcoming Battle of the Bulge. Just short of two weeks ago Shenandoah Studio posted a vimeo demonstrating the Combat Preview feature in Battle of the Bulge. Watch and try not to drool.




Frozen Synapse Video Posted
Coming out of far darker corners is a video demonstration from Mode 7 showing yet another hotly anticipated iPad app of 2012, Frozen Synapse, that we've not gotten to see a whole lot of as of yet. The video shows off the new touch interface Mode 7 is building as they remind everybody that the iPad version will have fully cross-platform play, and that they are definitely still considering the possibility of doing Android and phone versions. No release date or price yet, but they are hoping the game will be in beta in not too long. Enjoy!




Mage Knight Revenge on Kickstarter
We recently told you about the newly merged company, MFV (from Icarus and Zabu) in relation to WizKids Games properties like HeroClix. Now MFV has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring about a video game implementation of Mage Knight. While it is yet mentioned nowhere on the page for which platforms the game will be produced, MFV clarified for us that they are looking to go iOS and Web first, followed by more platforms if they can reach their $700,000 surprise funding goal. So now MFV's got plans for HeroClix and Mage Knight. Can Quarriors! be far behind? Until we hear more, you can read all about this Mage Knight project and dig into your pockets at the game's Kickstarter page.

Gang Domination Releasing on Thursday
Gameloft has released Gang Domination for iOS iPhone. The app is a mob-themed card game that allows players to cooperate and battle each other as they try to form the most powerful gang. This looks like another card battler and we hear that it's big in Japan. The app uses the GREE platform in its online play. Sad to say that while the words sounded intriguing, the gameplay however is only slightly above mafia wars. We don't often say so, but we think we'll steer clear of this one, especially with so much other recently released good stuff.

Dice Soccer App Removed and Replaced in iTunes Store
Fellow BGGer Phirax wrote to let us know about a situation in which LambdaMu's Dice Soccer was removed from the App Store and replaced by a new app of the same name and similar icon created by 6waves Lolapps. According to a Facebook press release LambdaMu secured a publishing deal with 6waves that will bring Dice Soccer to the 6waves's Facebook platform for play. Evidently the move also ends up jilting users of the previous app because saved games will not transfer to the new platform and will no longer use iCloud, which had been recently added by LambdaMu.

Phirax further points out that essentially the change removes functionality that benefited the user and has replaced it with functionality that benefits 6waves pursuit of Facebook followers. While new players might not miss the loss of iCloud, players who supported the previous app with in-app purchases and hours of dedicated game play with the hope of competing online may now be out of luck. We feel for Phirax and other users and think this may tell a cautionary tale. While we all love playing these games on these devices, let us always remember exactly what we are investing our time and money into.

Whoowasit? to Release Soon
Ravensburger Digital recently popped in to the BGG forums of Whoowasit? to announce the upcoming release of an iOS implementation of the cooperative children's deduction game that won the Kinderspiel des Jahres 2008. The app will support up to four players and enable players of the print version to replace the game's electronic device with the app for better sound quality. Ravensburger Digital expects the app to release at the end of July.

Steam City Coming
Kasper Lorentzen of Ettin Entertainment posted an announcement on BGG that their digital board game Steam City is coming to the App Store soon (no date given) and will also be playable online as a browser game. In the born-digital Steam City you draw building parts from a pool and then lay them on a grid from your "hand". Points are scored by constructing different buildings and connecting steam pipes from the buildings to other steam pipes. We've not completed a game yet, but the mechanics of building and connection scratch that primal-euro satisfying urge to build and score points in a strategic way against other players. We therefore think this game could have some legs as a digital board game as it develops. You can play the beta version for free now on Ettin's Unity player web site to see if you like it. The eventually released iOS app will also be ad-supported free to play.

M.U.L.E Returns and Alpha Colony On Kickstarter
A developer named DreamQuest Games wants to combine Catan with the seminal turn-based strategy video game M.U.L.E. to bring a pair of apps to iOS and other mobile devices. If you read their Kickstarter plea closely you will learn that they actually want to bring back a faithful remake of M.U.L.E as M.U.L.E Returns as well as the Settlers-inspired update. The kick to this starter dream is that it will require 500,000 simoleans to make it a reality. I never played M.U.L.E. but the passion and description for this project should pique most digital board game enthusiast's interest. Check out their Kickstarter page.

Mojang Releases Trailer for Scrolls
News of Mojang's next big game, Scrolls, has been out for some time. Now the developer of Minecraft has released a gameplay trailer that's caught our eye. The game will be a fantasy-themed collectible card battle game that, in their words, aims to take the genre of Collectible Card Games to a whole new level.

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"Streamlined gameplay aimed towards digital online gaming, auction houses, single-player campaigns and an array of multi-player gaming modes such as friendly matches, tournaments and ranked matches are only some of the features we are looking to implement to give the CCG-fans a never before seen online experience."


Mojang will follow a similar path to Minecraft in which they will release the game in open beta for a reduced price, currently planned to occur around holiday 2012, and no doubt for PCs first, but their has long been indication that the team would like the game to playable on multiple platforms. The holiday's are a long way off still, so for now check out the gameplay trailer:



You can of course learn a whole lot more by visiting the official Scrolls web site.


App Releases



Levee en Masse HD Released
Victory Point Games has released their second digital board game, Levee en Masse HD, for iOS iPad with iPhone and Android implementations to come soon as well. Like VPG's print counterpart, the app is a one player solitaire affair. The app is priced at $4.99. Early reports indicate the the 1.0 release is somewhat rough in performance so VPG has already submitted an update. We will of course let you know when that update is available. Still, you can check it out the App Store.

Field Master Released
Gadan Game has released Field Master for iOS iPhone. The app appears to be somewhat based on Risk, with an even more abstract but attractive look. The app is free to play, but only 10 times before in-app-purchase. That's not a model we often see. You can get it free on the App Store.

Trivie - Battle of Wits! Released/Price Drop
Trivie has this month launched Trivie - Battle of Wits! for iOS iPhone. The app is a social trivia game. It looks more like trivia-something than trivia with friends. Trivia contests are one type of game at least some board gamers enjoy. You can pick up the $0.99 or free version on the App Store.

Trivi.al Released
MobileFWD has released Trivi.al for iOS iPhone. Offering power-ups, different types of rounds, and other more advanced features, this trivia app appears to be aimed at the more serious trivia hound. It's also more seriously priced at $2.99 and plays only with an online connection. You can pick it up on the App Store.

Matching With Friends Released
Zynga has released Matching With Friends for iOS iPhone. It appears that some genius at Zynga may have came up with the brilliant observation that maybe 26 letters is just 18 too many factors for their primary audience to deal with. So they boiled it down to just 8 or so colors. Each turn you get 3 sets of 3 blocks to place on a grid so that like colors touch for more points. If you are unhappy with your draw, you can use "coins" to potentially infinitely re-draw 3 block sets. Need more coins, you buy them. Ah Zynga, what will you come up with next? For a kind of mind-numbingly funny video of TouchArcade's Brad and Eli playing this game for ten minutes, swing on over to YouTube. And, oh yeah, Zynga will charge you $2.99 to pick this up from the App Store.

Cheecoting Released
Calabughi Entertainment has released Cheecoting for iOS Universal. Cheecoting appears to be a game of shooting Marbles on a track, or as the app description reads "Italian Beach Marbles". I haven't yet dropped my $1.99 on it, but it would appear to possibly have a similar appeal as Disc Drivin', where you are flicking your piece in a turn-based dexterity race against other players. That said, a video of the physics has me doubting. You can read more about it on the App Store.


App Updates



Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer Updated
It seems that there has been quite a bit of intermittent disruption this week with the Playdek online servers. While frustrating at times, most of us take those as rumblings that something good is coming down the pipe from Playdek. This week Playdek updated its (current) flagship app. Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer to version 1.2.1. While the update was incremental in number the addition of the option for mixing all sets is pretty big considering the furor generated by some players at the release of the Storm of Souls expansion over not being allowed to mix sets. You can read more about the rest of the update on the App Store.


Reiner Knizia's Money Updated
It's always good to get an update on Reiner Knizia's Money (the joke never gets old). Skotos has given the app its biggest update ever. The update includes a new elo system, randomized bidding order, rewritten rules, Game Center support for leaderboards, UI improvements and much more. You can check out the full details on the App Store.

Battle Academy Update
Slitherine finally updated Battle Academy to version 2.0. The update includes something called Multiplayer Force Selection, that allows you to choose and assemble your forces rather than have them set. Also included are changes to model logic, fixes to mission script bugs, and among other things, a fix that will prevent unsers from having to re-download in-app purchases. You can check out the full details on the App Store.

Hero Academy Updated
Robot Entertainment has updated Hero Academy to version 1.2.3. The update includes new 28 free single-player challenges that let you try out every team's play style. Prior to this Hero Academy has been an online-only, multi-player affair. Additionally the update also includes a better tutorial, new achievements and more. You can check out all of the details on the App Store.

Words With Friends HD Updated
Zynga has updated Words With Friends to version 5.0. The update includes new interface enhancements, new landscape mode, Retina support, and more. You can check out the full details of the update on the App Store.

Zombie Quest Update
Synaptic Wave has updated Zombie Quest to version 1.0.2. The update includes added support for both landscape orientations, fix to problem with AI player freezes, a fix to critical crashes on some devices, and more. You can check out the full details on the App Store.

Warlords Classic HD Updated
Alsedi has updated Warlords Classic HD to version 1.1. Alsedi strongly recommends the update because it includes among other things a fix to nasty sudden turn-ending bug, a fix for user control of AI armies, and a few other bug fixes. See the full details on the App Store.

Blocker Updated
Groundcontrol ApS has updated Blocker - Challenge your friends! to version 1.0.5. The update includes the removal of all ads and any In App Purchases, making all features available for everybody. Hooray! And still just $0.99 on the App Store.

Buddy Bones Updated
eMGee has updated their Buddy Bones dominoes app to version 1.1.0. The update includes Facebook connect and Retina display support. You can check it out on the App Store.

Neuroshima Hex Updated
Big Daddy's Creations updated Neurshima Hex to version 2.1.0. The update includes a much welcome ability to now create private online game over Game Center as well as much faster logging in to the server, board graphic for the Retina Display, and several other improvements and bug fixes. You can check out the full details on the App Store.

Assassin's Creed Recollection Updated
Ubisoft has updated Assassin's Creed Recollection to version 2.13. The update includes the Revalations expasion with 144 new memories with game-changing abilities along with 30 solo missions and challenges and more improvements and tweaks. You can check out the full details on the App Store.

War of Words Free - the crossword game with bombs! Updated
Wolf Studios has updated War of Words - the crossword game with bombs! top version 4.0. The update includes Tweeting of high scores and wins, direct Facebook access, better board selection improvements, better recall improvements, more option settings, rack improvements and much, much more. Get all the details on the App Store.


Hot Deals



Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land Price Dropped to Free
Red Wasp Design has dropped the price on Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land for iOS Universal to free for the first time ever. Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land is a turn-based strategy/role-playing game based on the Call of Cthulhu RPG.If you've had this app on your watch list, now is your chance to pick it up for free on the App Store.

BANG! the Official Video Game Price Dropped to Free
To celebrate the release of a racing game they've just released, Palzoun & SpinVector have dropped the price on BANG! the Official Video Game for the first time ever. Score! You can pick it up now for free on the App Store.


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Board Game Time Helper App Released
Simple Tomatoe has released a helper app called Board Game Time Helper for iOS Universal. This attractive app turns your iOS device into a handy game timer so you can move along your pokey friends and shake them out of their paralyzed analytical stupors. Best of all, it's free on the App Store!

Think Mindpath Released
During the madness of some great releases last week, Ravensburger Digital quietly launched a new Reiner Knizia puzzler called THINK® – Mind-Path HD for iOS iPad. The app is a puzzle game where you turn pieces on the board to connect different colored orbs. It's set in a cool zen garden setting, with a great soundtrack to play it by. Really looks like puzzler that might appeal to board gamers as well. The app is priced at $3.99 and available on the App Store now.

Zynga Unleashes Cross Platform Gaming Network Zynga With Friends
PocketGamer reports that Zynga has unveiled details of its new gaming network, Zynga With Friends. According to PocketGamer the new gaming network is described as being a sort of 'social lobby' where players scattered across various platforms and social networks can meet and compete against one another while reviewing leader boards and game feeds. We're not sure of what impact this will have on board and card game-like experiences, but Zynga is a large company that for better or worse is helping to shape the zeitgeist of mobile gaming so we bring it to your attention. You can read more at PocketGamer site.

Best Co-operative Board Games on the iPad
This week our friends over at iPadboardgames,org have posted a nice roundup listing the best cooperative board game apps on the iPad. Check it out at iPadboardgame.org.
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iOS Release: Hacienda HD by Wolfgang Kramer

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Name: Hacienda HD by Wolfgang Kramer

Device: iOS iPad

Launch Price: $5.99

Players: 1-5

Multiplayer: Pass and Play

Seller/Developer: Cube Your Mind

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/app/hacienda-hd-by-wolfgang-kramer/i...

Release, update, price tracking info on Appshopper.com: http://appshopper.com/games/hacienda-hd-by-wolfgang-kramer

BGG Entry: Hacienda

VGG Entry: None yet.

Notes: Cube Your Mind has finally released their iOS iPad implementation of Wolfgang Kramer's tile-laying crowd-pleaser, Hacienda. The app includes two maps (family and challenging), a tutorial, pass-and-play, and AI with three levels of difficulty. One rare feature of note: the app has an UI option for left handed players. You can pick it up on the App Store for the launch price of $5.99.





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Le Havre Submitted to App Store
Chris from Sage Board Games/Codito dropped in to let us know that their iOS implementation of Le Havre has been submitted to Apple. No final release date has been set, but Codito expects it will definitely be in the next couple of weeks.

Battle Academy 2.0 Submitted
Owen over at the excellent PocketTactics.com reports that Slitherine Software has submitted version 2.0.0 of Battle Academy to Apple for approval. The update will include a new feature called Multiplayer Force Selection that basically lets you select and purchase units to play a scenario instead of playing with a pre-selected set. The update includes a host of other improvements and fixes. You can check out the details over at PocketTactics.com.

MechWarrior: Tactical Command Coming This Summer
PocketGamer reports that Singapore-based Personae Studios will bring MechWarrior: Tactical Command to iPad this Summer. The real time strategy gameplay is based on the BattleTech tactical wargame series and seen in MechWarrior Online for PC. You can find out more at the MechWarrior website.


App Releases


Zombie Quest Released
Pavel Tarabrin and Synaptic Wave have released Zombie Quest for the iPhone, iPad and Mac. The app is a born-digital two player board game in which the object appears to be to use your zombie minions and special abilities to vanquish the other guy's zombie minions. We're told that the rules are as simple to pick up as tic-tac-toe, checkers, or Othello. Play mode is face to face on a local device or against different levels of AI. All of the characters in the game can be sequentially unlocked through gameplay or purchased outright in the app. You can pick it up for iPhone, iPad or Mac (soon) on the App Store.




Battle Monkeys Released
Geek Beach has released Battle Monkeys for iOS Universal. It's a born digital casual strategy board game in which you try to eliminate other primates in an arena-like setting. The arena is filled with tiles across which a sliding array of power-ups move each turn. Under a five second time limit you easily predict and select which tile in range you want your primate to jump to. All jumps are handled by simultaneous action and then resolved with humorously animated cut scene results as the chosen powers are implemented by each primate. The app is currently free so check it out on the App Store.





Quizboard Released
Planeto AB has released Quizboard for iOS iPhone. It's a quiz game app that's been described as Words With Friends meets Trivial Pursuit. The strategy and board game aspects appear to be within the layout of bonus squares ala Scrabble that you claim while you make your path to the finishing star. The app comes with 10 board layouts and over 14,000 unique questions. The app has launched at the ridiculously low price of free so check it out on the App Store.


Warlords Classic HD Released
ALSEDI Group has released Warlords Classic HD for iOS iPad joining previously released Warlords Classic for iPhone as the official ports of the early 4x fantasy video game known as Warlords that you may have played in your childhood on PC, Mac, or an Amiga. The object of the game is to eliminate the other 1-7 opponents (human or AI) by capturing their cities with massive armies, training, heroes, making allies, and discovering secrets. ALSEDI says that online multiplayer through Game Center will be forthcoming. For now they have dropped the launch price of the app by 60%, down to $1.99, so you can pick it up on the App Store.


App Updates



Pool Break Updated
Kinetic Bytes has updated Pool Break (mentioned here for its inclusion of both Carrom and Crokinole) to version 1.5.3. The update includes new 6-Ball Pool, Retina display support, improved online game stability, updated UI and more. You can see the full details on the App Store.

Sing Something the Game Updated
CUKETA has updated Sing Something the Game to version 1.1. The update includes new features like commenting on your opponents performance, changing categories during matches, sharing your recordings, and more. You can check out the full details on the App Store.

StrokesTable Golf Updated
Strokes Table Golf has updated their eponymous app for iOS Universal to version 2.0. The update includes two new boards: intermediate & advance, new challenges, improved graphics and more. You can see the full details of the update on the App Store.

Draw Something by OMGPOP Updated
OMGPOP has updated Draw Something by OMGPOP for iOS Universal to version 1.7.13 and 1.7.14. The updates include a new look, special words, 13 languages, and notification when inactive games are about to expire. You can check out the details on the App Store.


Hot Deals



Alexandria Bloodshow Free
SEGA released Alexandria Bloodshow last week as a free download, upped the price, and has now dropped it again to free. Take advantage! Get it on the App Store.


Hippos & Crocs Free
Sylien has dropped the price on Hippos & Crocs to free. It's an abstract strategy app where you drop hippo and croc shaped tiles onto a board. The first player who is unable to play loses. The app has online multiplayer and chat. You can get it on the App Store.


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Gamezebo Interviews Playdek and Tin Man Games
Jim from Gamezebo dropped by to let us know about a couple recent interviews on Gamezebo. The first is an interview with Playdek. In it, they confirm that they're adapting Cryptozoic's Penny Arcade: Gamers vs Evil, that Summoner Wars will be free-to-play, and discuss a bunch of other great tidbits.

The second is an interview with Tin Man Games, the folks behind the Gamebook Adventures series where you choose your own adventure and roll dice to determine combat outcomes. The interview reveals how Tin Man got the license, what's next from them, and some exclusive first screens from their upcoming Judge Dredd gamebook.

Laser Pointer + iOS + Projector = Laser VR
Ok this is kind of out there, but Circutus LLC has developed an app called Laser VR Alpha Range that uses advances in computer vision to combine a virtually projected game with real world actions. They claim that for the first time, the processing power of modern mobile phones and tablets make it possible to simultaneously process a real-time camera feed while displaying the game’s graphics and user interface. The game player couples their device with a Pico projector, a tabletop tripod, and a low-powered laser pointer, for a portable virtual reality gaming experience. We post it for the obvious question of what impact such technologies could have on table top board gaming, say if you were to point the same setup on a horizontal surface? You can read more on the Laser VR website. Here's a video worth 10,000 words.





DragonBox Released
I'm putting this here because I've encountered a certain stripe of board gamer who often seems more interested in doing math problems than actually playing a game. Well now they can, by learning Algebra without even realizing it. Wired's GeekDad did a piece reviewing an Algebra learning app called DragonBox. I also mention it because the GeekDad columnist casually mentions both Carcassonne and Ticket To Ride in his description of the app. Note: this is not a board game app, it's an Algebra tutor par excellence. You can pick up DragonBox for your kids and/or yourself on the App Store.
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MTG Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 to Release June 20th
Wizards of the Coast announced last week that Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 will be released for iPad on June 20th as well as on Xbox LIVE Arcade, Steam and PlayStation Network. Eli Hodapp of TouchArcade got his hands on it at E3 and says it's the best version of the four. Will Wilson seems to come to a similar conclusion over at PocketGamer, praising all of the dragging and tapping that just feels right on the iPad. We are certainly looking forward to what could be one of the biggest tabletop hobby game releases on the iPad. And now without further ado, how about some screenshots of the iPad version:




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Victory Point Games Info Update on Levee En Masse
VPG says it's iOS implementation of Levée en Masse is now content complete and sent out for beta testing and bug fixing after two weeks of adding extensive audio and other polish. VPG believes the app will be available in just a few weeks. You can read more on the VPG site.

Razzia! Coming, Nearing Beta
Aidem Media has already partnered with Reiner Knizia to develop and release Pipes, Skyline, and Deck Buster. Now, according to their post on TouchArcade, they appear to be working Razzia!, RK's more streamlined version of Ra, which some geeks believe is better themed.

Video Released for Zun Tzu 2 Platform
Zun Tzu is a Vassal-like PC application for playing board games. Vassal, Zun Tzu and applications like it work like digital tabletops where you move game pieces just as you would in a print version. Such systems, however, do not enforce rules. So players are responsible for managing the game. Some iOS board gamers find this freedom, and usually the looser licensing for such platforms, liberating. Other iOS board gamers just don't value the point. This video shows Zun Tzu 2, which will support play on the iPad. The developer is aiming at August for beta testing, so this could be a way off still. In the meantime you can read more about it at the Zun Tzu website or check out this video:




Square Enix Presents Qwirkle at E3
This is the third time we have pointed out an iOS implementation of SDJ-winner Qwirkle. The latest is from heavy-hitting video game house, Square Enix, who were showing the app off at E3. Sources at E3 say the app is expected launch later this Summer for both iOS and Android. The folks over at IGN have a video of the gameplay.

Bluff Wars Announced On Kickstarter
FangTooth Studios wants to bring a bluffing Balderdash-like game to iOS and Android. They've posted here on BGG with a link to their Kickstarter page which features a video that shows the rather mundane activity of people playing the app async. I particularly liked the guy who wakes up to take his turn in bed.

Icarus Studios and Zabu Studio Announce Merger to Form MFV
WizKids announced news of a merger between Icarus Studios and Zabu Studio into a new company called MFV. What this has to do with iOS board games is that the majority owner of the newly formed MFV is NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association), and is also the majority owner of WizKids games. WizKids owns properties like HeroClix, Quarriors! and Mage Knight. MFV's first announced project is HeroClix TabApp, which we posted about a few weeks back. To the best of our understanding Zabu Studio is still working on an iOS version of Thunderstone which is currently in beta. The announcement is kind of confusing so I recommend you read it for yourself.

Hexplay Announces Astral Wizards Coming in Q4 2012
Hexplay dropped in to the BGG Press Releases forum to announce Astral Wizards, their upcoming Magic-like CCG. It appears to be yet another 2-player card battler. Hexplay states that opponent elimination is not the only path to victory. Apparently control over magical islands in the astral space can garner you the W as well. Community features like "Online Championships" appear to be promised. The app is slated for release on iOS, Android, Mac and PC and will be free. You can learn more from the Astral Wizards web site.

Solitaire for Two Coming Soon
David Vediner contacted us to let you know that iOS implementation of Joli Quentin's Kansil's Solitaire for Two will soon be released for iPad on the App Store. The game is actually on Kickstarter and and will be funded in three days. We're not sure exactly when the app will go live, but we will let you know soon.


App Releases



Duel of Fate Released
Gamevil has released Duel of Fate for iOS Universal. Duel of Fate is yet another card battler where you compete against opponents online. The animated battle phase is supposed to be quite entertaining, but we are a little skeptical of the replay value of features like that. It is available on the App Store for a price that can't be beat!

Michael Waitsman's Proteus Released
A few weeks ago PaulNord released Michael Waitsman's Proteus for iOS Universal. The app is an iOS implementation of Michael Waitsman's 1983 abstract strategy board game called Proteus. Proteus is played on a 3x3 board where the rules on 9 wood tiles determine how the players may move their pieces, trade the tiles, or even win the game. A rule is activated when a player's piece enters a correspondingly shaped tile, and the previously active rule is turned off. Apparently the game makes it very difficult to look more than one move ahead but we're not sure if that means it's impossible. The app is priced at $0.99 and you can get it on the App Store.

Antoine Bauza's Monster Chase Released
Snowed In Studios has released Antoine Bauza's Monster Chase for iOS Universal. The app is an iOS implementation of Monster Chase!. The app is a cooperative memory game where the object is to chase monsters away by scaring them with specific toys hidden throughout your bedroom. 5 game modes and multiplayer gameplay are featured. The app is launched priced at $0.99. You can pick it up on the App Store.

Alexandria Bloodshow Released
Sega has released Alexandria Bloodshow, the second installment in the "Bloodshow" trading card defensive strategy series. The app is for iOS Universal. Players collect cards, build a deck, and battle in lane-based strategy mayhem either via bluetooth/wifi or online. It's also got a campaign mode. Choose to be the Greeks or the Egyptians. You can check it out on the App Store.

Wild West Races Released
Itera Research & AppDragon have released Wild West Races. The app is an adaptation of the classic European card game known as Mille Bornes. You can get it on the App Store for $0.99.

NORTH & SOUTH - The Game Released
A few weeks back we posted about The Bluecoats: North vs South by Microids. Now we are telling you about an app released by bitComposer Entertainment named NORTH & SOUTH - The Game. We're not sure what's going on here but these look remarkably similar. We think the former might be better. You can check out this new one for the iPad on the App Store where it's been priced at $2.99

App Updates



Conquest! Medieval Realms Updated
Slitherine has updated Conquest! Medieval Realms to version 1.2. The update includes a fix to all stability issues, saving games, auto-saves, adjusted difficulty settings for advanced players, and more. You check out all of the details on the App Store.

Legion of the damned Updated
Offworld Games has updated Legions of the Damned to version 1.15. The update makes the app iOS Universal so now you can see the improved graphics on your iPad. Check out the details on the App Store.

Combat Mission Touch Updated
Battlefront.com has updated Combat Mission : Touch to version 1.2. The update includes new support for iPhone 4/4s and the latest generation iPod Touch, Retina display on iPad3 at full resolution, and various performance and bug fixes. You can check out the full details on the App Store.

Empire of the Eclipse Updated
After a rocky start, ZarkSoft has updated their ambitious subscription-based 4X space empire-based app, Empire of the Eclipse, to version 1.0.7 the update includes a ton of fixes and new features that would be too numerous to list, but you can read all the details on the App Store.

Gobang Social Updated
Kwalee has updated it's community-featured 5-in-a-row Go-Moku app to version 1.7. The update includes an alternative way to login to the game using your email address instead of Facebook, inviting your friends to play using their email address, browsing of random active and newbie opponents and many improvements. You can check out the full details on the App Store.

Total War Battles Free Updated
In case you want to check out Sega's Total War Battles Free, they have now updated the app to version 1.1. The update includes improved frame rate, memory optimization, and animated screen rotation. You can check the app for free on the App Store.


Interesting Links



Twilight Struggle for PC On Sale Now
GMT has been working on Twilight Struggle, Digital Edition, the PC version of Twilight Struggle, for the past eighteen months or so and is now finally ready to say that the app will release in late 2012. So confident are they that you can now pre-order the PC game on the GMT website for the P500 price of $30. You can read more about it on the GMT website and view the first entry on their new Digital Editions page (soon to feature iOS titles as well).



iOS 6 at WWDC
Apple has revealed news at their World Wide Developer's Conference this week that iOS 6 is on its way. We made a big deal about iOS 5 because of its promise to support turn-based gameplay through Game Center. While not perfect, it certainly was an improvement which we were glad to see a number of developers, who might not have otherwise had the opportunity to support online play, take advantage of Game Center. We know iOS 6 is coming out this Fall, but we are not yet sure what it is going to bring to the game table. We've read that Game Center will get cross-platform play between iOS and Mac OS X. We are also vaguely intrigued by talk of improvements to the App Store experience itself, no doubt fueled in part by Apple's acquisition earlier in the year of the app search engine company Chomp. I'm sure we could all use some better discoverability of the kinds of apps we love to play. Time will tell.
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