David NeumannUnited States
WisconsinIn life you have to do a lot of things you don't f*cking want to do. Many times, that's what the f*ck life is... one vile f*cking task after another.
Alien Frontiers Update Submitted to Apple
Upon its release a couple weeks ago, the iPad implementation of Alien Frontiers was praised for its interface and similarity to the cardboard version. The AI, on the other hand, took some hits. The very busy and visible developer of the Alien Frontiers app, Clint Herron, could have buried his head in the sand and taken a well-deserved vacation, but has been all over BGG trying to deduce ways to make the AI better. Well, today Clint posted that he submitted the first update for Alien Frontiers to Apple last night. The update includes strengthening of the Pirate AI level to make it "not play fair", a choice for alternate green dice to help colorblind players, miscellaneous bug fixes, and a big addition that...well, as Clint told me, you'll clearly see it when the update launches. We'll keep an eye out and let you know when the update becomes available.
Zombies!!! Coming to iOS and Android
Developer Babaroga released a digital version of Zombies!!! for Windows Phone 7 back in 2011. Pocketgamer has reported that they have updated the game, added asynchronous multiplayer, and are now releasing this new version for Windows 8 with an iOS and Android version coming as well. It should be here by the end of 2012. Check out the trailer:
Caveman Curling Slides Onto iOS and Android as Kairn
Developer Forgenext sent me a note informing me that Kairn was released for iOS Universal and Android today. Kairn is based on the dexterity game by Daniel Quodbach, Caveman Curling, in which, well...cavemen curl. That is, they flick stones across an icy lake. The game is for 1 or 2 players. Single player involves 4 levels of AI, and multiplayer includes pass-and-play. The game has several challenge modes and achievements to get, as well. The game is currently $0.99USD and can be found in the App Store or on Google Play.
Well, either I'm spoiled by what's already been released this week or tonight's releases really suck. Honestly, I can't find anything worth talking about. So, instead, I'm going to remind you of all the cool apps that have come out in the last day or so. Sorry if I'm wasting your time with this, but it's been a busy, exciting week!
Chad Jensen's epic worker-placement/area-control game, Dominant Species, hit the App Store last night. Early comments on our announcement seem to indicate the AI is a bit lacking, but otherwise a great implementation of the board game. It's available for $4.99USD on the App Store.
Blood of the Zombies
Tin Man Games released this new Fighting Fantasy book to iOS and Android devices last night. It is written by one of the inventors of the series, Ian Livingstone, and looks to be a great port of a physical book to a digital format. You can find out more about the book in our news item. The gamebook is available for $5.99USD on the App Store and Google Play.
Big Daddy's Creations great digital implementation of Michał Oracz's Neuroshima Hex! was updated with new armies for both iOS and Android. Also, all of BDC's apps are currently on sale. For more info, see our news item. Neuroshima Hex! is currently $2.99USD on the App Store, and $0.99USD on Google Play.
New developer Elately is making a splash with their digital implementation of Reiner Knizia's new game, Qin. Comments about the game following our story seem almost universally positive. Qin is currently iPad only. You can pick it up for $4.99USD on the App Store.