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The Tribe And Universal iPad Update for Hero Academy Coming Soon
Robot Entertainment announced Monday that a new team and universal iPad update will be available soon for their critically acclaimed asynchronous mobile tactics game, Hero Academy. The Hero Academy app has been optimized for iPad players with higher-resolution graphics and more screen space. The new and fourth team of the Hero Academy roster is called the Tribe and appear to be artistically modeled after orcs some such humanoid monster. Powerful and ruthless, the Tribe are aggressive warriors that are always on the attack. Additionally the update will include a Tribe-inspired playing field. The new field will be free to all players and features a new magical defense premium square as well as barbed crystals that can defend themselves. As far as a date for release, Robot only says that the updated will be available soon via the App Store. You can read all about the upcoming update on Robot Entertainment's website.
Titan HD Update and Price Drop
The big news this week is that Valley Games, Inc. has updated Titan HD to version 1.1 with some much anticipated new features that Valley thinks will make the game much more approachable for new players and more engaging overall. New features and improvements include a tutorial video, revised written rules, touch+hold Terrain and Hazard inspection, sequenced AI moves, animation improvements, game speed adjustment option, and quite a number of UI improvements. In celebration of all this, Valley has additionally dropped the app's price 40% from 7.99 down to $4.99. You can check it all out on the App Store.
Playdek took down their Ascension and Food Fight servers this on Wednesday in preparation for the release of the much anticipated Nightfall designed by David Gregg and print published by Alderac Entertainment Group. The servers came back up again in the afternoon and Playdek soon tweeted: "We have submitted #Nightfall to Apple". Try to remain calm.
Le Havre Scheduled for Early May 2012 Release
Chris at Codito dropped by to give us an update on Le Havre and dutifully posted on BGG as well. egave me us update but here is his page on BGG as well. The app is still coming along well and they expect to start beta next week. They will also be getting some feedback from Lookout Games in the next couple of weeks. Due to these factors, marketing, and the time for Apple approval, an April release may be looking unlikely but Codito feels they are getting really close. New hope is on an early May release. Stay tuned!
Slitherine's Conquest Coming for iOS and Android?
Hot off the heals of their bold high quality iOS release of Battle Academy, Slitherine's Iain McNeil recently tweeted what appears to be an indication of iOS and Android versions of the developer's Conquest! Medieval Realms game. Iain's tweet reads:Iain_Slitherine wrote:"Conquest iOS and Android beta versions updated. We're nearing a release candidate now."
According to Slitherine's site Conquest! Medieval Realms is a turn-based game that combines the pure strategic gameplay of Chess and the key principles of military strategy in a historical setting. The objective is to conquer up to 7 opposing AI or human players by defeating their armies and capturing their lands. You can read more about it at Slitherine's website.
Ubongo Puzzle Adventure Lite
Korner Entertainment has released the Lite edition of the iPhone and iPod Touch version of the board game Ubongo. The Lite edition gives users limited free access to the single player mode while the full version of Ubongo Puzzle Adventure offers access to 10 different enemies, over 3000 puzzles and unlimited online games. You can check out the Lite version on the App Store for free.
The Octagon Theory TableTop Released
M&D Enterprise has released a new iPad-only version of it's retro-video-game-styled abstract strategy game app called The Octagon Theory TableTop. The app is priced at $1.99. The user interface is designed for easy play. accommodating when the iPad is placed on a table and two human players sit across from each other or on the same side of the table. One very interesting feature of this app is the availability of an API which coders, board game geeks, and Artificial Intelligence aficionados can use to design the app's AIs which can compete against human players. You can check it out on the App Store.
Ticket To Ride Updated for Retina Display
Days of Wonder has just updated the maps in Ticket to Ride for iPad to take full advantage of the ultra high-resolution Retina display on the new iPad. The new retina display dramatically enhances the Ticket to Ride maps, allowing the app for the first time to display the same high-fidelity, finely-detailed paper textures and background illustrations that are featured in the real world Ticket to Ride board game, including the color-blind friendly track symbols on the train routes even when playing in normal (non-zoomed) mode making it much easier for colorblind players to identify different routes on a map. Let's hear it for usability!
You can check it out in the App Store.
More Retina Updates
- Battle Academy Retina Support Update Submitted, tweeted by Slitherine
- The Octagon Theory Fixes Retina display scaling issue on the new 3rd generation iPad.
- Simple Board Game Fixed Retina display scaling issue on the new 3rd generation iPad.
- Dedaloop Updated to take advantage from the New iPad Retina Display
Earlier this week USM updated Catan and Catan HD to version 2.1.6, adding additional stability improvements and updated in-game statistics. Then last night USM tweeted that a new update to version 2.1.7 fixes both issues from 2.1.6. and should be available soon. You can check it out at the App Store.
Root-One has updated StoryLines, an iOS and online implementation of Eat Poop You Cat to version 3.0. The new updated includes more variety in account authentication and flagging for inappropriate content in all-play StoryLines. You can check it out in the App Store.
Delve: The Dice Game Updated
Earlier this week Code Bunny Games updated Delve: The Dice game to version 1.1, fixing the memory leak in the sound code. You can check it out in the App Store.
Lead Wars Updated
DemonStudios has updated Lead Wars to version 1.4.1, adding Full Retina display support for the new iPad, adding detail to push Notifications showing opponents' names, improvements to on-screen buttons and other minor bug fixes and improvements. You can check it out in the App Store.
Dash Race Updated
Hans-Juergen Richstein has updated Dash Race to version 3.6.0 adding iPad 3 Retina support, the Cream Torte track, and various bug fixes. You can check it out on the App Store.
PimPamPet® for iPhone and iPad Updated
Venerable game publisher Jumbo has update both editions of PimPamPet®, its 65-year-old question-and-answer game with the spinner to version 1.1 which now allows you to buy new cardsets via In App Purchase and add your own questions. Check out either the [url=http://itunes.apple.com/app/pimpampet-for-iphone/id441092020 ]iPhone[/url] or iPad editions.
LiARR's Dice Updated
David Jackson has updated his LiARR's Dice app for iOS iPhone to version 1.5.3 including the ability to shake up to 10 dice, an added tutorial mode, and various other additions and improvements. You can check it out on the App Store.
Dice With Buddies Updated
Stofle Designs has updated Dice with Buddied for iOS Universal to version 1.9. The update includes improvements to chat including extending chats across games, seeing full chat history, and clearing chat. Plus new animations and sounds, faster game-switching, and "Nudging" buddies to remind them it's their turn. I can think of a number of apps that could use that last feature. You can check it out on the App Store.
The Battle Of The Wordsmiths Updated
This overlooked strategy fantasy card game has been updated by OlatunjiWorld to version 1.1.0 with new In-App Purchase for new card decks, a Map with histories for the major regions of The Wild Kingdoms, a new overlay screen on opening to help new players get started and updated and tested for iOS 5.1. It is free, so you can download it from the App Store.
The Octagon Theory Price Drop
After updating it to version 1.0.5 to fix a Retina display scaling issue on the 3rd gen iPad, M&D Enterprise has dropped the price of its abstract strategy game app for iOS Universal from $1.99 to $0.99. You can check it out on the App Store.
Divine Right Price Drop
RiviSoft has dropped the price on their turn-based strategy app for iOS Universal from $2.99 to $0.99, You can play hot seat or versus AI. Check it out on the App Store.