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App News: Zombicide arrives on the small screen, Mystic Vale headed to mobile in June, One Deck Dungeon going Universal in May, and what does Acram have up their sleeve?

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Zombicide Arrives for Mobile
I will admit that I have never played Cool Mini Or Not's undead basher, Zombicide, and probably never will. The theme and gameplay just aren't my thing (there's no poker chips and/or need for a calculator, so...?), but I realize that it's a hugely popular game with a lot of fans. Asmodee Digital has your back, as Zombicide is now available for iOS and Android.

Asmodee Digital wrote:
In a world overrun by Zombies, you’re part of a gang of survivors ready to do anything they can to stay alive. Armed with Molotov cocktails, shotguns, katanas and an arsenal of other weaponry, wander the city looking for food and fellow survivors. Be careful, hordes of zombies and unexpected encounters await you and could very well disrupt everything. Ready your armament, this probably won't go according to plan…


Now, before you get too excited let's lay down some facts. This is not a 1-for-1 recreation of the board game. This is a 'solo tactical squad-based mobile role-playing game' based on Zombicide. Having not played the board game, I don't know if this version at least replicates the combat and rules from the board game and puts them in a different, solitaire story, or if it's its own thing.

Asmodee Digital wrote:
With its intuitive but deep combat system, 40 campaign missions, ambient soundtrack, dazzling special effects and cadre of rich characters with unique abilities, Zombicide’s zombie-infested universe presents a colorful gameplay experience. The game features brisk 20 to 30 minute turn-based gameplay sessions, challenging players to eliminate zombies and survive as long as possible. The higher the danger level rises, the more zombies emerge in search of human flesh.

Zombicide follows a group of survivors who are forced to work together in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. Faced with danger, bonds eventually become stronger as the team works together to unearth the deadly secret behind the undead horrors in their hometown.


So, if you're a fan of the board game and have played both it and this mobile version, let us know in the comments how closely it hews to the source material.

- Zombicide: Tactics & Shotguns for iOS Universal, $5
- Zombicide: Tactics & Shotguns for Android, $5





Mystic Vale coming to mobile on June 6th
Mystic Vale has been available in digital format on Steam since January. Ever since it's release, we've been bugging Nomad Games Ltd (II) about a possible mobile release. We were told it was coming, but never had a clue when it might arrive. Last week, Nomad came clean; we can expect Mystic Vale on our mobile devices on June 6th.

Mystic Vale is a game of 'card-building' in which you can add abilities to cards, building combos and powerful spells out of nothing. The physical game does this via transparent cards and sleeves, which the digital version accomplishes it...well, pretty much the same way. It's pretty cool.

The mobile version will be for iOS and Android and will include the Vale of Magic expansion for free.

The Steam version is for PC/Mac and available now, so if you don't want to wait for mobile, head over and check it out. For those of us who prefer to game on our iPads, however, it's going to be a long wait. You can, if the urge takes hold of you, go and preorder the game on iTunes or Google Play.

- Mystic Vale for PC/Mac via Steam, $15
- Mystic Vale for iOS Universal, $5 (preorder)
- Mystic Vale for Android, $5 (preorder)





One Deck Dungeon coming to phones in May
My favorite digital board game port of 2018 was, by far, One Deck Dungeon from Handelabra Games Inc. and Asmadi Games. It was a nearly perfect mobile game with one caveat: it wasn't truly mobile. If you didn't have your iPad or Android tablet with you, good luck getting in a game.

That won't be the case much longer, as Handelabra has announced that the game is coming to phones sometime in May. We don't have an exact date, but we do know that the new version will be Universal, so owners of the iPad version will automatically also be able to download it to their phones without repurchasing it.

If you haven't played One Deck Dungeon yet, let me give you a tip for the upcoming phone release. Set aside a lot of spare time...you're going to be playing this one quite a bit.

- One Deck Dungeon for iPad, $10
- One Deck Dungeon for Android, $10
- One Deck Dungeon for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $10



Acram is cooking up something, announcing it tomorrow
We know Acram Digital from their fantastic board game ports like Steam: Rails To Riches, Eight-Minute Empire, and, of course, Istanbul: Digital Edition. What they're working on next, however, is the big story.

What is it? Well, I know but I'm not allowed to say until tomorrow. Let's just say that I think this project will make a lot of people happy.

We'll be back tomorrow to let you know the details, but, until then, have fun guessing.


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App News: All the stuff we missed while on vacation including Shards of Infinity, Terraforming Mars, XenoShyft, and Lorenzo il Magnifico

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My kids were on Spring Break last week, so we decided to make the most of it and had a good ol' family road trip to a warmer clime. As such, I've been absent for a bit, but I'm back now and a lot happened over the past couple weeks. Let's jump in...



Lorenzo il Magnifico coming to digital via Kickstarter
This one has been around for a bit, but it's down to the final 48 hours so we're going to tell you about it. I'm talking about a Kickstarter for the digital version of Lorenzo il Magnifico from Cranio Creations!

Lorenzo is one of those many, many euros that are currently sitting in my basement, still in shrink. Someday I'll play them all, but getting a digital version should make that a lot easier.

The Kickstarter includes both digital content with a PC/Mac version of Lorenzo il Magnifico, but also offers a new expansion: Lorenzo il Magnifico: The Pazzi Conspiracy Kickstarter Edition which includes many Kickstarter exclusive cards.

The most interesting thing is that there was a stretch goal of about 80K €, but they're claiming they've reached it while they're still under $50K. Hmm.

Anyway, the Kickstarter is fully funded (and more) at this point, but you might want to check it out for the physical expansion stuff you can still nab. You have less than 48 hours to add your name to the list of backers.

- Lorenzo il Magnifico Kickstarter page





Shards of Infinity hits Early Access on Steam
We mentioned earlier that Temple Gates Games LLC was bringing the card slinger, Shards of Infinity, to digital. I think a lot of us are in the beta and, unsurprisingly, I think Temple Gates has another hit on their hands.

I'm not a huge fan of the 'Ascension-like' deck-builder games, but this one is actually a lot of fun. I think the addition of the 'Shard', which allows you to instantly win if you reach a certain level of mastery is pretty sweet. Yes, I lose about 90% of my games attempting to get to 30, but it's a fun ride.

If you didn't get in the mobile beta, good news! Earlier this week Temple Gates released an Early Access version of Shards on Steam for Windows. Yes, it's only for Windows (us Mac users can go pound sand, apparently), but it's out there if you want to give it a go. I think we all know that you want to give it a go.

- Shards of Infinity for PC via Steam Early Access, $8



Terraforming Mars on Steam gets major update, card drafting
I know there's been a lot of hate for the digital version of Terraforming Mars that Asmodee Digital pushed out on Steam last year. I pretty much loved it despite its flaws, but I think I was in the minority. Anyway, they just pushed out a huge update for TM that, I think, will make many people happy.

Asmodee wrote:

Draft Variant
Each player gets four cards and chooses to draft one and then puts aside the others. He then passes the three other cards to the next player and so on. The process continues until all the cards drawn have been drafted.

The Draft Variant introduces a strategic layer by allowing the player and their opponents to draft a more customized hand of cards and play smartly by preventing other players from getting the cards they want.

The Draft Variant is available for both online multiplayer mode and hotseat, as well as for the solo mode.

Improvements

Interface:

A new feature, available at any moment during the game, allows the player to pause their current action and check the information they need before making their decision.

Players can see and compare the score of each player by mousing over the Milestone or Award icons, allowing them to see the impact of their potential actions and thus supporting their decision process.

Game mechanics:

AI improvements including solving the freezing issues.

Online improvements including solving the desynchronization issues.

Fixing the Awards calculation bugs.


I've been playing in the TM mobile beta and a lot of these features have been landing in beta town as well, making the game incredibly polished on the small screen. I'm hoping this release for the Steam version means we'll be seeing the mobile version release soon? If so, Asmodee isn't talking.

- Terraforming Mars for PC via Steam, $25



XenoShyft gets Forbidden Sciences expansion
XenoShyft is one of those great board game ports that everyone seems to forget exists. Everyone except Asmodee Digital, that is! They keep supporting it with the XenoShyft: Dreadmire release last year and, last week, the digital release of XenoShyft: Forbidden Sciences.

Forbidden Sciences is a mini-expansion that...

BGG wrote:
The Forbidden Sciences expansion includes all-new Division Cards for the Psychogenics Lab and Grafting Research divisions, as well as five all-new items for both Divisions, adding a wealth of new variety to your games!

Bring out the untapped potential of the human mind with the Psychogenics Lab!

Turn your Troops into horrifying (but effective) alien/human hybrids with the Grafting Lab!


You can nab it on iOS or Android for $3. It doesn't appear to be available for the Steam version, however. Not sure why...

- XenoShyft for iOS Universal, $5
- XenoShyft for Android, $5
- XenoShyft for PC/Mac via Steam, $10
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App News: Fort Sumter coming to mobile, Steam

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Playdek porting Fort Sumter to iOS, Android, Steam
We heard about the partnership between Playdek and GMT Games last summer and have eagerly been awaiting their first announced title, Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?. Turns out that's not the only thing they've been working on as today they announced that they're also bringing Mark Herman's card-driven gem, Fort Sumter: The Secession Crisis, 1860-61 to digital.

Fort Sumter pits 2-players against each other in the year before the outbreak of the American Civil War. One plays the secessionist side, the other the Union as they work their way toward war.

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Fort Sumter is a two-player Card Driven Game (CDG) portraying the 1860 secession crisis that led to the bombardment of Fort Sumter and the American Civil War. Fort Sumter is a small footprint game (11x17” mounted map) that takes approximately 25-40 minutes to play. The game pits a Unionist versus a Secessionist player. Each player uses the area control mechanic pioneered in my We The People design and immortalized in Twilight Struggle to place, move, and remove political capital. The location of political capital determines who controls each of the four crisis dimensions (Political, Secession, Public Opinion, and Armaments). After three rounds of play, the game culminates in a Final Crisis confrontation to determine the winner.

The heart of the Fort Sumter design is my CDG system where you use Strategy cards for their value or historic event to acquire political capital from the crisis track. Political capital tokens are used to compete for control of the twelve map spaces. Here the likes of William Lloyd Garrison, Sam Houston, Jefferson Davis, and Harriet Beecher Stowe walk on stage, while the Southern states dissolve the Union.

The twelve map spaces are grouped into the four dimensions of the crisis. You gain a victory point each round that you control a dimension’s three spaces. For example, the Armaments dimension is characterized by Federal Arsenals, Fort Pickens, and of course, Fort Sumter. In addition, each round you score a victory point for controlling your secret objective space. But beware; either player can score active objective spaces. At the end of the dual Presidential inaugurations (round three) a new Final Crisis mechanic drives the game to its hotly contested conclusion.

Utilizing a new Final Crisis Series mechanic, you may accelerate the crisis by breaching zones (escalation, tension, final crisis) that yield bonus political capital. However, beware, as the first person to breach the final crisis zone gains political advantage, yet loses victory point ground. Each game ends with a Final Crisis, where cards set-aside during the three rounds complete your final political maneuvers that determine the winner.


We don't have a lot of details at this point, but I'm sure we can expect the usual Playdek online system with timers, rankings, etc. The game will be coming to iOS, Android, and Steam. Not sure of the Steam platforms, but considering that Twilight Struggle is out for PC/Mac, let's go with that.

We'll keep our eyes open for any other info as it pops up.


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App News: Tides of Time released for mobile and Shards of Infinity beta signups open

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Tides of Time released for iOS/Android
We mentioned it just last week and today it's become reality. We're talking about the digital version of Tides of Time from Portal Games!

Tides of Time is a 2-player card game all about building up a civilization and, more importantly, nabbing victory points.

Portal wrote:
Tides of Time combines the ease of play of a micro game with the strategic depth of set collection and drafting for a unique two player experience. The players are dealt a hand of 5 cards and draft one card at a time, passing their hands between them after each selection. Each card has a suit as well as a unique scoring rule that may score the player points based on the suits of cards drafted. At the end of each round, the players select one card to keep in their kingdom for future rounds as a Relic of the Past.


The game has AI for solo play and pass-and-play if you want to go the multiplayer route. There's no online play, but Ignacy Trzewiczek has said that it will come in a later update "if the app is well-received".

The iOS version is $5 and I'm assuming the Android version is right around there. Why am I assuming? Because the Google Play page doesn't list a price. I'm not sure why...it doesn't say "install" like other free-to-download games do, either. Someone with an Android device can set me straight in the comments, I'm sure. Otherwise, links below!

- Tides of Time: The Board Game for iOS Universal, $5
- Tides of Time: The Board Game for Android, $?





Temple Gates and Stone Blade Entertainment open the beta gates for Shards of Infinity
Another 2-player card game, Shards of Infinity, is coming to digital this year as well. The cardboard version is from Stone Blade Entertainment, but the digital version is coming from Temple Gates Games LLC who you might remember from their awesome port of Race for the Galaxy.

We don't have a release window or anything (other than Spring 2019...so I guess we do have a release window) for Shards of Infinity, but we do have an open beta that is beginning today. Right now! Seriously, you can go sign up at this link and become what you've always wanted to be: a beta tester.

Temple Gates wrote:
Shards of Infinity is the second mobile board game release for Temple Gates Games, coming on the heels of the award winning Race for the Galaxy app. “The reason to play a board game on your phone is to take advantage of digital-only features,” says Theresa Duringer, CEO of Temple Gates Games, “including AI, automated setup and score keeping, and the ability to play with friends remotely. Our goal is to nail these with lickety split performance.” The AI for Shards of Infinity is an extension of Keldon Jones’ AI for Race for the Galaxy, which uses neural networks to create challenging opponents.


The beta is for anyone, whether your platform of choice is iOS, Android, or Steam. The only one to offer a free beta platform is iOS, so if you're an Android or Steam user, be prepared to pay for Early Access, but the bright side being you own the game when it actually launches. iOS uses TestFlight, so you can get the beta free, but will have to pay for the full app down the road. So, it's pretty much the same.

Anyway, the link for signups is below. Head over and join the team.

- Shards of Infinity beta signup


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App News: Galaxy Trucker attempts mission to Steam, Portal set to release Tides of Time

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Galaxy Trucker moves to the big screen, now available for PC/Mac

While the mobile version of Galaxy Trucker is nearly old enough to be in kindergarten, it's still one of the best board game apps ever created. It was Czech Games Edition's first foray into the digital realm and they not only knocked it out of the park, but set the bar for board game apps for the past half decade.

Unfortunately, it's only been on iOS/Android, so if you wanted to sneak a game while pretending to work at your desktop, you were out of luck. Not anymore! Today, Czech Games has released Galaxy Trucker for PC/Mac via Steam!

Titled Galaxy Trucker: Extended Edition, the Steam version comes packed with the original game and all its additions (campaign, turn-based asynchronous play or real-time play just like at the table, and more) and also has the Galaxy Trucker - Alien Technologies expansion packed in as well. So, you're getting everything the mobile version offers at a price that's kind of crazy.

You can nab the PC/Mac version today for just over $6! Six bucks for a game of this caliber is ridiculous and, as you might expect, won't last. It's a launch price that will stick around for a week or so and then it will go to it's regular price of $10 (which is still a bargain).

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The award-winning adaptation of Vlaada Chvátil’s award-winning board game. Already includes the ALIEN TECHNOLOGIES expansion!

Build space ships, dodge meteors, and fight off bad guys, all in a quest to be the trucker with the most cosmic credits at the end of the game.

“This is one hell of a good game” – Pocket Tactics, rated 5/5
“They hit it out of the park” – BoardGameGeek, rated 5/5
“Hands-down the best adaptation of a board game to the digital format yet seen” – Pocket Gamer, rated 4.5/5

FEATURES:
- Official adaptation of a space-faring classic
- Family-friendly gameplay accessible to all ages
- Build your own spaceship from different tiles
- Local multiplayer on the same device
- Compete online and play multiple games at the same time
- Go frantic in real-time mode, or slow things down in turn-based mode
- A campaign, special ship parts and more exclusive to this digital version!
- Comes with the Alien Technologies expansion!

Can you build a space ship from sewer pipes? Are you willing to face meteors, pirates, and smugglers? Can you fly a five-engine ship after four engines have been destroyed? Then you are our kind of trucker!

We offer good pay, a xenologically diverse crew, and a dynamic work environment. Bonuses paid for prompt delivery.

Sign up to be a galaxy trucker today!


Check it out for mobile and Steam at the links below:

- Galaxy Trucker for iPad, $5
- Galaxy Trucker for iPhone, $5
- Galaxy Trucker for Android, $5
- Galaxy Trucker for PC/Mac via Steam, $6.19 (on sale)





Portal Bringing Tides of Time to mobile on March 9
Portal Games was one of the first companies to bring their games to mobile way back when Neuroshima Hex! arrived in 2010. They've been relatively quiet since then, but March 9 they're making a splash with the digital release of card game, Tides of Time.

Portal wrote:
Tides of Time combines the ease of play of a microgame with the strategic depth of the set collection and drafting for a unique two-player experience. The players are dealt a hand of 5 cards and draft one card at a time, passing their hands between them after each selection. Each card has a suit as well as a unique scoring rule that may score the player points based on the suits of cards drafted. At the end of each round, the players select one card to keep in their kingdom for future rounds as a Relic of the Past.

Tides of Time was created by Kristian Čurla, and developed by Michał Walczak (Cry Havoc). The game was illustrated by Tomasz Jedruszek, Chris Ostrowski, Dan Pellow, Blake Rottinger, Artur Sadlos, and Rafał Szyma.

Tides of Time was nominated for the 2015 Golden Geek in the Best Card Game and the Best 2-Player Board Game categories.

-play against an AI opponent or against your friend in the Hot Seat mode
-explore the achievement system and master the game
-learn the rules in the Tutorial mode
-play in English or Polish


According to their Twitter, we can expect it to release on March 9.

I don't know anything about this game, but looking at the teaser trailer, it looks awfully shiny. More info when it releases next week for both iOS and Android!


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App News: Mystic Vale gets its first expansion: Vale of Magic

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Mystic Vale gets Vale of Magic expansion
As proof that we're living in the Golden Age of digital board games, I offer you Mystic Vale.

Released by Nomad Games Ltd (II) less than a month ago, we've all moved on to other big board game releases like Evolution (2019) and the current target of our collective ire, The Castles of Burgundy. If a game with the name recognition and polish of Mystic Vale had arrived in 2013-2014, it would have been a major contender for GOTY. Instead, when news of the just released expansion landed, my first thought was, "oh, yeah...I forgot about that one." It's only been out for month, people! Either I'm spoiled beyond the dreams of avarice or my memory sucks [can I nominate both? -ed.]

Of course, part of the issue might be Mystic Vale's current platform list. It's currently only available for PC/Mac. Once the promised mobile version comes out, I can see it becoming lodged in my consciousness.

Anyway, those are my problems. The big news from Nomad is that the first expansion is now available! It's the Mystic Vale: Vale of Magic expansion and that means more cards! More cards! More cards! 72 new cards to be exact.

Nomad wrote:
Mystic Vale - Vale of Magic introduces 54 new advancement cards and 18 vale cards to the Mystic Vale base game, expanding players' options and opening up new crafting combinations.

This expansion is designed to be mixed straight into the base game.

'The forces of nature and Gaia's blessings are not enough to stop the curse from spreading throughout the Valley of Life. The druidic clans are now harnessing the power of arcane magic to repel the blight and heal the land. While arcane magic offers tremendous power, it can quickly overwhelm those who are unable to control it.'


You can nab the new content for $5 right now on Steam. We'll keep you up to date on any other expansion news or, more importantly, when we can expect to see Mystic Vale on our tablets.

- Mystic Vale for PC/Mac via Steam, $15


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App Release: The Castles of Burgundy

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The Castles of Burgundy Released


The Stats:

Compatibility: iOS Universal, Android, PC/Mac/Linux
Current Price: iOS: $9, Android: $10, Steam: $10.50
Developer/Publisher: Digidiced UG
Download Size (iOS): 346.5 MB
Multiplayer: Asynchronous Online, cross-platform, pass-and-play
AI: Yes
iTunes Link: Castles of Burgundy
Android Link: Castles of Burgundy
PC/Mac/Linux Steam Link: [url=https://store.steampowered.com/app/903040/The_Castles_of_Burgundy/[/url]
BGG Entry: The Castles of Burgundy
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App News: Castles of Burgundy coming this Thursday

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Digidiced releasing Castles of Burgundy this week
It's only February and yet we've already received two fantastic board game ports. The first came out a couple weeks ago, Evolution (2019), which the latest is due this Thursday. It's our friends at Digidiced UG this time and the game in question is Stefan Feld's The Castles of Burgundy.

First of all, the blurb:

Digidiced wrote:
Features:

• 1 to 4 players
• Play in single-player with challenging computer opponents, against your friends in local multiplayer, or face players from all over the world in online mode!
• Learn the rules with our Interactive tutorial or even watch games of the top players on your device!
• Take your time in asynchronous game mode with push notifications and never miss a turn.
• Family friendly – non violent theme
• Easy interactive tutorial to learn the game from scratch
• Analyze your best games or learn tricks from the best with playback
• 3 different computer opponents
• uses the newest rules of the board game


So, it's got everything we expect in a top notch Digidiced port. I've been lucky enough to play around with it a bit early and I don't think any fans (or soon-to-be fans) will be disappointed. The presentation is fantastic, the tutorial is extensive, and asynchronous play with CoB should be a perfect fit.

It's arriving for iOS, Android, and PC/Mac/Linux via Steam on Thursday, February 28. We don't have a price point, yet, but we'll have a release post when it hits so you don't have to search too hard for the links on your lonesome.

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App News: Evolution evolves through updates, adds Creature Discoveries

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Evolution updates, adapts, adds Creature Discoveries
After a development phase just slightly longer than the second voyage of the HMS Beagle, Evolution (2019) arrived on our devices last week. As we can expect with any new software, the launch had a few hiccups. There were some login issues, some problems with the campaign looping, Android devices not running it at all or just running hot, and more. It's only been a week, but with a slew of updates, North Star Games seems to have fixed most (all?) of the major issues.

First of all, the game is running smooth on Android now without turning your phone into a makeshift hotplate. You can login and make online matches without issue now and more. So, hooray!

The bug squashing wasn't the only thing North Star's been working on, however. The latest update introduced something called Creature Discoveries which allows you to see some of your creations in the Evolution art style we've come to know and love. There are 50 unique creatures in the game and, when you make one of them, you'll unlock the art to see what your species looks like if it were made of watercolor.

Which creatures? You'll have to keep playing to try and unlock them all. Try combos that you would have never thought of before! It's worth losing a game to find one, dammit!

Oh, and their contest in which they're giving away 1000 physical copies of Evolution is still going on as well. Simply login and play an online match and you're registered for that day's giveaway of 10 copies. Login and play every day to register for each day's new batch of games. You don't even have to pay for the mobile version to play your one online match a day and register, so there's no excuse.

If you do want to pay for the app, however, today's the last day to snag the launch discount. After today, the price to unlock the mobile version will go up to $10 from it's current cost of $8. If you're a Steam user and would prefer to play on your laptop, Evolution is currently 20% off (down to $12 from $15) and will be through today. Don't dawdle is what I'm saying.

Anyway, Evolution is the first big digital board game release of 2019 and it's a good one, especially with all these fixes implemented. Head to your app store of choice (or Steam) at the links below and give it a go.

- Evolution: The Video Game for iOS Universal, free ($8/$10 to unlock full game)
- Evolution: the Video Game for Android, free (see note about iOS version above)
- Evolution: The Video Game for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $12


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App News: Evolution has crawled forth from the primordial ooze, grown legs and lungs, and now lives on your phone

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Evolution released for mobile, PC/Mac. Also, a contest.
It's been nearly five (or more than five? I've lost track) years in the making, but today we can finally sit down and play Evolution (2019) on our phones, tablets, and laptops. That's right, North Star Games has done the impossible: released Evolution.

The reason development took so long was so they could polish Evolution to a fine sheen. In fact, we were told they wanted it to be the board game port that all other board game ports will be compared to. From my early tinkering, they may have gotten there.

First of all, it's downright gorgeous and, secondly, it has everything you'd want in a board game app. There's an extensive tutorial if you're new to the game, a lengthy campaign for solo play, AI opponents, online matches, seasonal tournaments, and more. It really has it all, except asynchronous play, but that's coming in a later update.

North Star wrote:
NATURAL SELECTION IN ACTION
In the game Evolution, you adapt your species to survive, and stay one step ahead of opponents.

-Watering hole running dry? Evolve a long neck to reach food in the trees.
-Staring down a Carnivore? Develop a hard shell to fend off an attack.
-Evolve up the food chain to become a the most successful species.

CHALLENGING AND ADDICTIVE
Do you evolve protection from Carnivores, or find a way to eat if there is no Food in the Watering Hole? The ecosystem is constantly changing, and you’ve got to figure out what your opponents are up to.

INTERACTIVE TUTORIAL
Our friendly professor will guide you from one watering hole to the next on our learn-as-you-play tutorial, showing you how to survive before sending you off to make a name for yourself. Hone your skill as you progress from lowly Biology Intern to competing for the Nobel Prize!

EXPLORE THE CAMPAIGN
Explore the mysteries of Evolution Island and discover distinct Boss opponents. As you move through the campaign you’ll unlock new “Apex Species” that are masters of specific strategies; defeat them to add them to your menu of single-player opponents.

MATCH MADE MULTIPLAYER
One click and the game will match you with players of similar skill in a fast paced online game. Make friends in the game and set up custom games, or rank up in the ongoing seasonal tournaments and see how far you can go.

ENDLESSLY REPLAYS, ONE PRICE
This isn't a collectible card game, the full set of cards are included in the base game. Thousands of possible species combinations evolve from 17 unique trait cards, meaning no two games are ever the same.

PACE & POLISH
With a smooth user interface and fast, informative animations, Evolution was built to satisfy a quick fix of intense strategic battles. Easy to learn, almost impossible to master, one game and you’ll find yourself addicted. Evolution isn’t just a top tier strategy game – it’s a whole new animal.


If you thought the app getting released was good news, wait until you hear this. North Star is running a contest along with the app's release where they're giving away 1000 copies of the physical board game. Yes, I said 1000.

To win, all you need to do is download the app (it's free on iOS/Android, or you can buy the PC/Mac version) and play online multiplayer games. Each day for the next 100 days, they will select 10 players from the online pool to win a physical copy of the game, all you need to do is pay the shipping.

So, get out there and start playing online games!

You can find Evolution: The Video Game at the links below:

- Evolution: The Video Game for PC/Mac via Steam, $15
- Evolution: The Video Game for iOS Universal, free to download, $8 to unlock full game (on sale, normally $10)
- Evolution: The Video Game for Android, free to download, $8 to unlock full game (on sale, normally $10)


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