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iOS News: Slitherine Announcements, Agricola, Tricky 6, Danger Alliance, 7 Planets, Pocket Tactics, and More...

Gabe Alvaro
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Slitherine and Matrix Announce Conquest!, Panzer Corps, Field of Glory, Battle Academy For Android, Close Combat "Possible" in 2014
Slitherine Ltd. and Matrix Games holed themselves up in a grand hotel along the shores of Lake Maggiore in Stresa, Italy to have their annual Home of Wargamers Press Event and made enough announcements to make your head spin. Among the upcoming gaming goodness announced (and date/relevance sorted):

Conquest! Medieval Realms for iOS/Android - May 2nd release at special launch price of $1.99.

• Great Battles Medieval: iPad version - Coming Q2 2012 (Apparently already on Android)

Panzer Corps on iPad - Q3 2012

Field of Glory: Tablet versions - Q4 2012 after Unity update

• Battle Academy For Android coming in Q4 2012

• Sovereignty: Crown of Kings coming in Q4 2012-Q1 2013

• And even the classic Close Combat series may be possible in 2014.

It's all just an incredible bounty of upcoming wargame and strategy releases this year that we're quite awestruck. We will certainly be tracking these titles along the way and as each gets closer to release. For now we'll leave you with the Panzer Corps PC (iPad Product page up soon) gameplay trailer:

Agricola Moved to Summer
We try to watch iOS board game developers like a hawk. Last week we noticed the Playdek site got a slight modification to show that Agricola's time frame has now been updated to Summer rather than Spring which Playdek verified for us. And y'know, we're ok with that. I mean at least they didn't wait until the very last day of Spring, right? We also expect to be getting some news of sime kind soon.

Ogre Kickstarter Reaches $300k, Commits to Computer Game, Which Platform?
Other huge news of course has been the success of Steve Jackson Games's Kickstarter campaign for the Ogre Designers Edition. Since the Ogre Kickstarter campaign just recently hit their $300k stretch goal this means an Ogre computer game will now be forthcoming:
Steve Jackson Games wrote:
$300,000 - We will commit to releasing an Ogre computer game, for some platform or platforms, by the end of 2014. It might very well be a lot sooner. This is totally separate from the record sheet app, which will be free and come out before the boardgame ships.
This does not say iOS specifically, but they have committed to a helper app already, so we are going to wonder and start tracking down some answers soon.

App Releases

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Tricky 6 Released
Benjamin Zachey has released Tricky 6 for iPhone which appears to be another Qwirkle clone. You can check it out on the App Store for $0.99.

Game of Gale Released
Doug Sartori has released Game of Gale. The app is of an abstract strategy game invented by David Gale. The game appears to be similar to connection games such as BRIDG-IT, Twixt or Hex. You can check it out on the App Store.

Bicycle® Jacked Up!™ Released
The good ol' The United States Playing Card Company has released Bicycle® Jacked Up!™, apparently complete with it's all of its apparently necessary registrations and trademarks. The app is played with special decks of printed playing cards you buy from TUSPCC that can be read by your iOS device. When the app description claims the app will "turn your next card game into a virtual adventure complete with twists, comedy, and vibrantly engaging animation!" and "changes the rules with every hand", we admit our gimmick-ometer starts buzzing quite a bit. But judge for yourself and check it out on the App Store for free (cards purchased separately).

App Updates

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7 Planets Updated
7 Planets is a logic board game from Tomislav Puzak and some indie developers in Croatia. The app is based on board game they invented in 1985 called Ziv Zav. The object of the game is to roll wooden balls all around the screen in order to get them into their correct rows. The trick, however, is that when one ball is moved, all of the balls in that row or column move with it until they are stopped by a wall. Your score is based on how long and how many moves it takes. The update to this app includes a new expert mode after the previous update included achievements, classic mode, visual and UI improvements and various bug fixes. Check out the details on the App Store.

Cabals Updated
Kyy Games continues to regularly update Cabals: The Card Game. The latest update to version 1.09 includes new cards like Changeling Trick (Danann), Faberge Egg (Bearclaw), Escalating Inflation (Vril), Disciple of the Third Eye (Zahir) and a few game play fixes. You can check out the details on the App Store.

Starbase Orion Updated
Chimera Software is another developer who frequently makes updates to its main app, Starbase Orion. Version 1.1.3 includes Custom Starbases, Upgradable Ships, Precise Orbital Bombardment, Weapon Damage Modifiers and a host of other improvements and changes. Chimera wants everyone to know that the next version will see one of the most requested new features: Colony and Fleet Leaders. Check out the details on the App Store.

Samurai Bloodshow Updated
Sega has updated Samurai Bloodshow to version 1.4.1. The update includes the addition of Korean-language and various bug Fixes. Check out the details on the App Store.

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Hot Deals

Danger Alliance: Battles Price Drop
TOME Studios has dropped the price on it turn-based strategy app, Danger Alliance: Battles from $2.99 to $0.99, the app's lowest price yet. Get it now from the App Store.

Interesting Links

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Pocket Tactics Site Launches
We like to keep up with the latest in iOS strategy gaming. Our latest find for helping us stay abreast is a relatively new and well done web site called Pocket Tactics. It's a nice looking site with some very good content. We highly recommend it!

Hero Mages To Become Physical Board Game
Ross Przybylski, passionate designer and developer of Hero Mages, dropped in to let everyone know that his cross-platform multiplayer turn-based tactical strategy video game will get lovingly immortalized in cardboard as Hero Mages: The Board Game. The press release claims that Hero Mages may perhaps become the first-ever Flash game to be ported to a physical, tabletop game. You can check it out at the App Store or on it's free-to-play site at

Legend of Grimrock Heading to iOS
Back in the day we would occasionally take a break from die-rolling and map making of D&D, and veg out in front of the Apple IIe and play a grid-based dungeon crawler like Wizardry. This was before anybody had even used the phrase "dungeon crawler". Since then games like Eye of the Beholder and Ultima Underworld have come along offering three walls and the truth of classic grid-based dungeoneering. The Legend of Grimrock by Almost Human Games is the latest in the old-school dungeon crawling genre. It's been available for PC since early April and according to a tweet by Almost Human Games will be coming for iOS as well.
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