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iOS News: Yggdrasil, City of Secrets Pipes, Conquest! Medieval Realms, Frozen Synapse, Puerto Rico, UFO Hotseat, and More...

Gabe Alvaro
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[With sincere apologies for the late posting.]

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App Releases

Yggdrasil Released
Ludonaute has finally released their iPad implementation of Cédric Lefebvre and Fabrice Rabellino's Yggdrasil. The app is a co-operative game in which you play the role of a Norse god and must join forces and co-ordinate your efforts to repel the relentless invasion of your enemies in Asgard. The app offers a choice of difficulty levels, unlockable content, and support for 1-6 players. You can get it on the App Store for the launch price of $5.99.

Reiner Knizia's City of Secrets Pipes Released
And the Knizia puzzle app train rolls on. This time Aidem Media has released Reiner Knizia's City of Secrets Pipes. The good doctor's latest release has you reconstructing a system of pipes in a steam powered flying machine from the underground kingdom in an effort to save somebody named Moles and the whole ship from an epic distaster. Heh...and they say Knizia starts with the theme first. This iOS Universal puzzle app selling for $1.99 supposedly has some connection to celebrating the upcoming release of a board game, but we can't figure out the fragmented sentences about it in the description. Maybe you can on the App Store.

Conquest! Medieval Realms Released
Slitherine, one of the more established video game developers but a newer serious player in the strategy/board game app space has just released a turn-based strategy app for iOS Universal called Conquest! Medieval Realms. Some are calling Conquest! a step up from Slay in both gameplay and presentation. The gist is that you unite territory, build up an economy, raise armies, defend your homeland, conquer your opponents by defeating their armies and capturing their lands. The app features 5 levels of AI, campaign and skirmish modes, randomly generated maps that give billions of potential battlefields, 9 different units and more. You can check it out on the App Store for the launch price of $1.99.

Futbol Fury Released
Developer Paul Lind had released a turn-based peg-style table top soccer game app named Futbol Fury. The app is two-player only affair and the developer implores you to grab someone you don't like and play it. You can find it on the App Store for $0.99

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The Latest News

Gilded Skull Games Picks Up Again With Galactic Keep: Dice Battles
Nearly three years ago developer Gilded School posted on TouchArcade about Galactic Keep: Dice Battles. At the time the vision for the app was described as one that

Gilded Skull wrote:
"takes core elements of classic dice and paper role playing games (like dungeon crawling for loot and experience on paper maps, a ‘DM’ style of telling a story and rolling dice to create characters, move and to battle) and translates them into an iPhone experience."
After that Gilded Skull was last heard from at the beginning of last Summer, discussing the app's delay. Then on Tuesday they surfaced once again on TouchArcade, this time announcing that they've learned a lot as a developer of four other apps and were starting over with an all new Galactic Keep. Sometimes that's what it takes. Color us interested.

Frozen Synapse Approaches iPad Release
The guys at Mode 7 tweet a lot, but rarely about the iPad version of Frozen Synapse. Recently they've tweeted a little about the iPad version saying that there is still no official ETA but they are probably three weeks or so away from starting a small closed beta. They also mentioned Android, saying they are getting a little bit closer to figuring out the possibility of getting FS on Android devices.

Tikal Update in Next Few Weeks
Codito has posted that we should be seeing a Tikal update in the next few weeks.

Puerto Rico Submitted to Ravensburger
Codito has also posted that they have sent off version 1.1 to Ravensburger for their approval before submitting the app to Apple. The update is meant to finally include the long awaited asynchronous online play. Additionally an iPhone version has been mentioned as well.

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App Updates

UFO Hotseat Updated
Hippo Games has updated UFO Hotseat to version 1.1.3. The update to this turn-based tactical app includes new iPad support, viewing of enemy's turn, interface improvements, AI improvements and more. Check out the details on the App Store.

Pwnz! Updated
The game itself isn't much more than a kind of Ludo/Parcheesi, but we love the app name and it's interface approach. Floor Rietveld has updated Pwnz! to version 1.01. The update includes on/off toggle for turn notifications, a show friends status, time limit adjustments and various improvements and bug fixes. You check out the details on the App Store.

Time of Heroes Updated and Price Drop
Smuttlewerk has updated Time of Heroes to version 1.3. The update includes Chapter 2 content now available as In App purchase, new maps, and new heroes. Additionally Smuttlewerk has dropped the price on the app from $2.99 to $0.99. You can check it out on the App Store.

Carcassonne Updated
Code Monkeys have updated Carcassonne to version 2.51. This update includes fixes for user with new iPads, ads some missing retina graphics, and fixes an issue that could cause negative total points in local highscores. You can get all the details on the App Store.

Lead Wars Updated
Demon Studios has updated Lead Wars to version 1.5. The update includes Staff Sergeant campaign missions, a new map, minor graphical improvement and bug fixes. You can check out the details on the App Store.

Wit Gomoku Updated
Zasoft has updated its 5 in a row/Gobang app Wit Gomoku HD to version 1.2. The updated includes the addition of Game Center support and 50 battles to study and exercise. You can check out the details on the App Store.

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Labyrinth HD Wins German Computer Game Prize for Best Mobile Game
The German Computer Game Prize or Deutscher Computerspielpreis for Best Mobile Game was awarded to none other than Ravensburger's THE aMAZEing Labyrinth HD. The award apparently includes a €50,000 prize if our German translation was correct. You can read more about this prize and its history at the Deutscher Computerspielpreis site.

Days of Wonder Interview on Pocket Gamer
Will Wilson at Pocket Gamer sits down with Eric Hautemont and Mark Kaufmann of Days of Wonder to talk about their past, their successful apps, Android, and what might or might not be planned for their future. You can read the interview at the Pocket Gamer Site.
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