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Hacienda HD Getting Very Close to Submission
We've learned from Cube Your Mind that Hacienda HD, the iOS implementation of Wolfgang Kramer's Hacienda, is very near submission to the App Store. A final version was sent to testers last week. Cube Your Mind had hoped to submit the app to Apple by this past weekend. More info to come soon.
Skotos Info Update
Checking with Shannon from Skotos we've learned that Reiner Knizia's Money will be updated with GameCenter leaderboards, Elo rankings, and achievements, including "quests" (harder ways to win) in about 2 or 3 weeks. Each other Skotos app will also receive leaderboards, Elo rankings, and achievements (but not quests yet) every one or two weeks after Money. Reiner Knizia's Masters Gallery should release in Q2 (June), Eric Vogel's Armorica in Q3 and Reiner Knizia's King Arthur Card Game in Q4.
Uwe Eickert Says Strike of the Eagle and 1812 Coming to iPad
Uwe Eickert, founder of Academy Games was recently interviewed at Wargamer.com. In the interview Mr. Eickert states that Strike of the Eagle and 1812: The Invasion of Canada are being developed in HTML5 format for both computers and iPads.
Big Daddy's Creations Improving Neuroshima Hex Login Procedure
A tweet from Big Daddy's Creations says that they are testing an optimized login procedure and that it works really smoothly, apparently taking about three seconds. Not yet sure when we'll see the update, but as usual, Big Daddy's appears to be listening to its fans like the developer they love.
Updates for Conquest! Medieval Realms Coming
Over on TouchArcade Slitherine has reported on upcoming updates for Conquest! Medieval Realms. Among improvements are a save feature that is now in and being tested, resolving memory issues, a pinch zoom that is not yet working as well as they'd like, harder difficulty settings, and some other things. Slitherine is planning to submit the update this week.
Free version of Total War Battles: Shogun Released
Sega has announced that a free version of Total War Battles: Shogun is now available to download from the App Store. It is a "demo" version with five missions from the main game. You can get it on the App Store now.
Sing Something the Game Released
You've heard of Draw Something. Now a developer named CUKETA brings you Sing Something the Game. In Sing Something you sing a song from a selected category and your friend guesses what song it is. You both get coins for the correct answer. Repeat. You all better hope Brad does not start posting solicited Sing Something clips. The app can obtained for free from the App Store.
Playdek has updated Nightfall to version 1.0.1. The update includes improved tutorial flow and text, improved rule book text and layout, improved interface presentation and some minor bug fixes. You can check out the details on the App Store.
Forbidden Island Updated
Button Mash Games has updated Forbidden Island to version 1.1.1. The update includes corrections to the number of sandbag cards in the treasure deck, improvements to the tutorial steps, and more. Check out the full details on the App Store.
Draw Lively Updated
Developer Sunny Orange Software aims to make a better draw-and-guess game app experience. The Draw Lively app which features online drawing & guessing for up to 6 players, rooms to play and chat with friends, and viewing, sharing, and replaying a history of drawings has been updated to version 2.0. The update includes support for iPad, more colors and better performance overall. You can check out the full details on the App Store.
Assassin's Creed Recollection Updated
UbiSoft has updated Assassin's Creed Recollection to version 1.10.11. The updated includes a fix to Uplay connection problems, improved Market navigation, and fixes Targeted Abilities (Gameplay). You can check out the details on the App Store.
Best Board Games Updated
It's just Ludo and Snakes and Ladders but Joe Pitto has updated Best Board Games to version 2.0. The update includes vs AI, "play in pairs" team Ludo, a re-programmed engine, and re-drawn graphics. You can get it on the App Store for $0.99.
Quado Drops Price on Mexican Train to Free
Quado Media is a developer working a feature of apps that not many developers seem to be paying attention to right now. Quado's specialty is apps that use iPhone/Touch as a "hand" for hidden information and the iPad for the "board" of shared information like you would when playing a print board game. Few apps do this. EA's Scrabble is one that we know of. Comment here if you know more. Quado has now dropped the price on one of their first apps, Quado Mexican Train Dominoes, from $2.99 to free. So if you have an iPad and some friends with iPhone/Touches you can try out their app that plays in "console mode" with a main board and hidden domino hands. Expect to hear more from this developer in the future. Get Mexican Train now for free on the App Store and pick up the "hand" app, Mexican Tray for free as well.
Mother Lode Price Dropped to Free
Over the holiday weekend, Order of Magnitude Games dropped the price of its Survive-inspired app to free. We've heard that this current sale is not likely to happen again for a while so get it while you can. Additionally, the developer has also noted that they are working on their second game. If it does well enough to keep them in business then they will come back to Mother Lode, revamp the art and sound, and add more gameplay options. You can get Mother Lode for free right now on the App Store.
Tin Man Games to Bring Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks to iOS and Android
Tin Man Games, maker of gamebook adventure apps where you choose your own adventure and battle with dice, made a simple two word announcement on their web site last week: Fighting Fantasy. A press release from Tin Man that appeared on Gamasutra states that Tin Man will develop Blood of the Zombies, the long-awaited Fighting Fantasy gamebook from Ian Livingstone, written to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and 30 years of Fighting Fantasy. The app will be released simultaneously alongside the printed book being published by Icon Books in August 2012. Using their critically acclaimed gamebook engine, Tin Man Games will also be bringing a number of the other Fighting Fantasy books to iOS and Android, with Steve Jackson’s House of Hell slated as the second release later in the year.
OLO Game Releasing May 31st
Developer Sennep describes OLO as a social board game of skill and strategy. A board gamer description might include comparisons to Crokinole or perhaps Bocce. It's a dexterity game where the object is to get and keep your discs of different sizes (and thus different physics) in your opponent's zone. The app features two player, four player and online multiplayer as well. An HTML5 web app of the game can also be obtained for free by visiting the OLO web site from an iPad or iPhone.