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Formula Feud Brings Fomula D Play to iOS
A developer LindApp AB will very soon bring an iOS Universal implementation of Formula D to the App Store. The app is not Asmodee's official version of the modern classic turn-based driving game.* This app will be called Formula Feud. For all purposes, however, it looks like a faithful implementation. André Lind says that it is "along with some modifications for the mobile format..." and as well that it's "built around async play, so you can have as many games going on the same time as you want, and when it's your turn in a game you will get a push notification!" Those words are generally music to our ears. In addition, the app will be completely free to play but supported by ads. Ads can be removed by paying Premium, but we have not yet heard at what price. Other features will include: up to 10 people in the same game, in-game shop with more tracks, automatic friend finder via Facebook, in-game group chat, and iCloud sync that allows the same account on multiple devices. The app was submitted to the App Store last Friday, so we expect to see it in some time between the end of this week or early next. We'll post when it releases.
* Asmodee will ask to shut this app down.
D-Day Dice Demo at GenCon
Rik from Valley Games has posted that Valley will be demoing D-Day Dice Exercise Tiger for iPad at GenCon. And if you are going, you can even volunteer to demo it for them, as they can't be there on such short notice. Our own intrepid adventurer/field reporter Brad Cummings will certainly be there to check it out.
Alien Frontiers: Clint Gives a Look at AI
Clint Herron posted about getting down and dirty with the Alien Frontiers AI. Peer inside and learn about hill climbing, the global maxima, and the introduction of random noise.
Brian Kibler Describes Solforge More In-depth
This is rather odd, but after hearing some complaints that the Solforge Kickstarter didn't give enough actual gameplay information about the app, I learned of this video by Brian Kibler, one of the Gary Games dudes. Brian describes the game a whole lot more in this video, at first using simple icons on his desktop and then later flashing what appears to be some actual prototype of perhaps an alpha version of the app itself on an iPad which he holds up to the camera. So if you are interested, you can watch the video here and probably find a whole lot more information as well.
First Beta of King of Dragon Pass Goes Out to Testers
The developer for King of Dragon Pass tweeted that the first beta of the updated app for iOS Universal went out the testers last week. So we might estimate that we could see a release in September, but don't hold us to it (estimating, that is).
Transformers Card Game Coming
Gamesradar.com reports that Ngmoco will be releasing a Transformers-themed battle card game for both Android and iOS. The app is said to feature some of the same game design as other card battler Rage of Bahamut. Other details at this time are scant, but there is some talk of using the "transform" ability of the robots namesakes as an integral game mechanic. We can't wait to see what that does. The app is currently scheduled for release in September.
Great Battles Medieval Taking Longer
Slitherine reported on TouchArcade that Great Battles Medieval for iOS will be taking longer than expected because they are trying to polish the UI for the touch screen. They have reportedly had to throw away some work and redo it because they weren't happy with how it was progressing. Usually such steps are ultimately a good sign for the quality of a release. The app's release has now, however, been pushed to September.
Panzer Corps Due Out By Christmas 2012
Slitherine also reported, by way of an interview with Alexander Shargin of Flashback Games, that the highly anticipated iOS release of Panzer Corps will most likely happen around Christmas 2012. Afrika Korps for PC, however, will reportedly be out this Monday.
The Jam Released
Application Forge has released its iPad implementation of The Jam. No it's not related to Paul Weller's seminal early punk band, but this childhood favorite of Russian gamers may be just as underground to Western audiences. Still we like the looks of it. Online play is promised for a future update. The app is launch priced at $3.99 on the App Store.
So Gravity! Released
Joel Rogström has released his turn-based multiplayer artillery game app known as So Gravity! for iOS iPhone. This really isn't a board game nor a dexterity game since it mainly involves the more video-gamey act of shooting. Still, we thought we might mention it since there is some strategy, and of the tricky kind as well involving gravitational pulls and gamey ballistics. You can pick it up on the App Store for just $0.99.
Election Game 2012: Race for the White House Released
Lunagames has released iOS Election Game 2012: Race for the White House for iOS Universal. Then they dropped its price after launch from $1.99 to $0.99. We can't really vouch for its quality, but just wanted to point it as new release of possible interest. We also hope that some day maybe a quality US elections strategy game might get released. One can hope. Until then you can check this one out on the App Store.
Hippos & Crocs Updated
Sylien has update its abstract strategy game for iOS iPhone to version 1.3. The update now allows you to sign in with your Facebook account to play online, without having to register. You can check it out on the App Store.
Can't Say That! Updated
Fugazo has updated Can't Say That! for iOS Universal to version 1.2. The update includes more room to write hints, a fix for a bug that logged out email account users, and other minor bugfixes and improvements. You can check out the full details on the App Store.
Duel of Fate Updated
GAMEVIL has updated its free card battler Duel of Fate for iOS Universal to version 1.1.0. The update includes a Monster Card evolutionary step, "significant" design improvements, additional tutorials, and other minor bug fixes. You can check out the full details on the App Store.
FaceMe Backgammon Updated
Quatrian has updated FaceMe Backgammon for iOS Universal to version 3.1.1. The update includes and enhancement of the local dice rolling algorithm to use 2 different random number generators (one for each die). You can check it out on the App Store.
Hunters 2 Price Drop
Rodeo Games has dropped the price for the first time ever on Hunters 2, their squad-level turn-based tactical game for iOS Universal. The app was priced at $4.99 and is now just $0.99. You can pick it up on the App Store now.
Slay Price Drop
Sean O'Connor has dropped the price of his app Slay for iOS Universal from $3.99 to $1.99, a price not seen on this app since late 2010. You can pick it up in the App Store.
PirateWords+ in English Dropped to Free
Vukee Games has dropped the price on word game PirateWords+ in English from 2.99 to free. You can pick it up in the App Store now.
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I want to hereby officially acknowledge the assistance this blog has been receiving recently from fellow BGGer Dave Neumann aka Neumannium to get the last several news posts out. Behind the scenes Dave has shown much promise as a contributing member of this blog, so we're officially adding him to the news team. Welcome aboard Dave!