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I was gone for the weekend, so here's a bunch of short news items that have happened over the last couple days. Enjoy!
Dominant Species Closer to App Store
Designer Chad Jensen posted an update on the status of the long-awaited iOS iPad app of Dominant Species. The tutorial is finished and after some final polishing, the game appears close to being sent to the App Store for review. He also stated that, while he'd love to see it happen, currently there is no Android app in the works. Can't wait for this one!
Plaid Hat Games Announces First Summoner Wars iOS Tournament
The folks over at Plaid Hat Games announced the first ever Summoner Wars on iOS tournament. The entries are limited to 54, so head over to here and sign up quick before it fills up! Winner of the tournament wins a $50 gift card at the Plaid Hat Store. Due to the tournament the full unlock of all current factions in the app is now priced at $4.99.
FTL: Faster Than Light Possibly Coming to Mobile?
Brad reached out to Subset Games, the developers of the excellent starship simulator, FTL: Faster Than Light, and they are interested in porting the game to mobile devices in the future. Ok, I'll admit that the article merely indicates that they'd like it to maybe happen someday and that nothing is certain. All I can say is, make it so!
Phantom Leader Close to Submission to App Store
Designer/Publisher Dan Verssen has posted that the iOS implementation of Phantom Leader is currently in final testing and should be submitted to the App Store soon. He also says that what they have now looks and plays great. Another one I'm looking forward to!
Playdek teams up with Arclight. Tanto Cuore Coming to iOS
Today, Playdek and Arclight announced a partnership that will bring the anime deck-building game, Tanto Cuore, to iOS. Tanto Cuore is a deck-builder similar to Dominion in which players act as Lords of a mansion hiring maids and the player with the best collection of maids wins the game. The game is probably best known for its, um, interesting anime style art. Release is currently Q2 of 2013.
Alien Frontiers Submitted to Apple
BGG user and Alien Frontiers developer Clint Herron posted that the iOS iPad version of Alien Frontiers was submitted to Apple last week. Unfortunately, App Store review times are very long now (probably due to iOS 6 being released) so we shouldn't expect the Alien Frontiers app to be available for a couple weeks. We'll keep an eye out for it, and let you know when it hits.
Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator is Coming to iOS!
Pocketgamer has announced that the well-regarded starship simulator, Artemis, is coming to iOS in the near future. In fact, it sounds like the development is near completion and submission to the App Store could happen soon. Artemis is a starship simulator in which up to 6 devices are connected together, each one controlling one station of a starship (captain, helm, engineering, weapons, communications, etc.) This port will allow an iOS device to act as a server, or for iOS devices to join a game along with laptops running the PC version. I've heard nothing but awesome about this program, and I cannot wait to get my hands on this one! (PC screens shown below)
Outwitters Getting Update, New Army
Back in July devloper One Man Left released Outwitters to rave reviews. On their blog One Man Left reports that in October they're planning on updating the game and they're bringing a new army: the Veggienauts. You can pick up Outwitters in the App Store for free and play the Scallywags (an army of pirate fish!), with in-app purchases to pick up the other two armies.
New Screenshots Released for Upcoming Star Command
Pockettactics has reported several new screenshots of the upcoming starship simulation, Star Command. The game looks great, even though they did switch to real-time. Check out the shots below.
Ravensword: Shadowlands Teaser Trailer Revealed
Back in 2009 Crescent Moon Games released the first open-world RPG for mobile devices when they released Ravensword: The Fallen King. The game was well-received but had limitations due to the hardware available at that time. Today they released the teaser trailer for the sequel, Ravensword: Shadowlands. It looks pretty amazing, and you get to fight dinosaurs! Take a look at the video below: