In life you have to do a lot of things you don't f*cking want to do. Many times, that's what the f*ck life is... one vile f*cking task after another.
Italian Developer Brings Magnifico Inspired Game to iOS
Italian developer Mixelweb let us know that they are working on a game for iOS iPad called Da Vinci's Art of War which is based on the board game, Magnifico. Da Vinci's Art of War is a turn-based strategy game set in a 16th century where da Vinci's inventions have been realized and manufactured. And...the countries of Europe are using them, of course, to blow each other up! The game will offer a single player mode against multiple AIs, or multi-player via local WiFi or online matches (not sure if this means they'll have asynchronous or real-time online play). Players will vie for Victory Points by military and economic means. They've included some screenshots and a teaser trailer, both below. No release information other than "soon".
Marvel: War of Heroes Coming to iOS/Android on October 11
We reported on this new card based game for iOS/Android a few weeks ago. Pocketgamer has reported that the game will be hitting the App Store on October 11.
Zynga and Hasbro. Need I say more?
As perceived by fans of the mobile gaming world and boardgamers, Zynga and Hasbro have rather poor reputations. So, it only made sense for these two great devils of gaming to shake hands and partner up. Yes, it's nearly as bad as it sounds. Turns out that Hasbro is going to be making physical versions of Zynga's digital library. First up? Farmville, Cityville, Draw Something and Words with Friends. From what I can tell, they are releasing Hungry Hungry Hippos, Monopoly, Pictionary and Scrabble with the Zynga names on them. When you buy the physical games, you'll be able to unlock features in the digital versions as well. So, really these games are little more than physical versions of in-app purchases. Ugh.
Cadwallon: City of Thieves Coming to iOS in November
The long awaited iOS version of Cadwallon: City of Thieves is finally coming to iPad according to developer Cyanide Studios. In a post on the game's Facebook page, the release date is given as November of 2012. Cadwallon: City of Thieves is a game where players control a gang of thieves that must sneak into a city district, steal all they can, and get out before the guards get wise. Interestingly, it appears the game is using a 3D engine. This game was due to be released much earlier in the year, to the point where many BGGers assumed it was vaporware. Not so as these screenshots will attest. Owen at Pockettactics mentions that the game was due to be released earlier, but beta testers held up for more polishing due to its complexity. When the game was announced last year, it was thought to not have single-player AI, nor online multiplayer. Pass-and-play only. Not sure if this is true, but it was the rumor back in January.
Mattel Adds Toys to Tablets
This appears to be somewhat in the same league as the news about Heroclix TabApp for iPad we had a [url=]while back[/url] (Brad posted a nice overview here). Mattel is releasing toys that come with a free code to download an app that the toy can interact with. Called Apptivity, these toys will be comprised of recognizable toy lines such as Batman, WWE, and Hot Wheels, as well as toys released for popular mobile games like Fruit Ninja and Cut the Rope. They're available now and appear to have a price between $10USD and $30USD.
Sword of Fargoal 2 Kickstarter Announces Boardgame Stretch Goal
Originally unearthed by Eli at Gamezebo, the guys behind the Sword of Fargoal 2 Kickstarter have confirmed that the $140,000USD stretch goal will be a boardgame based on the rougelike video game. The game will consist of a modular board that will apparently shift during gameplay to provide a somewhat random dungeon layout during play and will include high quality cards and other components, including miniatures. This will only become reality if they hit the $140,000USD mark and currently they are only at about $21,000USD with only 10 days to go. For those not familiar, Sword of Fargoal was a classic roguelike back on the Commodore 64 in the early 80s created by Jeff McCord, who is the same developer behind the current Kickstarter. Sword of Fargoal was ported to iOS back in 2009 and is a really fun roguelike, if you like that sort of thing. If you've never played it, you should pick it up now for the low, low price of FREE. Pick it up here in the App Store. I hope that Sword of Fargoal 2 can reach it's funding level of $50,000USD in the next 10 days. Getting this boardgame would be icing on the cake.
Dominant Species Screenshots Appear
We reported yesterday that the iOS version of Dominant Species is near. GMT Games must agree, as they posted the game's Facebook page and some screenshots to really ratchet up the anticipation. Designer Chad Jensen also let slip that they currently have no devleoper to being his other big Euro, Urban Sprawl, to the iPad, but Dominant Species: the Card Game is under development as we speak. (If you're a fan of his games, I highly recommend subscribing to Chad Jensen here on BGG...he is always chiming in with rules clarifications and behind-the-scenes stuff regarding his games)
Aliens vs. Humans Gets Updated to 2.0 Tonight
Developer Jim Cloughley confirmed to us this week via email that the 2.0 update to their X-COM clone, Aliens vs. Humans, should be hitting the App Store tonight or tomorrow. We cover this update in a previous post. You can pick up Aliens vs. Humans in the App Store now for $1.99USD.
Sarah Northway's Rebuild Gets Updated Tonight
Developer [company=16074]Sarah Northway's[/company] Rebuild is one of the best games I have on my iPad, and one that I still routinely play despite the fact it was released a year ago. Well, according to Owen at Pockettactics, it is receiving a major update tonight. This update will include winter, making your battle against starvation and the undead even harder, new random events, new game endings, and, of course, cannibalism. Rebuild is a city-builder of sorts, where you are reclaiming parts of a city to defend against a zombie onslaught. Sick of zombie games? Me too, but this one is so good I keep playing it. You can pick it up in the App Store for iOS Universal for $2.99USD. It is also available for Android and tonight's update will be available for both platforms, so let's not fight, OK?