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Kingdom Builder, Santiago de Cuba Coming to iOS
Essen Spiel'12 was last week and, unfortunately, the huge warchest we keep here at iOS News wasn't full enough for any of us to make the trip. Luckily, we had some grassroots help with readers who did make it to Essen and were kind enough to keep us up-to-date on the goings on. One such reader is James Sinden, who had an intriguing comment that indicated that iOS versions of both Kingdom Builder and Santiago de Cuba were being advertised at Spiel'12. That's all we know right now, but we'll keep you up to date as we get more details.
Hero Academy Getting new Team
The popular asynchronous multiplayer strategy game Hero Academy, is getting some new blood. Developer Robot Entertainment has announced that they will be releasing a Shaolin team in November. The team will consist of five new members: Monk, Windblade, Poisoner, Taoist, and Shadow, as well as some new spells and equipment. The Shaolin reduce their opponents strength, and combine attacks for greater damage. The update will also bring new avatars and challenges as well as a new playing field. They are also offering a 'Challenge Collection' for $0.99USD which contains 30 challenges that mix and match units from different teams. Hero Academy is currently available on Steam for PC and on the App Store.
Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion Getting Major Update
Developer Witching Hour Studios posted details of the 1.1 update for Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion which has been submitted to Apple and should be arriving soon. The update includes a new campaign, Raven's Dusk, along with several other changes as well. These include support for iPhone 5, Game Center integration and the ability to zoom out on iPad. Owen at Pockettactics also reported that Witching Hour is moving away from the IAP model and making this new campaign, along with the previously released (as IAP) campaign, Deepwood Dragoons, free. They are, instead, increasing the base price of the app. So, you bought the Deepwood Dragoons campaign and feel cheated? Not much Witching Hour can do about refunds, but they are going to give those players a unique Brigade unit in a future update that will include multiplayer. You can pick Ravenmark up right now on the App Store for $4.99USD.
Kickstarted iPad Game Never Materializes
PocketGamer had an interesting story today about a game from developer, Mob Rules Games called Haunts: The Manse Macabre. The turn-based game sounds pretty cool: some players control people investigating a haunted house, the other players play the monsters in the house. Apparently, over 1200 people agreed as the game met its Kickstarter funding goal of $25,000USD and exceeded it by over $3,000. So what's the problem? Turns out the programmers who actually write the game have all left Mob Rules Games, leaving the creator alone and with a big problem. Not to worry, though, as refunds have been offered to every backer on the project, so no one is getting shafted. It sounds like coders from outside the company are offering their services to help finish the project so, who knows where this will end up. How soon before this happens and the developer isn't decent enough to offer refunds, however?