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App News: Hive Comes to Android, Spaceteam Gets Updated (and Comes to Android...) and more...

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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.
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Hive Swarms Onto Android
Reader Thomas Leviteo tipped us to the release of Hive, by designer John Yianni, for Android devices yesterday. Hive has been available on iOS for awhile now, but this Android version appears to have a completely different developer (and a cooler icon). Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to have any AI, but instead is multiplayer only, both pass-and-play and online. There is a "puzzle mode" that offers up solo puzzles, but it doesn't appear you can play a full game single-player. I'm not super-familiar with buying apps for Android, but it appears the app may be free? I don't see a price on the Google Play page, at least. Let me know if I'm wrong about that. You can pick Hive up right here.

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Spaceteam Updated To Version 1.3
The incredibly fun and frantic iOS party game, Spaceteam, has been updated to version 1.3. What's included? Nothing much. Oh, that's right, it now has Android support. That's right, 2 Android stories back-to-back. Feel the love, Androidians. Or is it Androidites? Whatever. Now you can pick up this totally original and fun game for your Android device. What is Spaceteam? Watch the video and be amazed. You can pick up Spaceteam (for FREE no less) for iOS here and now for Android here.

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Shuffling the Deck: Pirates Sails Onto the App Store
For all you left out iOS people--it's hard to be us, isn't it--here's an iOS story. Pirates of the Spanish Main: Shuffling the Deck is a little known game released last year from WizKids. Well, now there's an app for that, as Shuffling the Deck: Pirates is available now for iPad. Looks like the game has single-player vs. AI and pass-and-play for up to 4 players. Oh, and it won't work on an iPad 1. Other than that, it's $1.99USD and available on the App Store.

Hat tip: Christos Kolokotronis

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Original Dice Game, Elephant Stampede, Arrives on iOS
Elephant Stampede is a new dice game for 1-6 players made specifically for the iPad. I know nothing about this game other than it deserves mention for using d12s which, as all RPGers know, is the most neglected of all dice. Hooray! I'm feeling a bit lazy today, so here's the iTunes blurb:

Elephant Stampede wrote:
The game is quite simple, but comes with a twist. As the game continues you will gain score points and penalties, and when it ends the player with lowest score wins.

On the game board the dice are grouped after color. The player that begins picks a die and receives points as shown on the die. The turn is passed clockwise to the next player who picks a die, and so on. Next round, each player picks a new die, and returns the previous die to the game board with a reroll.

As the game continues the players will receive penalties for a number of actions, such as starting your turn as the first player, finishing it being last, or picking a die that differs in both color and value.

When the situation gets tricky you can reroll the dice, and of course gain a penalty. When a player reaches the finish line at 100 points, the game is over and it's time to find out who the real winner is. It's here the twist comes: each player takes his penalties and multiplies them with the lowest penalty held by any player. The result is added to the score and the player with the lowest score wins!

Simple, yet tricky.

• Simple, yet both tricky and fun
• 1-6 players
• Fun for gamers of all ages
• AI controlled opponents
So, there you have it. Simple, yet tricky. You can pick it up for $3.99USD on the App Store.

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Holiday Road...
Wanted to let all the readers know that, starting bright & early tomorrow, I'm loading up the wife & kids in the family truckster and we're heading to Wally World (if Wally World was in South Dakota). Yes, it's probably going to be as miserable as you're thinking. Why do you care, loyal reader? Because I'll be out of town for the next week, not coming back until next Tuesday. That means that news might be a bit slow this week (who am I kidding...I've been mailing it in for the last week or so. Just ask Mack Knife.) Anyway, I know Brad has some reviews coming this week, and he will report any news that needs reporting. Be kind, people. See you all next week.
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