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App News: Z-Man Going Digital, Sentinels Sidekick Getting Overhaul, Battle Academy Gives Us Rommel in Normandy, Hearthstone Beta Coming and more...

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App News

Z-Man Launches F2Z Digital Media Inc.
This morning Z-Man Games, Inc. announced the creation of a new developer for digital board games, F2Z Digital Media Inc. This isn't an in-house development team for Z-man, but an independent company that will be developing games from the Z-man catalog. First up: Pandemic! There is an iPad app currently underway and a release date will be announced soon. Later this year they will announce their entire release schedule which will include other games in the Z-man portfolio, Pandemic expansions, and a game called Parade. (which it turns out is a Z-man game...not sure why they singled that one out, unless it's the next one they're developing?) Anyway, there have been rumors of an app for Pandemic for awhile. Soon, we'll have the real deal on our iPads.

Sentinels Sidekicks 2.0 Coming this Week
I've mentioned it before, but I can't imagine playing Sentinels of the Multiverse without using the Sentinels Sidekick app from Handelabra Games. Well, coming this week (August 15) is Sentinels Sidekick 2.0, and it includes official game artwork as well as a bunch of other updates as well. The updates include being able to flip villains, incapacitating heroes, adding notes to heroes to track ongoing effects, including the 'H' mechanic and more. They also mention that they will have support for Sentinels of the Multiverse: Vengeance on the day that it ships, or shortly thereafter. Sentinels Sidekicks is for iOS Universal (they are considering porting to Android, but no idea when that might happen), costs $2.99USD and can be downloaded on the App Store. The 2.0 Update will be a free update for those with the existing app!

Battle Academy Updated and Brings Rommel Along
Slitherine Ltd. has updated Battle Academy to version 2.30. This update brings a new campaign, available as IAP, to the game: Rommel in Normandy. But that's not all! They also fixed a bunch of stuff as well:

Slitherine Software wrote:
+ AI Team movement improvements
+ You can now hide target indicators during AI turn and MP playback
+ Fixed LOS exploit during deployment save/load
+ Fixed a MP artillery bonus cancellation issue
+ Fixed a graphical issue with faded, destroyed objects
+ Memory optimizations
+ Minor bug fixes
Battle Academy is available for iPad only and costs $19.99USD. Each of the IAP campaigns are $9.99USD, so it's not hard to sink some serious cash into this game. From everything I've heard, however, it's worth it and is one of the best strategy games on iPad. There is a free version to try it before you buy it. You can get that here. Otherwise, the paid version is available on the App Store.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Beta Starting Soon
OK...I'll admit that I'm wary of CCGs on my iPad. I've tried many, but they all seem pretty much the same in the end. That, and the glut of new card games coming out have pretty much turned me off the genre. That said, I know I will be giving Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft a chance when it arrives because I'm a sucker for anything Blizzard Entertainment puts out. That, and the fact that I'm a recovered WoW player who still likes the setting and wouldn't mind dabbling in it a bit. Well, production director Jason Chayes posted recently that they are expecting the closed beta to start soon, within the next couple weeks. That beta will be for the PC and Mac version of the game, but the iPad version isn't far behind. In fact, they mention that they had their first cross-platform battle between PC and iPad recently, so that functionality is coming. Once the beta starts hopefully new information will be available so we can really figure out how this game ticks. We'll let you know when it gets rolling.

Lone Wolf Gamebooks Coming to iOS and Android
Bulkypix has announced that an app for iOS and Android that comes from the Lone Wolf Gamebooks series is coming this November. The app, titled Joe Dever's Lone Wolf - Blood on the Snow will combine the interactive text along with 3D combat. It definitely doesn't look like any other gamebook I've ever seen on the iPad. The full game is 4 acts, with Blood on the Snow being the first. Check out the pretty pictures and then be happy November is only 3 months away.

Quick Hits

There were a bunch of titles released over the last week that I think many readers might be interested in. Rather than going into much detail, I'm going to pretty much just list them here:

This abstract game has players placing balls on top of a pyramid. The last one to place a ball wins. The game can be played solo against an AI, or against another player on the same device. It's for iOS Universal, costs $1.99USD and can be downloaded on the App Store.

Football Seasons
We mentioned this one back in May, and it's ready now for submission to Apple. Basically, this one is a deck-building game based around football (or, soccer, as we call it over here in the US). It looks interesting, and should be available very soon. We'll let you know when it goes live.

Pirate Ring
This one is currently for iPad only, but iPhone support should be coming in a forthcoming update. In the game you're trying to recruit the most ships to win a battle between pirates. Not sure how it all works, but it's only $0.99USD so it might be worth a try. You can download it right now on the App Store.

Reiner Knizia's Kaleidoscope
This is another single-player puzzle game from Reiner Knizia that has been released for iOS Universal. It appears to be a Match-3 style game, but with Knizia there is probably a twist in there somewhere to make it its own game. Kaleidoscope is currently available for $0.99USD on the App Store.

This game has split-screen multiplayer in which 2 players are trying to make words against each other in real time. That alone might be enough to check it out. Otherwise, it looks like a slick word game for iOS Universal, and it's FREE with IAP. You can download it on the App Store.

Tyrant Unleashed
Hey! A new CCG for iOS Universal! Brad's been playing this one, and actually had some good things to say, so it might be worth a look. It's FREE, so why not? You can find it on the App Store.
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