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News Bits: Biglie Released, Wulven Sued, NOIR Coming, Tix Released, Poison Updated, Cartagena1 Released

Gabe Alvaro
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• Biglie Released
• Lodsys sues Wulven Studios, Among Others for Patent Infringement
• NOIR: Killer Versus Inspector Coming Soon
• Tix Released
• Reiner Knizia's Poison Updated
• Cartagena1 Released

•Biglie Released - May 31
The major Italian and European food company, Barilla, founded in 1877 in Parma, Italy has released Biglie. It would appear to be similar to the dexterity marble game known as Bisikle and apparently designed to make you hungry. The app is iOS Universal and it is free! Oh and it's also in Italian.

• Lodsys sues Wulven Game Studios Among Others for Patent Infringement - June 1
Perhaps its only tangentially gaming related, but I picked it up anyway. Lodsys has sued Wulven Game Studios (makers of Shadow Era) and some other iOS, Android and Mac developers for patent infringement related to in-app-purchases and methods for collecting user data. You can read more about it here.

• NOIR: Killer Versus Inspector Coming Soon
Brad Talton of Level 99 Games let us know about his iOS deduction game called NOIR: Killer Versus Inspector. It's been submitted to the App Store for approval and should be available later this week or next week.

NOIR: Killer vs. Inspector is a 2-player card game that is expected to pass approval and release into the app store for 99 cents later this week or early next week. It plays on the iPad, and is an investigative game where players hunt down and eliminate one another from a pool of rapidly dwindling suspects.

Go here for info, screenshots and graphics:

There is a physical version of the game as well that is currently seeking a publisher, so the digital version of the game is actually going to be released sooner than the traditional version.

• Tix by Martijn Althuizen Released - June 2
Tix by Martijn Althuizen has finally released in the App Store. It's an iOS Universal app that sells for $2.99. Congratulations Martin! I'll let Martin describe it for you:

Martijn Althuizen wrote:
Tix is a strategy board game in the classical style of games like chess and go. Its modern design hints at an age when cunning traps, bold moves, and calculated risks are the core of the game.

Tix is a game with refreshingly natural rules, arising from the simple physics of its cube-shaped pieces. The iOS version is designed to recreate this earthy feel of the game - a detail we're especially excited for you to experience when you rotate the game board in your hands.

• Reiner Knizia's Poison Updated - June 1
As promised, Griptonite Games has updated Reiner Knizia's Poison for the first time ever after over two years! Here's what's in version 1.1:

What's new

- Retina graphics
- New 3-player mode
- Exclusive unlock code for the free Foundations expansion for Dungeon Solitaire!
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and enhancements

• Great Little War Game Updated - June 2
Rubicon has updated their great little war game called Great Little War Game to version 1.4. Here's what's in it:

What's new

★ GameCenter ★
As promised in a previous update, Achievements are now fully integrated with GameCenter.
★ Shiny Shiny ★
Lavish new visuals. Better lighting, bump-maps, lovely water, multi-sampling.
Great Little War Game looks da bomb on iPad 2.
★ Holiday from Hell ★
Brand new 15-mission campaign pack available as an IAP.
★ Bonus Maps ★
Three new massive Pass & Play maps - "King of the Hill", "Iron Man" and "Touch Arcade"
★ Difficulty Settings ★
Four new settings add masses of replay value to all campaigns.

★ Added a confirmation panel to the "Surrender" button before bailing a mission.
★ You don't lose engineers when taking back your own partially lost buildings.
★ Speech pack selector plays a sample when you click the buttons

★ Stopped Sky Hooks picking up naval units.
★ Renamed "Apache" to "Fighter"

• Cartagena1 Released - June 2
I'm really starting to think we need a category called "out of nowhere" because that's from where this game seems to have come. Well, now you no longer have to wonder when the iPhone app of Leo Colovini's Cartagena will be coming out because it is available today as an iPhone app priced at $3.99 and named Cartagena1 from Winning Moves Games (USA) and studiogiochi, the Italian game company that's been around for 25 years.

For those not familiar with it, Cartagena is inspired by the famous 1672 pirate-led jailbreak from the fortress of Cartagena. Each player tries to move his six pirates through the tortuous underground passage to the escape sloop. They do this by managing a hand of cards, playing them to move forward and leapfroggin their way ahead. But the only way to get cards is to move backwards!

Here's what's included in the app:

studiogiochi wrote:

•Cartagena 1, The great escape: the basic game, Jamaica version, with original rules and graphics
•Available in 4 languages: English, German, Italian, French
•Complete rules with animations
•Tutorial with animations
•Original Soundtrack by Elisa Marzorati and Massimo Lassi
•Graphics: Retina Support
•Possibility of choosing 11 different AI players with 5 different skill levels
•2-3-4 players matches
•Possibility of multiple human players

Work in progress, for the next upgrade:
•Internet multyplayer
•Solitary game version
•Ranking and Rating
•Tortuga version with face up cards (for experts)
•Cartagena 2, the pirate's nest

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