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App News: Steam Looks For Beta Testers, Out There Gets Wordy, Star Realms Expands and more...

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Steam: Rails to Riches Looking for Multiplayer Beta Testers
When Steam: Rails To Riches launched last autumn, it had pretty much everything we could hope for. Great graphics, good UI, and an AI that could hold its own. The only real downside of the endeavor was a lack of online multiplayer. Luckily, these dark times are coming to an end as we now know that Acram Digital is busy working on adding online multiplayer in an upcoming update. How busy? Well, busy enough that they just opened up beta signups if you want to help get Steam multiplayer off the ground.

The beta appears to be for both iOS and Android devices, so feel free to sign up regardless of what flavor touchscreen you have at home. The signup form can be found right here. As usual, we'll let you know when things advance beyond the beta stage.

- Steam: Rails to Riches for iOS Universal, $3
- Steam: Rails to Riches for Android, $3
- Steam: Rails to Riches for Kindle, $5



Star Realms Gets Heroes Expansion
After last month's release of Cthulhu Realms you'd be forgiven if you haven't picked up its sci-fi forebear, Star Realms in a bit. That said, you might want to give it another gander today. Yesterday, White Wizard Games updated the app with access to another expansion: Star Realms: Crisis – Heroes.

This new expansion offers up a new card type. I'll give you three guesses if you can figure out what new card type a Heroes expansion might offer up. That's right, heroes.

White Wizard Games wrote:
Heroes are cards that go directly into play when you acquire them, and they stay there until they are ready to activate an unused ally ability.

Seems simple enough. The expansion is available via a $2 IAP which also unlocks Chapter 7 of the single player campaign.

- Star Realms for iOS Universal, free
- Star Realms for Android, free
- Star Realms for PC/Mac, free



Out There Chronicles Brings Out There Universe to Interactive Fiction
If you haven't played the original Out There from 2014, you really owe it to yourself to give it a shot. It's a roguelike game that manages to bring a sense of utter loneliness and desolation to life better than just about any other video game I can think of. Oh, and it's harder than all get-out.

In the two years since its release, Mi-Clos Studio has revamped the game and added a ton of new content via the Omega Edition. Today they didn't expand the game, but have expanded the in-game universe by releasing Out There Chronicles.

Rather than putting you in a ship in the middle of nowhere, Chronicles instead begins millions of years before the incidents of the original Out There:

Mi-Clos wrote:
After a slumber of a million years, you wake up on America, a planet colonized by humans who fled planet Earth. In your quest to find your people, you’ll set off on a galactic adventure where you’ll meet a host of colorful characters and visit unimaginable locations.

Out There Chronicles is a unique adventure set several million years before Out There. Where do the Arks come from? What are the Cubes? Fans of the original game will find answers to some questions, but others will remain a mystery.
You’ll also meet various alien races and get the opportunity to learn more about their people… If you can master their language, of course.

In this universe that is so far from your own in distance and in time, a sharp mind and an instinct for survival are your only weapons. Friendships can be forged and ancient rivalries re-emerge through your encounters with almost-human and less-human races. Will you be able to distinguish friend from foe?
As in the original game, a single human is unable to face the forces of the universe alone. Achieve your goals by exercising diplomacy when needed, and seizing opportunities when they present themselves.

The book is available for iOS and Android and will cost you $3 on either.

- Out There Chronicles for iOS Universal, $3
- Out There Chronicles for Android, $3





Large Visible Machine Bringing Doomstar to Life
In the past, we've brought you news of Large Visible Machine via their port of the super fun WW2 card game, The Battle for Hill 218. They're also working on its sequel, The Battle for Sector 219, and are getting very near to releasing it for mobile (you can already snag it for PC/Mac via Steam).

Today, however, we bring you news of Doomstar. What the hell is Doomstar, I can hear you asking. Well, we don't know much at this point, but we do know that it's designed by Lewis Pulsipher of Britannia fame, so we're more than excited to see what it's all about.



The only thing we know at this point is that it uses a hidden unit mechanism and that it will ship with asynchronous online multiplayer on board. We also know that the game is currently in beta and you can buy it now for beta access. If you spend at least $5 on the beta you'll also get a Steam Key for the aforementioned Battle for Sector 219. Everybody wins.

We'll let you know more as Doomstar gets closer to release as well as when Battle for Sector 219 lands on our touchscreens.



Battlefleet Gothic: Leviathan Lands on iOS
Considering that there are approximately four million Warhammer titles on the App Store, you'd be forgiven for not noticing another one making its way to mobile. Battlefleet Gothic: Leviathan, however, is a direct port of a tabletop miniatures title, so it might be worth a bit more worthy of our attention.

Considering that my Warhammer knowledge would fit into a thimble, I'm thinking it's blurb time:

Grand Cauldron wrote:
Dive into Battlefleet Gothic with the epic void battles of the Shield of Baal campaign, from Warhammer 40,000. Control the devastating fleets of the Imperial Navy and the brutal hard-hitting Space Marines to repulse the dreadful and voracious Tyranids! Use strategy to manage your warships through the Cryptus system, protect the galaxy, improve your gigantic fleets and annihilate the invader before it's too late.

And if you think you’re up for more of a challenge, compete against other players around the world!

Battlefleet Gothic: Leviathan is the digital version of the famous tabletop miniatures game, Battlefleet Gothic, set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. This turn based strategy game, themed on spaceships battles, takes place during the 40k Shield of Baal campaign.


FEATURES
• Play the faithful version of the turn based strategy game Battlefleet Gothic from Games Workshop
• Enact immense space battles in the grim darkness of the 41st millenium
• Take command of formidable spaceships from the Imperial Navy, the Space Marines Blood Angels or the Tyranids
• Manage your mighty fleets in the campaign mode to defend the human Imperium
• Fight the merciless Tyranids and repel the xenos threat out of the system
• Progress with your officer and fleet by earning new skills and ships
• Compete against players from around the world in multiplayer mode
• Play local multiplayer in the Hot seat mode
• New content and playable races coming soon

I don't know what much of that means, but it still sounds cool enough that I might just give it a go. Leviathan is available for iOS Universal and there's no mention of an Android version in any of their press materials. Doesn't mean it's not happening, but at this point it looks like it's iOS only.

- Battlefleet Gothic: Leviathan for iOS Universal, $6





Online Game Age of Rivals Now in Open Beta
I was first told about Age of Rivals by one of it's designers, Vijay Myneni. He pitched it as Through the Ages meets 7 Wonders, and it's playable in 15 minutes. I answered by asking him to pinch me so I could be sure I wasn't dreaming. He hasn't returned any of my calls since then.

Anyway, Age of Rivals is playable right now in your browser and it promises everything I mentioned above. It's currently in open beta, so anyone can head over and start a game. It offers both 2-player online multiplayer as well as solo play vs. an AI.

I haven't had a chance to give it a go myself (you might have noticed that I've been absent for a bit), but it's free to try so it wouldn't hurt to head over and give it a go.
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