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App News: Onirim Releases for iOS/Android, Burgle Bros. Coming, Tim Fowers Releases Turning and more...

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Asmodee Digital Releases Onirim for iOS/Android
Another week, another release from Asmodee Digital. This week it's the cooperative/solo game, Onirim, although they've removed the cooperative aspect and it's a purely solo affair on your touchscreen.

Onirim is a card game about being trapped in a dream maze and needing to find eight doors to escape before you run out of cards. Buried in your deck (or consistently the top card in all of my games) are Nightmares which will force you to discard cards or worse.

It's quite simple and the app has a wonderfully thorough tutorial that got me up and playing in a few minutes. It's really a great fit for a your phone, as you can pick it up and play a game pretty quickly. Also, it's a bit deeper than your standard time-waster.

The game currently only contains the base game and none of the seven editions that were in the second edition of the game. No word on whether or not they'll be coming down the pike, but I would assume that the app's performance will have a lot to say about that.

If you're on the fence, Asmodee is also having a launch sale where you can pick it up for $1. I picked it up this morning and haven't regretted it yet.

- Onirim for iOS Universal, $1
- Onirim for Android, $1

Burgle Bros. Coming to Digital
In our first story of the day involving very busy designer Tim Fowers, we have to give a tip of the cap to intrepid board game guru, Suzanne, who tweeted this about Burgle Bros. on Tuesday:

That's the only info we have right now, so take a look at that screenshot and wonder along with us. We're digging...give us time and we'll let you know the skinny.

Tim Fowers Releases Puzzle App, Turning
As if running a successful Kickstarter weren't enough work, Tim Fowers has also decided to release a new app this week. Turning isn't based on a board game, but is a unique creation and it's out right now for Android with the iOS version landing in a couple weeks.

Turning is a puzzle game in which you place tiles on a grid. Each tile does something, such as shooting a ball or bouncing a ball or multiplying a ball. You use the balls to blow up other tiles which is good because if the board fills, it's game over. You score points based on chain reactions and can compare your scores on a global leaderboard.

As I mentioned, Turning is only on Android right now but will be coming to iOS in a few weeks. The app is free to download with ads and the usual IAP to disable them. Check out the links and gameplay vid below:

- Turning for Android, free

The 7th Guest Wants to Turn Cheesy FMV Into Cardboard
The greatest invention of the 90's was the CD-ROM for PCs. Not because of any technical whatevers, but because it gave a plethora of actors and writers full time jobs performing in video games. Yes, it was the birth of FMV in games and while every now and then it was awesome (see here and here), usually it was only awesome because it was so bad.

For many of us, The 7th Guest was our introduction to this incredible new art form and, no, it doesn't hold up. Even the cool parts (remember Stauf?) involve chewing more scenery than Jeremy Irons in the D&D movie. Still, the puzzles were fun and the house was creepy and it was before the Internet, so what the hell else were we going to do? Talk to each other?

Now, the folks at Trilobyte have decided to make a cardboard version out of the 7th Guest and are running a Kickstarter to get it off the ground. It appears to be a roll-and-move game in which you need to visit rooms of the mansion and solve puzzles. The game comes with over 300 puzzles and if they reach a stretch goal, will have an expansion with another 300.

The game has figures for all of the 6 guests (even the magician wearing a turban...I can only assume because Carnac the Magnificent wore one), and you can play it solo which, I assume, comes down to simply reading through the puzzle cards and trying to not cheat.

The Kickstarter campaign is looking for $57,611 dollars, and they're well over halfway there after only a couple days of being live. If you want to hop on board, head over to the Kickstarter and check it out. If you want to play the game that it's based on, head to the App Store:

- The 7th Guest for iOS Universal, $5

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