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.
Asmodee Digital Now Publishing Some Playdek Apps
While not up there with the surprise I felt on the day Asmodee bought Fantasy Flight Games, I have to admit that I was quite taken aback last night when I noticed the iTunes page for Twilight Struggle had replaced Playdek with Asmodee Digital.
So what's going on? We're not entirely sure. It appears that Asmodee Digital has taken over publishing duties for a couple of Playdek's apps, both the aforementioned Twilight Struggle and Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer. Neither Playdek or Asmodee is talking quite yet, but we expect to get some info from Asmodee in the next day or two.
Here's what we do know: Playdek is still a thing. Asmodee didn't buy or take over Playdek. This entire thing is similar to Asmodee's current assumption of the publishing role for Pathfinder Adventures. Obsidian is just fine, and Playdek will be just fine.
So, why is this happening? Again, we're not sure. We can, however, make some wild guesses that will, most likely, be proven wrong in the upcoming months. My favorite theory is that Asmodee is hoping to revamp their online multiplayer which is the only issue anyone currently has with Asmodee's catalog on the App Store. All their apps support only synchronous play, while Playdek has one of the best asynchronous online multiplayer systems in the biz. We can hope, right?
For now, there's nothing different between the apps currently on the App Store and on your iPad other than the name at the top of the iTunes page. Considering the popularity of both apps, I wouldn't expect either to change for the worse. We'll have to wait and see, and I'll be posting as soon as Asmodee fills in the gaps.
- Twilight Struggle for iPad, $10
- Twilight Struggle for Android, $5
- Twilight Struggle for PC/Mac via Steam, $15 (Still lists Playdek as publisher, btw)
- Ascension: Deckbuilding Game for iOS Universal, free
- Ascension: Deckbuilding Game for Android, free
- Ascension: Deckbuilding Game for PC via Steam, $10 (also still has Playdek listed as publisher)
Warhammer Quest 2 Coming on October 19
As if 2017 couldn't have more great apps, we now have confirmation that Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times will be coming to iOS on October 19. Yes, the October 19th that's only about a month away. I know, I was surprised too.
The wonderfully talented, witty, and handsome gents over at Stately Play talked with Ben Murch of Perchang today and posted an interview talking about what we can expect when WHQ2 launches. It's a pretty great read, and I say that as a completely unbiased observer.
I'll let you head over there for the bulk of the info, but I will mention that the October 19 date is for iOS only, with an Android version set to follow. They're also looking at other platforms, but nothing's been decided yet.
The beta is starting next week. If you want to help, sign up for the Perchang newsletter and you'll get all the info. You can sign up here.
Eight-Mintue Empire Lowers Its IAP Prices
Quick blurb about another great app released in 2017, Eight-Minute Empire. It was only released yesterday by Acram Digital but the price of the IAP was considered a bit excessive by some. Turns out that Acram agreed with you, because today all the IAP dropped by $1. That means you can pick up all four new maps and the Mountains expansion for only $10 instead of $15.
Nice of them, wasn't it?
Eight-Minute Empire is available for iOS Universal, Android, PC, and Mac and the IAP appears to be lower on all platforms.
- Eight-Minute Empire for iOS Universal, $5
- Eight-Minute Empire for Mac via the Mac App Store, $7
- Eight-Minute Empire for Android, $5
- Eight-Minute Empire for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $8
Handelabra Adding Variants to Sentinels of the Multiverse all Autumn
Just when you thought Sentinels of the Multiverse from Handelabra Games couldn't get any bigger because they've caught up with Greater Than Games (Sentinel Comics) cardboard version, Handelabra goes and does this. "This" is the new promotion from Handelabra called Fall of the Variants and it will bring a brand new variant hero to Sentinels each week through December and it will bring you that variant for free.
Each Tuesday, Handelabra will announce which variant is available that week on their Twitch stream which happens at 7pm EDT. You'll have the ability to unlock that variant immediately, with the person figuring out the secret entering the Sentinels Hall of Fame and unlocking that variant for everyone else with the app.
The standard procedure for variant unlocking and the Hall of Fame will be in effect for all of these variants. A quick refresher:
-Each variant will become available for unlocking across all platforms at the same time.
-To unlock a variant hero in multiplayer, you must be controlling that hero.
-The first person to Tweet @handelabra or post to our Facebook page
with proof of their unlock (a screenshot of the moment of unlocking) will earn a spot in the Hall of Fame
-The “unlock now” button will become available for each variant either 30 days from when they are first available, or when the unlock condition has been discovered by the community. You can always check on unlock conditions in the Variant Files
If you don't want to watch their stream to figure out this week's variant, you can always check here which will list each variant as it becomes available.
Did I mention that all of these variants are completely free? If you don't already have SotM on your device, what are you waiting for?
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for iOS Universal, $7
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for Android, $7
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for PC/Mac, $10
New Word Game Wordwich Released for iOS
Sometimes, simple is better than complex. New word game Wordwich takes this to heart and might be the simplest game I've ever played. It's not easy, but it's so simple anyone can pick it up and start playing.
The game consists of a list of 10 words that you need to create and all you're given for each is the first and last letter. You can make any word you like, so long as the first and last letter match the ones you're given. You then earn points based on how long each word is and how quickly you came up with them. It's a high-score chaser, so the only competition is via leaderboards. Still, it's a perfect game for that 30 second break while waiting in line or sitting in the doctors office. I foresee myself wasting too much time trying to think of words that end in "C".
The game was released this morning and can be nabbed for $1, so if you're at all interested it's not a huge risk to pick it up and give it a go. It was also designed by one of our readers, Josh Edwards, so go give it some love.
- Wordwich for iPhone, $1
Minos Strategos Now on Mobile
Awhile back we introduced you to a cool abstract game for PC/Mac/Linux called Minos Strategos. It's a single-player title that was inspired by Vlaada Chvátil's Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends, and people really liked it quite a bit. Well, now you don't need a laptop to play as it's been released for iOS and Android!
You are the legendary Minos Strategos (general of the ancient city of Minos)! Command the defenders of the temple by harnessing the power of specific battle formations to push back the Minotaur hordes. Minos Strategos is a quick single-player strategy game with a focus on elegance and clarity. Climb the single-player ladder as you devise flexible strategies, amassing an ever-growing collection of command cards as you go!
Inspired by the board game "Tash-Kalar" by Vlaada Chvátil, Minos Strategos has players creating, matching, and utilizing unit formations on an ever-changing battlefield. Unlock collectible command cards to summon powerful threats, clear large swaths of enemies in an area of effect, and form powerful chaining combos to play multiple cards in a single turn.
You can pick up the game for $4 on either iOS or Android and there's no IAP that I can spot. Seriously, 2017, stop.
- Minos Strategos for iOS Universal, $4
- Minos Strategos for Android, $4
- Minos Strategos for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $8