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App News: Bohnanza The Duel Released, Sherlock Holmes Gets Some Help, Asmodee and Portal at Essen and more...

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Bohnanza The Duel Released for iOS/Android
One of the glaring omissions on my gaming-cred chart is the fact that I've never played Bohnanza. I know it's a classic and whatever, but it has just never found its way to a table that I've been sitting at. So, I'm excited about Digidiced UG's latest release for a couple reasons. First, it's DIGIDICED, and their titles are all pretty great. Secondly, it's Bohnanza: The Duel, and I'll finally have a chance to play bean farmer.

Bohnanza The Duel is a 2-player version of Bohnanza in, let me just cut/paste this one:

In the two-player-version Bohnanza – The duel, the two bean farmers offer each other gifts of beans they don‘t want for themselves, ideally ones that their opponent can‘t make use of, either. Cleverly combining the types of beans on the fields allows them to fulfil bonus tasks. The player who manages to earn the most bean dollars wins the game.

Face off against different AI opponents, or challenge hobby gardeners from all over the world! Find your place on the Bohnanza leaderboard!

- True-to-the-original, digital port of the two-player-version of Uwe Rosenberg‘s popular game Bohnanza
- The easy interactive tutorial makes for a quick entry to the game
- Featuring AI opponents of various levels of difficulty
- Play platform-independent duels against the best players in the world
Bohnanza The Duel is another 2-player Uwe Rosenberg title, which seems to be DIGIDICED's wheelhouse. It's out now for iOS Universal and Android, and will be coming to Steam soon.

- Bohnanza The Duel for iOS Universal, $3
- Bohnanza The Duel for Android, $3

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Companion App for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Arrives on iOS/Android
From the "out of nowhere" files comes a little app for fans of the brilliant and beloved deduction game, Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective. The app is simply a collection of audio tracks for each of the cases in both Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases and Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures, so you can simply sit back and listen to each case introduction.

The app only includes the lengthy introductions for each case, so it includes no spoilers, but will allow you to sit and get your brain ready for the marathon it's about to run. It will also allow you to pour an extra glass of brandy while you ponder leads in the intro.

The app is free for both iOS and Android, so it's kind of a no brainer if you're a fan of the Sherlock games.

- SH Consulting Detective for iOS Universal, free
- SH Consulting Detective for Android, free

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Asmodee Digital's Essen Announcements
From our time at Gen Con, we know what we can expect from Asmodee Digital over the next year or so. They showed off some new trailers and also revealed a title we didn't know they were working on. Let's get started.

While there are only two months left in 2017, Asmodee has a lot planned before 2018 rolls around. Still coming this year are their Android and Steam version of Carcassonne, an iOS/Android/Steam version of Abalone Classic, and an iOS/Android/Steam version of the racing classic, Mille Bornes.

2017 will also see the release of a couple new Catan titles as well. The first is Catan Stories: The Legend of the Sea Robbers, which is an all-new text adventure set in the Catan-verse. Yep, I'm as confused as you are. Luckily, we have a trailer for this one.

We can also expect a VR version of Catan creatively called Catan VR. Being old and prone to motion sickness, VR does nothing for me. That said, if you have an Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR and want to play Catan, this is for you. Trailer for this one as well and it's pretty cool to swing the camera around. Still not sure I could play like this without heaving, though.

Next year is when things get interesting. First of all, we have Scythe coming for iOS/Android/Steam which just got a brand new teaser trailer which is about as teaser-y as you can get while still showing a few seconds of in-game graphics:

That's just the beginning, however. Bananagrams and Zombicide are both coming to iOS and Android, while a little game you might have heard of, Terraforming Mars, is coming to iOS/Android/Steam.

We've known about all that since Gen Con, but one that we didn't know about is Arcane Wonders' fantastic 2-player abstract, Onitama which is coming to iOS and Android next year.

As usual, we'll be keeping both eyes on Asmodee and will let you know when apps release or any new news pops up.

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Portal Games at Essen
Portal Games has less stuff to talk about than Asmodee, but the first topic is much more time sensitive. Their cardboard/digital hybrid, First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet, is out in the wild now and next week will be having a Halloween-themed event. You can log into the app and play the Probe on the Loose scenario next week and participate with Halloween goodies being spread all over Mars. Thematic!

That's not all! They're also working on a companion app for Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island which will do...things. Not a lot of details on this yet, but they did mention it will include new events and adventures. We'll keep an eye out for more info on that as it's developed.

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Summoner's Fate Now on Kickstarter
I'm not much of a CCG player. Take's too much time to learn and you really need to dedicate yourself unlike any other tabletop experience. That said, I do tend to like card games with a CCG feel, especially if there's more to the game than simple card play. Something like Dream Quest comes to mind.

Summoner's Fate looks to have that same kind of feel. It's central mechanism is card play, but the game is an RPG/dungeon crawler and looks like a lot of fun. My favorite part is wondering how bad the crick in everyone's neck is going to be from starting up at the player like that. Honestly, it looks like there's a lot going on in this one.

In fact, there might be too much going on for me to accurately explain anything to you here. You might want to just jump on over to the Kickstarter and see for yourselves.

The game will be free-to-download, following a CCG model, so the Kickstarter isn't doling out copies of the game. Instead, there are a bunch of different types of loot you can snag. The game is planned for iOS, Android, as well as PC/Mac on Steam, so everyone can take a look regardless of your platform of choice.

The Kickstarter is going on now and will run for another 21 days. They're only looking for $10K and already have more than $6K in the bank, so it's not a huge leap to get this thing funded. Head over here to take a look.

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