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Asmodee Releases Carcassonne for Android/PC
Have you heard of Carcassonne? It's this pretty neat game about lazy farmers that was all the rage back before my kids were born. You might have seen it on the App Store. The Coding Monkeys made a really nice version of the game for iOS a while back, but they don't deal with other platforms so Android users were basically up Carcassonne: The River without a paddle.
As luck would have it, our digital overlords at Asmodee Digital have yet to achieve full world domination, so they're still publishing apps and the lack of a decent Carcassonne on Android or PC was an opportunity they couldn't pass up. Thus, this week we have a shiny, new version of Carcassonne for all you Android and PC users out there.
The new Carcassonne is fully 3D and has cross-platform online asynchronous play between Android and PC, iOS users need not apply.
In addition, Asmodee Digital’s new Android version of Carcassonne has been released with exciting new features, including beautiful new artwork, 2D and 3D perspective, pass-and-play mode, updated AI (three different AI behaviors thoroughly tested by Hans im Glück: Easy Neighbor, Fierce Egoist, and Risk-Taker) and asynchronous online play (cross-platform compatible with Android and Steam), including ranked games and leaderboards. It will be available at the discounted price of $1.99 for the first 30 days after launch and comes with the The Abbot expansion.
They've also let us know that expansions like Carcassonne: Expansion 2 – Traders & Builders, Carcassonne: Expansion 1 – Inns & Cathedrals, and Carcassonne: Expansion 3 – The Princess & The Dragon should be available via IAP in the not too distant future. They're also adding via a free update "champion-level" AI which they promise will challenge even the most Carcassonne-y of you.
- Carcassonne for Android, $2
- Carcassonne for PC via Steam, $10
Gloom Coming in 2018 From, You Guessed It, Asmodee Digital
We've been hearing about a digital version of Gloom for a while now, but it was only yesterday we learned that the tentacles of Asmodee Digital were now involved with bringing it to life.
Gloom is being developed by Sky Ship Studios and published by Asmodee and will be released for PC in March of 2018. For those of us on mobile, don't worry, it's coming to tablets after its release on Steam.
The PC release sounds like it will have all the Asmodee polish we've come to expect, although there is no mention of asynchronous play in the press release. I haven't played Gloom since...never, so I'm not sure if it's suited to asynchronous play or not.
-Friends List: Asmodee knows that misery loves company, so they’ve enabled players to build a list of friends within the Gloom platform and chat with prospective opponents before a session.
-Single Player: Misanthropes who prefer to languish alone can compete against bots.
-Immediate Bot Replacement: When online players grow too sad to go on, Gloom will instantaneously swap in AI opponents.
-Karma System: Gloom will use Asmodee Digital’s Karma system to reward good behavior (not leaving games in the middle of a match, etc.), allowing players to set a minimum Karma requirement for players joining their match.
-Cross Platform Play (Coming Soon): With cross-platform compatibility between devices, Gloom players will be able to suffer on any system when the game expands to tablets in 2018.
I'm sure we'll find out more about Gloom as we get closer and closer to release. We'll stay on top of it.
Tim Fowers Takes Paperback and Burgle Bros. to Steam
A prolific board game designer, Tim Fowers is also a prolific app designer. Actually, I'm not sure it's Tim literally sitting and making these apps on his own, but it could be and that's good journalism.
Both Paperback and Burgle Bros have been on mobile for a bit, but yesterday they made the jump to the big screen, otherwise known as your laptop. Yesterday, both of them arrived on Steam.
The Steam versions seem to be identical to the mobile versions, but if you want to play in Windows, now you can. They're also just as cheap as the mobile versions, so picking the games up on multiple platforms won't break the bank.
You can pick both games up for iOS, Android, and PC at the links below. No, there aren't Mac versions so I'll just stick to my iPad, thank you very much.
- Paperback for iOS Universal, $4
- Paperback for Android, $4
- Paperback for PC via Steam, $5
- Burgle Bros. for iOS Universal, $5
- Burgle Bros. for Android, $5
- Burgle Bros. for PC via Steam, $5