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App News: Brink of War Coming to RftG Next Week, Tokaido Slowly Walks Over to Steam and more...

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App News

Race for the Galaxy Set to Expand with Brink of War
While we're putting together our Top 10 Apps Every Board Gamer Should Own, I can't imagine that Temple Gates' fantastic port of Rio Grande Games' classic Race for the Galaxy isn't going to make everyone's list. It's nearly perfect in its execution and gets a fantastic card game into the hands of anyone with a smartphone. While the game shipped with the Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm and Race for the Galaxy: Rebel vs Imperium expansions ready to go, next week it will get its third major addition, Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War.

The Brink of War expansion is big enough that it deserves its own blurb. Here goes:

Temple Gates wrote:
...The third expansion for Race for the Galaxy. Brink of War will be available on December 14th. This expansion includes four new starting worlds, thirty six new developments to build and worlds to settle, five new goals, and prestige. Prestige adds a new way to earn victory and gain the advantage against opponents. A powerful new action, Search, lets players find particular types of cards to compliment their galactic strategies.

Whew, am I right? And that's not even everything we're getting when the app updates on the 14th:

Temple Gates wrote:
Beyond the expansion, this update will include for all players:
- Updated tutorial
- Better phase tooltips
- More language support
- Duplicate card treatment

The Brink of War expansion will be $4 when it launches on the 14th. If you haven't picked up RftG for mobile or PC yet, I'm really not sure what you're waiting for.

- Race for the Galaxy for iOS Universal, $7
- Race for the Galaxy for Android, $7
- Race for the Galaxy for PC via Steam, $7

Tokaido Meanders Onto Steam
Tokaido from Funforge was probably the prettiest board game app to ever grace the App Store when it released earlier this year. The art and sound combined to create a truly relaxing experience, which is what Tokaido is all about. That was on mobile, it's now on Steam for PC/Mac and Funforge has upped the ambiance.

That's right, everyone's favorite game about being a tourist is now on Steam, and Funforge didn't just release a sloppy port of the mobile version. Heck, no! The Steam version has updated graphics to take advantage of PCs better graphics capabilities.

The Steam version also has cross-platform play with the iOS and Android version, so you can play all your friends if you're the kind of person who's into that kind of thing. I mean online play, not friends. I hope everyone's into friends. Not the TV show, either. I mean real friends. Like people who you enjoy hanging out with. Am I talking too much?

Apart from cross-platform online play, the Steam version of Tokaido also has solo play vs. AI and hotseat play. They also hint at a new "advanced" online mode coming soon. We can only guess what that means, but we're hoping for asynchronous.

Check out the video below for a preview of how the PC/Mac versions differ in the graphics department and then head to Steam and pick up Tokaido.

- Tokaido for iOS Universal, $3
- Tokaido for Android, $3.50
- Tokaido for PC/Mac via Steam, $10

Asmodee Digital Releases Abalone for iOS, Android, and Steam
We just couldn't go a day with news and not mention Asmodee Digital because soon they will control the world and we're aiming for a cabinet position. Today they released abstract favorite, Abalone, that one game you've seen with the black and white marbles. You know the one I'm talking about.

The goal of Abalone is to push your opponent's marbles off the board, sumo style, and that's about it. Like all good abstracts, it has a simple ruleset but some deep strategic choices.

Asmodee Digital wrote:
In Abalone, players are challenged to push six of their opponent’s 14 marbles off the edge of the board. Only a longer line of marbles can push a shorter one, and with six sides flanking each game piece, players will have to toe the delicate line between defensive and offensive play to come out on top.

In true Asmodee fashion, it's no bare bones port, either:

Asmodee Digital wrote:
Main features:

- Three levels of difficulty against the AI (Easy, Medium, Hard)
- Solo campaign with unique challenges
- Game mode lets you create your own game, your own rules, and place the first marbles

- Pass & Play Mode
- Online Mode

There was another version of Abalone on the App Store, so I'm not sure if this is a free update for previous owners (I wasn't one) or an entire new app you'll have to repurchase. If any owners of the app could let everyone else know in the comments, we'd appreciate it. [Yes, Dave is too lazy to send Asmodee an email and ask them himself. Someone remind me why we keep him on staff? Oh, right, he works for free. -ed.]

- Abalone for iOS Universal, $3
- Abalone for Android, $3
- Abalone for PC via Steam, $5

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