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App News: Dresden Files Coop Card Game Comes to Mobile and a Recap of Stuff You Already Know!

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Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game Now on Mobile
Sorry for the long absence, folks. I'd like to blame it on holiday travels or whatnot, but the truth is that I'm just a lazy bum.

With that tear-jerking explanation out of the way, let's talk about something new. Something involving wizards, Chicago, and books I haven't read. Yep, it's the Dresden Files and the digital version of The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game by Evil Hat Productions has landed on the App Store and Google Play.

The digital version is a faithful recreation of the tabletop version, and has been available on Steam for a few months now. I've been playing it on my laptop for a bit, but it feels right at home on my iPad.

This is a very hard cooperative card game that doesn't feel like any other card game I've ever played. It feels more like a puzzle than a game, but there's enough randomness to mix things up so that even the best laid plans can go south.

Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game is available for iOS Universal and Android, and comes with decks for the first five novels. Additional characters and decks for later books are available via IAP. While I'm quite enjoying the game solitaire, there are multiplayer options: pass-and-play, LAN, and online multiplayer for up to 5.

- Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game for iOS Universal, $7
- Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game for Android, $7
- Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game for PC/Mac/Linux, $20

Old, But Very Cool, News
There were a couple big releases on the App Store while I was away. You probably are already aware of them, but I thought I'd post them anyway, just in case. Also, I need to make my word quota or Brad will have me flayed.

Civilization VI released on iPad
The big news right before the holiday was the surprise release of a major AAA title on iPad, Civilization VI. This is the real deal, the full version of Sid Meier's latest foray into 4X, and it's not some cheap, poorly done port. Aspyr Media, Inc. has done something remarkable, making a game as dense as Civ VI work on the iPad and not be a battery-draining nightmare. My iPad doesn't even get warm and I can play for, literally, hours with my battery still above the 50% mark.

The only difference between this and the full game is the graphics have been downgraded, but it's still not bad. We still get unit and tile animations, and there's a fairly easy way to implement retina graphics via a back door that Apple seems to either not be aware of, or doesn't care about. I'll assume the former. This backdoor also allows the uploading of mods, meaning the mobile version and PC/Mac version aren't too far apart.

The mobile version is still stuck at the Spring 2017 patch, so it's a few iterations behind the PC version, but even without the updates it is just so damn cool to be playing a game of this depth and quality on my iPad. The game does include the Aztec civ which was originally DLC, so it looks possible (probable?) that the newer civs and patches will become available down the road.

As you might expect, the game requires some hefty hardware so only those with iPad Air 2 or later need apply. It's also priced like its Steam cousin. You can download the app for free and play the first 60 turns (a truly short time in a game of Civ) but if you want to unlock the full app it will run you $60. It was on sale for $30 until early January, so perhaps it will go on sale regularly like the PC/Mac version does. We'll have to wait and see. It's good enough that $60 isn't that bad of an investment, but that's just my opinion. Civ VI is one of my favorite titles ever, so your milage may vary.

- Sid Meier's Civilization VI for iPad, free
- Sid Meier's Civilization VI for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $60

Antihero Comes to Mobile
Antihero is a really fun original board game that was released on Steam last year with a mobile port promised down the road. We've reached the end of that road, as the mobile version landed late last week.

Antihero is a 2-player game in which you'll control rival guilds vying to be the first to nab a set amount of victory points. VPs are earned by bribery, assassinations, blackmail, and other unsavory means. It's incredibly clever and works well as an asynchronous online game.

The mobile version is available for iOS and Android and has all the features of its Steam cousin. There's a short single player campaign that acts as a tutorial, but the real meat are skirmish games either against AI or real humans.

If you're looking for a new board game with cool mechanisms and a fantastic art style, you can't go wrong with Antihero. The game is complete at purchase with only some cosmetic offerings available via IAP.

- Antihero for iOS Universal, $5
- Antihero for Android, $5
- Antihero for PC/Mac via Steam, $15

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