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App News: Noch Mal! Lands on Mobile, Digidiced Info Dumps on Stockpile and Indian Summer and more...

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Noch Mal! Comes to iOS and Android
The summer of 2018 will go down as the Summer of Roll-and-Writes with German Names Coming to Digital. Okay, that doesn't quite roll off the tongue as easily as I'd hoped, so maybe it won't catch on. Anyway, it should because we have another dice game to play on the go to go along with the already released Ganz Schön Clever.

This new digital release is a version of Noch mal! from Outline Development. This is a game where you roll dice, check off boxes and score points. Or something. I need to watch a 'how-to-play' video because I'm still having issues wrapping my head around it.

What I'm not having problems with is the app itself. Outline has made a shiny, polished dice app that will allow you to play the solitaire game or play a 2-player game by passing your phone to a friend. It will also replace either the dice or the scoring pad, making it a companion app for the physical version.

Noch Mal! is out for both iOS and Android right now.

- Noch Mal! for iOS Universal, $4
- Noch Mal! for Android, $4



Digidiced Drops New Info on Stockpile and Indian Summer
With as often as we mention them, it feels like Digidiced UG is turning into the new Asmodee Digtial (more on them below). We can't go a week without some new info or a new title is announced from the German developer. This week they contacted us with some new info on two of their upcoming games: Stockpile and Indian Summer



Stockpile is wrapping up its beta and should be out on our devices in September. While that's exciting, we also learned that the Stockpile: Continuing Corruption expansion will also be included on launch day and will be included in the main app. That means it's just there with no need to go buy it via IAP. Not only that, but we'll be able to pick and choose which modules from the app we want to use in each game. Not a bad deal. For the rest of what we can expect, read the blurb:

Digidiced wrote:
- True to the board game rules
- The game will feature the expansion Continuing Corruption as a free addon to the main game
- add single or multiple modules of Stockpile: CC to make every game different
- cross platform multiplayer (Android, iOS and Steam Linux, PC and Mac)
- new: dual user interface approach (different for mobile and desktop)
- local pass and play to play with your spouse/kids
- asynchronous ranked games with global ladder
- 3 AI difficulties for beginners and experts alike
- push notifications
- friend list and chat
- tutorial to easily learn the game
- languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Russian


They had me at cross-platform asynchronous play, the rest is just gravy. Look for Stockpile to land for iOS, Android, PC/Mac/Linux within the next month.

Indian Summer is also on the way and is getting ready to enter beta. I've not played this one at all, so I'm going to blurb the hell out of it right from the get-go:

Digidiced wrote:
Before winter makes its appearance, a particularly warm fall bathes the forest in a golden shimmer. During the Indian Summer, New England blossoms one last time. Treetops are ablaze with countless colors — a living rainbow, from green to orange to red. Slowly the first leaves are starting to fall. Meanwhile, our steps and the diligent squirrels rustle the colorful foliage.

On our walks through the woods, we discover all kinds of little treasures; we collect berries, nuts, mushrooms and feathers. We pause for a moment to watch the shy inhabitants of the forest before we set off towards home once again. There, a good book and a hot tea are already awaiting.



Indian Summer is the second part of Uwe Rosenberg's puzzle trilogy following 2016's Cottage Garden, and this game is firmly geared towards experienced players. At the heart of the game are puzzle tiles with holes that are placed on individual forest boards to cover up treasures. When players get their hands on these, they gain more options and an edge over their opponents. All that counts in the end is to be the first to cover your forest floor completely with leaves.

Features
- True to the board game rules
- Beautiful artwork and design
- cross platform multiplayer (Android, iOS and Steam Linux, PC and Mac)
- languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Russian
- local pass and play to play with your spouse/kids
- asynchronous ranked games with global ladder
- 3 AI difficulties for beginners and experts alike
- push notifications
- friend list and chat
- tutorial to easily learn the game


Digidiced has done wonders with Uwe Rosenberg's other games, so I have no doubt they'll hit this one out of the park as well. No clue when we might see an actual release, but Digidiced usually doesn't run beta tests for too long, so I'd expect to see this on our iOS, Android, and PC/Mac/Linux machines by year's end.

We'll let you know when they go live and whatever else we learn about from Digidiced (which always seems to be a lot).



Pandemic Makes It to the Big Screen
When we visited with Asmodee Digital at Gen Con, we noticed an icon for Pandemic: The Board Game listed as an upcoming release. This seemed odd because we've been playing Pandemic on our iPad since 2013. Today we figured out what it was there for. Pandemic has gone live on Steam for PC/Mac.

I haven't tried it on my laptop yet, but from the video it doesn't appear to be much changed from its mobile predecessor. There's still no online multiplayer and no AI, so you're stuck with playing solo or hotseat with multiple characters. I don't mind--I prefer my coops solo--but it remains to be seen how the Steam community will respond to that.

You can pick up Pandemic on Steam right now for $10.

- Pandemic: The Board Game for iOS Universal, $5
- Pandemic: The Board Game for Android, $5
- Pandemic: The Board Game for PC/Mac via Steam, $10
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