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Among the best things in life is playing printed games in person with family and close friends. When those are not convenient we like iOS Board Games. News, reviews, previews, and opinions about board gaming on iPhones, iPads, iPods and even Android devices. (iPhone board games, iPad board games, iPod board games, Android board games)

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App News: Terra Mystica Heading to Mobile and Meeples Move to iMessage

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Terra Mystica Coming to Mobile
The folks at DIGIDICED are at it again, only this time it's not a 2-player Uwe Rosenberg title. No, this time it's only one of the greatest board games ever developed, Terra Mystica.



That is literally all the information we currently have about the title, but we'll be sure to bug them until we get more info. As usual, we'll pass it along.



Meeple Stickers, Meepmoticons, Now Available for iMessage
If you've updated to iOS 10 on your iDevice, you may have noticed a bunch of new functionality in iMessage. For some reason you can now draw pictures or send a heartbeat to someone. You can also make fireworks appear, or something. I don't really understand it because I'm old and dislike change.

Apparently another trick you can pull off is to put "stickers" in your conversations. Top hatted reader, Christopher Taylor-Davies, has bundled a bunch of such stickers (drawn by Frank Wimmer) onto the App Store and these are board game related. Prepare thyselves for Meeple stickers. Or emoticons? Either way, they're meeples you can send to others via iMessage.

The package of Meepmoticons will run you a buck, and you can nab them at the link below:

- Meepmoticons for iMesssage, $1
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App News: Talisman: Horus Heresy Expands Again and Galaxy of Trian Heads to Android

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Talisman: The Horus Heresy Gets Prospero Expansion
It seems to only be a matter of time before the Warhammer 40K themed version of Talisman, Talisman: The Horus Heresy, catches up to its forebear, Talisman: Digital Edition, in terms of expansions. Today the sci-fi roll-and-mover got another update called the Prospero Campaign expansion. What's that? I have no idea. Let's check the blurb:

The Prospero Campaign expansion has been added, which allows players to explore the events of The Horus Heresy on Prospero in more detail and play as the Warlords and Legions that fought there.
New Warlords include - Magnus the Red, Ahzek Ahriman, Leman Russ and Geigor Fell-Hand. Both Loyalist and Traitor may also play as a Librarian, an inspiring leader of any of the 18 Legions.
The Campaign also includes new Stratagems, Places, Strangers, Events and a brand new Incantations deck for the player to explore.


All this can be yours for $4 via IAP. The expansion is available on all platforms, the links to each you can find below:

- Talisman: Horus Heresy for iOS Universal, $7
- Talisman: Horus Heresy for Android, $5.50
- Talisman: Horus Heresy for PC/Mac via Steam, $15





Galaxy of Trian Arrives on Android and Steam
Galaxy of Trian arrived on iOS back in July with Android and PC versions promised for the future. The future is now, apparently, as the game arrived this week on both Steam and Google Play.

The release on the new platforms was accompanied by a fairly major update for the iOS version as well. What was included?

What's New in Version 1.2.0
- even more beautiful tiles with higher resolution optimised for both iPhone and iPad
- more demanding AI opponents
- possibility to select different AI opponents using different strategies and offering different chalenge levels
- new avatars
- fixed matchmaking issues allowing for more straightforward challenges
- additional indication when player has pending multiplayer game
- optimised memory performance offering better experience on older devices
- optimised processor performance offering better experience on all devices
- optimised battery usage to allow for longer play without charging
- fixed issues with screen flickering and board multiplication
- possibility to mute sound and music separately


You can find links for all platforms for Galaxy of Trian below:

- Galaxy of Trian for iOS Universal, $5
- Galaxy of Trian for Android, $5
- Galaxy of Trian for Windows via Steam, $9


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First Look: Shuffle Cats

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Availability: iOS
Price: Free
Store Links: App Store, Google Play


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Availability: iOS
Price: Free ($2.99 to turn off ads)
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Price: $2.99
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App News: Paperback Comes to Android, Sentinels of the Multiverse Celebrates Its Second Anniversary, Flash Point: Fire Rescue Coming to Digital and more...

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Paperback Released on Android
When Tim Fowers' fantastic word game, Paperback, was released a week or so ago it had one major flaw: it was iOS only. We knew that an Android version was on the way and it turns out it wasn't far off. In fact, it released yesterday.



It's ridiculously fun and anyone who likes word games and/or deck builders should definitely check it out. You can nab it at the links below:

- Paperback for iOS Universal, $4
- Paperback for Android, $4



Sentinels of the Multiverse Turns Two
Last year, when Sentinels of the Multiverse turned 1, Handelabra Games surprised us all by releasing the multiplayer update. The second birthday isn't quite as dramatic but, then again, they've already covered pretty much everything we could want in the app anyway. So, what to do? How's about a crazy sale?

Sounds good.

To celebrate the second anniversary of its release, Handelabra is going to ensure that everyone who hasn't yet picked up Sentinels will do so. This weekend only, they've dropped the price of the base game from $10 down to $1. Yes, $1. The Season One pass has also been dropped in price from $25 down to $20. This is for all platforms, even the PC/Mac version on Steam.

The sale only lasts through this Sunday, so if you've been on the fence about Sentinels before, don't delay and pick it up right now. It's one of the best digital ports out there. You can pick it up on all platforms at the following links:

- Sentinels of the Multiverse for iOS Universal, $1
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for Android, $1
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for Kindle, $1
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for PC/Mac, $1



Flash Point: Fire Rescue Coming to Digital
Thanks to reader Stephen Zipprich for pointing us to this one. Turns out we're getting a digital version of the fire-fighting cooperative game Flash Point: Fire Rescue!

We don't know a whole lot at this point, other than it's in development. Which platforms? Not sure. We do know that it will have online play as well as solo and pass-and-play modes and will be coming in 2017.

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Features

-The board game you already know and love - now digital!
-Play the game solo or with friends online!
-Two houses and plenty of victims to rescue from the flames.
-No more hassling with set up - the game is ready to play when you are!
-Beautiful artwork and animation bring your favourite game to life.
-8 different fire fighters - each with their own specialist abilities - to choose from.


We've sent feelers out to RetroEpic to see what we can learn. We'll pass it all along when we get it.



Playbook Essentials Kickstarting for Android
Back at Gen Con, we met with the folks at Trapdoor Technologies and talked with them about their iPad toolkit for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. It looks great and allows a GM to run a campaign right from their iPad, which is cool. Check out the video we shot at Gen Con (especially the amazing camera work from a highly slightly trained ape).



I know what you're asking. What about Android? Well, they're working on it but, being a small company, need a little help. Well, a lot of help. To get that help, they've headed to Kickstarter and are currently running a campaign to get an Android version of Playbook Essentials on Google Play.

Are you more of a Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) kind of gamer? Not to worry. Later today (or it might have already happened), they'll be announcing that the Kickstarter is also funding a D&D 5E SRD toolkit as well!

The Kickstarter is only at $3K right now, and they're looking for about $30K to make it fly. Luckily, there are 18 days left in the campaign. You can head over to Kickstarter and check it out. Or you can click here. Or here. Some people have even gotten there by clicking here.
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Opinion: Falling Back in Love with Phone Gaming with a Plus Size Phone

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We'll be back with news and videos later this week as we start to hear things coming out of Essen and releases start hitting. For now, I wanted to share something that has been on my mind over the past week.



This cycle, I decided to go from an iPhone 6 to an iPhone 7 Plus. This is my first experience with a "giant" phone, and I was nervous on the outset. I was not afraid of it exploding like some phones (*wink*) but I was really concerned about the size with kids and my daily lifestyle. (Note: I am not anti-Android at all, iOS is just the ecosystem that makes the most since between work and personal needs)

What tipped me over the edge was the new camera, but it ended up having an unexpected benefit. While my iPad used to be my chief gaming platform, the expanded screen size of the iPhone plus has made it a great place to game.

The new phone has made playing board game ports like Paperback, Ascension, and other much easier. The screen size is big enough to replace the iPad for single player board gaming in many cases. It makes many board game ports more viable than ever before.

This larger phone has also breathed new life into some old favorites. Namely: Magic Duels, Hearthstone, and Pathfinder Adventures.



Magic Duels has that terrible burdensome UI that it has always had, but while the normal version was near unplayable, the larger screen makes things much more bearable. I’ve been having a Magic itch recently, and it was great to play through some samples of recent sets. The iPhone Plus really makes this a more portable experience.



Hearthstone has been a mainstay on my iPad for many years. The iPhone version is excellent and the Plus just gives it more of that sit back experience. I feel like I am getting a great UI without having to pull out the iPad. It’s really helped me get back into the Tavern Brawls and the recent single player campaign release.



Lastly, Pathfinder Adventures is excellent on a Plus phone. With this new real estate, I’ve been able to dive into adventures much more quickly on the go. I really think this one is a big win.

The iPhone Plus has really opened up iPhone gaming me. It’s been harder and harder to justify it recently and this helping me fall in love all over again. I am not suggesting everyone go buy a giant phone, but if you have been looking for a more gaming focused phone, I think the larger screens are really where it is at.
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App News: Red7 Arrives on Mobile and Smash Up Launches on Early Access

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Red7 Released for iOS, Soon for Android
Another one from the Came Out Of Nowhere file, the fantastic card game from Asmadi Games, Red7, has landed on the App Store.

It's developed by Silver Bullet Games and...what am I doing? Here's the blurb:

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Red7: The Official Digital Version of A Cult Card Game

Don't follow the rules. Change them!

In Red7, there are no second places. You're the best or you lose. You win your round or it's game over, but it's not a game of chance. If you can't meet the winning criteria, you can change the rules and force your opponents to obey it. This simple twist makes Red7 as unpredictable and exciting as an action game, while preserving its deeply tactical essence.

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• 7 colors, 7 numbers, 7 rules, and infinite ways to play
• Three language versions: ENG, DE, PL
• Interactive tutorial
• Single player mode
• Multiplayer for 2-4 players
• Pass&Play mode – play with others using a single device
• Easy invites for your friends


That blurb makes it sound like it has online multiplayer, doesn't it? Well it might, but the app crashes when I try to register a new account. Sorry for not having more details on that one.

Still, the AI and pass-and-play are working and I've been having fun with Red7 on my phone, so I can't complain too much. The game does offer all the different modes of play as well (points, actions, etc), so it's the full game.

The game is available for both iOS and Android and you can nab it at the links below:

- Red7 for iOS Universal, $3
- Red7 for Android, $3



Smash Up Comes to Steam Early Access
Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG)'s popular card game, Smash Up, has made its way to Steam via their Early Access program.

In an unforeseen move, the digital version of Smash Up will be free-to-play with card packs available via DLC. The free version will have three decks to play with: Dinosaurs, Ninjas, and Geeks. There is a Starter Pack available for $9 (a special Early Access price) which includes 6 other decks: Aliens, Zombies, Pirates, Robots, Wizards, and Tricksters. Only two of those are available now (the Aliens and Zombies) and you can buy them seperatley if you wish for $2 each. If you buy the Starter Pack, you'll get the other decks as they're released.

The current version is only for Windows, but other Nomad Games Ltd (II) titles have all come out for Mac as well, so i would expect this one to do so as well. As for the mobile version, that's coming as well. Nomad tells us we can expect it before Christmas.

For the two of you still reading at this point, I have two keys to give away for the Starter Pack. Tell me you want the Smash Up Starter Pack in your comment below and the first two of you will get a shiny new key in your Geekmail inbox.

Of course, you'll need the base game first. For that, head on over to Steam:

- Smash Up for Windows on Steam, free


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Asmodee Reveals More Details on Colt Express
Back in August, Dave let us in on more details about a digital version of Colt Express. Today we've got a huge info dump from Asmodee on their upcoming partnership with Frima Studios.

The basics: It will be an online, multiplayer, version of the game coming to iOS, Android, and PC. It is expected for release in late November at a price of $6.99.

On top of that, they've revealed details on a bunch of features:



- Character Stories
Looks like they'll be going big on the characters. There will be special stories for each one including graphic novels on each. It looks like there are more than 30 chapters involving the different characters. The story mode opens up new items, skins, and variants. They say the variants change the way the game is played.



- Online Multiplayer Gaming
While there will be single player, it looks like they are going big on real-time gameplay with friends. It looks like there will be a leaderboard along with a friends list for quick play with friends.



We'll let you know more details as we get them.




Smash Up Coming to Early Access on October 11th
The digital version of Smash Up from Nomad Games will be available on Steam Early Access starting on October 11th. They've put a coming soon page up on Steam with new screenshots and a few more details.

As a reminder, here is the trailer for the game:




Baseball Highlights 2045 Updated
Baseball Highlights 2045 has been updated introducing a new Normal AI and the ability to choose which expansions to play with.

Here are the full notes:
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Bug Fix; The green checkmarks were not being properly set after a resume of a saved game.
Bug Fix: It was possible to save an On Deck card and tell the pop-up dialog you were not saving a card, which resulted in a corrupted game.
Feature: Introduced Normal level AI. Made improvements to Easy Level AI.
Feature: You may now choose to play with or without any of the expansions you have purchased.


Baseball Highlights 2045 is available on iOS and Android.



Rome: Total War Details Revealed
Nod to Touch Arcade. They've learned that Rome: Total War will be released "Autumn" on iPad. The app will require an iPad Air (first gen) or newer to run. It will be $9.99 and require around 4gb of space.

Last month they also released a trailer showing the control scheme for the game:




Invisible, Inc Out on iPad
Klei Entertainment, makers of Don't Starve, have released their next title on iPad: Invisible Inc. This turn based procedural spy game have receive a lot of praise and seems like a good fit for tabletop fan.

I've played a bit on the PC but I am looking forward to really diving in with the game now on iPad. Be sure to check it out.
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App News from Twitch Con: Shardbound Demo Alpha, Hearthstone on Twitch Prime, Super Senso Beta

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I had the opportunity to attend Twitch Con for my day job. It's an interesting con, and there were a few things I saw worth sharing here.


Shardbound Demoed
A digital card game, Shardbound, was shown at the con. It is a sort of combinations of Summoner Wars and Hearthstone. You have a deck of cards which summon units onto the board which is represented by a hex grid. The spatial mechanics are really interesting with positioning playing a huge roll. Check out this video from Day9 with a quick look at the game:




Hearthstone Featured on Twitch Prime
This weekend Amazon announced Twitch Prime, a new service linking Twitch to Amazon Prime. Included in this, players will receive free game content each month. Hearthstone is being featured this month and is offering a new card back and Tyrande hero. If you are a Hearthstone fan, this is a pretty easy pick up.





Super Senso Shown Off
We've seen Advance Wars clones on the app store before, that this one seems to be following the pattern here. That being said, this one seems to really be bent on quick multiplayer. The combat is more direct and every turn is on a quick timer. I only got a quick look, but seems like it might have some potential. You can learn more on their site.


On a side note, VainGlory had a big showing at Twitch Con. It is definitely a MOBA but it got me to try it again and turns out it is pretty great, if you're into that kind of thing.
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