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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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First Look: Cthulhu Realms

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Availability: iOS, Android
Price: Free ($4.99 for full game)
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App News: Cthulhu Realms and Land 6 Finally Come to iOS and Pirates War Promises a CCG Mixed with...Monopoly! Yay?

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Cthulhu Realms Makes Its Way to iOS
Cthulhu Realms has been available for a while on Android, but the iOS version has been dead and dreaming in R'lyeh. Apparently the stars are right, because earlier this week the iOS version rose from the depths and is now available on the App Store.

For those of you who prefer fhtagn-fhtagn to pew-pew, Cthulhu Realms is for you. Ostensibly Star Realms, Cthulhu Realms ditches the sci-fi setting for a Lovecraftian one. That said, if you're familiar with Star Realms, you can pick up the gameplay of Cthulhu Realms in seconds.

As a super bonus, White Wizard Games is pricing this version the same as they did Star Realms. That is, you can download it for free and unlock the full game for $5. Once unlocked, however, it will also unlock the game on any other platform. So, you don't need to pay twice to have on both your iOS and Android devices.

You can pick up Cthulhu Realms for both iOS and Android.

- Cthulhu Realms for iOS Universal, free
- Cthulhu Realms for Android, free




Pirates War Blends Monopoly with CCG Mechanisms, Entering Beta
If there's one way to get my attention, put Monopoly in the subject line when sending me an email. Oh, wait, I mean if there's one way to get me to delete your email without reading it, put Monopoly in the subject line. Oh wait, that rule is valid unless you also include the word "pirate". Then I'll read anything.

The developers of Pirates War apparently figured this out because their subject screamed Monopoly! but then they named their game Pirates War. They win.

Pirates War isn't just a Monopoly clone, however, it also uses CCG mechanisms in addition to Free Parking and Luxury Tax. That's really all I know about the game at this point, other than it also just went into beta. If you want to sign up and help test the game before release head over here.

Pirates War is a coming to iOS and Android at some point. Until then, watch the trailer and see if it might be up your alley.





Land 6 Comes to iOS
In another "it's been out on Android for awhile now, but still not on iOS" situation, we have Land 6 from Boardnaut Studios. Like Cthulhu Realms above, this is changing as Land 6 is now available on iOS as well.

Land 6 is a solitaire game that is a port of the cardboard game of the same name. The player uses dice as armies to defeat the vile Lord of the Cubes who has his own army on the board.

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Land 6 is a solitaire board game where dice are not just rolled. You use dice to represent your armies in different regions around Land 6. Each of 4 regions allows you to perform special action by decreasing value of your die. These actions are for example deploy a new army, move an army, and attack the Lord of the Cubes. Your goal is to place one of your armies with a value of at least 3 in the home region of the Lord of the Cubes.


As a solo game, there's no AI or online play to worry about. Land 6 is available for iOS and Android.

- Land 6 for iOS Universal, free
- Land 6 for Android, free


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E3 For the Rest of Us

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E3 is happening this week and the major press conferences have already occurred. While the majority of announcements are outside our prevue, there are a handful of things that may excite you:

Gwent Goes Solo
If you played Witcher 3 last year, you may have been taken by the pretty interesting collectible card game within the game. If you wanted, you could spend hours playing cards. The developers have decided to expand the card game and create a standalone game for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Here’s hoping it comes to mobile. Check out this trailer explaining the game:


The Elder Scrolls: Legends
We’ve spoken about this game, which will be coming to iOS and Android (and PC) later this year. The game has been in closed beta for a while and they are opening it up a bit more in honor of E3. This game looks really interesting, check out the new trailer:


Halo Wars 2
I learned a lot about Halo Wars and the team behind it a while back. The team is made of classic board game designers and you can really see that in the game. This new version has a new expanded team, but seems to be carrying on the legacy. If you are interested in a RTS game on your Xbox One or PC. this may be for you.


Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord
Mount and Blade is an interesting PC strategy game where you do combat in first person with a strategic layer as you begin to control the world around. The sequel sounds even more in depth with you being able to control things from a very base level. Check out this trailer that shows some interesting siege mechanics.


Star Trek Bridge Crew VR
Ok, this is a VR game, so low application to us common folk, but this game was one I had to share. As some dream extension of Artemus and Space team, Ubisoft is making a VR bridge simulator. This is crazy but also amazing. Check out the trailer
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App News: New Screenshots Emerge for 1775: Rebellion and Warlock of Firetop Mountain and Fable Fortune Hits Kickstarter

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New Screenshots for 1775: Rebellion Arrive
Everyone's eager to finally get 7 Wonders on their iPads and the lack of any new news has been...frustrating. There's another title out there that I'm even more excited to have on my tablet and any news for it has been just as hard to come buy. That game is 1775: Rebellion from Academy Games and I've been harassing HexWar pretty much every day for more info.

Today it paid off.

We have five exclusive screenshots from the alpha version and, whoa, does it look fantastic. Compared to the colorful and slightly gaudy screenshot we had when the game was first announced, these are crisp and clean and have no caffeine.

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That's not all we found out. We also learned that HexWar should have a working alpha build by the end of the month and are aiming to get the Steam version released in July with iOS to follow.

Don't worry, I'm going to keep bugging HexWar (I'm like the iOS version of Andy Dufresne), and will fill you in as soon as we get any more news.



Tin Man Games Releases New Screens for Warlock of Firetop Mountain
When it comes to interactive fiction all eyes tend to drift at whatever inkle Studios is working on. That's not a bad thing, inkle has made some of the greatest interactive fiction ever put on a hard drive. That said, other developers are catching up and one that seems to be doing so on a rocket sled is our old friend, Tin Man Games. Their new adaptation of Book 01: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is coming soon and they just released some new screenshots that look awesome.

What sets these new pieces of interactive fiction apart from their dead tree cousins is just how non-book-like they have become. Sure, inkle's Sorcery! games have text, but there's so much more that it feels more like an RPG. Warlock of Firetop Mountain is following suit. Listen to this:

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Our new release coming to Steam (and later to iOS/Android) is a digital re-imagining of the very first Fighting Fantasy gamebook, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, originally written by Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson. We’ve turned the paperback into a table-top solo RPG where you choose a digital figurine and move it around an epic 3D map that slots together as you wander through Zagor’s domain. We have quadrupled the word count of the original book and each character has their own motivations for being in Firetop Mountain, changing the way the gamebook is written and choices presented. Combat is fought using the digital miniatures in a simultaneous, real-time system called GridBluff, and the game includes over 100 unique hero and monster figurines.


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It sounds like we can expect the final product on Steam in August with iOS/Android versions to follow.

As usual, more info as we get it. Personally, I can't wait to see this thing in motion.


Fable Fortune is a new CCG and it's on Kickstarter
Back in the early 2000's I spied an early build of a game called Fable while at Gen Con. This was when the convention was still in Milwaukee and the greatest game store in the world, Napoleons, was still in business. Good times. To this day I remember being completely blown away by the visuals. Never played the damn thing, but I remember it looked unreal.

Fifteen years later and I still haven't played Fable, nor any of its sequels. Thus, seeing news of a new CCG based on the franchise didn't really do it for me. Checking out the Kickstarter, however, it actually looks pretty top notch. The gimmick that really grabbed me was the ability to play either cooperatively or competitively with other players.

Take a look at this gameplay video and tell me it doesn't look cool:



The Kickstarter is looking for over $360K and they've only managed to scrape up about $80K thus far. They still have 19 days to go, but they have quite a bit of scratch to come up with in only a couple weeks.

The game is expected to come to Steam for Windows as well as Xbox One with iOS and Android versions close behind. The money from the Kickstarter is needed to get a closed beta rolling for PC.

Head over and take a look at the Kickstarter. You might be surprised. I was.
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App News: Pathfinder and XenoShyft get more updates and Mini-Pack 3 Arrives for Sentinels

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Sentinels of the Multiverse Wraps Up Season One with Release of Mini-Pack 3
Word came down this morning from Mt. Handelabra that the one and only Sentinels of the Multiverse is getting larger. Like Leon.



This time it's Mini-Pack 3, which is the final piece of the Season One puzzle. From this point forward, we season pass holders are out of luck (until we buy the next season pass, that is). What comes in Mini-Pack 3? I'm glad you asked:

- Sentinels of the Multiverse: Guise Hero Character
- Sentinels of the Multiverse: Wager Master Villain Character
- Sentinels of the Multiverse: Omnitron IV Environment

Of course, there's always some variant cards to find. This time it's Santa Guise and, before you ask, I have no idea what that is.

That's not all! The app has also been updated to version 1.9 which brings along a bit of its own coolness:

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-You can now view your collection of Weekly One-Shots covers in grid format.
-The New Game screen now also supports sorting decks by difficulty/complexity.
-Multiplayer chat has an improved font (Comic Neue) that supports lower case, multiple languages, and special characters.
-Various miscellaneous bug fixes.


You can nab Mini-Pack 3 for $2, or just download it if you own the Season One pass. Of course, you'll need the base game to do that:

- Sentinels of the Multiverse for iPad, $10
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for Android, $10
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for Kindle, $10
- Sentinels of the Multiverse for PC/Mac, $10



Pathfinder Adventures Gets a Mini-Update, More Bugs Squashed
Despite the fact that it's kind of a bug-ridden mess, Pathfinder Adventures from Obsidian Entertainment and Paizo Publishing has become my favorite iPad game of 2016. Lucky for us, Obsidian is on top of things and trying to smoosh the bugs as they appear. We've already received two major patches and just earlier this week they dropped a hotfix that eradicates several of the larger ones introduced by the latest adventure deck, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – The Hook Mountain Massacre Adventure Deck 3.

No new content in this one, but we do get the following:

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- Here Comes the Flood: Fixed an issue where you couldn't explore if an undefeated Nightbelly Boa was at the top of the deck
- Seelah no longer sees the future when using Inspired Grace while recharging a card, or performing certain location checks
- Additional fixes implemented for Quest Mode saves that cannot be loaded
- Saves pre-1.0.3 can now be synced to the cloud
- Here Comes the Flood can no longer be won by forfeiting
- Connectivity messaging now easier to close
- Daily Gold timer changed to UTC from PST


Not a huge list, but we'll take what we can get. Now, how's about Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Fortress of the Stone Giants Adventure Deck 4?

- Pathfinder Adventures for iPad, free
- Pathfinder Adventures for Android, free



XenoShyft Gets Another Update
XenoShyft getting an update really isn't news. Nothing that happens this often can be considered "news", can it? It was just last week when the last update landed and this week we have another one.

No huge additions, but Cool Mini Or Not is busting their chops perfecting this game, so they deserve some praise. Here's the patch list:

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-Fixed an issue with Vindicator Armor hanging the game
-Fixed an issue where used cards might linger forever in the "casting card" slot
-Fixed an issue with Smartlink Armor allowing illegal equip actions.
-Fixed an issue where Bishop would only get buffed once per round
-Fixed an issue where equipment would lose Weapons/Armor Divisions Wave 3 buffs
-Overseer will now always spawn Gatherers when appropriate, even if the Hive deck has none


XenoShyft is becoming (or has already become?) one of the best digital ports on the App Store and it appears that CMON is set to push it all the way to the top. If you haven't tried it yet, you can pick it up for iOS, Android, and PC/Mac.

- XenoShyft for iOS Universal, $5
- Xenoshyft for Android, $5
- XenoShyft for PC/Mac, $10


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First Look: Human Resource Machine

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Update News: Xenoshyft, PACG, Ticket to Ride, and Solforge

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New Updates:
A lot of our favorite digital board games have had substantial updates recently.



- Xenoshyft: The latest update adds achievements. If you’ve been waiting to dive back in, this may be your chance. These new challenges look like they may take a while to tackle.
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- PACG: Have you been enjoying the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game as much as I have? If you’ve already conquered the first two adventures, this update will be a breath of fresh air. Update now and take on the Hook Mountain Massacre.
iTunes, Google Play



- Ticket to Ride: Ticket to Ride has been updated with the Europe 1912 expansion, or rather the ticket options. These add more variety to the Europe map. Let’s hope this is a sign for more updates to come in the future.
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- Solforge: Making Solforge great again. A massive update for Solforge was released today that includes UI revamp and more. I am really excited to dive back into the game. I’ll hope to have a video showing our revisiting of Solforge.
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Outside the Box: Fire Emblem Fates, Bravely Second, Overwatch & Valkyria Chronicles

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While we spend most our time devoted to covering the latest in digital board games, we do also venture out to games, mobile and otherwise, that are a bit off the beaten path.

In this irregular segment, I will highlight a few video games that may interest board gamers, but fall outside of our normal wheelhouse.




Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright
Last week we brought our first ever 3DS review to the site in the form of Pocket Card Jockey. Honestly, for a strategy gamer, the 3DS has been a platform that has continued to deliver time and time again.

Recently I’ve been playing through Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, one of the latest installments in the series. This series has always provided interesting turn based gameplay and this installment does not disappoint. The game features new classes and new ways to interact with the battle environments, making each encounter feel fresh. You also have the option this time around to play the story from different angles. Characters that are enemies one time around may be friends the next.

The game also features the familiar relationship building, which makes this a strong mix of RPG and war-game mechanics. If this hybrid sounds interesting to you, this is certainly one worth checking out.
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Bravely Second: End Layer
Despite it’s pompous and ridiculous name, Bravely Second is a sequel to the very successful Bravely Default, and, by association, one of the best JRPGs in recent memory. While a little more silly, this sequel manages to deliver where it counts.

JRPGs, if you're not familiar, rely on random, turn-based battles where you select abilities or attacks for your characters to perform each turn. In this variant, you can choose to Brave which will let you take extra turns or Default to save turns for later. Unlike many games in this genre, Bravely Second turns each battle into a very interesting tactical engagement.

This is augmented by a job system that allows you to tailor your characters as you would like. This opens up the possibility to create really interesting combinations. Think of it as engine building.

Most video games don’t grab me the way this one can. As a strategy gamer, I feel like there is actually something for me to wrap my brain around here. If you’ve tried this genre in the past, and been disappointed by recent entries, this is one worth getting back into.
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Valkyria Chronicles
Why did I not know about this game when it was released? Ok, I didn’t have the original platform, but this turn-based war-game is one I’m glad I’ve finally discovered.

Set in a pseudo WW2 setting (but with like robots and magic), you command troops in a mix of turn-based movement and real-time aiming. Each troop is ordered from a 3rd person view and you have to take into account flanking, cover, and more. Leaving cover has some real weight as the enemy can start taking shots at you the minute you stand up. It is a unique mix of genres that is a great fit for strategy game fans.

The art looks great in this remastered version and, while featuring an anime tinge, is all very interesting and detailed. The story has weight, even if it does also have some melodrama. This is not meant to be a true retelling of history but rather a story in a similar setting.

The real highlight here is the tactical combat. If you didn’t play this before, take the opportunity to check it out on PC or PS4.
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Overwatch
Now, before you start throwing full wine bottles at your computer screen, let me explain why I dare talk about a team shooter on this site. Overwatch charmed immediately with its first trailer and seemed to continue to do so with each video released. I am not usually a fan of this genre, but something about this grabbed me.

After playing a bit on console, I have to say, I am enjoying it more than I expected. While this game is a shooter, and can be competitive, there are many elements that have made it the one game is this genre I think I could actually get into. If you, like me, have been curious, here are a few reasons it's worth checking out.

First, the story, while thin, is very strong in the character department. Each character is interesting to play and generally represents a unique country and culture. I keep trying new characters and each one is fleshed out and endearing. On top of that, the abilities of each are fun, thematic, and generally easy to learn. If you love characters, this is a shooter that really delivers.

Second, matches are quick, straightforward, and surprisingly rewarding. If you are like me, gaming time (especially digital) is limited. Luckily, a game of Overwatch does not overstay its welcome. You can play for 15 to 30 minutes, complete a few matches be pretty fulfilled.

On top of that, the end game flow of Overwatch is one of the best ever created. Rather than a demeaning KOD, the game offers up a play of the game and then features four heroes that did well. One essence, you see when you do something good, and don’t feel bad when you didn’t have a great game. This is the major innovation of Overwatch and something I want to see copied by future games (even board games). It is the perfect hook to create that one more game feeling.

This ties into my third and final reason to give this shooter a shot. Due to the characters in the game, you can play a role where you don’t need to have twitch reflexes. Shooters are often seen as a young person’s game, but this allows us old folks to hop on board. You could try a healer, a tank, a sniper, whatever fits your play style and mood.

All this being said, a shooter may still not be for you, but this one has really hit the spot for me.
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First Look: Castles of Mad King Ludwig

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