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App News: Talisman and Warhammer Converge, Board Game Arena Goes Mobile, Through the Ages Gets Updated In Your Browser, and more...

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Nomad Games Announces Talisman: Horus Heresy
Now, don't laugh, but Talisman: Digital Edition is one of my favorite iPad games, and one that has stuck on my iPad through thick and thin. I'm aware that, from a gameplay standpoint, Talisman isn't exactly cutting edge. What works so well, however, is not having any setup or teardown time and playing it in short 5 minute bursts rather than a 3+ hour death march on the table. Digital Talisman just works.

Nomad Games have announced that they're moving away from traditional Talisman (not completely, they have upped their license and are still developing more expansion content) and creating a new game based on the Talisman mechanisms, but based in the Warhammer 40,000 setting. The game is called Talisman: Horus Heresy and is expected on PC/Mac in February with mobile versions coming in the spring.



No, this isn't just a Warhammer re-skin of Talisman, and it also isn't a digital version of Relic. It's something completely new, in which players choose sides in the Horus Heresy, when Primarch Horus rebelled against the Emperor of Mankind. It was kind of a big deal.

Let me blurb it from here on out:

Nomad Games wrote:
Talisman: The Horus Heresy is a digital board game based on the Talisman rule system and set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, during the cataclysmic events of the Horus Heresy.

Up to four players will be able to take control of one or more of the galaxy’s greatest heroes or most notorious villains. Taking the side of either traitor or loyalist, these Warlords will form vast companies of Space Marines, battalions of tanks and battlefleets of Spacecraft. They are the most powerful beings in the Galaxy and their followers are legion.

-Command one of the eighteen Space Marine Legions that fought during the Horus Heresy
-Play as one of eight of the galaxy’s greatest heroes or most notorious villains such as Robute Guilliman or Angron
-Multiplayer modes for up to 4 players
-Challenge your friends locally and online
-Play against AI opponents


Sound good? I thought so, too. Look for pre-orders to begin in late January for the February release on PC/Mac. We'll let you know when the mobile version gets an ETA as well.





Board Game Arena Gets Mobile Friendly
I'm sure a ton of you are already familiar with Board Game Arena, the site where, for free, you can play over 80 board games like Seasons, Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar, Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends, and Hanabi. You play the games in your browser which was great for desktops and laptops, but had a few usability issues if you tried to play on a mobile device.

Not any more.

Over the weekend, Board Game Arena announced that they've redesigned the site to accommodate mobile devices, both phones and tablets.

Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself. Maybe I'll see you on there. I'll give you three guesses to figure out my username over there.



Through the Ages gets New on Boardgaming-Online
Sticking with board games that play great on your mobile device's browser, the cream of the crop, Boardgaming-Online also had an announcement over the weekend. The game featured there, Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization has been updated so that everyone can now play Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization.

All the new cards and rules are now in effect when you start a new game at boardgaming-online, and the playing space itself received a makeover as well. (The game creation screen hasn't, unfortunately, been redone so finding your friends to play with is still a pain. It's worth it, though.)

Yes, Through the Ages is coming later this spring from Czech Games Edition, but you can get your fix right now. Unless you have no friends to play with. If that's the case, find me in the list and ask me to play!



Baseball Highlights 2045 Submitted to Apple
Over the weekend I received word from Peter Kossits, the one-man team behind the upcoming port of Baseball Highlights: 2045 that the iPad version has been submitted to Apple. Unless the Apple reviewers find something untoward (which they seem to be extremely adept at these days), we should have BH2045 on our iPads within the fortnight.

The digital version will have both solo play using the solitaire rules from the cardboard version, as well as two-player pass-and-play. There's also an Android version in the works, the beta for which should start later this week. There's even a chance it will come to phones somewhere down the line, but Peter is holding off on promising that at this point.

As usual, we'll let you know when it lands on the App Store.


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App News: Belated App Sales Info and Pandemic Gets Virulent

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Holiday Sales (late)
Hey everyone! I was going to post this list of apps that are on sale for the holidays last Thursday, but real life (and my kids' holiday vacation from school) kind of threw everything out the window.

Anyway, a lot of great apps are on sale from now until after New Years, so if you got any iTunes gift cards, here's your chance to use them. Unlike previous years, devs can manipulate prices even though the App Store is shut down, so I apologize now if any of these sales have changed since last Thursday when I posted this list over at Pocket Tactics.

Enjoy!

-BattleLore: Command: Was $10, now $4. For iOS Universal and Android.
-Galaxy Trucker: Was $5, now $3. For iPad, iPhone, Android, and Kindle.
-Galactic Keep: Was $4, now $3. For iOS Universal.
-XCOM: Enemy Within: Was $10, now $5. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Splendor: Was $7, now $1. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Ticket to Ride: Was $7, now $3. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Talisman: Digital Edition: Was $7, now $3. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Rebuild 3: Was $5, now $4. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Templar Battleforce: Was $10, now $7. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Don't Starve: Was $5, now $3. For iOS Universal.
-Card Crawl: Was $3, now $1. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Warhammer Quest: Was $5, now $3. For iOS Universal.
-Deathwatch-Tyranid Invasion: Was $3, now $2. For iOS Universal.
-This War of Mine: Was $15, now $5. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Door Kickers: Was $5, now $2. For iPad, Android, and Kindle.
-Sentinels of the Multiverse: Was $10, now $7. For iPad, Android, and Kindle.
-Sentinels of the Multiverse Season 1 Pass is also on sale for $18.
-Transistor: Was $10, now $3. For iOS Universal.
-Baldur's Gate: Was $10, now $5. For iOS Universal and Android.
-Baldur's Gate 2: Was $10, now $5. For iOS Universal and Android.
-Icewind Dale: Was $10, now $5. For iOS Universal and Android.
-Chainsaw Warrior: Was $5, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Chainsaw Warrior-Lords of the Night: Was $6, now $3. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Ascension-Chronicle of the Godslayer: A bunch of expansions are on sale, the base game is free for iOS Universal and Android.
-Rise of the Vigil: Was $4, now $2.
-Return of the Fallen: Was $2, now $1.
-Realms Unraveled: Was $3, now $1.
-Immortal Heroes: Was $3, now $1.
-Dawn of Champions: Was $4, now $2.
-Darkness Unleashed: Was $3, now $1.
-Storm of Souls: Was $3, now $1.
-Core Bundle: Was $7, now $5.
-Tin Man Games: Pretty much all their gamebooks are on sale right now
-Appointment with F.E.A.R: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android and Kindle.
-Gamebook Adventure 1: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Gamebook Adventure 2: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Gamebook Adventure 4: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Gamebook Adventure 5: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Gamebook Adventure 6: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Gamebook Adventure 7: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Gamebook Adventure 8: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Gamebook Adventure 9: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Gamebook Adventure 10: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Gamebook Adventure 11: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Gamebook Adventure 12: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Judge Dredd Countdown Sector 106: Was $6, now $3. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Strange Loves 1: Was $2, now $1. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Strange Loves 2: Was $2, now $1. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Blood of the Zombies: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle
-House of Hell: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Trial of the Clone: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Forest of Doom: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Sons of Uruzime: Was $3, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Spellcaster-Forgotten Spell: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Spellcaster-The Gatekeeper's Oath: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Gary Chalk's Gun Dogs: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Island of the Lizard King: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Zompacalypse Now: Was $3, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Starship Traveller: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Sagas of Fire*Wolf: Was $10, now $3. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Caverns of the Snow Witch: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Bloodbones: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Ryan North's To Be or Not To Be: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-Gamebook Adventures-Infinite Universe: Was $6, now $2. For iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle.
-All of Codito's board game titles are currently $1.
-Le Havre for iOS Universal.
-Tigris & Euphrates for iOS Universal.
-Reiner Knizia's Ra for iOS Universal.
-Tikal for iOS Universal.
-A Brief History of the World for iOS Universal.
-Reiner Knizia's Medici for iPhone and iPad.


Pandemic: The Board Game Gets Update, Virulent Strain
Back at Gen Con, we were told by F2Z Media that the digital version of Pandemic: The Board Game would be getting the rest of the Pandemic: On the Brink expansion sometime this year. Well, it keeps getting closer, with the Virulent Strain module added just last week.

The Virulent Strain adds eight new Epidemic cards that will make your life hell, and it's all yours via a $2 IAP.

No sign yet of purple cubes, but at least we know they're still working on the app. Baby steps.

You can pick up Pandemic for iOS Universal or Android for $7.
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App News: Puzzle Strike on Steam and Coming to iOS, Sentinels of the Multiverse Gets a Weekly Challenge

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Sirlin Games Releases Puzzle Strike for PC/Mac, iOS Version Coming Soon
The last time we saw Sirlin Games on the App Store, they were releasing their rather excellent port of RPS-like fighter, Yomi. Yesterday they released the popular deck-building fighter, Puzzle Strike (Third Edition) for PC/Mac/Linux on Steam with the iOS version "a few weeks" away.

The digital version of Puzzle Strike sounds like it has everything that fans of digital board games are looking for: offline solo play, online multiplayer, challenge modes, and more. Am I leading up to a blurb? Yes I am, other Barry, yes I am:

Sirlin Games wrote:
The new Steam version of Puzzle Strike (as well as the upcoming iOS release) have these new features:

-Runs natively on Mac, PC, and Linux (new!)
-Cross-platform play with players on iOS, Steam or the web version on FantasyStrike.com
-Chips have 4x the resolution as the web version
-Issue challenges to people on your Steam friend list
-Climb the leaderboards in Quick Match and check out replays of top players to improve your game!
-New Puzzle Challenge mode: learn advanced character tactics and think outside the bag! Beat these advanced challenges to become a real Puzzle Striker!
-Complete your Daily Quests to earn Jewels, then spend them to play "Puzzle Smash", a high-powered version of Puzzle Strike
-Contains all 48 Puzzle chips from both Puzzle Strike Third Edition and Puzzle Strike: Shadows, as well as the promo chips, Combinatorics, Dashing Strike and Custom Combo
-Practice offline against AI Puzzlebots for the first time!
-Launching with English and French language support, with German and Japanese localization on the way

The Steam version of Puzzle Strike will retail for $14.99 USD and come with the first ten characters (Grave, Jaina, Midori, Setsuki, Rook, DeGrey, Valerie, Geiger, Lum, and Argagarg.) Additional characters will be available as in-app purchases and bundles.


Not sure if the iOS version will launch with the same ten characters, but it sounds very much like the two versions will be nearly identical, so I would think so.

Check out Puzzle Strike right now on Steam (it's on sale), and we'll let you know when it lands on the App Store.





Sentinels of the Multiverse Getting Weekly One-shot Challenge
One of the most popular features of the behemoth that is Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is Tavern Brawl. This is a weekly mode in which you can play against other players with preset decks and different rules from the regular games. It seems that Handelabra Games are fans of this mode as well, because they announced yesterday that a similar mode has come to Sentinels of the Multiverse.

It's called the Weekly One-shot, and will feature a lineup of villain, heroes, and environments that are fixed for all players. When you defeat the One-Shot, you'll be rewarded with a comic book "cover" which you can collect and show off. There will be three levels of covers to collect: collect a Fine cover if you beat the One-shot during the week, collect a Near-Mint cover if you beat it on your first or second try, and collect a Mint cover if you beat the challenge on the first try without using any Undos.

If you miss this week's one-shot, don't worry. All the past one-shots will be saved and you can play them at any time. If you don't collect one of the covers above and play the scenario after its week has expired, you'll collect a Good cover.

The first One-shot is live right now and pits Young Legacy, G.I. Bunker, Super Scientific Tachyon and Rook City Wraith against Mad Bomber Blade in Megalopolis. Don't have these variant cards unlocked? Don't worry, you can still play with them in the one-shots. If the one-shot uses expansion materials, however, you'll need to own that expansion to participate.

Sentinels of the Multiverse is also on sale right now for only $7 on iPad, Android, and Kindle devices. It's also on sale on Steam, running only $7.49 there. The season pass is on sale, too, and will run you $17.99.
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App News: Reiner Knizia's The Confrontation Released on iOS and It's Alive! is Dying

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Reiner Knizia's The Confrontation Arrives on the App Store
We just talked about Reiner Knizia's The Confrontation being submitted earlier this week, but it's already on the App Store, having arrived there this morning.

The Confrontation is a 2-player only affair in which one side plays Light and the other, Shadow. It's an incredibly thematic game for a Knizia outing even without its original Lord of the Rings icing. I've had a few plays of the game on my iPad and, so far, I'm liking it. Yes, it would have been better with LotR and the animations/graphics are a little dated. That said, the changes they made to the theme work and Offworld Games isn't Blizzard. It's a small indie company and, taken in that light, the game looks pretty good.

How's about a blurb? Here you go:

Offworld Games wrote:
A turn-based strategy game pitting two players of Light and Shadow against each other with asymmetric forces and hidden units.

For Light to be victorious, the player must sneak the Prince to the Shadow Stronghold. Shadow, on the other hand, is tasked with finding and defeating the Prince (Or moving 3 characters into the Light Capital).

Like many of Reiner’s designs, The Confrontation can be played casually between beginners or as deeply as master level chess: it’s up to you and your opponents!

GAME FEATURES

- Solo play versus multiple AI opponents.
- Realtime online multiplayer.


Reiner Knizia's The Confrontation is available for iPad only and runs $10.



It's Alive! Monster Building Card Game Packing Its Bags
We first met developer Jeremiah Maher when he released It's Alive! back in 2012. He then wowed us with his implementation of Suburbia in 2013. He contacted us again this week with some bad news. It's Alive is leaving the App Store.

It's Alive will be leaving the App Store before the holiday break (which starts next Tuesday), so if you want it run and grab it now. It's only $1 and will remain in your purchase history so you can download and play it whenever. Unfortunately, its removal means that Jeremiah will not be supporting it any more so, if some future change in the OS makes it inoperative, you're out of luck. The Android version will remain on the Amazon Appstore until the end of the year.

Last chance, pick up It's Alive for the last time for iOS Universal or Android ASAP.
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The iOS Board Games Gift Guide 2015: Part 3

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Welcome to the fifth annual Digital Board Games Gift Guide!

Are you looking for apps for your strategy loving friend or family member? Or, perhaps you just received a new iOS or Android tablet as a gift? This guide will point you to some of the best experiences on iOS and Android. Here is a quick rundown of some of our favorite strategy and board games on those platforms.

Happy Holidays from Brad and Dave.

What's in Part 3
• Children’s Games
• Card Games
• Abstract Games

Check out Part 1
Check out Part 2


Children’s Games





Devices: iPad
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $2.99
Purchase Links: App Store Google Play
Our Review.



Card Games





Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: Free with IAP
Purchase Links: App Store Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: Free with IAP
Purchase Links: App Store Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iPad, Android
Price: $4.99 ($6.99 And)
Purchase Links: App Store Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iPad, Android
Price: $9.99
Purchase Links: App Store Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: Free with IAP
Purchase Links: App Store Google Play
Our Review.




Abstract Games





Devices: iPad, Android
Price: $0.99
Purchase Links:App Store Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iPad, Android
Price: $1.99
Purchase Links:App Store Google Play



Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $3.99
Purchase Links:App Store Google Play



Devices: iPad, Android
Price: $5.99
Purchase Links:App Store Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal,
Price: $7.99
Purchase Links:App Store
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The iOS Board Games Gift Guide 2015: Part 2

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Welcome to the fifth annual Digital Board Games Gift Guide!

Are you looking for apps for your strategy loving friend or family member? Or, perhaps you just received a new iOS or Android tablet as a gift? This guide will point you to some of the best experiences on iOS and Android. Here is a quick rundown of some of our favorite strategy and board games on those platforms.

Happy Holidays from Brad and Dave.


What's in Part 2
• For Gamers: All Time Favorites
• Role-Playing Games
• War/Strategy Games


Coming in Part 3 (Coming Wednesday 12/18)
• Children’s Games
• Card Games
• Abstract Games

Check out Part 1


Our 2014 Gift Guide.
Our 2013 Gift Guide.
Our 2012 Gift Guide.
Our 2011 Gift Guide.


For Gamers: All Time Favorites





Devices: iOS Universal
Price: $6.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $9.99 (iOS), $4.99 (Android)
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
Our iOS Review. Our Android Review.



Devices: iPad, iPhone, Android
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store iPad, App Store iPhone, Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal
Price: $6.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Our Review.



Devices: iPad, iPhone, Android
Price: $6.99, $1.99
Purchase Links: App Store iPad, App Store iPhone, Google Play
Our Review.



Role Playing Games





Devices: iPad, Android
Price: $6.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $14.99
Purchase Links: App Store, [url=https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.elevenbitstudios.twommobileGoogle Play[/url]




Devices: iPad
Price: Free
Purchase Links: App Store




Devices: iPad, Android
Price: $5.99
Purchase Links: Games on App Store, Games on Google Play



War and Strategy Games





Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $9.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Google Play
Our Review.




Devices: iPad
Price: $9.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: Free
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $12.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
Our Review.
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Welcome to the fifth annual Digital Board Games Gift Guide!

Are you looking for apps for your strategy loving friend or family member? Or, perhaps you just received a new iOS or Android tablet as a gift? This guide will point you to some of the best experiences on iOS and Android. Here is a quick rundown of some of our favorite strategy and board games on those platforms.

Happy Holidays from Brad and Dave.


What's in Part 1
• For Gamers: Hot Titles from 2015
• Story Based Games
• Family Games
• Party/Dexterity Games

Coming in Part 2 (Coming 12/16)
• For Gamers: All Time Favorites
• Role-Playing Games
• War/Strategy Games


Coming in Part 3 (Coming Wednesday 12/18)
• Children’s Games
• Card Games
• Abstract Games

Our 2014 Gift Guide.
Our 2013 Gift Guide.
Our 2012 Gift Guide.
Our 2011 Gift Guide.




For Gamers: New in 2015




Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $6.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Google Play
Our Review.




Devices: iPad, Android
Price: Free ($85+ to complete)
Purchase Links: App Store
Google Play




Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Google Play
Our Review.




Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $6.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Google Play
Our Review.




Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Google Play



Story Based Games






Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $9.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Google Play




Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $12.99 (for all three)
Purchase Links: Sorcery Trilogy iOS, Google Play
Our Review of Part 1. Our Review of Part 2. Our Review of Part 3.




Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $2.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Google Play
Our Review.




Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: Free ($19.99 for all episodes)
Purchase Links: App Store
Google Play



Family Games





Devices: iPad
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Our Review.




Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $6.99
Purchase Links: App Store Google Play
Our Review.




Devices: iOS Universal
Price: $6.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Our Review.



Party and Dexterity Games






Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal
Price: $0.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal
Price: Free ($2.99 to remove ads)
Purchase Links: App Store
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: Free
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play



Devices: iOS Universal
Price: Free
Purchase Links: App Store
Our Review.
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App News: Reiner Knizia's The Confrontation Submitted, Expected Before App Store Shutdown

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Reiner Knizia's The Confrontation Submitted
Earlier this summer Offworld Games released their port of Reiner Knizia's The Confrontation on PC/Mac. Gameplay was intact, but missing was the cardboard version's Lord of the Rings theme. At the time, we wondered if the game would hold up without it and it turns out it can. The Confrontation is a good enough game that it feels right even without a certain ring and a certain hobbit. That's good news to us who have been looking forward to The Confrontation on our iPads. What's even better news, however, is that Offworld submitted The Confrontation today and expect it to hit the App Store before the annual holiday shutdown.

Instead of the Fellowship vs. Sauron, here we have a generic fantasy Light vs. Shadow. While generic, the devs did a great job of creating creatures and units that fit the abilities that were originally tied to LotR characters. For example, gone is Moria replaced with a Labyrinth, and the character that benefits from the space is no longer a Balrog, but a Minotaur.

Reiner Knizia's The Confrontation will be available for iPad-only. It will have both solo play vs. AI as well as real-time online multiplayer.

We'll let you know when it hits the App Store.


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App News: XenoShyft, Magic, and Splendor updating and expanding

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XenoShyft Expands (again) with NorTec Elite Pack
XenoShyft is one of the best apps to be released in 2015 and a definite contender for board game of the year. (In my mind, at least. Not sure what Supreme Commander is thinking.) It wasn't always so. At launch the UI was most favorably described as "poor" and playing on a phone was nigh impossible. That said, Cool Mini Or Not has been relentless in updating the app since its summer release and the UI is now functional, but the expansion packs make the original game so much better.

XenoShyft was updated again this morning and the NorTec Elite expansion is now available via a $2 IAP. What does it do? Well, it incorporates a lot of the Kickstarter exclusives into one juicy package. Let me blurb it for you:

Cool Mini or Not wrote:
The Hive has proven to be more powerful than we originally expected, but as we’ve fought, brave and fearsome heroes have emerged from the ranks of NorTec’s common soldiers, bringing with them a ferocity to match any Hive monstrosity.
Furthermore, our scientists have developed cutting-edge weapons and technologies to bolster NorTec forces.

NEW FEATURES:
The NorTec Elite expansion brings 8 new hero units and 24 new experimental items, to help you fight off the Hive!
Hero Mechanic – Troops that survive a round will be able to be upgraded to heroes! Only one hero per troop type allowed!
Experimental Items – All item stacks will now contain an experimental version of its item, randomly included.


Sound awesome? Of course it does.

There have also been the normal tweaks and bug fixes as well, making XenoShyft even better than it already is.

You can pick up XenoShyft for iOS Universal or Android for $5.



Magic Duels Getting Battle for Zendikar Tomorrow
Magic Duels was released earlier this year as Wizards of the Coast's new approach to the app. Gone would be the annual releases and the app had a more involved story mode for a campaign. Unfortunately, it seems that some things never change, and it sounds like the iOS version of Magic: The Gathering has been having problems for a few months now. Scan the iTunes reviews and you'll see a lot of one- and two-star reviews.

TouchArcade is reporting that the Magic: The Gathering – Arena of the Planeswalkers – Battle for Zendikar expansion is coming to the iOS version of Duels tomorrow. Will that bring relief from the problems that have been plaguing a lot of users? We'll have to wait and see, I guess.

The Battle of Zendikar expansion has been available on the Steam version of Magic for awhile now, so we know a little of what to expect. There are 150 new cards, new story content, and new skill quests.

Want to pick it up and give it a go? It's free to download for iOS Universal.





Splendor Updates and Gets New Challenge Pack: Macau
Splendor arrived via Days of Wonder earlier this year and, other than a lack of online multiplayer, was a huge success. One of the forces driving that success was the addition of single player challenges. These were solitaire games in which several rules were altered and you were trying to achieve a certain goal rather than outscore anyone. They were pretty fantastic.

The app was just updated to include a new challenges pack, Macau. This pack is free when you upgrade your app, so there's no reason not to do so. This pack offers a new mode in which you have to capture cards on the board instead of searching for victory points.

If you want to give Splendor a try and haven't picked it up yet, it's for iOS Universal, Android, and Kindle devices. It will cost you $7 on each.
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Voting for the iOS Board Games Gift Guide 2015

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iOS Board Games Gift Guide 2015

Each year, we at iOS Board Game put together a gift guide for digital board game enthusiasts. Check out the guides from 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011.

It serves two purposes: to recommend games you may want to gift to your friends this season and to act as sort of a list of digital board game essentials. We pick a handful of games from several categories to fit many tastes.

This year, like last, we want to follow what the BoardGameGeek Gift Guide does and make it a community event.

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