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Review Roundup: Legends of Grimrock and SpaceCOM

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Legends of Grimrock
Availability: iPad
Price: $4.99
App Store Links: App Store

When I first played Legends of Grimrock on PC, I was fascinated by they way it captured dungeon crawling. Forced into a locked first-person perspective, you are both limited and immersed. There were hours and hours of dungeon exploration and puzzling to encounter. Now on iPad, Legends of Grimrock is simultaneously open to a new audience and right at home on a great platform.

Legends of Grimrock is of the old school style of RPGs. You control a party of four adventures in a fixed perspective. You can always move, map permitting, in the the four cardinal directions as well as rotate your facing. Most of your time in the dungeon you will be moving around and exploring. Items and secrets are scattered throughout each level, so you have to move slow and be meticulous if you want to catch everything. This game throws you your characters in a pretty bare state, so each peace of loot feels like a triumph.

Combat is real-time to a point. Each character can attack, but said attack has a set cool-down based on the weapon. Monsters can attack you from any side and it is up to you to control your facing and positioning. Kiting enemies and similar tactics are essential to success. Character control is fairly deep with an extensive inventory system and skill trees.

For the most part, Legends of Grimrock feels right at home on iPad. The controls have been rethought in a clever way to fit on the device and the graphics look great. Maybe the only weakness with the iPad controls is when you need to move quickly in combat. It is possible, but I find myself pressing the wrong direction at times. This of course is more a weakness of virtual controls in general.

Legends of Grimrock much like FTL is, dare I say, ideally played on iPad. The platform does not lose any of the graphic fidelity but instead offers convenient access to the hours of fun found in this game. The touch controls add a new element to the exploration and combat is generally as straightforward as usual. If you have yet to explore Grimrock, I highly recommend picking it up. If you’ve delved before, it may very well be worth a return trip.



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SpaceCOM
Availability: iOS Universal
Price: $2.99
App Store Links: App Store

In the far reaches of space, two factions vie for control of systems and resources. Published by the studio behind Anomaly, SpaceCOM is a semi-RTS game the has you conquering and controlling planets in deep space. Imagine it as a more thinky Planets Under Attack.

In SpaceCOM your goal is to defeat your opponent by conquering planets, raising fleets, and controlling key footholds. The game centers around three types of ships. One type is used for space combat against other fleets, another for conquering planets, and another for razing planets. The tradeoffs of each are central to the game. Do you focus on conquering and holding a planets or do you just bombard it and force your opponent to lose the resource? You have limited number of shipyards and travel takes time, so you really need to plan your strategies in advance.

Planets in the game often have strategic resources such as income, repair yards and more. The value of controlling a system has to be weighed against your gain and how difficult it will be to hold. Combat occurs when opposing fleets meet in a system. It is automatic with a superior force generally succeeding. Each unit can also gain seniority which gives it an edge in combat. The goal is generally to conquer your opponent’s home world and claim victory.

While realtime, the game is not twitch based. Ships take several seconds to move from system to system, so you are always trying to plan a step ahead. Apart from that, there are several choices in strategy. Which planet do you take next? What sort of fleet should you focus on? Many questions.

The game features several missions which can be seen as a tutorial, along with online and local play. I have not dived into only play yet, but the local Skirmish mode works well against AI. As you would expect from this studio, SpaceCOM looks great. The UI is highly polished and the iconography is clear. You’ll be able to jump right in and start your space empire.

SpaceCOM is a polished take on the mobile RTS. It has depth in the right places and also streamlined where it needs to be. While the pace may not be for everyone, it is definitely worth checking out.



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Toy Fair 2015 Round Up: King of Tokyo Coming, NorthStar Digital News, Upcoming Releases from R&R Games, and more

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This weekend I had the chance to head to New York Toy Fair. This very business focused show sees offerings from the mainstream as well as our beloved board game studios.

While this is a slow time of year for announcements, I was able to get some updates on several projects. Let’s dive right in:


King of Tokyo Coming in 2016
We’ve been following King of Tokyo in the pipe for nearly a year now. This lively game seems like a perfect fit for iOS and it is one of our most anticipated titles.

Chatting with the team at Toy Fair I was informed that King of Tokyo is looking at a 2016 release. Part of the long development cycle is the inclusion of new content from designer Richard Garfield. When I asked if they app will contain content from both King of Tokyo and King of New York, I was told there will be some sort of combination.

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Multilingual One Night from Bezier Games
While Bezier Games has not announced any new digital products, they are hard at work on a major update to One Night. This update will add support for 15 languages. This includes not only the text in the game but also localized voice overs. This is a pretty huge undertaking and shows a great level of commitment to their users. Languages include Dutch, French, Korean, Chinese, Spanish, and even Canadian (eh?). Look for that update coming soon.


NorthStar Games Starts on Evolution
As we announced at Gen Con, NorthStar Games is starting their own digital studio. Things have progressed since then and they now have a team in place. The first project on the docket is Evolution and they are in the early planning stages now. This looks like a great opportunity and we look forward to seeing the first product from this in-house studio.


Martin Wallace's Steam coming Third Quarter 2015
At Gen Con we learned that Steam was coming to digital devices. That was really all we knew and even now, details are still limited. However, I have confirmed with Mayfair games that the title is on track for release during third quarter 2015. We should have more details soon, so stay tuned for that.



A Busy Year for R&R Games
R&R Games is working on a ton of things in the digital realm. First of all, they have a developed a platform app for all their digital and physical products. This app features a catalog of all their physical products with direct links to the app store. The same is true for their physical catalog. Additionally the app features helper tools for many of the R&R products. These include timers, first player selectors, and more. If you are an R&R fan, look for this tool in the next few weeks.

Additionally, a digital version of Plucking Pairs is in the works, aiming to release in April or May of this year. Also the multiplayer update for 1st and Goal should be out in that time frame as well.

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iOS Board Games Gift Guide 2013 Part 2

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Welcome to the third annual iOS 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.

These are our favorites, but if you have a game you would like to recommend that we did not mention, please list it in the comments below along with an app store link and photo.

Happy Holidays from Brad, Dave, and Mark.

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

See more in Part 1
• For Gamers: Hot Titles from 2013
• Story Based Games
• Family Games
• Party/Dexterity Games



Our 2012 Gift Guide.
Our 2011 Gift Guide.




For Gamers: All Time Favorites




Devices: iPad, iPhone, Android
Price: $6.99, $1.99
Purchase Links: App Store iPad, App Store iPhone, Google Play
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: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $2.99 (iOS), $0.99 (Android)
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
Our Review.



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



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



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



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



Role-Playing Games




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



Devices: iPad
Price: $6.99
Purchase Links: App Store



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



Devices: iOS Universal
Price: $1.99
Purchase Links: App Store



War/Strategy




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



Devices: iOS Universal
Price: Free, $2.99
Purchase Links: Ace Patrol, Pacific Skies
Our Review.



Devices: iPad
Price: $19.99
Purchase Links: App Store



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



Devices: iOS Universal
Price: $2.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Our Review.



Children




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



Devices: iPad
Price: $2.99
Purchase Links: App Store



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.
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iOS Board Games Gift Guide 2013 Part 1

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Welcome to the third annual iOS 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.

These are our favorites, but if you have a game you would like to recommend that we did not mention, please list it in the comments below along with an app store link and photo.

Happy Holidays from Brad, Dave, and Mark.

What's in Part 1
• For Gamers: Hot Titles from 2013
• Story Based Games
• Family Games
• Party/Dexterity Games

Coming in Part 2 (Coming Monday 12/23)
• For Gamers: All Time Favorites
• Role-Playing Games
• War/Strategy Games
• Kid Games

Our 2012 Gift Guide.
Our 2011 Gift Guide.




For Gamers: New in 2013




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



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



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



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



Devices: iOS Universal
Price: $3.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Our Review.



Story Based Games




Devices: iOS Universal
Price: $4.99
Purchase Links: Part 1, Part 2
Our Review of Part 1. Our Review of Part 2.



Devices: iOS Universal
Price: $3.99
Purchase Links: App Store



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.



Family




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



Devices: iOS Universal
Price: $2.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Our Review.



Devices: iOS Universal
Price: $1.99
Purchase Links: App Store
Our Review.



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



Party Games





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



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



Devices: iOS Universal, Android
Price: $0.99
Purchase Links: App Store, Google Play
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The Week In Review: Super Durak, Aralon, Jeremy Mcgrath's Offroad and more...

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Aralon
This sort of open RPG or sandbox RPG has been something that I have always approached with caution, but after having it sit on my iPad for several months I finally gave Aralon a try. Aralon draws open world elements from something like Skyrim and mixes it with turnbased MMO type combat. This sort of mix gives the feel of an open world RPG on iPad but also makes it easier to control on the device.

Over a weekend involving some hours of travel I was able to put some time into the game and really enjoyed it. It is no Skyrim (a game I just recently experienced) and does follow some more traditional paths of leveling and grinding, however, it is a great open world experience on iPad and does look great. I would seek this out if you have yet to experience it.
You can check the game out here.

Tale Teller
Tale Teller is an interesting game and one that may interest some of you. The game is more of a creative writing exercise than a full fledged game (think something like Fiasco). If you are a writer this could be a tool to help you generate the seeds of stories. In the app you are given a random series of 8 symbols. There are several symbols in its library and, while having a strong fantasy focus, they can range from a magic wand to a picture of a house. As the player your job is tell a story using all eight symbols. As you use a symbol you can tap it and it will go up into a timeline reminding you how the story flows. There is an option to record your telling of the story so you can use it later or share it with friends. It is certainly more of an activity than a game. Tale Teller will be useful to those of you interested in creative writing. It is a great exercise.
You can check out the app here.

Diceathlon
Diceathlon is a game that captures the olympic spirit...the spirit of sitting on your couch watching the olympics that is. In the game you tap your way through 10 dice rolling events in hopes of achieving the highest score possible. Sometimes you are trying to roll as low or as high as possible in three rolls and other times you are trying to roll straights or sets. Each event will award you a certain number of points based on your performance. There is a heavy dose of luck in this solo-game but there are also important choices. The addition of Game Center leaderboards does give motivation to keep playing. I am fourth place among my friends at the moment but I want to improve that, I guess I will need to keep playing. Oh, a side note: it has been confirmed that this game is not a clone of a certain Reiner Knizia game that I had never seen or heard of before this app was released.
You can check it out here.


Super Durak
Super Durak is a trick taking game that appears be very popular in Russia. It involves some trick play with drawing to a certain point and then the object becomes emptying your hand. The trick is to use the early rounds to gives yourself a competitive hand going forward. The app itself is very well designed and looks great. My biggest concern is that the game does not seem to feature a tutorial that I can find. Clicking “How To Play” simply launches me into a game with little direction. I was able to look the rules up online and get going, but it would be nice to at least have written rules in the app (granted I am sure for this game’s native audience they are all familiar with the rules. It would be like me demanding rules for Spades). Apart from that large setback the game has great graphic design and is fun to play. It features AI, Pass and Play, and Online play modes. If you enjoy trick taking games this is certainly one to take a look at.
You can check it out here.


Sid Meier’s Pirates!
I am not sure how I missed this excellent game as a child but it is great to have it on iPad. In Pirates you are sailing the Caribbean in search of fame and fortune. You can complete a main storyline or simply sail around wooing women and sinking ships. You have the option to get a letter of marque from one nation to legitimize your piracy against other nations. The game has been revamped for iPad controls and the touch and swipe controls take a role in many of the minigames. If you are looking for a great iOS open world experience this is definitely a good choice. It has a level of polish rarely seen and fits well on the platform.
You can check it out here.

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Jeremy Mcgrath’s Off Roading
A few weeks ago Reverb Games asked me if I would like check out the above mentioned game. I had never heard of Jeremy Mcgrath or been offroading but I decided to check it out anyway. It turned out to be a fun arcade style racer.

In the game you can play single arcade matches or follow a career mode that takes you through every course in different types of vehicles. There is also Xbox live play with strangers online or a party of friends. The game features interesting courses ranging from Mysitc, UT to a few European based tracks. The game also features some light RPG elements as you earn experience from each race and you can apply the experience to improvements in your different vehicles. In some of the career matches some grinding is actually recommended to improve your vehicle before attempting the next challenge. This is certainly a game worth checking out if you like racers. It does not have amazing amounts of depth but it is a fun distraction for the price.
You can check it out here.


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Lemonade Stand
Lemonade Stand is a recent release from Mayday games. It is based on the classic computer game Lemonade Tycoon and challenges players to earn as much money as they can in one week. Each player starts with a dollar card and 25 cents in other cards. The other cards include nickels, dimes, and quarters (each with their own abilities). A card will be flipped showing the projected weather for the next day and then players will play one stand card (the price they will sell their lemonade for) and up to three coin cards. These coin cards will supply the players with lemonade they need to sell to customers or signs that will attract additional customers. Once this is complete players flip the next weather card and see how it was for that day. Players figure out how many customers actually came to their stand, how much lemonade cups they have to sell, and what price they are able to sell them at. Players then take coin or dollar coins equal to this amount (in any combination they desire).

Lemonade Stand is a combination of luck, push your luck, and planning. My wife and I have played several games and did enjoy it. Some games we were able to make quite a bit of money and in others we barely broke even when compared to our starting amount. The only random event is the weather but the previous days forecast does give you a probability of the different outcomes. It is up to the player to decide to play it safe or push their luck. The game supports up to 4 players but it appears that there is really no reason that cannot be extended with additional sets. The game is a fun light card game and I think one that could be introduced to non-gamers.

Magic 2013
Magic 2013 on iPad did a great job of delivering the Magic experience with a low level of buy in. It also piqued my interest in Magic again and that, combined with my brother in law’s current interest with the game, inspired me to try some physical Magic.

The fine folks at Wizards of the Coast sent me some sample cards that we were able to try out. The core set cards are enjoyable to play with because they usually have a simple rule set. This is the truth here and we have had fun exploring the different strategies. The available starter decks match closely to some of the decks found in the app and may be a good jumping off point if you want to try the 2013 set.

We also tried our hand at a Two-Headed Giant sealed event at our local store. In this format you build two decks from eight boosters. This allowed us to see a wide range of cards available. We went out with combination Red/Green and Blue/White decks. Sadly we did not do so well in the tournament but a fun time was had by all. These experiences have taught me that I do not have the time to really get into Magic: the Gathernig again but these types of events and the Magic 2013 set is a good place to enter for just a look back in. It is a controlled set that can work for new and experienced players. If you are looking for just a small taste of Magic, you may want to check this out.
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The Week in Review: Solitaire for Two, Plague Inc, OLO game, A Youtube Question and more...

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Here are some highlights and comments on some apps I have been playing this week. This week there are many iOS strategy titles I was able to try out.

Plague Inc
Plague Inc is something of a reverse Pandemic. In the game you are trying to wipe out all human life with a disease. OF course, other than the theme, the relationship to Pandemic is non-existence. In the app you spend DNA points to change your disease. You can make it harder to cure, more deadly, and give it many other special abilities. The theme is rather dark but the gameplay is really well done and it takes some serious planning to have a successful game. Currently the game has no multiplayer features, it is just the player versus mankind (controlled by the computer). Despite this fact, the amount of strategy in this app should make it appeal to any iOS board game fans. It is a great game to play while commuting or waiting in line.
You can check the game out here.

Solitaire for Two
I got a chance to take a look at Solitaire for Two, an iOS implementation of the game by Gryphon games. It includes two play modes: Six Suit Solitaire and Solitaire for Two. Both games are similar to Klondike Solitaire. In the multiplayer mode players take turns drawing hands of three tiles (rather than cards) and placing them on the board to score the most points on the placement.

The physical game is about to close successfully on Kickstarter and this iOS version has been submitted to the app store, so we should see it sometime next week. I will share more thoughts in the coming weeks as I have a chance to play.
You can check out the Kickstarter campaign here. You have about 3 hours left!

Duel of Fate
Duel of Fate is a card battle game from Gamevil. Players start with a pre-built deck and then can add cards they win or purchase. Each round of the game players will select two monsters to fight. Monster cards come in three types: red, blue, and green and feature a power level. There is also a rock, paper, scissors mechanic that will give players an advantage in battle. To change things further there are items and magic that players can use to change the rules and pull out a win. At first the game seemed simple, which it is, but there was something about the formula that hooked me for a few hours. There is certainly the possible need for in app purchases in this game, but without paying I was able to get several hours of enjoyment. This game definitely seems aimed at more of the Yugioh crowd, but it may be worth checking out if you are looking for a light distraction. You can check it out here.

OLO Game
OLO game, like Plague Inc is a strategy game that has topped the app charts. OLO game is a stylized multiplayer game that involved flicking discs and trying have them stop in the area that matches your color. Each disc in the correct color block will score you one point. Any disc that is knocked into another color will score nothing and discs that are knocked out of the play area are snatched away by the player on that side. The player with the most points wins.

OLO Game instantly impresses with its minimalistic design but is also a fun dexterity game. It shares elements with Crokinole and has a well designed multiplayer system. There are options to play on one ipad or to play online. The online system was a little rocky at first but should be fixed in the latest update. I would definitely take a look at this if you are a fan of dexterity games.
You can check it out here.

Draw Something Pics of the Week
It has been weeks since I posted so there are a few good submissions. This week we have pics from Deltex and inspectah9d9. As always, if you want to share your drawing please submit it to iosboardgames@gmail.com, with your BGG username, and you may see them show up here.






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Samurai Battles
Ok, I still have yet to try out this awesome looking game, but I am so close to being finished with construction. All I have left are the little flags that denote which side the figure fights for. It has been a lengthy process but I hopefully will have actual impressions of gameplay for you in the near future.Samurai Battles

Lost Temple
I enjoy Citadels and the role selection always brought in a social element for me. The problem was that I felt like the gameplay of Citadels was a little too complex for a non-gamer and the theme was the typical generic fantasy. Lost Temples takes the role selection element of Citadels and applies it to a race game. The game is quite fun and I have been able to introduce it to several non-gamer families and they have enjoyed it. It may not have the same level of strategy as Citadels but there are definitely good choices that players must make each turn. I would really recommend this for anyone that is a fan of the role selection mechanic of Citadels but want something more family friendly. I currently own both and this may be blasphemy, but I think Lost Temples may eventually Jones theory out Citadels for me, mostly because it will likely get much more table time. Lost Temple

Get Bit
Get Bit is not a new game, but I played for the first time this past week. In Get Bit players are trying to play cards to help them move furthest away from the shark. Lower numbers move first and any players who play the same number do not move. I played it with a group non-gamers and the kids especially enjoyed it. Some of the adults did feel like they did not have much control, but overall it achieved it purpose of being fun. Get Bit

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This last week we posted several videos from our trip to Origins 2012. There many kind comments from several of you, thank you. Many of you commented that you wished you could see more of this from BoardgamegeekTV.

So my question for this week: How can BoardgamgeekTV better serve you? What would you like to see more of? What kind of shows would you be interested in watching?
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A Plethora of Android Boardgame Helper Apps: a new market

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Much attention has been given to the Ipad/Ipod platform for boardgame conversions; and with good reason. The IOS platform seems to have emerged as the primary platform of choice for boardgame conversions of all kinds, with the Android Market lagging behind the big releases by a period from six months to a year in some cases. For instance, Carcassonne, one of the biggest hits in the IoS Realm, has only recently been released for Android as a commercial product. There are other big titles, such as Through The Desert, Words with Friends, and Cataan, but for the most part releases continue to lag for full up game conversions with AI and/or multiplayer/internet gaming component. There’s plenty of reasons for this...the two installation bases are not equal. There is concern from developers about how they will get paid, and how quickly, whereas the Apple Itunes App Store is more stable and considered more secure.

This doesn’t mean that boardgames aren’t represented on Android. There have been a surprising amount of boardgame HELPER apps released in the last two years. For the most part these are deck shufflers and builders, dice rollers, and “toolbox” apps that do many things. Most, if not almost all, of them are free for the download. I suspect this is because the licensing issues are too complex and it’s just easier to release them for free. There are very few free (and very few commercial, come to think of it) boardgame apps that actually play the game WITH you, but there are many Android apps out there that will HELP you play a boardgame. Some of these are helpful, some are puzzling, but most of them are free, so you will have no problem trying them out and making up your own mind.

Here, then, is a list of some useful boardgame utilities out there on the Android market right now.

Droidippy: A DIPLOMACY adjudication/game play app not unlike JDip and RealPolitik, only it plays on an Android platform. Receives email turns and adjudicates Diplomacy games with multiple players; displays a map readout that updates on all the player’s phones/tablets.
Droidippy

Axis and Allies Combat Simulator: I never understood the reasons for having an Axis and Allies combat Simulator, but they were popular way back in the day on Windows platforms as shareware, and here’s on for about four dollars. Has a menu driven interface and figures out the probability of success on possible combats.
AXIS AND ALLIES COMBAT SIMULATOR
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AXIS AND ALLIES TOOLS

Assorted Magic: the Gathering Utilities: Frankly there are so many Magic: the Gathering utilities, life counters, card databases, toolboxes, ultimate apps, AIs and simulators out there on the market that one could write a very long blog post on that subject, and I’m not that big of a fan. Suffice to say, the apps in this collection either count life, catalog cards, manage your collection, and provide strategy tips. I’ve yet to find an app that actually plays the game.

Rattus Shuffle randomly selects for you with which cards you’re going to play the board game Rattus, which was reviewed on this blog a while ago. To use Rattus Shuffle: Before you’re going to play the game, choose from all the available expansions, select the number of players and Rattus Shuffle will determine with which combination of cards you’re going to play the game. The creator appears to have the cooperation of Goblin Games, as they are using the same artwork.
Rattus Shuffle

Dominion Shuffle: this is a helper app for the great card drafting game DOMINION. randomly select a set of kingdom cards for the card game Dominion. It has a flexible way of specifying the shuffle rules and choosing which cards to use. The card language can be chosen using the menu. Dominion Shuffle also includes support for Androminion (Dominion for Android, it actually allows game play) to play with your selected kingdom cards against the computer. Along the same vein are Dominion Card Picker, Dominion Randomizer, and Randominion, which are basically deck builders and shuffler apps.
Dominion Shuffle

Agricola Score Calculator is pretty much what it says, a scoring app for the hit board game AGRICOLA. The app and the interface are colorful and straightforward. Along the same lines: Agricola Score Sheet (Lite and Regular) and Agricola Buddy.
Agricola Score Calculator

Carcassonne Scoreboard: Since Carc is now a paid game app in the market, this is about all we’ll see freeware. Like many other boardgame support apps, this maintains a scoresheet for repeated games. Along the same lines are: Carcassonne Scorer and Scorer Lite.
Carcassonne Scoreboard

Lost Cities CCSKC: Another Reiner Knizia classic, Lost Cities is represented in the market by a Score Keeper app that maintains game score and tracks the cards left in the deck. Along the same lines is Lost Cities: Help, which essentially does the same thing.
Lost Cities CCSKC

RFTG Scorer is a straightforward, useful score sheet app for RACE FOR THE GALAXY.
RFTG Scorer

Munchlevel is a life counter/scorer type app from the hit card game MUNCHKIN, by Steve Jackson Games. Not much to be said here, the app is pretty straightforward and easy to use. Alon the same lines are: Munchkin Level Counter and Munchkimetro.
Munchlevel

Thunderstone Shuffle app is a card shuffling app for the card drafting game THUNDERSTONE, similiar to others mentioned. This app lets you choose which cards can be selected and easily randomizes which cards will appear in your game. It understands the rules of the game and generates a legal layout, has a solo option and marks cards which were in the previous shuffle, making multiple games easier.
Thunderstone Shuffle

Descent Assistant is a sort of toolbox, monster manager for the Dungeon Crawling game DESCENT from Fantasy Flight Games. This app makes an Overlord’s job much easier by simplifying monster management tasks. Users can add monsters to manage their statistics. Descent Assistant contains all available monsters, including Road to Legend encounters and chiefs. Displays all capabilities of added monsters including descriptions of all abilities. The Interface doesn’t appear to have the same artwork. In the same vein, but different,are: The Descent Dice Roller and Dicent.
Descent Assistant

Doom Dice Simulator rolls: the dice for DOOM the boardgame.
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Lastly is the Small World Pedia, which appears to be an unofficial encyclopedia of Small World games series involving all the races, powers, relics and legendary places, are displayed the informations on the amount of tokens collected and the rules concerning the powers of each items.
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2011 iOS Board Games Awards

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2011 iOS Board Games Awards

We at iOS Board Games have put together a panel of the some the most knowledgeable iOS minds on BGG to bring the iOS Board Games Awards for 2011. This panel nominated and then selected from those nominees some of the best iOS offerings this year in various categories. These categories were selected based on the current state of iOS board gaming. In future years, categories may be added or removed based on changes in the industry.

A quick break down of our process:
1. We gathered together a panel of iOS board game experts.
2. We had them nominate up to 5 games in each category based on a list of games released in 2011 and the possibility of write in votes.
3. This panel then voted for their favorite games after the top 5 nominees in each category were determined.
4. The votes were counted and the winner and runner up for each category are shown here.

For each category we have selected one winner and one runner up, except in the case of a tie. These awards are our attempt to point out some of the best board gaming experiences for iOS from 2011.

Please enjoy the awards below. How did we do, are we dead wrong? Let us know by participating in our Reader's Choice Awards.

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iOS Board Games 2011 Gift Guide

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Welcome to the first iOS Board Games Gift Guide. We thought we would get into the gift-giving spirit of the season and encourage you all to finally get some use out of that "Gift This App" link in the App store. Maybe you have a friend or loved one who's been a little too hooked on Angry Birds. Wouldn't it be neat to gift that person an app so you could play the same game against each other?

We have done our best to include great examples, but we are bound to have missed something. If you want to mention something we missed, please add it to the comments below.

Happy Holidays from Brad, Gabe, and Mark.

What's In This Guide
• Family
• Children
• For Gamers: Hot Titles from 2011
• For Gamers: All Time Favorites
• Party Games
• Dexterity Games
• Board Game Tools
• Add-On Devices


Family
Family games can be enjoyed by young, old and everyone in between. All of these games are highly accessible, very well implemented, and great for the whole family to play tablet-style.

Army of Frogs



Army of Frogs is a simple and enjoyable abstract game that can be played by both children and adults. The iOS adaptation features cute design and is fun to use.

Device: iPad, iPhone Universal
Price: $2.99
Players: 1-4
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: Army of Frogs
Based on BGG Entry: Army of Frogs
Review by iOS Board Games


Hey That's My Fish



One of the rare examples of an app that actually manages to match its physical game, Hey That’s My Fish is fun family game that feel right at home on a tablet device. It is quick and easy to introduce to children of all ages.

Device: iPad, iPhone Universal, Android
Price: $4.99
Players: 1-4
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
iTunes: Hey That’s My Fish
Android Market: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.fantasyflightgames...
Based on BGG Entry: Hey, That's My Fish!
Review by iOS Board Games


Ticket to Ride



This game is one of the most popular family games of the last decade and the app adaptation of it provides the same great experience in a portable and online package. Ticket to Ride is a great choice for families of all ages.

Device: iPad and iPhone as separate versions.
Price: $6.99 (iPad), $.99 (iPhone)
Players: 1-5
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: Ticket to Ride and Ticket to Ride Pocket
Based on BGG Entry: Ticket to Ride
Review by iOS Board Games


Forbidden Island



Co-op games are fairly new development that work great in a family setting as they encourage cooperation rather than competition. Forbidden Island is the best example of a co-op game for families available now on iPad.

Device: iPad.
Price: $4.99
Players: 1-4
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
iTunes: Forbidden Island
Based on BGG Entry: Forbidden Island
Review by iOS Board Games


Children
These apps are accessible to the youngsters, but still provide challenge enough to keep the parents interested too!

The aMAZEing labyrinth



With 25 years of popularity, The aMAZEing Labyrinth is a great simple game for children. Children seek treasures within a maze that is constantly shifting as players move tiles.

Device: iPad and iPhone as separate versions.
Price: $5.99 (iPad), $3.99 (iPhone)
Players: 1-4
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: For iPad and For iPhone
Based on BGG Entry: Labyrinth
Review by iOS Board Games


Spot It: Dobble!



Spot It is a simple speed game of trying to find matching symbols. Two cards are flipped from the top of the deck and players must try and find which symbol the two cards share. This game is right at home on the iPhone touch screen.

Device: iPhone, iPad (at 2x size)
Price: $0.99
Players: 1-2
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
iTunes: Spot it: Dobble!
Based on BGG Entry: Spot it!


For Gamers: Hot Titles from 2011
2011 was a banner year for iOS board games. These are some of the hottest and most anticipated titles of the past year.

Ascension: Chronicle of the God Slayer

2011 Golden Geek Winner for Best Mobile/Handheld Game



This app has transcended and expanded the popularity of the game it is based on. Ascension provides one of the best experiences in both interface and online multiplayer on the platform. It is a must have for any iOS board gaming library.

Device: iPad, iPhone Universal
Price: $4.99
Players: 1-4
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: Ascension: Chronicle of the God Slayer
Based on BGG Entry: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game
Review by iOS Board Games


Puerto Rico



This game is one of the most respected strategy board games of all time. Puerto Rico HD is a great example of the “Euro-game” genre on iOS and will be a must have for any strategy gamer receiving an iPad this holiday season.

Device: iPad.
Price: $5.99
Players: 1-5
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: Puerto Rico
Based on BGG Entry: Puerto Rico
Review by iOS Board Games


Tigris and Euphrates



This is another great example of strategy gameplay from one of the most famous game designers, Reiner Knizia. Tigris and Euphrates offers an attractive and well done app to present a game that is a easy to learn but difficult to master.

Device: iPad, iPhone Universal.
Price: $5.99
Players: 1-4
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: Reiner Knizia’s Tigris and Euphrates
Based on BGG Entry: Tigris & Euphrates
Review by iOS Board Games


For Gamers: All Time Favorites
Of course, there are modern classics of the iOS board game genre. Some are just classics of the Euro-era in board games, while others are now classics of the iOS board game era, setting the bar for great experiences of board games on iOS.

Carcassonne



This is the classic of iOS board gaming that all others are compared to. It presents this classic tile laying game in a near perfect design package and with online multiplayer that has yet to be beaten.

Device: iPad, iPhone Universal
Price: $9.99
Players: 1-4
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: Carcassonne
Based on BGG Entry: Carcassonne
Review by iOS Board Games

Note: There is an Android version of Carcassonne that is a completely different implementation. Still, we think it merits a Gift List mention for Android Apps.
Price: $4.99
Android Market: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.exozet.game.carcas...


Catan



This app may not be the best maintained and may have a dated feel, but it is still an excellent way to play the Settlers of Catan on the go. It is a must have in any iOS board game collection.

Device: iPad and iPhone as separate versions.
Price: $4.99 (iPad), $4.99 (iPhone), $3.99 (Android)
Players: 1-4
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
iTunes: For iPad and For iPhone
Android Market: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.exozet.android.cat...
Based on BGG Entry: Catan


Small World



As one of the earliest board game apps for the iPad, Small World really paved the way for the genre. Small world recreates a slice of the physical board game by allowing players to face each other while playing one one device.

Device: iPad.
Price: $6.99
Players: 1-2
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
iTunes: Small World
Based on BGG Entry: Small World
Review by iOS Board Games


Neuroshima Hex



Neuroshima Hex is an excellent tactical battle game. The app is very well designed and has a lot of replay value.

Device: iPad, iPhone Universal.
Price: $4.99
Players: 1-4
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: Neuroshima Hex
Based on BGG Entry: Neuroshima Hex!


Party Games
Loosen up. Laugh a little. Act a little silly and enjoy the company and personalities of your fellow human beings with party game apps! Great for a festive holiday crowd!

Time’s Up



This unique and hit party game fits very well on iOS making it a portable experience that can be passed around a group.

Device: iPhone and iPad (at 2x size)
Price: $4.99
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
iTunes: Time’s Up
Based on BGG Entry: Time's Up!


Dicecapades



This app is interesting as it does not imitate the physical game but rather provides additional content for it. If you are a fan of Dicecapades this is a great expansion pack that adds additional digital cards to the game.

Device: iPhone and iPad (at 2x size)
Price: Free
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
iTunes: Dicecapades
Based on BGG Entry: DICEcapades


Reverse Charades



Lauded as one of the most interesting party games from last year, Reverse Charades fits perfectly in your pocket with this convenient app.

Device: iPad, iPhone Universal.
Price: Free
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
iTunes: Reverse Charades
Based on BGG Entry: Reverse Charades


Dexterity
The multitouch surface of iOS really lends itself to games in which you flick, drag, pinch, pull, and slide your way to victory. These games test your finger control and usually involve virtually moving something within game physics...or better know as dexterity game apps.


Disc Drivin'



Disc Drivin' has been around for a while now and is one of the easiest board game apps to learn and play. Similar in game play to PitchCar, you simply flick your disc on your turn. First to finish three laps is the winner. Of course, the guys at Pixelocity Software LLC bring the video game flair with power ups like turbo, jumps, bombs and more.

Device: iPad, iPhone.
Price: $1.99, $2.99
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: Disc Drivin'
Based on BGG Entry: PitchCar


Lead Wars



Maybe you played a paper version of this when you were young and had nothing but a pencil, a sheet of paper, a fertile imagination, and a thirst for table top war. You drew your units and deftly flicked a pencil to score a "hit" on your opponent's forces. That experience IS this game! Only Lead Wars, as one App Store review puts it, "has a rare quality; the simulation is actually better than that which it simulates." And better it is in so many ways including multi-player async and no messy scribble marks everywhere. Don't let the lack of color fool you, this is truly a unique and very well done app of digital tabletop goodness.

Device: iPad, iPhone Universal
Price: $2.99
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play and online
iTunes: Lead Wars


Jenga



Jenga is a nice light dexterity game for when you have a few minutes to kill, or to play with friends pass and play. Good graphics makes it look like you have a tower of blocks right in your living room. Don't knock it over.

Device: iPad, iPhone, Android Phone
Price: $0.99
Multiplayer modes: Pass and Play, online
iTunes: Jenga
Android Market: Jenga
Based on BGG Entry: Jenga


Rock'em Sock'em Robots



For a nice feeling of nostalgia, try Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots. Mattel puts out a nice app that puts those iconic robotic boxers back in the ring at your command with controls that feel similar to this plastic classic. Also has a training mode where your favorite boxer beats up on a heavy bag or other gym equipment to hone your skills.

Device: Android Phone, Android Tablet
Price: $0.99
Players: 1 against AI
Android Market: Rock'em Sock'em Robots
Based on BGG Entry: Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots


Board game tools
iOS devices are great companions to board game night, whether it's for looking up rules, viewing player aids, or even determining a start player.

Start Player



Start player is simple randomizer that can help you determine the player to start any game. It is big help with game that do not give a rule to determine this.

Device: iPad, iPhone Universal.
Price: $0.99
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
iTunes: Start Player
Based on BGG Entry: Start Player
Review by iOS Board Games


Add-On Devices
Who says you can't have an iOS device in a classic tabletop gaming experience? These game use your device as just part of the print board game.


Game Changer



This device turns the iPad in to a living game board. Its mix of physical and digital components are an interesting take on the term iOS board game. The games for the device are currently aimed at children but its unique technology will make it interesting for adults too.

Device: iPad.
Price: $79.95
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
Apple Store link: Game Changer


Yoomi Duo



Yoomi Duo is an early adopter of the iPad/physical device mix. It uses a light sensor on the device to communicate directly with the iPad’s screen. It is an interesting idea and the device is great for some basic party games.

Device: iPad.
Price: $35.99
Multiplayer modes: Tablet play
Amazon Store link: Yoomi Duo
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Calling all iOS App Developers for a Unique Survey

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Hello Friends and iOS App Developers,

As you know the app industry is growing. Board game apps are becoming more popular as well, as they start to attract casual gamers because of their replayability. You may also be aware that the majority of mobile applications make less than $3000. 20% of the apps on the market make 97% of the total revenue (Streamingcolour.com). How does an app get to this level? How can board game apps be more successful?

We believe that one key is to better understand the industry, its trends and metrics. What features cause an app to be successful? Do apps trend by release period? How does app pricing affect success? We at iOS Board Games are attempting to answer these and other questions by creating the iOS Board Games State of the Industry Report for Q3 2011. We are compiling metrics from the iOS board game industry and will present analysis and reports on our findings. It will be a valuable tool for developers, like yourself, to recognize and track trends in the industry. It will also be valuable for board game publishers to see the state of the industry and determine which developers to work with.

In order to accomplish this feat, we need the help of developers like you. We have created an anonymous survey that we request that you complete once for each board game app that you have in the app store. Your participation in this survey will be key in gaining an understanding of this industry. Results of the survey will be displayed in an aggregated manner and there will no attempt to violate the anonymity of the survey.

To participate in the survey please email me at bradleyjcummings@gmail.com or PM me and I will send you the access information. The survey will remain open until Tuesday, November 1st 2011. Responses have already begun to arrive and we do hope you will participate.

This is a project we are very passionate about and we hope it will provide a unique window into the iOS board game industry.

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