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Le Havre Submitted to App Store
Chris from Sage Board Games/Codito dropped in to let us know that their iOS implementation of Le Havre has been submitted to Apple. No final release date has been set, but Codito expects it will definitely be in the next couple of weeks.
Battle Academy 2.0 Submitted
Owen over at the excellent PocketTactics.com reports that Slitherine Software has submitted version 2.0.0 of Battle Academy to Apple for approval. The update will include a new feature called Multiplayer Force Selection that basically lets you select and purchase units to play a scenario instead of playing with a pre-selected set. The update includes a host of other improvements and fixes. You can check out the details over at PocketTactics.com.
MechWarrior: Tactical Command Coming This Summer
PocketGamer reports that Singapore-based Personae Studios will bring MechWarrior: Tactical Command to iPad this Summer. The real time strategy gameplay is based on the BattleTech tactical wargame series and seen in MechWarrior Online for PC. You can find out more at the MechWarrior website.
Zombie Quest Released
Pavel Tarabrin and Synaptic Wave have released Zombie Quest for the iPhone, iPad and Mac. The app is a born-digital two player board game in which the object appears to be to use your zombie minions and special abilities to vanquish the other guy's zombie minions. We're told that the rules are as simple to pick up as tic-tac-toe, checkers, or Othello. Play mode is face to face on a local device or against different levels of AI. All of the characters in the game can be sequentially unlocked through gameplay or purchased outright in the app. You can pick it up for iPhone, iPad or Mac (soon) on the App Store.
Battle Monkeys Released
Geek Beach has released Battle Monkeys for iOS Universal. It's a born digital casual strategy board game in which you try to eliminate other primates in an arena-like setting. The arena is filled with tiles across which a sliding array of power-ups move each turn. Under a five second time limit you easily predict and select which tile in range you want your primate to jump to. All jumps are handled by simultaneous action and then resolved with humorously animated cut scene results as the chosen powers are implemented by each primate. The app is currently free so check it out on the App Store.
Planeto AB has released Quizboard for iOS iPhone. It's a quiz game app that's been described as Words With Friends meets Trivial Pursuit. The strategy and board game aspects appear to be within the layout of bonus squares ala Scrabble that you claim while you make your path to the finishing star. The app comes with 10 board layouts and over 14,000 unique questions. The app has launched at the ridiculously low price of free so check it out on the App Store.
Warlords Classic HD Released
ALSEDI Group has released Warlords Classic HD for iOS iPad joining previously released Warlords Classic for iPhone as the official ports of the early 4x fantasy video game known as Warlords that you may have played in your childhood on PC, Mac, or an Amiga. The object of the game is to eliminate the other 1-7 opponents (human or AI) by capturing their cities with massive armies, training, heroes, making allies, and discovering secrets. ALSEDI says that online multiplayer through Game Center will be forthcoming. For now they have dropped the launch price of the app by 60%, down to $1.99, so you can pick it up on the App Store.
Pool Break Updated
Kinetic Bytes has updated Pool Break (mentioned here for its inclusion of both Carrom and Crokinole) to version 1.5.3. The update includes new 6-Ball Pool, Retina display support, improved online game stability, updated UI and more. You can see the full details on the App Store.
Sing Something the Game Updated
CUKETA has updated Sing Something the Game to version 1.1. The update includes new features like commenting on your opponents performance, changing categories during matches, sharing your recordings, and more. You can check out the full details on the App Store.
StrokesTable Golf Updated
Strokes Table Golf has updated their eponymous app for iOS Universal to version 2.0. The update includes two new boards: intermediate & advance, new challenges, improved graphics and more. You can see the full details of the update on the App Store.
Draw Something by OMGPOP Updated
OMGPOP has updated Draw Something by OMGPOP for iOS Universal to version 1.7.13 and 1.7.14. The updates include a new look, special words, 13 languages, and notification when inactive games are about to expire. You can check out the details on the App Store.
Alexandria Bloodshow Free
SEGA released Alexandria Bloodshow last week as a free download, upped the price, and has now dropped it again to free. Take advantage! Get it on the App Store.
Hippos & Crocs Free
Sylien has dropped the price on Hippos & Crocs to free. It's an abstract strategy app where you drop hippo and croc shaped tiles onto a board. The first player who is unable to play loses. The app has online multiplayer and chat. You can get it on the App Store.
Gamezebo Interviews Playdek and Tin Man Games
Jim from Gamezebo dropped by to let us know about a couple recent interviews on Gamezebo. The first is an interview with Playdek. In it, they confirm that they're adapting Cryptozoic's Penny Arcade: Gamers vs Evil, that Summoner Wars will be free-to-play, and discuss a bunch of other great tidbits.
The second is an interview with Tin Man Games, the folks behind the Gamebook Adventures series where you choose your own adventure and roll dice to determine combat outcomes. The interview reveals how Tin Man got the license, what's next from them, and some exclusive first screens from their upcoming Judge Dredd gamebook.
Laser Pointer + iOS + Projector = Laser VR
Ok this is kind of out there, but Circutus LLC has developed an app called Laser VR Alpha Range that uses advances in computer vision to combine a virtually projected game with real world actions. They claim that for the first time, the processing power of modern mobile phones and tablets make it possible to simultaneously process a real-time camera feed while displaying the game’s graphics and user interface. The game player couples their device with a Pico projector, a tabletop tripod, and a low-powered laser pointer, for a portable virtual reality gaming experience. We post it for the obvious question of what impact such technologies could have on table top board gaming, say if you were to point the same setup on a horizontal surface? You can read more on the Laser VR website. Here's a video worth 10,000 words.
I'm putting this here because I've encountered a certain stripe of board gamer who often seems more interested in doing math problems than actually playing a game. Well now they can, by learning Algebra without even realizing it. Wired's GeekDad did a piece reviewing an Algebra learning app called DragonBox. I also mention it because the GeekDad columnist casually mentions both Carcassonne and Ticket To Ride in his description of the app. Note: this is not a board game app, it's an Algebra tutor par excellence. You can pick up DragonBox for your kids and/or yourself on the App Store.