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Pocket Heroes Coming May 11 - April 4
Ayopa and F5 Games upcoming turn-based coop multiplayer RPG known as Pocket Heroes, which gives the asynchronous multiplayer treatment to a party-based adventure RPG, appears to be coming along quite well. Ayopa has put up a page with all of the necessaries like Platform: iPhone/iPod, Release Date: May 10, 2012, Price: $1.99, and a feature list. The game is described as "an exclusively social experience...[that]...will reward gamers for playing with friends, with bigger bonuses for bigger parties." As it does not appear to favor solo play, so you might want to friend some folks here before playing. TouchArcade reports that the app looked very close to finished when they checked it out at GDC last month, so the 12th would appear to be a date to circle on your calendar.
Skotos Hopes Masters Gallery Coming in April
We checked in with Skotos on progress for Masters Gallery which will be an adaptation of their Reiner Knizia's Modern Art: The Card Game with different art. They put the current expected released date as hopeful for April. We'll keep you posted.
Nightfall Release Imminent
We all know it was submitted by Playdek just over a week ago. So we're expecting it any day now.
Fealty Released - April 3
As predicted by Asmadi Games, Fealty was released just in time for PAX East. This tactical territory control game features a number of desirable box-ticking features such as offline AI and multiplayer, tutorial, and async multiplayer through Game Center. The app is for iOS Universal and launch priced at $4.99. You can get it from the App Store.
Gobang Social Released - April 3
Kwalee has released Gobang Social this week. Derived from Gomoku, your goal in this tactical turn-based game is to get five bombs in a row before your opponent does on a 12x12 grid. This app also feature async multiplayer connecting through Facebook. It's for the iPhone and freely available on the App Store, so no need to wait for a sale.
MindFeud Released - March 31
Monkeybin Studios released MindFeud over the weekend. This free app gets its inspiration and maybe a little bit more from Qwirkle. Some features of this app include AI, realtime and async online for two players, and chat. It's for iOS Universal so you can freely grab it from the App Store and play.
Spaceward Ho! Released - March 29
Ariton has released Spaceward Ho!, an app of the classic 4x game based on the original Mac/PC/Palm game and updated for iOS iPad. The app is launch priced at $4.99 and available in the App Store.
Disc Drivin' Update - April 4
Pixelocity has updated Disc Drivin' to version 2.1. It's not often we hear from the guys at Pixelocity as they seem to keep pretty quiet about their awesome PitchCar-inspired app. This update is probably as big as any we've seen with FIVE new tracks set in a snow environment, along with some new obstacles in the form of a snow ball and breakable ice blocks. Also improved are push notifications and Retina support in the HD version. You can check out all the details on the App Store.
Elder Sign: Omens Updated
Fantasy Flight Games has update Elder Sign: Omens to version 1.1 with much anticipated new content offerings included and via In-App purchase. On tap is a new free Yig campaign along with new Ancient Ones, unlockable investigators, adventures, new gameplay options and plenty more. You can check out all the details on the App Store.
Dungeon Crawlers Update and Price Drop
Ayopa Games has updated Dungeon Crawlers to version 1.1. This tactical RPG app's first major update includes new content and enhanced graphics that add lighting effects to your dungeon crawling. Other updates include the addition of In-App purchases character items, upgrades, and more gold, and new and adjusted difficulty levels. To top it off, Ayopa has reduced the price to a historic low of just $0.99. You can check all the new stuff for this app on the App Store.
Hero Academy Updated
Robot Entertainment has updated Hero Academy to version 1.2. Included in this update is that the app is now iOS Universal and looks great on the iPad, a new team known as the Tribe!, new playing fields, new playfield features like Barbed Crystals and Magic Resist squares, and more. Unfortunately no price drop yet on the Dwarves, but it's a great update. You can check out the details on the App Store.
Fire and Dice Updated
Sky Parlor Studios has updated its dice and resource app to version 3.2. The update includes a host of features requested by fans including game saves, removal of the OpenFeint bar, fix to the news feed, removal of need for internet connection and a bit more. You can check out all the details on the App Store.
Charadium II Updated
On5 has updated their draw-and-guess app Charadium II to version 2.3.6. The update includes a new zoom feature, retina support, simpler interface, and a few more improvements. You can check out all the details on the App Store.
RAVENMARK: Scourge of Estellion Updated
Witching Hour Studios has updated RAVENMARK to version 1.05. The update includes a newsfeed and a tip jar on the main menu as well as various minor improvements and explanations. You can check out the details on the App Store.
Battle Academy Updated
Slitherine's war game app Battle Academy made big splash with quality gameplay and a price to match. The app has now received its first update which includes Retina support, ground objects on iPad 3, and various other fixes. You can check out all the details on the App Store.
With Retina updates abounding, it must be the week for updates because even the great old apps like Carcassonne are getting updates. The Coding Monkeys have updated Carc to version 2.50 which includes full support and all new graphics for the iPad 3 retina display, other small graphic tweaks, and performance fixes. Check out the full details on the App Store.
Starbase Orion Updated
Not to be left out of the parade, Chimera Software updated their 4X space empire app to version 1.1.2. The update includes full HD graphics for the new iPad and a new fleet detail UI. You can check out the details for this well supported and often updated app on the App Store.
iPawn Apps Updated
Jumbo has updated just about all of the their iPawn associated game apps for the graphic capabilities of the new iPad and have even applied all new skins to the apps. These apps require the use of the iPawn physical playing pieces. Apps updated include Snakes and Ladders for iPawn®, Fishing Game for iPawn®, and Game of Goose for iPawn®.
Anno Update and Price Drop to Free
Pilsen Labs has updated their timeline sequencing puzzle app app to version 1.3.0. The updated includes a new content pack, edits to existing content packs, and some minor bug fixes. Best of all Pilsen made the app free. So you can get it at the App Store now.
Food Fight Price Drop
Playdek has dropped the price on Food Fight from $3.99 to $1.99. Get it on the App Store.
Win, Lose, or Banana! Now Free
In the lead up to the Fealty release, Asmadi Games also let us know that Win, Lose, or Banana! for the iPhone and iPad were made free. You can get it on the App Store.
Ticket To Ride Comes to Mac App Store
Days of Wonder has today released a new Macintosh OS X Lion specific version of Ticket to Ride that is available through the Mac App store. While Mac users have been able to play Ticket to Ride online before, this new downloadable version features the same updated graphics, features and look and feel as the Ticket to Ride for iPad version. It includes solo play against the built-in bots, online play against players in the Ticket to Ride Online community, as well as a hot seat mode where players can play against each other on the same computer. The applications is priced at $9.99. Europe and Swiss maps, as well as the 1910 expansions are available as in-app purchases.
Baldur's Gate for iPad
By now you might have heard that Baldur's Gate will be coming to iPad this Summer. We learned about it on Kotaku. Since it was based on one of the Dungeons & Dragons rule sets, we thought we would give it a mention.
Electronic Hungry Hungry Hippos for iPad April Fools Joke
The internet kind of has a way of taking a lot of the real fun out of April Fool's day, but that doesn't seem to stop most. Brad and I were both too busy to come up with something worthy of your discriminating tastes and perhaps it was a good thing considering the site outage over the foolish weekend. We did, however, find this despicable and ridiculous thing over on ThinkGeek.
Ravensburger Releases Facetrainer
Getting way of the topic of board games, we learned that Ravensburger Digital is stretching their wings a bit wider beyond board game, memory, and puzzle apps by today releasing a pure social networking game called Facetrainer. In Facetrainer you try and recognize your friends pictures on FaceBook as they're all messed up before they look normal again. The app takes a users Facebook friends, distorts the images, and determines how fast you can guess who they are. The faster you guess, the more points you get. The game has multiple game lengths to choose from as well. You can then share the distorted pics on your friends walls. You can check it out on the App Store.