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App News: Galaxy Trucker Celebrates ITTD, Keith Burgun Returns...to Kickstarter? and more...

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Galaxy Trucker Celebrating International Tabletop Day
Because Czech Games Edition is full of cool people who don't take themselves or their games too seriously, they're constantly doing fun stuff. It starts with their printed rulebooks, bleeds into their artwork, and has found its way to their digital offerings as well. Not only is Galaxy Trucker loaded with humor and in-jokes, but CGE will update it and add more silliness when required. This is just such an occasion.

This weekend is International Tabletop Day, and to celebrate CGE has updated Galaxy Trucker to include a special ITTD mission that is only available from now until Monday. The mission involves trucking CGE board games across the stars, with three truckers winning a physical copy of one of the games in their ship.

How, exactly, the winners will be picked isn't quite clear from the info I currently have, but I'm guessing it will be obvious once you log in and take part.



That's not all! Both the game and the expansion are on sale over the weekend as well. Both the base game and expansion are only $3 until Monday. If you don't own GT yet, you need to remedy that right away.

- Galaxy Trucker for iPhone, $3
- Galaxy Trucker for iPad, $3

- Galaxy Trucker for Android, $3
- Galaxy Trucker for Kindle, $3

- Galaxy Trucker for Windows Phone, $5



Keith Burgun Heads to Kickstarter for Next Title, Push the Lane
Keith Burgun is known 'round these parts as a puzzle/tactical game genius. He's the creative mind behind gems like 100 Rogues, Empire: The Deck-Building Strategy Game, and Auro: A Monster-Bumping Adventure. He's got a new game swirling around in his brain and it's on Kickstarter now. Before everyone comments that they wouldn't back an iOS Kickstarter ever again, never fear...the game isn't slated for mobile.

The game is called Push the Lane and is a mixture of MOBA, puzzle, and rogue-like. It's turn-based and has a healthy dash of boardgaminess as well.

The game involves sliding gems from one side of a grid to the other, eventually gaining points when you're the one who controls said lane. Your character has special abilities and you can construct buildings to improve your gems. I'm not doing it justice, but if you know previous Burgun titles, you'll know that he can make the strange and seemingly mundane incredibly intriguing. He made an entire game about bumping monsters into water, after all.

-8 playable characters with their own unique abilities at launch, more later on. (More with stretch goals!)
-12 buildings that do different things, like produce gems, move gems, power up gems, move the player, and more. Combine the buildings together for cool combo effects! (More buildings with stretch goals!)
-A single-player campaign that tells a story about challenges, chasing dreams, and friendship
-Novel "discovery" system which lets players find secret characters, buildings, and more
-Endlessly replayable with procedurally generating elements and a single-player Elo system
-Memorable characters and charming artwork by Fariza Dzatalin
-Deep, interesting and challenging gameplay that will be frequently updated to maintain and improve gameplay balance, add features, and more
-A full original thematic rock soundtrack, including songs from other indie composers

Push the Line is planned for PC, Mac, and Linux and he's looking for $12K to make it happen. There are still 25 days to go, but he's about $10K short as of this post. There are still early bird specials available, where you can get a digital copy for $10. That's mobile game pricing on your laptop. Head over to the Kickstarter to check out all the details, see some pics, and watch some videos.

Oh, in case you're wondering, I am a backer.





Sheep, Dogs, Wolves Invade Android
You learn something new every day, and today it's the fact that there is a game called Sheep, Dogs and Wolves. Released in 2012 it's a 2-player abstract tile-laying game and someone likes it enough to digitize it. It has just been released for Android.

Here's the blurb from it's BGG page:

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Sheep, Dogs and Wolves, invented by Néstor Romeral Andrés and his daugther Elena (at age 4), is a tile-laying game for two players (sheep and wolf) who share a common pool of rectangular pieces depicting a sheep, a dog and a wolf, in that order. The sheep player must save as many sheep as possible, while the wolf must feast on those sheep. Chomp!

Sheep, Dogs and Wolves has two types of game play:

Duel: The players play two complete games, switching roles after the first game. Whoever saves more sheep wins.
Bid: Before the game starts, players take turns make increasing bids as to how many sheep they think they can save. The player who passes first plays the wolf; the other player must save at least as many sheep as he bid to win.
To start play, place one tile on the table. Players, starting with the sheep, alternate placing tiles on the table, with each tile needing to fit in an imaginary square grid and being adjacent to at least one already-placed tile. Once all tiles have been placed, the game ends.

To score, first place a counter on each wolf that has at least two dogs orthogonally adjacent to it; these wolves are "scared" of the dogs and won't eat sheep. Next, place a counter on each sheep adjacent at least to one uncovered wolf; these sheep have been eaten by the wolves. Count each uncovered sheep; these sheep are safe, and the total number of safe sheep is the sheep player's score.


The digital title has pass-and-play multiplayer as well as solo play vs. an AI. Did I mention it only cost $2? Follow the link to Google Play to pick it up.

- Sheep, Dogs, and Wolves for Android, $2



I Suck at Through the Ages
This isn't really news, but I'm terrible at Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization. I've always known I sucked, but playing in the online beta on my iPad has only cemented my reputation as a complete and utter pushover.







Despite the fact that I can't tell my Napoleons from my Shakespeares, I am absolutely loving having TtA on my iPad. Combining excellent gameplay with fun graphics and sounds, as well as an incredibly intuitive UI is making TtA a joy to play.

I had previously thought that CGE had reached the pinnacle of what a board game could be on a tablet with Galaxy Trucker, but they might outdo themselves with TtA.

If I find anything else exciting, I'll be sure to pass it along unless the NDA police at CGE find m...<gunshot>
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Catan: Universe Appears on Steam
I launched Steam today to see a surprise on the Popular New Releases list. Catan: Universe seems to usher in a relaunch of Catan on digital platforms.

The games is free to download but there is a cost to unlock the full game once you’ve started. The description mentions that soon the game will be available on Mac, iOS, and Android (currently it is PC only). The subtitle “Universe” seems to refer to a couple things. First, there seems to be an avatar system and some sort of player village. Second, the game features Catan and the expansions as well as the card game Rivals. This seems like a bold new step for the digital version that has been fairly stagnant for a few years now.

This new version is developed by Exozet who also did some of the recent digital HABA games. Head to Steam to see the trailer and check out some screenshots below. This is all we know for now but I’m going to dig around and see what else I can discover.





Terra Mystica Updated with Sire Losealot and More
Terra Mystica has had a wild week on the app store. The reactions have been mostly positive to this behemoth of a digital board game.

In true Digidiced style, an update has already been released for the game. The update addresses a few AI issues, which has been one of the major complaints. Check out the full list:





Hey That’s My Fish Saved from the 64Bit Apocalypse
One of my favorites, Hey That’s My Fish from FFG was on the iOS 11 chopping block, but no longer! On Twitter earlier this week FFG revealed that the app is good to go.





Man O' War: Corsair - Warhammer Naval Battles
Whilst discovering the mysterious Catan mentioned at the top of this article, I saw this interesting Warhammer Fantasy game. These naval battles look pretty wild.

I don’t know much about this game so far, but I’m looking forward to getting a closer look. It is available on Mac and PC and has overall positive reviews.

Check out some screens:

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App News: Card Thief Coming Android, TTA Beta Impressions, Terra Mystica Coming to Steam and more...

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Card Thief is Coming to Android Tomorrow
Card Thief is an amazing card based stealth game. It’s been a hit on iOS and tomorrow the Android platform is getting in on the action.

If you are an Android user, be sure to pick up this game when it hits tomorrow. You won’t be disappointed.





Dave’s Through the Ages Beta Impressions
Dave has had his hands on a beta for Through the Ages for a week now, lucky dog. Actually, I’m a moron who can barely comprehend Terra Mystica, so maybe I should give myself some time to recover first.

Over at Stately Play, Dave has put together a full preview of the Beta, so head there for full details. That being said, I’ll post some of the cool screenshots he’s been taking below:





Millennium Blades Randomizer Updated
Are you a fan of the amazing meta masterpiece that is Millennium Blades? Did you know the official Level 99 website features a digital randomizer? I didn’t!

A recent update has made it even better. Be sure to head on over and check it out.





Terra Mystica Gets the Greenlight
Terra Mystica just released Wednesday on iOS and Android, but the Digidiced team is not resting on their laurels.

Yesterday they announced that Terra Mystica has been greelit for Steam. That means in around 3 weeks, you’ll be able to get in some mystical terraforming on PC. Lucky!

To track the progress, be sure to follow their Greenlight page.




Sentinels of Earth Prime Could Go Digital
Sentinels of Earth Prime is a new cooperative game based on the rules of Sentinels of the Multiverse. If the stretch goals are hit, it will also come to digital platforms, being developed by Handelabra.



The board game appears to be a partnership between Green Ronin and Greater Than Games. It takes the bones of Sentinels and lays on the characters from Mutants and Masterminds. This seems like a dream partnership.

They’ve already hit their funding goal, but there is still a ways to go before it gets a digital version. Come check out the project..



Carrier Deck Seeks Beta Testers
Slitherine, providers of crunchy wargaming goodness, are looking for testers for their next iOS title.

Carrier Deck seems to be a management sim about overseeing an aircraft carrier, not a sweet deck building game as I had hoped. It actually looks like an interesting take on iOS strategy gaming.

If interested, you can apply for the beta on the Slitherine website.
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Release and First Look: Terra Mystica

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Terra Mystica
Availability: iOS, Android
Price: $9.99
Store Links: App Store, Google Play

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Easter Board Game App Sale Roundup

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The Easter holiday is just around the corner and many apps are on sale. Check the list below for the offers we’ve seen so far. If you see more, post them in the comments below:

Mobile

6 Nimmt! - $0.99
iOS, Android

Cafe International - $1.99
iOS, Android

Hitman Go - $1.99 ($0.99 Android)
iOS, Android

Out There - $0.99
iOS

Rome Total War - $6.99
iOS

Space Food Truck - $3.99
iOS, Android

Kingdom: New Lands - $6.99
iOS, Android


Steam

1775: Rebellion - $19.99
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App News: Terra Mystica Screens and Trailer, dare I say, Through the Ages News and more...

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DIGIDICED Shows Off New Terra Mystica Screens, Trailer
I don't want to send you into a panic, but it's only a week until you get to play Terra Mystica on your iPad!



That's right, DIGIDICED's port of the tree-killing classic is upon us and that means we're going to be getting new info just about every day until launch. Why? Because I'm already playing it! That's right, I have a pre-release copy and that makes me cooler than Brad. I knew it would happen someday! [I have a pre-release copy too, you dimwit -ed.]

I'm going to try and get a preview up between now and release day, and Brad should have a First Look video up right around the time that it hits the App Store. Am I talking too much? I think so...here are the screens and trailers. Enjoy, and ask questions in the comments and I'll try to answer them as best I can.

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First Look: Hearthstone - Journey to Un'Goro

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Hearthstone: Journey to Un'Goro
Availability: iOS, Android
Price: Free to Play
Store Links: App Store, Google Play

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App News: Evolution Entering Alpha, Planescape Gets Enhanced, and Heroes of Normandie Are Attacking a New Shore

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North Star's Evolution Entering Alpha, Looking for Testers
Any other year, a digital port of a highly regarded game like Evolution from North Star Games, LLC would be on the top of everyone's most anticipated list. Unfortunately, 2017 has been completely insane with huge game announcements and releases and Evolution sometimes gets left behind. It's a shame, because it's a great game and from the little bit I've gotten to play, North Star is really knocking it out of the park. Not just graphically, but making sure all the must-have bases are covered.

Evolution should start moving back into our consciousness, as it's about to head into alpha and North Star is looking for testers. The alpha is only for the desktop version, so those of us who only want it on our tablets can stand down. Still, if you want to sign up and help polish it to a lustrous sheen, head over this way. You can sign up until April 22nd when the signups will close and the alpha will start this spring and continue with new waves coming into the alpha over the summer.

Want some more info? Head over to their blog and read all about it. Yes, I'm actually too lazy to cut/paste today. Deal with it.



Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition Arrives for All Platforms
One genre really lacking on the App Store are decent role-playing games. There aren't many truly great RPGs created solely for mobile, so we're stuck relying on ports of great RPGs from PC. It's not so bad, we've gotten games like Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition, and Legend of Grimrock on our tablets and today we're getting another one. Planescape: Torment has made it's way to iOS, Android, and PC/Mac.

Planescape: Torment is a beloved RPG from 1999 that's based on the D&D ruleset and city of Sigil, where all the planes of existence merge. You play The Nameless One who, instead of trying to save the world, is looking to unravel your identity. Along the way you'll stumble into a horde of characters and an RPG that puts story ahead of min/maxing your character and combat.

The Enhanced Edition is what was released today and much like Beamdog's previous enhanced editions of old Infinity Engine games, it brings a classic game up to date:

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-Enhanced Planescape: Chris Avellone, Lead Designer on Planescape Torment, has partnered with Beamdog to curate gameplay updates, bug fixes, and enhancements to best capture his original vision for the game.
-Remastered Music: The full Planescape: Torment soundtrack has been remastered in-game to add more depth to Sigil and the multiverse.
-4K Interface: Sigil has never looked this good! The interface of Planescape: Torment has been rebuilt in high definition with tons of new convenience features.
-A Planescape For Today: The Enhanced Edition includes modern features such as tab highlighting, area zooming, combat log, quickloot, and more!


You can pick up the game for desktops at $20 and for mobile at $10. Links below. (The PC/Mac versions don't appear available quite yet. They should go live today, so keep checking the links)

- Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition for iOS Universal, $10
- Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition for Android, $10
- Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition for PC/Mac via GoG, $20
- Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition for PC/Mac via Steam, $20





Heroes of Normandie Heading to Xbox
We don't usually pay a lot of attention to consoles around these parts, but when a really great board game port is making the leap, we notice. Slitherine's great port of Heroes of Normandie is what we're talking about, and this is where we spotted it:



That's all we have, and even the video only says "Coming Soon". So, watch your Xbox store or wherever the hell you monitor for console things for the release and then you can play on your couch. Well, you can already do that on your iPad, but you get the idea.

- Heroes of Normandie for iOS Universal, $15
- Heroes of Normandie for Windows via Steam, $30


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App News: Race for the Galaxy Coming to Mobile and Mysterium Gets a Bit Cozier

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Race for the Galaxy Headed to iOS and Android
Over the past couple of weeks, we've been somewhat amazed at the sheer number of board and card games making their way to digital. Asmodee Digital alone has released six ports since late 2016, but they're not the only ones getting in on the act. We have ports coming for Burgle Bros. and Terra Mystica on the horizon, and today we've learned of another one that we weren't expecting: Race for the Galaxy.

Race for the Galaxy is being developed by Temple Gates Games, a company known for producing VR titles for those who like to wear goggles while they game. Don't let that scare you, as screenshots for the mobile version of RftG look fantastic. Also, they're using the AI for RftG famously developed by Keldon Jones, meaning that it will likely kick your butt, even if you're an experienced player. (You can check out his AI in action on PC/Mac now)



Apart from Keldon's AI, the game will also have online multiplayer support for 2-4 players, both asynchronous and real-time. It will also have 6 additional starting planets included for free and both Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm and Race for the Galaxy: Rebel vs Imperium available at launch via IAP. The base game will cost $7.

If you want to be part of the beta for RftG, it begins on Wednesday but you can sign up now. Head over here to sign up and see if you get picked to polish RftG to a shiny luster.

You can expect to see Race for the Galaxy for iOS Universal and Android on May 3rd.



Mysterium Adds Pass-and-Play in Latest Update
Usually, a developer releases a title with multiplayer available only via pass-and-play and everyone gets in an uproar over the lack of online matchmaking. With Mysterium, Asmodee Digital experienced the opposite. It came with online multiplayer, but many users realized that pass-and-play would be a great way to play the ghostly whodunit. Asmodee listened and, last week, released an update bringing pass-and-play to Mysterium.

As is usually the case with big updates, there wasn't only one feature added or fix applied. No, there's a whole list of goodies for you to peruse:

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- Introduced new game mode - Pass & Play! Play together with your friends on the same device.
- Added ability to create password protected games.
- Added ability to add AI bots to all multiplayer modes during game creation.
- Added profile preview for Players in the lobby.
- Added social features: friends, ignored and recent Players.
- Added chat emoticons.
- Games in progress are displayed in the lobby.
- Added support for iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad Mini and iPod Touch.
- Various bug fixes.


Some big ones are the ability to create password protected games and the ability to now play on an iPad 2! If you haven't played Mysterium for a bit, now might be the time to reinstall and check it out. If you haven't played it at all, you can download at the links below:

- Mysterium: The Psychic Clue Game for iOS Universal, $3
- Mysterium: The Psychic Clue Game for Android, $3
- Mysterium: A Psychic Clue Game for Windows via Steam, $5


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First Look: Onirim

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