David NeumannUnited States
WisconsinIn life you have to do a lot of things you don't f*cking want to do. Many times, that's what the f*ck life is... one vile f*cking task after another.
Wits & Wagers Party Coming to iOS and Android
Nearly 2 years ago North Star Games founder Dominic Crapuchettes was playing a full version of his game, Wits & Wagers, on a TV though an iPhone while using wireless controllers. Griffin Technology had developed an iPhone accessory that would allow you to play games from your iPhone on a TV with wireless controllers. Wits & Wagers was supposed to be one of the games that shipped with that system but, at the last minute, Griffin pulled the system and it never saw the light of day.
That was the first full version of Wits & Wagers Dominic played on a iPhone. There would be another full version that he got to play as well that was eventually dropped.
Enter Backflip Studios. Backflip is currently developing the iOS and Android version of Wits & Wagers Party from the ground up and, unlike the previous versions, this one will actually be released.
What do we know so far? The app will be FREE with ads with IAP to disable the ads. The game will come with questions, but you'll be able to purchase "5-packs" of questions which all relate to one theme (football, music, etc.). These 5-packs will include 35 questions, so enough for 5 games. Players will be able to mix and match questions from the different packs, and only one player will need to purchase them. The other players can play along without having those questions on their device. Very cool.
The game will have asynchronous play (or realtime if you're all logged in) and will handle up to 6 players. AI bots will be available to fill empty slots in games with fewer than 6. Currently, there is no plan for a single player version. Matching will be through Facebook or Backflips' matching service. Game Center will most likely not be implemented so that Android and iPhone users can play with each other.
The game will be released on March 31 2013 in Canada, and May 31 2013 elsewhere.
Racer Feud Gets the Green Flag
We've been covering the long, hard road that Racer Feud has taken to make it to the App Store, but all that work by developer LindApp has paid off. Racer Feud hit the App Store this morning! Racer Feud is a multi-player only game for up to 10 players. It is a racing game along the same lines as Formula D (which is one of the reasons it took so long to get here). LindApp is going to be adding single-player mode at some point, and right now there is no Game Center support, so finding friends to play with might be a challenge (although it does have Facebook support). The game is FREE with one track, with another free track available if you post to Twitter or Facebook. Other tracks are available via IAP. Racer Feud is for iOS Universal and you can get it on the App Store.
Phantom Leader Getting Ready for Takeoff
We've been getting a lot of questions about Dan Verssen's Phantom Leader which we told you a while ago was nearing deployment. Well, Kevin at Red Finch Software contacted me to let me know that they ran into some legal issues with Apple and the submission process dealing with publishing under the Dan Verssen Games label. Sounds like it's all sorted out now and they are expected to have the game submitted later this week. So, expect Phantom Leader to hit the app store in the next 2 weeks or so.
Fieldrunners 2 Gets Halloween Update
Highly regarded tower-defense game, Fieldrunners 2, received an update this week that adds a new Halloween Tower called the Boom-kin tower. Because it looks like a pumpkin. With our story about the Halloween update for Ticket to Ride for iPad last week, I'm guessing these kind of updates are things now. It's not all superficial, though. This update also includes saving games to iCloud, a coin shop, faster loading times, and general bug fixes. Fieldrunners 2 is not a Universal app, so you can pick up the iPhone version here for $2.99USD and the iPad version here for $7.99USD.
Power of Logic Price Drop
Power of Logic by Flow Studio is a Mastermind clone that has some pretty graphics and a theme of restoring power plants that have gone offline. The game has a single-player mode as well as a career mode where you have to restore power to 25 different towns. If you want to play a good game of Mastermind, now is your chance as both the iPhone and iPad versions are going FREE this upcoming weekend. You can pick up the iPhone version here and the iPad version here.
Crokinole for Android
Reader, blogger, and submitter of news SuperflyCircus Pete has pointed out another find while cruising for Apps. Unlike his last submission, Tank Battle: 1944, this one is for Android. Turns out there is a version of Crokinole that is all ready to play on your Android phone. As far as I can tell, it's free, so it can't hurt to try. You can grab it on Google Play.
Battle Academy Gets Update, Goes Lite
The turn-based strategy game Battle Academy from Slitherine has been updated to version 2.06. This revision has a lot of bug fixes and other features: AI updates with new AI option, ability to download unofficial campaigns with ingame downloader, advanced combat tooltips, UI enhancements, and the ability to invite friends who don't have the game to play with you. How is that possible? Well, they also released a lite version of the game which contains an introductory mission and one full scenario set days after the D-Day landings. It also allows you to accept invitations from players who own the full game to 2 multiplayer scenarios. This game has gotten very good reviews, so if the $19.99USD price tag has scared you off, now you can pick it up and try it for free. Battle Academy is available for PC, Mac and iPad with a price of $19.99USD for all versions, Battle Academy Lite is for iPad and is FREE. Lite version is available here, and the full version is available here.
"Look and Find" Books Come to iPad
Ravensburger Digital released three books in the "Look and Find" series by Ali Mitgutsch for the iPad. Why post about this on BGG? Well, apart from the fact that they look really cool, they also contain a "photo hunt" mode where certain objects need to be found and photographed. Kids will get points based on their photos, and higher difficulties will be opened up as they find more and more things. You also get the cool book with sounds and zoom functions. I hadn't seen the "Look and Find" books before, but I'm definitely thinking of picking these up for my kids. Currently there are three titles available as three separate apps, each for $3.99. You can find In the Country here, Our Big City here, and Come With Me to the Sea here.