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News Bits: Great Little War Game, Tikal Screenshot, NS Hex on New and Noteworthy, Time's Up New Date, Viking Lords Lite and Price Drop, 7th Guest: Infection, Project Simonsen

Gabe Alvaro
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• Great Little War Game Released
• New Tikal Screenshot
• Neuroshima Hex Puzzle on App Store's New and Noteworthy
• New Puerto Rico Screenshot
• Time's Up Revised Released Date
• Viking Lords Lite Release and Price Drop
• 7th Guest Infection Coming
• Project Simonsen Launched

• Great Little War Game Released - Mar 26
Last week saw the release of yet another war game that is not exactly what a counter-clipping grognard might consider a wargame. Rubicon Development released their 3D turn based strategy game called Great Little War Game. I daresay the game is quite "cute" looking. It plays, however, on a similar strategic level as Uniwar, which is pretty basic. There are a number of units (grunt, engineer, bazooka, apc, and many more), each with different strengths and weaknesses in several categories. Combat is somewhat paper-rock-scissors, but there do seem to be a lot of units so it must be a little more varied than that.

Each time there is fight between two units there is an animation. The game zooms into the scene and you see one cute little unit blast the snot out of another cute little unit with the dying unit saying his last words and sinking into the ground or blowing to smithereens, as the case may be. Disturbing? Perhaps, but hey, it is war.

• New Tikal Screenshot Posted - Mar 26
Codito Development posted another screen shot for Tikal. See if you can spot what's different from the previous screenshot?

• NS Hex Puzzle makes the New and Noteworthy list on the App Store - Mar 30
I was skimming through the App Store last Wednesday when I noticed that Neuroshima Hex Puzzle was featured right there on the first page as one of the New and Noteworthy game apps. Right there, with Angry Birds and everything. That's huge! It's great to see one of these games of ours featured on the New and Noteworthy section of the App store. I hope it generates much interest and downloads for Big Daddy's Creations's excellent app. I snapped a quick screen shot for posterity and to share with you.

• New Puerto Rico ScreenShot - Apr 1
Codito posted their latest screenshot of Puerto Rico, much to the appreciation of Geeks who previously complained of eye damage when viewing the previously posted screen shots.

• Time's Up Gets New Release Date - Apr 3
I played the print version of this game over the weekend while holed up in a beach house in beautiful Cambria, CA. It was me and 4 noobs. We played 2 vs 3 and I was on the team with 2. We whupped the other team and a great time was had by all. This game will be a perfect fit for the iPhone. Anyway, Saberj reports that the upcoming Time's Up app will now release on May 1st. Doh! A whole 'nother month to wait. zombie

• Viking Lords Lite Released and Price Drop - Apr 4
On March 30th Puffin Software released a free lite version of their excellent iPad take on BattleLore from Richard Borg's Commands & Colors System. Also, the price has dropped for the first time ever on the full version paid app from $3.99 to $2.99. That's not much compared to the price fluctuations of other apps, but it's the first and lowest price drop for this app yet. Their site's forums seem to indicate that new skirmish maps are also on the way, so this activity may be in anticipation of a coming update.

• The 7th Guest: Infection Releasing Soon - Apr 4
Ok, help me out here computer video game players from the 90s. 7th Guest was a computer game from the early 90s. Then last year a version for iOS was released, but it excluded what's reported to be a super-complicated "microscope puzzle" sub-game board game for technical reasons. Apparently this game, 7th Guest: Infection is that board game part that was excluded from last year's 7th Guest app release. Whew. Did you get all that? If not, you can check it out at TouchArcade.

• Project Simonsen Launched - Apr 4
I received a Geekmail from Jeff Dougherty letting me know that he, Eric Lee Smith, and James Terry have started a company whose purpose will be to bring much loved board games to tablets (first iOS then Android). The company is called Project Simonsen in honor of the late great Redmond Simonsen. If you don't know who that is, then I highly recommend you educate yourself by reading about this great game designer on Project Simonsen's highly informative web site.

The team at Project Simonsen are taking a passionate approach (in this industry what other approach should there be?) with an ambitious line up which they have shared on their Web site. It's great to see that they will be starting off with real wargames. Did you hear that? I said REAL WARGAMES!!! There will be plans for Euros and Abstracts as well. Here's a list of the games, with designers noted, that you can look out for in the future:

Across Five Aprils II by Eric Lee Smith
• Battle of the Bulge by John Butterfield
Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations by Dan Verssen
RAF by John Butterfield
Soviet Dawn by Darin Leviloff
• War Patrol by Jeff Dougherty
Washington's War by Mark Herman
• Waterloo by Joe Miranda

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