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iOS New Bits: Smart Way HD Released • Haggis Screenshot • Big Daddy's Creations 2011-2012 Roadmap • Ubongo Released • Jenga Updated • Necronomicon Horror Updated • GMT Update • Dungeons and Dice • Imitation Released

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• Smart Way HD Released
• Haggis Screenshot
• Big Daddy's Creations 2011-2012 Roadmap
• Ubongo Released
• Jenga Updated
• Necronomicon Horror Updated
• GMT Games Info Update
• Dungeons and Dice Version 4.0 Coming Soon
• Imitation Released

• Smart Way HD Released - September 16
Smart Way Games has released Smart Way HD for the iPad. The app is a free download. The developer describes the app as "Innovation in board games". Make of that what you will, but I would put this more in the category of a puzzler. The game effectively creates an asymmetrical abstract contest in the spirit of Hnefatafl or Fox and Geese where the object of the game is to block a rabbit from escaping a hexed out field by planting bushes each turn. The game is single player vs AI. You plant the bushes, while the AI plays the rabbit in a meadow, and no you can't play the rabbit instead. The app also comes with unlockable undersea and desert themes. Very nice graphics and interface.

• Ruttencutter posts Haggis Screen Shot - September 19
Indie Developer Scott Ruttencutter is working on the iOS version of Sean Ross's climbing card game, Haggis. Scott posted, and Sean reposted on BGG, a screen shot earlier this week to show that it ain't vapor. Of course it's not, Scott's been working on it since June and to date the base game and interfaces are complete, and they're migrating all of the functionality developed for iPad over to the iPhone version of the game. It will be a universal app, but they still have to build two sets of interfaces.

Scott says they will be looking for beta testers for both single player AI testing and possibly online multiplayer testing in the next couple of months. Interested beta testers can shoot Scott a message.

• Big Daddy's Creations Reveals 2011-2012 Roadmap - September 20
I'll just repeat what was already posted here earlier this week by Brad in which we let you know that premiere iOS developer Big Daddy's Creations released a tantalizing announcement about the rest of 2011 and their 2012 roadmap, including updates on Caylus and Neuroshima Hex, as well as new announcements of Eclipse, Stronghold, and Zombiaki

We're happy as hell to see top-of-the-pyramid developers like BDC and others coming out with big announcements for upcoming iOS games. The only down-side seems to be the wait. With such quality devs working on so many quality games, and with possible field-leveling improvements to turn-based multiplayer in iOS 5 Game Center releasing soon, it's really looking to be a promising holiday season and new year!

• Ubongo for iPad Released - September 21
From the seemingly-out-of-nowhere department comes an app for the iPad based on the award winning board game Ubongo. Developer Korner Entertainment has priced the app at $4.99. The app based on the award winning puzzle board game features four different modes including History (campaign), Quick Game, Time Attack (against the clock), and a promising-looking multiplayer mode designed to accomodate 4 players all sitting around the iPad

• Jenga HD Updated - September 21
NaturalMotion Games has once again (9x this year) updated both Jenga and Jenga HD, both to version 1.5. I now what you are probably thinking: "Why on Earth would I play Jenga?" right? Well, I can tell you that this app has never been better or cheaper than it is right now at just $0.99. For that paltry price you can make your friends and coworkers slap their heads and wonder "what will they think of next?" and you can add it to your small but growing collection of asynchronous online games. Here's the love:

What's new

Oh my! We've dropped another fabulous Jenga update on you!

A lot of you out there LOVE Jenga Online so we've given you some more awesome features to make it even better. What's in store?

Send a text message to your opponent with each move in an Online game. Try to be nice though, being nice is a nice thing to do.

XP Levels
Wow, some of you out there play a LOT of Online games! Now every move and every completed game in Online earns you XP. Level up and make your way through a series of XP Levels. Can you make it all the way from Sawdust Sweeper to Grand Axe Master?

We’ve done some other stuff too, mostly streamlining the game flow in and out of games and making a few little changes to the user interface. Let us know what you think through the @NMGames Twitter account and our Facebook page (

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• The Necronomicon Horror Updated - September 22
Nearly a year ago LucidSphere Media released The Necronomicon Horror for iPhone, a Lovecraftian single-player role-playing and card game of arcane horror and mystery. There was at least one long thread on BGG about its release that concluded in a bit of kerfuffle over a number of bugs in the initial release and subsequent update. Now with Halloween just around the corner it appears that LucidSphere has made another go of it, overhauling quit a bit of the app into version 1.2 and dropping the price to a mere $0.99 in the bargain. Also its name would appear to now have been shortened simply to "Necronomicon". Lose your mind over this:

What's new

* Core game engine redesigned from the ground up to improve stability and enhance perfromance.
* Graphics and UI artwork updated to bring current version in line with upcoming HD version.
* Added new "Spell" category of cards.
* Various balance adjustments and repurposing of some card classes.
* Added some new Monster cards, some with special attacks.


• GMT Games Info Update - September 22
From a publisher of meaty games comes a meaty update. GMT Games updated their site this week with news on the electronic versions of their games. Rather than filter it for iOS we'll just summarize the whole thing.

Looks like Twilight Struggle (PC) ran into problems that caused delay. GMT expects to have something to show outside testers in 1-2 months. GMT covers a lot of games, so here's the rest:

Apps in the early stages:
Nightfighter (PC)
Dominant Species: The Card Game (iOS)
Winds of Plunder (iOS)
Pacific Typhoon (Android)
Space Empires (iOS and Android)
The Caucasus Campaign (iOS)

In talks with two companies about:
Combat Commander series
Commands & Colors series

...VERY MUCH still looking for development partners...The below is by no means an exclusive list...would love to see and play electronic versions of:
Conquest of Paradise
Fields of Fire
Leaping Lemmings
Empire of the Sun, For the People, Paths of Glory (actually, ANY of our CDGs)
Pax Romana
Santa Fe Rails
The Conquerors: Alexander
The Kaiser's Pirates
The Napoleonic Wars (and Wellington and Kutuzov)
Urban Sprawl

If you are a programmer/developer or company rep and would like to talk with us about creating an electronic version of one of our games, please contact me (Gene) at gmtgames at Thanks!

• Dungeons and Dice Version 4.0 Coming Soon - September 22
HYLMES, the developer of Talisman clone Dungeons and Dice has announced on that version 4.0 is "almost finished". According to HYLMES, the new version
HYLMES wrote:
...will support "what we all want".

Yes... Real-Time Online Multiplayer and leaderboards, achievements.

This app's price rises and drops a lot, but it's current $0.99 is on the lower side of its average. If you've been looking for a Talisman clone, this might be of interest to you.

• Imitation Released - September 23
From the world of party games comes MeadowBridge Apps's Imitation for for iOS Universal. The app claims to be an innovative take on the classic party game "Telephone". Such innovation will, however, require you run the app on a device with a front-facing camera.
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