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App News: HardBack Arrives on iOS and Android

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Tim Fowers' HardBack Released for iOS/Android
Tim Fowers and his publishing company, Fowers Games, are no stranger to the App Store. Both Paperback and Burgle Bros have made successful leaps to our touchscreens. Over the weekend another gem joined that list, Hardback.

Hardback follows the basic premise of Paperback, making it a sequel (or prequel) of sorts. You build words with letter-bearing cards that earn you cash, allowing you to buy more cards and build better words and earn more cash. In other words, it's a deck-building word game.

While its main mechanism is straight from its predecesor, it has enough changes to make it a completely different game from Paperback. Paperback had scoring like Dominion where you had to spend coins to buy VP cards and the game went to the highest total when a certain number of piles were emptied. HardBack allows you to set a VP number and it's a race to see who can get there first. Some letters have Victory Point values on them which you'll earn when you add them to your words.

Wild cards in Paperback were bought. In HardBack, any card can be changed into a wildcard which makes piecing together a word easier than ever. Of course, cards flipped to their wildcard side lose their benefits, unless you can mitigate that with another card's special ability.

Those are only two of the changes, but there are a lot more. There are genres, making certain letters give a bigger benefit if used with other cards of the same genre. There are letters that stay in play after being used, giving you their benefit each turn until your opponent uses them in a word of their own. There's probably more that I'm forgetting, but the bottom line is that you'll find more than enough to separate this from Paperback to warrant owning both.

Hardback is currently available for both iOS Universal and Android at the links below:

-HardBack for iOS Universal, $5
-HardBack for Android, $5

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