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New Army for NS Hex Coming Later This Year
Big Daddy's Creations Tweeted last week that a new army, the Steel Police, for Neuroshima Hex! will be coming later in 2012. You can view the photo on their Facebook page.
Imperial Getting Async
The maker of Imperial for iPad posted on the game's Facebook page this weekend that he was working on asynchronous multiplayer. He says its tricky, but he's getting there.
Updates for Disc Drivin' Coming
Pixelocity Tweeted to life late last week, mentioning that there could be some updates coming for Disc Drivin' including Retina and pushed badge numbers to improve notifications, and other things. About the only flaw in this otherwise near perfect app is its notification problems.
Zombie Jombie Released
A developer named GREE has released Zombie Jombie. In this card game app the zombies are the good guys. You earn cards, build decks and do battle with the evil humans. You can even trade cards. The app apparently has social features for zombie battles against other players, or for teaming up with your friends for epic boss battles. Check it out on iTunes.
RoShamBo World! - Free Released
How far can you take the game of Roshambo aka Rock Paper Scissors? Download this app to find out. Developer Saddle's goal for this app is "to bring the world together through a friendly game of RoShamBo." There are certainly a ton of Roshambo apps out there and you can check this one out for free on the App Store as well.
Best Board Games Released
I don't mean to make fun of a developer's hard work, but when you title your app "Best Board Games" and it lands in my inbox I owe it to myself and our readers to check it out so you don't have to. I did and it's an iPad app featuring Trouble and Chutes and Ladders. (Sigh) There are so many ways you could spend $0.99. It's on iTunes.
Take It Easy Updated
Zabu Studio has updated Take It Easy to version 1.5 featuring a new local multiplayer mode supporting up to 4 players. Check it on the App Store.
Cabals: The Card Game Updated
Kyy Games has updated Cabals: Magic & Battle Cards to version 1.07. The update includes new cards, many card changes, and a bug fix for some time-out issues. Check out the details on the App Store.
Canopy strategic boardgame - addictive new family game Updated
World Without Walls has updated its nature inspired strategy game to version 1.2. The update includes support for Italian, font changes, and text and photo changes. Check out the details on the App Store.
RAVENMARK: Scourge of Estellionn Updated
Witching Hour Studios has updated RAVENMARK to version 1.04. This update includes bug fixes to the last update we highlighted for you including a rebalanced design of the new SUNEATERS content, new abilities and new elements, and rebalancing of existing elements. Check out the details on the App Store.
Charadium II HD Updated
This app went free this weekend and received an update to version 2.35 from On5 just before doing so. The update included new features like a lasso fill tool, In-app leaderboards, Game Center invitations, Preserving Ping Pong drawings through bad connectivity, reliable replay for extremely complex drawings, and more. Check it out on the App Store.
Words With Friends Updated
Zynga has update Words With Friends to version 4.12. The update includes recommending friends for better games and friendlier play, improved integration with the player feedback system and number of bug fixes and performance improvements. Check it out on the App Store.
Update to ROX – THE ULTIMATE ROCK PAPER SCISSORS
RoX has updated ROX – THE ULTIMATE ROCK PAPER SCISSORS to version 1.0.9. The update includes fixes to sound cutting off and inviting friends with Gamer Center. Check it out at the App Store.
Pocket Gamer Awards 2012 and Pocket Gamer Reader's Choice Awards
A couple weeks back at GDC, the Pocket Gamer Awards were announced. Among the Eighteen big name winners were just a couple board game apps:
Best Strategy/Simulation Game: Ticket To Ride for iPad
Mobile Game of the Year: Carcassonne by Exozet Games
Now the Pocket Gamer Reader's Choice Awards are up for voting. Quite a number of board game apps are nominated and you can help vote them in!
Pocket Gamer Reader's Choice Award - iPhone/iPod Touch: Ticket To Ride Pocket
Pocket Gamer Reader's Choice Award - iPad: Catan HD, Ticket To Ride
Pocket Gamer Reader's Choice Award - Android: Carcassonne (Exozet), Great Little War Game
Pocket Gamer Reader's Choice Award - Java: Carcassonne (Exozet)
It would be a great thing to see some board game apps win. So BGG, consider heading over to the PocketGamer Reader's Choice Page en masse and hit that voting!
Board Game Becomes iPhone App 20 years later
A Toronto-area newspaper site known as YorkRegion published this article about a man named Dan O'Kopniak who shelved his board game design away in a closet for 22 years because board game manufacturers told him "the financial risk was considered too great". In 2010 he signed a deal with a developer. His app, Words of Habit, was released in February. Words of Habit is a cross between Hangman and Mastermind. It is a one- to four- player word guessing game where you try to uncover a hidden five-letter word. You have five chances to uncover the word by guessing five letter words and using the resulting clues to direct your future word guesses. Maybe you too can have a board game you've hidden away in a closet somewhere made into an app. Dan did. You can read the article here and check out Words of Habit on the App Store.