Smash Up Arrives on Digital – Extremely First Impressions

I’ve become a fan of the Smash Up card game, where you combine two different factions (Zombie Dinosaurs!!!!) into a deck of cards and try to reach 15 victory points by “breaking” bases before anybody else does.

You do this by playing minions there that have a certain amount of power, along with actions that can increase/decrease that power or let you play additional minions or do a lot of other wacky stuff that I’m not going to get into right now.

What I am going to get into is the fact that this game has finally come out for mobile devices!

Developed by Nomad Games and released by Asmodee Digital, this digital version of the game has nine factions (Dinosaurs, Pirates, Geeks, Zombies, Wizards, Robots, Ninjas, Tricksters and Aliens) to use, with more coming in the expansions I’m sure.

It’s so cool that this is finally available!

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All the usual stuff on the splash screen

Isn’t it?

Well…..yes and no.

Let me explain.

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Through the Ages App Finally Released!

And there was much rejoicing.

Yes, the anxiously awaited Through the Ages: a New Story of Civilization app has finally been released on iOS and Android, with Steam coming at a later date.

This deep and wonderful card-based civilization game by Czech Games Edition has long been a favourite of the boardgame community, being #1 for quite a while on Boardgame Geek. The app version was started by a different company many years ago, and gamers honestly began to believe it was vaporware until CGE took the reins back and promised to make it good.

When the original board game was going to be tweaked and turned into the “New Story of Civilization,” they said that the app was going to have to be reworked to reflect this.

And yesterday it came out.

It is real.

And it is marvelous.

(Oh, already used that joke. Sorry)

And beautiful!

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There’s my online name! Hit me up for a game if you like.

This is going to be a first impressions post, as I haven’t had the chance to play any full games on it, though I have run through the marvelous tutorial. Continue reading “Through the Ages App Finally Released!”

Temple Gates Continuing Their Mobile Assault on the Galaxy

Hot off the heels of their totally impressive mobile app adaptation of the Race for the Galaxy card game, Temple Gates is not resting on their laurels.

Thom Lehman and Wei-Hwa Huang’s dice version of that game, Roll for the Galaxy is also being brought to mobile by Temple Gates.

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On the table, I much prefer Roll to Race, so I am chomping at the bit for this one since I loved the app for Race so much.

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Lords of Waterdeep App – 2 Steps Forward, 1 Back

Another bit of news that happened while I was gone, which falls into the “have a little bit of crap in your caviar dinner” category, is that the Lords of Waterdeep app from Playdek received a major update last week.

First, it became a 64-bit app and thus was saved from Apple’s “Thou Shalt Not Have Any Apps That Are Only 32-bit or We Shall Smite Thee” edict for when iOS 11 hits. (Stately Play already took the best term, “Appocalypse”, but mine wins in the “way too many words” category). Without this update, Lords of Waterdeep would have been unplayable when iOS 11 hit.

This update also brought the game out for Steam and Android finally, for those who have been holding your breath for it (I hope you weren’t holding it too long or that could be deadly).

However, for us long-time players on iOS, the update brought about a major change that really detracts from the game.

The app is now entirely in landscape orientation, and it looks like shit.

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Things are still there. They’re just…different.

It’s not as bad as some people have made it to be, but it is way too cramped, especially on the phone (on the iPad it looks just as bad, just more readable).

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8 Minute Empire released on Mobile/Steam

Did you want to build an empire in less time than it takes to walk down to the store and back?

Now you can, digitally!

8-Minute Empire the boardgame is designed by Ryan Laukat for Red Raven Games, and the digital app is developed by Acram Digital (the developers of the really well-done Steam app) and it just hit the App Store yesterday!

I had played the game once on the table before and it was pretty decent. It plays quickly and is very abstract, but considering how short the game is it certainly doesn’t overstay its welcome.

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Hey! I’ve been there before!

You start with your opponents in a region and with 14 coins. Players bid to see who decides who goes first (yes, you’re bidding on the decision, not on actually going first, unless you want to go first of course)

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App Review – Burgle Bros

You know what they say: the family that steals together, stays together.

I think I’ve heard that, anyway.

Maybe we’ll find out in the app version of the great board game from Tim Fowler, Burgle Bros.

Ok, maybe the characters in the game are not all in the same family, but it would be cool if they were!

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Quite a variety of characters!

In Burgle Bros, you play as 1-4 different characters who are all participating in a heist. Could be a bank heist, or an office heist, or even Fort Nox! I’ve only tried the bank heist, and that’s for one reason:

THIS GAME IS FREAKING HARD!

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Paperback Game App Gets Online Play

Paperback is a wonderful combination of word game and deck-building card game where you are trying to form words from the letter cards in your hands. The letters have money value when you play them, and you use that money to buy more letter cards that will help you even further. Some cards also have special abilities that will give you more bonuses.

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This card’s ability will help you next turn.

Or you can use that money to buy Fame cards, which also function as wild letter cards when you use them in a word but give you victory points at the end of the game.

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Is “Slarno” a word?

The game ends when two of the Fame card stacks (in the top right corner of the picture) are depleted.

I really do like this game, and the app is extremely well-done (especially once they put the rules of the game in, which actually weren’t there when the app first came out). The AI can be a bit wonky though, and we’ve always been restricted to playing the AI, or playing opponents via Pass-and-Play games (which I don’t like, unfortunately).

That all changed with the update that landed a few days ago, though.

Now you can play against your friends anywhere in the world, and you can play them asynchronously! That’s right, you don’t have to be logged in at the same time to play your game. Which will be a huge boon for me and will be getting me to play this app a lot more than I had been.

You can create open games for anybody to join or you can send invites. You can even add AI players to games if you only have one friend but want a 4-player game.

Since you have to create an account, I assume the multiplayer is cross-platform, but I actually don’t know yet.

So if you’d like, hit me up for a game! I’m whovian223 on there, just like in most other places.

The Paperback app is available on both iOS and Android for $4.99 US.