App Review – Istanbul

Rubies make the world go around. Isn’t that what Marilyn Monroe always said? (Editor – Dating yourself *and* being wrong all in one sentence. That’s quite the accomplishment!)

If you’re a merchant in Istanbul in some vague time period of the past, rubies are your ultimate goal and the reason you’re doing all of that trading to begin with.

At least that’s the case if you’re playing Istanbul, the new boardgame app from Acram Digital, adapting the boardgame designed by Rüdiger Dorn.

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Acram Digital is known for their stellar boardgame app editions of Steam and 8-Minute Empire and Istanbul blows those out of the park (it probably helps that I like this game better than the other two to begin with).

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Necrodude Coming to Meteorfall – Gamers Go Nuts

Meteorfall, the rogue-like deck-building card game app created by Slothwerks, was one of my favourite apps of the last year.

It was the perfect blend of difficult but not impossible game play, where you could spend a good deal of time with it but eventually you would finish it with all four classes.

Of course, like many games, once you’ve done it with all of the classes, what is there to do? You could try and better your scores, but that’s not very interesting for me.

So I’ve set it aside for a while.

However, fans of the game (like me) were greeted with wondrous news on Twitter this morning:

 

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Star Realms App Expands and Goes to the Arena

Fans of White Wizards Games excellent Star Realms app have some reason to be excited today.

Literally as I type this, the new update has dropped and is available for download onto your favourite mobile devices.

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The glasses make the look

For two measly dollars (us Canadians of course have to pay $2.79, stupid exchange rates), you get the Ultimate Heroes expansion which has a new single-player campaign chapter and eight new heroes that are much more powerful than their counterparts from the Crisis set.

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Through the Ages Coming to Steam!

One of the most asked questions out there is “What’s the meaning of life?”

While Czech Games Edition doesn’t have the answer to that question, they do have the answer to the second-most asked question: Is Through the Ages ever going to come to Steam?

The answer is yes, on March 26.

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This brilliant adaptation of the civilization building game has been a staple on my iPad since it came out last year (Editor’s Note: hey, dingus, maybe you should write a review of it?).

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Asmodee Adds Terraforming to its Repertoire

Today was going to be a day off at Take Your Turn Central (my recently renovated headquarters), but what did I see when I checked my inbox?

A message from Asmodee Digital answering a question that had been going through my mind since the news last year that they were going to be releasing the award-winning (and dare I say it in my best Valley Girl voice, totally awesome) Terraforming Mars.

What was that question?

Was this going to be a Steam-only release or would we mobile players get a chance to change the Martian landscape?

 

Yes, Asmodee will be releasing Terraforming Mars for iOS and Android devices as well as Steam.

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I can neither confirm nor deny that this was me.

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App Review – MeteorFall

One of the most highly-acclaimed (except for the artwork, which unfortunately drives some people away) rogue-like deck-building apps is Dream Quest.

For many users, Dream Quest is the epitome of what a deck-building rogue-like game is, and every future game in the genre will be compared to it.

Which brings us to Slothwerks Games latest entry into the genre, Meteorfall.

In Meteorfall, you’ll play one of four characters, each of a different class, who are embarking on a quest to defeat the Uberlich before he can bring down a giant meteor on the land.

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Bruno looks good in pink

To do this, you’ll start with a small deck of cards that you will be playing against the monsters that you will meet in three different territories.

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Digidiced Going to the Beautiful Country

Digidiced has a long history (in output, not necessarily in time) of producing quality board game apps for Steam and your mobile devices.

I love everything that they’ve done so far (except Cottage Garden, which I haven’t played because the game itself doesn’t do anything for me, nothing against Digidiced). Terra Mystica plays like a dream (though I still get a headache playing it, but again it’s the game’s fault, not the app’s). Patchwork is simply wonderful.

I could go on gushing, but that’s not why you’re here, is it? (If it is, then thank you.)

Earlier this year, I completely missed (Editor: There will be flogging) posting the announcement that Digidiced is going to be coming out with a new boardgame app later in 2018, the acclaimed tile-laying game from Lookout called Isle of Skye. This is a game that I’ve really wanted to play on the table but have never been able to.

Not ones to rest on their laurels (or maybe frantic fans wanting more information were storming their studio), Digidiced has now released a screenshot of the game, and it does look beautiful!

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I think it’s pretty clear where you can place that tile, isn’t it?

They’re also using the screenshot to show off the interface that they’re working on. They would love some input from people like you (probably not me, but definitely you) on how it looks.

Isle of Skye is designed by Andreas Pelikan and Alexander Pfister with artwork by Klemens Franz and it came out in 2015. The app version is scheduled to come out in Q2 2018, so start saving those iTunes cards! Or Steam credits, or Google Play cards…Gah, there’s just too many options!

Keep an eye out on the Digidiced web page for more information as it develops.