Previously, Dire Wolf Digital had announced a number of games that they would be putting into digital form over the next year or so.
The first of those games was just released on July 30. Raiders of the North Sea is an amazing app (review coming next week, sorry for the delay).
However, at GenCon in July, they released trailers for three more of these games, all of which I either already love or have really wanted to try on the table.
I’ll point you to the Dire Wolf announcement page for all of the video trailers (I want to send them some traffic), but I have to post the most amazing one of the bunch.
Root is coming out later this year, and if the trailer is any evidence, it already looks wonderful! We’ll see how the gameplay holds up in app form, but given Dire Wolf’s history, I’m expecting big things.
Other games on the Dire Wolf page are Sagrada (full trailer) and a brief look at Reiner Knezia’s Yellow & Yangtze. The latter game I would love to try but haven’t had the chance to.
Yes, Digidiced (developers of many great digital apps such as Castles of Burgundy, Patchwork, etc) have announced that they are doing the digital adaptation of the Stonemaier class game Viticulture, the worker placement wine-making game designed by Jamey Stegmaier, Morton Pedersen, and Alan Stone.
I haven’t played this game in 3 years, but it’s not because I don’t like it. It’s just that every time it has come out, I’ve already been involved with something else.
To have it on my iPad will be heavenly!
I’m already tired (another news post is coming in an hour!), so let’s blurb this puppy from the Digidiced web page.
• 1 to 6 players
• Play in single-player with challenging computer opponents, against your friends in local multiplayer, or face players from all over the world in online mode!
• Learn the rules with our Interactive tutorial or even watch games of the top players on your device!
• Take your time in asynchronous game mode with push notifications and never miss a turn.
• Family friendly – non violent theme
• Easy interactive tutorial to learn the game from scratch
• Analyze your best games or learn tricks from the best with playback
• 3 different computer opponents
• uses the newest rules of the board game
Asynchronous online multiplayer play is a must, but Digidiced has already proven that they’re good at that so I have no doubt that it will be done right.
I am so excited about this one.
It’s going to be released on Android, iOS, and Steam, at least for now.
Since everybody’s going to the Switch nowadays, is that in the future?
More news as it comes, but since they didn’t release any pictures, here’s an old one of one of the games I played.
Are you a Viticulture fan? Looking forward to this?
When I first bought an iPhone way back in the day (maybe it was 6 or even 30 years ago?), one of the first boardgame apps I saw and downloaded was the Looney Labs insane card game Fluxx.
I know Fluxx gets a bad rap, and I would sometimes say rightly so, as being an insane card game that can just go on forever.
The basic rules are that you draw a card and play a card. The game isn’t won until one of the win conditions that have been played is satisfied (so actually there are no win conditions until somebody has played one). So it could be quick or it could take hours.
The thing about Fluxx is that some of the cards you play adjust the rules. Maybe you’ll play a card that will limit players’ hand sizes. Or maybe it will be “draw 1, play 2” cards. These rules stay in effect until they are removed.
You can also play victory condition cards that will change what you’re trying to do, or what have you.
It’s a chaotic game, and I found it fun on iOS when it was produced by Playdek. At the time, it was only out on iOS.
It was a casualty of the iOS “App-ocalypse” when suddenly all apps had to be 64-bit or they wouldn’t run under the new operating system. It disappeared from the app store without much fuss.
It didn’t seem like it was that big of a seller for Playdek so nobody expected it to come back.
Playdek has now announced that we were wrong to doubt them.
Fluxx will be back in the App Store (and also on Google Play for the first time) on July 18!