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 RĂĽdiger 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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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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Acram Digital reveals Istanbul app

Earlier in January, Acram Digital tweeted this.

With the hashtag #screenshotsaturday, I expected something posted the next Saturday.

Then nothing showed up on the next Saturday and I kind of forgot about it.

Dave at Stately Play displayed none of my laziness and was evidently keeping an eye on them, because when they started their contest, I completely missed it.

They were slowly revealing the picture for the game over a series of days, and Dave figured it out before I even knew it was a thing (did I mention the “lazy” thing?).

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Yes, Istanbul is apparently coming this year from Acram in app form.

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App Review – Lotus

Sometimes you just need a little tranquility in your life. Your day at work was terrible. The kids are getting on your nerves.

Zombies are rampaging down the street.

You know, a typical Monday.

On days like that, you need a game that’s peaceful, that will contribute to your inner Zen.

On those days, you’ll pick up your mobile device and open the Lotus app.

(Hopefully you downloaded it before the Zombie Apocalypse cut all the power)

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It’s peaceful right from the beginning!

Lotus is a beautiful 2-4 player card game published by Renegade Games. The app is published by Renegade and Dire Wolf Studios.

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App Review – Patchwork

Patchwork is a game of grid-management, putting puzzle pieces into your grid in a much more efficient way than your opponent.

That’s basically what it breaks down to.

Since I am not the most spatially aware person around (I once tried to push a 5-inch object through a 1-inch hole), I don’t really care for these games.

In fact, when I played Patchwork on the table for the first (and only) time, I really didn’t like it.

When Digidiced put out an app for it, even though I’m a fan of their work, I had no interest in picking it up.

Then the other residents of the wonderful Stately Play web site forums decided to do a decathlon of various mobile games, and Patchwork was chosen as one of them. I told myself  “fine, I’ll learn the game just to participate.”

Lo and behold, I ended up loving the game.

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Somebody went to the remnant sale!

How can you not like a game where you make ugly quilts?

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