Through the Ages on mobile? And it looks marvelous

I am a forum regular over on the Stately Play web site. It’s my go-to site for mobile gaming news. You should check it out! It has been the source for a few of my app posts here on Dude! Take Your Turn!

I may have to change my opinion about them, however, out of sheer jealousy.

Dave Neumann, one of the editors over there, has had access to the beta version of the upcoming mobile app for Through the Ages, and it looks glorious.

Through the Ages is a wonderful civilization building game that consists of nothing but cards. And guess what? Cards look great on your phone or tablet!

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(Since we have the same first name, I can look at this shot and pretend that it’s me enjoying this instead of him…*jealous sigh*)

Seriously, given the screen shots in Dave’s article (the one here is just an example, as they are all breath-taking), this game will blow you away.

Produced by Czech Games Edition, the app has had a long and rocky road to development. People have been referring on Boardgame Geek to the assumed vapor-ware status of the app for it seems like generations (but is probably only 2-3 years).

I’m not in the beta (and I’m really sad about that), but knowing that it is looking this good gives me great hope for it coming out this year sometime.

The beta only has online play right now, so no idea how they’re going to implement the AI.

But at this rate, who really needs AI? Sit down there in the back. I know you want it.

Check out the article for Dave’s experiences with the game. I’m not going to steal his thunder.

I’m just going to wait here in jealous anticipation as my iTunes wallet starts to cry.

Race for the Galaxy speeding toward your electronic device

Some exciting news came out this week for those of you into electronic version of board games.

The venerable card game Race For the Galaxy is coming to mobile devices on May 3. (hat tip: Stately Play).

The card game has always intrigued me and I have played a number of games against the famous Keldon AI online. It’s a real bitch to beat, though I think I managed to do it once (out of maybe 30 games?).

Race for the Galaxy app

One of the knocks against boardgame apps is often the really lame AI that is so easy to beat that it’s not even funny (Ascension, I’m looking at you). That won’t be the case with this one.

Temple Gates Games, the developer of the app version, is going to be using the Keldon AI as the AI for the game, though there will be easy and medium difficulty levels for those of us who are truly terrible at the game.

It will also have a lot of the features that, in my opinion, are almost required for any boardgame app: multiplayer that is real-time and asynchronous, AI that’s actually competent, good graphics that aren’t too flashy, the ability to tap on the card to zoom in and see what it is (required for phone play).

Once it is out, it will be $6.99 US and available for iOS and Android systems. I have also heard via Boardgame Geek that it will be out on Steam eventually as well.

The base game will include six new base planets, and there will be two expansions available immediately as in-app purchases (The Gathering Storm and Rebels vs Imperium).

If you’d like to get involved in the quick Beta before it comes out, you can sign up here.

There are so many great-sounding board game apps coming this year. It’s going to be a great year!

Onirim App Released – But No Expansions?

Onirim is a solo/cooperative card game that I had never heard of before. You’re trapped in a dream world and you have to find the 8 doors that will let you out before your deck runs out.

This week, Asmodee Digital released the mobile version of the game for the initial price of $0.99 in the US store (it’s $1.39 CDN up here in the Great White North). The buzz for the game was so great, and the price point so low, that I had to try it out. It is only single-player in the app, which makes sense.

And it’s a fun game! I have been enjoying it so far.

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The problem is that I can see it becoming a bit boring after a few tries. Ten, maybe twenty games (most of which I lose) and it could easily end up being in my “maybe play again one day” folder on my iPad.

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