This one, like several of Asmodee’s other titles, is based off a physical board game that has the same name. It packs in tile-matching, strategy, online/multiplayer modes and more in an atmosphere the developer describes as ” Harry Potter-like”.
In Potion Explosion, you will explode ingredients, trigger chain reactions and gather it all in your caldron. You will then use your hard-earned unicorn tears, fairy dandruff and whatnot to craft powerful mixtures with wacky effects! May the best wizard win!
The game costs $4.99; check out the trailer below:
Frankly, I didn’t know what exactly to expect from Colt Express. Yes, it is spawned from a fun board game, but how on earth would it translate to mobile?
Spoiler alert: surprisingly well.
Hold that thought…
The artwork is fun with a bit of the whimsical; the fast-moving backgrounds and card characters invoke the old west quite adequately. The continual might be distracting for some, but the gameplay hopefully nullifies this for most.
It took a bit to get used to the card and their permutations, but with a little bit — okay, a lot — of practice, it began to come together. The tutorial did help a great deal, but it could be said that nothing beats actually playing.
The action takes place on/in the “moving” train as described above; when playing against the AI, the player takes on the persona of a train bandit. At the onset of a game, one gets chance-assigned actions cards, and one also gets so many opportunities to use them in the round, in turn with the other players.
The cards are straight-to-the-point: they initiate stuff like movement, punching/shoving, shooting, picking up goodies and even summoning the big bad marshal. The idea is to outwit each and out-accumulate the other bandits, avoid the marshal and end up with the most cash at the end of all the rounds.
One can move around, towards loot and away from others, on top of cars and through them, and so on.
In each around, the players have to select cards in advance; thus, there is a big reliance on planning ahead, because to succeed, one has to take into account the opponent moves. The game throws in a toughie every now and then too, so there is plenty of challenges available.
The game is smart enough to have multiplayer, though this is random.
All in all, it was fun — once I figured it out. It is a great diversion, and the board game elements really work very well.
Tis the season of giving, and the Amazon Appstore has Ticket to Ride (from Days of Wonder) for free.
That’s a game regularly priced at $6.99 available for free.
This is a port of the popular railway-based board game Designed by Alan R Moon, and features cross-platform multi-player functionality
Check out the formal feature set:
• Alan R. Moon’s official Ticket to Ride maps with original artwork in full high resolution
• Cross-platform online Play against other Android, iPhone, iPad, Linux, Mac and PC gamers
• An unparalleled online player community with tens of thousands of live opponents
• Solo play against up to 4 AI players
• Pass-and-Play with up to 4 live opponents
• Additional maps of Europe, Switzerland, USA 1910, Legendary Asia, India and Nordic Countries available as in-app purchases
• Detailed, interactive turn-by-turn, in-game tutorial
• Contextual in-game Conductor’s Notes to help you master all the maps
• True cross-platform: players can challenge on other platforms including Steam PC and Mac, Android, iPhone and iPad
• Online and offline Hall of Fame
More and more board games are beginning to make it to mobile devices, and Frima Studios and Asmodee Digital are adding another one to the list: Colt Express.
Colt Express comes to smartdevices as a turn-based card strategy game; up to 6 players can battle it out per game. Players move around from train car to train car, and take out opposing players while picking up loot.
To sum up, the game features:
• A wild west themed universe inspired from the original board game, digitally modernized
• A tactical and action-packed gameplay, for intense and unpredictable games
• An extensive Story mode following 6 characters, each with his own objectives and quirks. Available offline and saved the next time you log in.
• Numerous exciting game variants to unlock in Story mode.
• An online Multiplayer Mode
• A worldwide Leaderboard, updated and available in real-time
• A friendlist, with the possibility to play with your friends
• Collectible skins and environments to customize your adventures
• Many Achievements to accomplish, punctuating your exploration of the game
Colt Express costs $6.99, and is available now on Google Play. Check out the trailer below:
Like board games? Enjoy them on board games? Be on the lookout for Mysterium, due out in December.
The original game, developed by Oleksandr Nevskiy and Oleg Sidorenko, is interestingly based on a murder mystery; it packs in intrigue, a psychic character and the need to guess the details of the crime. The upcoming digitized version sounds similar:
Join the team of the brilliant clairvoyant Mr. MacDowell as a psychic for an exceptional séance! Lend a hand to the ghost haunting the walls of the Warwick Manor in his search for memories of his suspicious death. Read into the ghost’s visions to gather information on numerous leads in this atmospheric, cunning and immersive game. In Mysterium, gamers can also play as the ghost, whose communication with other psychics is limited to visions and dreams represented by beautifully illustrated cards.
The mobile version is being brought to life by Asmodee Digital, a design house that specializes in creating digital versions of board games, and Libellud, a board game publisher. Mysterium will have multiplayer functionality and singular Story Mode and some exclusive features.
The game is slated to cost $6.99; and will have in-app purchase opportunities. It will also be available on iOS and Steam.
Next week, we should see the arrival of a new game from Digidiced; this one is a mobile adaptation of Uwe Rosenberg’s popular board game Patchwork.
CORE GAMEPLAY & GAME MODES
In Patchwork, youâ€™ll go head-to-head against quilters all over the world by laying down tiles of different shapes and creating a patchwork of sorts. Youâ€™ll have to be strategic, though! With each piece of fabric placed, you move closer to the end of the time-tracking board. Go ahead and be the first one to move over a valuable single-square patch (thus stealing from the competition), but be careful: Racing to the end of the board will give you less time to build your quilt! Carefully plan each stitch and avoid creating holes — because each gap will cost you two points :)
Patchwork for mobile offers three different game modes:
— Local: Play against the A.I. in three varying difficulties (Lula/Easy, Hoo/Medium, and Ute/Hard), or share your device with another local player using the Guest option.
— Casual: Join unranked online matches — a step up from local play but not as competitive.
— Ranked: Challenge players from all over the globe in ranked matches.
— Faithful digital conversion of the award-winning board game by Uwe Rosenberg.
— Cross-platform worldwide multiplayer gameplay.
— Effective interactive tutorial.
— Analyze your best games (or learn tricks from the pros!) with the Playback function.
— Customize the interface with an ever-increasing number of backgrounds and colorful patterns.
— Challenge the A.I. in easy, medium, or hard mode.
— Consider every stitch you make in this deceivingly simple game.
February 24th is the day! The game is slated to cost $2.99 (with additional in-app purchasing opportunities), and will be cross-platform.
Joycity’s Game of Dice is getting a pretty major update that is rolling out now.
Dubbed the “Pirate Attack” update, the refresh brings new content to the mobile board game.
New Update, Pirate’s Attack!
1. Meet new character Anthony
2. Takeover treasure islands at new event map
“Pirate Map” to trigger special skills
3. New skill cards for a new strategy
4. You can now rate skill cards
5. Team & Guild Chatting now available
Check out a whole new Game of Dice NOW!
Game of Dice is free (with in-app purchase) on Google Play; a trailer featuring the update is below:
Board games can be hit or miss when it comes to being ported to mobile devices, and with good reason; sometimes, it is hard to transfer the qualities that make them so good in the first place. Still, it’s a worthy endeavor, and I, for one, always look for an opportunity to check out mobile versions of worthy board adventures.
And here we have Le Havre: The Inland Port, a game based on a board game.
The opening menu is well stocked, packing sections for introduction, Overview and more, including a two-player mode. One quickly gleans that, like its physical source, it is a two-player game. Visually, it is a gentle looking affair, with light colors and defined pieces. Navigation boils down to intuitive taps and dragging.
The built-in tutorial starts off by teaching one how to put up buildings; it goes on in depth, going over the intricate process of procuring stuff, crafting and paying for stuff. As noted, it is a two-person affair, so it is turn based. During one’s hand, one looks to perform the actions previously described in strategic fashion.
A core aspect is the player’s warehouse. The warehouse houses currency and resources, and one needs to manage how these are used. Another idea to wrap one’s head around is using a building “effects” to increase one’s worth. In the end, it boils down to 12 rounds of battle, with the winner being the richest harbormaster at the end.
It did take me a bit of time to get the hang of things; the payment chart, for instance, threw me for a loop, and there was the temptation to simply click my way through in random fashion. Once the basics are understood, the gameplay mostly falls into place.
From the perspective of one who never played the physical board version prior, the game is surprisingly engaging. It’s a management simulation game that breathes life into the concept of opportunity costs, and manages to add in crafting elements on a turn-based template as well. It is a handful at first, yes, but it mostly comes together to form a cohesive, atypical experience.
Talisman, the official digital version of the hit board game for Android, is currently on sale; it is priced at $0.99 right now.
Excerpts from the game’s Google Play description are below:
Talisman: Digital Edition, the classic fantasy adventure board game for 1-4 players. This officially licensed version of the Games Workshop game uses the 4th Revised Edition rules. In Talisman, you embark on a perilous quest for the ultimate treasure, the Crown of Command. Choose from 14 characters such as the Warrior, Assassin, Thief or Wizard and race your opponents through a perilous realm. Each character is unique in their strengths, weaknesses and special powers. To win the game, you must journey to the heart of the land to find the Crown of Command, and then use its ancient magic to cast a mighty spell to subdue all your rivals. Only by gradually building up your adventurer’s powers, gathering valuable allies, and winning potent magical items will you stand a chance of surviving the ultimate test that lies beyond the Portal of Power.
This family friendly game is simple to play – roll a die to move around the board and draw cards on spaces to encounter dangerous foes and claim powerful rewards! Build up your character’s power until you are ready to travel to the more dangerous areas of the board. Beware though, each character has the same goal and will stop at nothing to be the first to the Crown!
The game does offer in-app purchasing.
We don’t know how long the game will be available at this price point, so don’t wait. Check our Talisman review while you’re at it.
The tutorial is important, and helps one understand the intricacies of gameplay. An instructor is assigned to show one the basic ins and outs, and via dialogue boxes, cutscenes and pulsing graphics, the game concept readily emerges.
Folks knowledgeable with the board game will be on familiar turf. Backstory? We are talking about interstellar travel, and huge corporations are still a serious thingie. The major entity here is Corporation Incorporated, and it is a sewer-building company that is looking for space drivers — ah… Galaxy Truckers — to haul stuff from place to place for potential profits. Potential drivers can build spacecraft from materials and using a generalized set of rules governing placement. After that, it is a race to see who can get to the endpoint fastest, and ultimately, with the most profit.
The player starts out by building the aforementioned space ship. Out of sewer prefab, by the way. This portion of the game pays unabashed ode to its board game origins, as it is a battle to pull random, virtual cards from a pile. The idea is to get the pieces that can help out with game endeavors: rockets, engine, cargo holds and more. When ships are finished, the competition ramps up, with activity cards becoming a part of the process. These give a player an opportunity to things — take on jobs, if you will — for cash payouts. Not so fast though, because the way one creates the ship determines what one can transport. And then, there are other parts like meteor showers that need to be defended against too.
Decisions have consequences, because it is in essence a race of sorts. Taking jobs and other events can slow fliers down. The idea is to pick opportunities carefully, and avoid dangers. Everything is tallied at the end: profits, ship damage deductions, speed bonuses and more. Whichever racer has more wins.
The mix of the whimsical and the logical is quite engaging. Take the shipbuilding exercise; the sewer pieces are funny, but constructions best practices (like the placement of specific pieces) give it a sensible feel. The combination of card play, pseudo-racing, strategy and defense make for a handsome gameplay. Toss in multiple play modes (online, local turn-based, single player versus game AI) and one sees why the game can be tough to put down.
Porting board games to mobile platforms can be tough, as a lot of the the aspects that make it compelling in “real” life sometimes get lost in translation. Not to with this one.
Well-regarded developer Ravensburger Digital just brought the ever-popular board game Scotland Yard to Android players in digital form.
Scotland Yard is the digital version of the award-winning board game (“Game of the Year” 1983, etc.). Since its creation 30 years ago, Scotland Yard has sold over four million copies. Now the game enjoyed by millions of people is available as Android app!
This is a very tricky case for Scotland Yard: Mister X has disappeared in the heart of London’s nightlife. The only clue for the investigation: his discarded tickets. But in which part of London did he use them? There – suddenly he’s been seen for a brief moment. Now, keep a cool head. Search the district tactically and reconstruct the escape route.
Set off as one of five clever agents on the hunt for the legendary Mister X, or step into his shoes, diving into the heart of London’s nightlife to escape the agents.
âœ” Completely new setting in London by night
âœ” Razor-sharp HD graphics
âœ”Single player mode: Local game for one to six players including computer players
âœ” Multiplayer mode: Local, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth and online
âœ” Interactive, user-friendly Tutorial
âœ” Easy to understand instructions for both beginners and experts
âœ” No need to assemble or put away!
âœ” Endless fun with family and friends!
Draughts (AKA Checkers) games aren’t exactly uncommon on Android, but it is hard to argue with the promise of free multiplayer. Does Draughts Online Free deliver on this promise?
Draughts Online Free is a basic Draughts game. There are no difficulty settings but at least the AI is passable and plays a decent game of Draughts. There are multiple versions of the game as well which is nice. Whatâ€™s missing though is the option to enable or disable forced captures. Some people do not play with this rule, so this is a strange omission. Russian, Brazilian, Spanish and International variants are available. There is also an additional variant interestingly called Suicide. This one tasks players with losing as fast as possible. the first one to lose or their pieces or have no moves available wins! Draughts Online Free plays a decent game of Draughts, at least offline. As said above The AI makes a decent opponent although it does seem very aggressive and there are no difficulty settings to speak of.
As for the lauded multiplayer, I couldn’t get the game to connect once. I attempted to do so over both my home Wi-Fi and 4G, and neither worked. Every time I attempted to play online the game got stuck at a â€œconnectingâ€ message forever. If the phone enters sleep mode it aborts connecting and shows an ad when you unlock it.
To add insult to injury, the one time it seemed to get past â€œestablishing connectionâ€ another message appeared telling me I had lost without even playing and an ad popped up. Thatâ€™s right; the only noteworthy feature of this game fails to work. Hopefully this is rectified at some point in the future.
Without working multiplayer there is just little reason to pick this app over other, better Checkers apps. There are many other board games on Android such as Ludo and Chess games which work just fine online, so there is little excuse.
On the bright side, the game contains no IAP. There are ads displayed after games, but this is reasonable and there are no annoying ad banners or other elements to get in your way while playing.
Graphically, Draughts Online Free is very basic for a Draughts game. While it looks fine as Checkers games go, there are no interesting little touches like alternate boards or pieces, which are a common sight in other Android board games, such as Ludo Master. The highlight for selecting pieces is also needlessly hard to see and the gameâ€™s menus look cheap. The only sound is a clicking sound when selecting items.
Draughts Online Free could have been a decent, if basic game, but the broken multiplayer defeats the purpose of playing and there are other more fully featured Draughts games on Android.