Ticket to Ride is Free on Amazon Appstore

Ticket to Ride is Free on Amazon Appstore

Dec 2, 2016

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:

Main features

• 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

Our sister site Pocket Gamer gave the game high praise when it tool a formal look a while back.

Go ahead and get this while it’s available…

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Board Game Port ‘Colt Express’ Goes Live on Google Play

Board Game Port ‘Colt Express’ Goes Live on Google Play

Nov 28, 2016

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:

Notable Board Game Mysterium Due Out on Android this Year

Notable Board Game Mysterium Due Out on Android this Year

Nov 9, 2016

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.

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Upcoming Game ‘Patchwork’ Due Out Next Week

Upcoming Game ‘Patchwork’ Due Out Next Week

Feb 18, 2016

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, you’ll go head-to-head against quilters all over the world by laying down tiles of different shapes and creating a patchwork of sorts. You’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.

KEY FEATURES
— 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.

Check out the launch trailer below:

Game of Dice Receives ‘Pirate Attack’ Update (Video of the Day)

Game of Dice Receives ‘Pirate Attack’ Update (Video of the Day)

Feb 5, 2016

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.

WHAT’S NEW

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:

Le Havre: The Inland Port Review

Le Havre: The Inland Port Review

Nov 12, 2015

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.

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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 Goes on Sale on Google Play

Talisman Goes on Sale on Google Play

Jun 15, 2015

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.

[Source: Slickdeals.net and Nomad Games Blog] [Our Review]

Galaxy Trucker Review

Galaxy Trucker Review

May 29, 2015

We just had to try Galaxy Trucker. For real…

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 ideagt1 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 done, Czech Games Edition. Well done.

Ravensburger Releases Scotland Yard on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Ravensburger Releases Scotland Yard on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Mar 26, 2015

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.
Features:
✔ Completely new setting in London by night
✔ Razor-sharp HD graphics
✔Single player mode: Local game for one to six players including computer players
✔ Multiplayer mode: Local, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth and online
✔ Interactive, user-friendly Tutorial
✔ Easy to understand instructions for both beginners and experts
✔ No need to assemble or put away!
✔ Endless fun with family and friends!

Scotland Yard is available for $4.99 on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

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Draughts Online Free Review

Draughts Online Free Review

Jan 15, 2015

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. What’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!

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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 “connecting” 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 “establishing connection” another message appeared telling me I had lost without even playing and an ad popped up. That’s right; the only noteworthy feature of this game fails to work. Hopefully this is rectified at some point in the future.

Screenshot_2015-01-13-05-03-25Without 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 game’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.

Ludo Master Review

Ludo Master Review

Dec 9, 2014

Ludo Master is a colourful attempt to rejuvenate the classic board game played by grandmothers everywhere. Is it worth playing?

Screenshot_2014-12-06-22-47-36Ludo Master plays a good game of ludo with a few bells and whistles. A neat dice strength gauge allows for harder of softer dice throws so you can try to “turn” the dice over to get another six just like real life. When a piece lands on an opponent a mini punch up ensures as they are sent back to their base. Multiple boards are available and the game lacks any nasty bugs or other impediments to success.

At the same time though this is Ludo and nothing more. There are no alternate game modes or special rule sets to use. Ludo is such a well-worn game it would be nice to see a few spanners thrown into the works with some oddball game variations, but what’s here is well executed and perfectly playable.

Games can be played against other players or against the AI. The AI is good enough, although it sometimes make questionable tactical choices, like opting not to land on an opponents pieces and moving something else instead.

A baffling omission in Ludo Master is the complete lack of online play, or even Bluetooth multiplayer. This means that players must share the same device to play games against each other, which is unwieldy to say the least. This is a missed opportunity and lessens the game’s replay value by a lot.

Screenshot_2014-12-06-22-31-36It does seem that dice in Ludo Master can act a bit weird. In a game I played the blue player seemed to constantly cheat as he managed to get two sixes one after another three times in 5 turns and mostly threw fives when he wasn’t throwing sixes. Meanwhile it took me 15 throws to throw a single 1 to win a game in which I had previously thrown 5 ones in a row.

Ludo Master features extremely minimal IAP. The game itself is free and one 99 cent charge removes the banner ad that is on screen during games and the delays between menu screens for “loading”. There are no such delays when games are in progress. This is very reasonable.

Ludo Master looks as good as a board game can. The game is bright and colourful and there are multiple board designs and each looks good in its own way. The sound works well too. A peaceful tune accompanies the pleasant gameplay and the odd popping of moving pieces and amusing punching sounds for taking opponent pieces gets the job done.

Ludo Master is a friendly and good looking game of ludo for free and is worth playing, but the questionable dice rolls and lack of online play hampers its long term gameplay value.

New Board Game-Based Soqquadro Comes To Android

New Board Game-Based Soqquadro Comes To Android

Oct 15, 2014

Cranio Creations and MakeItApp are collaborating to bring new game Soqquadro to Android devices.

Excerpts from the Google Play app page:

Short description of the game:

– The App will show a card on your smartphone or tablet, with some characteristics
(so you will no longer lose the paper cards as soon as you open the box the first time!)
– You will go around the house to look for an object that satisfies those characteristics
(just like pirates looking for treasures!)
– Every player has an avatar on the app that keeps the scores of all the objects found
(cheating is impossible avoiding a lot of children fights!)
– During the game the app will call for various “Challenges”
(to trigger even more the children’s creativity!)
– The final winner is proclaimed by the app and then confirmed or denied by all the players, that will check all the treasures found by everyone!

For this week, Soqquardo is available for the special price of $2.27 on Google Play; Go grab it!

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[Source: MakeitApp Press Release]