One title that has generated a significant following in our forums is Chillingo Ltd's Orions: Legend of Wizards [App Store]. Priced at $4.99, Orions is a strategy game that has been described by one forum member as Puzzle Quest but with a fantasy card battle system rather than a Bejeweled-matching system. The game itself is a port of a PocketPC game which was very well reviewed:

Orions: Legend of Wizards is, without hesitation, the best strategy game I have played on the Pocket PC. It is essentially two games in one. First, it is a turn-based strategy game in which you must build an army and conquer all of the other armies in order to unite the world under your control. Like any turn based strategy game, there is an economic component and a military component to the game. In addition, however, Orions blazes a new trail by adding the battle elements.

Players of the iPhone version have had some interface and stability issues, but for the most part appears to have been very well received. The developer has also indicated that a new update is in beta testing to fix several issues.

The game seems to have a bit of a learning curve, but fans of card games such as Magic: The Gathering will find this one hard to resist. If you do play the game, be sure to see this strategy guide that can be helpful.

One forum member IzzyNobre even put together this introduction video to walk you through the gameplay.


[ low bandwidth video ]

App Store Link: Orions, $4.99

Update: Price changed to $4.99.

  • Walking Dog

    I have been playing this game for a week,,,, I think its one of the BEST games on the IPHONE by FAR!!!

  • Walking Dog

    I have been playing this game for a week,,,, I think its one of the BEST games on the IPHONE by FAR!!!

  • Walking Dog

    Also it's really just a Generic "MAgic the GAthering" card game

  • Walking Dog

    Also it's really just a Generic "MAgic the GAthering" card game

  • Alan

    cantstopplayingthisone!

  • Alan

    cantstopplayingthisone!

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    Ahaha holy crap, I can't believe they actually used my video!

    I'm honored. And I wish I had made a better one :(

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    Ahaha holy crap, I can't believe they actually used my video!

    I'm honored. And I wish I had made a better one :(

  • niz

    I just hope all those addons find their way to the iphone too.

  • niz

    I just hope all those addons find their way to the iphone too.

  • http://www.fftrealm.com Noah

    How many different cards are there? The reason M:TG is so great is due to the sheer number of cards available to mix and match! :)

  • http://www.fftrealm.com Noah

    How many different cards are there? The reason M:TG is so great is due to the sheer number of cards available to mix and match! :)

  • Walking Dog

    There is about 70-80 cards (So Far) 12 to 13 cards in 6 Elements

  • Walking Dog

    There is about 70-80 cards (So Far) 12 to 13 cards in 6 Elements

  • palapalooza

    What happened to the video? Says it's not available.

  • palapalooza

    What happened to the video? Says it's not available.

  • arn

    sorry. fixed the video embed. should work now.

    arn

  • arn

    sorry. fixed the video embed. should work now.

    arn

  • http://www.clickgamer.com/iphone CHILLINGO

    V1.1 has been approved by Apple and should be available any time now...

    Changes include ;

    * Fixed game from freezing, which sometimes required user to reinstall the game.
    * Now you can see cards description in shop and card exchange panels.
    * No more accidental castings when viewing descriptions.
    * Iproved particle effects.
    * New price of 4.99 USD once v1.1 goes live.

    Please keep the feedback coming so we can improve Orions further !

    • Eric

      Update the game we need more cards

  • http://www.clickgamer.com/iphone CHILLINGO

    V1.1 has been approved by Apple and should be available any time now...

    Changes include ;

    * Fixed game from freezing, which sometimes required user to reinstall the game.
    * Now you can see cards description in shop and card exchange panels.
    * No more accidental castings when viewing descriptions.
    * Iproved particle effects.
    * New price of 4.99 USD once v1.1 goes live.

    Please keep the feedback coming so we can improve Orions further !

    • Eric

      Update the game we need more cards

  • http://www.fftrealm.com Noah

    I'm trying to buy it right now for $1.99, but it won't let me... does this mean I'm going to have to pay nearly $5 to give this game a shot??

  • http://www.fftrealm.com Noah

    I'm trying to buy it right now for $1.99, but it won't let me... does this mean I'm going to have to pay nearly $5 to give this game a shot??

  • polyplay

    Honestly, even if you have to pay $5, it is absolutely worth it. Most of us on the forum came to the conclusion that the game was severely undervalued, and the update will fix most of the major gripes that existed.

    That, and the possibility that there will likely be more cards added later on make this a must buy. I'm not even a card game fan and I've spent hours on this game.

  • polyplay

    Honestly, even if you have to pay $5, it is absolutely worth it. Most of us on the forum came to the conclusion that the game was severely undervalued, and the update will fix most of the major gripes that existed.

    That, and the possibility that there will likely be more cards added later on make this a must buy. I'm not even a card game fan and I've spent hours on this game.

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    "V1.1 has been approved by Apple and should be available any time now…"

    And yes, it's out and available now!!!

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    "V1.1 has been approved by Apple and should be available any time now…"

    And yes, it's out and available now!!!

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    "I’m trying to buy it right now for $1.99, but it won’t let me… does this mean I’m going to have to pay nearly $5 to give this game a shot??"

    The $2 intro price has been extended - hopefully you'll be able to get it still for $2 when you fix the purchase issues.

    Nevertheless, the game is worth much more than $2. I love it so much that, while I had complimentary (review) copies of all the episodes, I've purchased them all (for $20+) on Windows Mobile. It's worth that much - or even more. I've spent several and several hours playing the game (in Duel, against the CPU and, sometimes, at least on WinMo, which has TCP/IP multiplayer, against other people) and just can't stop doing this.

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    "I’m trying to buy it right now for $1.99, but it won’t let me… does this mean I’m going to have to pay nearly $5 to give this game a shot??"

    The $2 intro price has been extended - hopefully you'll be able to get it still for $2 when you fix the purchase issues.

    Nevertheless, the game is worth much more than $2. I love it so much that, while I had complimentary (review) copies of all the episodes, I've purchased them all (for $20+) on Windows Mobile. It's worth that much - or even more. I've spent several and several hours playing the game (in Duel, against the CPU and, sometimes, at least on WinMo, which has TCP/IP multiplayer, against other people) and just can't stop doing this.

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    "I just hope all those addons find their way to the iphone too."

    They will - some time in 2009.

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    "I just hope all those addons find their way to the iphone too."

    They will - some time in 2009.

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    "Ahaha holy crap, I can’t believe they actually used my video!

    I’m honored."

    Me too - thanks for linking to my Strategy Guide :) Will VERY soon update it to cover the iPhone version (which has some 5-10 different cards with slightly modded HP's, strength etc).

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    Even at $5 this game is worth it, no question there.

    There's a lot of polish and a lot of replay value. The game is downright addictive. You can play both a long session via the campaign mode, or quick 5-minute bursts in Duel Mode.

    What more could you ask for? Simply put, this game is totally worth the money.

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    "Ahaha holy crap, I can’t believe they actually used my video!

    I’m honored."

    Me too - thanks for linking to my Strategy Guide :) Will VERY soon update it to cover the iPhone version (which has some 5-10 different cards with slightly modded HP's, strength etc).

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    Even at $5 this game is worth it, no question there.

    There's a lot of polish and a lot of replay value. The game is downright addictive. You can play both a long session via the campaign mode, or quick 5-minute bursts in Duel Mode.

    What more could you ask for? Simply put, this game is totally worth the money.

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    "Also it’s really just a Generic “MAgic the GAthering” card game"

    Yup, something like that; it's just really well done and once you start playing it, you just won't be able to stop (at least not in Duel mode against the CPU or a human opponent - I really wish the dev added TCP/IP support ASAP). It's really addictive.

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    "Also it’s really just a Generic “MAgic the GAthering” card game"

    Yup, something like that; it's just really well done and once you start playing it, you just won't be able to stop (at least not in Duel mode against the CPU or a human opponent - I really wish the dev added TCP/IP support ASAP). It's really addictive.

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    Are you sure the update is out? Not in the Canadian AppStore yet, at least.

    Oh well. I'll wait a few hours.

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    Are you sure the update is out? Not in the Canadian AppStore yet, at least.

    Oh well. I'll wait a few hours.

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    @Menneisyys

    Assynchronous multiplayer (like in Chess With Friends) would make me put Orions on my iPhone's dock.

    For those not in the know, Assynchronous multiplayer means you could log into the game you have going with your buddy, make a move, then log off, turn off your phone and go about your business. The opponent would receive your move when he logged in, make his own, and so on and so forth.

    The beauty of this is that it suits the mobile lifestyle far better than "real time" multiplayer. You don't have to be holding your phone the whole time, just whenever you have the chance to make a move.

    Please Chillingo/MoreGames Entertainment - add multiplayer!

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    @Menneisyys

    Assynchronous multiplayer (like in Chess With Friends) would make me put Orions on my iPhone's dock.

    For those not in the know, Assynchronous multiplayer means you could log into the game you have going with your buddy, make a move, then log off, turn off your phone and go about your business. The opponent would receive your move when he logged in, make his own, and so on and so forth.

    The beauty of this is that it suits the mobile lifestyle far better than "real time" multiplayer. You don't have to be holding your phone the whole time, just whenever you have the chance to make a move.

    Please Chillingo/MoreGames Entertainment - add multiplayer!

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    "Are you sure the update is out? Not in the Canadian AppStore yet, at least."

    It is - at least in the Finnish one. I haven't checked the Updates section in AppStore (I've been having problems upgrading my apps and, in general, don't really bother when the number of updated apps increases). I just re-downloaded the game from AppStore (because I had to uninstall my previous version, which got corrupted because of the "Extended deck" bug) and it was already v1.1.

    Interested in a screenshot? :)

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    "Are you sure the update is out? Not in the Canadian AppStore yet, at least."

    It is - at least in the Finnish one. I haven't checked the Updates section in AppStore (I've been having problems upgrading my apps and, in general, don't really bother when the number of updated apps increases). I just re-downloaded the game from AppStore (because I had to uninstall my previous version, which got corrupted because of the "Extended deck" bug) and it was already v1.1.

    Interested in a screenshot? :)

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    AppStore indeed lists it as 1.0 (just checked). However, the game IS 1.1 - without the Extended deck bug.

    Prolly it's just how the MG folks distribute the 1.1 beta? They don't announce the beta, just make sure anyone that now (re)downloads it already gets the beta. If it's a beta, that is.

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    AppStore indeed lists it as 1.0 (just checked). However, the game IS 1.1 - without the Extended deck bug.

    Prolly it's just how the MG folks distribute the 1.1 beta? They don't announce the beta, just make sure anyone that now (re)downloads it already gets the beta. If it's a beta, that is.

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    A screenshot of v1.1 (again, I don't know whether it's the beta or the final): http://www.flickr.com/photos/14043298@N05/

    Check out the version number in the top left corner

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    A screenshot of v1.1 (again, I don't know whether it's the beta or the final): http://www.flickr.com/photos/14043298@N05/

    Check out the version number in the top left corner

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    Well that's peculiar.

    Should I delete and redownload?

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    Well that's peculiar.

    Should I delete and redownload?

  • turbo87

    Just tried purchasing it for 1.99, but won't let me. ITUNES says that it's being updated. Looks like V1.1 now is at 4.99. Too late. Any chance of extending the 1.99 price?

  • turbo87

    Just tried purchasing it for 1.99, but won't let me. ITUNES says that it's being updated. Looks like V1.1 now is at 4.99. Too late. Any chance of extending the 1.99 price?

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    I downloaded a dozen of apps those last weeks, and I'm playing a lot of it ...
    Even so I would say, I only play this game, it's very addicting and well thought:)

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    I downloaded a dozen of apps those last weeks, and I'm playing a lot of it ...
    Even so I would say, I only play this game, it's very addicting and well thought:)

  • MacinJosh

    Gah! I'm trying to purchase it but the Finnish store says "This item is currently being modified. Please try again later." I wonder if they're updating it. That means I missed my 1.59€ chance...

  • MacinJosh

    Gah! I'm trying to purchase it but the Finnish store says "This item is currently being modified. Please try again later." I wonder if they're updating it. That means I missed my 1.59€ chance...

  • 1337brian

    Dang it! Same here... Being modified, I hate missing a sale! Oh well... Christmas is around the corner!

  • 1337brian

    Dang it! Same here... Being modified, I hate missing a sale! Oh well... Christmas is around the corner!

  • Vern

    Yeah, it's showing it for $1.99 but I'm trying to buy it but it won't let me because it says it's being modified. Too bad because I really wanted to give it a try, but I won't spend $4.99 on it. I've bought too many games already that I hardly play and don't want to waste another $5.

  • Vern

    Yeah, it's showing it for $1.99 but I'm trying to buy it but it won't let me because it says it's being modified. Too bad because I really wanted to give it a try, but I won't spend $4.99 on it. I've bought too many games already that I hardly play and don't want to waste another $5.

  • Bael

    Yea - shows as $1.99 for me but won't let me purchase it.

  • Bael

    Yea - shows as $1.99 for me but won't let me purchase it.

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    You guys are missing out. Even at $5 bucks, it's absolutelly worth it. Way better game than other $5 purchases I've made, like TouchGrind...

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    You guys are missing out. Even at $5 bucks, it's absolutelly worth it. Way better game than other $5 purchases I've made, like TouchGrind...

  • Tunawrap

    Pegasus is one of the best cards IMO

  • Tunawrap

    Pegasus is one of the best cards IMO

  • http://www.jclarkonline.com J Clark

    Same here, it shows as $2, but it won't let me buy it. I don't know, this looks like it's right up my ally, but without being able to actually play it first, I'm a little hesitant to spend $5 on it. $2 is a no-brainer (I know, it's only a few dollars, but psychologically it seems like a huge difference). It's mentioned that the introductory price has been extended, so why can't we buy it?

    I would re-think more than doubling the price. I think a lot of people like me (and some of the commenters above) wouldn't think twice about a $2 game, but might steer clear of a $5 game. Obviously I don't really know the economics of it, but I have trouble believing you wouldn't make more by getting more people to pay a lower price.

  • http://www.jclarkonline.com J Clark

    Same here, it shows as $2, but it won't let me buy it. I don't know, this looks like it's right up my ally, but without being able to actually play it first, I'm a little hesitant to spend $5 on it. $2 is a no-brainer (I know, it's only a few dollars, but psychologically it seems like a huge difference). It's mentioned that the introductory price has been extended, so why can't we buy it?

    I would re-think more than doubling the price. I think a lot of people like me (and some of the commenters above) wouldn't think twice about a $2 game, but might steer clear of a $5 game. Obviously I don't really know the economics of it, but I have trouble believing you wouldn't make more by getting more people to pay a lower price.

  • http://www.jclarkonline.com J Clark

    Well, it just went through, but it charged me the full $4.99 even though it still says $1.99.

    Not cool guys.

  • http://www.jclarkonline.com J Clark

    Well, it just went through, but it charged me the full $4.99 even though it still says $1.99.

    Not cool guys.

  • Chris

    So I can't buy it for $1.99 because it's broken, and when the fix is published the price of the game increases 250%?

    Sorry, but paying an extra $3.00 for a patch is ridiculous.

  • Chris

    So I can't buy it for $1.99 because it's broken, and when the fix is published the price of the game increases 250%?

    Sorry, but paying an extra $3.00 for a patch is ridiculous.

  • MetaBunny

    In defense of the developers, any discrepancy between the listed price and the amount you were charged should be Apple's fault.

    (I'm actually surprised more people don't complain about this. I often go to grab apps that are temporarily free only to see the "confirm the charge to your credit card" dialogue and cancel the purchase. Unfortunately there's no such warning for a price increase on a paid app. Also, the search results list and the application page can sometimes show different prices. Which is the one I'll be charged? It's clear that price changes are yet another thing Apple didn't really take into account when throwing apps into the iTunes Store.)

    As for the price increase itself, I think it's perfectly acceptable. It was stated clearly in the app's description that $1.99 was an introductory price, and $4.99 is still a very reasonable price for a game of this calibre.

  • MetaBunny

    In defense of the developers, any discrepancy between the listed price and the amount you were charged should be Apple's fault.

    (I'm actually surprised more people don't complain about this. I often go to grab apps that are temporarily free only to see the "confirm the charge to your credit card" dialogue and cancel the purchase. Unfortunately there's no such warning for a price increase on a paid app. Also, the search results list and the application page can sometimes show different prices. Which is the one I'll be charged? It's clear that price changes are yet another thing Apple didn't really take into account when throwing apps into the iTunes Store.)

    As for the price increase itself, I think it's perfectly acceptable. It was stated clearly in the app's description that $1.99 was an introductory price, and $4.99 is still a very reasonable price for a game of this calibre.

  • polyplay

    I've spent a few minutes with the update, and my opinion is that the worth of the game at any price lower than $10 is unimpeachable. Folks, this is really as good as it gets if this kind of game looks in any way appealing to you.

    When the future updates with more cards are released, I really wouldn't mind paying more; this game really is that good.

  • polyplay

    I've spent a few minutes with the update, and my opinion is that the worth of the game at any price lower than $10 is unimpeachable. Folks, this is really as good as it gets if this kind of game looks in any way appealing to you.

    When the future updates with more cards are released, I really wouldn't mind paying more; this game really is that good.

  • TSP

    Will wait for price to drop or for it to be totally free. Been a while since I played Magic The Gathering which makes me hesitant that I won´t like this game. To increase the price when generally all publishers lowers til the Holidays seems quite strange to me as well.

  • TSP

    Will wait for price to drop or for it to be totally free. Been a while since I played Magic The Gathering which makes me hesitant that I won´t like this game. To increase the price when generally all publishers lowers til the Holidays seems quite strange to me as well.

  • arn

    @TSP: it was intended that way (cheaper intro price), it just happened to be poorly timed with our story.

    People complain when apps drop in price, so they suggest apps come out for a cheaper price first and then go up. Of course, then people complain that the price went up. I know everyone just likes to complain about pricing when they are on the wrong side of the price change, but still.

    arn

  • arn

    @TSP: it was intended that way (cheaper intro price), it just happened to be poorly timed with our story.

    People complain when apps drop in price, so they suggest apps come out for a cheaper price first and then go up. Of course, then people complain that the price went up. I know everyone just likes to complain about pricing when they are on the wrong side of the price change, but still.

    arn

  • TSP

    Actually I agree with you Arn about it being better to have a low introduction price. Often the apps pretty much sucks until the first update so it is better to give those willing to take a chance a good price. I dislike the whole price changing hysteria of the appstore and wish there was some rules to it all.

  • TSP

    Actually I agree with you Arn about it being better to have a low introduction price. Often the apps pretty much sucks until the first update so it is better to give those willing to take a chance a good price. I dislike the whole price changing hysteria of the appstore and wish there was some rules to it all.

  • Mike

    The app store/publisher's behaviour following this review was *really* unfortunate. A couple of hours after reading the review, I decided to buy the game (for my 2nd ever app store purchase) for $1.99 - I was sold based on the reviews here. No dice- the app store said the app was being updated: "try again later". Finally, a few hours later, it's available again at $4.99. Screw that. If I didn't know better, I'd bet that toucharcade and the developers were in cahoots. Lame, lame, lame, lame.

  • Mike

    The app store/publisher's behaviour following this review was *really* unfortunate. A couple of hours after reading the review, I decided to buy the game (for my 2nd ever app store purchase) for $1.99 - I was sold based on the reviews here. No dice- the app store said the app was being updated: "try again later". Finally, a few hours later, it's available again at $4.99. Screw that. If I didn't know better, I'd bet that toucharcade and the developers were in cahoots. Lame, lame, lame, lame.

  • polyplay

    @ Mike:

    The updates for this game were planned a while ago. It would be rather difficult to program an entire update and have it timed so that it gets released shortly after a favorable review on Touch Arcade.

    People, seriously: $3 more is still absolutely, without a doubt worth it.

  • polyplay

    @ Mike:

    The updates for this game were planned a while ago. It would be rather difficult to program an entire update and have it timed so that it gets released shortly after a favorable review on Touch Arcade.

    People, seriously: $3 more is still absolutely, without a doubt worth it.

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    crap. I should have bought it this morning (my time zone) when it was $1.99!

    Miss the freaking boat!

    I wanted to buy it after watching the video review which peak my interest after he ask 'me' to get it. But, had to go to work!

    C'mon! Make it $1.99 again!

    he he!

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    crap. I should have bought it this morning (my time zone) when it was $1.99!

    Miss the freaking boat!

    I wanted to buy it after watching the video review which peak my interest after he ask 'me' to get it. But, had to go to work!

    C'mon! Make it $1.99 again!

    he he!

  • MacinJosh

    I bought it. Looks great but the tutorial is seriously bugged. If you click the wrong place the tutorial assumes you have done it correctly and continues on.

  • MacinJosh

    I bought it. Looks great but the tutorial is seriously bugged. If you click the wrong place the tutorial assumes you have done it correctly and continues on.

  • joni

    good game! i have it like a week

  • joni

    good game! i have it like a week

  • AnHonestOp

    Hey everyone. love the site, but this is my first time commenting. i have to say to everyone complaining about those that are expressing their opinions about the price increase from the introductory price need to understand something. who's $2 is not a lot for something good 5$ isn't a lot for something great. but for me, who has NEVER played a card game before, but was won over not only by the video here on touch arcade, but by the price they stated, this is not acceptable. i believe in the original article (It's been updated) even TA states how its a great deal at $2. At the end of the day, we're not only looking for good apps, We're also looking for great deals. Its not about getting your money's worth, Its about FEELING like you did. There is a big difference. I wanted to try this, and like others itunes locked me out. But at this price, it goes beyond my, and many people's, it seems, cost/chance ratio. Maybe when it drops.

  • AnHonestOp

    Hey everyone. love the site, but this is my first time commenting. i have to say to everyone complaining about those that are expressing their opinions about the price increase from the introductory price need to understand something. who's $2 is not a lot for something good 5$ isn't a lot for something great. but for me, who has NEVER played a card game before, but was won over not only by the video here on touch arcade, but by the price they stated, this is not acceptable. i believe in the original article (It's been updated) even TA states how its a great deal at $2. At the end of the day, we're not only looking for good apps, We're also looking for great deals. Its not about getting your money's worth, Its about FEELING like you did. There is a big difference. I wanted to try this, and like others itunes locked me out. But at this price, it goes beyond my, and many people's, it seems, cost/chance ratio. Maybe when it drops.

  • Altrez

    Buy this game! I have around 30 games for my 2gen Touch and this is the only game I have been playing. Its great! It has depth and is fun!

  • Altrez

    Buy this game! I have around 30 games for my 2gen Touch and this is the only game I have been playing. Its great! It has depth and is fun!

  • polyplay

    @ AnHonestOp:

    I certainly understand the idea of $2 versus $5 for a chance. It was the original price that encouraged me to take a blind chance and get the game based on some positive preliminary feedback in the forums.

    But I think the purpose of the notice on the front page as well as the overwhelmingly positive discussion on the forums is to reduce the risk you might spend $5 on a game you might not like. Taking a blind chance at $5 is asking way too much; the reviews and information make that chance much less blind.

  • polyplay

    @ AnHonestOp:

    I certainly understand the idea of $2 versus $5 for a chance. It was the original price that encouraged me to take a blind chance and get the game based on some positive preliminary feedback in the forums.

    But I think the purpose of the notice on the front page as well as the overwhelmingly positive discussion on the forums is to reduce the risk you might spend $5 on a game you might not like. Taking a blind chance at $5 is asking way too much; the reviews and information make that chance much less blind.

  • Shroud

    Looks interesting but I think I will wait for the $1.99 price to come back again. Looks like the developer is trying to make some quick cash by raising the price on everyone but it appears to be backfiring as many people will not pay $5 for this game.

  • Shroud

    Looks interesting but I think I will wait for the $1.99 price to come back again. Looks like the developer is trying to make some quick cash by raising the price on everyone but it appears to be backfiring as many people will not pay $5 for this game.

  • Pope

    I love this game, and as others have stated it was a steal at the old price, but well worth the new price. I think something to consider is whether we want cell phone games on the iPhone or if we want hand held games on the iPhone. If we collectively choose $0 to $5 as our price window, we're going to get the former. If we set the acceptable price window higher then it becomes more likely we'll start seeing more of the latter. I agree with seniment of the wish to get a good deal, but it's going to begin to effect the developers willingness to view the iPhone as an actual console quality platform if we don't make an attempt at flexibility.

  • Pope

    I love this game, and as others have stated it was a steal at the old price, but well worth the new price. I think something to consider is whether we want cell phone games on the iPhone or if we want hand held games on the iPhone. If we collectively choose $0 to $5 as our price window, we're going to get the former. If we set the acceptable price window higher then it becomes more likely we'll start seeing more of the latter. I agree with seniment of the wish to get a good deal, but it's going to begin to effect the developers willingness to view the iPhone as an actual console quality platform if we don't make an attempt at flexibility.

  • http://www.jclarkonline.com J Clark

    To be clear, I'm not really upset that the price went up, more that when I clicked "buy" it said one price and charged another. I see how that's Apple's issue though, sorry for implying otherwise. I may just take that up with them... As if it would do any good.

    So far it does seem worth it, though I do stand by my view that at $2 many more people would take a chance than would at $5. By the way, are there going to be additional charges for future content? If not, the price I paid becomes more reasonable. If so, I hope it's a very small amount or a lot of content.

    In any case, I was looking for something just like this. I'm going to be traveling for the holiday, and this should give me something to do on the plane. So no regrets, I just wish it had been a bit smoother.

  • http://www.jclarkonline.com J Clark

    To be clear, I'm not really upset that the price went up, more that when I clicked "buy" it said one price and charged another. I see how that's Apple's issue though, sorry for implying otherwise. I may just take that up with them... As if it would do any good.

    So far it does seem worth it, though I do stand by my view that at $2 many more people would take a chance than would at $5. By the way, are there going to be additional charges for future content? If not, the price I paid becomes more reasonable. If so, I hope it's a very small amount or a lot of content.

    In any case, I was looking for something just like this. I'm going to be traveling for the holiday, and this should give me something to do on the plane. So no regrets, I just wish it had been a bit smoother.

  • http://digitaldrops.com.br Nick Ellis

    Just like IzzyNobre I'm totally addicted on this great game. It's worth more than five bucks.

  • http://digitaldrops.com.br Nick Ellis

    Just like IzzyNobre I'm totally addicted on this great game. It's worth more than five bucks.

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    heck. Somebody, should pay Izzy cause I decided to buy this game even though the price went up because of his video review. haha. Good job Izzy!

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    heck. Somebody, should pay Izzy cause I decided to buy this game even though the price went up because of his video review. haha. Good job Izzy!

  • http://www.twiddlegeek.com Tony

    I booted up the app store to see if I could still get this for $2. Nope, and I probably won't be purchasing at $5 just yet. Shame, they would have had a sale otherwise. If it drops again, we'll see.

  • http://www.twiddlegeek.com Tony

    I booted up the app store to see if I could still get this for $2. Nope, and I probably won't be purchasing at $5 just yet. Shame, they would have had a sale otherwise. If it drops again, we'll see.

  • Javi

    Like others have said, I'm not going to risk $5 for a game that I don't know if I will like.
    If Chillingo releases a free demo in which I can experience the game and I like it, I would gladly pay $5. But I'm not going in blindly. I was going to buy it for $2 yesterday after I bought a gift card, but it was too late.

  • Javi

    Like others have said, I'm not going to risk $5 for a game that I don't know if I will like.
    If Chillingo releases a free demo in which I can experience the game and I like it, I would gladly pay $5. But I'm not going in blindly. I was going to buy it for $2 yesterday after I bought a gift card, but it was too late.

  • lopches

    i believe the initial price is way too undervalued for the game. at its $5 price now it's still a game worth downloading. in future where more cards or expansions are released even if there is an update cost, still a good game to look forward to. don't hesitate. just get the game

  • lopches

    i believe the initial price is way too undervalued for the game. at its $5 price now it's still a game worth downloading. in future where more cards or expansions are released even if there is an update cost, still a good game to look forward to. don't hesitate. just get the game

  • http://pocketgamer.biz Mobile Hack

    It's a desperate sign that $5 is now considered too expensive to take a chance on a game. I'd agree if it was a totally blind purchase, but you're seeing reviews on websites and in the store, gameplay footage, you know how it performed on PocketPC etc. Not trying to p*ss anyone off, but these games do cost money to make remember - and on normal games consoles for years the norm was to spend $30 pretty much blind. (Still is on DS).

  • http://pocketgamer.biz Mobile Hack

    It's a desperate sign that $5 is now considered too expensive to take a chance on a game. I'd agree if it was a totally blind purchase, but you're seeing reviews on websites and in the store, gameplay footage, you know how it performed on PocketPC etc. Not trying to p*ss anyone off, but these games do cost money to make remember - and on normal games consoles for years the norm was to spend $30 pretty much blind. (Still is on DS).

  • http://www.twiddlegeek.com Tony

    @Mobile Hack - Actually, I use GameFly for everything, including DS. I only buy the titles I really like.

    I will also say, having done Pocket PC reviews for a fairly large site in the past, that the price of Windows Mobile games are absolutely ridiculous. I know the iPhone is nowhere near that insanity, but I personally still find it hard to justify more than a few bucks for a phone game.

    I have brought one $9.99 game, Spore Origins, simply because I'm a Spore fan and it looked fun. The rest like Rolando aren't even considered by me. I completely understand people comparing it to the price of a movie or a pizza, but I guess we all have our own value levels on entertainment spending.

    I'm a TCG fan, so I'll consider it. But the fact this has two expansions on the Pocket PC makes me think it'll be sold in packs.

  • http://www.twiddlegeek.com Tony

    @Mobile Hack - Actually, I use GameFly for everything, including DS. I only buy the titles I really like.

    I will also say, having done Pocket PC reviews for a fairly large site in the past, that the price of Windows Mobile games are absolutely ridiculous. I know the iPhone is nowhere near that insanity, but I personally still find it hard to justify more than a few bucks for a phone game.

    I have brought one $9.99 game, Spore Origins, simply because I'm a Spore fan and it looked fun. The rest like Rolando aren't even considered by me. I completely understand people comparing it to the price of a movie or a pizza, but I guess we all have our own value levels on entertainment spending.

    I'm a TCG fan, so I'll consider it. But the fact this has two expansions on the Pocket PC makes me think it'll be sold in packs.

  • hatdude

    Fail on this game.
    I went to buy it but it wouldn't let me as it kept telling me the app was being updated. Now I check and the price went up to $5.
    Funny how the price went up shortly after being posted on TouchArcade.
    I will pass now.

  • hatdude

    Fail on this game.
    I went to buy it but it wouldn't let me as it kept telling me the app was being updated. Now I check and the price went up to $5.
    Funny how the price went up shortly after being posted on TouchArcade.
    I will pass now.

  • http://www.fftrealm.com Noah

    I'll pass I think. I was willing to try it at 2 bucks since it was featured on the front-page, but not 5. Best of luck w/ your game.

  • http://www.fftrealm.com Noah

    I'll pass I think. I was willing to try it at 2 bucks since it was featured on the front-page, but not 5. Best of luck w/ your game.

  • http://www.jclarkonline.com J Clark

    @Mobile Hack - That's all true, but with these types of games there is no cost beyond time and development, by which I mean there are no material, shipping, printing, etc. costs. It's all digital. That's the same reason I hesitate to buy a $10 album from iTunes, but I'll pay more than that for the same thing in physical form.

  • http://www.jclarkonline.com J Clark

    @Mobile Hack - That's all true, but with these types of games there is no cost beyond time and development, by which I mean there are no material, shipping, printing, etc. costs. It's all digital. That's the same reason I hesitate to buy a $10 album from iTunes, but I'll pay more than that for the same thing in physical form.

  • maxtoo

    Is it just me or does anyone else feel a bit of a bait and switch. Never heard of this game, I read the review & watched the video. Clicking the link oh not available because it's being updated. So we're told it's a $1.99 price point but oh apparently it's $4.99 one the update comes out.

    Did toucharcade run the review before the update or after or did the Dev update because of the review and change the price point, we'll never know.

    I can say I won't buy it now.

  • maxtoo

    Is it just me or does anyone else feel a bit of a bait and switch. Never heard of this game, I read the review & watched the video. Clicking the link oh not available because it's being updated. So we're told it's a $1.99 price point but oh apparently it's $4.99 one the update comes out.

    Did toucharcade run the review before the update or after or did the Dev update because of the review and change the price point, we'll never know.

    I can say I won't buy it now.

  • NotYou

    @maxtoo
    No, there was a lot of raving about it in the forum. The link is posted in the article. The devs said well in advance that they planned to raise the price. Right after the review, the update was released and price went up along with it. It was just bad timing.

    It's well worth $4.99, though.

  • NotYou

    @maxtoo
    No, there was a lot of raving about it in the forum. The link is posted in the article. The devs said well in advance that they planned to raise the price. Right after the review, the update was released and price went up along with it. It was just bad timing.

    It's well worth $4.99, though.

  • Joe

    I tried to buy at $1.99 too and wouldn't let me. If it comes down again I will buy otherwise NOT.

  • Joe

    I tried to buy at $1.99 too and wouldn't let me. If it comes down again I will buy otherwise NOT.

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    Guys, the $1.99 price was advertised clearly as a LIMITED TIME OFFER. They also made it very clear that when the update dropped, the price would go up. This was made very clear from the get-go.

    Simply put, you guys are seeing mallice when it was simply a matter of poor timing.

    I made the video on the frontpage, and I have absolutelly no connection with the devs save for sending them an email to notify of a few bugs and ask about online multiplayer. This wasn't a bait and switch scheme.

    All that aside, the general consensus is that this game was SEVERELY underpriced at $1.99, and it has the content, replay value and production effort of a $9.99 game. You'd be hard pressed to come chat on the TouchArcade forums and find a single person who didn't like the game.

    Just my 2 cents. Read what other people have to say about the game and you'll see.

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    Guys, the $1.99 price was advertised clearly as a LIMITED TIME OFFER. They also made it very clear that when the update dropped, the price would go up. This was made very clear from the get-go.

    Simply put, you guys are seeing mallice when it was simply a matter of poor timing.

    I made the video on the frontpage, and I have absolutelly no connection with the devs save for sending them an email to notify of a few bugs and ask about online multiplayer. This wasn't a bait and switch scheme.

    All that aside, the general consensus is that this game was SEVERELY underpriced at $1.99, and it has the content, replay value and production effort of a $9.99 game. You'd be hard pressed to come chat on the TouchArcade forums and find a single person who didn't like the game.

    Just my 2 cents. Read what other people have to say about the game and you'll see.

  • lopches

    i have to really agree with what Izzy has just said.

  • lopches

    i have to really agree with what Izzy has just said.

  • http://www.jclarkonline.com J Clark

    @maxtoo - No, no bait and switch, just really bad timing. The problem I had was Apple's fault, for charging the new price when the store still showed the old one. I see where what I said earlier came off as blaming the devs, I wish I could go back and change it because that's not how I meant it.

    By the way, I complained to Apple and they refunded me the difference, so all's well on my end.

    I haven't played much, but it looks really great so far. I'll have to read up a bit so I really get what's going on though. I can see why people are saying it's worth more than $5 even, it's a gorgeous and seems to play very well (though, as I said, I didn't know what I was doing). I still think a lower price would draw more people in, but that's up to the devs to decide based on what they see for sales.

    That's capitalism kids. If the market will bear it, more power to you.

  • http://www.jclarkonline.com J Clark

    @maxtoo - No, no bait and switch, just really bad timing. The problem I had was Apple's fault, for charging the new price when the store still showed the old one. I see where what I said earlier came off as blaming the devs, I wish I could go back and change it because that's not how I meant it.

    By the way, I complained to Apple and they refunded me the difference, so all's well on my end.

    I haven't played much, but it looks really great so far. I'll have to read up a bit so I really get what's going on though. I can see why people are saying it's worth more than $5 even, it's a gorgeous and seems to play very well (though, as I said, I didn't know what I was doing). I still think a lower price would draw more people in, but that's up to the devs to decide based on what they see for sales.

    That's capitalism kids. If the market will bear it, more power to you.

  • Alan

    Orions is easily the best $5 app ever. Yes, I only paid $2 but consider myself very lucky to have seen it right away. I would have gladly paid $5.

  • Alan

    Orions is easily the best $5 app ever. Yes, I only paid $2 but consider myself very lucky to have seen it right away. I would have gladly paid $5.

  • Chris

    It pains me to see people argue over a measily $3 for such an awesome game. For those who are letting $3 stop them from getting this game you are doing yourself a huge disservice. Like many, I have many games on my Iphone, but this game is the best by far and the only one I see myself playing a lot, now and into the future. I would happily pay $20 for this game. God knows I've paid that much for a bunch of games I'm not playing anyway near as much as this one.

  • Chris

    It pains me to see people argue over a measily $3 for such an awesome game. For those who are letting $3 stop them from getting this game you are doing yourself a huge disservice. Like many, I have many games on my Iphone, but this game is the best by far and the only one I see myself playing a lot, now and into the future. I would happily pay $20 for this game. God knows I've paid that much for a bunch of games I'm not playing anyway near as much as this one.

  • Ryan

    The game looks interesting, but after missing the limited offer period, I won't be purchasing.

  • Ryan

    The game looks interesting, but after missing the limited offer period, I won't be purchasing.

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    "I would happily pay $20 for this game. God knows I’ve paid that much for a bunch of games I’m not playing anyway near as much as this one."

    Tell me about it... spent 10 bucks in Monopoly, SimCity, Asphalt, and I never played any of them for more than an hour.

    I've played Orions for 10+ hours so far. I'm really addicted to it :)

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    "I would happily pay $20 for this game. God knows I’ve paid that much for a bunch of games I’m not playing anyway near as much as this one."

    Tell me about it... spent 10 bucks in Monopoly, SimCity, Asphalt, and I never played any of them for more than an hour.

    I've played Orions for 10+ hours so far. I'm really addicted to it :)

  • niz

    Interesting how people whine about paying 5 bucks for a great game. And for those of you that believe in the "conspiracy" of the review and the price change:
    Get a clue. You obviously don't know how long it takes apple to change anything in their store...
    I wonder how many of you bought a flashlight app for .99 (instead of using safari) but start crying when something costs more than 2.99. xD

    Sorry to be a little harsh but it had to be said. This is getting ridiculous.

  • niz

    Interesting how people whine about paying 5 bucks for a great game. And for those of you that believe in the "conspiracy" of the review and the price change:
    Get a clue. You obviously don't know how long it takes apple to change anything in their store...
    I wonder how many of you bought a flashlight app for .99 (instead of using safari) but start crying when something costs more than 2.99. xD

    Sorry to be a little harsh but it had to be said. This is getting ridiculous.

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    That's not to get into the discussion that EVEN AT $5, the game is still underpriced. Orions shows the type of effort and production values that you won't usually find outside the $9.99 titles.

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    That's not to get into the discussion that EVEN AT $5, the game is still underpriced. Orions shows the type of effort and production values that you won't usually find outside the $9.99 titles.

  • Ryan

    I wonder how many developers take out some time in their busy day to post on forums or sites about how great their app is. Either way, a lot of people aren't gonna buy it after such a quick price change, end of story.

  • Ryan

    I wonder how many developers take out some time in their busy day to post on forums or sites about how great their app is. Either way, a lot of people aren't gonna buy it after such a quick price change, end of story.

  • http://www.jclarkonline.com J Clark

    @Ryan - Oh, come now, IzzyNobre isn't a developer. He's a fan. This is what fans do.

    Now that I've really had a chance to play the game, I'm sold. Honestly, it's like the best parts of Magic The Gathering (I was HUGE into that game ages ago, still have a big box of cards somewhere...), but adjusted and adapted to this format. Certain parts, like having limited slots to play cards into, and having to have an open slot even to cast a spell, make for some interesting strategy (if I don't kill that one creature, and just take the hit, he won't be able to cast a spell and ruin my next plan...).

    And I haven't even gotten into the real campaign mode yet, just the duels.

  • http://www.jclarkonline.com J Clark

    @Ryan - Oh, come now, IzzyNobre isn't a developer. He's a fan. This is what fans do.

    Now that I've really had a chance to play the game, I'm sold. Honestly, it's like the best parts of Magic The Gathering (I was HUGE into that game ages ago, still have a big box of cards somewhere...), but adjusted and adapted to this format. Certain parts, like having limited slots to play cards into, and having to have an open slot even to cast a spell, make for some interesting strategy (if I don't kill that one creature, and just take the hit, he won't be able to cast a spell and ruin my next plan...).

    And I haven't even gotten into the real campaign mode yet, just the duels.

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    If anyone thinks I'm a developer, just take a good look at my youtube account.

    You'll see my video podcast (which is mostly about games), some PSP/DS reviews, gameplay videos for some games. I'm just an enthusiastic gamer. My website URL is also here, just click on my name and you'll see. Been writing there for close to 4 years now, not a single mention of programing games for iPhones or anything like that.

    I'm not a fake user trying to promote the game. I'm not a developer. The only contact I ever had with them was emailing about bugs/asking about the possibility of an online mode.

    Read the Orions thread on the forums, or read all the other users praising the game here on the comments, or read the AppStore reviews - you'll see I'm not the only one who's excited about this game ;)

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    If anyone thinks I'm a developer, just take a good look at my youtube account.

    You'll see my video podcast (which is mostly about games), some PSP/DS reviews, gameplay videos for some games. I'm just an enthusiastic gamer. My website URL is also here, just click on my name and you'll see. Been writing there for close to 4 years now, not a single mention of programing games for iPhones or anything like that.

    I'm not a fake user trying to promote the game. I'm not a developer. The only contact I ever had with them was emailing about bugs/asking about the possibility of an online mode.

    Read the Orions thread on the forums, or read all the other users praising the game here on the comments, or read the AppStore reviews - you'll see I'm not the only one who's excited about this game ;)

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    And trust me, if I were the developer I would have made a better video lol

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    And trust me, if I were the developer I would have made a better video lol

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    hey, izzy. Your video is great and concise. I decided to buy it after watching your video review a couple of time. Even, though the priced when up. I've played through the campaign and it's good. That, coming from someone who'd never played this kind of card game before!

    I especially like the duel mode. As, i can play it quick on the bus, at work and before i sleep!

    The dev should pay you for your enthusiasm for their game!

    I hope the updates is coming soon. I can't wait for more cards, spells and enemies to battle with!

    You guys are missing out if you're not buying because of the price. Just think at it as helping the dev to improve more on their games!

    Good job!

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    hey, izzy. Your video is great and concise. I decided to buy it after watching your video review a couple of time. Even, though the priced when up. I've played through the campaign and it's good. That, coming from someone who'd never played this kind of card game before!

    I especially like the duel mode. As, i can play it quick on the bus, at work and before i sleep!

    The dev should pay you for your enthusiasm for their game!

    I hope the updates is coming soon. I can't wait for more cards, spells and enemies to battle with!

    You guys are missing out if you're not buying because of the price. Just think at it as helping the dev to improve more on their games!

    Good job!

  • Crim

    Ok, after I keep reading how awesome this game is I'm gonna grab it. I'm over being pissed that I missed out on the $2 price (though I REALLY wish apple would update the app store on the iPhone at the same time as the store so we don't get hosed when an update is out there).

    I'll be sure to note my reaction since I'm a bit aprehensive about purchasing.

  • Crim

    Ok, after I keep reading how awesome this game is I'm gonna grab it. I'm over being pissed that I missed out on the $2 price (though I REALLY wish apple would update the app store on the iPhone at the same time as the store so we don't get hosed when an update is out there).

    I'll be sure to note my reaction since I'm a bit aprehensive about purchasing.

  • Alan

    To those who are waiting for this app to return to its $1.99 intro pricing, you're going to miss out on the premier app to date. This one is NEVER going to return to $1.99. No way. With card expansions planned, the game is going to remain very much in demand, I'd think for several years.

    FYI - there is still a problem with phantom castings when card descriptions are visible, despite what the update implies. I've notified the publisher and hopefully, this minor bug is repaired asap.

    As a veteran MTG player and twice in the US Nationals, I can only say this is by far the best app I have downloaded so far. It is taking way too much of my free time but that's the real price one pays, not cash.

  • Alan

    To those who are waiting for this app to return to its $1.99 intro pricing, you're going to miss out on the premier app to date. This one is NEVER going to return to $1.99. No way. With card expansions planned, the game is going to remain very much in demand, I'd think for several years.

    FYI - there is still a problem with phantom castings when card descriptions are visible, despite what the update implies. I've notified the publisher and hopefully, this minor bug is repaired asap.

    As a veteran MTG player and twice in the US Nationals, I can only say this is by far the best app I have downloaded so far. It is taking way too much of my free time but that's the real price one pays, not cash.

  • http://www.jclarkonline.com J Clark

    I've only had two small problems so far:

    1. A couple of times I've cast the wrong card and I don't know why. I'll grab a card and drag it out, and then the card next to it will be cast. It doesn't happen often, but it's seriously screwed me over at least once.

    2. Every so often a creature's cast ability won't work and I have no idea why. Everything will seem to be OK, but it just won't work. I'm guessing there's some nuance that didn't make it into the description.

    3. OK, there's a third, but it's kind of minor. Some of the card description contain bad grammar or typos. I know what they mean, but it's really distracting if you're someone who cares about that kind of thing (I do).

    Other than this, I am completely in love with this game. I'll be looking forward to the expansions.

  • http://www.jclarkonline.com J Clark

    I've only had two small problems so far:

    1. A couple of times I've cast the wrong card and I don't know why. I'll grab a card and drag it out, and then the card next to it will be cast. It doesn't happen often, but it's seriously screwed me over at least once.

    2. Every so often a creature's cast ability won't work and I have no idea why. Everything will seem to be OK, but it just won't work. I'm guessing there's some nuance that didn't make it into the description.

    3. OK, there's a third, but it's kind of minor. Some of the card description contain bad grammar or typos. I know what they mean, but it's really distracting if you're someone who cares about that kind of thing (I do).

    Other than this, I am completely in love with this game. I'll be looking forward to the expansions.

  • Alan

    To J Clark -

    Re 1) there is still a bug that needs to be repaired.

    2) Chances are you need a certain number of elements for the casting coast and you do not have them.

  • Alan

    To J Clark -

    Re 1) there is still a bug that needs to be repaired.

    2) Chances are you need a certain number of elements for the casting coast and you do not have them.

  • Omnithrope

    It's worth the cost.

  • Omnithrope

    It's worth the cost.

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    @Alan

    I'm a big time MTG player as well ("big time" only in the sense that I love the game, never played professionally like you) and I think that, for people like us, who like TCG, Orions is a no-brainer.

    I just REALLY F*CKING WISH there was multiplayer.

  • http://www.hbdia.com IzzyNobre

    @Alan

    I'm a big time MTG player as well ("big time" only in the sense that I love the game, never played professionally like you) and I think that, for people like us, who like TCG, Orions is a no-brainer.

    I just REALLY F*CKING WISH there was multiplayer.

  • jclark

    @Alan

    Re: 2 - I don't think that's it. It would let me go so far as to pull out the aiming reticule, but it wouldn't do anything. Specifically this was the Steal Abilities spell (or whatever it's exactly called).

    I agree, multiplayer over the Internet would be absolutely killer, even if it's the asynchronous kind. I have friends who live states away that I used to play M:tG with, and this would be a great feature to sell them on this game.

  • jclark

    @Alan

    Re: 2 - I don't think that's it. It would let me go so far as to pull out the aiming reticule, but it wouldn't do anything. Specifically this was the Steal Abilities spell (or whatever it's exactly called).

    I agree, multiplayer over the Internet would be absolutely killer, even if it's the asynchronous kind. I have friends who live states away that I used to play M:tG with, and this would be a great feature to sell them on this game.

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    "1. A couple of times I’ve cast the wrong card and I don’t know why. I’ll grab a card and drag it out, and then the card next to it will be cast. It doesn’t happen often, but it’s seriously screwed me over at least once."

    This is a common bug, happened to me several times too - just make double-sure the selected card is dragged on the board before releasing it (that is, peek under your finger).

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    "1. A couple of times I’ve cast the wrong card and I don’t know why. I’ll grab a card and drag it out, and then the card next to it will be cast. It doesn’t happen often, but it’s seriously screwed me over at least once."

    This is a common bug, happened to me several times too - just make double-sure the selected card is dragged on the board before releasing it (that is, peek under your finger).

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    "I agree, multiplayer over the Internet would be absolutely killer, even if it’s the asynchronous kind. I have friends who live states away that I used to play M:tG with, and this would be a great feature to sell them on this game."

    I can only hope they, finally, implement lounge-based multiplayer too.

  • http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/ Menneisyys

    "I agree, multiplayer over the Internet would be absolutely killer, even if it’s the asynchronous kind. I have friends who live states away that I used to play M:tG with, and this would be a great feature to sell them on this game."

    I can only hope they, finally, implement lounge-based multiplayer too.

  • jake

    I'll just wait until price drop to 1.99 there are so many good game in app store anyway. If they are smart they should keep the price to 1.99 or 0.99, this way this game get more chance to hit Top 50 list.

  • jake

    I'll just wait until price drop to 1.99 there are so many good game in app store anyway. If they are smart they should keep the price to 1.99 or 0.99, this way this game get more chance to hit Top 50 list.

  • http://www.jclarkonline.com J Clark

    @Jake - Good games, sure, but card battle games? This is the first I've seen. If there are others I'd like to know so I could check them out, but I doubt there are.

    If you want this type of game, this is your only choice. On the up side, it's a good one.

  • http://www.jclarkonline.com J Clark

    @Jake - Good games, sure, but card battle games? This is the first I've seen. If there are others I'd like to know so I could check them out, but I doubt there are.

    If you want this type of game, this is your only choice. On the up side, it's a good one.

  • jake

    it true to support developer, just buy the game but there are too many game. It would be sucks when you buy now and drop price again around 1/1/2009.

  • jake

    it true to support developer, just buy the game but there are too many game. It would be sucks when you buy now and drop price again around 1/1/2009.

  • http://www.jclarkonline.com J Clark

    "It's true, to support the developer you can just buy the game, but there are too many games. It would suck if you bought it now and the price dropped again around the first of the year."

    There, fixed it for you, now it's in real English.

    I have to point out the fact that the price didn't drop before, it was an introductory price. Also, that's an awfully specific date you've chosen. How would you know that? Maybe psychic powers? Perhaps hyperbole?

  • http://www.jclarkonline.com J Clark

    "It's true, to support the developer you can just buy the game, but there are too many games. It would suck if you bought it now and the price dropped again around the first of the year."

    There, fixed it for you, now it's in real English.

    I have to point out the fact that the price didn't drop before, it was an introductory price. Also, that's an awfully specific date you've chosen. How would you know that? Maybe psychic powers? Perhaps hyperbole?

  • Ha

    "There - I fixed it for you, and now it’s in real English."

  • Ha

    "There - I fixed it for you, and now it’s in real English."

  • Moocher

    This game consistently crashes when I try to play a campaign. They have a hint about crashing and resetting your device (which I find worrying). It would be a great game if it ran. BTW fails on both an iPhone and iPod Touch.

  • Moocher

    This game consistently crashes when I try to play a campaign. They have a hint about crashing and resetting your device (which I find worrying). It would be a great game if it ran. BTW fails on both an iPhone and iPod Touch.

  • Alan

    You might want to try re-installing the game or contact their customer service.

    Pavel Kupriyanov

    He *will* respond. They are very good about that.

  • Alan

    You might want to try re-installing the game or contact their customer service.

    Pavel Kupriyanov

    He *will* respond. They are very good about that.

  • JakeW

    I've been playing this game for a while and its great. For the people not willing to pay an extra 3 dollars for the game think about this, you can barely get a meal at McDonalds for 3 dollars. Next time skip the double quarter pounder and get this game, its well worth it!!!

    That said I have a suggestion for the developers. For the duel mode against the CPU, it would be nice to have a "Custom" difficulty level where you can adjust all the game settings. So you could set the starting elements for you and the CPU, the cards you each get, your hit points, and so on. I like playing on medium and hard difficulty for a quick game but it would be cool to set the hit points for the CPU and myself to something like 200 so that the game lasts a really long time. I could see some epic battles playing out by adjusting the settings.

    Thanks for a great game and keep up the good work.

  • JakeW

    I've been playing this game for a while and its great. For the people not willing to pay an extra 3 dollars for the game think about this, you can barely get a meal at McDonalds for 3 dollars. Next time skip the double quarter pounder and get this game, its well worth it!!!

    That said I have a suggestion for the developers. For the duel mode against the CPU, it would be nice to have a "Custom" difficulty level where you can adjust all the game settings. So you could set the starting elements for you and the CPU, the cards you each get, your hit points, and so on. I like playing on medium and hard difficulty for a quick game but it would be cool to set the hit points for the CPU and myself to something like 200 so that the game lasts a really long time. I could see some epic battles playing out by adjusting the settings.

    Thanks for a great game and keep up the good work.