Board games turned video games have serious legs. I don’t personally understand the phenomenon, but I dig the support that happens as a result. Take this for example. Carcassonne [$9.99], which hit the App Store in June 2010, will soon be updated with Game Center support. Also, in a new blog post, The Coding Monkeys has revealed that its preparing to release two add-on expansions, “Inns and Cathedrals” and “The River II” in the next few months.

The reason why Carcassonne didn’t support Game Center from the get-go has to do with the time it was originally released. Game Center didn’t exist in today’s form while the game was being produced, so The Coding Monkeys had to shape and create its own series of tubes to connect people with each other.

“We initially released Carcassonne before Game Center was available and had to build our own multi-player experience, so it’s great to now be more tightly integrated with existing games and friends by supporting Game Center as well,” the blog reads.

The update is expected to hit within the week, so keep your eyes peeled.

After you grab it, though, prepare to live with the fact that there won’t be new updates to enjoy for a good clip. The Coding Monkeys have said that all attention will turn towards add-ons and new infrastructure after the release of the update.

“After the Game Center update, we now will concentrate on polishing the first two of the expansions we’re going to release. Namely ‘Inns and Cathedrals’ and ‘The River II,’ “ the blog posting says. “It will still take us a few months to make them as good as we want them to be, however.”

Waiting blows, but if the game's quality is any indication, these add-ons won’t be slouches. You can read our review on the core game over here, by the way, if you’re still on the fence about Carcassonne. Spoiler: it’s good. Like, really good. And the same will probably be said about these two expansions, which were huge hits for the board game.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    Game Center support will be very welcome as the account-tied-to-hardware method is very awkward when you have shared devices. Can't wait.

    The expansions... ouch the wait has been long. I wonder if some people have gone out and bought the physical game. If so, there's a TON of expansions to try out if you can't wait any longer. :o)

    One nice thing about NOT having the expansions so far is that it forced me to play the base game which I hadn't done for years. It's such a solid foundation and it's worth going back to even if you regularly play with many more expansions.

    I need to get my own iOS game in the store (and successful) because one of the top 3 follow ups I have in mind is very board game oriented but an original concept. Really want to set it in motion.

    • Adam of Troy

      What's your concept?

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

        It's essentially a combination of mechanics from a couple of my favorite euro games with some new stuff to make it fun, fast and a reasonable duration for group play on iOS devices.
        Won't be doing anything serious on it until my current snowball game is done though. I have a different full time job. One that pays regularly.
        Just worked on Snowball today, actually.

  • kevlar

    Can't wait. Anyone fancy a game?  

  • Jared

    I play carcassonne more than any game on my phone and I play the board game all the time. I found the board games on capefeargames.com for cheap and ended up buying the big box to get most of the addons.  I have been DIEING for the addons for the iphone game and will pay whatever they ask.  The only downside is its' hard to convince my friends to pay $10 bucks for an iphone game.

  • Anonymous

    Holy freak, we're still *months* away from the expansions?  I thought we would have had the expansions months *ago*!  Methinks these guys are kicking back relaxing in their piles of cash right now and not focusing on development.  :(

  • lukwtwz

    The only reason I have not bought Carcassonne is that no expansions have been available. I'll definitely be interested once a few are released.