Attention card geeks and all god slayers: the first expansion pack for the outstanding Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer [$4.99] is now available. After grabbing it via IAP, the cleverly titled pack, Ascension: Return of the Fallen, adds even more monsters, new characters, and even mechanics to the core play. Developer Playdek touched base with us on this the other day, and it seemed pretty stoked about how fans will react to it.

Not familiar with Ascension? We got your back. Earlier this summer, we reviewed the game and, obviously, explored its fundamentals. Here's an excerpt:

The actual game of Ascension is a somewhat refreshing spin on fantasy-based card games in that instead of building a specific deck that you use in battles, you're building your deck on the fly from game to game. Players start the game with identical basic decks of ten cards consisting of two militia cards which provide the "power" resource and eight apprentice cards which provide the "rune" resource. Using power and runes you're able to interact with a common pool of cards to either acquire new cards for your deck or defeat monster cards. Most actions you do in the game award different amounts of victory points, and at the end of the game, the player with the most victory points wins.

You gotta love it when a sharp game sees the injection of a bunch of new content -- and for a fair price. This expansion is $2.99, so grab it when you can.

  • Anonymous

    A little slow on the draw there, TA. But yes, the expansion makes the game even better. Totally worth it.

    • Eli Hodapp

      We're slowly going through the backlog of stuff that got lost in our Bermuda Triangle of an email inbox during the holiday season. Settle down, guys. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    You've got quite a loose definition of the word "now" :).

  • Anonymous

    So it's not just me. I thought I was in a time warp for a sec.

  • Sebastian

    I guess "now" is a timeframe that starts somewhere around Thanksgiving...

  • iOS God

    In other news ... Amelia Earhart: still missing.

  • Dimon H.

    I'm running into an odd problem. I bought the expansion on my iPad and now I'm trying to download the expansion on my iPhone but when I click on the "buy…" button, nothing happens.

  • Dimon H.

    Sorry for the double post - trying to delete my previous one. Seems that bug above will be removed in the next update.

  • Derek Chin

    Deck building games have been around for a bit now in the board game world, largely popularized by Dominion, it is a fun alternative, but tends to have less longevity in my experience.

    • Anonymous

      I'd rather say it was popularized by Magic: The Gathering some 15 years earlier. I wish they'd bring that to iOS. Duels of the Planeswalkers on PC is pretty awesome.

      • Anonymous

        Wait, "deck building games" are something else entirely? I'm behind the times. :/

      • Jacob Gehman

        Yeah, games like this and Dominion (as well as other recent titles) have you build your deck on the fly in-game rather than outside of the game ala MTG.

        It's a neat twist. I need to pick up Ascension.

    • Anonymous

      I love Ascension. Dominion is great too. Ascension certainly has more randomness to it, but I don't think that's a bad thing. There's still plenty of strategy and the better players win more often. My biggest beef with the real version of Ascension is that shuffling the main deck at the start of the game is a major league pain in the arse. Dominion doesn't have that issue. It's not a problem with the iOS version, of course.

      Speaking of Dominion, I certainly hope we get a good version of that for iOS.

  • Christopher Davis

    Don't tease me! I saw a new Ascension expansion ("Storm of Souls") on the shelf at my FLGS last night, so when I saw this headline I thought "cool, they're going for day-and-date or close to it for this expansion on the iOS version".