Category Archives: Board

Carcassonne [$9.99] is one of my favorite board games, and I still play the mobile version to this day. There's something about the combination of depth with the relatively short length of a session that really calls to me, and there aren't very many experiences like it on the market. So when I heard that Damn Little Town [Free] was a new take on the classic board game I jumped at the opportunity to try it out...

'Catchup - Abstract Strategy' Review - Strategy So Good, You Don't Need Condiments

I think the key to a really great strategy game lies in finding the correct balance between accessibility and depth. Not that success can't be found on either side, as the longevity of Checkers and Go prove, but at least for me, I like my strategy games to be fairly easy to pick up but with a nice, long tail of mastery. Fortunately, there are a lot of very clever strategy game designers out there, so I never feel like I go too long without something to satisfy my urges. The latest one to catch me is appropriately named Catchup [$2.99], an iOS version of a board game released a few years back. It's hard to imagine a strategy game with simpler rules than this, but the game still provides a satisfyingly complex punch...

I'm not surprised that Domowicz Creative Group has nothing new on their site announcing the release of The Manhattan Project [$6.99]. The last update mentions a potential november 2013 start date for a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign that ended last december did not reach it's goal. While I remain unstartled about the lack of updates on their site, I am kind of surprised this game got completed. I am torn about how I feel about the release. Part of me wishes it had not been released without proper funding. Another part of me was happy to see it out on iOS, but not like this. Not like this...

Space Bears Bring Abstract Strategy to iOS with Upcoming 'Kingdoms'

Perhaps unfortunately, French indie duo Space Bears' first project isn't about a roaming sleuth of star-faring ursids. Instead, the Paris-based combo are making Kingdoms, a two-player strategy game about capturing tiles, fortifying positions, and wresting territory away from your enemies...

'Desert Fox' Review - Attempt To Do What The Fox Could Not

Erwin Rommel, also known as the Desert Fox, has got to be one of the more interesting figures of World War 2. For starters, he's a well-regarded man in spite of fighting for Nazi Germany in the war, a rare enough achievement for him to gain distinction on alone. He was an incredibly skilled military commander, demonstrating an uncanny level of strategy, especially in the challenging desert climates of North Africa. His conscience was such that his ultimate downfall only came about because he was part of the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, and even after being discovered, he was allowed to die with some dignity, with his family's safety assured. He was beloved by the people of Germany, highly respected by his enemies, and overall quite the military genius. For those reasons, and more, the world has seen fit to give him one of our highest awards: video games based on him and his exploits...

'Lords Of Waterdeep' Review - A Great Conversion Of An Excellent Board Game

Playdek has built a good reputation converting trading card games to iOS, and their recent foray into board games, Agricola [$6.99], showed they know their way around that type of conversion just as well. Their latest release, Lords of Waterdeep [$6.99], is unsurprisingly another thoughtful adaptation, this time of Wizards of the Coast's 2012 hit Forgotten Realms board game. Like other mobile adaptations of board and card games, the advantages are clear. It's a lot cheaper, it's easier to play with friends, you can play solo against or fill out your multiplayer games with AI opponents, you don't have to set up or clean up, and cheating is considerably harder. If you happen to be a fan of the actual board game, I'll save you a few minutes of reading: this is a faithful version of the core game, so if that's what you were looking for, feel free to buy without remorse...

A new video has been making the rounds over the weekend which shows off a pretty clever concept, and I figured it was worth sharing. As most of you probably know, when Apple released their line of colorful iPhone 5c devices, they were accompanied by new Apple-made cases which were also very colorful and featured a bunch of holes on the back so that your iPhone 5c's color could show through with the color of the case...

'EMPIRE: The Deck Building Strategy Game' Review - An Empire of Rogues

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October 14th, 2013 12:49 PM EDT by Brad Cummings in $2.99, 4 stars, Board, Reviews, Strategy
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Occasionally a video game will come along that does something entirely unique and different. Sometimes these are art games and other times they bring fresh new mechanics. iOS is a great place for these as it has a low barrier of entry, typified in games like Year Walk [$3.99], Sword and Sworcery [$4.99], and others. Empire [$2.99] is one of those games. It is pushing boundaries by combining two different genres: 4X (think Civilazation) and rogue-likes. What emerges is an experience entirely its own. ..

'Pandemic: The Board Game' for iPad Review - Saving the World, One Sneeze at a Time

Many of us dream of saving the world, but few really get that opportunity. Pandemic: The Board Game [$6.99 (HD)] is a cooperative board game that tasks you with stopping four deadly diseases before they consume the world. It has already been a blockbuster on tabletops, attracting the likes of Wil Wheaton, and now it's taking the App Store by storm. This first time effort from developer F2Z has a lot riding on it. Let’s see if it lives up to expectations...

Rodeo Games' excellent tabletop-style strategic dungeon crawler Warhammer Quest [Free] has just received a massive new update, which they first teased us about back in August. It's called The Brutal Tribe update and it features a brand new region called Averland where you'll face off against new enemies such as Savage Orcs, Black Orcs and Stone Trolls. Averland contains 9 new settlements, 14 new Story Quests and new dungeon tile sets. This new premium content comes at a price though, so unlocking The Brutal Tribe will set you back $4.99. A pittance, I'm sure, for fans of the game...

'Small World 2' Review - The World Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger

'Small World 2' Review - The World Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger

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October 1st, 2013 4:00 PM EDT by Brad Cummings in $9.99, 4.5 stars, Board, Games, Reviews
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The real-world version of Small World is one of the pioneers of the iPad board game porting world. Released just days after the launch of iPad 1, it was influential in showing what the iPad meant for the future of board gaming. Relatively old-fashioned by today’s standards, it limited the game to two players and kept it a strictly offline experience. Enter Small World 2[$9.99 (HD)], a major update to this “classic” game bringing it up to date and making it a contender. So, if you passed it by before, is the new update and new price worth your while? Let’s find out...

Party games are played in groups as the name suggests. Generally lacking in deep mechanics, the goal is interaction over strategy. The physical version of Wits and Wagers is an excellent party game. It takes the blandness of trivia games and mixes it with an excellent betting mechanic. You no longer have to know the right answer, just which of your friends has the answer. I scoffed at the idea of Wits and Wagers: Trivia Party [Free]. Can this highly social game work on an iPhone? Let’s break it down...

Looks like iPad will be a great stop for Dungeons & Dragons games, if creator Wizards of the Coast keeps this up. Late last week at GenCon, Wizards announced that it's bringing its physical board game Lords of the Waterdeep to iPad. No release date as of yet...

'Space Hulk' Now Available for Preorder on Steam, Releasing August 15th with iOS Version Following "Later"

As you can tell by the amount of coverage around here, we're ridiculously excited for Space Hulk. If this is the first you've heard of it, here's Space Hulk in a nutshell: Imagine a slightly-less-complicated board game version of the Warhammer 40K tabletop game. The board game itself is very hard to come by, and is one of those games that you almost spend more time setting up than you do actually playing- Making it the perfect contender for a digital release...

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