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'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 EST 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...

A Digital Version of Games Workshop Classic 'Chainsaw Warrior' Announced For Mobile

Another Games Workshop iPad and iPhone game was announced this afternoon. Auroch Digital in partnership with Games Workshop is working on a digital recreation of the 1987 zombie board game Chainsaw Warrior. You know, the game that puts you in the shoes of a Chainsaw Warrior on a quest to find a source of evil "spewing through a spatial rift" in a zombie infested New York? That game. ..

'Pirates vs. Corsairs: Davey Jones' Gold' Review - Turn Based Piratey Fun

Yaaarrrr mateys! Pirates vs. Corsairs: Davey Jones' Gold  [$0.99 / $2.99] is a simple, entertaining, colorful, turn-based tactical combat strategy game that is held back slightly by a few programming glitches. It’s a game definitely worth picking up because it nails the fun factor with flying pirate and corsair colors...

Alchemists [$0.99 (HD)] by C&C Studio is an interesting and original board game for up to four players for iPad. To be honest, this is the first board style game I have played on the iPad and now I'm beginning to wonder why I haven't done this before. Board games are fun, hence being called games. Before I got immersed in the world of digital gaming, I used to play the likes of Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit with friends and family. Heck, some of my fondest childhood memories are of sitting inside on a rainy day chucking the dice at the Snakes and Ladders board or even playing a game of Solitaire on the magnetic travel game gadget that my father bought me for my birthday. I still have that toy, that reddish brown box with bright blue knobs that you twist to rotate the vinyl scroll game board. Wait, where was I going with this? Oh, yeah.....

'Warhammer Quest' Review - A Classic Adventure Board Game Reborn

Games Worksop is is one of the most well known game studios of all time. In Junior High I spent hours carefully painting dozen of plastic miniatures like Orks and Wood-elves. With the recent gold-rush for Games Workshop licenses, there are now or will soon be several of their classic titles available on various platforms, such as Talisman and Space Hulk. Rodeo Games, the makers of the Hunters [$4.99] series have brought us Warhammer Quest [$4.99], a dungeon crawling romp through the Warhammer fantasy universe. This reworking of the classic board game harkens back to its roots while presenting an excellent video game experience...

Talisman is a geeky boardgaming legend. Created in 1983 by Games Workshop, it features a broad range of fantasy archetypes (Elves, Wizards, Monks, etc.) competing to be the first to reach the Crown of Command. ..

'Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy' for iPad Review - A Grand 4X Strategy Game Tailored for the Touchscreen

The term “4X game” is either scary or foreign to you if you are not a strategy gamer. Even if you are one, like myself, they can still be daunting. With Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy [$6.99 (HD)], Big Daddy’s Creations has attempted to make this genre more accessible. Based on a complex board game of the same name, Eclipse simplifies the the 4X genre by providing guided, limited options and a set game length. That is not to say it is simple, but it has elegant European design; imagine Masters of Orion and Settlers of Catan had a baby...

I was negative years old in 1983, so I couldn't jump on the Talisman train when Fantasy Flight Games and Games Workshop got together, created some terrible box art, and brought it out to the world. The urge to call my parents and ask why they took so long is strong in me as I play through the "Prologue" iPad version of Talisman as a first-timer. It's a superb game that cuts to the core of what makes RPGs great. You take quests, you fight a bunch of bad dudes, you find fat loot, and you create your fairly epic story in about 20 minutes or less...

GDC 2013: A Look At 'Las Vegas,' A Cool Board Game Port

The studio behind Puerto Rico and a bunch of other brilliant board game-to-mobile ports, Ravensburger Games, has a new one coming down the pipes called Las Vegas. Appropriately, it's a dice-based title that tasks users with rolling and then placing dice in different casinos in an effort to win the most money. (This'll make a lot more sense after you see the video we've included from our demo at GDC.)..

When I first got my iPad, I hadn't been playing physical board games for long. Sure, I played Monopoly and its ilk as a kid, but it wasn't until I got into things like Arkham Asylum and Carcassone as an adult that I really understood the appeal. Before that, they seemed slow, finicky and sort of lame. Afterwards, they seemed slow, finicky and kind of fantastic. The iPad let me dream of board games that kept the quality and ditched all those slow, finicky bits...

I sometimes wonder if we play Monopoly more out of habit, or some sense of nostalgic obligation, rather than because we actually want to. There’s barely a half-functioning family in the world that doesn’t have some kind of annual board game tradition, and at some point during the year we all give Monopoly a dusting off and joke, between yawns, about how great it’d be if this were real money...

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