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'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...

Earlier this morning, Eli and I spent some time with Shufflepuck Cantina [Free]. It's a little like Poker Night at the Inventory, except with aliens and, uh, air hockey. In the game, you play as an outsider who finds himself stuck in a space cantina. Your task, for some reason, is to beat everyone in the cantina at air hockey. As you play, you'll learn the backstory behind every character and unlock special moves for doing so...

Lost Cities [$3.99] is a game that's hard to quantify. It's built on Reiner Knizia's formidable game design talents, and made into an impressive asynchronous experience by The Coding Monkeys, developers of board game delight Carcassonne [$9.99]. It has a robust single-player campaign and most of the online tools one could hope for. It looks great, too. All of that sounds pretty glowing, but we're only a few days in and I'm already making excuses not to take my turns...

Back in the day, say like in the ‘80s, people use to gather at each other’s houses to hang out and enjoy each other’s company. Oftentimes a fun game to play would be Pictionary, the game where you draw pictures of something on a big white tablet of paper and other players try to guess what it is. It’s a fun game, an absolute classic, and it was one of my favorites as a kid when my parents had their social gatherings...

It was a little more than a year ago that Days of Wonder launched Ticket to Ride [$6.99 (HD)] on the iPad, a digital version of their mega-popular 2004 board game, and we thought it was pretty phenomenal in our review. It came with the original USA map and the option to buy expansion maps for Europe, Switzerland, and USA 1910 from within the game. A wonderful online multiplayer mode and a well-designed local pass-n-play mode (added later with an update) made Ticket to Ride one of the top digital board games available on the App Store...

'Le Havre' Review - Feed Your Workers, Reap the Profits

You know what makes the world go round? Food. Especially in the town of Le Havre [$4.99]. You can have all the Francs you want but if you can't feed your workers, you're going to be in a world of pain. After all, hungry men don't make money, they make medical bills...

Itadaki Street has been around for over twenty years on various gaming systems but Fortune Street Smart [Free] is the first in the series to appear on iOS. While this title does a great job preserving the classic board game mechanics of the series, various other issues, along with an iffy DLC plan, keep it from being a sure hit...

The success of the digital version of a physical board game hinges on three things: the quality of the base game, the accuracy of the representation of said game and if both of these things are pulled off well enough to sustain a community long after you’ve tired of getting beaten by friends and family. With that in mind, is Scotland Yard [$4.99] a successful iOS port of a classic board game? No, but it could be...

It seems my favorite board games are about the end of the world. We've talked about my love of Elder Sign [$3.99 / $6.99 (HD)], the game about stopping (or failing to stop) the rise of the ancient ones. And now I have a new sweetheart: Yggdrasil [$5.99 (HD)], a game about stopping the forces of evil from destroying the world tree and changing the fate of Ragnarok. While it has a decidedly more Norse spirit than its eldritch cousin, Yggdrasil is more familiar than it first looks...

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