Category Archives: Board

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

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October 14th, 2013 12:49 PM EST 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 [$4.99] 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 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[$2.99 (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...

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