OK... I'm tired of crossposting every boardgame announcement to the separate iPhone, iPad, and Boardgaming threads. Not sure if this thread will catch on, but I figure I might as well give it a shot.
In the last few days, we've seen the release of:
Penny Arcade The Game: Gamers vs. Evil
(By Playdek, Inc.)
Down your Bat Milk, clean off your Cardboard Tube and charge into battle astride your Magical Unicorn Starsong; for evil is a foot with 6 toes…
Introducing Penny Arcade The Game: Gamers vs. Evil for iOS from Playdek and Cryptozoic Entertainment! This digital deck-building card game featuring classic Penny Arcade characters from the popular web comic, lets the player engage as Gabe, Tycho, or one of their dauntless allies in an epic battle against Evil! Your path is beset by foes like Dark Tycho, the infamous and infectious cauldron of disease PAX Pox and other Evils that stand in your way of becoming the Master Gamer! With 3 modes of play to choose from; play online with full asynchronous support, play locally against other would be masters, or AI opponents, the descent into madness that is Penny Arcade The Game: Gamers vs. Evil brings rabid rapture to the iOS.
•Offline and Online play
•Online Rematch option – There is no grace in defeat!
•Next Game button to allow you to move between multiple Online games when it’s your turn to play
•Human and AI opponents
•Game Center achievements
•Universal App – play on all your compatible iOS devices
•Single player vs AI
•Full asynchronous support for multiplayer online games
•Invite Game Center friends to online games
•Maintain multiple Saved games
•Online game timers
•Online player stats
•Card Gallery- See Faerie Candymancer in all of her splendor!
•Introductory Tutorial-To Penny Arcade, not Shucking
Here's a video review of the original game--
A review of the app from another thread:
Natus wrote:SommerMatt wrote:
Playdek just released the PENNY ARCADE deckbuilding game on iOS.
Please post reviews!
I've never played the game before, but the tutorial did a good job explaining things. It is a deck building game with two resources (like Ascension) where you are buying one or more cards from several piles (like Dominion). There are also two "bosses" to fight, requiring 8 or more of one of the two resources to defeat. They reward powerful cards, and fully defeating one of the bosses is one of the end conditions (the other being depleting 6 of the decks). There is some interaction with "PVP" cards, and you begin with a character who has a special ability. There looks to be many cards available for the starting decks (you can view them all in game) which adds to replayability.
The program by Playdek is superb. It basically plays like Ascention, which is probably enough praise. You can play two to four players, with AI (3 levels) and/or humans. There is also ascynchronus multiplayer, which I haven't tried yet.
What may be make or break to you is the license. I enjoy Penny Arcade, so I enjoyed the theme. For example, the curse card in the game is called "PAX Pox," and many cards reference specific comics. The cards also have some unique audio cues (very short) and the music is chip tune like. If you hate Penny Arcade, you may not be able to look past the theme. However, many people were able to look past the art of Ascention, so your mileage may vary.
Overall, I'm very pleased. Consider yourselves enabled.
Also released this week:
D-Day Dice just got a surprise release for ipad at $4. Might be solo only, but that's all I usually wind up playing anyway.
Sadly, it looks like this was an early release and has since been pulled from the AppStore.
Carcassonne: Traders & Builders Available Now
The Coding Monkeys have just updated their universally acclaimed version of Carcassonne for iOS to version 3.00. What does that mean to you, our loyal reader? Well, the biggest addition is that the Traders & Builders expansion is now available as a $1.99USD IAP. They have also fixed some bugs and improved the reliability of push messages as well as making the scoring more approachable and user-friendly. Carcassonne is for iOS Universal, costs $9.99USD, and is available on the App Store.