digital board game

Evolution is a highly rated game that is easy to learn, fun to play, and has several expansions already that just improve and make the game even better.  So because of all this success, North Star Games have decided to bring the game to digital platforms so that you can play the game wherever you are.  Evolution the Video Game will feature the same gameplay that you have known and loved from the original game, but this time all the fiddly bits and book keeping are automated by the computer.  No need to manually increase or decrease your herd stats, count out the number of food tokens you need to put on the watering hole, or remembering the order of who eats when.  The game is also enhanced with new art, fluid animations that bring different actions to life, and a number of highly desirable features.  Some of those features being cross platform play, online multiplayer, local AI solo mode, and a campaign system to bring new variety to the game.  Overall if you want a digital implementation for the game, check out the Kickstarter page.  You will be able to pledge for tablet/phone version of the game, the steam version of the game, both, and even the physical editions of the game.

Dice Hate Me Game, in conjunction with Handelabra Games, is bringing the baseball themed board game Bottom of the Ninth to digital devices.  They announced the impeding release with a Youtube video showcasing gameplay from the app.  Some notable features to the game include multiplayer and cross platform multiplayer, which are always requested.  The game will also feature fun animated meeples playing the game and running the bases as the dice are being rolled to see if they make it or not.

So if you want to take your baseball board game with you, look for the games launch on both Android and iPhone on August 17th.

 

Legendary is the cooperative deck building game system that Upper Deck created in order to have a core game with many different themes.  Some of the notable themes include Aliens, Firefly, and Marvel.  So when Upper Deck announced they were turning it into an app, people started getting excited at the prospect of a digital version.  So Upper Deck has teamed up with the folks at SkyReacher Entertainment to develop the digital version of the Legendary system, this time with a fantasy theme called Legendary DXP.  This means all new characters, art, some new mechanisms, and more, but all with the familiar workings of their core deck building system.  Some highly desired features have been announced already including solo play, online play, playing with friends, and even a 5 player tournament mode called The Gauntlet.  The art is already off to a great start given the look of the Beta Signup Page, and with that having been the biggest complaint on some legendary games, looking at you Firefly, hopes are high for a great digital implementation.  So signup for the beta, or wait for the launch of the game in August.

Indie Boards and Cards have teamed up with RetroEpic Software to bring the classic board game Flash Point: Fire Rescue to digital platforms. The digital version is currently on FIG crowdfunding, a unique website run by Double Fine software, which only selects the most promising upcoming digital titles, and not only raises funds but also actively works with the developers to bring the game to market. Multiple contribution levels are available, some offering early access to the beta versions of the game.

Lovers of Flash Point can help contribute to the digital version here. The final game is expected to release in Q3 2017.

Hasbro has just announced their latest game called Dropmix, and takes digital device integration to World of Yo-ho levels.  The theme of the game is your are competing DJs trying to mix music into the best sounding remix.  In the game the various songs you can pull from will be represented by cards, and as you play them they will either be recognized or input into the app for mixing.  At that point I imagine the app will play your remixed song and give you a score for the remix.  And I think the winner being the one with the best remix is not much of a wild guess.

This game also comes with something interesting in the form of an electronic mixing board where you play cards, but beyond maybe recognizing the cards and lighting up, we are not sure yet of it’s main functions.  Needless to say it will be highly interesting to see what comes out when it releases this fall.

DigiDiced, the folks behind the digital version of Le Havre Inland Port and Patchwork, have announced (through Twitter) that the digital edition of Terra Mystica will soon be released.  In their Twitter post they said the game is nearing completion for release in the next couple weeks.  Some of the highlights of the app is that it will be available across all platforms (Android, iOS, Mac, and PC), feature AI opponents to play, and out the gate have full cross platform multiplayer.  DigiDiced has done great work with their other board game implementations so I am expecting no less from this one, plus the included screen shot looks great.  Be on the look out for the game in the various digital stores in the coming weeks.

zombicide tabletop sim

Tabletop Simulator is one of two major digital sandboxes that have been created to bring board games into the digital space, and now CMoN has released Zombicide Season 1 for this platform.  There isn’t any word on if extra promo characters will be included, but regardless you will have access to the entire contents of the Zombicide Season 1 game including the rules and FAQs to help you learn the game quicker.  The minis will all be colored and the play area is set up to look like you are playing the game during a zombie outbreak so the digital game will look just as good, if not better, than the physical incarnation.  You can read more on the CMoN site and purchase the new DLC through Steam.

tabletopia

 

There’s been several attempts, over the years, to present digital means of playing board games. Take, for example, Vassal which provides the board game community an online option of playing and testing a variety of board games. Owning nearly every board game app myself for the iPAD, I’ve apps try similar feats – such as Card Warden and several other apps. So, upon learning about this new solution (Tabletopia) I really wasn’t expecting much; but boy was I wrong.

So what’s so different about Tabletopia? Well, first of all the graphics are superb. Take a look at this side-by-side comparison of Imperial Settlers.

tabletopia imp settThe line-up of offered games is tremendous.

Here’s what the designers have to say about the app:

Tabletopia is a sandbox. Players should know the rules of the game to play it. There is no AI or rules enforcement, but at the same time it has the freedom to play the game your way – exactly as if you were playing at a real table. However, we have done a lot to make each play for you a good experience:

  • automatic game setups, card dealing, drafting etc.
  • player’s turn control, timers, game phases indication
  • interactive zones on the table with predefined automatic actions
  • intelligent counters for tracking victory points and many other in-game parameters
  • custom surfaces, game room wallpapers, sound effects advanced camera controls … and many other useful features!

Tabletopia will be released, first, via browser on PC and Mac with downloadable clients (via Steam) as well as iOS app oppotunities in the near future. To learn more, as well as fund the project, head on over to their Kickstarter campaign here.

 

hearthstone cards

I’ve dabble a bit into Hearthstone from time to time. I probably have one of the worst win to loss ratios in the game, but I still enjoy playing. If, like me, you’ve ever found yourself wondering what it would be like to have a physical copy of Hearthstone then wonder no more!

Thomas Price over at Games In Asia gets a hands on copy of Hearthstone, straight from China. It’s not often that I say this but some games are better left in the digital realm and should never see the physical light of day.

You be the judge. You can read more about China’s Hearthstone Clone here.

 

Thanks for reading!

-Alejandro

alchemists

In preparation for Essen next month, Czech Games Edition announced their booth line-up.  You can find them in Hall 1 at Booth D 140.  They will have a new deduction, worker placement game, Alchemists designed by Matúš Kotry.  Also previously reported, CGE will have an upgraded version of Tash-Kalar and expansion, Everfrost, designed by Vlaada Chvátil.  Plus, they will have their anniversary edition of Dungeon Lords, that did very well on Kickstarter.

dungeon lords

On a more…digital note…set to release later this month is Galaxy Trucker for tablet gaming pleasure.  Check out their Twitter for screenshots and, if you missed it last year, coverage from BoardGameGeekTV. Giggety!