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Portal Games have announced the release of their Tides of Time mobile game. The Tides of Time card game was already very portable as a 2-player micro-game, so it’s reincarnation as a digital game makes it even easier to play. Tides of Time was created by Kristian Čurla, and developed by Michał Walczak (also known for Cry Havoc).

The mobile app features:

  • Play against an AI opponent or a friend in Hot Seat mode.
  • Achievement system.
  • Tutorial mode.
  • Support for the English and Polish language.

More information on Portal Games’ digital offerings can be found on their new website. Expect the digital release of Tides of Time in March of 2019.

United Soft Media (USM) has released a digital version of Legends of Andor (LoA) for both iOS Universal and Android. The mobile app – subtitled “The King’s Secret” – does not follow the exact same campaign as in the cardboard box, but fans of the game will find the characters, map and gameplay familiar.

Legends of Andor is a co-op epic fantasy adventure that takes you into a fantastic kingdom full of magical creatures and brave heroes. Players must defend the king’s castle, playing as a warrior, sorceress, dwarf and archer. These four characters must complete difficult trials, defeat evil opponents and protect the country from a dark secret.

During the mobile campaign, a player will guide the heroes through twelve exciting legends in which new, challenging opponents and familiar companions await. Players familiar with the board game will be able to delve deeper into the mystical past of the legendary kingdom of Andor and get to know a previously unknown story.

The LoA app is a single-player experience, with simple rules and an extensive tutorial that make it easy to get started. Although no LoA knowledge or experience is needed to play, both long-time fans and newbies alike should enjoy a challenging gaming experience.

The app was developed together with original Andor board game designer, Michael Menzel. It is available for the iPhone and iPad via the App Store and for Android via Google Play. It can be played in German, English, French and Spanish.

Sometimes games are released to very little fanfare, even if they deserve it, and it’s those times that we here at Dice Tower News are probably doing our best work at spreading the word. That’s the case right now with Onitama, which just recently launched on iOS and Android. This popular 2-player game from Arcane Wonders and Asmodee Digital can now be played on the go and against players from all over the world! This is great for fans of the game, as now there’s plenty of ways to challenge yourself against human and AI opponents and it’ll broaden the appeal for the design and the modern tabletop gaming world.  If you’re ready to test your mettle on mobile, you can download the app right now on the iTunes and Google Play stores.

     “Immerse yourself in an ancient Japanese setting and discover Onitama, an exciting, fast-paced strategy game! Onitama is somewhat reminiscent of chess and rather addictive with its dynamic game mechanic in which warriors face off so their master may win the game. Concentration and luck are the only weapons you’ll have at your disposal! You’ll need to fully master mind and body to defeat your opponents.”

From Fantasy Flight Games comes the Jabba’s Realm digital campaign for the companion app for Imperial Assault, Legends of the Alliance. It will be a free download available Aug. 8.

The campaign will be a digital retelling of the physical campaign. The Legends of the Alliance app is also free, and allows players to play Imperial Assault with an Imperial player, allowing for a team up with three other plays in campaigns on the app.

In the game, players will be Rebel operatives that are trying to get refugees to the Outer Rim, when they crash land on Tatooine, the domain of the infamous Jabba the Hutt. Will players be able to survive?

The Legends of the Alliance app is available on several platforms, including Apple, Google Play, Steam and more.

White Wizard Games have announced Star Realms Arena, an in-app digital tournament feature which was released today for the Star Realms digital app. The United Heroes expansion will also be part of the update and adds a new campaign chapter. United Heroes includes 8 new heroes which are more powerful than those in the Crisis set.

“From its beginning in 2014, the Star Realms app has been a favorite for board gamers. It was recently selected as an Editor’s Choice Pick on Android, has been featured by Apple, has won the Best Mobile BGG Golden Geek Award, and was voted as the #1 “Top 10 Apps to Own for Board Gamers” in a 2018 BGG Community Survey.”

Key features of Star Realms Arena:

  • Free weekly entry in an arena tournament where the format changes every week
  • Weekly formats to win prizes, including digital foil cards
  • Ability to play with Star Realms expansions without having to purchase those expansions
  • Race to the Stars to get the Brain World avatar by being the first 100 players to reach 100 Trophy Stars

The Star Realms digital app is based on the Star Realms deckbuilding, card game and is available on the iOS, Android, and Steam platforms.

 

The tense, intriguing, quick, and easily replayable solitaire game, Hostage Negotiator, is now on mobile! This easy to learn but constantly challenging experience puts the player in the role of the titular police operative charged with rescuing hostages and capturing or neutralizing the abductor before more than half the hostages are killed or before the criminal escapes. Hostage Negotiator was originally crowdfunded via Kickstarter back in 2014 and has since enjoyed great success and multiple expansions since then. The app is available on Android and iOS as announced via the publisher, Van Ryder Games’, website which also features a video demonstrating the app by the designer, A.J. Porfirio. Whether you are interested in having this excellent solo game with you on the go, or if you’d like to just try the game via an inexpensive outlet, check out the Hostage Negotiator app on Google Play or iOS app stores.

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Remember that chess-looking game that R2D2 played against Chewbacca in New Hope? Well, someone has created it. Tippett Studio and Happy Giant bring you Hologrid: Monster Battle, a blend of boardgames, CCGs and digital elements designed to give a truly unique experience.

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The game won an award at this year’s Penny Arcade Expo and frankly there just isn’t a lot to say here about the game. Most of the Kickstarter campaign info is sparse at best, but there is a gameplay video available and it certainly looks like an interesting idea, if very similar to the Eric Lang title Duelyst. Whether the game turns out to be something stable and amazing or just another gimmick remains to be seen.

The game has many different tiers of support depending on how many extra pieces you’d like to use for your game. The company is looking for a goal of $100,000 and expect to deliver the project in November of 2016. You can see more by checking out the campaign HERE.

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The Duelyst, a digital collectible card game, has left open beta.

Why are we discussing a digital game? Because one of the designers was board gaming’s very own super star Eric Lang!

Duelyst is a fast-paced collectible card game with a tactical battlefield. Matches last between five and ten minutes, focusing on thoughtful decision-making and rewarding players with new battle units every regular season. Assemble your deck from over 330 cards across 6 unique Factions and test your mettle against other players in ranked season ladder and draft mode tournaments.

Duelyst was designed by Keith Lee (Diablo III, Ratchet & Clank) and our own Eric Lang (XCOM, Blood Rage, Dice Masters, Warhammer, Game of Thrones, The Others: 7 Sins, Bloodborne). The game uses pixel art warriors to create a battlefield where players must use summons and spells to destroy the enemy general. The game feels very much like a collectible digital version of Summoner Wars where the play style revolves around not only building a good deck and playing cards at the right time, but also moving around the board and using strategic placement of units.

You can download the game for free by checking out their homepage: HERE.

The game is currently only for desktop computers, but mobile platforms are said to be coming soon.

 

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Days of Wonder announced that their incredibly popular digital version of Ticket to Ride has been overhauled from the ground up to accommodate a mess of features. The new version is a free update to everyone who has bought the digital game before, or available on IOS, Android, and Steam.

“In addition to the exciting cross-platform asynchronous multiplayer mode, players will enjoy an intuitive user interface, new social media capabilities to share exciting moments, and fresh content such as the Indian map, the first vertical map to be available on Ticket to Ride digital.”

As a fan of Ticket to Ride and it’s digital installment, this is very good news – It is evidence that refinement of the game has not been neglected. With asynchronous multiplayer, sharing a game with friends from incredible distances or varying degrees of involvement is much more pleasant and reinforces casual play. The user interface now adapts to orientation and personal preference better, which is essential nowadays with how fast we juggle mobile devices. Plus, there’s more maps, and anyone who loves Ticket to Ride, physical or digital, always welcomes more maps. Overall, good stuff!

So if you don’t already own the game, I do recommend it if you’re a fan of the franchise, and it’s available on pretty much everything and even better than before.