Bellwether Games, best known for their tabletop games Antidote and Coldwater Crown, took their talented team to join many other game designers, artists, musicians, and publishers at the Global Game Jam last year. A fun little project they started at the jam turned into a functional electronic game about connecting transmission lines. What’s more, they discovered that this was a fun idea worth developing further for the next ten months to create KV Connector, the company’s first mobile app game.
KV Connector is game about connecting power lines across various levels of terrain to light dark houses. Players score points from connecting houses and lampposts as well as from birds that land on long powerlines. Players earn more points by using fewer towers. KV Connector features groovy music from Musivational, including a tune, Ramps (Up and Down), by Dice Tower News Tweeter, Ben Gerber.
KV Connector is available now for free download for Android.
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.”
Asmodee Digital continues to up it’s game by entering into a partnership with Playdeck. Four games that will immediately be transformed under the new brand are Ascension, Twilight Struggle, Summoner Wars, and Agricola. Notice that these games aren’t new to the app space as they have been previously under Playdeck, but now they are under Asmodee Digital’s control. Will we see new updates or additional versions of the games in the future? Well we won’t know until Asmodee tells us about it. You can download the games from your respective app stores, and check out each of the links above for more information on the individual game apps.
Italian board game publisher dv GIOCHI (most well-known for the BANG! series of games) is publishing a new cooperative deductive game called 3 Secrets. Boardgamegeek describes the twists that are to come with a hidden informant and mobile app inclusion:
In the cooperative game 3 Secrets, players want to unravel the three secrets of an unresolved case before time runs out. One of the players plays the role of informant and knows the truth about the case: They know which secrets need to be discovered and try their best to help you guess them correctly. The clock is ticking and the clues are scarce, so question the informant to gather useful information and find the solution. If you grope in the dark, the informant can reveal an important clue, but this will cost you precious time! Use your best observing eye, lateral thinking, and deduction skills to unravel all the mysteries of the ambiguous characters that populate this game.
3 Secrets comes with a free app available for download at the Apple AppStore and Google Play.
3 Secrets is for 2-8 players and is only supposed to play in 15 minutes. For more information, visit the publisher’s page here.
A mobile version of the beautiful, flower growing card game Lotus has been announced by Dire Wolf Digital. Designed by Jordan and Mandy Goddard, Lotus was publish by Renegade Game Studios and released in 2016.
Clear your head and take in the quiet strength of the Lotus garden. It takes skillful care and nurturing to grow these flowers to their full potential, but once picked, they provide their owner with wisdom. Beware, for there are others who will do anything they can to get their hands on these mystical flowers. You’ll need to enlist the help of creatures native to this land to take control of the Lotus garden and achieve true enlightenment.
Lotus is the fourth title in the ongoing collaboration between Dire Wolf and Renegade, joining the critically-acclaimed hit Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure, the digital adaptation of Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, and the Renegade Companion App that adds a digital twist to tabletop play.
Lotus will release for iOS and Android phones and tablets later this summer. For more information, visit the Renegade Game Studios news page.
Days of Wonder has just released the award winning game Jaipur as an adaptation for mobile devices.
Now players can pick up mobile devices and tables to adopt a role as one of the most powerful merchants in Rajasthan in this two player game. Buy, trade and sell commodities for profit while using camels to cash in on end game bonuses. Win two out of three rounds to claim the title of the greatest merchant in the capital of Jaipur, Rajasthan.
The game is now available for mobile devices and tablets both in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store:
Asmodee and Days of Wonder have released a trailer for the app: YouTube Trailer.
Designed by Sébastien Cauchon and originally released as a small box card game by GameWorks SàRL Jaipur received much early critical success, including making it to the prestigious 2010 Spiel des Jahres recommended list. The game has also made the Dice Tower’s People’s Choice list for Best Games of 2009 and Eric placed it on his list of Top 10 Asmodee Games.
The fan-favorite Cthulhu Realms is coming to mobile due to the fantastic work of the same people that brought Star Realms to the digital scene. Cthulhu Realms is a deck building competitive game where players use conjuring power as currency to buy new cards and play minions and locations in order to damage your opponents sanity. If you go insane, you’re out! The last player remaining, or the player with the most sanity when the market deck is depleted is the winner. The upcoming mobile app is available now through Google Play and will be coming to iOS App store soon and will feature a slew of awesome content and multiplayer options for the paid version.
Full App Features: Drive people insane across the globe. Play the AI on 2 difficulty settings. 8 additional campaign missions. Battle your friends face to face with Pass and Play. Play against many more opponents online. Challenge a friend to online Player v Player combat.
Since Cthulhu Realms is mechanically very similar to Star Realms, which has seen impressive popularity on digital platforms, this newest game-to-application entry has a lot of experience behind it to be a worthwhile download. That experience, I expect, will come in the form of consistent patches and bug fixes, a very stable online environment, and a very challenging single-player experience you wouldn’t get from the physical version. Check it out on your favorite app store soon!
Popular across all platforms and skyrocketing up the BGG charts with it’s newest Legacy release, Pandemic the app has now made itself even more available than ever before. Z-man Games announced on Christmas day that the digital version has been updated with a massive list of language availability. As announced via Z-man Games news:
As of Saturday, December 26th, though, your favorite digital game will also be available in Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Greek, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Chinese! That makes it for a grand total of 16 languages!
Previously only available in English, French, and German, Pandemic is now reaching out to much broader audiences so that they too may experience one of the most popular board games today.