Thursday, 13 December 2012

A bumper Christmas for iOS releases

Christmas is almost here and app developers have been busy working on their gaming releases for the holiday season. 

I've already posted on the KoffeeKlub Facebook page about a number of recent releases, but this should serve up a more comprehensive look at the gaming releases that have caught our eye recently.

Stone Age 
Campfire Creations have developed this very popular 2008 Spiel Des Jahre nomination for the iPhone/iPad. Stone Age is a worker-placement game for two to four players. The goal of the game is to score the most civilization points by collecting resources and using them to construct buildings and other advancements. It's an excellent transfer between board and smart device, but I can't help feeling that something gets lost in translation with certain titles.

Features: Solo play vs. 3 different AI opponents, Pass-and-Play multi-player for single device, tutorial, remote multi-player through Game Centre

Release Date: Available Now
Price:  £2.99

Stone Age
Battle of the Bulge
Battle of the Bulge is a turn-based strategy wargame from Shenandoah Studios covering this famous World War Two battle from the Ardennes counter-offensive, December 1944 through January 1945. Hoping to d/l this one today!

Features: Retina Graphics, Tutorial, full rules, strategy guide, day-by-day history of the Bulge campaign and remote multi-player through Game Centre

Release Date: 13/12/2012
Price:  £6.99

Battle of the Bulge

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Version
The Enhanced Edition of Baldur's Gate (for iPad) includes remastered versions of both Baldur's Gate and its expansion pack, Tales of the Sword Coast. It features three new characters, a new quest the "Black Pits" and the ability to use all classes/kits from the beginning. The draw here for me is a nostalgic one, so I hope that this doesn't end up being a play-once game.

Release Date: Available Now
Price:  £6.99

Baldur's Gate

Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator
Artemis is a multi-player game for iOS devices from Incandescent Workshop LLC. It simulates a spaceship bridge by networking iOS devices together to run the main screen, helm, communications, engineering and weapons control. This may be a game for a niche market, but is sounds like a lot of fun... if you can get the players...  

Release Date: Available Now
Price:  £1.99

Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator

Looking ahead to 2013 and Space Hulk will get it's own release. Not much in the trailer yet, but some details are available from the developer's site: 

Based on the best-selling board game and set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, Space Hulk is a 3D digital turn based strategy game that recreates the classic claustrophobic board game experience for single player and multi-player cross-platform play between PC, Mac and on iOS.

Space Hulk is set in the isolated corridors and tomb-like chambers of an ancient vessel lost in the graveyard of space. Players lead a small army of fearless Space Marine Terminators to battle in a ferocious fight for survival against hordes of predatory alien Genestealers.

The main features are:

  • Blood Angel terminator squad
  • Fearsome Genestealers with challenging AI
  • Thematic 3d environment
  • Single player campaign based on the "Sin of Damnation" hulk
  • New coop multiplayer levels against the Genestealer AI
  • Multiplayer head-to-head recreating the board game experience against a friend
  • Cross platform multiplayer between PC, Mac and iOS
  • Level editor with ability to share creations
  • Game expansions in the future as DLC

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