News by Numbers - August 14th, 201714 Aug 2017 7
Welcome to this week's edition of News by Numbers, where we highlight some of the can't-miss mobile gaming news each and every week.
Cottage Garden: 3rd quarter release
DIGIDICED recently released Terra Mystica after what was for many, a very long wait. Now they've turned their sights on a new tabletop to digital adaptation: Cottage Garden. In it, up to four players compete to build the best garden. They purchase plants from a common marketplace and seek to fit them into their garden. The challenge comes in fitting all different shapes and sizes of plants such that you completely fill a garden plot, at which point you can collect the points and start again. The most points means the best gardener, and ultimate winner of the game. Cottage Garden will feature solo play and, best yet, cross-platform and asynchronous multiplayer. DIGIDICED is shooting for a Q3 release, so we should only have to wait a couple months to check it out.
Paperback: 4 player asynchronous multiplayer
Paperback is a fun tabletop game that got a digital version late last year, but fell a little short due to the lack of online multiplayer. Well, that has now changed and a recent update to the game has added four-player, asynchronous multiplayer. Matt Thrower's 3-star review would undoubtedly get an upgrade as well, given this news.
Burgle Bros: $4.99
The digital adaptation of popular stealth-based board game Burgle Bros is out on both iOS and Android. Tim Fowers, the developer of both Burgle Bros and the aforementioned Paperback, made the announcement Friday (too late for last week's Out Now). We'll have impressions this Friday on this heist game.
Duelyst: 6 month of beta testing
Duelyst is the last of three big-name CCGs that we've been tracking in 2017. There seems to have been a bit of a setback in mobile development due to stability issues with the existing version. Limited beta testing started on iOS about six months ago and it is not clear how much this will set things back.
All alpha/beta platforms (such as Android/iOS mobile builds) are in suspended development until we stabilize our live builds.— Duelyst (@PlayDuelyst) August 8, 2017
Darkest Dungeon: 10 more days
Far and away the biggest news of the week is that Darkest Dungeon, the smash hit PC game, is coming to iPad on August 24th. Next week! Amazingly, Red Hook Studios—the developer of the game—was able to keep this news under wraps despite what must have been a lengthily development project. The turn-based roguelike is one of the most challenging on the market on any platform and will be bringing its full 80+ hours to the iPad and the Darkest Dungeon gameplay will work well with touch controls. Even better, those with a PC, Mac, and Linux version will be able to sync game progress through Dropbox. The price for the iPad version of Darkest Dungeon has not yet been announced, but it will be a premium game with everything included. The Crimson Court DLC will also arrive on iPad, but at a later date.
Beamdog: 64-bit updates
Beamdog Games, makers of the recently released Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition, recently announced some updates set to save a couple of its classic offerings from a 32-bit death when iOS 11 arrives. For those who are unaware, iOS 11 will make games that have not been updated to 64 bits unplayable. Here's the announcement from Beamdog:
Our fans on iOS will be pleased to hear that we’re aware of the notification you’ve all been seeing regarding 32-bit applications and can rest assured that we will have all of our Enhanced Edition games upgraded to 64-bit as part of our 2.4 patch series. The Beamdog team has already started on the 64 bit update for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, and plans to address the same issue on Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition afterwards. Expect to see more details on these iOS patches later this summer.
Good news for owners of those games! Let's hope more developers save the games they can before iOS 11 comes out.
Bad North: 2018 release
Regulars of this column may remember my mention of a promising Viking-raid game in development earlier this year. That game now has a name, Bad North, and still looks great. It's a single-player real-time strategy game, and it will be a cross between tower defense and Total War. The king of the land is dead and his children, the prince and princess, must set aside their squabbling and defend the kingdom from marauding Vikings. You'll have to repel wave after wave of invaders, but will earn gold and experience as you do, with which you can upgrade your warriors and steel them for more bloody combat. The game already looks great to me, and Bad North is targeting a 2018 release on PC, consoles, and mobile devices. You can head to their website for more info and to sign up for updates.
That's it for this latest news round-up. Feel free to get in touch if there's anything you want highlight for next Monday's column. Enjoy the rest of your week!