News by Numbers - August 21st, 201721 Aug 2017 2
Welcome to the latest edition of News by Numbers, where we highlight some of the can't-miss mobile gaming news each and every week. Including this one!
Frost: Version 1.5
Frost is a beautiful and bleak deck-building card game where you must survive against daunting odds in a world dominated by the Frost, a terrible storm that kills everything in its path. I'm a big fan of the game and gave it four stars last October, due in large part to its spot on aesthetic supported by gameplay, graphics, and sound. The developer has added content regularly to the game over the last ten months and just released more in the latest version. The "Revolution Edition" is free and introduces yet another scenario, "The Author", to the game. There are also now terror cards, a new type of fatigue card, three of which will end your game. According to the developer, this will be the last content update for Frost though he'll continue supporting it as needed. It's a really good game and if you enjoy card games with a strong theme it's definitely for you.
Through the Ages: roughly 2 more months
Czech Games has been taunting us with a digital version of super popular board game Through the Ages for some time now. At long last, however, a release date is known. September 14th is the day you'll be able to grab the game on iOS and Android. The announcement was made, unsurprisingly, early on at Gen Con last week. According to beta testing impressions the game is worth the wait.
Ticket to Earth: Episode 2
I really enjoyed playing Ticket to Earth, it's a fun RPG with a cool, tactical, puzzle-like combat mechanic. The game scored five stars in our review though many took issue with the shortness of the game. Robot Circus, the makers of the game, are poised to fix that with Episode 2: Crash, which releases on August 24th and is a free update for the game. Episode 2 will pick up right where the first part left off with our protagonists in a bit of a jam. Episodes 3 and 4 are also planned and will round out content for this one. If you were interested earlier this year but turned off by the comments on game brevity, now may be the time to jump in.
Six Ages: 3 years development
King of Dragon Pass is a mix of different genres: 4x civilization builder, RPG, interactive fiction. You play both at a high level, as a tribal chieftain making moves to better their people, and an individual level with said chieftain going on adventures within a world full of myth and action. The world is Glorantha, in fact, home of RuneQuest, HeroQuest, and 13th Age. It'll be home to yet another game soon. A Sharp Games, the developers of King of Dragon Pass, announced that their next game, Six Ages, is feature complete and ready for alpha testing. The game has been in the works for some time, and will feature the same type of gameplay as King of Dragon Pass. They are, in fact, calling it a spiritual successor. It's one to keep track of for sure and we'll do just that and let you know when it is out and ready to play.
Demon's Rise 2: 17th character option
Busy indie developer Wave Light Games is continuing a wave of updates and new releases this week, this time with a little more love for popular tactical role-playing game Demon's Rise 2. It wasn't long ago that we saw a new character option, in the form of the Cataphract alongside a whole host of other changes for the game. Yet another character has just arrived to bring the total up to 17 interesting options. Azagrel Kull, the Death Knight, was once a fierce enemy of the Demon Lords but upon perishing began his unlife as a pawn in their wars. The Death Knight's has powers of fear and corrosion. His attacks will permanently weaken opponent's armor and spread fear, and reduce morale, among foes. At higher levels he'll even be able to teleport and summon a powerful undead pet. Get in the game and check him out!
Asmodee Digital @ GenCon 50
GenCon 2017 (also known as GenCon 50, since it's also the 50th anniversary of the show took place at the end of last week. Asmodee Digital fired off a press release Friday night confirming their line-up of digital board game ports for the next couple of years. Just in case you weren't aware of some of these, here's a list of the upcoming titles they name-dropped:
- Ticket to Ride: First Journey: Coming to iOS & Android (and Steam/Mac) in Q3 2017.
- Carcassonne: Coming to Android (and Steam) in Q4 2017.
- Smash Up: Coming to iOS & Android (and Steam) in Q4 2017.
- Catan Stories: Coming to iOS and Android in Q4 2017.
- Mille Bornes: Coming to iOS & Android (and Steam) in Q4 2017.
- Zombicide: No release window, but coming to iOS & Android (and Steam).
- Bananagrams: No release window, but coming to iOS and Android.
Terraforming Mars & Gloom were also mentioned, but no release window or platforms were cited. Finger's crossed!
Crashlands 500,000 sales
Fantastic action RPG Crashlands has hit the half-a-million copies sold mark. That's a big accomplishment for an indie developer and the guys at Butterscotch Shenanigans definitely deserve it. For my money it was one of the best games of 2016 and one of the better mobile titles in general. I can't wait to see what they tackle next.
That's all for this week's news update. If you have any news you want to get into next week's column, please don't hesitate to get in touch.