News by Numbers -- September 18th 201718 Sep 2017 2
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. May contain nuts.
Bottom of the 9th: version 1.1
Major League Baseball's playoff race is in the home stretch, which makes it the perfect time for Handelabra Games' very good Bottom of the 9th, a two-player dice game that follows the penultimate half inning of a close ball game. A recent update for Bottom of the 9th officially made it a universal app with support for tablets on both iOS and Android. The game was playable on tablets before but in that stretchy not-so-attractive way. On phones, the game can now be rotated to landscape mode if so desired as well. There was also some audio improvements and tweaks to the multiplayer experience in the update.
Roll for the Galaxy: 2-5 Players
Temple Gates Games have announced that they will be bringing Roll for the Galaxy to iOS & Android (and PC). This is a dice-based spin-off of boardgame Race for the Galaxy, where your dice represent your populace, whom you direct to develop new technologies, settle worlds, and ship goods. It's a 2-5 player bout, and the person who best manages their workers and builds the most prosperous empire wins!
Keldon Jones, the developer behind the Race for the Galaxy AI, is at it again with Roll for the Galaxy. This game will feature a new neural network AI that will challenge even the most advanced players.
No news on a release date, but you can sign up to their newsletter to get information on how to join the beta.
Eight Minute Empire: $4.99 Map Pack
Acram Digital just released excellent world-conquering board game Eight Minute Empire. It's a premium game with in-app purchases to unlock additional maps, not to mention an expansion. There are five maps each priced $1.99 but now, due to player demand, there is a $4.99 map pack that unlocks all of the extra maps. That's pretty much a no-brainer if you're looking for more maps on which to play the game.
Star Realms: 7th expansion
Even more content for sci-fi deck-building game Star Realms? Yes, please. The Cosmic Gambit Digital Expansion is now out for all platforms and features 2 new campaign chapters, 9 new gambit cards, 10 new ships, and 1 new base. A new favourites list has also been introduced to allow you to save friends and opponents to easily challenge later. The new expansion will set you back $3.99 and you can check out this breakdown of all the goodies you'll get.
Warhammer Quest II: The End Times: October 19th
We had a new gameplay trailer for Warhammer Quest 2 drop last Friday. "Ben from Perchang" narrates a quick three minute look at the gorgeous turn-based dungeon crawler, with over-the-shoulder footage from an iPad. We can't wait to get our hands on this when it drops on October 19th, almost a month a away.
Friday (Freitag): 1,024 player tournaments
Tabletop card game turned mobile title Friday (Freitag) came out back in July. In it you play as Friday and have the tough, tough job of guiding dim-witted castaway Robinson Crusoe to success on his remote island or, at a minimum, not to a horrible death. The game just introduced a major content update called King of the Island, which is a big online tournament for 1024 players who will compete to become king. Each tournament will last two weeks so if you want to maintain your reign you must win again.
Evolution: $40,000 Kickstarter Goal
Evolution, by North Star Games, is a very well designed and highly entertaining board game. In it you control the evolution of one or more species, giving them adaptive traits to help them survive and thrive. It's all about eating enough and not getting eaten in turn.
The game is both a super tactical two-player experience and a fun casual game for more players and a great introduction for kids into both gaming and some evolutionary science. The reason I'm talking about it here is that North Star has at long last launched their Kickstarter to bring this one to mobile. At the time of this writing it is very close to funded and we'd see a beta for tablets, on both iOS and Android, in November and phones in February. The game will officially launch Spring of 2018.
That's it for this weeks news round-up. Hope you had a good weekend - let us know if you've seen anything else that readers should know about!