Posts by: Dave Neumann

What a Rush: 1849 Begins on May 8

Before these people get too excited about ham, should we tell them what Mr. Wu's pigs have been eating?

Before these people get too excited about ham, should we tell them what Mr. Wu’s pigs have been eating?

Remember back when Owen was lamenting the lack of decent sims on mobile devices? Well, since then not much has changed. In fact, things may have gotten worse. Hopefully that all changes on May 8 with the release of gold-rush sim/city-builder 1849.

SomaSim has released the game for early access on all platforms, including iPad and Android tablets. Unfortunately, only folks in the magical lands of Australia and New Zealand get early release on tablets. The rest of us have to settle for the PC/Mac version or wait for May 8 when it goes live worldwide.

SomaSim also released a new batch of screenshots, and the more I look at this game the more I’m reminded of the old city-builders from Impressions. If you’ve played Caesar or Pharoah, you know what a huge compliment that is.

New screenshots and a trailer after the break.

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Duck Season, Warbit Season: Warbits Coming in 2014

This looks remarkably like something I drew on the cover of my Trapper Keeper in 8th grade

The story behind Warbits is basically the same tale as A Taste of Armageddon, where wars are fought by computers rather than by sending people into actual battle. Of course, in that Kirk-tastic episode, the fake wars were followed by civilians being marched into disintegration stations. I’m guessing that players of Warbits will not be expected to comply in likewise fashion, but that is just a guess.

Risky Lab is a 2-man shop that have been working on Warbits for 2 years now and, today, we have a new trailer in which we get a glimpse of some actual gameplay. Are you paying attention, Disruptor Beam? Warbits is a turn-based strategy game that offers a single-player campaign as well as online play for up to 4 players either as teams or in a free-for-all.

No ETA on release, but they do know that it will cost $3 on iOS Universal when it does. Trailer after the break.

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Out Tonight: Hearthstone (it’s out now) and a bunch of other games that aren’t Hearthstone…

Finally...it's here.

Finally…it’s here.

When I started writing this post, Hearthstone was still only available in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. That’s not the case anymore.

Hearthstone is now available for iPad worldwide, and can be downloaded, as we speak, for free. (Not sure why we’re surprised. Owen predicted this weeks ago.)

It’s quite possible that no iOS game has been as anticipated or hyped before it’s release as Hearthstone, but there’s good reason for both. First, when a major studio like Blizzard starts making original games with the iPad in mind, it gives the platform some much needed gravitas, and, more importantly, Hearthstone is just that good. Best of all, it’s free (and that’s a real free…you don’t need to spend any money unless you want to), so you should probably go and check it out.

News like this tends to overshadow the other releases, but we have some other good ones coming tonight as well.

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One Giant Leo for Mankind: Leo’s Fortune Coming Next Week

The old suicide squeeze play

The old suicide squeeze play

It’s good to know that tribbles have something to do during periods of downtime. In fact, watching the trailer for Leo’s Fortune, it looks like tribbles are actually pretty kick-ass, and are closer to ninjas than they are to space rabbits. Now, some of you might be thinking that Leo’s not a tribble, and you might be right. Of course, the only other thing he could be is Oscar the Grouch’s decapitated, yet still functioning (and strangely mustachioed), head. I’ll stick to my tribble theory.

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Go Into the Light: The Shadow Sun Gets Pooch Update, Android Coming

Apparently, Thoros of Myr works for the city guard.

Apparently, Thoros of Myr works for the city guard.

The Shadow Sun is a rarity. It’s a roleplaying game for iOS that is actually really good. Sure we have the Baldur’s Gate series and the Spiderweb games, but Shadow Sun is a third-person, open world RPG that actually works on mobile devices. An update for Shadow Sun was just released which doesn’t add anything to the world or story. It doesn’t change character skills or leveling. No, this update gives you a dog.

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Hit Me With Your Best Silverballer: Agent 47 Targets iOS with Hitman GO

That swimming pool came right out of Willy Wonka's office.

The other half of that swimming pool is in Willy Wonka’s office.

I think I need to come clean before I get too far into this one: I have never played a game in the Hitman series. In fact, I don’t think I’ve even seen one being played. I know nothing about them at all, except what I’ve read today. From this small sample, I have determined that the Hitman games are third-person stealth games which appear to be incredibly violent. This would explain my ignorance of the topic: none of those things are of much interest to me.

Tomorrow night, however, the Hitman franchise is coming to iOS for the first time, and I’m definitely interested. Why the change of heart?

Because this version looks like a board game.

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Because Good is Dumb: Play as Evil in Beware of the Horde

Horde? I do not think it means what you think it means.

Horde? I do not think it means what you think it means.

We don’t look at tower defense games too often here at Pocket Tactics because the genre sucks, which is mainly due to the lack of any deep strategy. Plop down towers, wait, plop down more towers, wait, upgrade towers, etc. It’s the gaming equivalent of baking cookies.

The concept of “reverse” tower defense still intrigues us, however. Games like the Anomaly series have shown that playing as the creeps instead of the towers can actually be a lot of fun. Apparently the guys at CrazyBits Studios agree. Tomorrow night they are launching Beware of the Horde, which puts you in charge of an Army of Evil railing against the goody two-shoes who keeps building all these damnable towers.

The game will launch for iPad first and for Android down the road, and will run you $3. Trailer after the break.

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Tycoon Tweaking: Chris Sawyer’s Transport Tycoon Gets an Upgrade

Train don't run out of Osnaover... unlessin' you're a hog or a cattle.

Train don’t run out of Osnaover… unlessin’ you’re a hog or a cattle.

While Atari was off butchering the RollerCoaster Tycoon series, Chris Sawyer’s development team at 31x Limited was making an already great Tycoon game even better. Last week version 1.1.0 of Transport Tycoon was released, bringing with it all sorts of goodies for owners of the game on both iOS and Android.

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