Posts Tagged: CCGs

Welcome to My Dungeon: Blizzard Reveals Hearthstone Expansion

I'll take mine over easy, and leave the yolk runny

I’ll take mine over easy, and leave the yolk runny

As if waiting for Hearthstone to launch on iPad wasn’t bad enough, Blizzard Entertainment turned the anticipation dial to 11 this morning when they announced an upcoming expansion for Hearthstone that will release simultaneously for PC, Mac and iPad. Unlike the iPad version of Hearthstone, which should be releasing in the next week or two, the ETA of the Curse of Naxxramas expansion is yet to be revealed. This is Blizzard, so I’m guessing the release date is “when it’s done”.

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Suddenly There Came a Tapping: WotC Announces Magic 2015 for Tablets

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Oh boy…if you’re that Planeswalker on the left DO NOT watch the trailer. This is awkward…

In a move that shocked nobody,  Wizards of the Coast has announced a new version of Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers that will release this summer for iPad and Android tablets (as well as PC, Xbox, but not PlayStation apparently). Magic 2015 follows in the footsteps of last year’s Magic 2014 and…wait for it…2012′s Magic 2013.

If you’ve played the others, I’m guessing you know what to expect here: a really well done conversion of the Big Daddy of all collectible card games to a digital medium. You’ll have the option of a single-player campaign where you can earn new cards, or online multiplayer where you can use your customized decks. This year’s version also seems to include full deck building, allowing you to build decks using cards from any color in your collection.

The biggest issue with Magic 2014 was that it had a bad case of the crashes. There was a period where the app was completely unplayable due to crashes on iPad, and even after a long-awaited patch the stability wasn’t perfect. Will Magic 2015 fix that issue? I guess we’ll have to wait until this summer to find out.

Trailer after the break.

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Hearthstone soft-launches — what the heck does that mean?

Anzac Day comes early.

Anzac Day comes early.

Last night Blizzard decided to release their highly anticipated CCG Hearthstone in limited territories as a soft launch. If you’re a denizen of Canada, New Zealand, or Australia, you can click right here and get Hearthstone from your App Store. The rest of us have to wait until that soft launch calcifies into a hard launch.

Seeing that we’re pretty much the last site to get to this story (hey, those FTL reviews don’t write themselves), why don’t I fill in some context for those of you who have (perfectly understandable) questions about what “soft launch” actually means?

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New clues suggest April release for Hearthstone on iPad

Greetings, friend.

Greetings, friend.

Blizzard’s soon-to-conquer-the-App-Store card game Hearthstone officially launched a couple of weeks ago for PC, but there’s no official word yet on when the iPad edition is coming. Tipsters have been telling me for months that Blizzard employees have been playing it for ages, and Blizzard even showed off the app running on iPads and iPad Minis at a Chinese press event earlier this month.

Curse Network site Hearthpwn said yesterday that Blizzard will be holding a media event on 3rd April (PT‘s invitation must still be in the mail, surely) for Western journalists. I’ve asked Blizzard if a release date is going to be announced at that event — I’ll let you know when they get back to me.

It makes sense that Hearthstone’s iPad release will follow shortly on from that media call — but maybe not too shortly. Blizzard have recently posted a list of the unreleased games that will be available to demo at their PAX East booth on the weekend of April 11th. Prominently featured on said list is Hearthstone for iPad — something that wouldn’t be much of a big deal if it was already available to download from the App Store.

So if I were to speculate wildly (and of course I will) about Hearthstone’s iPad release date, I’d peg it in the second half of April.

Watch the final mission of Hearthstone’s tutorial after the jump.

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Defenders opens the gates to Nival’s cross-media Prime World universe

Coming soon from Nival: Prime World Flappy Bird.

Coming soon from Nival: Prime World Flappy Bird.

I’m a big tower defense fan the way that slugs are big salt fans, but Prime World: Defenders is a tower defense game from Nival. If you recall early-century X-Com successor Silent Storm, then you know why I’m going to give Prime World: Defenders a crack — for old times’ sake, if nothing else.

Prime World is a part of a whole planned ecosystem of co-located games on different platforms. There’s a Prime World action RPG in the works for PC, plus a forthcoming match-3 puzzler. The series takes place in a fantasy world where a cataclysm has made half of the realm’s population into hideous, unreasoning monsters. Where I’m from we just call that “Election Day”.

There’s gameplay wrinkle here that I haven’t seen with many TD games: it’s also a collectible card game, where you acquire better towers as you play and make a “deck” of them. Neumann’s going to review this one for us, so check back in about a week for that. This game first appeared on PC last year.

The trailer is after the jump, and Prime World: Defenders is on the App Store right now for $4.99.

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Take stock: Card Hunter coming to tablets later this year

I put on my robe and wizard hat.

I put on my robe and wizard hat.

Way back in the nebulous past of 2012 we heard that well-regarded browser-based CCG Card Hunter would be making its way to iPad & Android. The Flash version of Card Hunter, which combines deck-building and tactical combat with a delightful tabletop game-within-a-game art style, won over a lot of fans last year — including Adam Smith at Pocket Tactics spirit guide RPS.

The time for that long-promised tablet version is upon is, says Card Hunter producer Joe McDonagh. McDonagh’s Blue Manchu Games will be working with the newly-created Dropforge Games in Seattle to bring the game to life. Blue Manchu are notable for their cast of ex-AAA devs from studios like Origin Systems, Irrational, and PopCap. But Dropforge is no slouch: they’re being bankrolled by Wargaming.net, the Eastern European outfit responsible for World of Tanks (and the forthcoming mobile game World of Tanks Blitz).

I asked McDonagh how soon we could expect the port but his answer was cagey. “We’re not announcing a release date yet but this is not a an epic development project.”

If you want to get a feel for what’s coming, you can play Card Hunter right now in your browser, assuming your boss isn’t standing over your shoulder. Watch the trailer below.

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Nothing heard about Hearthstone for iPad

Send up a signal, I'll throw you a line.

Send up a signal, I’ll throw you a line.

Tim W. (and about twenty other people) write:

Owen,

Not sure if you’ve seen but Heartstone is out of beta for PC. Any word on the iPad version?

Short answer: no.

If you’ve got a PC that you game on, you oughta go get Hearthstone and give it a spin. It’s proper good, and it’s gotten the usual billion man-hours of testing and polish from Blizzard pre-release. It’s the exception to the rule about free-to-play games; for over a year we’ve been talking about how free-to-play games stink — except Hearthstone and World of Tanks. Well, they’ll both be on iPad soon (here’s the last we heard about WoT mobile) but I don’t know when.

I spoke with Blizzard this morning, and they said that there’s “no finalised plan on the iOS version at this point”. Hopefully we’ll hear more soon.

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Pocket Tactics’ Games of the Month: February 2014

More numbers than the queue at the DMV.

More numbers than the queue at the DMV.

But Owen, you say, it’s March. I know! The end of February ambushed me. I was totally unprepared for it. February is the sneakiest month — don’t trust it.

This has been a fun (and surprisingly arithmetic-heavy) month for games and our staff picks for Games of the Month reflect that.

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