The Weekender: Hole Edition31 Aug 2018 0
Welcome to the Weekender, your weekly look at the best new games, sales, and updates. To recap what you may have missed so far, we've refreshed a couple of our buying guides, so if you're wondering what the best board games or best sport manager games are, we've got you covered.
We also reviewed Donut County (see below), and spotted a great deal for Android users. Finally, The Lord of the Rings digital card game released on Steam at the start of the week. It's still due on mobile as far as we know, so go watch some gamaplay if you're interested in how its coming along.
Back to the real reason you're here: We've got an eclectic mix of sims, RPGs, and other games for you this week.
Donut County (iOS Universal) (Review)
"A story-filled physics puzzle game where you play as a hole in the ground." That's a great tagline for what sure looks like a fun game. The basic idea is that you play as a hole. A small hole to start with, but you start swallowing things, pretty much anything, and get bigger. Then swallow more things. Michael had four-stars worth of love for it in yesterday's review, and you can check it out to learn more about the game.
Noch mal! (iOS Universal and Android)
We've got another tabletop-to-digital conversion this week, this time it's dice-rolling box-checking point-tallying Noch mal. In Noch mal you earn points through BINGO-esque gameplay where you roll dice and mark off squares based on your results. If you're the first to mark off a column or all of the same-colored boxes you earn points. The trick is that you can only check off connected boxes. It takes a little bit to get used to the rules but plays pretty quick from there. Noch mal supports solo mode or pass-and-play for two players.
Pro Strategy Football 2019 (iOS Universal)
NFL training camps are in full swing and armchair-GMs are spending plenty of time second-guessing their team's choices. Pro Strategy Football 2019 lets you do more than talk about how best to manage a pro-football team. You are able to lead the team of your choice through one or many seasons including the draft, training camp, the regular season, and of course the playoffs. The game hasn't licensed the right to use real team and player names, though there is a way to customize them if you're so inclined.
The simulation has several layers and you not only make personnel and depth chart decisions but can coach games in either casual or expert mode or simulate them and move quickly through seasons. Personally, I like the career view and seeing how many seasons play out. It's very similar to the developer's college-football simulation game, created as a college project, and mentioned by me almost two-years ago in one of my earliest News by Numbers posts. I do wish the game simulated free agency and player trades, but Pro Strategy Football 2019 still has plenty going on and should entertain most pro-football fans.
Football not your thing? How about golf? Golf Club Manager brings sports simulation to the links. You are hired by club owner James to turn around his struggling course. You've got to string out low daily profits as far as possible to make improvements and attract more players with the ultimate goal of hosting championship events. Golf Club Manager's graphics are pretty basic, but the simulation is strong. It's worth a look for simulation fans and golfers alike.
Egglia: Legend of the Redcap (iOS Universal and Android: Free)
)Egglia: Legend of the Redcap is an RPG where you play as a young elf named Chabo who must explore Egglia, gather resources to build a village, battle enemies in turn-based combat, and make friends with various spirit companions. It's a premium game but is free for now.
Trader’s Way (iOS Universal: Free)
Another free game this week is stock-market simulator Trader's Way. The UI is pretty basic and there are some issues, but it is free and buy low sell high is the idea, right?
Warhammer Quest 2 (iOS Universal: $.99) (Android) (Review)
One of my most anticipated games of 2017, Warhammer Quest 2 was a bit disappointing at launch. They've since shored up one of the biggest issues, the lack of challenge, by bringing back the ambush mechanic. The sequel still isn't as good as the original, but it's still fun and certainly worth the current sale price of a dollar. Not only is this the lowest price yet for Warhammer Quest 2, but there was also a content update that added two new characters—the Witch Hunter and the Bretonian Knight—and 20 new weapons, armor, and equipment.
Heroes of Steel RPG Elite (Android: $1.99) (iOS Universal)
A tactical RPG in the same vein as the great Templar Battleforce, Heroes of Steel is also by the Terese Brothers and well worth checking out if you're a fan of the genre. Remember most Terese bros. games have a free version as well supported by ads.
Suburbia (iOS Universal) (Android: $1.99) (Review)
Suburbia puts you in the shoes of a city planner competing to build the best city. You mix residential, commercial, and industrial areas and must include expected amenities like airports, museums and more. The multiplayer is only local pass-and-play, sadly, but there is a single-player campaign that moves through real cities.
Halcyon 6 Starbase Commander (iOS Universal: $3.99) (Review)
One of the best games of 2017, Halcyon 6 is a space-based strategy, RPG, and simulation game and features fun and tactical turn-based combat. If any of that sounds like your kind of thing the game is worth every bit of its $6.99 regular price—$3.99 constitutes a no-brainer!
Seen anything else you like? Played any of the above? let us know in the comments!