The Weekender: Fully Armed and Operational Edition

By Joe Robinson 15 Feb 2019 1

Your regular weekly update is back, and we’ve got plenty to catch up on – it’s been a pretty good couple of weeks all things considered, with some interesting new releases and game updates, as well as a healthy amount of sale action to see you into the weekend. For some of you in the UK it’ll be school holidays next week, so you may want to read this week’s update with interest.

Highlights from this week include catch-up reviews on The Escapists 2 (which is pretty good) and Invaders from Dimension X! (which is a bit rough around the edges, but a neat war game that we’re glad to see exist).

Meanwhile, in mobile games…

Out Now

Evolution (iOS Universal & Android) (Review)

There’s not much more to say about this game beyond what we stated in our review, so go give that a read. Suffice to say, if you like board games, there’s a high chance you’ll like this game. Better yet, you can try it out for yourself for free!

Knights of the Card Table (iOS Universal & Android) – Full Review Coming Soon!

The art style on this one reminds me of our 2018 GOTY, Meteorfall and makes me wonder if the same artist was involved. This is a premium card game/dungeon crawler where players can re-arrange the dungeon cards themselves. Plenty of collectables and plenty of replayability by the sounds of things, and we’ll get you a full review as soon as we can.

Rebel Inc. (iOS Universal, Android) (Review)

One of our favourite strategy titles is now on Android! Woot! The pricing model is slightly different to what is on iOS, but it’s basically the same as Plague Inc. – you can try it out for free, and then there’s an IAP to unlock the ‘Premium’ version. There are additional IAPs beyond that, but these are exactly the same as what iOS users have.

From last week there was also text-based strategy game A Few Minutes of Glory (iOS), which we’ll have a full review for next week, as well as Throne Quest (iOS & Android), an action RPG that’s also on our list to take a deeper look at.

Finally, Victory Point Games released one of their solitaire board games in digital format called Gem Rush (iOS, Android). It’s an unfortunate title for the mobile app store, but we’ll get you a full review as soon as we can.

Updates & Pre-Orders

Star Traders: Frontiers (iOS & Android) (Review)
Templar Battleforce (iOS & Android) (Review)

The Trese Brothers have updated two of their catalogue recently – Templar Battleforce continues to get refined with improved iPad Pro support, and recently released Star Traders: Frontiers get a new content drop in the form of a new high-difficulty role and play-style. The link may be from steam, but it’s worth paying attention to the PC page because that’s where they talk about their plans and updates for the game (across all platforms).

Stardew Valley (iOS & Android) (Review)

The iconic farming simulator/RPG is finally making its way to Android. Pre-registration is open right now, so if you click on the above link you can sign up to notified when the game is released. The generally consensus is that it'll be premium and cost the same as the iOS version, and also have all of the same functionality bar multiplayer. No news yet as to the 'when', but I'm sure we'll find out soon.

Sales

There’s actually quite a lot of games on sale this week, so this section is going to have to be a bit brief:

  • Hero Generations (Review) (iOS & Android): $0.99
  • Transistor (iOS): $0.99 – cheapest price to date
  • Age of Rivals (Review) (iOS & Android): $1.99
  • Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space!? (Review) (iOS): $2.99 – only the second time it’s been on sale
  • Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop!? (Review) (iOS & Android): $1.99 – only the second time it’s been on sale
  • Potion Explosion (Review) (iOS & Android): $2.99 – not the cheapest price

Also available at a discount are Asmodee’s digital ports of Love Letter and Patchwork.

That's everything in this week's update - enjoy your weekends and we'll see you next week. If you've seen anything else you think deserves as mention, let us know in the comments!

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