The Weekender: Conqueror Edition06 Dec 2019 0
It’s been a very meaty week for new releases and updates, and I’d like to think the content this week has been pretty diverse too. We gave one last look at our 2019 mobile guide before the year ends, whilst also writing up some interesting news bits as well as dropping a new guide.
Next week we should have a few more reviews and features for you as well.
Meanwhile, thousands of miles away...
New iPhone & Android Releases
Queen’s Wish: The Conqueror (iOS)
The studio that brought you the Avadon and Avernum RPG series are back with another hardcore, open-ended top-down RPG adventure. This game was successfully kickstarted to celebrate the studio’s 25 year run as a developer. We haven’t had a chance to test it out yet, but we know the developer’s games in general are thought well of, so we figured it was worth highlighting. We’ll try and get someone on the review for this as soon as we can.
In Queen’s Wish you play the exiled daughter of a Queen who banishes you to the furthest reaches of the empire to test your worth. Haven is a back-water, surrounded by unruly vassals, and it’s your drop to bring them all to heel. It boats 50+ hours of gameplay with an open-ended story and tactical combat.
CCP Games has finally released a mobile version of EVE Online in the form of EVE Echoes (developed by NetEase). Previously we had our eyes on something called EVE: War of Ascension but that project looks to have disappeared. Echoes looks like a more literal translation of the game onto mobile devices in terms of features, functionality and presentation. The Open Beta Test launched on iOS via Testflight and on Android via Google Play at the start of the week - we’ve got a tips guide for anyone who’s looking to get started.
I’d tell you what I think of it, but I can't actually play the game due to some weird Android bug that seems to be connected to the Play Game services. I get stuck on a loading screen. If that ever gets fixed I’ll relay some top-line impressions. Fun Fact: I was infamous EVE Online guild GoonSwarm for about a year back when I attempted to play the game seriously.
Space Grunts 2 (iOS Universal)
As we mentioned earlier in the week, Space Grunts 2 is finally out on iOS to coincide with the PC version’s release from Early Access. We’ve got Jarrett on the review, and you can read more in our news report.
We’ve spoken to Orangepixel, and an Android version is provisionally due sometime in January.
Honestly was a bit worried that this one wasn’t going to turn up, but Asmodee Digital have finally released their digital port of this hit board game onto Mobile. To recap - the development team working on this did release a mobile beta earlier in the year, but then they went bust. This project could have easily been cancelled so I’m glad it still saw the light of day.
Worth noting however that early impressions are a little mixed - some find the presentation divisive, and there are reports of issues with online multiplayer functionality. We’ve got Matt on the case, so will bring you more information as soon as we can in a full review.
Other recent Asmodee Digital board game releases we should highlight, since we’re here:
- Gang of Four: The Card Game (iOS & Android)
- Takenoko (iOS & Android)
- Dream Home: The Board Game (iOS and Android)
Updates & News
So the pitch for this is a '4X Strategy Game except you are a Potato'. I mean… sure?
We don’t normally cover Kickstarter projects due to the inherent risks with the platform, but something that claims to be Civilization-with-Spuds almost demands further investigation. Luckily you don’t have to go by the Kickstarter page alone (which at the time of writing is three-quarters of the way to being fully funded); if you’re on android you can join this google group to test out an alpha version.
Can’t guarantee everyone will be allowed to become a tester, but you can at least talk to the developer to find out more about the game if you’re as interested in this as I am. We hope it gets the funding it needs, and more importantly, we hope it actually gets finished!
Roll for the Galaxy Beta (iOS & Android)
Temple Gates Games have announced they’re launching a beta for their digital adaptation of Roll for the Galaxy. You can go here to sign up, and it’s available on both Android and iOS.
Plague Inc. just got a free new scenario which deals with ‘Fake News’. Instead of being a virus, you’re a fictional news story that you’re trying to get into the hearts of minds of everyone on the planet. Instead of upgrading your viral traits or upping your kill rate, you’re deploying psychological tricks and modern technology to make sure your ‘news’ is believed by everyone. This was created in conjunction with FullFact.org.
I mean after the veritable feast that was Black Friday, the sales this week seem weak by comparison. Darkest Dungeon: Tablet Edition is currently $4.99, which is the lowest price since October 2018 when it was $0.99.
This is a weird one, the game seems to have launched at the $4.99 price, and then spent the rest of the time flitting between that and $0.99, with the price only rising to $9.99 in September this year. This seems less of a price reduction and more of a price correction?
Seen anything else you like? Played any of the above? Let us know in the comments!