The Weekender: I'm Sorry, HOW Much? Edition

By Joe Robinson 22 Nov 2019 4

I’m not going to lie, it’s been a bit of a slow week from where I'm sitting. I’ve compensated for it as best I can, but there’s also not been as much to talk about news-wise that I wasn’t thinking of saving for today’s column. A couple of things are a bit late, which you’ll read about below, and people don’t seem to be as keen about reading Apple Arcade stuff as I thought they’d be.

Maybe TouchArcade has the right idea of doing individual game reviews instead, I’m not sure. I also can’t stop playing Hearthstone Battlegrounds, and it scares me.

Meanwhile, in the world of mobile games….

Out Now

Civilization 6: Gathering Storm (iPad)

So, that happened. Without any fanfare or warning, the second major expansion for Civilization 6 is now available on iPad as an iAP. It costs a ridiculous $39.99 to buy full price. 2K/Firaxis’ pricing strategy with Civ 6 has been a bit bonkers on both PC and Mobile, so this is par for the course.

In more promising news, however, the IAP unlock for the full base game is down to £4.99, with the Rise & Fall expansion is down to its lowest ever price of £14.99. $40 is a big ask for any game expansion, regardless of platform, but if you haven’t jumped onto the mobile Civ 6 bandwagon yet $5 is a very good price for a game that will give you many hours of entertainment.

Football Manager 2020 Mobile & Touch

Earlier in the week was this year’s edition of Football Manager. Football Manager 2020 comes in two forms, as is traditional:

  • Football Manager 2020 Mobile (iOS | Android) which is a streamlined version of the game for phones and tablets.
  • Football Manager 2020 Touch (iPad | Android) which is the PC version ported for use on a tablet device.

This year seems to be more about refinements and improving on features added in the 2019 version than about adding in brand new features, although overhauls around Media interactions and changes to how reserve and youth teams work have been included. Our review of 2020 Mobile should be dropping next week.

Updates & News

Acram Digital’s port of legacy board game Charterstone is getting a beta. This will be running across PC and Mobile, and you can go here if you want to sign-up and participate. It feels like something’s gone wrong with mobile board games recently, so it’s nice to see companies still working on mobile ports.

The Minecraft Earth Early Access is also now available in the following countries: Japan, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland. In other ME news, the Sensor Tower is reporting that since the roll-out started on November 12th, the game has been downloaded 1.4 million times. 1.2 Million (or just over 86%) are from the US. 73% of those downloads are on iOS.

Last and most definitely least, I’m going to talk about Merge Dragons briefly. It’s mainly for my wife’s sake, but I’m also stopping and taking a moment to wonder at how… creative… companies can get sometimes when it comes to cross-promotion. I’ll give you three guesses as to which currently popular cult phenomenon is having a crossover event with Merge Dragons:

Rick & Morty.

Sales

Black Friday is next week so expect a lot more sales to appear then, but here’s a few discount deals you might be interested in (we haven’t included the Civ 6 stuff as we talk about that above):

  • Playdek’s re-release of Fluxx Digital, while not the best port in the world, is still worth checking out if you’re looking for a new party-focused card game. It’s down to $0.99 on iOS and Android.
  • One of our favourite minimalist puzzle games, Mini Metro, is discounted for the first time this year and is down to $0.99, the best price since December 2017. It’s successor is one of our favourite Apple Arcade games, but if you’ve yet to try this out you really should.
  • The first Beholder game is down to $2.99 again.

Seen anything else you liked? Played any of the above? Let us know in the comments!

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