Go up, young man: Alien Frontiers is live

By Owen Faraday 08 Oct 2012 0
Alien nation. Alien nation.

The successfully-Kickstarted iPad version of the much-beloved board game Alien Frontiers launched on Friday. No one was more surprised than the devs, who had a slight mix-up with their submission to Apple and weren't expecting the game to go on sale until later. No matter - Alien Frontiers is here, and perfectly ready for prime time.

Clever Mojo Games were kind enough to let me have a gander at Alien Frontiers pre-release, and it's really good. If you like the board game, it's a no-brainer. If you've not played the board game, Alien Frontiers is a worker placement game - like a more involved Carcassonne, to put it simply. Clever Mojo's iPad version features both online multiplayer and AIs for single-player. [Correction: Online multiplayer is in the works - not available in the released version.]

My only caveat is that the Alien Frontiers app is a very literal interpretation of the board game - a painstaking reproduction like Gus van Sant's shot-for-shot remake of Psycho. There's none of the glitzy digital-only window-dressing that adorns the iOS version of Elder Sign Omens, say. But that's no crime - Alien Frontiers doesn't need any glitz to be good. It's available for $4.99 on the App Store.



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