News by Numbers - June 5th, 201705 Jun 2017 2
Welcome to the latest edition News by Numbers, where we highlight some of the can't-miss mobile gaming news each and every week.
Knights of Pen and Paper 2: $0
Turn-based tactical RPG Knights of Pen & Paper 2, by Paradox Interactive, has gone free-to-play. If you already own the premium game, you may want to avoid the most recent update. Apparently all progress is reset, though you will be awarded "gold and unique items" to balance out the prior purchase price. According to Paradox this move is being made to "bring the game back to life and make it available to more players."
Rome Total War: 0.5x speed
The latest update to the popular and awesome Rome: Total War has brought a couple nice quality-of-life features to the game. You can now increase the size of units in the 3D battle mode. Feral Interactive warns that this oft-requested feature may come with a performance tradeoff, depending on your device. There's also a new half-speed mode that will allow you to slow down and better time your tactics.
Carcassonne: 2nd version
Asmodee Digital is working on a new digital version of classic tabletop game Carcassonne. This makes me nervous because there's nothing really wrong, from my perspective, with the current version. It is very likely a new version will replace the reasonable online multiplayer with the standard Asmodee method, which is worse. They are looking for beta testers, so get in there and push for decent multiplayer!
Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game: 12 minutes of gameplay
Back in November 2016, the month that changed the world, we learned that a digital version of the Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game—a tabletop game based on urban fantasy heavyweight series 'The Dresden Files'—was in development. Now we have video evidence, thanks to a gameplay video from Hidden Achievement, the developer. The game will be based on the first five novels of the series and you can play as Harry, Murph, Susan, Michael and the Alphas in a cooperative card game meant for 1-5 players. There will also be randomly generated side jobs based on the short stories of the series. The word in the fall was Hidden Achievement was targeting spring or summer for release, so probably summer at this point.
Hat tip to Stately Play for the scoop on the video.
Miracle Merchant: 13 customers
TinyTouchTales—makers of Card Crawl, Enyo, and this year's excellent Card Thief— is working on yet another game, Miracle Merchant. It is another solitaire-style card game where you will brew potions for various adventurers using ingredient cards. You earn points for your concoctions and must meet the needs of 13 customers to win. Miracle Merchant should be out in 2017.
Framed 2: 14th of June
Whether it was your thing or not it's tough to argue that 2014's FRAMED brought groundbreaking gameplay to the mobile market. FRAMED is a puzzle game where you re-arrange the panels of a noir-style animated comic book in order to change the outcome of the story. Loveshack, the game's developer, is working on a follow up that will serve as a prequel to the original story. A tweet late last week confirmed FRAMED 2 will launch on June 14.
Mobile Gamers: 62% women
A study by Chartboost has found that a large majority of mobile gamers are women, 62%. The study analyzed over 64 million iOS and Android devices according to this article by PocketGamer.Biz. The study also look at age of gamers and found the largest segment to be 35 to 44 years of age, 27% of the market.
FTL: 64 bit update
Good news, Faster than Light has joined the ranks of safe-for-the-future iOS games with a recent update that brought 64-bit support. This means the classic will not be purged from the App Store with iOS 11. Thanks Subset Games! They're not the only ones…
Elder Sign Omens: 64 bits coming
…Fantasy Flight Games also announced late last week that the lifesaving 64-bit update is coming for Elder Sign: Omens, another game that it would be an absolute shame to lose.
Card Thief + Card Crawl: $100,000 in two months
Speaking of TinyTouchTales, its two biggest hits, Card Crawl and Card Thief, have been doing pretty well of late. The two combined to bring in $100,000 in the last two months. It's great to see this success for an indie dev and if you don't own both games they are more than worth buying.
That's it for this week's news round-up. If you'd like to get your news featured in a future update, don't hesitate to get in touch!