News By Numbers - November 21st, 201621 Nov 2016 2
Welcome to this week's edition of News by Numbers, where we highlight some of the can't-miss mobile gaming news each week.
Guardians of the Galaxy-The Video Game: A0207791
You may have heard that SAG-AFTRA, a voice acting union for actors on games among other things, is on strike to negotiate better wages. Related to the strike a list of games without voice-acting deals was released and included the third season of The Walking Dead game as well as a very interesting name: Guardians of the Galaxy-The Video Game (aka Blue Harvest). Nothing is confirmed or set in stone—we just have a code name and number—but this is a good indication that we'll get the Telltale treatment for Guardians, maybe lined up with the second movie coming in May 2017.
Tiny Armies: $.99
Tiny Armies is a quick, tile-based, tactical game that is all about conquering the battlefield. You want to slam your armies into the opponent while avoiding terrain squares like mountains, which stop you cold, and water which drowns your troops. A recent update added a pass-and-play versus mode to the existing single-player levels. This is a fun premium game by brothers that holds a well-earned place in my five-minute game folder. It only costs a dollar so you should definitely grab it on iOS.
Templar Battleforce: Version 2.5.3
Templar Battleforce is a great turn-based tactical science-fiction game set in the time of a galactic war. Tof gave it four stars almost a year ago it took away Pocket Tactics' coveted Strategy game-of-the-year award. The game just got an update that added more goodies:
- Added new weapon / armor combo for Engineer: Pyro!
- Added 8 new Requisition Levels for Engineers
- Added 4 new Talents for Pyro Engineers: Pyro Turret, Scorch Order, Manual Vent, Turret Stance
- Deploy flame-spewing turrets to the field of battle!
- Added 3 new Hand-Flamer Weapons + 1 Relic, 3 Flame-Tank Armors + 1 Relic
- Added Ordnance for Pyro Engineer resupply
- New Talents limited by armor type worn - some talents require standard / flame-tank armor
Drakenlords: 3 days to launch
Drakenlords is a collectible-card game that was discussed by Mark as part of Pocket Tactics' CCG week. At that point, it had only soft launched in a couple regions. It's finally coming to the US market this Thursday and will offer 300 cards and a mix of single-player campaign action and online ranked and sealed deck play. So if you are looking for something to try over Thanksgiving weekend you may want to give it a go.
Eisenhorn Xenos: $4 off
Last week I mentioned that Eisenhorn: Xenos was available on Android, this week the adventure game returns to By the Numbers thanks to a mobile sale. Overall reaction is very mixed on this for a Warhammer game. If you were holding off due to price, now may be your time. It is down to $5.99 for iOS and Android.
Jade Empire: 6 platforms
Jade Empire: Special Edition is now on Android, its sixth platform (PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, OS X, and iOS being the others). This action role-playing game was originally released nearly ten years ago and was particularly popular on PC and Xbox. I found the controls to be pretty awkward on the iPad, but JP fared much better with it. You can grab it for iOS or Android.
The Great War: 8.0 score on Board Game Geek
Need another wargame gone mobile? HexWar is working on The Great War, which as the name suggests, is set in WWI and part of the Command and Colors series of games. It allows you to play through various engagements during the war and includes plenty of trench warfare. Boardgamers really like this one, so it'll likely come down to mobile implementation. The Great War is entering closed beta and if you want to help make that implementation all it can be you can participate by going here to sign up.
Super Mario Run: $10
Super Mario Run is not a game that would normally get much attention here, but it is going to be huge—releasing in 151 countries—and Nintendo has made a pricing decision that is well worth keeping an eye on. Rather than the usual freemium path, which has to be considered the norm for large gaming companies these days, the game is free to try and costs $9.99 to unlock all three modes of play. If successful, it might pave the way for more big-name premium games. Mad props, as the kids once said, to Nintendo for going with the trial-to-premium plan. Super Mario Run will be out on December 15th in the United States and many other regions.
Paradox Interactive: 157 games
Paradox Interactive, a Swedish video game publisher known for its historical strategy titles, is making a push into mobile games. Paradox hired a new executive to lead the efforts and is looking to partner with mobile studios to begin bringing its game franchises to mobile devices. Paradox has some interesting contenders in the mix including Tyranny, Stellaris, Cities: Skylines, Crusader Kings, and Europa Universalis.
Hearthstone: 1000 gold
Heroic Tavern Brawl has arrived. For one thousand gold, or $9.99, you can now take your shot at Hearthstone's super competitive new option. Lose three games and you're out. With great risk comes great rewards, however, and running the table at a perfect 12-0 gets you fifty packs, three golden legendary cards, and a ton of gold and dust. Anybody go for it yet?
Deus Ex Go: 1108 ratings
Deus Ex Go, the Square Enix turn-based puzzle/tactics game is on sale for $.99 in advance of a free puzzle maker update is going live on November 24th, right in time for US Turkey Day. Sean gave this one four stars and Apple gamers seem to agree—with 1108 ratings Deus Ex Go is averaging well over 4 stars. If you haven't grabbed it yet, you won't beat the current price! It is available for both iOS and Android. The other GO games, Lara Craft GO and Hitman GO, are also discounted to $0.99/£0.79.
Amazon.com: $86 million IAP refund
A federal judge recently ordered Amazon.com to prepare to reimburse parents whose children rang up in-app purchases without permission. The case, brought by the FTC in 2014, charges that an estimated $86 million in authorised charges were made by kids without permission. The judge's order instructs Amazon to begin a process to alert parents of their refund eligibility and reimburse them beginning in early 2017. I've got my kids' iPads locked down tight else I'd be declaring bankruptcy about now. Other parents are nodding their heads sagely as they read this.
That's it for this edition of News by Numbers. If you've got a news item worth sharing send it our way to Nick's Twitter account, @MrVigabool and it may show up in a future edition.