News By Numbers - October 24th, 201624 Oct 2016 7
Welcome to this week's News by Numbers, where I highlight some of the week's best of mobile gaming news.
Torchlight Mobile: 1-2 minutes
Torchlight's transition to mobile has been tortuously slow for fans of the franchise. It has entered closed beta in China and is, in theory, still coming in 2016. Some gameplay details have emerged including that dungeons will be randomly generated and will be optimized for length. The game's goal is that a dungeon can be completed in a couple minutes, which would be perfect for scattered mobile play. No details yet on platforms or pricing model. Let us hope we aren't looking at any sort of energy system.
Solitaire spliced with RPG elements, Solitairica is currently on sale for $1.99 (down from $3.99). The game has different classes, each with a different deck of cards and spells. Tof gave this one four stars and several commentators really loved it as well. If you were holding back, like me, now might be the time to grab it on iOS.
Really Bad Chess: 2 players
Really Bad Chess, a chess variant with random pieces, was very recently released but already has an update. Version 1.1 includes a local two-player mode as well as landscape mode for an iPad. As a result, it is sort of like a real chess board, even if the game itself is not much like real chess. It's free to play on iOS with an IAP to remove ads and give you more uses of the undo button.
Stay tuned for an up-coming feature on Really Bad Chess + Moveless Chess.
Pathfinder Adventures: Deck 5
Pathfinder Adventures just released deck 4, The Fortress of the Stone Giant, and now there is word that the developers are working on finishing up Deck 5. We don't know a ton about it yet, but it is safe to assume we'll get new scenarios and other content. One of the new rare spells has been revealed however.
Flash Point Fire Rescue: 8 different fire fighters
The popular board game, Flash Point: Fire Rescue, is under digital development. In it you command a fire rescue team charged with battling a blaze and bringing those trapped within it out alive. You use action points to move, fight the flames, carry victims away, and deploy other special abilities. There will be a solo mode as well as online multiplayer and you can play with eight different fire fighters, each one with different specialities (and cool art). Flash Point: Fire Rescue is due out on iOS sometime in 2017.
Legends of Callasia: 33% more content
Legends of Callasia is a great war tactics game and its first expansion has arrived, introducing a new playable faction: dwarves known as the Stoneborne. With the dwarves comes 10 new single-player campaigns, 11 playable Stoneborne Heroes, 20 new maps for skirmish the multiplayer modes, more than 20 new cards, and a new enemy faction known as the Cavespawn. The expansion is available as an $7.99 IAP and the game will set you back $14.99. You can still try before you buy and can find Callasia on iOS.
Our review of the expansion is coming Wednesday.
Football Coach: 60 college football teams
I'm not a huge college football fan (lame playoff systems are lame) but I do enjoy a good sports-management simulation. Football Coach scratches that gaming itch and does it well. Your goal is to build a college football juggernaut. You recruit players, set the depth chart, and watch your team go. You can play one of sixty teams in six totally fake divisions, (Football Coach doesn't have NCAA licensing rights). The real fun is had on the recruiting screen where you spend points to shore up positional needs—like replacing departing seniors, and juniors heading for the draft—and plan for your future by doing things like red-shirting your QB of the future.
The game is definitely fun, I sunk four hours into it the first time I played. Best of all, it is free with no IAPs on both iOS and Android, though I would certainly have paid a couple bucks for it. For those who prefer the NFL Pro Football Coach is out on Android with an iOS version coming and focuses more heavily on managing salaries, free agency, and trading. The developer is also working on a college basketball game and hopes to release it by the end of the year.
Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest: 65 new cards
The Eldritch Moon set has been added to Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest, the match-3 Magic lite mobile game. The addition brings Emrakul and her minions into the mix, including the Meld and Emerge keywords. There are 65 new cards, all of which are uncommon or greater in rarity. The update also adds "Emrakul's Corruption", a new PVP event.
Hearthstone: 1,000 gold
Hearthstone is taking the popular weekly Tavern Brawl mode and giving it a twist toward the competitive. For 1,000 gold or $9.99 you can enter Heroic Tavern Brawl, a Standard tournament with the chance to win big. The more games you win the better the prizes and the prize pool for twelve wins is 50 packs, three golden legendary cards, and loads of both gold and dust. Zero wins gets you a single pack. Once you lose three games you are out, though you can try up to five times during each Heroic Tavern Brawl week.
ENYO: $15,800 revenue
Arnold Rauers from TiNYTOUCHTALES shared some very interesting info on ENYO's first month. The Hoplite-like roguelike is free-to-play with ad support for both iOS and Android. An in-app purchase of $1.99 removes the ads. Rauers revealed the first month ENYO earned $15,800 in revenue, largely from ads ($12,300) with the rest from the IAP ($3,500). The game had far more iOS downloads (245K) than Android (29K) for which he credits Apple's placement of the game in the App Store. Tof gave Enyo four stars and you should definitely check it out on iOS or Android.
That's it for this edition of News by Numbers. If you've got a news item worth sharing send it my way on Twitter @MrVigabool and it may show up in a future edition.