News by Numbers -- October 9th, 201709 Oct 2017 1
Welcome to this week's edition of News by Numbers, where we highlight some of the can't-miss mobile gaming news each and every week.
A Planet of Mine: Version 1.02
A Planet of Mine is an excellent Civilization-like game for your iPhone. I gave it four stars in my review, where you can find out all the great things about it, and one of my complaints was the apparent lack of editing when it came to the written word (I think I've heard this somewhere before... -ED). The spelling and grammar was pretty atrocious. There's new content on the way for the game, but a recent maintenance update included "English language revision" which has fixed a lot of those issues. This is great news for those of us who feel language is important and worth doing well. Check it out if you haven't already.
Hearthstone: November 3rd Panel
Blizzcon, the convention of all things Blizzard Entertainment, is coming up at the beginning of November and will include a panel on what's to come for Hearthstone. This is where we should get our first look into the next expansion for the popular CCG.
Mini Day Z: 4th island
Post-apocalyptic zombie-heavy survival game Mini Day Z [iOS Universal | Android] is the mobile version of Day Z, the popular PC game. It plays like a real-time roguelike, is a lot of fun, and free. The game was just updated with a fourth island to explore as well as a bunch of new secret locations throughout the world. There's also now gas stations and underground bunkers as well as new items like gun attachments, scopes, silencers, a hacksaw, Kevlar vests, and the all-important sweater. Oh, yeah, and you can wield a sword now. I guess that's become standard zombie fighting kit these days. Check the game out if you've not yet done so.
Smash Up: 9 playable factions
The tabletop to digital transformation of Smash Up is nearly upon us. Asmodee Digital announced the card game will come out this week for iOS, Android, and Steam and dropped a preview trailer to boot. Smash Up allows you pick two different and distinct factions and combine them to make a super awesome and kind of weird army to battle up to three other players. There are nine factions in all including aliens, ninjas, dinosaurs, and pirates.
Cottage Garden: October 12th
DIGIDICED announced today Uwe Rosenburg's highly successful strategy board game Cottage Garden will be releasing on Android and iOS later this week. Cottage Garden offers addictive puzzle fun with cross-platform multiplayer for up to 4 players. As ambitious gardeners, you face the challenge of filling the beds in every corner of your garden with plants, inspired by the limitations of space to create ever new compositions. It will also feature asynchronus ranked play, casual games, and will be available for $4.99 USD from October 12th. We'll hopefully have some impressions for you in Friday's Out Now!
Hoplite: 64-bit update
Hoplite is the best mobile roguelike out there. It's the standard against which all other roguelike's should be judged. While you may not agree with those exact statements, any fan of the genre would have to concede the game is at least in the top three or four of all time. It's a fixture on my phone and I'll go back in now and then to take another run or seven. I haven't played since iOS 11 came out and didn't realize Hoplite hadn't gotten updated to 64 bits. It didn't show up on the incompatibility list for my device so I was a bit surprised to see the most recent release which updated the game with 64-bit support. So, yeah, Hoplite didn't work for a bit now it does. Thanks to Douglas Crowley for averting a panic attack next time I tried to play!
That's all for this week's update - enjoy the rest of your week!