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We've got a nice array of new games for you heading into the weekend, including yet another digital board game conversion, a post-apocalyptic simulation game, a real-time strategy option, a premium CCG, and a new Slitherine title for those wargamers among us.
Uwe Rosenberg is a well-known game designer with a myriad of fun and compelling board game credits to his name. Digidiced has made a name for themselves bringing Rosenberg's games to the digital format. To date we've gotten great editions of Patchwork, Agricola, and Le Havre The Inland Port. Now we can add Bohnanza The Duel to that list. In Bohnanza you are a bean farmer. Yes, a bean farmer. You face off against another bean farmer in a showdown to determine who farms the best beans once and for all. Gameplay is based on gift giving. You gift your opponent with beans that you don't want and can't use for yourself, ideally shackling them to these bad options and letting you harvest the better beans. Naturally, they're looking to unload their crappy bean stock on you. It's a fun game, and though the presentation isn't exactly breathtaking, it will satisfy Uwe Rosenberg fans and board gamers looking for another two-player option on their mobile devices.
Another post-apocalyptic disaster-management simulation game? Sigh… Oh wait, it's by Team 17, the makers of The Escapists? Ok, you have my attention again. The Escapists is a great prison simulation, and Sheltered has a similar level of promise in the disaster simulation genre. It's been out a year and a half on Steam and is now mobile ready. Nuclear holocaust is inbound and you get a bit of a head start to gather supplies and get them to your underground fallout shelter before the end of the world as we know it. Sheltered is all about choices. How to use your limited resources and with whom you should share them. Who draws the short straw to go out and seek more. As in The Escapists, there's a crafting system that allows you to fashion tools and weapons out of ordinary stuff to make your life slightly less miserable. When it comes time to throw down, whether against feral beasts or fellow survivors, you enter a turn-based combat system that favors tactics over reflexes. Sheltered is an unforgiving game and it's best not to get attached to your family, at least not until you learn the ropes. It's the kind of game that you'll have to take a few runs at before you find success.
If you're one of those fast-twitch strategy types there's a new real-time space-based option by Bugbyte, makers of Battlevoid: First Contact, and Battlevoid: Harbinger. It’s a new entry in the series called Battlevoid: Sector Siege and once again you are in command of humanity's best hope to defend itself from multiple enemies…in space! There's not much of a ramp up in this game, you get right into the action of building, upgrading, and ordering your units into battle to face a changing array of threats. Combat is fast, fun, and pretty relentless and this game is not for RTS dabblers. A very cool feature is the cloud saves that let you play on your computer, phone, or tablet.
Part role-playing game part collectible-card game Night of the Full Moon is a fully premium game based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood and full of fairy tale references. You pick a character and go adventuring through an attractively rendered world. On your adventure you are offered a series of choices, represented by three cards each time. One card is usually a battle and the others are things like bandages to heal wounds, the shop at which you can buy goods, or treasure you can acquire. Combat is quick and easy but with sufficient tactical crunch to feel compelling. If you're a fan of games like Dreamquest and the Lost Portal this one is worth picking up.
It's 2011 and the United States is at war in Afghanistan. Slitherine is back in the App Store with an interesting take on a modern war simulation game. In Afghanistan '11 you command the U.S. military and the Afghanistan National Army in combat operations, both ground and air. There is an 18-mission campaign that features some well-known operations including Operation Neptune, the raid that got Bin Laden. There's more depth than that, however, and Afghanistan '11 features a nation-building module where you not only fight insurgents but for the hearts and minds of the local population. You also have to balance mission objectives with the need for support, both local and back home. A poorly executed raid that results in civilian casualties can doom you there. U.S. casualties will cause public support to wane and result in negative media coverage of the war. Naturally, any Slitherine game will have a whole host of weapons and units and you can build and upgrade your technology. The game is very feature rich but all of these options come with a somewhat daunting learning curve for those who aren't familiar with the genre.
Seen anything we've missed? Played any of the above? Let us know in the comments! This article discusses a game developed and published by members of the Slitherine Group. For more information, please see the About Us page.