The Weekender: Digital Oil06 Apr 2018 2
Welcome to the Weekender, your weekly look at the best new games, sales, and updates. We've got a lot of new stuff to talk about this week, along with a few good sales and updates. Let's dig in.
OIL (iOS Universal) - Full review coming soon!
An attractive and fun digital board game, OIL puts you in the boots of an oil prospector and the goal is to find more of it than your opponent. First each player places half the total oil reserves on a game board, then you take turns looking for it. When oil fields are adjacent to each other the player who finds the last connected patch gets the points, so there's shades of a memory game here as well as the need to outmanoeuvre your opponent to claim the oil you seeded. The game plays out fast, which is great for a mobile game, and looks good on both iPad and iPhone. At this point there is no online play, so you can play the AI or a local opponent.
If you're enjoying Terra Mystica we have some good news, the Fire and Ice expansion is now out! It brings 6 new playable races and two additional types of terrain: volcanos and ice. The expansion will set you back $4.99. Here's the publisher's blurb:
The competition gets even tougher as mysterious Yetis, cold hearted Ice Maidens, travelling Riverwalkers, adaptable Shapeshifters, devoted Acolytes and powerful Dragonlords shape the lands to their will. These all new factions bring deep tactical options and new strategies to the digital table. Volcanoes and Ice will also let you reshape the face of the world!
Also $4.99 is a new expansion for Civilization VI on the iPad. The Australia Civilization Pack adds a new civilization and leader: John Curtin of Australia. You also get the Outback Tycoon scenario which is all about increasing your net gold income by exploring and expanding your way through Australia, picking up natural resources as you go. Remember you need to have purchased the full game IAP in order to be able to use this DLC.
Fliplomacy (iOS Universal)
Fliplomacy is a strategic puzzler where you play as a diplomat looking to sway opinion to your side by jumping over flags on the game board. Your goal is to make all of the flags the same color, which is easier said than done, especially as you progress through levels and new mechanics are introduced. It's a quick and fun puzzle game and worth a look if you enjoy the genre. It's also on sale for $1 right now.
Umiro is an action puzzle game where you must guide the game's protagonists, Huey and Satura, through a strange world they find themselves in with no memory how they got there. You draw route routes for the pair around obstacles and to your objectives and then hit play to see your decisions play out. There's a good deal of strategy and it's all about timing, which makes for a very fun experience.
Baseball season is back and with it comes an updated version of MLB Manager 2018 where you can guide your favorite major league baseball franchise to victory. The game uses each team's projected opening day roster and puts you into the shoes of the team's manager and GM. You set lineups, depth charts, the pitching rotation, and make calls during the game. You can also negotiate contracts, go after key free agents, make trades, call up young players from the minors, and make your team's picks in the draft.
A collection of very cool and often different puzzles, codes, cyphers, and more that require you to seek out clues and recognize pattern to move through them. The game is very clever and very hard. It's also a buck off.
SWAT team simulator Door Kickers requires strong tactics and superior planning to succeed. It goes on sale for a buck every few months and now is one of those times.
Twelve bucks doesn't seem like much of a sale, I'll grant you, but Final Fantasy IX is normally $21. It's one of the better mobile Final Fantasy games as well, and worth a look for fans.
A big quality-of-life item was added to turn-based tactical game Strike Team Hydra: an undo button. The AI has also been tweaked to be even better at killing you.
World-conquering strategy game Age of Conquest IV also made a quality-of-life change in the latest game update. Movements that result in an attack now provide an indication of whether the attack is likely to succeed.
That's all for this week's update. Seen anything else you like? Played any of the above? Let us know in the comments!