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Asmodee Digital Roundup

Asmodee Digital is the video game publishing arm of French board & card game specialist Asmodee. After numerous acquisitions, Asmodee controls an impressive stable of popular games. Asmodee Digital has been steadily converting them to digital form, as well as publishing some notable third-party games. Many of my favorite iOS board game ports, as well […]

Colt Express Review

Colt Express is Asmodee’s digital adaptation of the eponymous Ludonaute game whose website also offers the PDF rulebook for download in various languages. To get the technicalities out of the way, Colt Express is available for iOS, Android & Steam. I’ve played the iOS version (on iPad) which is up to Asmodee’s usual high standards. […]

The Battle of Polytopia

Tired of the feature bloat in PC strategy games like Sid Meier’s Civilization VI? Midjiwan’s mobile 4x title The Battle of Polytopia is the perfect antidote. Called “Super Tribes” on release in early 2016 and reviewed under that name at Pocket Tactics, Polytopia continues to be supported by its developer and has recently received a […]

Civilization VI Released

I got Sid Meier’s Civilization VI a few days ago, shortly after its release. So far I’ve played the tutorial as well as two games on Prince, one with six civs where I won a science victory and another with four civs that I aborted halfway through. First a technical note on the one serious […]

Civilization VI Announced

I must admit that I grew rather disappointed with Sid Meier’s Civilization V once the initial enthusiasm wore off. The simplicity of the original Jon Shafer design looked appealing at first, but on closer examination was neither very elegant nor as conducive to a strong AI opponent as one might have hoped. After many erratic […]

Quarriors’ Quirky Dice

Icarus Studios’ Quarriors! for iPad was released in December 2013 to mixed reactions. The app was certainly pretty but the interface was a confusing mess of taps and swipes, with too many pointless pauses and not enough information for those new to the game. On top of that, the AI players were pretty terrible and […]

Hearthstone & Diablo III

I’m not a huge fan of most Blizzard titles, but I did play the hell (sorry) out of Diablo I/II and tried the free Starter Edition (a.k.a. playable demo) of Diablo III when it became available. Unfortunately I found it rather boring, and I was put off by Blizzard’s open contempt for people who wanted […]

Cubist Lords of Waterdeep

Playdek’s latest iOS board game adaptation is Lords of Waterdeep, a worker placement game set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe. The board game itself is quite recent, published in March 2012 – click “Product Details” to download the original PDF rules. There was some apprehension regarding the fairly simple design that shares very little […]

Fall Patch for Civ5 Brave New World

Firaxis has just released patch version 1.0.3.142 for Sid Meier’s Civilization V, or rather for Brave New World since most changes are specific to that expansion. I’ve updated my own Civ5 Patch Notes accordingly, this time with extensive reordering and reformatting since the official post was somewhat disorganized. Firaxis also published the Scrambled Continents Map […]

Small World 2 Review

Small World is a strategy game about territory control, similar in concept to Risk yet quite different in execution. The 2009 board game was designed by Days of Wonder, most famous for the Ticket to Ride series. In the evolution of board games, Small World’s closest relative is not classic 1959 Risk itself but rather […]