Category Archives: Games

Game design, news & reviews

Civilization V: Brave New World

Brave New World, the second expansion to Sid Meier’s Civilization V, is finally upon us. I was quite fond of the original game and its first expansion, Gods & Kings, so I was very much looking forward to this one. Unfortunately I’m somewhat disappointed, as I’ll explain below. But first, here’s a rundown of information […]

Civilization V prepares for Brave New World

Sid Meier’s Civilization V has received a big new patch in preparation for the upcoming second expansion, Brave New World. The full change list for version 1.0.3.18 has already been posted on the 2K Games Forums, and I’ve updated my consolidated patch notes accordingly. Theoretically, the big news in this patch is the introduction of […]

Eclipse: New Dawn for Strategy Games

Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy is Big Daddy Creations’ recent iOS port of the popular 2011 board game. Thematically, Eclipse is a space 4X game and insofar resembles many PC classics of that genre, most famously Master of Orion by SimTex. Mechanically, however, Eclipse is a Euro-style board game, and that’s where things get […]

Zen Pinball & Pinball FX2

Zen Studios makes digital pinball games for a variety of platforms, marketed as Zen Pinball on Apple iOS and Sony PlayStation 3 & Vita, and Pinball FX2 on Xbox 360 and lately Steam for Windows. The popular series boasts numerous licensed Marvel Comics and Star Wars tables. Within the realm of digital pinball, Zen hews […]

At the Gates & Kickstarter Observations

The second Kickstarter project I helped funding has just reached its goal – several times over, in fact. Congratulations to Jon Shafer whose At the Gates made over $100,000 compared to an original goal of $40,000! Last October, Obsidian’s Project Eternity had asked for $1.1 million and got nearly $4 million. Overall, Kickstarter has had […]

From Civilization V to At the Gates

Jon Shafer has just posted an extensive discussion of his original design for Civilization V and what he changed for his new project, At the Gates. It’s a great read for Civilization fans, and for anyone interested in the design of grand strategy games. Keep in mind that Jon left Firaxis before a multitude of […]

Jon Shafer’s At the Gates

Jon Shafer, lead designer of Sid Meier’s Civilization V, has finally unwrapped his new project: At the Gates, a turn-based strategy game vaguely similar to Civilization and funded on Kickstarter. The short promotion video is best described as “endearingly amateurish.” Scroll down to the detailed description and gameplay sample, those give a much better idea […]

Rise of Nations on Windows 8

Relocation Notice (2014-02-16) — Due to consistently high traffic, I moved this article from WordPress to a new static page: Rise of Nations on Windows 8. All the comments you see below have been copied over as well. Comments here are closed, please continue the discussion on the new page.

Walkers in City Builders

Tilted Mill Entertainment is currently working on a new city building game, Medieval Mayor. That’s exciting news because Tilted Mill and its predecessor Impressions Games created most of the classics in this genre, except for Sim City. The most recent one, Children of the Nile, was notable for changing the “walker” mechanics, i.e. the way […]

Dishonored Review

Dishonored is a steampunk assassin simulator by French developer Arkane Studios whose previous work includes Arx Fatalis and Bioshock 2, here teamed up with publisher Bethesda (Elder Scrolls, Fallout 3) and creative co-director Harvey Smith (Cybermage, Deus Ex, System Shock). All this sounds too good to be true, but amazingly the game lives up to […]