Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire is to Pillars of Eternity what Baldur’s Gate 2 was to Baldur’s Gate. There are some gameplay improvements but mostly the game is very similar, just way bigger. My total playtime was about 80 hours, and that’s without any expansions. The name stems from the caribbean-themed archipelago of Deadfire, to … Continue reading “Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire”

Pillars of Eternity

Released in 2015, Pillars of Eternity was inspired by Bioware’s classic Baldur’s Gate games which revived isometric RPGs in a pausable real-time format, followed by other Black Isle Studios titles based on the same Infinity Engine, in particular Planescape: Torment. For lack of a willing publisher Pillars of Eternity was originally crowdfunded on Kickstarter. Its … Continue reading “Pillars of Eternity”

Through the Ages Review

Through the Ages is the eagerly awaited digital adaptation of Vlaada Chváti’s card behemoth which in turn is basically Sid Meier’s Civilization but with cards. Through the Ages is available for both iOS and Android. I’ve mostly played on iPad Pro where the app is just about perfect from a technical perspective: beautiful, responsive, easy … Continue reading “Through the Ages Review”

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 … Continue reading “Asmodee Digital Roundup”

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. … Continue reading “Colt Express Review”

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 … Continue reading “The Battle of Polytopia”

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 … Continue reading “Civilization VI Announced”

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 … Continue reading “Quarriors’ Quirky Dice”

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 … Continue reading “Hearthstone & Diablo III”