Tag Archives: electronic games

Ticket to Ride iPad Review

On May 19th, 2011 Days of Wonder released Ticket to Ride for the iPad. As a longtime Ticket to Ride fan I have been using it for nearly a month and have been generally pleased with my purchase. First, the App is a recommended buy. I love Ticket to Ride and enjoy playing it on the iPad. Unfortunately, you have to either play Solo or…

Clearing Out the Browser Tabs Roundup

RIP Ned Strongin, creator of Connect Four. ( source ) ICv2 covers the Q1 game industry. ( source ) Techcrunch calls Zynga’s new Facebook game Empires and Allies a cross between Settlers of Catan meets Risk meets the ‘ville franchise. ( source ) This guy painted Scrabble tile graffiti as a proposal to his girlfriend. ( source )

AdventureQuest Worlds: The Anything Goes Battle on Battle CCG

The browser-based MMORPG AdventureQuest Worlds now has a companion collectible card game in an insensibly-sized and shaped pyramidal box. The game is supposed to be self-contained for 2-4 players, and naturally it links with the online world. From their description, it looks pretty chaotic. From sggc Artix Entertainment, and available at their online store and Toys R Us .

AdventureQuest Worlds: The Anything Goes Battle on Battle CCG

The browser-based MMORPG AdventureQuest Worlds now has a companion collectible card game in an insensibly-sized and shaped pyramidal box. The game is supposed to be self-contained for 2-4 players, and naturally it links with the online world. From their description, it looks pretty chaotic. From sggc Artix Entertainment, and available at their online store and Toys R Us .

GW Restricts European Retailers; Hasbro Moves Jobs Out of MA

Games Workshop is raising prices (again) by as much as 20-25% on 270 products. They have also ordered that retailers in Europe may not sell products to customers outside of Europe, in order (they say) to boost the revenues of local stores that provide free services. ( source ) Not everyone is happy . GW’s profits, revenues, and shares are all …

Joystic: Human-Player Controller

Launched at Hackathon this weekend in NYC, Joystic is a smartphone-based platform for issuing instructions to people acting as game pawns. [via TechCrunch ]

New Video/Board Game Announcements Roundup

Announced over three years ago , the Gears of War board game comes closer. Ticket to Ride for the iPad . Puerto Rico for the iPad . And a list of nearly every other top game on BGG for the iPad. The Walking Dead [1] board game from Z-Man Games. ( source ) [1] Ok, this was a comic/TV series, not a video game. But the …

Geocaching

Geocaching is a global game of hide and seek. Millions of waterproof boxes are placed/stowed/hidden in hundreds of countries around the world, and you try to find them. The box contains a log for you to sign and – usually – a small object for you to swap out with some small object of your own. The game is…

Pokemon Black and White

Pokemon Black & White is the latest from the vast media brand thing that is Pokemon. In case you’ve fallen behind, here’s the situation in a nutshell: Pokemon was originally a video game. The original game was “red and green”. Then came blue, yellow, gold, silver, crystal, ruby, sapphire, emerald, diamond, pearl, and platinum, and now black and white. I’ve …

The Shanghai Subway Board Game

The Shanghai Shentong Metro Group is distributing a free board game about safety on the Shanghai Metro. The game board is an abstract map of line 2 (East Xujing to Pudong International Airport). You play a role: a passenger, such as a student, police, or foreigner, each with its own special rules. Your object is to get to the airport first and…

Hey, That’s My Fish!

Hey, That’s My Fish! is a game about penguins collecting fish, formerly published in the United States by Mayfair Games. I find it a great game to play with kids and adults. While simple-to-learn, there is some engaging strategic depth when you realize winning is less about running for the big fish piles, as it is about controlling an area of the…

UNO Reflex

UNO Reflex is the latest UNO branded game from Mattel, designed by the Catapult Concepts design team. It’s not really UNO; it’s a speed game. The electronic doodad displays a color and you have to be the first to play it. There doesn’t appear to be much more to it, but the rules are not available online. I hope that at least, when the doodad breaks…

“Hello, I’m a Board Game.” “And I’m a Video Game.”

Stratus Games is uploading a series of board game vs video game animations inspired by Apple’s PC vs Mac commercials. They’re paced a little slowly, but funny, sometimes unintentionally.

The Shenandoah Studio: Video Games from Board Gamers

The Shenandoah Studio , which was almost called Project Simonsen, is a company producing iPad versions of war games. The founders are all major board game players and/or designers who believe that game play comes before eye candy; the designers of Across 5 Aprils , D-Day at Omaha Beach , RAF , Washington’s War , Waterloo , Soviet Dawn , and others are apparently on board. All games will…

It’s Passover and I’m Clearing Out My Browser Tabs Roundup

NECA has bought Icarus Studios , which is designing an online version of HeroClix. ( source ) The long-running Scrabble News abandoned its print and paper offering and is now online-only. ( source ) Game Briefs Commander-in-Chief from X Plus Products is a Chess variant. $40. Coffee Talk from Pressman Toys is a game of generating associated ideas based on a single idea. Scoring like…

Casting Call For Season 2 of Family Game Night

You missed the casting call for Hasbro’s Family Game Night on The Hub in Los Angeles, which was yesterday. You can still make it to the one in Irvine in two weeks. There will be another chance in LA (in Hollywood) and in San Dimas. If you make it on the show, your family gets to play life-size TV-like games of Cranium, Sorry Sliders, Connect…

Hasbro and Mattel Report Drops in Q1 Profits

Hasbro’s profits dropped 71% in Q1 2011 against Q1 2010 ($58.9 million to $17.2 million; source ). However, revenues were about the same for both quarters, which means that they took in the same amount of money but spent a lot investing in their new projects, such as The Hub. Beyblade was a big seller, but games and puzzles overall fell 12%. Still, profits were…

Studio 360: Help Design a Better Monopoly

Studio 360 talks with famed game designer Brenda Brathwaite about Monopoly , old and new. Together, they invite listeners to submit ideas by May 1 on how to make the game into something playable. Brenda will take the best ideas and make a new unofficial game out of them, and Studio 360 will revisit the topic in a few weeks. Another podcast, This American Life, uses card games as a metaphor this…

Operation Using a $1.3 Million Robot

I see board game parody videos come and go, but this is the first one I’ve seen that includes a $1.3 million robot (the da Vinci Surgical System; plus several hundred thousand dollars of annual maintenance fees) in the tomfoolery. From PhD candidates at the John Hopkins robotics lab.

Upper Deck Evolution

Upper Deck is struggling to stay on top of the game. Their latest, which comes out tomorrow, is a set of electronic sports “cards” called Evolution. The cards are, in fact, half-inch thick card-sized objects with a battery that run a video loop of the player. The technology’s use in the gaming world appears intriguing. (