August 29, 2016
Mystic Miracles is a clone of the board game 7 Wonders. It has the same mechanics but all the names are different. I have been looking for a 7 Wonders game to play on my phone for awhile – there were a couple of amateur projects but they didn’t get very far, and I stumbled this one while following links from another game (I think it was Dominion). Now that I’ve found this, I 1) forgot the rules and had to learn them again, and 2) don’t find the game very fun any more. However, if you are looking for a good port of 7 Wonders, this is very good (not sure about the AI since I’m not a good player).
Continent Conquest is a game that plays like Civilization or Age of Empires, but doesn’t look nearly as pretty. I played it through a little but didn’t end up finishing the tutorial. There’s nothing really wrong with this game, just that I don’t have the patience to invest in a game like this on mobile when there are other games or faster games to play.
November 17, 2013
Speaking of board games and playing them on mobile devices, here’s my list of games that I’ve played/seen and find fun. It’s not so much a complete list, but rather ones that I’ve played which don’t have a crappy UI/AI. Maybe I’ll remember to keep this list updated when I find more
- Androminion (clone of Dominion) [Android]
- 7 Wonders (someone created a unauthorized version and was C&D’d) [Android]
- Neuroshima Hex [Android/iOS]
- Condado (clone of San Juan) [Android]
- Ascension [iOS]
- Bang! The Spaghetti Western [iOS]
- Catan Dice Game [Android]
- Catan [Android/iOS]
I also play the following on my desktop
I know of the following, but I don’t play them
- Carcassonne [Android/iOS different publishers] (I don’t play this because JClositer is better/free and the game is not that fun)
- Greed Corp [Android] (I played this on XBOX360 already)
November 1, 2013
The brisk weather of fall has hit this month and the leaves have turned colours or fallen off completely already. When you don’t need to go out everyday like I do, the weather changes seem drastic! The end of the season also meant that we cleaned up our backyard – last cutting of the grass, harvested and buried our garden, etc.
Apollo turned 1 earlier this month and he is much more interactive now. I think the big turning point came when he started walking around by himself. Now he can find his own toys, visit the big people around the house, and follow us around.
We made a trip down to the US this month for shopping, although we didn’t really need to buy much – we already have too much clothes and it’s too early to shop for Christmas. In fact we’re trying to get rid of stuff as we started our “winter project” of getting the extra bedroom ready for Apollo.
I ended up playing some games this month, Ascension and Bang! on iOS, Carcassonne and Puerto Rico on PC and Cookie Clicker in my browser. Looks like board games are back for me.
It was also Halloween, the second Halloween for Apollo, but the first one where he can actually dress up. Here’s him being a scared monster:
October 26, 2013
Although I’ve know about it for along time, I bought my first Humble Bundle recently. I think I never ended up buying them because I just haven’t been playing games that much; and in recent years, if I have, then it would have been on my XBOX360 for games of sufficient depth. There aren’t many games on mobile/handheld platform that I would want to pay for (and there are usually alternatives anyways) so I didn’t feel like spending on a Humble Bundle.
I bought the recent Humble Bundle because it included Ticket To Ride, which is a board game that I’ve played before. I enjoy playing board games electronically rather than live/with people because it’s a lot faster! I had Ticket To Ride on my Google Play wishlist for awhile, but it goes for something like $7.16 which is a lot to pay for an Android game. I ended up volun-paying $6.20 for the Humble Bundle, which got me the game and 2 DLC expansion packs (I could have paid $1 and received only the USA 1910 DLCs, so I’m not sure the extra $5 is worth it for the Europe maps).
I got a slew of other games as well which I would never play. I tried Organ Trail which is Oregon Trail with zombies but wasn’t really enamoured by it (maybe I’ll come back to it) and I got another copy of Greed Corp (I got this for cheap on XBOX360) but since I pretty much finished it, I might not play it again.
Ticket To Ride didn’t live up to my expectations. I don’t think the game itself is bad – its just the interface. In the bundle, you get the game for as many platforms as possible. I installed it on my living room PC and my TV is just big enough to display the UI (it probably needs > 720p resolution to play). I also installed it on my phone, and it laid out the same interface elements, in the same manner, on a sub-5″ display. Not only can I see, I can’t discretely click the elements. So that kinda sucks. The saving grace is that the game seems to be constantly updated (not fun to keep downloading 200mb updates) so perhaps it will get better on mobile devices.
October 12, 2013
The deck building card game that I usually play nowadays is Dominion, but I have heard good things about Ascension so tried playing it for a bit. It’s similar to Dominion in the sense that you can apply similar strategies (get rid of useless cards from your deck, try and draw your entire deck into your hand each turn, etc) but also different in a way – most of the non-trivial cards are limited (maybe maximum of 2 in the game) so you can’t rely on buying the same cards to build your deck.
It’s fun for variety, but after awhile, it starts getting repetitive. I haven’t tried playing the expansion sets yet though, so maybe I should do that? It’s not like Dominion is that replayable without its expansions.