Card battling games seemed to be plentiful at PAX South, which just wrapped up in San Antonio, Texas this weekend. Carter Dotson of Touch Arcade got an early preview of a few titles starting with Nova Blitz. The game is being described as a "hyper-caffeinated Hearthstone " because it is a real-time strategy title where you only have seconds to draw and play your cards. It is currently in development with plans to release it on multi-platforms. You can download a PC demo of Nova Blitz from the official website and watch the hands-on video below.
A different type of card game previewed at PAX was Guild of Dungeoneering. The card-based dungeon-crawler was likened to the board game Betrayal at House on the Hill. In the game, players must use dungeon floor cards to build out a path for the protagonist to follow. Enemies are also fought using a different set of cards in 5 round battles. The game seems like one of the more interesting titles announced at PAX, even with the somewhat confusing description.
Arcane Wonders has released a companion app for its fantasy board game Mage Wars. The app allows players to easily keep track of statistics such as mana, channeling, health, damage, and initiative on their iPad. It also offers a full spellbook builder and a card database so you can prepare for your next battle on the go.
Mage Wars is role playing card game where players can play as one of four mage types and battle other mages to the death. The four different mage classes include: Beastmaster, Warlock, Wizard and Priestess. Each player uses his or her own book of magic to summon creatures and cast spells to defeat their opponents. The game uses an arena game board, dice, a spellbook, and miniatures to separate itself from other collectible card games.
Game of Thrones fans will be happy to know that the second episode of Telltale's mobile game series has received a release date. The episode titled "The Lost Lords" will be available as an in-app purchase on February 5th. You can hit the link above to watch the teaser trailer.
Mojang held an hour long Q&A talking about the latest update coming to Minecraft: Pocket Edition. You can watch the YouTube video here or just check out this breakdown of all the important information.
Ironhide released an update for Kingdom Rush, showing once again why they're one of the best indie developers out there. The update adds the Castle Blackburn campaign from Frontiers to the original Kingdom Rush title. Ironhide also hinted that the third game in the series, Kingdom Rush Origins, will receive its next update in February.
Telltale Games has released a teaser trailer for the second episode to its Game of Thrones series for mobile devices. The video posted to YouTube gives a brief glimpse of what players can expect from the second installment of the game titled "The Lost Lords".
Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series is an episodic interactive game that takes place in the popular Game of Thrones Universe. The game follows the House Forrester, a noble family loyal to the Starks of Winterfell, who have been caught up in the War of the Five Kings. The game allows players to explore popular Game of Thrones locations, such as King’s Landing and The Wall, and interact with characters from HBO’s hit TV show.
Normally you need a cable subscription to stream live TV on your tablet or desktop, but NBC Universal announced on Tuesday that it will allow everyone to watch the Super Bowl festivities on February 1st. “Super Stream Sunday” will be available to anyone with the NBC Sports Live Extra app or users can live stream the event at NBCSports.com/liveextra using their computer. The 11 hours of continuous content will include everything from the actual game, to the Katy Perry half time show, and even a post-game presentation of The Blacklist. Here's a blurb and fine print from the official press release:
The special access event kicks off at noon ET with NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game coverage and concludes with The Blacklist, which follows post-game coverage at approximately 10 p.m. ET. Consumers accessing NBC Sports Live Extra and NBC.com during “Super Stream Sunday” will not be prompted to log-in with their cable/satellite/telco credentials; however, as part of this special access, they will receive consistent messaging in and around the experience about the ease in authenticating after the end of The Blacklist.
FMV (Full Motion Video) games are not very popular due to their association with SEGA CD, but they have been trying to make a comeback. The original creators of Night Trap recently tried and failed to launch a Kick Starter campaign to remake the infamous game starring Dana Plato, and now Sam Barlow has launched a teaser trailer for his new FMV game titled Her Story. The game is made up of various videos featuring a woman who is being questioned about the disappearance of her husband. Players will have to dig through the police database to try and unravel the mystery.
Her Story should peak your interest for a couple of reasons. Not only is it made by Barlow who created Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Aisle, but it will be interesting to see if a decent FMV game can be released to iOS devices. Even though it's technically not a FMV title, the popular Five Nights At Freddy's did prove that not all games have to be free endless runners or $0.99 platform games to be a hit on the App Store.
If Apple Insider's favorite analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is to be believed, the company is once again ignoring a famous Steve Jobs' quote by developing a stylus to use with its rumored 12.9-inch iPad. In case you forgot, Jobs famously proclaimed, "if you see a stylus, they blew it" when introducing the iPad in 2010.
Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will launch a stylus in the second quarter of this year because "it's more precise than a person's fingers" and "will improve the user experience of 12.9-inch iPad." Kuo based his report on several stylus patents Apple has recently filed.
2K Games announced that Sid Meier’s Starships will be released as a download-only title for the iPad, Mac and PC, according to a press release published on Monday by Polygon. Starships will feature "cross-connectivity" between 2K and developer Firaxis' other turn-based strategy title Civilization: Beyond Earth. This will allow players who own both games to build and command a planetary federation in the Beyond Earth universe.
"When designing Starships, I was intrigued by the idea of exploring the next chapter in the story of Civilization: Beyond Earth. What happens after we colonize our new home and eventually build starships to take to the stars? What has become of our long-lost brothers and sisters from the planet Earth?" explained Sid Meier, director of creative development at Firaxis.
Microsoft is now offering the first month of Office 365 for free. The free month is available for both Office 365 Personal and Home subscriptions.
An Office 365 Personal subscription allows you to use any Microsoft Office products on one Mac or Windows PC, one tablet and one phone for $6.99 a month. A Home account allows you to use up to five computers, tablets and phones for $9.99 a month. Each subscription also includes up to 1TB of OneDrive online storage (1TB per user for up to 5 users for Home) and 60 world minutes of Skype calling per month.
Google today released a mobile Classroom app "to help teachers and students connect from wherever they are". The app not only allows teachers to stay organized by assigning and tracking assignments on their phone or tablet, but it also allows students to easily add images, PDFs and web pages to their work. Students can snap photos from the assignment page in the app and even attach images or other files created with other apps. The app also features offline caching so class streams and assignment information can be accessed without an internet connection.
On the other side, teachers can keep an eye on all the assignments they have issued across all classes via the teacher assignment page. From this page teachers can see what assignments they have viewed and check a student's progress. Google also added a way for teachers to archive classes so they can keep the old separated from the new.