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Joan of Arc board game comes to IOS

Well, here’s a surprise.

There was a French board game from 1995 that I really liked called Montjoie (called Joan of Arc in the English edition). It was a slightly screwed up but really cool game of point-to-point conquest with cardplay set in the Hundred Years War. It had these great resin castles and towers, and cool Tarot-style cards. Nobody would ever play it with me, so it languished.

Then, back in 2008, AGEOD released a great PC version of the game. I reviewed it favorably for Gameshark, even going so far as to call it better than its printed predecessor. Last night while trolling the App Store for games for my new phone, I came across something called Joan of Arc. Lo and Behold, it’s Montjoie. It’s $5.99, so it’s on the high side, but it appears to be a 1:1 port of the PC version with most, if not all, features intact. I’ve just started messing around with but I feel confident that if you want a good IOS board game with cardplay elements, then this is going to be a winner. It looks good, plays good, and it’s based on a great version of a good game.

Update on PSN Service Outages

You likely already know, but The PlayStation Network is down and will continue to be down for a couple of days.

Here’s the latest from the PS Blog:

While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we’re able to get the service completely back up and running. Thank you very much for your patience while we work to resolve this matter. Please stay tuned to this space for more details, and we’ll update you again as soon as we can.

So that rules out Demon’s Souls…

More on Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls

XSEED sent out a press release today with some more information on the PSN version of Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls.

PR snippets ahead:

This latest iteration of the long-standing Wizardry series – and the first available for Next-Gen consoles – will be exclusively available for download via PlayStation Network in spring 2011. Wizardry was one of the first games to feature gird-based dungeon-crawling, presented to players from a first-person perspective. Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls takes this classic dungeon exploration and combat system and pairs it with beautifully hand-drawn graphics presented in striking high definition, creating a seamless blend of classic gameplay with modern-day visuals.

In Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls, players choose a character from a selection of five unique races, including the level-headed and well-rounded Humans, the powerful Dwarves, the magical Elves, the spiritual Gnomes and the sprightly Porklu. And in keeping with RPG tradition, each race has its own unique starting attributes that reflect specific talents and skills. Strength, vitality, agility and luck all play a role in determining the outcome of combat, while intelligence and piety dictate a character’s skills with arcane and holy magic, respectively. While a Dwarf might have high strength and vitality from the start of the game, a Gnome will have low strength, but high piety. Still, any player desiring of a challenge may attempt to create a pious priest of a Dwarf, or a mighty warrior of a Gnome – Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls affords players complete control over their characters’ development, allowing them to custom-tailor their preferred play style to each race. On top of this, the game’s eight available classes allow for even further levels of character customization.

Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls also offers a male and a female option for each of its five races, giving players a total of ten choices of starting characters. Along with each of these characters comes a unique storyline, and whether it’s searching for the secrets behind a character’s past or questing for a holy artifact, hardcore RPG fans can look forward to the various tales as they delve deeper into the game’s dungeons with a six-member party in tow, battling over 120 different monsters along the way.

Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls, developed by ACQUIRE and set to be published by XSEED Games, will be available for download via PlayStation Network this spring.

Child of Eden Mood Trailer

Did you know if you play this game while listening to Pink Floyd’s Any Colour You Like and eating Brandon’s Portal 2 blueberry cake that you’ll understand the meaning of life?

It’s true.

But that’s only for the Kinect version. Everyone else won’t know what the hell is going on.

UbiSoft says:

Child of Eden thrusts the player into the center of a battle to save Project Lumi, a mission to reproduce a human personality inside Eden, a futuristic version of the Internet and the archive of all human memories. As the project nears completion, the archive is invaded by an unknown virus and the player’s mission is to save Eden from the virus to restore hope and peace. Under the direction of the renowned game creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi, Child of Eden is a multi-sensory shooter that will send players diving into a kaleidoscopic matrix of synchronized music and mind-blowing visuals that will usher forth a truly landmark game experience.

Child of Eden will release in the US on June 14th for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. The PS3 version has a scheduled release time frame of September 2011.

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Ubi gets bonus points for the phrase kaleidoscopic matrix of synchronized music. That’s a first.

Damn it- Shadows of the Damned Delayed to June 21st


Apparently, either Goichi Suda or Shinji Mikami looked at their calendars and realized, “oh $#it, we’re releasing Shadows of the Damned during E3.” So it’s been bumped a couple of weeks from June 7th to June 21st. The game isn’t likely to set the NPD charts on fire anyway, but releasing it while everyone is turning backflips over the announcement of a new Call of Duty game or the shocking, out-of-nowhere reveal of Nintendo’s new console that no one in the world could possibly anticipate is probably commercial suicide.

I’m excited for this one, but giving it a little more room to breathe is probably a good idea. I also think “Garcia Hotspur” is an awesome name for a character.

Tilt HD: Flips Adventure In 1.5 Dimensions $0.99 Sale

I received an email from Tilt Team who want everyone to know that Tilt HD: Flip’s Adventure on the iPad is on sale this weekend for a buck.

Some info: Guide Flip the tadpole, simply by tilting the iPad between portrait and landscape. Players control gravity and wind so that Flip eats carbon, catches seeds, and avoids anything covered in the dreaded green Blighted Rain. Flip vows to restore Shady Glen even if it means eating carbon out of the air and planting enough seeds to restore the whole ecosystem. The Tilt Points the players earn are geo-coded and their combined world score makes changes in the real world.*

*Nope. No idea what that means either.

Sins of a Solar Empire – Trinity Easter Sale

This one gets my stamp of approval. Sins of a Solar Empire is a really, really good game. Really. It’s a manageable, reasonably paced real time space opera strategy game. Stardock and Ironclad are offering Sins of a Solar Empire – Trinity for $20 via Impulse.

‘This new bundle pack includes the original Sins of a Solar Empire, plus the Entrenchment and Diplomacy expansions.’

Head over to the Impulse store for more details but if you never got around to playing this one — $20. That’s a great deal.

Sins isn’t finished either, as the Rebellion expansion should be out soon (Q4 2011) which offers new factions, ships, victory conditions and more.

Now — there is a catch here. The Rebellion expansion runs $40. If you buy Trinity and then upgrade that’s a bit pricey, whereas if you wait for Rebellion…you’re saving $20. (It’s a standalone expansion) If you want to play Sins NOW — get this Trinity deal. If you have some patience and don’t mind waiting, Rebellion for $40 might be the way to go. Your dough, your call.

DS Lite Discontinued?

No High Scores

The DS Lite, arguably one of the most successful handheld console ever made is officially no more if a leaked internal GameStop memo is to be believed. According to GoNintendo, the memo states that the DS Lite’s have all been discontinued and once GameStops sell through their existing stock they are to take the console’s various boxes used in store displays and discard them like so much garbage. Nintendo, hasn’t said anything official however when the largest video game retailer in the country tells its stores to stop displaying a machine that has done nothing but sell since it was released, I’m thinking this is a thing that is happening.

Given that the DSi, DSi XL and shiny, new 3DS are still available for all of your dual screen needs, this isn’t surprising however it is a bit saddening. I had an original DS Phat and the revisions and improvements brought to the DS Lite were so welcome it made playing the DS, already an enjoyable experience, a complete joy. Unfortunately what it also did is make people say things like “Oh, five hour battery life on the 3DS? I’ll just wait for the eventual hardware revision.” Of course, that didn’t stop all of the revisions from selling like a house a fire.

So goodbye and God speed DS Lite. You will be missed.

Seen at GoNintendo.

Fill Your Mobile With Cheap Games (EA "99 Cent" Sale)

No High Scores

Nothing says Easter weekend like getting 99 cent games for your iPhone and iPad devices. Or at least, that’s what EA wants you to think. They also seem to be pulling a bit of a bait and switch on the Android users because the banner page says Android apps are included, but when you go and look at the specific sale list for Android nothing’s marked lower than $1.99. Nice one, guys. Really. Nothing says Jesus risen like LIES!!!

I mock because… well, because I enjoy it. Let’s be honest. Anyway, it’s not a bad list (nor is it particularly impressive), but you might find something there that tickles your fancy. I’ve gone ahead and listed each of the 99 cent titles (and the $1.99 stuff for Android), which aren’t the same across the three platforms:

iPhone/iPod Touch: Liqua Pop, Coconut Dodge, Bop It, Pictureka!, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Swap This!, Reckless Racing, EA Sports MMA, Mirror’s Edge, Monopoly, SimCity, Skate It, The Simpsons Arcade, Spore Creatures, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, Connect 4, Battleship, Surviving High School, Dragon’s Lair, Jewel Quest Mysteries, Monopoly World, Snood, Command & Conquer Red Alert, Spore Origins, Trivial Pursuit, Lemonade Tycoon, Yahtzee Adventures, Boggle, Pandemonium, Sudoku, Star Trek, Dead Space, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

iPad: Max & the Magic Marker, Dead Space, FIFA ’11, Risk, Pictureka!, Clue: Secrets & Spies, Reckless Racing, Madden NFL ’11, Boggle, Command & Conquer Red Alert, Scrabble

Android: Tetris, FIFA ’10 (yes, 10), Worms, Bejweled 2, Monopoly, Life

Daggerdale Wants You To Die In Its Tower

The upcoming dungeon romp, Dungeons and Dragons: Daggerdale throws the whole dungeoning genre on its head by having you climb a tower instead of go deep in a dungeon. Scandalous! Frankly I don’t care if it takes place in a dungeon or a tower or an Oklahoma City Walmart, as long as my co-op buddies and I can kick skeletons in the gonads, I’m happy.