Incinerator Studios, the folks behind the new IOS version of the tabletop deckbuilding game Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer, sent me an email the other day. They had read my review of the game we posted last year at Gameshark.com and they wanted to send me a review code so that I could take a look at the new app. I had already plunked down five bucks for what has become one of my favorite IOS games of the year. So I said “let me give this code you’ve kindly offered to the people”. And they have agreed. I’m pleased to be able to offer one lucky NoHS member my review code thanks to the good folks at Incinerator.
Although the interface is cramped on an iPhone or iPod screen, the whole Ascension game is present and it plays extremely well- and fast, too. It’s a great fit for the small-bite gaming that IOS favors and with AI and multiplayer options it’s imminently accessible. I’ve been ripping through games in ten minutes or less and the AI (which currently has two levels with a third on the way in an update) puts up a pretty good fight. The rules are simple and the gameplay is easy to grasp with some neat deckbuilding strategies that come out of drafting from a constantly in-flux “river” of cards rather than from set stacks like you’d find in Dominion. The art is reminiscent of the work that Bob Pepper did in the early 1980s for the classic Dark Tower, and although the theme isn’t exactly meaningful there’s a lot of potential in the expansions for cool factions and greater synergy between cards. Look for it to show up as IAP sometime in the near future. I think the app is also a good way to check out a good example of the current trend in deckbuilding games that’s still raging across tabletops.
Oh, so you want it? Well, I’m not cheap n’ easy like Bill Abner. Posting here and telling us how great we are doesn’t cut it. I know we’re great already. And I don’t give things to people I don’t know very well. So if you want this code, you’ve got to answer a little pop quiz in your response in the comments section to prove your knowledge of your NoHS hosts. Top scorers will qualify, and we’ll pick a winner from the qualifiers this Sunday in the time waster. #2 pencils ready?
Mark A, B, or C for each question. Extra credit is available at my discretion.
1. Bill Abner is best known for asking what rhetorical question on the Jumping the Shark podcast?
A) Who the f$#k is Vladimir?
B) How the f$#k did I get into a hot air balloon?
C) What the f$#k is a seven year old doing with a compass whistle?
2. Recently, Brandon Cackowski-Schnell lost his hand in an animal feeding incident while on vacation. Which animal was responsible?
A) Gabe Newell
B) A hog
C) “Mister Binky”
3. Todd Brakke is deathly afraid of what common RPG enemy?
B) Console gamers
4. Danielle Riendeau has, like, a real job and stuff. She also teaches. Which game does she use to teach proper game design?
A) Little Big Planet 2
B) Earth Defense Force 2017
C) Deadly Premonition
5. Which of these games would Michael Barnes most likely save from a fire?
A) Portal 2
B) Red Dead Redemption
C) Metro 2033