The “Mayan fantasy adventure gamebook” Necklace of Skulls is currently free to download. If you’ve been looking to sink your teeth into a text-heavy adventure, grab it while it’s gratis.
In this interactive novel known as a “gamebook”, you will plunge into the strange, dreamlike wonders of Mayan myth. You will confront ghosts and gods, bargain for your life against wily demons and find allies and enemies among both the living and the dead. Even if you’re brave enough to survive the dangers of the spirit-haunted western desert, you must still confront the wizard, “Necklace of Skulls”, in a fight to the death for your very own soul.
The board-game-turned-iOS-game A Brief History of the World is kind of like Civ Rev, except that it’s currently on sale for a buck. So read our blurb and grab it if it sounds good.
This iOS board game shouldn’t be confused with the Mel Brooks movie, History of the World: Part 1. It’s fast-paced and competitive, but hardly hilarious. Like in Risk, the goal is to take over the world with your armies, one territory at a time. You’re presented with an unfolded Dymaxion map, which lets you see every territory (with adjacent lands) at once. You’ll earn gold for invading other players’ land, which have to be won with dice rolls, and you can play special cards that will let you gain the upper hand in battles. A Brief History of the World is simple and straightforward, which makes it a decent alternative to more in-depth historical sims like Civilization Revolution.
Normally $5, Reiner Knizia’s Tigris & Euphrates is now available for the all-too-reasonable price of a dollar. It’s a winner, so don’t sit on it if you’re into this type of game.
In fertile Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, lies the cradle of civilization.
Your goal is to develop all 4 of the key spheres of civilization: Settlements, Temples, Farms, and Markets. To do this, you will position your leaders, create and extend kingdoms, build monuments, and resolve conflicts. Tension arises when kingdoms connect and leaders clash on the board, with only one leader of each type surviving. You will thus aquire victory points in each of the four spheres. The winner is the player who develops their civilization in the most balanced way, without revealing a sphere of weakness.
Warhammer: Snotling Fling is this week’s free game of the week on the App Store, so Lonnie did the right thing and made a video of it. Check it out above and download the game, seeing as you have nothing to lose.