App News: Ticket to Ride goes to France, Shards of Infinity going digital, Acram launches Istanbul tourney and drops their prices

by David Neumann, iOS News ^(

App News



New map of France added as IAP to Ticket to Ride

It’s been nearly 3 days since we’ve mentioned Asmodee Digital ^(, so we should probably check in and see what’s up. First thing we notice is that an update has dropped for their digital take on Ticket to Ride ^( It’s a map of France, and it’s available right now on all platforms.


Asmodee wrote:

Relive the construction of the first railway lines in France against a backdrop of impressionism and the Industrial Revolution.

For years it was only possible to claim routes… But that’s over now! Discover one of the most strategic cards in Ticket to Ride!

-Start by building your railway and then setting down your trains

-Place your rails over crossings to block the tracks and force your opponents to hit their brakes

-New Destinations cards: build rail tracks all the way to Switzerland, Italy and even Germany

-Make sure you don’t give any other players the chance to take control of a route that you’ve painstakingly built…

-Bluff, deceive, and play your cards right in this expansion which is sure to shake up your habits.

If you’re a TtR fan, you’ve probably already bought this but, if not, have at it!

Ticket to Ride for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $4 (on sale) ^(

Ticket to Ride for iOS Universal, $2 (on sale) ^(

Ticket to Ride for Android, $2 ( on sale)

That’s not the only new stuff from Asmodee this week. We already mentioned the release of Perudo: The Pirate Dice Game ^(, but this week also saw some new DLC for their version of Carcassonne. It’s the Winter Edition DLC with new tile art (it’s snowy…) and more.


Asmodee wrote:

-Revamped AI behaviours, including a brand new 4th stronger AI for more challenge.

-New game creation flow.

-New DLCs :

-Winter Edition & Gingerbread Man

-Traders & Builders

The Asmodee version of Carcassonne is available for Windows, Android, and Switch. The iOS version is done by The Coding Monkeys ^( and doesn’t get all this holiday cheer.(I think it may already have a winter expansion and the Traders & Builders expansion).

Carcassonne for PC via Steam, $4 (on sale) ^(

Carcassonne for Android, $2 (on sale)

Carcassonne for Switch, $20 ^(

and, just to cover all the bases…

Carcassonne for iOS Universal, $10 ^(


Shards of Infinity coming to digital in 2019

One of the first big board/card game ports to really make it on mobile was Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer ^( from Playdek ^( and Stone Blade Entertainment ^( That was back in 2018 and Ascension is still going strong, getting new expansions still in 2018.

That said, Stone Blade isn’t a one-trick pony, and they have a bunch of other games that would look good on a tablet. One of those is another deck-builder, Shards of Infinity ^( As luck would have it, that game is coming to digital next year. It won’t be a Playdek product, however. Instead, the folks at Temple Gates Games LLC ^( are handling this one. If you’re not aware, those are the folks behind the excellent digital version of Race for the Galaxy ^(, so we’re in good hands.

Shards of Infinity will be coming to PC, Android, and iOS in the Spring of 2019. Features include:

Temple Gates wrote:

-For 2-4 Players

-30 minute playing time

-Build your armies by recruiting allies and champions from four unique factions.

-Launch surprise attacks on your foes by instantly deploying mercenaries.

-Unlock limitless power by mastering the Shard of Infinity

-Cross platform network multiplayer

-Local pass and play

Acram Digital apps on sale, Istanbul tournament signups underway

Over at my other site, I named Istanbul: Digital Edition ^( as one of my top five video games of the year. I can’t say I loved it at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s just a fantastic game and a very well done port from the folks at Acram Digital ^(

Unsurprisingly, Acram likes Istanbul a lot, too. So much, in fact, that they’re running a tournament! You can sign up now and win real, actual prizes.

They’ve posted the details both at Stately Play ^( and on their website ^(, so you can head to either. Or you can read this:

Acram wrote:

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we would like to announce the first ever not-so-annual official online tournament of Istanbul: Digital Edition!

Prepare your wheelbarrows and count your goods, the merchants are about to hit the market. There are prizes to be won, and the renown of the best of all the merchants to be claimed.

We here at Acram Digital and Mobo Studio, the developer and publisher of Istanbul: Digital Edition, would like to cordially invite any and all interested to the online tournament of Istanbul: Digital Edition. Everyone is invited, whether you’ve never played Istanbul before or are a veteran with more hours played than the hours awake, the goal is to have fun. There will, however, be prizes…

The prize pool includes physical copies of Istanbul board game, provided by Pegasus Spiele and Alderac Entertainment Group, including the Big Box (containing the base game and the expansions), as well as codes for our digital games for the platform of your choosing. But the renown is more important, let’s be frank. What are you waiting for? Sign up!

In order to sign up you need to fill out this form.

Once we have all the submissions, you will be divided into tables. Each table will have a week to finish their game. Once the results are in, the two best players from each table will be matched with the other best players, so on and so forth. Those not-so-lucky will be matched against each other to fight for the consolation prize and a metaphorical banana sticker. Unless we convince prize providers to include the actual banana stickers. Then it would be the real deal…

Now, full disclaimer, we simply do not know what can we expect in terms of attendance. Thus, we will wait with the full description of the format until the submissions are in and we know where we stand. Do bare in mind though, our primary, secondary and tertiary goals are to make something fun. We want you, the players, to play some games, have a laugh, get the community closer together.

It sounds like a lot of fun, even if you don’t win (and I won’t! I suck!).

Again, here’s the link to sign up as well as links to the Acram catalog, all of which is currently on sale.

– Signup for Istanbul tournament

Istanbul for iOS Universal, $5 ^(

Istanbul for Android, $5

Istanbul for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $7 ^(

Eight-Minute Empire for iOS Universal, $2 ^(

Eight-Minute Empire for Android, $2

Eight-Minute Empire for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $4.79 ^(

Steam: Rails to Riches for iOS Universal, $3 ^(

Steam: Rails to Riches for Android, $3

Steam: Rails to Riches for PC/Mac/Linux via Steam, $7.19 ^(

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Brad and I wish everyone a Happy Holidays and we’ll see you in a couple weeks! For a tease of what I’ll be playing over the holidays, I’ll just leave this here….


Hopefully I can share some details in 2019.