iOS Universal, Android •
Nearly seven years ago I picked up my first iPad, the stalwart iPad 2. The decision to pick up a tablet had nothing to do with Apple’s selling points, but instead was based on a short blurb I spotted over on Board Game Geek. Through the Ages, my favorite tabletop game, was slated to make its way to the platform and there was no way I was going to miss it. That blurb was from a small company called Codito, which nearly did release a version of TtA before their license ran out and digital rights reverted back to CGE. That happened back in January of 2013 and we’re still waiting. After talking with Czech Games Edition at Gen Con, it appears we won’t have to wait much longer.
Through the Ages will be making its way to both iOS and Android on September 14th with a PC/Mac version coming to Steam somewhere down the road. The version we’ll be seeing isn’t much different than the one I talked about last week with a one exception. The “easy” AI that continually kicks my ass (I’m bad, but not this bad) will be made a bit easier so new players won’t be scared off. Other than the usual last minute bug fixes and tweaks, that’s the only major difference.
It’s been a long road for Through the Ages on a touchscreen, but it’s been worth the wait. CGE not only develops great board games, but also plays digital board games and knows exactly what makes a game work on mobile. Much like he did for Galaxy Trucker, Vlaada has created a new game mode so that asynchronous play is smooth as butter. There’s also a chat function so you can talk to friends whether they’re playing against you, or just logged in and doing something on their own. This should, I think, even work between apps, so you’ll be able to chat with friends who are playing Galaxy Trucker while you’re 4x-ing in TtA.
We’ll be covering TtA more as we get closer to release, and will have a full review up and ready on the 14th for those of you who remain unconvinced. We should also have coverage of other CGE projects, such as their upcoming app for Codenames which looks a whole lot like a future addiction.