A few weeks ago I picked up Out There, which is sort of a choose your own adventure/resource manager space roguelike. Unlike FTL, there’s no combat, but instead a near endless stream of decisions to make in every new system, mostly regarding whether the risk is worth the payout for materials needed to keep your spacecraft going. I applaud the approach and the visuals, but there’s something that didn’t quite click here. Constant resource gathering was tedious and not visually appealing, and I didn’t connect with my ship at all.
But speaking of FTL, the new version of the game came out for iPad last night, and even though I own it on the computer, it was a no-brainer to pick it up. I’m still getting used to the different controls, but I’m pretty giddy to have it on a portable platform. I always thought it would be a game that lended itself well to a tablet and I think that it will do so.
So what else? I got the director’s cut of Broken Sword to be the next adventure title that I play while exercising. I don’t know much about it but everyone seems to speak quite highly of it, so we’ll see.
And while I never got into Clash of Clans, that studio’s follow-up with Boom Beach has been pretty involving. You get a base on an island that you build up over time, using it to stage amphibious landings on other islands (there’s a lite-WWII feel with it, but it’s all cartoony). You fight against both players and the computer to “free” islands and gather in more resources. There’s a time-limited F2P mechanic going on, so it’s really something I just pick up for five minutes here and there, but I love approaching every landing like it’s a puzzle — how do I get my troops to victory while losing the fewest of them possible.
It looks like Hearthstone should hit the iPad very soon, as it’s soft-launched in a few countries. This is terrific news as I’ve been eagerly waiting that transition. I haven’t played Hearthstone in a long while, mostly because while I’m on the computer I’d rather be doing or playing other games, but I can totally see spending a few sessions a day tinkering with this on a tablet.