From the It Must Be Christmas Holiday App Deals dept.

It seems like a few of the good strategy and board games are going on sale now on the Apple App Store as qual­ity pub­lish­ers have star­ted cut­ting prices  reveal­ing their hol­i­day app deals.

I’ve played these games and do recom­mend them as valu­able addi­tions to your iOS gam­ing col­lec­tion. Prices are dis­coun­ted at the time of this post, but they may change at the whim of the pub­lish­er.

And on with the deals:

Talis­man - A great con­ver­sion from the well-known adven­ture board game. Reduced to @2.99 from $6.99.




Small World 2 — Huge dis­count (9.99 -> 2.99) for this sequel to strategy board game of the year. Well worth pick­ing up at any price.. a steal here 😉




Battle Academy — Derived from an ori­gin­al BBC online game concept, Battle Academy blends intu­it­ive design, com­pel­ling game­play and tech­nic­al innov­a­tion. Reduced to $9.99 from $19.99. Yes, a premi­um priced title that gets you hours of enga­ging game­play.




Drive on Moscow: War in the Snow — Half-priced. Full value. Great strategy present­a­tion of the pivotal battle for Moscow in WWII.




Pan­zer Corps — Grognards rejoice! Con­sidered teh spir­itu­al suc­cessor to the Pan­zer Gen­er­al series, Pan­zer Corps is the closest you can cur­rently get to ser­i­ous armor strategy on the iPad. Reduced from $6.99 to $2.99.





Aiiee! The Steam Summer Sale is in full swing. Too much temptation.

Over the last few years I’ve become more of a fan of Steam and a couple of oth­er online deliv­ery ser­vices for my PC gam­ing needs. I can’t actu­ally remem­ber the last PC game I bought in a brick-and-mort­er store for my desktop.

And now, the Steam Sum­mer Sale is reach­ing its mid-point and so far, I think I’ve been a very good boy; not bought any­thing. Yet.

Yes, I have a few items on my Wish­list but I may not pick them up just yet — being a PC and MAC gamer, I tend to prefer games that swing both ways, and also use Steam Cloud for stor­age / sync.

Though if any one of those games on that list drop below $5.00 — I’ll be get­ting them, and look­ing at expand­ing my loc­al hard drive stor­age.

Ahh, yes, the pleas­ure and prob­lems of a lovely sum­mer sea­son and digit­al gam­ing. Tempta­tion, mon­it­or­ing the deals page, and the con­stant hunt for more drive stor­age space. Man, I’m liv­in’ the life :/

Captain on the bridge

About a year or so ago I down­loaded a nifty little PC game called Artemis — Star­ship Sim­u­lat­or.

Actu­ally, that name’s a bit mis­lead­ing — it’s more of a Star Trek bridge crew sim­u­lat­or. There are oth­er reviews that cov­er it bet­ter, but suf­fice it to say it’s a cool game to bring to a LAN party or a friends place where you have easy access to the net­work and a fist-full of laptops. Great if you have access to all that gear, but not that great for a quick and spon­tan­eous game with friends.

Today I dis­covered the iOS ver­sion, and my above com­ment is nul­li­fied.

The iOS ver­sion of Artemis works and plays with the PC ver­sion, yet does it all on an iPad — even my ori­gin­al iPad 1 run­ning iOS 5.

Each bridge pos­i­tion is con­trolled from one iPad, though with a quick set­tings change you can con­trol mul­tiple pos­i­tions with on a single iPad.

The really cool thing is that an iPad can even act as the game serv­er.

Now, Artemis is not a game for every­one. It’s really a col­lab­or­at­ive star­ship com­bat sim­u­lat­or, but if you’ve got a few friends and a few iPads, it’s now much easi­er to host a pickup game on gamenight.

Shields up! Red Alert! Arm photon tor­pedoes, we’re going in!

I’m quite enjoying Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol!

Yep, I’m hav­ing fun with Ace Patrol, as you may have seen in my pre­vi­ous post, it’s a light single/multiplayer, World War I stra­tegic com­bat game. Air­fights con­sist of up to 8 com­batants, four per side, and vary depend­ing on air­craft, pilot skill, and game dif­fi­culty level.

Ace Patrol is cur­rently only avail­able for iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone in the Canada iTunes store, dur­ing this pre-launch peri­od, but it will be avail­able world­wide on May 9th.

I’m hav­ing a blast, check out the ingame images below: