AN ASMODEE DIGITAL GAME
Asmodee Digital are growing and growing which is great news for boardgamers who for whatever reason either cannot get to a games club or don't get enough board games playing time. With so many great board games becoming new titles for Asmodee Digital it is a great time to have a PC and quite often also an Android device.
Asmodee Digital, a leader in digital board game entertainment, is thrilled to reveal digital versions of some of the world’s most popular card and board games.
“We’ve released a number of classic board and card game titles in 2017 for both mobile and PC, and we’re excited to announce further titles to bring new experiences to as many players as possible across the globe,” said Asmodee Digital. “Our commitment to players is to develop adaptations from popular board games that offers a truly complementary experience. To achieve this, we’re focused on collaborating both with internal studios, and with a number of third-party developers to deliver truly innovative digital games.”
Along with new details revealed for highly-anticipated titles like Catan Stories, Catan VR and Scythe, Asmodee Digital has also announced that the fan-favorite, Onitama is currently being developed.
Catan Stories: The Legend of the Sea Robbers (Catan GmbH / Catan Studio) – iOS and Android – Q4 2017 – An all-new text adventure game based on the scenario expansion Legend of the Sea Robbers for the highly-acclaimed Catan board game.
Carcassonne (Hans im Glück) – Steam and Android – Q4 2017 – Multi-awarded tile-matching game made digital, including solo, pass-and-play and online multiplayer modes.
Abalone (Asmodee Edition) – iOS, Android Seam, – Q4 2017 – A beautiful, strategic marble game, awarded as a Mensa Select Winner, now being readied for multiplayer online play.
Mille Bornes (TF1 Games) – Steam, iOS and Android – Q4 2017 – Famous French card game where players compete to drive 1000 km, dealing with road hazards along the way.
Catan VR (Catan GmbH / Catan Studio) – Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR – True to the classic, but optimized for virtual reality, Catan VR allows tabletop fans and new players alike to experience the best-selling board game in a fresh, fully-immersive format. The first images available in 360° video:
Scythe Digital (Stonemaier Games) – Steam, iOS and Android – An engine-building game set in an alternate-history 1920s period, where players attempt to earn fortune and claim their faction’s stake in the land around a mysterious factory.
Bananagrams (Bananagrams) – iOS and Android – Fast and frantic anagram game where players build crosswords without pen, paper or a board. Perfect for families, multiplayer or solitaire, and finally making its digital debut!
Zombicide (CMON) – iOS and Android – A collaborative game in which players take the role of a survivor and use their skills and teamwork against the unthinking undead! Find weapons, kill zombies, get skills. The only way out is zombicide!
Terraforming Mars (FryxGames) – Steam, iOS and Android – A Spiel des Jahres nominee set in the 2400s, players act as a corporation with the goal of advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system. Soon digital fans will be able to help inhabit Mars!
Onitama (Arcane Wonders) – iOS and Android- An elegant and simple two player abstract strategy game where players take on the role of a Master, guiding monk followers in an attempt to defeat their opponent.Recent Releases:
Smash Up (AEG) – Steam, iOS and Android – Q4 2017 – Shuffle-building card game for up to four players, featuring nine factions including pirates, ninja, robots, zombies, and more.
Ticket to Ride: First Journey (Days of Wonder) – Steam, Mac OS, iOS and Android – Introduces younger audiences to Ticket to Ride, one of Asmodee’s top-selling series, where players collect train cards, claim routes on the map, and try to connect the cities on their tickets.
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MYSTERIUM is set in 1921 - yes that is before I was born (honest!) - when ordinary, law abiding citizens are being arrested for violent, horrible murders. Best played in Story Mode we begin with a corpse being found in Warwick County Scotland and a Chimney-Sweep being arrested for the murder. Elsewhere another murder sees the arrest of a Waitress, charged with the grotesque killing. What have a Waitress and a Chimney-Sweep got in common, apart from both getting up in the morning and at some time during the day deciding to become murderers? Well for starters, neither of them can remember anything, nothing about the murders, nothing about the victims, in fact virtually nothing at all.
Conrad MacDowell is a psychic investigator and along with fellow well-known psychics; Alphonse de Belcour, Alma Salvador, Madam Wang, Ardashim and Jessalyn Smith, he istrying to understand why ordinary people are suddenly turning into killers. In the local Mental Institution Nathan Crowley the respected journalist is banged up in aq cell after claiming to hear the voices of the dead. The scene is set for you to solve the crimes by finding what or who is behind this time of evil for surely something must be affecting the innocents, affecting and afflicting them with the desire to kill.
As the clues are presented in the form of puzzles you are in friendly rivalry with your contemporaries to select the correct answers to the questions thrown up after viewing several photo-scenes. This is when you realise that MYSTERIUM is an abstract game of recognising clues and finding hidden objects after having identified the correct picture from those on disply.
Your other psychics are there and they will make educated guesses, sometimes more guesses than eductaed, but if you think one or more of them is correct you can select the same answers, it is a race against the clock but not in such a way that if you take a little time you are forced to make a choice from those remaining, you get to make your own decisions. If you are correct you move happily onto the next clue. If you are incorrect then anyone who got it right moves on and you lag behind.You can visit the website here for some better info.
Mysterium is a cooperative deduction game set in the 1920s in which a ghost guides a group of psychics to uncover a murderer, as well as the weapon and location of the murder, using only visual clues. Choose your way to play: take on the role of the ghost who gives others clues, or as one of the psychics trying to decipher the abstract "Vision Cards".
In this digital version, you will find:
• A faithful adaptation of the original game with gorgeous graphics
• A game variant with or without clairvoyancy
• Additional cases and dream cards from expansions in the in-game shop
• A story mode to discover the background of each psychic
• Solo play with AI partners
• Multiplayer support up to 7 players using online (cross-platform: tablet / mobile / computer)
• Worldwide Leaderboards
Languages available: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian.
MYSTERIUM has similarities to many of the Hidden Object games where you look at a picture and try to find the various named items. The main and quite major difference being that although you are shown a number of photo-style pictures you aren't told what you are looking for, you only have an obscure glimpse of it plus a few other visual clues that you have to unravel. There are three sections to each murder, Location, Weapon and Culprit so it's also a little like Cluedo (Clue in the USA) where you have to name who dunnit, where and what with. MYSTERIUM is best played multi-player with one player taking on the role of the Ghost (of the murder victim) who guides the other psychics around the house and to the necessarry clues by allowing them to see visions (photos) from which deductions can be made.
Hovering over the central image will zoom in, like using a magnifying glass, and let you have a larger, clearer viewpoint. You can discover a great deal of information by taking your time and searching thoroughly but you must remember that in the background there is a clock ticking.
MYSTERIUM digital sticks close to the original board game as far as I can ascertain, but it's not a board game I have played. A little research on the boardgame and a good number of hours on the PC version are enough for me to see how good a job Asmodee Digital have done. With Asmodee buying into so many boardgame's companies I am a mite surprised that they are making such excellent digital versions. After all if players can enjoy all the fun of the board game at a much lower price and still play multiplayer then surely Asmodee are in danger of hurting their own market.
There are already expansions available for MYSTERIUM, both physically and digitally, so there is no possibility of one media becoming stagnant, they are both moving forward at a fair lick.
I will say that I struggled a little to see some of the clues on the PC version as I couldn't actually pick up the cards and take a good close look at them - try staring at something from close up when it's on a monitor screen - wow do your eyes fo funny! - but that apart I have had some great satisfaction bettering the boffins at times and being completely blown away on others. It's not an expensive game for the PC and is definitely for you if you a)like the board game already or b) like puzzle/detecting style games.