Dominant Species for iPad
By GMT Games LLC
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Welcome to a complete remake of Dominant Species, our first iPad app. This app is a digital port of one of our best-selling games, designed by Chad Jensen. Our original attempt at an app for this game was unfortunately less-than-stellar (to be kind). We knew we could do better, and we committed to making it better. Regrettably, it took us a long time - and three different developers - to finally create this new version. But at last we have an app that we are REALLY proud of. We hope you guys will like it, too, and find it a major improvement over the original game.
This new app update is an entirely new game with 100% new code, so you guys are getting a completely different app from the original. We are providing it as an “updated version” because that was the only way I could figure out to make sure that the owners of the original could get the new app for free. Please accept this as our apology that the original app wasn’t better, for the time it took us to get you the new version, and as a demonstration of our determination to never leave you stuck with a game that isn’t a quality product.
For you players who already play the Dominant Species boardgame, this app will allow you to have fun and practice your skills anytime, against a mix of human and computer AI opponents.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the boardgame, we provide context-sensitive explanations and a set of online rules to help you learn the game and get started quickly. You can also get help from us directly, via our Facebook page - which we are revamping to support the new version - at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dominant-Species-for-iPad/320893411343198. If you want to learn more strategy or have questions about general game play (not app-related), feel free to ask your questions on our Dominant Species page on BoardgameGeek: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/62219/dominant-species
Here's an updated feature list. Note that we are working on an additional update which will add multi-player Game Center support.
Play against a mix of up to 5 human and/or AI opponents via Solo Play, Pass 'N Play, or a combination of both.
A completely reworked User Interface that makes the game much easier to play
New Pull-Out visual menus that provide quick access to Tile Scoring, Speciation Values, Food Chain, and Dominance Cards.
All New Art from the new version of the boardgames
AI players that are greatly improved from the original version.
A new Undo feature
Autosave and Resume Game
Pinch to zoom and scroll
Color-coded dominance tracking
Finally, I want to personally thank all the great folks at GameTheory, who rewrote the entire app and gave us a product to be proud of. I also want to thank the people who volunteered to help us test Dominant Species, caught many bugs, and gave us great suggestions throughout. You guys did terrific work - thanks!
OK, enough talk. It’s time to play. Enjoy the game!
What's New in Version 2.0.0
I want the old version back!!
This is one of my favorite games, but sadly the new version of this app missed the mark :( Not being able to rotate the screen is an annoyance, as is the fact that there are no longer cubes and cones to represent species and dominance on the terrain tiles.
Let's be honest, the old version needed some updates, but after seeing the new version, I WANT THE OLD VERSION BACK!!
I will continue to love this game, but unfortunately will stick to using the actual game board (though it's difficult to find people who are patient enough to learn how to play!) until the previous version of this app is restored. So sad...
Not quite ready
Unfortunately, this game is not ready. Apparently you can only play locally either against another player or the AI, but not online. There is no explanation on how to save game locally. This appears to be done automatically but calling the saved game up only brings up a blank board. Might as well just play the board game if you have it...
If anyone else has the saved game problem please post, or if not, please post how to do so correctly.
Not Ready for Primetime
Although the underlying board game is great, this app freezes all the time. I have been unable to complete a game. The save game function also does not work. Since this revision to fix the broken original version took three years, perhaps in 2018 we will see if the developers can get this app right.