Elder Sign: Omens HD
By Fantasy Flight Games
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The tense excitement of Elder Sign is now available for iPhone/iPod Touch! Elder Sign: Omens places you in control of up to four intrepid investigators, as they fight to keep all-powerful Ancient Ones from invading our world through a museum’s arcane exhibits!
*Build a team of unique investigators*
*Explore an ever-changing museum*
*Face challenging arcane tasks*
*Save the world from absolute destruction*
*Expand the horror with two exciting in-app purchases*
Can you stand against the impending arrival of a malevolent Ancient One?
While Elder Sign: Omens brilliantly conveys the spirit of the Elder Sign dice game, a few noteworthy differences were adopted to optimize the mobile play experience:
-A limited number of available Ancient Ones streamlines the game play experience while offering adjustable levels of difficulty. Face Yig in normal mode, Azathoth or Tsathoggua in hard mode, or Cthulhu or Ithaqua in very hard mode (in-app purchases required to face Cthulhu and Ithaqua).
-A number of subtle changes increase the peril of defending humanity. For example, the random negative effects drawn every midnight are more challenging, and the frequency of “no effect” results has been decreased. Monsters have likewise been altered to make them more difficult.
-Finally, there are no Ally cards in Elder Sign: Omens, which further streamlines play while increasing the overall challenge.
What's New in Version 1.4.2
Fixed bug allowing you to select the same investigator multiple times.
Fixed a problem with scoreboard entry.
Core game fun, Cthulu expansion not
I enjoyed the core game, though the sensation of have the dice roles literally taken out of my hands makes it feel like the devs subtly stacked the deck against me. Some VERY "coincidental" dice roles always seem to pop up at the worst possible times, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The Cthulu expansion on the other hand feels down right rigged. No matter how much of a beat down I've given Cthulu's minions in the museum, I ALWAYS get trounced in the second part, in the Pacific. Funny how a midnight effect seems to crop up after my fourth investigator has completed his turn, giving me NO opportunity to respond before getting hit with some crippling effect, like "Doom +2", which of course seems to happen jut after the "Doom +2" Cthulu effect. To make matters worse, the explanation for how that second part works is fuzzy. I know I sound like I'm spewing sour grapes and I'll be the first to admit that I have presented just one person's opinion, so buy it and play it if you want, just don't consider it a viable replacement for the board game.
It's funny listening to some reviewers complain that the game is rigged, that somehow the dice rolls are stacked against you. Why would the developers do this? What would they gain? It's not logical, unless it's a freemium game and they are trying to sell you powerups, new weapons, spells, etc.
To the reviewer who says none of the campaigns are winnable, I've won all of them multiple times. In the case of Yig or Tsathoggua, I can win almost every time. Don't confuse your poor strategy with a rigged game. I'll grant you, some campaigns aren't easy. It took multiple tries to win Cthulhu, and Ithaqua is insanely hard as advertised.
Keep at it. And don't blame the game for your shortcomings.
Might be fun for fans of the boardgame. But not easy to learn, and taking away the tactile fun of rolling dice makes it less fun than it otherwise is. Also not an intuitive game to learn to win. Will require dozens of plays before strategies become apparent. More time than most will want to invest. I own dozens of FF board games and have played boardgames-to-apps I love like neroshima hex b/c the app is better, or at least as good/fun, as the original. This is not. Again, it will likely appeal to fans of the cooperative boardgame especially those who play solo.
For me, a wasted 6 bucks.
FF, an in-game tutorial would definitely be helpful to noobs. Videos and encyclopedic rules just don't do it. If I want something I must to study to learn, I will choose a boardgame with rules that are handy.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Feb 11, 2014
- Version: 1.4.2
- Size: 379 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Fantasy Flight Publishing, Inc
- © 2012 Fantasy Flight Publishing, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPad.
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