Welcome to the end of another week. A “holiday” weekend is coming up, so have fun and be safe. For now, however, we have one final list of app sales to get through. Today features several awesome games on sale, like Baldur’s Gate II (one of the best RPGs ever made, in my opinion). So enjoy what’s on offer today, and I will see you all on Monday.
As promised, Beamdog have launched Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear [$ 9.99] in the iOS App Store today. Taking place between the original Baldur’s Gate [$ 4.99], which launched back in 1998, and Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn [$ 9.99], which launched in 2000, Siege of Dragonspear is a brand new title bridging the gap between those two stories. It’s built in the same Infinity Engine that was used on the original two Baldur’s Gate games, lending it some old-school authenticity, but with some additional fixes and features that are along the lines of what Beamdog did with their Enhanced Edition remakes of the first two games.
“Experience the Siege of Dragonspear, an epic Baldurs Gate tale, filled with with intrigue, magic, and monsters. Lead your party of heroes into deep dungeons filled with tactical battles and magical traps in this 30-hour Dungeons & Dragons adventure that expands the Baldur’s Gate saga.”
“Shortly after the conclusion of Baldurs Gate: Enhanced Edition, we return to the Forgotten Realms caught in a time of strife. A crusade marches from the north, seizing supplies, forcing locals into military service, and disrupting trade along the Sword Coast. A charismatic warrior known as the Shining Lady leads this army, her background shrouded in mystery.”
Siege of Dragonspear originally launched on desktop just under two years ago, and we’d been hoping ever since that a mobile release was not far behind. Well, it took two years, but it’s finally here. Like the previous Baldur’s Gate iOS releases, this one is Universal with iPhone support and is a one-time purchase with no IAP. The release has been fairly well-received by Baldur’s Gate fans on desktop, and given Beamdog’s nice mobile treatment of the previous games I’m expecting the same level of quality with Siege of Dragonspear. You can grab it for $ 9.99 using the link below or on the Google Play Store if you’re an Android player, and be sure to stop by the forum thread for more impressions or to leave your own thoughts about the game.
Way back in July of 2015, developer Beamdog announcedBaldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, a brand new entry/expansion in the decades old Baldur’s Gate series. Siege of Dragonspear is set directly after the original Baldur’s Gate and leads right into Baldur’s Gate II, bridging the two games with brand new story elements, new characters, and a new playable class. It’s even built in the Infinity Engine as the original two Baldur’s Gate games were, so this was truly an authentic retro revival. Just under a year following its announcement, Siege of Dragonspearlaunched on PC to generally favorable reviews, and we hoped at the time that a mobile version wouldn’t be too far behind as Beamdog’s Enhanced Edition versions of both Baldur’s Gate [$ 9.99] and Baldur’s Gate II [$ 9.99] were quite beloved on mobile. Well, it took a while but Siege of Dragonspear is finally heading to both iOS and Android, and it’s coming soon: Next Thursday, March 8th.
Unlike the desktop version of Siege of Dragonspear, the mobile version will be a completely standalone release and won’t require you to already own Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition. But let’s be real, anyone who is hyped to grab Siege of Dragonspear likely already owns the original Baldur’s Gate, right? Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear will be matching its mobile siblings price-wise and will set you back a cool $ 9.99. Not too bad for an experience that’s reported to include more than 30 hours worth of content. So if you’ve been waiting for the past couple of years for Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear on your mobile device, the wait is finally almost over so be sure to check it out next week on March 8th.
October is already almost half-over, if you can believe that. The end of a week is always nice, so why not make it better with some app sales? I promise there are some good ones here today… very good ones. I’m sure you’ve guessed them by now, but let’s get into this.
Sometimes it’s easy to take for granted the sheer number of great classic RPGs we can carry around on our phones these days. A big part of that line-up comes from Beamdog and Overhaul’s enhanced ports of the classic Infinity Engine PC RPGs from the 1990s. Beginning with Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition [$ 4.99] back in late 2012, Beamdog and Overhaul have since released iOS versions of Icewind Dale [$ 4.99], Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition [$ 4.99], and earlier this year, Planescape: Torment [$ 6.99]. Having just recently finished updating all of the games with 64-bit iOS 11 support, the publisher appears to be celebrating with a sale on all of their iOS releases.
This is the first time Planescape: Torment has ever gone on sale, while the other games are at as low of prices as they’ve ever been. The complete list of games on sale follows, along with links to TouchArcade’s reviews of each.
For those who just want the short version without checking all of the reviews, these are really great ports of the games and are easy to recommend to anyone playing on an iPad. If you’re on an iPhone, the developers have done their best to include options like zooming and increasing the size of the text, but be aware that some people find it a little too cramped on smaller screens. Personally, I think they’re fine, but I know that not everyone feels the same way. There’s no word yet on how long this sale will run, so as usual you might want to get while the getting is good.
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition [$ 9.99] launched on the App Store a few years ago and it also happens to be the only release from Overhaul Games that was left to be updated for iOS 11. Well the update is here in the form of a massive patch that brings it to version 2.4. This patch has fixes across the board and quite a few useful additions.
There are new portraits, enhancements to party creation, multiplayer fixes, new customization options, and more. One welcome addition is the Story Mode difficulty option which will be great for newcomers to RPGs in general where your character cannot be killed in combat. The full patch notes are available in PDF form here which is a lot more detailed than the App Store release notes for obvious reasons.
Check out an interview where Eli and Brad spoke to Overhaul Games about the release a few years ago. Read our review of the original release on iOS here. You can check out the forum thread here. This update makes Overhaul Games’ full catalogue on iOS compatible with iOS 11. I’m glad we didn’t lose these ports to the 32 bit appocalypse.