iOS Gaming Platform -- When is it coming?

Okay, I notice a lot of iOS game talk over on BoardGameGeek. Does anyone know if someone is working on a ZunTzu/Cyberboard/Vassal like gaming platform on iOS for the iPad. That day must be coming....

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Comment by Arnie Shimo on February 1, 2012 at 3:55pm


I'm not John - but I know that MMP's Grand Tactical Series (GTS) is based on the Panzer Command System.  There are currently two games in the system - The Devils Cauldron (TDC) (OOP) and Where Eagles Dare (WEDtwo large games focus on Market Garden.  Next up (already on pre-order and inprocess of being printed) is No Question of Surrender (NQOS), a one mapper on the Battle of Bir Hachiem.

Hope this helps

Comment by Joel K on January 31, 2012 at 10:22am

iOS users have been conditioned to expect slick game interfaces with tutorials, seamless opponent finding/matching, and of course rules enforcement. As an iPad owner myself, I can hardly blame them--gaming is wonderful on this platform. I'm guessing that anything released without these kind of features would confine you to a vanishingly small pool of potential customers. 

GMT seems to be hard at work bringing a few of their games to iOS in partnership with a few development studios, but you weren't asking about one-off games here and there. An extensible gaming platform where you could buy/download modules at your leisure? I find that pretty implausible--if it doesn't run afoul of Apple's iTunes Store policies in the first place, who in the iOS community but the most dedicated, crustiest grognards will buy into a system where you have to move all the pieces around yourself? It better have rules enforcement, GameCenter tie-in, and flashy graphics/UI or most people are going to rate it 1 star, delete it, and move on with their lives. I'm not optimistic but am happy to be proven wrong.

Just last night I tried using VASSAL (running on my iMac) with my iPad using SplashTop remote desktop, a $2.99 app. It was OK and mostly worked, albeit with some lag due to connecting over wifi probably. But I wouldn't want to do it for a long session--it's kind of fussy and you'd probably mis-click a lot.

Comment by Kingdaddy on January 30, 2012 at 11:00am

Unfortunately, Everygame has gone nowhere. It's one guy developing it, and it seems pretty limited in what the design could do. I wouldn't spend a lot of time thinking about whether Everygame could be the Vassal of iOS.

Comment by Hernan Ruiz Camauer on January 30, 2012 at 10:13am

I can tell you that Battlegrounds Gaming Engine will not be appearing on iOS (or Android, for that matter). But it's great on Windows or Mac OS X, and I suppose you could conceivably use it with one of those apps that lets you access your PC screen on your mobile device.

Comment by Peter Burger on January 29, 2012 at 7:21pm

There has been at least one app like that:

But, frankly, as a heavy iOS user I infinitely prefer bespoke games with bespoke user interfaces to the "one size fits none" approach taken by VASSAL.  I've taken a number of runs at gaming via VASSAL over the past few years, and it just has too much friction for me personally to invest a lot of time in it.

Meanwhile, I'm playing 10 simultaneous games of Hero Academy and Uniwar on my iPad, and those would be much worse if they were being played inside some sort of Generic Boardgame Container App. 

In summary: custom game ports and better.  And more are appearing every day (today for example I heard that a Commands & Colors: Ancients app is in the works...)

Comment by Carlos Alberto Laport de Miranda on January 27, 2012 at 9:58am

Good news abou EFTL ! Its the only one in the series I missed :)

Comment by John Kranz on January 27, 2012 at 9:23am

I don't know about Panzer, but what I do know is that Spielworxx is doing a new release of WEG's Eastern Front Tank Leader.

Comment by George S. Meyer on January 26, 2012 at 7:54pm

Hi john,

This is got thing to do with your question, so please excuse the intrusion.  But I thought you mi9ght be able to answer a wholly unrelated question:  I saw a game, offered for pre-pub, it was based upon VG Panzer Command.  I thought it was MMP, but I can't find it anywhere.  Do you know who is the publisher?  Thanks

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