Battle for Sector 219 in beta, coming soon to PC and mobile

05 Apr 2016 0

With so many high-profile board and card games making the move to digital, we sometimes forget about some of the smaller gems that have already made the jump. One of those is the fantastic two-player card game, The Battle for Hill 218. It's a highly tactical card game that involves playing cards according to their supply requirements, and then using them to attack your opponent or supporting your other cards. It was fast and fun and, unsurprisingly, I'm terrible at it. For some reason, it's no longer available on the App Store but never fear! Large Visible Machine is nearly ready to unleash Hill 218's sequel upon us, bringing more card slinging goodness to our PCs and touchscreens.

The sequel is titled The Battle for Sector 219 and is the result of a successful Kickstarter from way back in 2014. The cardboard version of the game was released back in 2014, and the digital version is just now entering beta and, depending on beta feedback, should be hitting Steam in May with the tablet version coming about a month later. Sector 219 follows the same basic gameplay as its predecessor, but has all new units to shake things up.

This version will have online asynchronous or real-time multiplayer that's fully cross-platform. They're using their own servers for multiplayer, so no Game Center hijinks to worry about with this one. It has a completely new engine from Hill 218, but they're looking at porting Hill 218 to this new engine an re-releasing it down the road. 

If you want to help out with the beta, you can sign up here. They'll pick backers of the original Kickstarter first, but then start taking regular jamokes like you and me.

In other Large Visible Machine news, they're also working on a new title from designer Lewis Pulsipher, the designer of the 80's classic Britannia. It's a Stratego-like game that's still very early in development, so take the following video of its gameplay with a handful of salt. The game is called Doomstar, but that's really the only concrete thing we know about it at this point. More info as we get it. Just be content knowing that the game features an AI known only as Captain Pipebeard.

A version of this story originally appeared at Pocket Tactics.

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