updated 11:30 am EST, Thu January 30, 2014
Small World 2 digital game board launches on Mac via the Steam platform
Small World 2 has launched for Mac, and is available via the Steam platform. Featuring maps accommodating two to five players, the aim is to play fantasy societies with special power combos for the purpose of conquering as much of the 'land' as possible. Originally only in physical form, Small World's digital version offers players to challenge fiends to a real-time game across iPad, Android tablets, and PCs via Steam or Days of Wonder Online.
Small World 2 can be played in several modes, of which Solo Play allows a user to play against up to four built-in AI, and Pass'n Play offers up to five live players on a single device. Players can select from 14 originally Small World Races and 20 Special Powers, with 20 additional Races and Special Power to master through in-app purchases of Cursed!, Grand Dames, and Be Not Afraid. Small World 2 is available for download on Steam for $15.
YouBetMe releases its social betting app
Real-time betting app, YouBetMe, has officially launched for iOS, allowing its users to place wagers on anything desired. The app is intended for those who are not interested in wagering through established gambling pools or with 'bookies', and facilitates casual bets with friends for drinks or dinner. Account set-up can be completed through Facebook Connect. Real money is permitted in YouBetMe, however with no payment system included in the app, users are required to acquire their winnings on their own. Reneging on a bet shows up on a user's profile within the app. Including an SMS system, bets can be placed via text message when an Internet connection is not available. YouBetMe's social sharing element features a social betting stream of what bets are trending in the user's network.
Available for free, YouBetMe requires iOS 6 or later. An Android-compatible version is scheduled to be released within the coming months.