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App description: Do you have what it takes to be a deep space colonist? An alien frontier awaits the brave and daring! This new planet will be harsh, but if you have the skills to manage your resources, build a fleet, research alien life, and settle colonies, the world can be yours.

Roll and place your dice to gain advantages over your opponent and block them out of useful areas of the board. Use Alien Tech cards to manipulate your dice rolls and territory bonuses to break the rules. Steal resources, overtake territories, and do whatever it takes to get your colonies on the map first! Don't dream it'll be easy, though, because the other players will be trying to do the same thing.


Alien Frontiers is a game of resource management and planetary development for two to four players. During the game you will utilize orbital facilities and alien technology to build colony domes in strategic locations to control the newly discovered world.

The game board shows the planet, its moon, the stations in orbit around the planet, and the solar systems star. The dice you are given at the start of the game represent the space ships in your fleet. You will assign these ships to the orbital facilities in order to earn resources, expand your fleet, and colonize the planet.

As the game progresses, you will place your colony tokens on the planet to represent the amount of control you have over each territory. Those territories exert influence over specific orbital facilities and, if you control a territory, you are able to utilize that sway to your advantage.

The planet was once the home of an alien race and they left behind a wondrous artifact in orbit. Using your fleet to explore the artifact, you will discover amazing alien technologies that you can use to advance your cause.

Winning the game will require careful consideration as you assign your fleet, integrate the alien technology and territory influences into your expansion plans, and block your opponents from building colonies of their own. Do you have what it takes to conquer an alien frontier?

LordGek's comments:
A Euro Board game classic, Alien Frontiers, has come to the iPad!



You can find more info about it here, in the upcoming thread:
http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?p=2469656
10-05-2012, 03:35 PM
#2
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The Boardgame Geek listing for Alien Frontiers contains a lot more detail on the physical variant.

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10-05-2012, 04:41 PM
#3
Joined: Dec 2009
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Looks very interesting!
10-05-2012, 04:43 PM
#4
Joined: Aug 2009
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Played the physical board game once and really enjoyed it.

Looking forward to reading some reviews.
10-05-2012, 05:24 PM
#5
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i would like to know if there is a tutorial
10-05-2012, 07:37 PM
#6
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Originally Posted by Crew96 View Post
i would like to know if there is a tutorial
Nope, but the 11 page PDF is pretty in depth complete with a quick little reference card hitting all of the key points of Satellite Operation.

I'm a good ways into my first game (I never played the physical board game) and while it was a bit overwhelming at first, I think I have a grip on the basics.

Each player starts with 3 ships (dice) which are essentially your workers that you'll use to create more ships, fuel, ore, and colonists in the various satellites orbiting the planet. The trick with these various satellites, is that besides needing an opening to use them (if another player has claimed all of the limited spaces of a satellite facility, tough tooties for you), many of them have very specific ship placement rules (to use this satellite you'll need three dice/ships of matching value). It is safe to say the biggest common theme of the orbiting satellites is colonist creation as it is these colonies that one earns their victory points from. Also, as an added bonus, if you ever own the majority of colonist in a given region you'll have access to that region's special ability that almost invariably gives you some sort of advantage in using the satellite hovering above it.

If all of this weren't at least somewhat straight forward there is one final twist, and that comes by way of the Alien Artifacts (each player starts the game with one random artifact and can grab more from one of the game's satellites). Each turn you are allowed to use one of them and they'll allow you to cheat the system in way or another. Like a Plasma Beam to blast some opposing player's ship out of your way or a Booster Pod to raise the value of one of your yet placed ships by one point.

I'm liking the game's strategic depth as you're not only trying to manage the chaos of your dice rolls and grabbing a ride on the always very limited seating in each of the satellites, but need to figure out how to make the best of your current batch of artifacts to dominate your opposition. As it stands so often in games like this (Le Havre), I technically know how to play but have no firm grasp on winning strategies.

My only whine at this point is the lack of any sort of stat tracking. I guess it also lacks online play (just local or AI opponents at this point), but this isn't a big issue for me.

4/5

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10-05-2012, 07:38 PM
#7
Joined: Dec 2008
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Looked over the rules some time ago on BGG and it looks like it could be hit or miss on iOS.

Any reviews?
10-05-2012, 08:45 PM
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LordGek, as always your reviews are insightful and appreciated.

Hmmm...no tutorial? Based on the screens, the board looks pretty daunting. It could be my Friday-long-week-just-got-back-from-two-hour-commute inside voice freely typing away, but we need to read an eleven page doc? I'll wait for more impressions...

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10-05-2012, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by ColeDaddy View Post
LordGek, as always your reviews are insightful and appreciated.

Hmmm...no tutorial? Based on the screens, the board looks pretty daunting. It could be my Friday-long-week-just-got-back-from-two-hour-commute inside voice freely typing away, but we need to read an eleven page doc? I'll wait for more impressions...
I personally found 1 real useful tool was to simply watch my opponent take his turn. The game keeps a detailed log of the entire game to refer back to. The manual is nicely organized (with a fair amount if pictures) so it was easy to jump right to a description of any orbitting satellite or artifact you weren't entirely clear on. Actually, the core gameplay was summed up in 2 pages with the remaning 9 pages just going into greater detail of each component.
10-05-2012, 09:16 PM
#10
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 256
Is $4.99 an intro sale price?