Civilization VI adds Poland and Viking Scenario Packs to iPad version

Poland Civilization and  Vikings Scenario Packs

There wasn't much to complain about Civilization VI on the App Store besides that it didn't come with any extra content. Aspyr Media fixed that today by adding the Poland Civilization and Vikings Scenario Packs as IAPs.

The Polish Pack includes the complete Polish civilization with Jadwiga, Winged Hussar unit, and the Sukiennice building. It also comes Jadwiga's Legacy scenario. The Viking Pack includes three new Natural Wonders, six new City-States with new tile improvements, and the Vikings, Traders, and Raiders! Scenario.

Eurasian Commission filing hints at new affordable iPads coming in 2018

2017 iPad

More evidence pointing towards a new iPad release has popped up this week. This time it comes in the form of a filing with the Eurasian Commission, as discovered by the French website Consomac. Companies are legally required to file devices that use encryption ahead of any release. These filings have tipped us off about other products in the past, and come after several reports that Apple is planning to refresh its iPad lineup.


Save up to $160 on 10.5-inch iPad Pro [Deals]

iPad Deal 2018

B&H is offering $100 in instant savings on the 10.5-inch 128GB iPad Pro in silver. In addition, B&H will not collect sales tax on sales shipped outside of NY/NJ making the deal up to $160 cheaper for some out of state customers. To take advantage of the deal, just head on over to and all discounts will be added during checkout.


Feral Interactive announces new Total War series coming to Mac

Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia

Feral Interactive has announced that Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is coming to macOS and Linux next month. Thrones of Britannia is the first is a standalone series of games set in the British Isles in 878 AD. Players will control 1 of 10 factions fighting for supremacy. Each faction will include their own unique narrative as players make decisions that will "reshape history in unexpected and exciting ways," according to the official description.

App Store Pre-Orders You May Have Missed: Lichtspeer and more

Temple of the Spikes: The Legend

More and more games are going up for pre-order now that Apple has offered developers the option for a few months. Adding pre-orders was a smart move on Apple's part, as it allows fans to order long awaited titles, like Alto's Odyssey, before their official release date. It is also a much better option than the old pre-registration model, and it allows developers to entice new customers with special pre-order prices or other perks.

Here's a brief look at some current games availble for pre-order on the App Store that you may have missed.

Lichtspeer ($1.99 pre-order price, $3.99 regular) Lightspear-throwing simulator from Noodlecake Studios. Features more than 60 levels set in an ancient germanic future, 10 upgradeable "lichtpower," 6 boss battles, achievements and leaderboards. Expected release date: March 1

Pad and Quill unveils leather HomePod coaster to protect wooden surfaces

Leather HomePod Coaster

That was quick. The same day Apple acknowledged that the HomePod might leave rings on some surfaces, accessory maker Pad & Quill launched its Leather HomePod Coaster.

Apple released a support document stating that it's not unusual for the HomePod to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces. While these marks should be easily removed by a damp cloth, some HomePod owners may want to invest in a surface protector like the one now being offered by Pad & Quill.

Alto's Odyssey now available for pre-order on the Apple App Store

Alto's Odyssey

Toronto-based developer Snowman has announced that the sequel to Alto's Adventure will be available for the iPad, iPhone and Apple TV on Feb. 22. Alto's Odyssey will continue the adventures of the characters in the popular endless-runner.

The game was originally set to launch last summer before being delayed so Snowman could deliver players the game that they "deserved" by building things "right." After the slight delay, Odyssey is now available for pre-order on the App Store.

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition and more


Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is now available on the App Store. The Pocket Edition is a mobile remake of the console version released last year. It follows the story of Noctis, the crown prince of Lucis, who must set things straight after Niflheim invades his kingdom on the eve of peace negotiations. You can download the first chapter for free, then pricing gets a bit weird. The next two chapters are $0.99 before they jump to $3.99. Or you can just buy all 10 chapters at once for $19.99.

How to follow the 2018 Winter Olympics on your iPad or iPhone

Apple News Winter Olympics 2018

Apple has teamed up with NBC to create a featured section for the 2018 Winter Olympics in its News app. iOS users will be able to get up-to-the-minute coverage on all the happenings in Pyeongchang as the action unfolds. The News app will not only feature original content created by Apple News editors, but it will include custom graphics, videos and a real-time medal tracker.


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