Anna, Gunter, Zehra et al. all have companions, so why shouldn't you? ScytheKick is your sidekick for Scythe, the award winning board game from Stonemaier games (http://stonemaiergames.com/games/scythe/).
ScytheKick lets you configure a Scythe game, optionally manage Automa players and then score the game, by navigating through a series of screens using the left and right facing Character Buttons along the bottom.
To start, you select the total player count as well as the Automa count, which expansions to include and if you are playing a single match or a match as part of the Rise of Fenris Campaign (requires an additional in-app purchase). You can access the app Settings sheet from the Mech Menu Button in the upper left corner.
Navigate right to select the player factions and mats. The Draw Button randomly picks the mats, and allows for random repicking, or the individual mats can be selected by swiping up and down on their images. You can also enter the player names. The free version of the app lets you have two players from the base game. Additional players can be unlocked with the Premium upgrade, and Invaders from Afar factions are unlocked with the Invaders from Afar upgrade.
After showing a summary of the players (including who goes first), you can draw (or pick) the Structure Bonus Tiles. Additional modules (Extra Bonus Tiles from the Modular Board, Resolution and Airship Tiles from the Wind Gambit and modules from the Rise of Fenris) can be unlocked via in-app purchases.
Navigate to the scoring screens to enter the points per category (popularity, stars, etc.) per player, and ScytheKick will automatically calculate the scores. The final screen is a summary of the scores for all players, which can be shared.
If playing with Automa, after selecting the modules, you navigate to the Automa screen, which has a page for each player (human and Automa). The faction tabs indicate the current player, and there is a button to advance to the next player's turn. The Automa player page lets you draw Automa turn cards and combat cards, and will automatically track the position on the Automa's star tracker, shuffle and flip from Scheme I to Scheme II as you discard cards. If playing with the Automa Helper upgrade, a map can be called up which tracks the automa unit positions (you need to update human player units) and will solve the Automa movement rules for you. On compatible devices, the map can be viewed in augmented reality. (using the AR Board Upgrade). All of the controls on the Automa screen support Undo, accessed via the Mech menu. Use the menu to navigate to Scoring at the end of the game. The free version of the app lets you have one Automa player, additional players are unlocked via the Premium upgrade.
The settings sheet includes controls to:
* Manage In-App Purchases in the ScytheKick Store
* View an online user guide.
* Adjust volume
* Disable screen locking when Automa is in use
* Choosing whether Automa are friendly to other Automa players for the Automa Helper solver. Choose if Active Airship Variant is used. Select the board size for the AR Board.
* Skip calculated scores jumps over scoring screens that are automatically calculated or not used for the Automa (like popularity, or resources and structures). Smooth Popularity Track mode awards coins not just based on the three tiers on the Popularity Track, but interpolates linearly between each level and also counts odd numbers of resources. Scores at popularity 3, 9 and 15 score as normal, but scores higher and lower increase and decrease. For example, scores between popularity of 6 and 7 are closer with the setting mode on.
ScytheKick is an unofficial companion to the board game Scythe, produced with permission of the game designer. Scythe is a trademark of Stonemaier LLC. Content and art is reproduced with permission. Special thanks to Jamey Stegmaier, Jakub Rozalski, Kai Starck, Ryan Lopez DeVinaspre, Morten Monrad Pederson, David Studley and Lines Hutter.
Features in 5.0
* New look for ScytheKick! A start to end flow replaces the bottom tabs. Setup the Factions, Tiles and Modules, then proceed to the (optional) Automa match and then Scoring. Navigate with swipes or the left and right 'Character' buttons.
* Faction setup now includes player names and summary screens for players and modules.
* Modules from the Rise of Fenris can now be selected outside the campaign.
* Automa now inclues page for each human player, an indicator of whose turn it is and a button to advance to the next player, making it easier to remember to update the map for human moves.
* Automa now has full UNDO support if you need to backtrack.
* Automa now supports the variant to skip cards as if playing at Autometta level
* Scoring now proceeds by one category per screen and includes a full summary at the end which can be shared, including a badge for who is the winner.
* In-app purchases now support Family Sharing.
Ratings and Reviews
A must have if you play Scythe solo!
When I got Scythe and tried the Automa, I found it very enjoyable and allowed me to play the game more since I didn’t have to wait for my group to get together, and it mimics a human opponent pretty well, but sometimes it was too much to think about how to resolve the move or attack action for the Automa, especially on top of thinking of my own strategy, but this app had made it so easy, it just shows you where to move on the map, and you can play against multiple Automas, definitely worth it to get the premium version and Automa helper upgrade as it gives you the option to play solo against multiple opponents and costs less than getting the extra Automa decks!
Aside from some UX issues, it works well
I use it primarily for playing with four automas. I found it to have a fairly steep learning curve with regards to letting it determine the automa movements (easily solved - stopped using it for that). However, even when using it to just manage the decks, there just isn’t enough of an indication as to which automa you’re working with. With four automas and automa v automa combat, a better indicator than the star marker / slightly different faction icon at the top would be helpful (e.g., change the background color). I’ve used the wrong automa more than once and it’s something I’m always having to double-check. Finally, it would be nice if the user could mark automa earned stars (power and combat stars). In fact, it should be able to actually track the power amounts as it knows starting power, power gain, and combats.
Makes solo so easy
Love everything about it. Went from a few automa plays over two years to almost a dozen in a few weeks or so. The move helper is a definite add on to your purchase.
One suggestion, As a parent who often starts a game at one time and has to finish it another I wish you would add a place holder for the human player during each round that gives you the opportunity to do combat and move pieces when needed. Updating the ai is easy and part of the turn. But updating your move feels a little clunky in comparison. It would also be easier to remember who’s turn it is when you return to the game.
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- Timothy Cherna
- 183.2 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- © 2017-2020 Tim Cherna
- In-App Purchases
- Premium Upgrade $3.99
- Automa Helper Upgrade $2.99
- Invaders from Afar Expansion $0.99
- The Wind Gambit Expansion $1.99
- The Rise of Fenris Expansion $3.99
- AR Board Upgrade $1.99
- Early Adopter Upgrade $1.99
- Modular Board Bonus Tiles $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.