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mabaker
Oct 4, 2010, 12:18 PM
One of my favorite games EVER will be released for iOS in near future:

http://www.logicfactory.com/main/Screenshots.html

This is amazing new for ppl that love quality gaming.



melman101
Oct 4, 2010, 12:26 PM
Holy CRAP! I love Ascendancy!!!!! I was only 14/15 when I played it, but boy do I remember the awesomeness of it. I can't wait to buy this!!! I wish I knew a release date.

mabaker
Oct 4, 2010, 12:42 PM
Same for me. Itís a gorgeous game and the screenshots show that they kept its classic flair with some minor additions and enhancements.

They wanted to release Ascendancy II but it would have been a multiplayer release only which would defy the purpose of this classic.

I am EXTREMELY happy about the release and hope it will be out this year. Of course them being an indepentent dev house the release may be postponed to 2011. Either way itís worth the wait.

SVT Amateur
Oct 4, 2010, 07:29 PM
What is this Ascendancy game you speak of? What kind of game was it?

melman101
Oct 4, 2010, 08:33 PM
What is this Ascendancy game you speak of? What kind of game was it?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascendancy_(video_game)

mabaker
Oct 5, 2010, 07:05 AM
What is this Ascendancy game you speak of? What kind of game was it?

Itís a game like Master Of Orion, or Civilization set in space. But better. You can watch a video presentation here:

http://www.logicfactory.com/main/Video.html

KevinM2
Oct 5, 2010, 11:28 AM
Looks excellent. Definitely on my "To Buy" list.

I hope it isn't to long before we see it in the app store.

Stirolak123
Oct 5, 2010, 06:54 PM
Do you guys think they'll port any of the masters of Orion to iPad if this takes off in sales?

foiden
Oct 6, 2010, 12:51 PM
Oh boy. I've been waiting for something like this. In fact, I'm rather shocked that these true 4X games haven't already been on the iPad yet. This platform was *built* for games like this. Maybe this will convince the Gal Civ creators to make a version for iOS.

mabaker
Oct 7, 2010, 02:59 AM
You know, many of the amazing titles released in the 90’s won’t probably see their new release on the iPad - sadly many of the companies if not the majority have gone defunct.

To have games like Theme Hospital, MoO or Fragile Allegiance on the iPad would be outstanding but the publishers have long disappeared.

We are EXTREMELY lucky that the Logic Factory - the company behind Ascendancy - has been out there for more than 15 years now which is unheard of for a gaming publishers/dev house.

DouchGod
Oct 7, 2010, 03:17 AM
Never heard of this before but i will deffo check it out once it is released, i was used to love playing turn based strategy games back in the day.

foiden
Oct 7, 2010, 09:05 AM
It's true many have disappeared. Most have been cannibalized into a new development group. Still, we do have a couple of major 4X developers that are more recent. We're talking the 21st Century 4X devs. Galactic Civilizations by StarDock. A slew of others is created by Malfador Machinations.

Stirolak123
Oct 8, 2010, 02:58 AM
You know, many of the amazing titles released in the 90ís wonít probably see their new release on the iPad - sadly many of the companies if not the majority have gone defunct.

To have games like Theme Hospital, MoO or Fragile Allegiance on the iPad would be outstanding but the publishers have long disappeared.

We are EXTREMELY lucky that the Logic Factory - the company behind Ascendancy - has been out there for more than 15 years now which is unheard of for a gaming publishers/dev house.

The guy who recently released dink small wood on the app store is still alive and kicking. And that game was originally made in 97. Speaking of which if they are gone why can't ea or some big time publisher just buy the rights and remake them or make a compilation or something like they've done on psp with ea greatest hits? They'd make bank. or why aren't they considered abandon ware and some rAndom indie dev just use or ask for the. Rights and remake them since they are abandon ware? Wasn't that whole idea behind abandon mania and the underdogs sites? If those sites exist why is apple scared?

Stirolak123
Oct 8, 2010, 03:01 AM
Or why can't the publishers or deva of sins of solar empire just port it and make bUcks since the game is a bit old and unpopular on pc this would give it a new audience. Would it be possible to port it all intact though for iPad?

Thedeathbear
Oct 9, 2010, 07:14 PM
If any old game makes it to the iPad, I'd love to see Fallout.

Lostanddamned
Oct 9, 2010, 07:30 PM
If any old game makes it to the iPad, I'd love to see Fallout.

Simon the Sorceror 1&2

and Dungeon Keeper would be enough to make me buy an iPad all on its own.

richpjr
Oct 10, 2010, 12:07 AM
I want Ikari Warrior!

Stirolak123
Oct 10, 2010, 01:42 AM
Hey guys why are there so little windows or dos pc game ports to iPad? I just started playing Dink Smallwood cause I really have an itch for pc style western rpg on iPad and this seemed like the only option. I don't regret getting it at all. In fact the controls feel great and I don't see why there are so few pc style RPGs on iPad? This game reminds me of divine divinity so far at beginning and that was one of my fav games. Do you guys think divine divinity can be potted? or why aren't games like baldurs gate, nox, etc. On iPad and this is the only real game of it's kind when iPad has been out over 6 months?

mabaker
Oct 10, 2010, 02:46 AM
I think the problem is clear. We see huge potential for the iPad yet the developers are feeling comfortable in portingÖ iPhone apps to the iPad. While that is certainly ok it is not enough to differentiate the iPad from the iPhone.

The classic games would be THE thing to consider. But as Iíve said earlier itís more a question of copy rights than effort.

KevinM2
Nov 4, 2010, 02:37 PM
It's been a while since this was mentioned. Any further news on when it might hit the App store?

KevinM2
Dec 17, 2010, 03:51 PM
I had an e-mail from the developers of Ascendancy yesterday saying:

We are in "crunch mode" on what
may in fact be the master candidate. If it is as clean as we think it is
right now we will submit the version to Apple for their evaluation within
days, if not hours. Depending upon how long their evaluation takes, we do
hope to see Ascendancy go live on the App Store before Christmas, but it
may be cutting it too close.

So, hopefully, it may just be on our iPads in time for Christmas Day. Looks good, and looking forward to it as one of my next major App purchases.

Kevin.

mabaker
Dec 18, 2010, 03:31 AM
Thanks for the great news, Kevin! Hope Apple wonít do any allures this time around with this amazing game.

Stirolak123
Dec 19, 2010, 05:02 AM
What allures has apple done before? Make it more casual or something?

cadillac1234
Dec 19, 2010, 12:59 PM
Great game. i will be buying it on day 1

As other said I would love to see the original Fallout's 1&2, Masters of Orion, XCOM and Jagged Alliance get ported over. I'd even be willing to fork out money for the old D&D Silver and Goldbox games

I loved the non-RTS game genre which has all but died after the RTS games started to take over.

mabaker
Dec 19, 2010, 05:23 PM
What allures has apple done before? Make it more casual or something?

I know, I am just being extra cautious as this game is probably one of the very best turn based strategy out there. I just hope apple won't declare anything they used in the code as a "no go". But that is just me. Being prepared for the worst and hoping for the best.

To me this game is what ipad is all about. Depth and creativity united.

JulianL
Dec 19, 2010, 05:57 PM
I've never played Ascendancy but it looks like my sort of game; I'll probably buy it.

I hope that we see more and more of these ports of old games, there must be a goldmine of good PC titles to be tapped. The one I'd really like to see on the iPad is Homeworld.

- Julian

Stirolak123
Dec 23, 2010, 02:45 AM
I wish they would make a proper dawn ofmdiscovery game but i hewr the iphone trading version is not bad. But port the wii version to ipad please. Also, have any of you tried viking lords? Its a war game that is based on some board game and exclusivr to ipad. Also how is distant star?

KevinM2
Jan 5, 2011, 08:10 AM
Just had an e-mail from Logicfactory telling me that Ascendancy has been approved by Apple and is available for purchase on iTunes.

Could find it (yet) in a search of the App store, but the link Logicfactory sent me is

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ascendancy/id412523782?mt=8


Enjoy!

CohibaDavid
Jan 5, 2011, 04:43 PM
Oh yes...can't wait to download and give it a try!

Unfortunately I need to update to the 4.2 software before I can.

Been waiting for this one with great anticipation.

mabaker
Jan 6, 2011, 04:54 AM
AMAZING news.

I was holding off the purchase of the iPad until this game. It won't run on my original iPhone unfortunately. Now Apple can't release iPad 2 fast enough.:D

duncyboy
Jan 6, 2011, 07:54 AM
There was a game for the Amiga called K-240 that I absolutely loved and this looks a little similar- deffo gonna give this a try.

Cheers!
:)

LogicFactory
Jan 8, 2011, 09:28 PM
This is just a note to let you all know that we are thrilled to have Ascendancy out on the market and appreciate the interest you have shown on these forums.

We are listening and want to let you know that Ascendancy will be evolving from here.

Thanks, and all the best.

Logic Factory

mabaker
Jan 9, 2011, 04:54 AM
Dear devs! I think you know what this great game means to some of us and on behalf of these gamers I thank you for your work from the bottom of my heart. You have to know you are making something that others are not - creating HIGH quality and long gaming experiances on the iPad.

There are hardly any games on iOs of Ascendancy's magnitude. That is why iOS has yet to be considered a serious gaming platform. But with Logic Factory on board it's one step closer.

ckorhonen
Jan 9, 2011, 09:39 AM
Very good game, I have fond memories of playing it back in the day. Downloaded it yesterday for the iPad and have been playing it a lot.

I think my only criticism so far is that the interface is a bit... tricky to learn. Some screens were a total mystery without using the help function, and in places tapping something maybe didn't do what was expected.

It would be great to be able to interact with items on the system/star/colony map directly rather than having to select something then tap it again at the bottom of the screen. Some form of menu popup would be perfect here.

Also I found the screens for building colonies and ships convoluted. Partly for the reason above, with things taking perhaps a few more taps than they should, but also the lack of any kind of text labels just slows things down.

I'm not knocking the game itself, the logic factory have done an excellent job, but there are a few interface tweaks that would certainly help new players really get into the game.

Stirolak123
Jan 9, 2011, 03:42 PM
Why cant anyone make or port s pc style wargame like hearts of iron now.

akm3
Jan 9, 2011, 08:05 PM
I remember Ascendancy as a pretty but steaming pile of buggy crap.

I would kill for a Master of Orion (1) release though.

Thedeathbear
Jan 13, 2011, 04:34 PM
I'm thinking landscape orientation for the iPad might be a nice feature.

Shivetya
Mar 19, 2011, 01:26 PM
Got the game recently, but it has a lot of interface issues, as in its clumsy at times.

Dr.Pants
Mar 19, 2011, 02:24 PM
....The one I'd really like to see on the iPad is Homeworld.

I don't know how well Homeworld's UI would work on the iPad but if the developers did a good job I would buy an iPad just for that.