Nightfall doesn't really work very well for asynch play, as there are so many prompts that it disrupts the flow of the game. That kept me from really trying to learn the strategy of the game or play against the AI much.
But it's a really well done app, and for 99 cents, why not?
Sorry if I came off as a douche - actually wasn't my intention (not this time at least). I think the app looks great and I would like to own it. I've never tried AF, but from what I've read about it, it seems like it could make a good app.
But am I not right when I say that the cheapest way to get the app here is 10 bucks? And that paying only five will give me some bits I don't need (cause I don't own the board game), but not the actual app? If yes, that seems a bit silly to me. I would gladly pay the app and a little more up front, but I'm just not sure that I want to pay double that and I think they lose a lot of potential backers that way (and assuming I got things right).
No, you're right. And you've hit upon the big issue with having iOS items on Kickstarter: the minimum bids often don't seem worth it. I just backed out of another pledge I'd made for the reason you mentioned, i.e., it made less and less sense to me to pay $10 for what would probably be a $2.99 app when it was released.
I think in the particular case of Alien Frontiers, the developers are trying to sell time. They can finish the game now if they get their funding; if not, then it's back to the never-ending wait (already well over a year, if memory serves). Beyond that, they've added some swag, but that's about it. Maybe that's why it hasn't been a great success. It could be that a lot of people are shrugging and saying, "I can wait."
But it just seems stupid. I would pay in advance to make sure a certain app got made. And I would even pay a little extra (say five bucks for a three or four dollar app). And that's still a lot of potential extra money, especially since they probably wouldn't have to pay Apple commission for the games handed out as promos to kickstarter backers. Or maybe they would, it's apple after all.
But, yeah, PvsZ is da shit. My wife spends all her time grooming her zen garden. And no, that is not an euphemism.