Given that we're a week away from iPad launch, you're going to have to bear with us with the onslaught of iPad-related gaming news. Movile Inc just announced their BoardBox for iPad which is described as a realistic looking board game set for the iPad. If you've ever lost a board game piece, this one's for you.



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BoardBox supports over a dozen different board game variants including 5 types of Chess, 2 types of Go, Checkers, Reversi, Tic Tac Toe, Go, International Draughts, Xiangqi, and Westerized Xiangqi, Now, at this stage BoardBox does not contain any single player AI, so you'll actually have to have someone to play with -- but it's a start, and fulfills one oft-mentioned promise of iPad gaming.

BoardBox will sell for $3.99 on iPad launch day.

  • Dinsmoor

    No AI? Well that's certainly a deal breaker for me. It looks like a great UI with beautiful graphics, but the fact that I can't play alone irks me.

  • Dinsmoor

    No AI? Well that's certainly a deal breaker for me. It looks like a great UI with beautiful graphics, but the fact that I can't play alone irks me.

  • http://mu.housefullofgames.com HFoG

    Looks really pretty but I wonder if $3.99 isn't a little steep for an app that doesn't have an AI. If it had an AI then it would probably be right up my alley.

  • http://mu.housefullofgames.com HFoG

    Looks really pretty but I wonder if $3.99 isn't a little steep for an app that doesn't have an AI. If it had an AI then it would probably be right up my alley.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    Brave move with no AI. Maybe a necessary one to get it in the store on time. Love the look. If you haven't done so, make sure you click on these for a close up view (and zoom in). Nice artwork definitely helps with the price tag. I assume it does things like flip the reversi pieces at least, right? :)

    Note to dev, if he/she is watching. You might want to render the Bishops image flipped to further differentiate them from the knights. That way the angle is different and you have to look at the details as closely to distinguish them.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    Brave move with no AI. Maybe a necessary one to get it in the store on time. Love the look. If you haven't done so, make sure you click on these for a close up view (and zoom in). Nice artwork definitely helps with the price tag. I assume it does things like flip the reversi pieces at least, right? :)

    Note to dev, if he/she is watching. You might want to render the Bishops image flipped to further differentiate them from the knights. That way the angle is different and you have to look at the details as closely to distinguish them.

  • http://www.callboxlive.com Stan Winstone

    Love the concept but this $3.99 business is for the board. I really hope iPad developers aren't thinking we'll be into bigger screen=bigger prices. Other than larger resolution, development is the exact same level of investment on their end iPad vs. iPhone. So let's keep the pricing according to that.

    • Deewin

      I think iPad apps will be priced a bit higher than iphone apps normally would be right now at launch but will lower over time due to heated competition.

    • dave

      Sorry, but bigger does mean higher development, therefore higher cost.
      If you want high quality apps/games then expect to pay higher price, but if you want fart apps for iPad then they probably will stay the same.

      • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

        This is why the iPhone/iPad will never beat Nintendo an Sony! Too many people being cheap! $3.99 isn't bad!

    • http://twitter.com/mattrix Matt Rix

      Sorry, but iPad apps are going to cost more. It IS more work, and it'll be getting a lot closer to "real" desktop software development. Most apps and games on the iPhone are throwaways, but apps on the iPad have the potential for lots of functionality and staying power, which will also cost more. I'll agree that apps that have identical features on both platforms should cost around the same, but good iPad apps will have more functionality.

      • MaroonFree

        Agreed. Also, there will be much less people with iPads, so if a company is going to invest that time, it will be for a high quality app that will make some profit.

      • notsofast

        I wouldn't be so sure about there being less iPads. They sold a million in one month!

  • http://www.callboxlive.com Stan Winstone

    Love the concept but this $3.99 business is for the board. I really hope iPad developers aren't thinking we'll be into bigger screen=bigger prices. Other than larger resolution, development is the exact same level of investment on their end iPad vs. iPhone. So let's keep the pricing according to that.

    • Deewin

      I think iPad apps will be priced a bit higher than iphone apps normally would be right now at launch but will lower over time due to heated competition.

    • dave

      Sorry, but bigger does mean higher development, therefore higher cost.
      If you want high quality apps/games then expect to pay higher price, but if you want fart apps for iPad then they probably will stay the same.

      • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

        This is why the iPhone/iPad will never beat Nintendo an Sony! Too many people being cheap! $3.99 isn't bad!

    • http://twitter.com/mattrix Matt Rix

      Sorry, but iPad apps are going to cost more. It IS more work, and it'll be getting a lot closer to "real" desktop software development. Most apps and games on the iPhone are throwaways, but apps on the iPad have the potential for lots of functionality and staying power, which will also cost more. I'll agree that apps that have identical features on both platforms should cost around the same, but good iPad apps will have more functionality.

      • MaroonFree

        Agreed. Also, there will be much less people with iPads, so if a company is going to invest that time, it will be for a high quality app that will make some profit.

      • notsofast

        I wouldn't be so sure about there being less iPads. They sold a million in one month!

  • http://www.moviletap.com/blog Movile

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for the feedback on the game so far. There are a few reasons behind what we've put out so far and you can check them out in the thread in the TouchArcade forums here: http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=49439&page=2#15

    We do have email multiplayer built in so you can play with anyone around the world, and are looking to integrate closer to real-time multiplayer in the future.

    Stan, I understand your concern with rising prices in the App Store, as I am a consumer just as much as anybody else. However, with the iPad, graphic design costs are higher because of the higher resolution and developing more rich animations and graphics.

    • Gates

      Respond to the AI concerns.

    • Noah

      Add "Pente" and I'm sold. Love that game.

      As for AI vs. Worldwide Multiplayer... I'd prefer Worldwide Multiplayer. Similar to how TurnPlay.com works. Don't waste time on developing an AI for each of the games, just give me someone to play with whenever I'm connected to WiFi and I'm good to go!

  • http://www.moviletap.com/blog Movile

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for the feedback on the game so far. There are a few reasons behind what we've put out so far and you can check them out in the thread in the TouchArcade forums here: http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=49439&page=2#15

    We do have email multiplayer built in so you can play with anyone around the world, and are looking to integrate closer to real-time multiplayer in the future.

    Stan, I understand your concern with rising prices in the App Store, as I am a consumer just as much as anybody else. However, with the iPad, graphic design costs are higher because of the higher resolution and developing more rich animations and graphics.

    • Gates

      Respond to the AI concerns.

    • Noah

      Add "Pente" and I'm sold. Love that game.

      As for AI vs. Worldwide Multiplayer... I'd prefer Worldwide Multiplayer. Similar to how TurnPlay.com works. Don't waste time on developing an AI for each of the games, just give me someone to play with whenever I'm connected to WiFi and I'm good to go!

  • http://www.valkyriestudio.net/ ValkyrieStudio

    Gorgeous UI. I don't really relish the thought of playing chess against anything but another person, so the AI is a non-issue to me. Unless there's some horrible usability issues, this will probably be a day one buy for me.

  • http://www.valkyriestudio.net/ ValkyrieStudio

    Gorgeous UI. I don't really relish the thought of playing chess against anything but another person, so the AI is a non-issue to me. Unless there's some horrible usability issues, this will probably be a day one buy for me.

  • mrkgoo

    $3.99 for a ches set, go set, reversi set, draughts, chinese chess etc? That's cheaper than the real thing!

    • Anonymous Cow

      Yeah, just need a $400 table to put it on... :P

    • http://twitter.com/mattrix Matt Rix

      Wait till you see how much money a Flight simulator saves you!

  • mrkgoo

    $3.99 for a ches set, go set, reversi set, draughts, chinese chess etc? That's cheaper than the real thing!

    • Anonymous Cow

      Yeah, just need a $400 table to put it on... :P

    • http://twitter.com/mattrix Matt Rix

      Wait till you see how much money a Flight simulator saves you!

  • Dankrips

    What about backgammon?

  • Dankrips

    What about backgammon?

  • Deewin

    I'll wait for the 50+ in 1 iPad gameboard set :-D

  • Deewin

    I'll wait for the 50+ in 1 iPad gameboard set :-D

  • VoodoVyper

    Too bad no AI. Would be especially nice to see the Chess portion support ELO rating.

  • VoodoVyper

    Too bad no AI. Would be especially nice to see the Chess portion support ELO rating.

  • chris f

    i really dont get all the whining about price on this site. thats less than one beer at cheap bar in LA, for something that looks great and will last forever.

  • chris f

    i really dont get all the whining about price on this site. thats less than one beer at cheap bar in LA, for something that looks great and will last forever.

  • darwiniandude

    Insta-buy.

    Finally shutup the people who refuse to play chess against me on the iPhone because "it's too small"

  • darwiniandude

    Insta-buy.

    Finally shutup the people who refuse to play chess against me on the iPhone because "it's too small"

  • anthonyafterwit

    Nothing against chess, but if they had really good boardgames like Settlers of Catan, Agricola, etc. (or any of the top 100 on boardgamegeek.com) I would actually consider buying one of these things.

    • Sander

      catan is already on the iphone so its just a mtter of time

  • anthonyafterwit

    Nothing against chess, but if they had really good boardgames like Settlers of Catan, Agricola, etc. (or any of the top 100 on boardgamegeek.com) I would actually consider buying one of these things.

    • Sander

      catan is already on the iphone so its just a mtter of time

  • Karl

    Chess is *the* boardgame.

    No dice, no cards just pure brain.

    Looking forward to some beautiful online chess clients on the iPad. I'll be buying the device purely for that. (And Tower Defense games which should the suit it perfectly as well).

  • Karl

    Chess is *the* boardgame.

    No dice, no cards just pure brain.

    Looking forward to some beautiful online chess clients on the iPad. I'll be buying the device purely for that. (And Tower Defense games which should the suit it perfectly as well).

  • Symbolist

    In a straight topdown view 3D is always problematic in chess. A clear and clean 2D Symbol in this case is the only useful decision. If someone is interested in a chess game with beautiful 3D and 2D and powerful AI - Fritz Chess is a much better way to invest money.

    • Noah

      I assume there will be an option to switch to "2D" chess pieces?

  • Symbolist

    In a straight topdown view 3D is always problematic in chess. A clear and clean 2D Symbol in this case is the only useful decision. If someone is interested in a chess game with beautiful 3D and 2D and powerful AI - Fritz Chess is a much better way to invest money.

    • Noah

      I assume there will be an option to switch to "2D" chess pieces?

  • JD

    This is awesome. One of the things that will be really cool to see on the iPad are multiplayer games where the players are IN THE SAME ROOM -- i.e. something like this. This is another one of the places where the iPad can differentiate itself from the DS and the PSP -- true multiplayer games where you're sharing one device. Imagine a resource management game like Air Traffic Control, but with another player sitting across the table from you trying to undo your every move on the other half of the iPad screen. Very cool.

  • JD

    This is awesome. One of the things that will be really cool to see on the iPad are multiplayer games where the players are IN THE SAME ROOM -- i.e. something like this. This is another one of the places where the iPad can differentiate itself from the DS and the PSP -- true multiplayer games where you're sharing one device. Imagine a resource management game like Air Traffic Control, but with another player sitting across the table from you trying to undo your every move on the other half of the iPad screen. Very cool.

  • JoeyN

    Another non-AI board game app was announced a few weeks ago: http://www.gametableapp.com

  • JoeyN

    Another non-AI board game app was announced a few weeks ago: http://www.gametableapp.com

  • Kevin

    No AI is what I had been thinking prior to the announcement concerning board games on the iPad. Picture people in the park playing checkers with each other. You see it all the time in real life and in the movies. Instead of lugging around a checkers board (or pieces if the table has one painted onto it) you carry your iPad, sit down with a friend, and play.

    AI is a non-issue. Too many people just aren't thinking outside the box. Don't think traditional iPhone/computer games. Think, this is a tablet you lay down on the table and play a game with someone without having to worry about the pieces. nothing more.

    It's exactly what the iPad needs to set it apart.

    • Symbolist

      Yep. Lets remove AI from all the iPad games to make iPad superior! The NoAI-Force takes control. Everyone will have a party of slaves in exchange.

      • Kevin

        this really bothers you I guess.

  • Kevin

    No AI is what I had been thinking prior to the announcement concerning board games on the iPad. Picture people in the park playing checkers with each other. You see it all the time in real life and in the movies. Instead of lugging around a checkers board (or pieces if the table has one painted onto it) you carry your iPad, sit down with a friend, and play.

    AI is a non-issue. Too many people just aren't thinking outside the box. Don't think traditional iPhone/computer games. Think, this is a tablet you lay down on the table and play a game with someone without having to worry about the pieces. nothing more.

    It's exactly what the iPad needs to set it apart.

    • Symbolist

      Yep. Lets remove AI from all the iPad games to make iPad superior! The NoAI-Force takes control. Everyone will have a party of slaves in exchange.

      • Kevin

        this really bothers you I guess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Zendorphin TouchChatterbox

    I hope an iPhone/Touch version comes out at some point with screen orientation locked to landscape (so that it doesn't adjust during play). Okay, it won't be as great to play that on as the iPad version but, developers, please don't leave out those who cannot afford to get Apple's new toy for the time being... initial exclusivity is understandable but depriving iPhone/iPod Touch users isn't right...

  • http://www.facebook.com/Zendorphin TouchChatterbox

    I hope an iPhone/Touch version comes out at some point with screen orientation locked to landscape (so that it doesn't adjust during play). Okay, it won't be as great to play that on as the iPad version but, developers, please don't leave out those who cannot afford to get Apple's new toy for the time being... initial exclusivity is understandable but depriving iPhone/iPod Touch users isn't right...

  • omg

    Why no AI??

    I can play Javascript chess within my safari browser on my itouch: http://aab.pri.ee/chess/

    with ai.

    • Kevin

      yeah but your itouch won't really make much sense as a gameboard sitting in a park at a table with a friend.. at least I don't think it would..

      • omg

        kevin, that is irrelevant, but even if i were inclined to sit in a park playing chess, the sunlight would affect the viewing angle, looking down on a 2d plane, not physically touching the pieces would be a hindrance, and in the rain, the ipad dies, just like your nonsensical argument. Also, battery life and the ease of quitting the game with a home key press is just annoying, not to mention the negative cred of being seen playing chess in open air, that is if you are able to find a table and a friend in the first place.

        the reason why parks in america have tables with squares etched in them purely for the purpose of playing chess means you only have to bring your own pieces, and the advantages are all the negatives of what the ipad offers. that said, im not stopping anyone who thinks it would be fun to play chess in a park on an ipad with a friend, lol.

  • omg

    Why no AI??

    I can play Javascript chess within my safari browser on my itouch: http://aab.pri.ee/chess/

    with ai.

    • Kevin

      yeah but your itouch won't really make much sense as a gameboard sitting in a park at a table with a friend.. at least I don't think it would..

      • omg

        kevin, that is irrelevant, but even if i were inclined to sit in a park playing chess, the sunlight would affect the viewing angle, looking down on a 2d plane, not physically touching the pieces would be a hindrance, and in the rain, the ipad dies, just like your nonsensical argument. Also, battery life and the ease of quitting the game with a home key press is just annoying, not to mention the negative cred of being seen playing chess in open air, that is if you are able to find a table and a friend in the first place.

        the reason why parks in america have tables with squares etched in them purely for the purpose of playing chess means you only have to bring your own pieces, and the advantages are all the negatives of what the ipad offers. that said, im not stopping anyone who thinks it would be fun to play chess in a park on an ipad with a friend, lol.

  • Kevin

    Here' another chess set without AI:

    http://www.amazon.com/Wood-Expressions-VINYL-ROLL-UP-CHESS/dp/B000A5F0MI/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1269675517&sr=8-8

    It fits the same category as this one except that you need to lug around the pieces...and it's only 1 game.

    • omg

      kevin, the point was, that the ipad, being able of computation could very easily add the functionality of a simple chess engine into their app. like fritz, and other popular interfaces.

      also, looking at the screenshots, being 2 player means the pieces are from the top view - again very lazy and difficult to view from an angle under direct sunlight on a park bench. an alternative solution could be to rotate the pieces like the orbital 2 player mode. however, this would not work for novice players pondering when it isnt their turn..

  • Kevin

    Here' another chess set without AI:

    http://www.amazon.com/Wood-Expressions-VINYL-ROLL-UP-CHESS/dp/B000A5F0MI/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1269675517&sr=8-8

    It fits the same category as this one except that you need to lug around the pieces...and it's only 1 game.

    • omg

      kevin, the point was, that the ipad, being able of computation could very easily add the functionality of a simple chess engine into their app. like fritz, and other popular interfaces.

      also, looking at the screenshots, being 2 player means the pieces are from the top view - again very lazy and difficult to view from an angle under direct sunlight on a park bench. an alternative solution could be to rotate the pieces like the orbital 2 player mode. however, this would not work for novice players pondering when it isnt their turn..

  • http://www.fd.com air

    e the orbital 2 player mode. however, this would not work for novice players pondering when it isnt their turn..

  • http://www.fd.com air

    e the orbital 2 player mode. however, this would not work for novice players pondering when it isnt their turn..