One board game that our readers have continually mentioned as a worthy candidate for the AppStore is the hit German tile-based game, Carcassonne. This is undoubtedly due to Sierra's well-received adaptation of the game for the XBOX Live and several indie spin-offs that we've already seen on the AppStore. In any case, we're pleased to announce that developers The Coding Monkeys together with Hans im Glück, one of the publishers of the original boardgame, have heard your cries, as Carcassonne is almost done and ready to hit the App Store sometime in May.

The Carcassonne website provides a very brief description of the features included in the initial release. From what we can muster, Carcassonne will include all the tiles from the original board game tileset, with the expansion tilesets (of which there were several) coming later as In-App purchases. It also offers the full suite of multiplayer options, including pass-and-play, local (WiFi and Bluetooth) multiplayer and online multiplayer, which is terrific to see as this sort of title would be stunted without the ability to find willing opponents at any given time. Of course, there is also the option to play against the computer, with a range of AI difficulties available to test yourself against.

Screenshots of the game so far are promising, and the game really looks like it's getting a thick layer of polish. So far, the developers have announced an English and German translation for the iPhone/iPod devices only, but have promised that the app itself will be universal, incorporating iPad support at a later date. We're looking forward to getting a hands on preview with the game in the near future where we'll be able to provide further information before its release later this month at the introductory price of $4.99.

  • Tocarina

    awesome interface. love the game

  • Tocarina

    awesome interface. love the game

  • http://loudnoises.org Cbirdsong

    They don't specify if the multiplayer is Words with Friends-style asynchronous play, or a more traditional one that requires you to pay attention for the length of the game. This game would be perfect for the play-by-push style.

    • http://nodpad.com/ MidianGTX

      Play-by-push would work, but I consider Carcassonne to be much faster paced than Scrabble, giving us the option of both would be perfect.

  • http://loudnoises.org Cbirdsong

    They don't specify if the multiplayer is Words with Friends-style asynchronous play, or a more traditional one that requires you to pay attention for the length of the game. This game would be perfect for the play-by-push style.

    • http://nodpad.com/ MidianGTX

      Play-by-push would work, but I consider Carcassonne to be much faster paced than Scrabble, giving us the option of both would be perfect.

  • http://nodpad.com/ MidianGTX

    The XBL version of Carcassonne is by far the best looking I've ever played, so it's good to see it being ported over.

    • Jason

      As the developer of the XBLA version, I'm quite happy that folks enjoyed our version. Just to clarify, this is another developer entirely and not a "port" of the XBLA version in any way.
      I so wanted to bring this to iPad/iPhone/etc but Coding Monkeys beat me to the punch. I wish them the best and I can't wait to play it.

  • http://nodpad.com/ MidianGTX

    The XBL version of Carcassonne is by far the best looking I've ever played, so it's good to see it being ported over.

    • Jason

      As the developer of the XBLA version, I'm quite happy that folks enjoyed our version. Just to clarify, this is another developer entirely and not a "port" of the XBLA version in any way.
      I so wanted to bring this to iPad/iPhone/etc but Coding Monkeys beat me to the punch. I wish them the best and I can't wait to play it.

  • LoG

    FINALLY!
    Instant buy

  • LoG

    FINALLY!
    Instant buy

  • merlin48

    Awesome! This will be a day 1 buy for sure.

  • merlin48

    Awesome! This will be a day 1 buy for sure.

  • MisterDrgn

    Looks like someone's finally getting multiplayer right in a board game app. I just hope you can mix-and-match the multiplayer options, so for example you can do a five-player game with three iDevices (bluetooth + pass-and-play).

    • Simeon

      Err five player Carcassonne? You must be joking.

      • LeeDot

        What's wrong with 5 player Carcassonne? It says 2-5 players on the box and with some of the expansions you can play with 6 players. Granted, the strategies for a 6 player game are very different that those you would use in a two player game but it's still a lot of fun.

  • MisterDrgn

    Looks like someone's finally getting multiplayer right in a board game app. I just hope you can mix-and-match the multiplayer options, so for example you can do a five-player game with three iDevices (bluetooth + pass-and-play).

    • Simeon

      Err five player Carcassonne? You must be joking.

      • LeeDot

        What's wrong with 5 player Carcassonne? It says 2-5 players on the box and with some of the expansions you can play with 6 players. Granted, the strategies for a 6 player game are very different that those you would use in a two player game but it's still a lot of fun.

  • http://buzzabit.com Aaron

    Can't wait. I really hope time is taken with the iPad version. I imagine the screen space could greatly enhance the experience.

    Now if we can just get Puerto Rico, Agricola, and a few other Euro games on here I'll never have to leave the house. ;)

  • http://buzzabit.com Aaron

    Can't wait. I really hope time is taken with the iPad version. I imagine the screen space could greatly enhance the experience.

    Now if we can just get Puerto Rico, Agricola, and a few other Euro games on here I'll never have to leave the house. ;)

  • Cal

    Totally second the comment for the iPad version, and would love to see more Euro games on there (hopefully with the ability to play AI as well as online).

    Man I would insta-buy Agricola, Puerto Rico, Dominion, or even Settlers of Catan if they were available for the iPad.

    While I'm dreaming: Chaos In the Old World, Imperial, Race for the Galaxy, and Dungeon Twister would also be awesome...

    • Chris

      Cal,

      Settlers of Cataan is available for iphone/touch already.

  • Cal

    Totally second the comment for the iPad version, and would love to see more Euro games on there (hopefully with the ability to play AI as well as online).

    Man I would insta-buy Agricola, Puerto Rico, Dominion, or even Settlers of Catan if they were available for the iPad.

    While I'm dreaming: Chaos In the Old World, Imperial, Race for the Galaxy, and Dungeon Twister would also be awesome...

    • Chris

      Cal,

      Settlers of Cataan is available for iphone/touch already.

  • soniccat

    Cool, i will buy that and then will whait runewars port on iPhone ))

  • soniccat

    Cool, i will buy that and then will whait runewars port on iPhone ))

  • jdm

    Absolutely instant buy. I've spent more time playing Carcassonne on XBLA than any other game - and it's perfect for iPad - better than Catan because there is no hidden information and no simultaneous action - perfect for passing the pad around. So stoked to get this! :)

  • jdm

    Absolutely instant buy. I've spent more time playing Carcassonne on XBLA than any other game - and it's perfect for iPad - better than Catan because there is no hidden information and no simultaneous action - perfect for passing the pad around. So stoked to get this! :)