Even without Game Center support, Carcassonne [$9.99] was our runner-up Game of the Year last year. But now, with the release of a new update adding said support, what’s the GOTY Advisory Board supposed to do? Create a time machine? Nah. How about a “Missed Connections” category? Perfect!

While we figure this issue of great import out, play against some of your Game Center friends in one of the best board game turned video games on the planet. Also, enjoy some of the other perks of Version 2.20, which is sure as sure the last “big” update to the game until the first add-on graces the App Store. New leaderboards, 43 new achievements, score sharing, improved stability, chat time stamping, better power consumption, and an ELO bug fix are all a part of this free update that should see some significant hold-over until game creator The Coding Monkey hits fans with some rivers, Inns, and Cathedrals.

What I didn’t mention ever so slyly in the above is that these expansions won’t see the light of day for three billion years Standard Internet Time -- The Coding Monkeys is cautioning fans that it’ll take a couple of months before “The River II” and “Inns and Cathedrals” hit. The good news, however, is that these will be quality bits of content as a result.

It’s hard to believe that someone still hasn’t checked Carcassonne out, but if you’re that dude, give this review a read. Seriously, this is a fantastic title. Just click “Buy app” already. Jeesh.

  • Anonymous

    The big thread board games for iOS are Carcassonne, Reiner Knizia's Samurai and now Ticket to Ride. None of the others come even close, though that isn't to say that there aren't other board game apps worth picking up. It's just that those don't show the polish, quality and love that these three do. All are highly, highly recommended.

    • Chromatick

       You forgot Small World which is the other Days of Wonder game (along with Ticket to Ride).

      • Anonymous

        I didn't so much forget about it, as not have it! Though, the fact that Small World does not really replicate the full experience of the board game is a turnoff, particularly that it's limited to 2 players, unlike the board game. That's part of the reason why I haven't bought it yet. I keep hoping to see a big update that makes it the full experience. Hopefully that's only their radar now that they have TTR out.

      • Chromatick

        I agree about it not being the FULL experience, but it's still a beautifully recreated experience of the two player game.  My main gripe is that it doesn't support on-line multiplayer.  If they ever updated it with that I'd be in heaven even if they kept it limited to two players.

      • Anonymous

        Let's hope they do all that!

      • Chromatick

        I agree about it not being the FULL experience, but it's still a beautifully recreated experience of the two player game.  My main gripe is that it doesn't support on-line multiplayer.  If they ever updated it with that I'd be in heaven even if they kept it limited to two players.

  • Anonymous

    Wow Brad, you sure seem to be getting into the table top games!

  • Anonymous

    It's extremely disappointing there are still no expansion packs available for Carcassonne.  I love this game, but how long can these expansions really take???  I think the developers have been partying with their wheelbarrows full of cash and neglecting the app.

  • Glamdrac

     agreed with CDubber. I am a huge fan of the board game and the app somewhat pleases when I can't gather up any human opponents. But for $10 a pop there should be more movement here. Especially when the River expansion tiles are only 12 in number. Is it really that difficult to make these tiles and set their rules? ($10!!!!). They'd better be adding some animations to these tiles or something. Did I mention $10?

  • Anonymous

     I love the new feature where I can't get past the title screen. Solid update! How does this crap get past QA?

    • Señor Carcassonne

       Agree.  Every time I open the chat window-- crash.  Upon re-launch, app offers to submit crash report.  Half the time this seems to work, and the other times-- crash.

      2G iPod Touch, iOS 3.1.3.