Category Archives: Board

I've been searching for a new asynchronous multi-player game for a while, so when I saw Poker Pals [99c / Free / HD] released by Chillingo: a poker-based  game with asynchronous multiplayer mode, my eyes went wide. What I didn't anticipate was that within a few hours I would be snatching up my iPod every couple of minutes to make my next turn, juggling several games at once, like a crazed poker addict. (Thank goodness there's no real money at stake, just bragging rights.)..

'Greed Corp HD' for iPad Review - Scorched Earth is Profitable in this Strategy Board Game

There's something particularly apt about the timing of the iPad release of Greed Corp HD [$4.99]. While Occupiers around the world freeze and protest sociopathically greedy behavior by major corporations, Greed Corp explores the ultimate end of that behavior. What happens when you're so bent on profit that you'd destroy even the ground under your own feet to keep the other guy from getting it? Greed Corp has the answer...

'Assassin's Creed' Board Game Announced for iPad

Yesterday in Unexpected and Weird News, Ubisoft announced plans for an Assassin's Creed board game for the iPad. According to a press release Kotaku obtained, Assassin's Creed Recollection is a real-time strategy "political battle" board game that combines characters and locations from Assassin's Creed 2 and its sequel AC: Brotherhood. Ubisoft says it'll pack in an 8-10 hour campaign, as well as multiplayer upon its release this holiday...

As far as board games go, Monopoly can be found somewhere near the bottom of the barrel. It's simple to play but hard to keep track of, it takes forever, and someone always steals from the bank. Usually it's the banker, who's probably just looking for a bit of entertainment to offset the monotony. Someone in Korea took the fundamentals of Monopoly and made BlueMarble [$0.99] with them, which is, well, equally unfun, according to the fine people at BoardGameGeek. Thankfully, when the folks at M&M Games Inc. adapted that game for iOS, they kept only the basics -- and then they threw in card collection, deck building and adorable avatars...

Settlers of Catan [$4.99 / HD] is considered, rightly, as one of the best board game-to-digital ports on the App Store. But other than just generally being sharp, it's also infinitely expandable, which is a great thing for the fans. Capitalizing on this is developer Exozet, who just shot Pocket Gamer a note that a new expansion is slated to hit later this year...

Battleship is one of those rare games that seems to fit in the computer gaming world even better than the physical board game world in which it was created. There's nothing like the tension while playing a friendly match with a buddy. In many ways, that tension is what makes a simple game like Battleship so appealing...

'Scryptic' Review - Scrabble Wars!

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August 7th, 2011 10:30 PM EDT by Troy Woodfield in $1.99, 4 stars, Board, iPhone games, iPod games, Reviews, Word
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Scryptic [$1.99] from LKS GameWorks looks like a traditional Scrabble game. It has a board and letter tiles sitting on a rack, but trust me, the gameplay is VERY different. Two players start in different positions on the board and use words to combat each other. Each player can either build up words defensively around their starting point ("city"), or spread out towards the opposition, in an offensive attack. Sometimes there's additional city squares to be claimed, which can spark a word-race across the board to get there first, as cities offer extra protection...

It’s been awhile since we’ve checked in on the Checkers scene on the App Store, so I thought I’d fire up Mirror Match Games’ new release Lets Play Checkers [$2.99 / Free] to see what the latest and greatest in checkers has to offer. Turns out, the latest Checkers game offers Checkers play... I suppose I shouldn’t be so surprised by that...

Every time I dip my head into the hardcore world of chess I feel like an idiot that has stumbled into a Mensa meeting. I'm not referring to actually playing the game of chess, but all the crazy competitions and other events which surround the game to take it to whole new levels. Today, I'm specifically speaking of the World Microcomputer Chess Championship, the World Computer Chess Championship, the World Chess Software Championship, and the World Computer Speed Chess Championship. All of these events are different flavors of the same type of event where hardcore Chess AI developers all bring their electronic chess-playing babies to compete for fame, fortune, and I assume a heck of a lot of bragging rights amongst certain circles...

'Army of Frogs' Review - Board Game Battles

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July 26th, 2011 1:55 PM EDT by Nissa Campbell in $1.99, $4.99, 3.5 stars, Board, Game Center, Games, Reviews
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It's been almost a year since we looked at Neuroshima Hex [$4.99], Big Daddy's Creations first board game adaptation for iOS. Now they're back with a new hex-based board game adaptation, Army of Frogs [$1.99 / Universal HD). ..

Just a few short months ago, The 7th Guest: Infection [$2.99] emerged on iPad. It was iOS's first great take on 1988's Infection, and it was chock-full of nostalgia for PC players who looked back fondly on 1993, the year The 7th Guest made its debut. But if you lacked that nostalgic view of the subject matter, you might have found the game a bit mystifying. Enter Battle Slugs, [$0.99 / Lite] a reimagining of Infection that has a little more to offer the modern iOS gamer...

Ticket to Ride [$6.99] is a tremendous board game-to-digital game translation. It looks and feels authentic and boasts a wide range of features. It’s a sharp title through and through, but it was missing a couple of things at launch, namely a pass-and-play option. That has since been added. Developer Days of Wonder hit us up about the game’s most recent patch, which adds the aforementioned mode for up to four friends or a mix of friends and AI. It even hides your cards when you pass the device, which is a super-smart design decision...

Trouble Brothers’ Cargo Runners [$4.99] is a digital board game with basic issues that should have been ironed out prior to its release. Its tutorial is bad. Granted, it does a decent job in communicating major goals, but it fails in speaking to flow and strategy, which are constituent parts of the Ticket to Ride-meets-the-ocean-trading experience that Cargo Runners shoots for. Worse, it doesn’t feature a single-player mode -- an option that would have made the learning curve a more bearable ordeal and also would have given you something to do with the game when by yourself and network-less. As it is, you’re expected to play and fumble exclusively in live environments. That's not... ideal. And what's killer is that Cargo Runners has all the makings of a good game, but it’s being held back by these odd shortcomings...

'Ticket to Ride' Review: All Aboard The Awesome Express

'Ticket to Ride' Review: All Aboard The Awesome Express

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May 19th, 2011 6:00 PM EDT by Brad Nicholson in $6.99, 4.5 stars, Board, iPad Games, Reviews
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Ticket to Ride [$6.99] is a board game turned digital. It has no great pits to leap across, caves to plumb for loot, or monsters to bludgeon. It is, without a doubt, a traditional game that requires the old-fashioned stuff: deduction, tactics, and skill. It isn’t for people who want flash and glam; rather, it’s for people who can appreciate sharp, boiled-down design that presents compelling challenges without the mess...

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! ..

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