I have to confess that I did not know what type of game Zombie Quest HD was when I agreed to review it, but the allure of undead participants and a quirky board game were too much for me to refuse. I was a bit surprised to discover that it was simply an Othello variant, but then it turned out to be quite an amusing twist on the original. Then it was over, just as I was really getting into it. The changes from its inspiration are welcome additions, but for this game to rise above the rest it at least needs to either expand its level set or make multi-player more than just hot-seat, if not both.
Growing up in Russia, one of the favourite school break pastimes was always a friendly game of Chapaev. Born out of a perverted version of checkers, we’d use figures made out of common stationary along with a checkers board – just about anything went!
Suffice it to say that when I was offered the chance to review Chapayev Pro for the iDevice, I was more than surprised, but pleasantly so. Now the whole world can be opened up to the amazing board game that is Chapaev.
The re-release of the classic adventure The 7th Guest (TMA Review) pleasantly surprised me about half-a-year ago, heralding the rebirth of Trilobyte Games. True to the minutest detail, the port nevertheless missed one of the most challenging puzzles due to the difficulty of adapting it to the small screen of the iPhone. Showered by fan requests however the developers decided instead to recreate the famous microscope puzzle from scratch and recently released it as a separate game for the iPad – The 7th Guest: Infection.
This game is insane, and of course I mean that in a good way. Just listen to the different sounds that you can assign to your profile and you’ll quickly realize that the people who put this together had a lot of fun doing it and wanted to share that fun with us. Pictureka! is based off of a board game, and after spending some time playing the electronic version I can definitely imagine that given the right group of people this would make a great party game. If you’re looking for a “hidden object” game that offers something completely different, a great family game, or simply something that will both entertain and drive you nuts at the same time, Pictureka is your game.
The fact that there are numerous board game classics on the iPhone and iPad is a testament that recreating the experience in a virtual format is a lucrative affair. Jenga, however, is different, because the selling point of the game is the physical dexterity, speed and accuracy to pull it off. More importantly, Jenga is a game that is ideally played with friends and family. The best part, of course, is the riot that ensues when the whole thing collapses and everyone scrambles to rebuild the fallen tower of blocks to start a new round.
Kingdoms is the latest port to the iPhone of a board game by Reiner Knizia, a prolific, “german style” board game designer with over 500 published games to his name. Kingdoms is a game he designed back in 1994, and now it is playable on your iDevice! So what’s it all about?
Necronomicon in Review – Stopping Cthulhu is just a matter of having the right cards at the right time…
It seems my recent cry for more CCG games on the iDevice in the introduction to the review of Riese has not gone unnoticed. Lucidsphere Media recently released Necronomicon – an original single-player game with a mix of CCG and board game elements, inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and the dreaded Cthulhu. Though the meme of calling upon its name that has swept over the internet a few years ago has passed, the universe created by the famous author is still one of the most recognizable of any horror setting out there.
For reasons unknown one genre the iDevice is still almost devoid of are CCGs or Collectable Card Games. For the uninitiated, probably the most well known such game is Magic the Gathering. We’ve seen some titles based on the idea, like the very much underestimated Orions: Legend Of Wizards (TMA Review). It seems I’m not the only one who noticed this gap, as Genius Factor Games recently released Riese in an effort to both satisfy the market and promote the webseries, currently airing on Syfy.com.
Board games are one of the oldest forms of entertainment known to man. Long before cell phones, tablets, PCs and even TV and books, the general population’s free time was ruled by board games, whether it was the Chinese Go, the ancient game of backgammons or some variant of chess. And in the new era the creative streak still hasn’t expired, with people dreaming up new games every day. And one of such feats of creativity is Jamzu.
Reversi, also known by many under the trade name “Othello” is a board-game traditionally involving an 8 by 8 board, dark and light pieces, and hours of endless strategy. The main goal in Reversi is to get your pieces to cover the majority of the board. This game has been seen and played on just about every platform/OS/device in the digital world and most recently I was able to get my hands on one of the latest iterations Hot Reversi HD by developers nenet.