It’s been over 2 weeks since I’ve played a boardgame. I’m about to go freaking nuts!
So what have I been doing? Mainly taking care of Gwen and Samantha, as I mentioned earlier. I’ve really wanted to get in some solo gaming with Roll Through the Ages, Ghost Stories, Pandemic, and other games, but have never found the opportunity. Hopefully, Gwen and I will have a chance to do some one-on-one stuff over the weekend (playing Fury of Dracula on Halloweed would be totally awesome, but we’ll just have to see about that).
But I have, however, been playing some new game apps on my iPod touch recently.
I picked up the Zooloretto app a month or two ago, and I’ve played it quite a bit. Overall, it’s just like the boardgame. I wish that a few more unlockables were available already, but it’s still fun. Gwen and I actually played a game while waiting for West Side Story (a live performance, not the movie) to start the other night. It’s definitely a must-have for any boardgame lover with an iPod touch/iPhone.
I’ve also had the Croke app, which is a Crokinole adaptation, for a while. It’s very well done, and is easy to pick up and put down as time allows. If anything, it makes me really want to go out and buy a real Crokinole board.
More recently, I bought the apps for Catan, Hive, and Kachina. Catan is just like the real game, playable against bots and/or other real players (much like Zooloretto). The AI is pretty darn good, and it’s a lot of fun, but all the trade offers and stops in flow to verify things makes it take a little too long. Even with the animations and commentary from the bots turned off, I still wish that it would move a little faster.
Hive is just like the real game as well. Since Gwen doesn’t like it, I rarely get to play. My only real issue with it right now is that the AI seems pretty weak. I’ve played four or five games now stepping up to the hardest difficulty, and the best it’s done is fight me to a draw. It’s still a nice implementation, and if anything, may actually be a bit overproduced with all of its ability to view and manipulate the board in far more ways than is necessary.
While I’ve never played Kachina before as a boardgame, I had heard enough good about it to give the app a try. Unfortunately, it only comes with solo play available right now. It has some nice potential, but I can’t really recommend it until it at least has either some AI built in or allows pass-and-play capability. Supposedly, that’s in the works, and I hope that it comes soon.
Oh, I also tried out Reiner Knizia’s app-only game Robot Master. I had high hopes for this offering from the Good Doctor, but it turned out to be both too easy (on solo mode) or too random (on AI mode). As I see it, it was a waste of my $2.
Otherwise, I’m just longing for the feel of cardboard, wood, and laminated cardstock in my restless little hands. Just for fun, I even went over to wordle.net and created this word cloud from this blog, so enjoy it as you sympathize with my gamelessness…
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